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The campaign to keep Britain in the European Union has kept almost all of its lead over the "Leave" camp ahead of next month's referendum on EU membership, according to a Survation poll for online brokerage group IG published on Wednesday. The poll showed 44 percent of respondents would vote to stay in the EU compared with 38 percent who would vote to leave. A previous Survation/IG poll, published on April 27, put Remain ahead of Leave by 45 percent to 38 percent.
U.S.-backed Syrian militias are not preparing an assault on Islamic State's de facto Syrian capital of Raqqa at present, a militia spokesman said, indicating the limited scope of a new offensive in nearby areas where fighting raged on Wednesday. Movements by the fighters in the U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, and leaflets dropped on Raqqa urging its citizens to leave had given rise to speculation that they were about to attack the city. Driving Islamic State from Raqqa city would be a major achievement in the U.S.-led campaign against the group that controls wide areas of Syria and Iraq.