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Fighting spreads to Messines Ridge; British pressed back to top of ridge and to Ploegsteert in the south; in the Armentières sector enemy crosses the Lys between Estaires and Bac St. Maur; he also crosses the Lawe at Lestrem, but is driven back; 6,000 prisoners and 100 guns claimed. Turkish offensive in Palestine north-east of Joppa; initial success negatived and our line advanced at several points. U-boat bombards Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.