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Kurdish-Arab fighters aided by American soldiers battled the Islamic State group north of its Syrian stronghold of Raqa Thursday as Iraqi forces edged towards the jihadist-held city of Fallujah. The twin offensives are two of the most significant ground assaults against the extremists since they declared a self-styled "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria in 2014. The assaults came as Syria's UN envoy said trapped civilians risk starvation unless Damascus and rebel groups allow greater access to humanitarian aid convoys.
(This version of the May 25 story corrects paragraph eight to show that Trader Joe's sells produce by piece and package, not by the pound) By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Whole Foods Market Inc unveils its new 365 grocery chain on Wednesday with a bright and airy store that offers lower prices and more technology than the company's namesake shops. To thrive, though, experts say 365 has to beat its many rivals without hijacking customers from Whole Foods itself. The chain, which debuts in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood, is critical to Whole Foods.