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The Pentagon would consider sending more US troops to Somalia

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The Pentagon would consider sending more US troops to Somalia

The Trump administration would consider deploying additional U.S. troops to Somalia should the troubled African nation request greater military aid to combat al-Qaida loyalists there, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis indicated Thursday. “That’s a decision we’ll take if it’s broached to us, and we’ll decide yes or no,” Mattis told reporters after attending a London security conference […]

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Military media map suggests only 10% of western Mosul under IS control

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Military media map suggests only 10% of western Mosul under IS control

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A map released by the Iraqi military media on Thursday suggested that government troops became in control over 90 percent of western Mosul. The map, posted by the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell, shows that only 10 percent remain under Islamic State militants’ control as the forces opened a new front of operations […]

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North Korea’s parliament has sent a rare letter of protest to the US House of Representatives over its new package of tougher sanctions.

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North Korea’s parliament has sent a rare letter of protest to the US House of Representatives over its new package of tougher sanctions.

North Korea’s parliament has sent a rare letter of protest to the US House of Representatives over its new package of tougher sanctions.  The sanctions were condemned as a “heinous act against humanity” by the foreign affairs committee of the North’s Supreme People’s Assembly, according to a state media report today. North Korea’s leader Kim […]

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‘Hysteria over my White House shoot is nonsense’ – Russian photographer who filmed Lavrov & Trump

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‘Hysteria over my White House shoot is nonsense’ – Russian photographer who filmed Lavrov & Trump

A Russian photographer from the TASS news agency, who was the official photographer for Russia’s Foreign Minister Lavrov during his US trip, has spoken out about the hype surrounding his recent work assignment, describing the criticism as “absurd and ludicrous.” On Wednesday, photographer Aleksandr Shcherbak, together with an American photojournalist, were in the Oval Office […]

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Macron poised to launch next stage of his French ‘revolution’

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Macron poised to launch next stage of his French ‘revolution’

Incoming French president Emmanuel Macron will on Thursday reveal a list of hundreds of candidates for his new centrist political party, as he seeks to win a parliamentary majority in next month’s general election. The presidential election left France’s traditional parties on the sidelines, with the conservative Republicans and ruling Socialists eliminated in the first […]

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Sister says that she is grateful for the care provided by treating doctors and medical staff in the UAE

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Sister says that she is grateful for the care provided by treating doctors and medical staff in the UAE

Eman’s family appreciate respect for privacy Abu Dhabi: Eman Abdul Atti has been in the UAE for nearly a week, and her family is delighted at the level of compassion she has received so far. Once billed as the heaviest woman in the world, the 36-year-old Egyptian is now being treated at the Burjeel Hospital […]

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Iranians cannot vote in Canada in upcoming election

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Iranians cannot vote in Canada in upcoming election

TEHRAN – According to the federal Canadian government, no polling stations will be set up for Iranian citizens in Canada to participate in Iran’s upcoming presidential election. The decision came a month after Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York sent a diplomatic note to Canadian officials requesting that polling stations be […]

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Somalia and its backers sign security pact to beef up army (Reuters)

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Somalia and its backers sign security pact to beef up army (Reuters)

(Recasts after end of conference with pact agreed, other details) By Estelle ShirbonLONDON, May 11 (Reuters) – Somalia’s government and its foreign backers on Thursday signed a security pact which they presented as a road map towards building a functional national army capable of taking on the fight against al Shabaab militants. The Al Qaeda-linked […]

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Israel asks US to annul UN resolution on settlements: Report

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Israel asks US to annul UN resolution on settlements: Report

Israel has appealed to the US to nullify UN Security Council Resolution 2334 which demands a halt to all settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories, a report says. The Israeli Foreign Ministry made the request to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley earlier this week, Ynetnews website reported on Thursday. This photo shows a […]

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S Korea for ‘parallel’ talks, sanctions to rein in North(Reuters/Seoul)

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S Korea for ‘parallel’ talks, sanctions to rein in North(Reuters/Seoul)

South Korea’s new president yesterday launched international efforts to defuse tension over North Korea’s weapons development, urging both dialogue and sanctions while also aiming to ease Chinese anger about a US anti-missile system. Moon Jae-in, a liberal former human rights lawyer, was sworn in on Wednesday and said in his first speech as president he […]

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