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Four Americans killed in Afghanistan blast

Four Americans killed in Afghanistan blast

Four Americans were killed Saturday in a huge explosion inside the largest US military base in Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said. The Americans -- two servicemembers and two contractors -- were killed at Bagram Airfield by "an apparent suicide bomber," Carter said in a...

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Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters surrender in Chad

Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters surrender in Chad

Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters and their families have surrendered in Chad in the past month, security and U.N. sources said, in a sign the military campaign against them is making headway. Boko Haram, which has killed and kidnapped thousands of people, had seized an area approximately the...

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China says concerned about EU protectionism on steel imports

China says concerned about EU protectionism on steel imports

China is greatly concerned about the European Union's protectionist measures against Chinese steel products, the commerce ministry said on Saturday. "The Chinese side has expressed great concerns and worries about the EU's trade protectionist tendency over steel," the ministry said in a...

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Anti-Trump protesters gather for third night, one shot in Portland

Anti-Trump protesters gather for third night, one shot in Portland

Thousands of protesters took their frustrations over Donald Trump's election as the next U.S. president onto the streets on Friday and into Saturday in several cities, including Portland, Oregon, where one protester was shot. The unidentified man was wounded on Portland's Morrison Bridge at...

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Russia says will need U.N. guarantee for new Aleppo humanitarian pauses

Russia says will need U.N. guarantee for new Aleppo humanitarian pauses

 The Russian Defence Ministry said Saturday it would need the U.N. mission in Syria to formally confirm its ability to deliver aid to eastern Aleppo before Moscow agreed to any new humanitarian pauses in fighting in the shattered Syrian city. Moscow says previous temporary ceasefires on...

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Blast at Bagram airfield kills four, injures 14 as militants target largest US base in Afghanistan

Blast at Bagram airfield kills four, injures 14 as militants target largest US base in Afghanistan

(The Telegraph)- At least four people were killed and 14 others injured in an explosion inside the largest US military base in Afghanistan, Nato said, with the Taliban claiming responsibility. The explosion struck at dawn inside the heavily fortified Bagram Airfield north of Kabul, as the...

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Russia Reached Out to Trump, Clinton Camps During Election

Russia Reached Out to Trump, Clinton Camps During Election

(Bloomberg)- Russia said that it talked with the teams of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the U.S. presidential election as part of routine outreach during a campaign. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the Russian embassy in the U.S. held talks with the Trump camp that...

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South Koreans gather en masse for protest against president

South Koreans gather en masse for protest against president

South Koreans massed in the streets of central Seoul Saturday, preparing for the largest protest yet against scandal-plagued President Park Geun-hye. Police expected up that a demonstration on the main street leading to the presidential Blue House could draw as many as 170,000 people,...

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Spain king to visit Saudi with sale of warships on agenda

Spain king to visit Saudi with sale of warships on agenda

Spain's king will begin his first state visit to Saudi Arabia Saturday, with the possible sale of five warships to the oil-rich kingdom on top of the agenda, sparking protests from rights groups. Felipe VI will be accompanied during his three-day visit by Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis and...

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The Pentagon said it killed Islamist militants in Somalia

The Pentagon said it killed Islamist militants in Somalia

An American drone strike thought to have struck Islamist militants in Somalia actually killed 10 members of a regional force allied with the United States, according to results of a Pentagon investigation that have not yet been made public. The September incident sheds light on the...

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Pound posts best fortnight in eight years after Trump win

Pound posts best fortnight in eight years after Trump win

(The Guardian)- The battered pound has posted its best two-week performance in eight years after the surprise US election result took investor focus off the UK’s Brexit challenges. Market concerns shifted to the euro instead, on fears that Donald Trump’s victory will trigger a wave of...

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Hollande and Trump agreed to 'clarify' key issues including Middle East

Hollande and Trump agreed to 'clarify' key issues including Middle East

French President Francois Hollande and U.S President-elect Donald Trump had a phone conversation on Friday in which they agreed to clarify positions on key issues such as the Middle East and Ukraine, said a source in Hollande's camp. The source told Reuters that the phone conversation lasted...

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Young Muslims in the US say there are 'real Americans' and then the rest – Trump's victory reinforced that belief

Young Muslims in the US say there are 'real Americans' and then the rest – Trump's victory reinforced that belief

(Independent)- The mood is damp and oh so ugly. It is difficult to believe that in two months’ time, the first black President of the United States will hand over the keys to the White House to a man who got there on an Islamaphobic, xenophobic ticket and ended up being congratulated by a...

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With Trump, a major US shift in Mideast

With Trump, a major US shift in Mideast

President-elect Donald Trump's positions on Middle East issues, if carried out, could bring yet more volatility to the world's most combustible region. Besides vowing to rip up the international nuclear deal with Iran, Trump says he will ramp up the war on Islamic State militants; he could...

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Duterte turns sentimental at karaoke with Malaysian leader

Duterte turns sentimental at karaoke with Malaysian leader

It wasn't coarse language that got Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte attention this time; it was his crooning. He and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak performed karaoke at a state dinner in Malaysia on Thursday. Duterte sang Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" while Najib...

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US reinforcing troops in Europe as planned

US reinforcing troops in Europe as planned

The United States is continuing to reinforce its military forces in Europe as planned, irrespective of President-elect Donald Trump's future intentions, the Pentagon said Thursday. Trump, who will take office in January, raised serious concerns in Europe by promising during his campaign that...

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Melania Trump and Michelle Obama had an awkward first meeting, too

Melania Trump and Michelle Obama had an awkward first meeting, too

Michelle Obama carried on an awkward White House tradition when she hosted Melania Trump for tea Thursday. It was their first meeting, coming on the heels of the ugliest campaign in recent history. They talked about raising children and took a tour of the White House’s private residence...

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I know who killed Yasser Arafat’, says Palestine's President Abbas

I know who killed Yasser Arafat’, says Palestine's President Abbas

(Daily Sabah)- Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Thursday he knew who killed Yasser Arafat as he marked the 12th anniversary of the former leader's death but stopped short from giving a name. Speaking in front of thousands, Abbas said "you ask me who killed him, I know -- but my...

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