Kurdish female fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gather during a celebration at the iconic Al-Naim square in Raqqa on October 19, after retaking the city from Islamic State fighters.

Kurdish female fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) gather during a celebration at the iconic Al-Naim square in Raqqa on October 19, after retaking the city from Islamic State fighters.

Stories of fights against militants dominated international news this week:

Col. Ryan S. Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq, told reporters at the Pentagon that Raqqa is about 90 percent freed, but more fighting will be required to fully liberate the city.

In other headlines, the Spanish government is cracking down on Catalonian autonomy in response to pushes for independence. And a journalist who covered corruption in Malta was killed in a car bombing attack.

We’ll look into these stories with a panel of international journalists on this week’s International News Roundup.

Guests

  • Anne Applebaum Washington Post foreign affairs columnist; professor of Practice at the London School of Economics; author of a new book, "Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine"; @anneapplebaum
  • Tom Bowman Pentagon correspondent, NPR; @TBowmanNPR
  • Rosiland Jordan U.N. correspondent, Al Jazeera English; @RosJordanAJE

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