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New Afghanistan troop plan goes to White House next week

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The Pentagon is also weighing a plan to deploy an unspecified number of Special Operations troops supposedly to escalate ground operations against al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIL) militants. Most those forces are involved in training and advising Afghan troops. Army Gen. John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan , told senators in February that USA -led coalition efforts in the country had reached a "stalemate". Read More »

Violence, Bloodshed Mount in Afghanistan, Report Says

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Sopko's report provides a reality check for the Trump administration and Defense Secretary James Mattis, who visited Afghanistan in April ahead of an expected recommendation to President Donald Trump about future troop levels and strategy. Read More »

Obama admin asked that 1934 Americans' names be 'unmasked' in intel

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NSA said it will no longer collect "upstream internet communications" between US individuals who talked about a foreign intelligence target and will delete previously acquired upstream digital records "as soon as practicable". The report showed that even under the new law, the NSA still collected more than 151 million records about Americans' phone calls a year ago. Both Republican and Democratic members of the congressional intelligence committees have said that so far they have found no ... Read More »

UT Austin stabbing: Here's what happened and what we know so far

Her body was discovered near a creek and investigators declared her death a homicide. Authorities are still working to figure out the motive behind the attack. After the suspect was apprehended, three other victims were attended to by campus police within a block of where the assailant was arrested. "I saw a guy holding a knife". Read More »

With unusual praise, Trump says he could meet Kim Jong Un

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Trump said he "would be honored" to meet North Korea's brutal dictator under the right circumstances. After Trump told Bloomberg News he would be honored to meet with Kim, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters the United States would need to see North Korea's provocative behavior ratcheted down immediately. Read More »

Healing garden to open at children's hospital in DC

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The first lady allegedly earned more than $20,000 (£16,000) in the seven weeks before she acquired legal permission to work. The garden is named for Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a friend of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. As the President Donald Trump administration argues any minor "misrepresentation" during the naturalization process could lead to deportation, Melania Trump could be at risk. Read More »

US Defense Secretary visits Afghanistan following deadly attack

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Mattis also accused Russian Federation of providing weapons to the Taliban for use against American-backed forces in Afghanistan - a charge Moscow denies . government audit reveals that "the Afghan government can not survive without continued donor financial assistance". However, Mattis can't meet with his Afghan counterpart, or the head of the Afghan military, as those guys quit Monday. Read More »

Pakistan PM fires advisor over newspaper leak, army rejects actions

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In an unusual move, Pakistan's powerful army today "rejected" Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's decision to sack his trusted aide Tariq Fatemi for "leaking" information to the media, saying his action is "incomplete". The army rejected Sharif's directive without elaborating on actions government should take. The APNS will also be asked to develop a code of conduct for the print media especially when dealing with issues relating to the security of Pakistan and to ensure that stories on issues of ... Read More »

Chris Soules' phone use could determine outcome in fatal crash

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He is accused of not immediately stopping his vehicle at the scene and failing to return and remain at the scene of the crash, according to a police report . Mosher later was declared dead at a local hospital. Police have Chris Soules' phone and are looking into whether or not he was texting, talking on the phone or posting to social media at the time of his auto crash, according to TMZ . Read More »

Prominent firm to defend 'Bachelor' star in Iowa crash case

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Soules, uninjured, allegedly left the scene of the accident prior to the arrival of law enforcement. Police audio shows that Soules called 911 to report the accident and sought help for Mosher before leaving the scene in another vehicle. Soules, before law enforcement was even present from the scene, took off", state lawyer Jenna Zaputil said. The reality star was released after posting $10,000 bail, and is scheduled to appear in court on May 2. Read More »

Ansari invites Polish businesses to invest in India

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Ansari is on a three-day state visit to Poland and will meet Polish President Andrzej Duda, who will make a state visit to India later this year. The Vice President said that India's 29 states now offer a climate of both cooperative and competitive federalism, with quantum improvements in investment conditions in different Indian states. Read More »

Oilers eliminate Sharks with 3-1 win in Game 6

SAN JOSE , Calif. (AP) - After a more than a decade-long playoff drought in Edmonton, the Oilers are in no hurry to leave the NHL's postseason party. Not surprised. "Happy to be back and happy to be progressing in the right direction. The two that sting are the 1-0 game in Game 3 - a momentum-turning game - and Game 5 in Edmonton, with the lead with two minutes left". Read More »

Venezuela threatens to exit OAS as pressure on Maduro mounts

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Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, completed math homework and lined up motorcycles on main roads around Venezuela Monday as part of a sit-in against the government. "We're not going to continue allowing legal and institutional violations that are arbitrary and surpass any moral, ethical and licit boundary that nations in this regional organization should respect", Rodriguez said. Read More »

Venezuela pro-government protester dies, raising toll to 21

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Amid another day of nationwide opposition rallies, the worst trouble in Caracas on Wednesday occurred when National Guard troops and police blocked off a highway where several thousand demonstrators were marching downtown. In 2014, 43 people died within months of demonstrations against Maduro, the successor to the late leader Hugo Chavez . According to reports, almost 1,300 people have been detained in clashes since a Supreme Court ruling that stripped congress of its powers. Read More »

Nasdaq ends above 6000 for first time as USA stocks rally again

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 1.1 per cent to end the day at 20,996.43, while the S&P 500 rose 0.6 per cent to 2,388.58. The tech sector in the S&P 500 has gained nearly 14% this year. President Trump's promise to unveil a hefty corporate tax cut today and investor relief after the first round of the French elections at the weekend helped to push USA markets higher. Read More »

American's Detention An Act Of 'Flailing' North Korea Leader: Nikki Haley

At the meeting, army Gen. Pak Yong Sik, North Korea's minister of defense, reiterated Pyongyang's claim that the country is ready to use pre-emptive strikes or any other measures it deems necessary to defend itself against the "U.S. North Korean men and women walk, some pushing their bicycles along a residential area on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Yun says China especially has "a very, very important role" to play. Read More »

Arkansas execution drugs intended for surgery, heart issues

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Hutchinson said he would meet with the state's lawyers and its prison officials on Monday to discuss Arkansas' next moves as it attempts to conduct executions for the first time since 2005. The manufacturers of the three drugs object to their use in executions. Actor Johnny Depp greets someone as he walks to the podium to speak at a rally opposing Arkansas' upcoming executions, which are set to begin next week, on the front steps of the Capitol Friday, April 14, 2017 , in Little Rock, ... Read More »

Wildfires rage across Florida, destroying homes and displacing thousands

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The subdivision includes about 800 homes, fire officials said . That fire, which sparked Thursday afternoon and is 10-percent contained, is threatening homes. Jim Karels, director of Florida Forest Service, said the fires had been experienced earlier than normally expected. Since then, a few other smaller fires have started and been brought under control. Read More »

Saudi king names son as US envoy as ties boosted with Trump

Salman, surrounded by key Saudi officials, greeted Sissi as he stepped off the plane in the capital Riyadh and hosted him for lunch, the official Saudi Press Agency said. The US provides logistical and intelligence support for that Saudi-led coalition. Prince Khaled will be replacing Prince Abdullah Al Saud, who served in the post for just 18 months. Read More »

Saudis reinstate public sector perks after 7-month cutback

The Saudi stock index, last at 6,899 points, faces technical resistance at the April peak of 7,107 points. Prince Khalid, the new ambassador in Washington, is a fighter pilot who has trained in the U.S. Minister of Civil Service Khaled Al-Araj was removed from his post and Essam Bin Saeed will be in charge of the ministry, according to the report. Late a year ago, the Arab News reported that Araj was under investigation by the kingdom's anti-corruption commission for the alleged ... Read More »

HC rejected AAP's plea to use VVPAT EVMs in MCD polls

While the Delhi BJP did not officially cite any reason behind cancelling the rally, top sources said Shah chose to opt out at the last moment. The Election Commission maintains that EVMs can't be tampered with. "If there is a need for such an alliance in the country, all the good people should come forward (to join hands)", the Delhi Chief Minister told PTI . Read More »

Woman Charged With Human Smuggling At US-Canada Border

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Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday in a statement that around the time Mounties intercepted Omoruyi and the nine passengers, their own agents apprehended two Canadian citizens and a Nigerian citizen on the North Dakota side of the border between the North Portal and Northgate ports of entry. Read More »

Married man sends hijack hoax email to avoid trip with girlfriend

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Later, realising that he will land in trouble if the woman went to airport with the fake ticket, he rushed to an internet centre at SR Nagar and created a fake email ID, through which he wrote to the Mumbai Police Commissioner of overhearing a group of men discussing a plan to hijack planes. Read More »

DeMarre Carroll does not impress in game 3

The Memphis Grizzlies struck back for their first win in the series against Patty Mills' San Antonio Spurs. However, Giannis had three more turnovers and shot just 9/24 from the field in game two after having just one turnover and shooting 72 percent in game one. Read More »

Egyptian-American Aid Worker, Released From Cairo Jail, Returns To US

President Donald Trump on Friday (April 21) welcomed back to the United States Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American charity worker whose release from jail in Egypt was sought by Trump when he met Egypt's president early this month. And even by Egyptian law, it was illegal for her to be held for trial for more than two years. Trump dispatched a USA government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington . Read More »

Aaron Hernandez's family, medical examiner's office tussle over ex-NFL player's brain

Hernandez's family had promised to turn his brain over to Boston University's CTE Center after his death, Reutersreported Thursday. Those affected are possibly more susceptible to committing suicide, doctors have found. He spoke out by saying: "It is our opinion that they are withholding Aaron Hernandez's brain illegally". The change in Hernandez's legal status could force the Patriots to pay his family US$3.25 million (S$4.5 million) in signing-bonus money they have withheld in the wake ... Read More »

Operation to reclaim Mosul displaces almost half a million

They were some of the around 400,000 people still in western Mosul where Iraqi military forces are trying to dislodge IS from the Old City. The Iraqi army said Sunday 2900 ISIS members were killed over the past few days in Western Mosul as US-backed operations continue to clear the remaining districts of the region from militants. Read More »