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USA troops begin to withdraw from Syria, report says

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The official provided no numbers, but said the equipment withdrawal is underway and an unspecified number of additional USA troops have been brought into Syria to assist with the withdrawal process. On Thursday, Pompeo declared that the U.S.is a "force for good" in the Middle East. "The Americans have a right to make decisions that are in their country's security and national interests", said Ilham Ahmed, who co-chairs the US -backed Syrian Democratic Council in northeast Syria. Read More »

Wisconsin Teen Safe after Escaping Three-month Kidnapping Ordeal

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Closs, abducted on the night her parents were killed, was held captive for three months. "My legs started to shake". At the press conference, Baron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald alleged the suspect planned the crime and that "Jayme was the only target", and that Patterson allegedly went to the home for the objective of kidnapping Jayme and had no prior contact with the parents. Read More »

DR Congo Government Concedes Defeat in Election But Opposition Still Cry Foul

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Leading opposition candidate Martin Fayulu has urged the electoral commission to announce the true results as quickly as possible and warned it not to "play with fire, it is very unsafe". The electoral commission started deliberating and evaluating presidential election results on Tuesday evening, after which it will announce the victor. Read More »

Pompeo: 'If we have to, we will strike Syria'

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Officials have told CNN that one way they expect to demonstrate progress in meeting Trump's wish is to start discussing percentages of military equipment that will be pulled out of Syria - even though its expected no actual troops are coming out soon. Read More »

Woman dies after getting trapped inside clothes donation box in Toronto

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Following the man's death, the District of West Vancouver announced that it had closed donation bins and is "looking into options for removing them or using bins that are more secure". Jeremy Hunka of Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver said homeless people often turn to the bins for clothing items or shelter without being aware of how risky they can be. Read More »

Saudi woman 'under the care' of United Nations agency

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She has been granted a temporary stay in the Southeast Asian country, under the protection of the UNHCR , which will spend about a week processing her asylum claim . "My family is strict and locked me in a room for six months just for cutting my hair", she said. After fleeing her family and renouncing her Islamic faith, Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq Alqunun fears for her life as she attempts to travel to Australia seeking refuge. Read More »

Trump to stop federal relief aid for California wildfires

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Newsom signed two executive orders aimed at beefing up California's emergency response to natural disasters, like wildfires , which he framed as preparing the state for the impacts of climate change. Kevin McCarthy also is from California. "Disasters and recovery are no time for politics ". The White House did not respond to a request for comment on what specific actions Trump has taken, how they were legally justified and what if anything would be done to help people who are ... Read More »

Warren Kicks Off 2020 Presidential Campaign In Iowa

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She appeared to relish the transition from the outset. "Is this going to be a Democratic primary that truly is a grassroots movement, that is funded by the grassroots, that's done with grassroots volunteers?" Mitt Romney waited until January 2, the day before his swearing-in as the new Republican Senator from Utah, to blast Donald Trump in a Washington Post op-ed widely seen as a move to position himself as the voice of anti-Trump Republicans and a potential challenger in the ... Read More »

Seattle's TSA officers on verge of quitting over lack of pay

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Fellow TSA agents, who are also going without pay, worked extra hours to cover the staffing gap, CNN reported. TSA employees at airport checkpoints are the ones who work despite not knowing when their next paycheck will come. Jonathan Dean, a BWI spokesman, said the airport is "monitoring the situation and working closely with our TSA counterpart". TSA issued a statement in response to CNN's report: "Call outs began over the Holiday period and have increased, but are causing minimum impact ... Read More »

Bolton sets out conditions for US Syria withdrawal

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Regarding the PKK's Syrian affiliate the People's Protection Units (YPG), Erdoğan said that Turkey has no problems with Kurds, but rather with terrorists like the YPG. Bolton said the US has asked the Kurds to "stand fast now" and refrain from seeking protection from Russian Federation or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government. Read More »

Saudi Arabia women to receive notification of divorce by text message

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Starting today, divorce courts in the Middle Eastern kingdom will be required by law to notify women by text message on rulings which confirm their divorce. It is hoped that the changes to the law will mean that women are no longer be kept in the dark about their marital status . This new regulation is part of economic and social reforms pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman . Read More »

Man charged with murder in death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes

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Police say they do not think Barnes' family was the intended target of the shooting , calling the death a possible "result of mistaken identity". During Sunday's hearing, prosecutors said Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington , had tried to drive to a hospital after the shooting, but one of her front tires had been shot out. Read More »

Escape room fire kills five teenagers in Poland

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Five teenage girls have been killed in a horrific blaze that broke out in an escape room . In the United Kingdom, the number of escape rooms has soared from just seven in 2013 to more than 1,000 as of a year ago. Investigators are probing whether poor electrical wiring and lax security procedures are to blame. A spokesman for local firefighters, Tomasz Kubiak, said the units responding to the blaze had to use specialized equipment and force their way into the " Escape Room ". Read More »

Trump digs in on wall, as shutdown enters week three

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The impasse over Trump's demand for $5 billion for the barrier, which he calls instrumental to border security, has forced a partial government shutdown that's lasted more than two weeks. In past shutdowns, furloughed government workers have been paid retroactively when government funding has resumed and most officials in Washington assume the same will happen this time as well. Read More »

Bottrop, Germany attack: Man drives Mercedes into foreigners

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He made "remarks hostile to foreigners" while being arrested by police, officials said. Police fatally shot the 48-year-old man, who they said was mentally ill and had wanted to commit suicide. Police said Wednesday that a judge on Tuesday night ordered the suspect held in detention while the investigation on suspicion of attempted homicide continues. Read More »

Trump 'orders U.S. troops to slow down Syria withdrawal'

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On Monday, the Republican president said the United States was "slowly sending" troops home - a markedly different tone than he used in his initial announcement of a withdrawal on December 19. US-backed forces seized the jihadists' self-declared capital Raqa on October 17, 2017. "Why are we getting in the middle of it?" Now he said the militant group is "mostly done", although the network, with its hard-line extremist ideology, continues to inspire sympathizers and has affiliated groups ... Read More »

Trump warns US government shutdown could last a 'long time'

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Trump also rejected his own administration's offer to accept $2.5 billion for the wall. Instead, on Wednesday Trump repeatedly pushed for the $5.6 billion he has demanded. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise confirmed McCarthy's account of the meeting. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi , who is expected to become speaker on Thursday, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer planned to attend. Read More »

USA and North Korea set stage for second summit

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He said he would work towards "a result that will be welcomed by the worldwide community" and said relations between the US and North Korea would move at a "fast speed" if America was willing to work with his own administration. Since the Singapore summit where Kim committed to working toward denuclearization, talks between the U.S. and North Korea have stalled due to their differences over the sequencing of denuclearization. Read More »