U.S.-led coalition unable to confirm if Iraqi forces have cleared Ramadi government center

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State is unable to determine at this time whether Iraqi security forces have cleared Ramadi's government center, a U.S. defense official said on Sunday.

The Iraqi military on Sunday said Iraqi forces had recaptured the last Islamic State hotbed in the city of Ramadi, which fell to Islamic State militants in May.

"We are unable to confirm at this time whether or not they have cleared the government center,"  a U.S. military official said, on condition of anonymity.

(Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

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    US North Korea envoy in Moscow as Russia plans for Kim-Putin talks

    The US special envoy for North Korea was due in Moscow on Wednesday as the Kremlin said it was preparing for possible talks between Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. Media reports said the first summit between the two leaders could come as early as next week. "Active preparations for a potential meeting are underway," Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said in comments reported by news agencies.

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    Denver schools closed as police hunt 'armed and dangerous' girl obsessed with Columbine massacre

    Denver-area public schools were closed on Wednesday as authorities searched for a young Florida woman who flew to the city and bought a gun after becoming "infatuated" with the mass shooting at Columbine High School. The FBI said Sol Pais, 18, was "considered to be extremely dangerous" and "made threats to commit an act of violence in the Denver metropolitan area" just days before the 20th anniversary of the attack that killed 13 people. All schools in the Denver area were urged to tighten security because the threat was deemed "credible and general," said Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety. Columbine and more than 20 other schools outside Denver locked their doors for nearly three hours on Tuesday afternoon before Wednesday's complete closures were announced.

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