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Probe: US bomb set off Islamic State devices

The probe concluded that the US strike in the Al-Jadida district inadvertently triggered explosives placed in the building by Islamic State fighters, causing it to collapse. But there's a strong case to be that made airstrikes that kill civilians aid the cause of terrorist organizations like ISIS. "Furthermore, weapons and structural experts concluded, based on extensive modeling, the structural damage to the building was in a different location, and was in excess of what could have been ... Read More

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Singapore conduct joint naval exercises, China voices concern

Singapore conduct joint naval exercises, China voices concern

China violated its sovereign rights of the Philippines in its economic zones including the Scarborough Shoal and the Reed Bank, a large tablemount (underwater mountain) rich in oil and gas deposits. Duterte, who met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing this week, said he was making the threat public in response to domestic criticism he was being too weak with China over the dispute. Read More

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Mulvaney defends Trump budget's social safety net cuts

He was talking about fiscal 2027. "It's a taxpayer-first budget", Mulvaney said . Top GOP leaders in Congress are praising President Donald Trump's budget plan for promising a balanced federal ledger over time . On Tuesday, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) criticized the budget's impact on poor people, saying in a statement that "the proposed cuts to some federal programs are not mere shavings; they are rather deep and harmful to my district spanning Kentucky's Appalachian region and other ... Read More

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Trump flight from Saudi to Israel thought to be first ever

The president's first speech overseas provided an opportunity to show his strength and resolve, in contrast to his struggle to contain a mushrooming scandal at home after his firing of former FBI Director James Comey almost two weeks ago. Speaking with CNBC on Monday, Ross enthused that the president was able to conduct his business in Saudi Arabia without having to face any dissenting voices as he regularly has to face in the United States . Read More

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Iranian president calls US relations 'a curvy road'

Defense Secretary James Mattis and the National Security Adviser Michael Flynn also seconded this and accused Iran of what they termed "state-sponsored terrorism". "American officials should know that whenever we need to technically test a missile, we will do so and will not wait for their permission", Mr Rouhani said in a news conference, broadcast live on state TV. Read More

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China urges North Korea to not violate United Nations resolutions again

John Schilling, a missile expert contributing to Washington's 38 North think tank, estimated it would take until at least 2020 for North Korea to be able to develop an ICBM capable of reaching the U.S. In an interview with "Fox News Sunday", U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the ongoing testing is "disappointing" and "disturbing". The statement came a day after the UNSC released a unanimously-backed statement, strongly censuring North Korea's latest missile test and urging the UN's ... Read More

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Trump 'hopeful' of brokering Middle-east peace deal

Speaking with CNN before Trump's speech, Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog also said he sensed a change in the region amid efforts by Trump and his team of negotiators to shake up the status quo in the peace process. Trump has repeatedly underscored USA support for Israel during his first global trip as president. After he and Abbas embraced on the red carpet at the entrance to the compound, Trump reviewed an honor guard of Palestinian security forces who had been trained by the United ... Read More

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Syria denies building crematory for political prisoners

Syria denies building crematory for political prisoners

An Israeli minister says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is to blame for the sufferings of the Arab state and should be assassinated, a day after the U.S. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura. "Yesterday the U.S. administration pulled out a new Hollywood screenplay disconnected from reality, accusing the Syrian government of having, according to the administration, built a crematorium at the Saydnaya prison". Read More

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North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

The country's official Korean Central News Agency says the missile fired Sunday Korea time was a Hwasong-12 "capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead". Putin reiterated Moscow's stance that it will not tolerate a nuclear-armed North Korea, saying it would be counterproductive, harmful and risky. "It appears to have not only demonstrated an intermediate-range ballistic missile that might enable them to reliably strike the US base at Guam, but more importantly, may represent a ... Read More

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Ashes fear as player strike looms in Australia

Ashes fear as player strike looms in Australia

Australia's cricket board has warned players will not be given alternative contracts if they fail to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement in an escalation of a protracted and increasingly bitter pay dispute. The players want it done. After two decades of the financial model, where cricketers have received about 25 per cent of total revenue, CA want to dismantle it in a bid for greater flexibility to distribute funds - much to the dismay of the cricketers. Read More

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Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of 'ultimate deal'

Next stop for Trump is Israel, in pursuit of 'ultimate deal'

Erekat, however, warned against relocating the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem . The last round of talks reached an impasse on April 2014, mainly over Israel's refusal to halt the construction in the West Bank settlements. Palestinians, who viewed Trump's victory with some trepidation, are said to have been pleasantly surprised by Trump's openness during a recent meeting with Abbas in Washington. Read More

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Israeli settler set free after killing Palestinian

Israeli troops arrested Yussef Derieh, an ambulance driver from the village of Aqraba, near the main northern West Bank city of Nablus, who veered his vehicle to the opposite lane and blocked the settler's auto. Similar marches were witnessed across various West Bank districts. Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the Gaza-run health ministry told reporters in Gaza that eight young men were shot and moderately wounded by the Israeli soldiers' gunfire near the borders. Read More

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Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls wants to be Macron candidate

Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls wants to be Macron candidate

After his victory on Sunday night, Merkel praised the success of Macron and his independent, politically centrist En Marche! movement. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, told Macron: "I am delighted that the ideas you defended of a strong and progressive Europe, which protects all its citizens, will be those that you will carry into your presidency". Read More

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Donor angry at failure to move Israel embassy

Friedman is an orthodox Jew who has raised funds for a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank that Israel captured together with East Jerusalem 50 years ago. The current CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt , urged the White House to clarify its stance following the report . The controversy is over the Western Wall , or Kotel. Read More

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Trump NSA says status of Western Wall a 'policy decision'

President Donald Trump will visit the Western Wall unaccompanied by Israeli leaders in order to emphasize the overarching message of his overseas tour: unifying the three Abrahamic religions against the common threat of terrorism. Jewish groups, did not reflect U.S. policy. The suggestion that the Western Wall became a holy site for Jews only after we retook the area in 1967 is preposterous. Read More

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Trump and Erdogan to work toward finding Syria consensus

Trump and Erdogan to work toward finding Syria consensus

In the months that followed, almost 150,000 soldiers, judges, academics, journalists and others were detained or lost their jobs in a roundup of suspected sympathizers. So why is the pro-Erdoğan media dropping hints that Turkey could cut its ties with the U.S.in an instant? But the meeting will take place with a White House still responding to what a senior USA official said was disclosure of classified information about an Islamic State terror threat involving laptop computers on aircraft. Read More

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