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14K Mideast troop deployment flat out wrong: Pentagon

The U.S. is not considering the deployment of additional troops to the Middle East, Pentagon chief confirmed on Friday. “As the Department has stated repeatedly, we were never discussing or considering sending 14,000 additional troops to the Middle East,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement. “Reports of this are flat out wrong” Esper […]

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Florida shooting suspect a Saudi trainee, says governor

The shooter who killed 3 people at Naval Air Station (NAS) in the U.S. state of Florida was a Saudi military trainee, the governor said Friday. The gunman also injured eight others before being shot and killed by deputies. “There’s going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, being […]

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Refugees struggle to survive at EU borders amid winter

Hundreds of migrants and refugees stuck in a makeshift camp in a Bosnian forest are struggling to survive in subzero temperatures, spurring fears that some may die unless Croatian officials allow entrance so that they can proceed to European countries such as Germany, France, the Netherlands and Italy. Hundreds of irregular migrants taking shelter in […]

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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to Meet in US over Nile Dam Dispute

Egypt said officials from the three Nile basin countries will meet in the US to “assess the results” of their recent negotiations about Ethiopia’s soon-to-be-finished mega-dam project, which Cairo says threatens its water supply. Tuesday’s statement by Egypt’s irrigation ministry said the meeting in Washington next week will assess the conclusions of two rounds of […]

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‘Very, very nasty’: Trump clashes with Macron before NATO summit

(London) – U.S. President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron clashed over the future of NATO on Tuesday before a summit intended to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Western military alliance. In sharp exchanges underlining discord in a transatlantic bloc hailed by backers as the most successful military pact in history, Trump demanded […]

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European, Turkish leaders agree on fighting terror ‘in all its forms’

Turkish, German, French, and British leaders agreed on Tuesday to continue the fight against terrorism in “all its forms,” while helping refugees return voluntarily to Syria, said a statement from the British Prime Minister’s office. “The leaders said they would work to create the conditions for the safe, voluntary and sustainable return of refugees [in […]

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As NATO meets, Russia’s Putin says open for dialogue

Speaking as NATO leaders gathered in London for a summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Moscow is ready to cooperate with the alliance on a number of issues. Russia considers NATO expansion eastward a threat to its national sovereignty, but expects the interests of common European security will prevail and the alliance […]

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COP25: UN chief issues stark warning as climate summit begins

Dozens of world leaders plan to attend as Guterres says ‘point of no return no longer over horizon’ on climate change. Madrid, Spain – United Nations leaders and delegates arrived at COP25 on Monday in Madrid to begin a two-week summit on climate change, amid dire warnings from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of the fast-rising […]

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UAE drones strike house in Libya, killing 11

Nine children and two women, one of them pregnant, were killed Sunday in Murzuq, Libya as a result of bombardment by drones operated by the United Arab Emirates, which backs Khalifa Haftar’s rogue administration, local news outlets reported. Drones operated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which backs Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, struck a house […]

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21 killed in gunfight near US border in Mexico

At least 21 people were killed in a gunfight between armed civilians and the Mexican security sources near the U.S. border in northern Mexico, according to local media on Sunday. An hour-long gun battle took place in Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state, Miguel Angel Riquelme, the state governor told local media. Riquelme said […]