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Turkey , with support from the FSA, carried out two cross-border operations in northern Syria , dubbed "Euphrates Shield" and "Olive Branch", against the YPG and Islamic State . Absence of the US sets Russian President Vladimir Putin up as a pivotal figure in resolving the Syrian war and strengthens his hand across the Middle East.
  • Pentagon planning troop pullout from Afghanistan

    Pentagon planning troop pullout from Afghanistan

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    Afghan generals have voiced concern over rumors of United States forces' withdrawal from the country, fearing that this would give the Taliban radical movement the upper hand and completely disinterest them in engaging in negotiations, which they were reluctant to do in the first place.
  • Man behind viral border wall GoFundMe fundraiser also peddled false news

    Man behind viral border wall GoFundMe fundraiser also peddled false news

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    A grassroots campaign to raise money for President Donald Trump's long-promised border wall has collected millions of dollars in one of the strangest news stories this year. In a video message captioned "Our Great Country Must Have Border Security". INSIDER has reached out to Kolfage, who told NBC News that he did not mention his past as a conspiracy-theorist becausehe "didn't want it to be a distraction" from the border-wall project.
  • China told to release detained Canadians

    China told to release detained Canadians

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    Wanzhou is wanted by the United States on allegations that the company violated trade sanctions against Iran. A third Canadian was arrested in China for "working illegally", but Canadian authorities have said that appears to be a routine visa case.
  • Indonesia tsunami leaves hundreds dead and many more missing

    Indonesia tsunami leaves hundreds dead and many more missing

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    The tsunami has destroyed 558 houses and heavily damaged nine hotels, 60 restaurants and 350 boats, indicating the tsunami hit residential and tourist areas. "The water washed away the stage which was located very close to the sea", the band said in a statement. I was thrown into the fence of a building about 30 metres from the beach and held onto the fence as strong as I could, trying to resist the water, which feels like it would drag me back into the sea.
  • Government Shutdown: What you need to know

    Government Shutdown: What you need to know

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    But those funds can not go toward the construction of a border wall. The departments impacted would include the homeland security, transport, commerce , state, agriculture , interior, treasury and housing and urban development. Another 380,000 workers will "go on leave" without pay. That isn't guaranteed this time, though. In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey activated the state's Grand Canyon Protection Plan, which calls for the state to underwrite the cost of public safety and basic services ...
  • Stowaways threaten cargo ship crew off United Kingdom coast

    Stowaways threaten cargo ship crew off United Kingdom coast

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    Paul Kyprianou, spokesperson for the Grimaldi Group, described how four migrants boarded the ship and were locked away for five days, before breaking out and taking control of the crew. Four stowaways threatened the Grande Tema's crew, a spokesman for the boat's operator, Grimaldi Lines, said. It is understood the stowaways wanted the vessel, which arrived at the Port of Tilbury just after 4.20am, to get closer to the Kent coast and were armed with iron tubes.
  • Fiancé of Missing Colorado Mom Arrest and Charged With Murder

    Fiancé of Missing Colorado Mom Arrest and Charged With Murder

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    Jeremy Loew, a private lawyer who had represented him, previously said Frazee co-operated with investigators and provided DNA samples. "Her phone did end up in Idaho and we're still working to recover that phone", the police chief said. Frazee had told police that the couple met sometime that afternoon so he could pick up the child. Kelsey's daughter is in protective custody, police said.
  • 'Shocking, outrageous': USA charges Chinese hackers for industrial-scale theft

    'Shocking, outrageous': USA charges Chinese hackers for industrial-scale theft

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    Among the cyberespionage manoeuvrers detailed in the indictment is the alleged use of a phishing technique, which sent emails that appeared to be coming from legitimate email addresses but were in fact from members of " Advanced Persistent Threat 10 ", the China-based hacking group to which Mr Zhu and Mr Zhang purportedly belong.
  • Top stories of 2018: The North Korea Summit

    Top stories of 2018: The North Korea Summit

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    Following a rapid diplomatic rapprochement this year, the North's leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump signed a vaguely-worded statement in Singapore in June, agreeing to work towards the " denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula ".
  • Trump has discussed firing US Federal Reserve chairman Powell

    Trump has discussed firing US Federal Reserve chairman Powell

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    Now a favoured talking point is crumbling. The market took a nosedive that day. The Dow is up 18 per cent under Trump, compared with 45 per cent at this point under Obama, according to Bespoke Investments. "The scale of the response reflects just how fragile investor confidence is". Global stocks fell sharply after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates and said monetary-policy tightening would continue in 2019.
  • Senators Reportedly Plan Noon Vote for Spending Bill

    Senators Reportedly Plan Noon Vote for Spending Bill

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    Democrats in Congress and the liberal media were spreading fear and hysteria about the dire effects of a government shutdown on innocent people, as they always do. "Call it a Democrat shutdown; call it whatever you want". "Our great country must have border security", Trump said. McConnell met with Ryan after the House leaders returned from the meeting with Trump.
  • Understanding Ruth Bader Ginsburg's cancer surgery

    Understanding Ruth Bader Ginsburg's cancer surgery

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    The 85-year old justice will spend a few days in the hospital recovering, according to the Associated Press . Ginsburg later expressed regret for her comments, saying "judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office". Ginsburg revealed that she had returned to her longtime trainer, Bryant Johnson, with whom she's done twice-weekly workouts for more than 20 years.
  • US Senator Calls For Hearings On Troops In Afghanistan, Syria

    US Senator Calls For Hearings On Troops In Afghanistan, Syria

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    US President Donald Trump will withdraw a large contingent of US troops from Afghanistan , US officials told media outlets on Thursday. IT may be the right decision made for the wrong reason and executed in the wrong way. Commander Rebecca Rebarich, a Pentagon spokeswoman, declined comment. Publicly, Trump's national security team has said its approach was effective.