Heavy fighting in IS stronghold in Syria, relief work in cyclone-hit Zimbabwe, and other news in pictures

1.45 pmPramod Sawant assumes charge as Goa CM

Pramod Sawant at the Secretariat soon after being sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa, in reached Goa Secretariat along with the photo frame of former Goa CM late Manohar Parrikar to take charge in Porvorim, Goa on Tuesday.  
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Newly-appointed Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Tuesday met family members of his deceased predecessor Manohar Parrikar before assuming charge of office, hours after he took oath of the post at around 2 am.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday gave new Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant their best wishes.12.30 pmActor Karthik lends support to AIADMK alliance

Actor-politician Karthik with Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam at the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai on Tuesday.  
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Veteran actor and Manitha Urimai Kaakum Katchi founder Karthik on Tuesday met Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister/Coordinator of the AIADMK at the party headquarters and conveyed his support to the AIADMK alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.Meanwhile, the AIADMK released its election manifesto for Lok Sabha polls. Amma National Poverty Eradication Scheme, interlinkng of Cauvery and Godavari rivers and demand for an international probe into the alleged war crimes during the civil war in Sri Lanka, topped the list.10.15 amU.S.-backed forces on offensive in IS-held territory in Syria

Smoke rises from the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria, March 18, 2019.  
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U.S.-backed fighters said they had taken positions in Islamic State’s last enclave in eastern Syria and air strikes pounded the tiny patch of land beside the Euphrates River early on Monday, a Reuters journalist said.Smoke rose over the tiny enclave as warplanes and artillery bombarded it. Another witness said the jihadists had earlier mounted a counter attack.The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia said in an update on Monday that tens of militants had been killed during what it called fierce clashes, and one SDF fighter had been injured. It said Islamic State had sent four suicide bombers to points close to SDF fighters.9.30 am157 dead in Zimbabwe, Mozambique

One of the soldiers distributing food supplies registers a resident in Chimanimani, southeast of Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday, March 18, 2019.  
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Cyclone Idai killed at least 157 people in Zimbabwe and Mozambique as it tore across Southern Africa, officials and state media said on Monday, and vast areas of land have been flooded, roads destroyed and communications disrupted.The Mozambican port city of Beira has suffered massive damage, the Red Cross said. The storm has also pounded Malawi.In Zimbabwe, the Chimanimani district has been cut off from the rest of the country by torrential rains and winds of up to 170 km per hour that swept away roads, homes and bridges and knocked out power and communication lines.8.30 amInterfaith prayer vigil

Muslim men and boys stand together at sunset prayer during an interfaith prayer vigil and anti-Islamophobia teach-in at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound in Redmond, Washington.
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