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Trump has received pointed criticism from several congressional Republicans and others for his Syria decision who warn that ISIS is not yet wholly defeated in Syria and that a withdrawal will abandon allies on the ground. Trump's Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and special envoy to the global coalition fighting Islamic State Brett McGurk have both resigned, at least in part, because of Syria.
  • Turkey sends new troops to Kurdish-held northern Syria

    Turkey sends new troops to Kurdish-held northern Syria

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    But on Wednesday Trump said he was ordering a withdrawal of the estimated 2,000 United States troops in Syria because IS had been defeated, an assessment rubbished by many. Following Trump's move , Erdoğan said Friday that Turkey had made a decision to postpone its cross-border operation into areas controlled by the YPG in eastern Syria for some time.
  • Chasing peace in the middle of war in Afghanistan

    Chasing peace in the middle of war in Afghanistan

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    The U.S. military has increased airstrikes and put more of its troops in harm's way this year to shore up the struggling Afghan security forces, which have been leading the war effort since 2015. "They are a courageous, committed and increasingly capable force, who have ensured the security of the parliamentary elections earlier this year". Trump's reported decision apparently surprised Afghan officials, even though the US president had previously voiced opposition to the USA war effort there.
  • USA top court rejects Trump bid to enforce asylum restrictions

    USA top court rejects Trump bid to enforce asylum restrictions

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    Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Chief Justice John Roberts all ruled against Trump, While Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh dissented. A divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in San Francisco, refused to stay Tigar's order. "Just as we may not, as we are often reminded, 'legislate from the bench, ' neither may the executive legislate from the Oval Office", Judge Jay Bybee, ...
  • USA veteran sets up GoFundMe for ‘ladders to get over Trump’s wall’

    USA veteran sets up GoFundMe for ‘ladders to get over Trump’s wall’

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    So far, the fundraiser has received contributions from more than 140,000 people. Brian Kolfage aims to raise $1 billion. Of those, 19 percent said they'd be willing to pay an extra $100 a year in taxes, and 19 percent said they'd be willing to pay an extra $300 a year in taxes; 2 percent said they would pay more than $1,000 a year in extra taxes each year to help pay for the wall.
  • U.S. government shuts down at midnight as House adjourns with no deal

    U.S. government shuts down at midnight as House adjourns with no deal

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    Trump took ownership of the shutdown last week, proclaiming on live television that he'd be "proud" to close the government over his demands for the wall. But funding for other agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the Agriculture Department, was set to expire at midnight on Friday.
  • Grassley hails criminal justice bill's passing

    Grassley hails criminal justice bill's passing

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    The push for the legislation gained momentum as progressive Democrats were joined by fiscal conservatives, who saw the potential for savings if the US prison population was reduced, along with religious conservatives who preached the importance of giving people a second chance.
  • United Kingdom accuses China of 'widespread cyber intrusion' campaign

    United Kingdom accuses China of 'widespread cyber intrusion' campaign

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    Court papers say they hacked computer service providers to gain access to the networks of businesses and governments in order to steal intellectual property and business data. Two Chinese nationals have been charged in the United States over their alleged membership of a hacking group operating in China known in global intelligence circles as Advanced Persistent Threat 10, or APT10.
  • Trump defends personal charity accused of illegal activities

    Trump defends personal charity accused of illegal activities

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    Bondi later allowed Trump to host a $3,000-per-head fundraiser in her honor at Mar-a-Lago, which according to the New York Times raised at least $50,000. An attorney for the charity, Alan Futerfas, called the attorney general's statement "misleading", saying the foundation had been seeking to dissolve since Trump's election in 2016.
  • SA Enlists Interpol To Effect Arrest On Grace Mugabe

    SA Enlists Interpol To Effect Arrest On Grace Mugabe

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    After the alleged beating with an electric cable came to light in August 2017, the South African government granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity . Harare lawyer Wilson Manase, who has represented Grace before, said he was in London and had no instructions to represent the former First Lady in her South African legal problems.
  • Trump wavers after scathing criticism from allies over wall

    Trump wavers after scathing criticism from allies over wall

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    If passed, the seven-week spending bill will allow several key federal government departments to keep operating until February 8, averting a partial shutdown. In 2013, Schumer voted for the so-called "Gang of Eight" amnesty bill, which also contained funding for construction of a wall. The turn of events kick-started negotiations that had been nearly nonexistent since last week's televised meeting at the White House, when Trump neither accepted nor rejected the Democrats' offer.
  • US Special Envoy to visit Seoul on denuclearization progress

    US Special Envoy to visit Seoul on denuclearization progress

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    Stephen Biegun, the USA special representative for North Korea, made the announcement to reporters as he arrived in Seoul for a four-day trip to meet with his South Korean counterpart, Lee Do-hoon, and other officials. The State Department said communication between both sides was "ongoing" but sanctions relief would come after they achieved the goal of a "final, fully verified denuclearisation".
  • Trump Administration Bans Bump Stocks, Says They're Equal to Machine Guns

    Trump Administration Bans Bump Stocks, Says They're Equal to Machine Guns

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    The Trump administration has moved to officially ban bump stocks , which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, and has made them illegal to possess beginning in late March. "We are faithfully following President Trump's leadership by making clear that bump stocks , which turn semiautomatics into machine guns, are illegal".
  • Lindsey Graham Attacks Trump for Plan to Pull out of Syria

    Lindsey Graham Attacks Trump for Plan to Pull out of Syria

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    In both Iraq and Syria, Kurdish groups have been among the most effective fighters against IS, bolstered by air support, intelligence, equipment and training from Western and Gulf powers. A US withdrawal opens Trump up to criticism if Islamic State reemerged. The partnership with the SDF over the past several years has led to the defeat of the IS group in Syria but outraged North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey, which views Kurdish YPG forces in the alliance as an extension of ...
  • It’s Official: U.S. Troops are Leaving Syria

    It’s Official: U.S. Troops are Leaving Syria

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    The United States still has about 2,000 troops in Syria, many of them special operations forces working closely with an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF. The coalition's operations in Iraq are conducted in cooperation with the Iraqi government, but those in Syria are not authorized by the Syrian government or the UN Security Council.
  • Trump Caves on Border Wall

    Trump Caves on Border Wall

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    Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - set to become speaker of the House when Democrats take control of the chamber January 3 - and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer shot down the proposal, saying the $1.6 billion in border security funding in proposed legislation is sufficient.
  • Trump argues he 'never directed' longtime fixer to break law

    Trump argues he 'never directed' longtime fixer to break law

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    He pleaded guilty to several charges, including campaign finance violations and lying to Congress. "Whatever he did, he did on his own". "And he knew it was wrong?" But Cohen , asked if Trump knew the payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal were wrong, said "of course".
  • Brexit pressure rises; UK govt says no to 2nd vote

    Brexit pressure rises; UK govt says no to 2nd vote

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    But EU leaders told her the negotiated withdrawal agreement was "not open for renegotiation" , although some clarification was possible. But the longer it takes, the louder the voices urging a change of tack and putting pressure on the main opposition Labour Party to move against the government .
  • USA federal judge strikes down Obamacare as unconstitutional

    USA federal judge strikes down Obamacare as unconstitutional

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    An earlier Supreme Court decision upheld the ACA based on the view that the penalty was a tax and thus the law was valid because it relied on appropriate power allowed Congress under the Constitution. If the case reaches the Supreme Court, it would be the third time the high court considers a challenge to ACA provisions. "I don't want people to be confused and think that somehow they're being denied their health insurance".