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With the YPG at its forefront, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seized Manbij in 2016 from ISIS, a milestone in the US-backed battle against the militants. He said Turkey's military was continuing its preparations. The French, after all, knew their bases were vulnerable without the United States, and similarly must've assumed Turkey knew that as well.
  • Led coalition reports recent air strikes on ISIS in Syria

    Led coalition reports recent air strikes on ISIS in Syria

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    Critics say Trump's decision will make it harder to find a diplomatic solution to Syria's seven-year-old conflict. The coalition said its attacks during the week of december 16-22, including air strikes and "coordinated fires", had destroyed logistics facilities and staging areas used by Islamic State, damaged the group's ability to finance its activities and "removed several hundred ISIS fighters from the battlefield".
  • Tsunami Kills 3 Members of Indonesian Rock Band

    Tsunami Kills 3 Members of Indonesian Rock Band

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    Now this disaster has displaced 11,000 more people in Java and Sumatra, who are residing in government buildings and camping out in tents beside hospitals. "I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the Indonesian people who have been hit so hard once again by natural disaster", Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said on Twitter .
  • Afghans, diplomats surprised by report of Trump plan to pull out troops

    Afghans, diplomats surprised by report of Trump plan to pull out troops

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    Tuesday was also the day Trump told the Pentagon he wanted to pull all United States forces out of Syria . While this appears like a decision which has a potential to return the 1990s situation back in Afghanistan, fortunately, regional states such as China, Russia, Iran, and Pakistan are much more prepared and invested to make sure that Kabul doesn't simply implode.
  • Mulvaney: 'Very possible' shutdown goes into 2019

    Mulvaney: 'Very possible' shutdown goes into 2019

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    The US president said border security remained at the centre of discussions after he demanded $5bn (£4bn) to fund the construction of a wall along the US border with Mexico. But they did not rule out action if a deal were struck. "The next scheduled session day will be on the 27th of December", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor.
  • With Friday night deadline, funding fight shifts to Senate

    With Friday night deadline, funding fight shifts to Senate

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    In a series of tweets on Friday morning, President Donald Trump urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to "fight for the wall and border security as hard as he fought for anything" against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) by invoking the so-called "nuclear option" to pass a budget ahead of a looming shutdown deadline.
  • Bipartisan criminal justice bill clears Congress

    Bipartisan criminal justice bill clears Congress

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    In a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, Grassley says the bill will give an untold number of Americans renewed hope this Christmas season that "their father, mother, son or daughter" will soon have a chance to redeem themselves.
  • US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to retire

    US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to retire

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    Keane, a retired four-star Army general - who's also a former Army vice chief of staff - has been suggested as a possible replacement for Mattis, even though he recently said he doesn't "intend to go back into public service". Sanders said that Mr. Trump did not ask Mattis to resign. A senior administration official told CNN's Jake Tapper that Mattis was "vehemently opposed" to the Syria decision , but Mattis' letter appears to point to various foreign policy views.
  • DHS: Immigrants seeking asylum in U.S. will be sent to Mexico

    DHS: Immigrants seeking asylum in U.S. will be sent to Mexico

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    In a statement, Kirstjen M. Nielsen, the secretary of Department of Homeland Security, said many never showed up to their court dates, creating a "catch and release" problem. For example, asylum officers from Citizenship and Immigration Services do the initial screening, something called a credible fear claim. "This will also allow us to focus more attention on those who are actually fleeing persecution".
  • United States charges Chinese nationals with computer hacking of Navy, NASA

    United States charges Chinese nationals with computer hacking of Navy, NASA

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    According to the USA indictment , Zhu and Zhang were part of a group known as Advanced Persistent Threat 10, APT10, that has been infiltrating computers systems since at least 2006. aviation industry secrets. The NCSC assesses that it is highly likely that APT 10 has an enduring relationship with the Chinese Ministry of State Security, and operates to meet Chinese State requirements.
  • Ukraine Orthodox priests to establish independent church

    Ukraine Orthodox priests to establish independent church

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    The council was held in Saint Sophia Cathedral, bringing together about 200 representatives of Ukraine's religious community. The Orthodox leader also criticized Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for what he called an "unabashed" hostility to the church.
  • Ridiculous! Conservative MP blames BREXIT for SEXIST attacks on women

    Ridiculous! Conservative MP blames BREXIT for SEXIST attacks on women

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    Tory lawmaker Vicky Ford said the speaker had himself used the phrase "stupid woman". Mr Watson added: "On a very personal level, I have been around a long time so you try not to let these things get to you". He said: "He did not call her a stupid woman and so I don't think there's any basis for an apology". Mr Boles said yesterday he would resign the party whip and vote against the government if there was a vote on a "no deal" Brexit .
  • China takes aim at Japan's plan to boost defence spending

    China takes aim at Japan's plan to boost defence spending

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    Under the 10-year plan, Japan will improve the defence of its outlying Pacific islands in response to Chinese military expansion, as Tokyo - the US's key ally in the Asia-Pacific - comes under pressure from the Trump administration to take more responsibility for its own security.
  • Syria conflict: United States 'planning to withdraw troops'

    Syria conflict: United States 'planning to withdraw troops'

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who remains concerned about Iranian efforts in the area, reacted in noncommittal fashion after talking with Trump by telephone. The withdrawal of US troops comes as the USA approaches an end of a coalition campaign to recapture territory once controlled by IS. Ankara has said it plans to launch an operation against the Kurdish militia, known as the YPG (Kurdish People's Protection Units).
  • North Korea threatens to kill nuclear talks over human rights sanctions

    North Korea threatens to kill nuclear talks over human rights sanctions

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    The White House, however, has given no hint that it is ready to lift the measures. But in the months since the June summit in Singapore, little progress has been made, with the US saying that sanctions would remain in place until the North's "final, fully verified denuclearization" and Pyongyang condemning "gangster-like" USA demands - including a reported appeal for an exhaustive list of the country's nuclear sites.
  • Russia Rejects Reports Alleging Extensive US Election Meddling

    Russia Rejects Reports Alleging Extensive US Election Meddling

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    It criticized Russian Federation for leveraging social media to wage "propaganda" operations and run a multi-year campaign "to manipulate and influence Americans, exploiting social and political divisions". And the study notes that as media coverage in the USA zeroed in on the IRA's operations on Facebook and Twitter, the group shifted much of its activities to Instagram.
  • Boxed In by Trump, GOP Hurtles Toward a Shutdown

    Boxed In by Trump, GOP Hurtles Toward a Shutdown

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    Even if it is completely successful in stopping illegal border-crossings, it won't stop people from coming to the USA legally and then overstaying their visas. The answer for Democrats is simple: Don't refuse the wall; use the wall. That is what Democrats claim they want to do as well. It was clear by the president's reaction that he will shut down the government without funding for the wall.
  • China Suspends Additional Tariffs On US-Made Vehicles For 3 Months

    China Suspends Additional Tariffs On US-Made Vehicles For 3 Months

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    In July, China hiked its tariffs on U.S. autos and parts after the United States raised its tariffs on Chinese vehicles and parts to 27.5 percent. The move was seen as the first concrete result of the U.S. Earlier this year, China hiked its tariffs on US autos and parts after the United States raised its tariffs on Chinese vehicles and parts to 27.5 percent.
  • Suspected gas explosion destroys eatery in Japan, hurts 42

    Suspected gas explosion destroys eatery in Japan, hurts 42

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    The two-story wooden building, which also housed a clinic, was seriously damaged, a Sapporo fire department official told AFP. Japanese police were investigating on Monday (Dec 17) the cause of a powerful blast that ripped through a restaurant in the country's north overnight, injuring 42 people and damaging surrounding buildings.
  • 'The Man Doesn't Tell the Truth'

    'The Man Doesn't Tell the Truth'

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    The affairs allegedly happened years before, so the timing of the hush payments right before an election immediately raised questions. US President Donald Trump knew it was wrong to arrange payments to two women during the presidential campaign, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen claimed.