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BEIRUT (AP) — Militants of the Islamic State group on Friday seized a string of villages from Syrian rebels near the Turkish border in rapid advances that forced the evacuation of a hospital and trapped tens of thousands of people amid heavy fighting, Syrian opposition activists and an international medical organization said.
Blockades of French fuel depots manned by union activists have been cleared away and just one remains out of operation because of a strike, the government said Friday. "Blockades have been removed at all the depots, except for the depot at Gargenville (in the Paris area), which is on strike," a transport ministry spokesman said.
Barack Obama paid moving tribute to victims of the first atomic bomb Friday, offering a comforting embrace to a tearful man who survived the devastating attack on Hiroshima. "71 years ago, death fell from the sky and the world was changed," Obama said of a bomb that "demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself". "Why did we come to this place, to Hiroshima?