Voice Of America
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Although NATO's formal combat role in the country ended in 2014, it has a total of 13,000 troops in Afghanistan and is considering an increase in the number. "Sending a few thousand more U.S. and other NATO troops to Afghanistan will have at most a marginal effect. It may stabilize the front lines of a war where the main battles are in the rear, politics, governance, geo-economics, and diplomacy," said Barnett Rubin, associate director of the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. He added that a troop increase could be helpful if there is also an aggressive push for a political settlement, "but instead the military wants to postpone negotiation until we and the government are in a better position." Afghan defense officials and military commanders say they do not need more foreign fighters, rather more advisers for training, better equipment and engineering technology.
Sputnik International
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NATO officials have reiterated that they are searching for ways to engage in meaningful dialogue with Russia. Asked to comment, geopolitical expert Viktor Nadein-Rajewski said that for now, he doesn't see any constructive steps toward Moscow on the alliance's part.
ABC News - International
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BBC News 24
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And healing is very serious. I spoke to number of officials and the White House week behind closed doors and will tell you it is creating a cloud of suspicion over the White House but they're worried about Mr Kushner's rule. There is a very broad portfolio in the White House and I've heard he walks in the room and since he is the master of everything but has never served in Government. Witnesses knowledge base coming from how to act to navigate these very tricky.
The Event Chronicle
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At the time, the media even went so far as to laud Osama bin Laden — one of the most influential figures in Brzezinski’s covert operation. We all know how that story ended. Even with full knowledge of what his CIA-funded creation had become, in 1998 Brzezinski stated the following to his interviewers: “What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?” The interviewer at the time, refusing to allow this answer to pass, retorted: “Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.” Brzezinski dismissed this statement outright, replying: “Nonsense!” This occurred back when the journalists asked government officials pressing questions, a rare occurrence today.
Voice Of America
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U.S. President Donald Trump is defending Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, who news reports say attempted to establish a back-channel communications link to Russian officials in the weeks before Trump assumed power in January. “Jared is doing a great job for the country,” Trump told The New York Times late Sunday. “I have total confidence in him. He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars. In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person.” The 36-year-old Kushner, a New York real estate executive before joining Trump's White House staff, is married to Trump's oldest daughter Ivanka, who also is a White House adviser. Kushner, according to several news accounts, sought to create the secret communications link with Moscow as he met with the Kremlin's ambassador to the U.
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EDIS Emergency & Disaster Alert
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At least 11 people died when a severe thunderstorm hit the Russian capital Moscow, health officials say. Hundreds of trees were toppled by the storm, and more than 50 people sought medical help. Reports say that electrical cables were damaged as Moscow was lashed with high winds, hail and torrential rain. The winds of up to 110 km/h (70 mph) were described by meteorologists as extremely rare for the city, and caused structural damage to buildings. If the death toll of 11 is confirmed - and some officials give a lower figure - it would be the deadliest storm in the city for more than 100 ...
The Iran Project
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TasnimIran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani slammed Washington’s backing for Saudi rulers whose hands are stained with the blood of Yemenis, saying US President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Riyadh showed the true color of the so-called advocate of human rights. “We all witnessed how the US president went to a country whose rulers have their hands stained with the blood of Yemen’s innocent people and have committed the gravest war crimes,” Ayatollah Amoli Larijani said in a meeting of high-ranking judiciary officials on Monday, referring to Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia. Since March 25, 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to Yemen’s fugitive former president. According to Yemen’s Legal Center of Rights and Development, the Saudi campaign has claimed the lives of over 12,000 Yemenis and left more than 20,000 others wounded.
Voice Of America
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Turkey has intensified its crackdown on Islamic State-associated militants since the deadly New Year's Eve attack on Istanbul's Reina nightclub that was claimed by IS, according to officials and analysts. Data gathered by the private Turkish firm S Bilisim Danismanlik said eight IS militants were killed in Turkey this year, with nearly 500 others arrested and 525 convicted. In addition, Turkey said its recently completed military operation in northern Syria, known as Euphrates Shield, killed 2,288 IS members since it began last August, including 750 this year. In past years, Turkey came under blistering criticism for allowing IS militants from other countries to gain passage into neighboring Syria and Iraq and letting IS sympathizers gain havens in the country's southeast region. Turkey has been targeted by IS militants several times including the Reina attack by an Uzbek gunman that took 39 lives and wounded many others.
BBC Parliament
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pre-empt the consultation. We have right now officials from my department are over in the United States with American officials working because what we see is they do respond to pressure. The best example is we think they have the technology and the capability to change the algorithms they use that maximises profit over something safety
Mondoweiss
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The meeting was held at the site one of the holiest in Judaism to mark Israel's capture of the Old City 50 years ago in the Six-Day War ... Israel sees all of Jerusalem as its undivided capital, while the Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. Israeli infrastructure projects in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank draw harsh criticism from the Palestinians and many in the international community. The cable car project has been discussed for several years, with Israeli officials saying it is needed to ease access to the heavily visited Western Wall. In 2015, France-based utility giant Suez Environnement said that, because of political sensitivities, it had decided not to take part in the project. Another example of such controversy occurred last week, when Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that European diplomats declined to attend a tour of new Israeli rail tunnels because part of the line crosses the West Bank.
Daily Mail - Australia
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A Monash University lecturer has been suspended after suggesting Chinese officials were only truthful when they were drunk in a quiz.
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The Event Chronicle
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But perhaps he should not have been so eager to take credit, because what goes up must come down. The following is an excerpt from a recent Vanity Fair articleAccording to Douglas Ramsay, chief investment officer of the Leuthold Group, Trump administration officials will come to regret gloating about the market’s performance. That’s because Trump enters the White House during one of the most richly valued stock markets in U.S. history. The last president to come in at such valuations was George W. Bush, and the dot-com bubble burst soon afterward. Bill Clinton began his second term in a more overvalued stock market in 1997, and exited unscathed. But if his timing were different by just a year, he would have been blamed for the early-aughts market crash. This stock market bubble was not primarily created by Barack Obama, Donald Trump or any other politician.
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The Sun Daily - World News
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Floods reached roof level and cut off access to many rural Sri Lankan villages, disrupting life for half a million people, many of them workers on rubber plantations, officials said. Villagers in Agalawatte, in a key rubber-growing area 74km southeast of the capital, Colombo, said they were losing hope of water levels falling soon after the heaviest rain since 2003. Fifty-three villagers died and 58 were missing. "All access to our village is cut off. A landslide took place inside the village and several houses are buried," Mohomed Abdulla, 46, told Reuters. Some areas in the southern coastal district of Galle, popular with foreign tourists, have not received relief due to lack of access. "My entire village is cut off and nobody can come to this village," C.M. Chandrapla, 54, told Reuters by phone from the tourist village of Neluwa. "There have been no supplies for the past two days.
Sky News
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