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United States service members killed in Afghanistan, NATO mission says

Their names were being withheld until after their relatives were identified, the statement said. Later, a USA official said the two service members died in combat from small-arms fire without providing further information. US President Donald Trump , a vocal critic of the Afghan war before he was elected in 2016, said US forces have been stuck there acting like a "police force". Read More »

Canada Upset Over UK Decision to Strip 'Jihadi Jack' Of Citizenship

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Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale slammed the U.K.'s decision in a statement released on Sunday, accusing the United Kingdom of taking "unilateral action to off-load their responsibilities". Speaking to ITV News from jail, Letts said he was "not surprised" by the UK Government's decision. "If the Trudeau government is contemplating helping Jihadi Jack come to Canada, we urge him to stop those attempts now", Conservative lawmaker Pierre Poilievre said on Global News TV on Sunday. Read More »

Trump says it would be 'appropriate' for Russia to rejoin G-7

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The next G7 summit will be held in France on August 24-26, 2019. "It was the G8 for a long time, and now it's the G7", the president stated throughout a White Home assembly with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. "I know (Secretary of State) Mike Pompeo likes him very much", Trump said of Sullivan's boss. Trump said he would support if another group member would propose to restore Russia's membership, suspended in 2014 after his predecessor Barack Obama blamed Moscow for the ... Read More »

A Missile Downed Our Drone in Yemen

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A similar incident occurred back in June when another US drone was brought down over Yemen by Houthi rebels. USA forces have occasionally launched drone and airstrikes against Yemeni group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula ( AQAP ). "The rocket which hit it was developed locally and will be revealed soon at a press conference", he said. The downing comes as tensions between Iran and the United States have risen since Donald Trump's administration withdrew previous year from an global ... Read More »

Rohingya repatriation to Myanmar unlikely to begin as scheduled

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A United Nations -established investigation past year recommended the prosecution of Myanmar's top military commanders on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for the crackdown on the Rohingya. Rohingya refugees stand in a queue to collect aid supplies in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh , Jan. 21, 2018. It has sullied the global standing of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate and former political prisoner who has risen to be the top civilian ... Read More »

A Flock of Mattresses Attempts to Take Flight in Windy Denver

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Sitting in the eye of the storm, Manes bravely took out his phone and captured the scene as dozen of mattresses flipped across the park like tumbleweeds towards him. He uploaded footage of the incident to YouTube, where he called it The Great Mattress Migration of 2019. Dozens of Coloradans had set air mattresses on a sprawling lawn in preparation for an outdoors movie night Saturday, unaware that mattress anchors would have come in handy. Read More »

Other countries, including India and Pakistan, must shoulder fight against jihadists

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It" s not fair. But with this statement, it is unclear whether the United States is expecting additional inputs from India or want to deviate from participating in combat operations and in counter-terrorism operations. Donald Trump said that other countries must assume the battle against Islamic extremists as the U.S. negotiates a withdrawal from Afghanistan . Read More »

Facebook will now stop following you around the web (sort of)

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It will roll out initially to members in Ireland , South Korea and Spain . Even though you won't be able to entirely wrestle your data out of Facebook's maw, the Off-Facebook Activity controls are still going to usher in an unprecedented view of the information Facebook collects about us and what tools - Pixel or Login, for example - that it uses to get it, regardless of whether you actually interact with a given entity or not. Read More »

New Zealand Speaker feeds lawmaker’s baby in Parliament

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He added his congratulations to Coffey and the legislator's husband, Tim Smith, on the "newest member" of their family. Mr Mallard chose to take on some babysitting duties, in addition to his presiding role. And in September a year ago, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made history by bringing her baby along to her debut speech at the United Nations in NY. Read More »

David Mabuza hails court ruling over old SA flag

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In a firmly worded decision filed Wednesday, Judge Phineas Mojapelo ruled that "gratuitous" display of the Old Flag - a symbol of white-supremacist rule in South Africa - amounted to hate speech, racial discrimination and harassment under the Equality Act. Read More »

Protesters burn parliament building in Indonesia’s Papua

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Television footage showed a group of about 150 people marching on the streets in Manokwari , as well as footage of smoke billowing from a parliament building. He even asked them to forgive each other, while resorting to peace. The president added that the government would ensure prosperity and protect the dignity of the people of Papua. Read More »

Sudan swears in civilian-majority ruling council

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Sudan's top general has been sworn in as head of a military-civilian council that will run the country until elections are held. Members of the sovereign council and the prime minister will be sworn in on Wednesday. The power-sharing agreement, signed Saturday, includes a protest movement-appointed Cabinet and a legislative council with a majority from the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, the main protest coalition. Read More »

Trump Admin Ends Policy to Release Child Illegals into U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security said it was terminating the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement , a binding legal ruling that said the government could not hold migrant children in detention for more than 20 days. In fact, a federal judge in 2015 rebuffed an attempt by the administration of Barack Obama to indefinitely detain migrants under certain circumstances in the wake of a surge of arrivals at the border. Read More »

Australia to send ship, aircraft to Strait of Hormuz

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The United Kingdom and Bahrain are the only other countries to join the USA in the Strait of Hormuz, but the UK has appealed to European allies to join the mission to safeguard shipping lanes. Australia has become the third country to join a US -led coalition to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf amid ongoing tensions with Iran. However, the prime minister made it clear the mission could be extended. Read More »

Sudan's Bashir admits receiving funds from Saudi Arabia and the UAE

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The detective told the court Mr Bashir had made the statement about the money as he was questioned by investigators after his detention. Bashir listened to the testimony without comment, sitting in a metal cage and wearing traditional white robes and a turban in his first appearance in a Khartoum courtroom. Read More »

Joe Biden launches first TV ad in Iowa

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In terms of ideology, 57% of moderate or conservative Democratic voters and 53% of liberal democratic voters seemed to agree that choosing a candidate who had a strong chance of beating President Donald Trump was more important than choosing a candidate who had the same views as them on major issues. Read More »

Pompeo wishes North Korea would not test missiles

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The United States is ready to sit down with North Korea to resume long-awaited working-level nuclear talks, a USA envoy said on Wednesday (Aug 21). "This is an important framework for the United States, Japan and South Korea and ... The comments come amid speculation that Americans could meet North Koreans at the Demilitarised Zone dividing the North and South to kick-start working-level talks during Mr Biegun's three-day stay in Seoul, which began on Tuesday. Read More »

Trump Acknowledges China Policies May Mean US Economic Pain

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Kitco Metals Inc . and the author of this article do not accept culpability for losses and/ or damages arising from the use of this publication. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . The discussion is still in the early stages, and officials have not brought up the idea with Trump, who would have to seek approval from Congress, the newspapers said. Read More »

Alberta: Strong storm risk rolls in for Wednesday

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Additionally, isolated flash flooding is possible. A line of strong to severe thunderstorms will drop in during the evening hours. TRI-LAKES: High - 80s; Low - 50s. Afternoon highs on Thursday will be some ten degrees cooler than those on Wednesday for most of southern Alberta as cooler, fresher air floods down from the north. Read More »

Any Jew voting for Democrats is uninformed or disloyal

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Trump has closely aligned himself with Israel, including its conservative prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while the Muslim lawmakers have been outspoken critics of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. They love him like he is the second coming of God.But American Jews don't know him or like him. The Union for Reform Judaism, which represents the largest denomination in North America, denounced Trump's call for Tlaib and Omar to be blocked, as did the pro-Israel lobby group American ... Read More »

Lam promises work to narrow Hong Kong rifts, no specifics

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Hong Kong is witnessing the biggest political crisis against the proposed extradition bill that would allow China to pursue their political targets residing in communist regime ruled city. Aside from Mrs Lam's resignation, demonstrators have five demands - the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill, a halt to descriptions of the protests as "rioting", a waiver of charges against those arrested, an independent inquiry and resumption of political reform. Read More »

Kashmir: Pakistan to seek International Court of Justice ruling

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Following the development in J&K, Islamabad has also accused New Delhi of waging a "fifth-generation warfare", and said the latter had failed to inform it about the release of dam waters into the Sutlej leading to floods across Pakistan . The government also revoked the seventy-year-old restrictions on property purchases and government jobs in Kashmir, opening them up to people from outside the region. Read More »

U.S. will act if tanker carrying Iranian oil delivers oil: Pompeo

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Greece is anxious not to endanger its strategic ties with the USA, to which it looks for support against neighboring Turkey's oil and gas prospecting ventures off Greece's Aegean Sea islands and Cyprus, or with Israel. Gibraltar argued that U.S. sanctions against Iran do not apply in the EU. Iran has denied the tanker was ever headed for Syria. "We have made clear that anyone who touches it, anyone who supports it, anyone who allows a ship to dock is at risk of receiving sanctions from the ... Read More »

Trump considering buying Greenland for 'strategic reasons'

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Trump, who is scheduled to visit Denmark for two days starting September 2 as part of a larger European trip, wouldn't be the first American leader to try to buy Greenland, the world's largest island. Greenland is not Danish, Greenland is Greenlandic. It's still not entirely not ridiculous though, largely because Greenland is not for sale. Trump has since been asking his White House counsel to look into the idea, the report said. Read More »

Tourists face six years' jail after 'stealing from pristine beach'

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If they catch a judge in a bad mood, the couple could get one to six years in jail because, as it turns out, sand theft is a thing in Sardinia. The Corriere Della Sera newspaper said the tourists claimed they were just trying to take back a vacation souvenir and didn't realize they were breaking a law on the Mediterranean island. Read More »

Warren has a spot-on lookalike she met face-to-face

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The Warren campaign scrubbed their launch video where it showed Warren talking about a DNA test which was supposed to counter President Donald Trump's "attacks" on her heritage. I really thought people would know, but then they started running up and saying 'You're my hero!' and taking photos. Warren's release last week of a new suite of policy plans and draft legislation, crafted with Haaland, seemed to speak on its own to numerous questions in Sioux City. Read More »

Fox News host responds to Trump's recent attacks

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The ad concludes, "Now Joe Biden is running for president with a plan for America's future: to build on Obamacare, not scrap it; to make a record investment in America's schools; to lead the world on climate; to rebuild our alliances; and most of all, he'll restore the soul of a nation battered by an erratic, vicious, bullying president". Read More »

George Pell loses appeal against child sexual abuse convictions

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The verdict, handed down in December, was suppressed until February . The bench upheld Pell's conviction and rejected the main appeal ground by a majority of two-to-one. "The visual representation. had the potential of misleading or at least confusing the jury", Justice Ferguson said. They also ruled that Pell was not required to be physically present when he was arraigned - officially asked how he pleaded - in front of the jury pool. Read More »

USA mulls steps to boost economy

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The National Association for Business Economics survey said 38 percent of those surveyed believe a recession will begin in 2020 during the middle of the US presidential campaign, while 34 percent believe the economy will hit a recession in 2021. Read More »

Desperate migrants jump off rescue ship, seeking Italy

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Ten migrants have been brought to shore after jumping into the sea in a desperate attempt to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa amid a stand-off with the Italian government. Live video shows people wearing orange life vests floating in the sea, some in groups some individually, with a coast guard vessel nearby and rubber dinghies trying to reach them. Read More »

No foul play in Epstein death: US coroner

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Correctional officers did not check in with Epstein for "several hours" before his death, despite being required to visit him every 30 minutes, a person familiar with the situation told Fox News earlier this week. There are multiple investigations into the circumstances around the accused sex trafficker's death, including by the FBI and the Justice Department's Inspector General. Read More »

Jordan summons Israeli envoy over holy site clashes

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Last week , a day of riots at the Jerusalem holy site, which Muslims have referred to as the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and Jews have referred to as the Temple Mount, left at least four Israeli police officers and several Muslim and Jewish people injured, in the worst bout of fighting there in months. Read More »

Russian Federation accuses United States of stoking military tensions with missile test

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The United States formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty ( INF ) with Russian Federation on August 2 after accusing Moscow of violating the pact, a charge dismissed by the Kremlin. Geng said that the United States should "let go of its Cold War mentality" and "do more things that are conducive to. worldwide and regional peace and tranquillity". Read More »

Armed man holding 37 people on bus hostage in Rio de Janeiro

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Brandishing a fake gun, a man on Tuesday took dozens of hostages on a bus in Brazil and threatened to set the vehicle on fire with gasoline before police shot him dead in a four-hour standoff broadcast live on television. Officials said the man had identified himself as a policeman but that they were not able to confirm this information. Rio's elite police force known as BOPE was in charge of the negotiations. Read More »

Epstein's $600M will, mysteriously signed two days before his death

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The executors of the trust can determine how Epstein's assets will be used and they can also litigate, defend, compromise, settle, abandon, or submit to arbitration any claims against his estate. Prosecutors dismissed those charges yesterday but are considering charging others in the case. The total amount listed in the will does not account for Epstein's art collection, which is still to be appraised. Read More »

Gen Bajwa to stay at helm amid India tensions

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Bajwa has been in the post since November 2016. During Bajwa's tenure the military has been accused by opposition politicians of electoral manipulation to bring Prime Miniter Imran Khan to power. General, said the main reason behind the extension was 'continuity.' "Under these circumstances (tension with India), the change in command was hard to imagine", he said. Read More »

Italian PM Conte to resign after League party pulls backing

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Salvini, who is also deputy prime minister, was seen shaking his head and rolling his eyes during Conte's speech, while members of his League booed at the Italian premier from their seats in the Senate. Since the unwieldy government was formed in June 2018, uncertainty under the coalition has cost the country an extra five billion euros ($5.54 billion) in interest on its debt, the Il Sole 24 Ore financial newspaper reported. Read More »

No Major Incidents At Portland Right-Wing Rally

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Proud Boys says incidents of violence allegedly involving members of the loosely organised antifa movement, an global coalition of militant activists and protesters opposed to the far right - justifies a ban. Members from the far-right group, Proud Boys planned the event as a demonstration against domestic terrorism. There were 13 arrests and police seized bear spray, shields, poles and other weapons. Read More »

Garner supporters applaud NYPD after Pantaleo firing

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Pantaleo was one of almost a dozen officers implicated in Garner's death in Staten Island in 2014. The NYPD police officer involved in the 2014 death of Eric Garner has been fired, confirmed Commissioner James O'Neill Monday afternoon. Read More »

Vladimir Putin Is on a Working Visit in France

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The French president refers to the election of Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky , whose points of views, according to him, are "game-changing". "We will, of course, talk about Ukraine". Putin, who arrived at the remote retreat by helicopter, said: "There are things that are worth talking about and that give grounds for cautious optimism". Read More »

Jury awards anti-Planned Parenthood whistleblower $3 million

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With the new rule prohibiting Title X providers from referring patients for abortions, Planned Parenthood has pulled out of the program. Like the Trump administration's other attacks on women's reproductive rights, NARAL Pro-Choice America wrote, the Title X rule "is about control". Read More »

Amid A Brewing Royal Scandal, Prince Andrew Distances Himself From Epstein

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U.S. court papers have previously shown that Epstein had socialized with Andrew and other high-profile figures including U.S. President Donald Trump and former president Bill Clinton . He quit his role as United Kingdom trade envoy in 2011 after the fallout from the Central Park photos. In the video, the prince is speaking to a brunette woman, before peering around the door and ducking back inside. Read More »

Open Arms suggests Italy take rescue ship migrants to Spain

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Earlier this week, six European Union countries - France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal, Romania and Spain - said they were willing to take in some Open Arms migrants if Italy allowed their disembarkation. The minors were transferred Saturday to an Italian border patrol boat for disembarkation and processing on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa. 'France commits to meet its promise to take 40 of the people, ' the interior ministry said. Read More »

New Army Commander appointed

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Lt. General Shavendra Silva, 55, was elevated to the army's second-highest position of chief of staff in January before his latest promotion by President Maithripala Sirisena to commander of the Sri Lankan army. Bachelet noted. The US Embassy in Colombo was also quick to respond to the appointment, saying Shavendra Silva's promotion "undermined Sri Lanka's worldwide reputation and commitments to promote justice and accountability". Read More »

Macron, Putin optimistic on Ukraine, clash on Syria

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Macron reasoned: "It's not today that we are going to resolve misunderstandings that were installed back in the 90s". French President Emmanuel Macron said that his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin today he meant to discuss preparations for a Normandy-format summit on the Donbas conflict. Read More »