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Thomas D'Alesandro III, ex-Baltimore mayor and brother to Nancy Pelosi, dies at 90

"Tommy was the finest public servant I have ever known," Pelosi said. "All his life, Tommy worked on the side of the angels. Now, he is with them."

Turkish offensive violates international law: German FM
Turkish offensive violates international law: German FM

Turkey's offensive in northeastern Syria falls foul of international law, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Sunday. "We don't believe that an attack on Kurdish units or Kurdish militia is legitimate under international law," Heiko Maas told Germany broadcaster ZDF. "If there is no basis in international law for such an invasion, then it can't be in accordance with international law," he said, in his strongest comments yet on the assault.

Researchers find second warship from WWII Battle of Midway
Researchers find second warship from WWII Battle of Midway

A crew of deep-sea explorers and historians looking for lost World War II warships have found a second Japanese aircraft carrier that went down in the historic Battle of Midway. Vulcan Inc. director of undersea operations Rob Kraft said a review of sonar data captured Sunday shows what could be either the Japanese carrier Akagi or the Soryu resting in nearly 18,000 feet (5,490 meters) of water in the Pacific Ocean more than 1,300 miles (2,090 kilometers) northwest of Pearl Harbor. To confirm exactly which ship they've found the crew will deploy the AUV for another eight-hour mission where it will capture high-resolution sonar images of the site.

Black school guard fired for telling student not to call him the N-word by using it himself
Black school guard fired for telling student not to call him the N-word by using it himself

A security guard lost his job after 11 years for telling an unruly student to quit using the N-word by using the word himself.

NFL rumors: Antonio Brown drawing multiple contending teams
NFL rumors: Antonio Brown drawing multiple contending teams' interest

Antonio Brown was released by two teams in a span of 14 days. While the four-time All-Pro currently remains unsigned, "numerous teams are keeping an eye" on Brown, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday, citing league sources. Per La Canfora, Brown's name has come up in a number of personnel meetings with contending in need of an upgrade of wide receiver and Brown could return to the league after the trade deadline.

AP Top 25: Ohio State jumps Clemson to 3rd; Wisconsin falls
AP Top 25: Ohio State jumps Clemson to 3rd; Wisconsin falls

Ohio State edged past Clemson to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll and Wisconsin dropped to 13th after being upset ahead of its showdown with the Buckeyes.

Trafficking ring involving thousands of turtles uncovered by Florida wildlife officials
Trafficking ring involving thousands of turtles uncovered by Florida wildlife officials
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  • 2019-10-20 18:57:00Z

Florida wildlife officials have uncovered a trafficking ring of thousands of smuggled turtles following a long-term undercover investigation. Two suspects have been charged for poaching the turtles, most of them native to Florida, and selling them illegally, according to a news release by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Many of the turtles ended up in international markets, including those in Asia, officials said.

Her son shot his way into an Indiana high school. Now she
Her son shot his way into an Indiana high school. Now she's facing six felony charges

Mary York faces felony charges because of her son's actions at Dennis Intermediate School. Parents of school shooters are rarely charged.

Boeing expresses regret over ex-pilot
Boeing expresses regret over ex-pilot's messages on 737 MAX software

SEATTLE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boeing Co said on Sunday that it regrets and understands concerns raised by the release of a former Boeing test pilot's internal instant messages noting erratic software behavior two years before deadly crashes of its 737 MAX jet. The world's largest planemaker

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Knicks reportedly 'stunned and depressed' by Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving choosing Nets

Thinking superstars will choose the Knicks simply because of location is lacking in self-awareness.

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Jenni 'JWoww' Farley and Boyfriend Zack Are Back Together After Split: Reports

Jenni 'JWoww' Farley and Boyfriend Zach Back Together: Reports

Mick Mulvaney seeks Trump damage control over impeachment and more
Mick Mulvaney seeks Trump damage control over impeachment and more
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  • 2019-10-20 17:55:26Z

* Chief of staff defends Doral G7 fiasco and own Ukraine remarks * Nancy Pelosi visits Jordan to discuss Turkey Syria incursionMick Mulvaney in his news conference at the White House on Thursday. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPASenior Trump administration officials were on Sunday scrambling to defend the president from escalating domestic and foreign policy scandals, ranging from impeachment proceedings in Washington to the US troop withdrawal in northern Syria.Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was forced to row back comments he made earlier in the week acknowledging the administration withheld military aid to Ukraine in order to elicit assistance investigating Donald Trump's political...

Pompeo, Graham Back Trump Approach to Turkey Syria Incursion
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  • 2019-10-20 17:48:38Z

(Bloomberg) -- Secretary of State Michael Pompeo led the defenders of President Donald Trump's handling of Turkey's incursion into Syria, saying Sunday that a cease-fire is holding and that U.S. goals in the Middle East are being met despite criticism allies are being betrayed.Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a recent sharp critic of Trump's Syria policy, also came around, saying the president was "thinking out of the box." Earlier this month Graham suggested Trump's withdrawal from northern Syria made him want to vomit.Pompeo said he received a report Sunday morning of "relatively little" fighting along the Syrian border after he and Vice President Mike Pence brokered a temporary...

Trump accidentally refers to Defense Secretary Esper as
Trump accidentally refers to Defense Secretary Esper as 'Mark Esperanto' in tweet defending Syria withdrawal

President Trump quoted "Mark Esperanto, Secretary of Defense" on Sunday. But the man in charge of the Pentagon is named Mark Esper, not Esperanto.

Justin Amash: Republican who took on Trump won
Justin Amash: Republican who took on Trump won't rule out White House run

Michigan congressman left party over his criticism of Trump and called for impeachment earlier this yearMichigan congressman Justin Amash: 'We need new voices on the national stage running for national office, including the presidency.' Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/APJustin Amash, the Michigan congressman who left the Republican party over his criticism of Donald Trump and support for impeachment, has refused to rule out a run for the White House."I think I'm very effective in the House," the Michigan independent told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday. "I think my constituents want an independent congressman. My support in the district has been great as an independent."But we do need new...

Chris Pratt Commends Katherine Schwarzenegger
Chris Pratt Commends Katherine Schwarzenegger's Cooking Fail: 'Proud of My Darling for Trying'

Chris Pratt Commends Katherine Schwarzenegger's Cooking Fail

Mick Mulvaney Melts Down Under Brutal Grilling By Fox
Mick Mulvaney Melts Down Under Brutal Grilling By Fox's Chris Wallace

Days after his disastrous White House press briefing in which he admitted President Donald Trump was seeking out a quid pro quo with Ukraine before saying never mind, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney struggled to walk back his comments under the intense and relentless grilling of Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace.Almost immediately during the Sunday morning broadcast, Wallace pressed Mulvaney on his remarks, asking why he said during the press conference that military aid to Ukraine depended on investigating the actions of Democrats during the 2016 election, prompting Mulvaney to assert that he never actually said that."Again, that's not what I said, that's what people...

Bulletproof memorial to Mississippi civil rights icon Emmett Till replaces vandalized sign
Bulletproof memorial to Mississippi civil rights icon Emmett Till replaces vandalized sign

A new, 500-pound reinforced steel memorial honoring slain civil rights icon Emmett Till was dedicated in Mississippi. Past signs were vandalized.

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Box Office: 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Dominates With Soft $36 Million

Five years after Angelina Jolie's "Maleficent" cast a spell over the box office, the villainous enchantress has returned to the top of domestic charts. Disney's "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil," a sequel to 2014's fantasy adventure based on the "Sleeping Beauty" sorceress, debuted to $36 million from 2,790 North American theaters, nearly half of what the […]

Chicago Police Superintendent Seeks Investigation Into Himself
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  • 2019-10-20 16:04:05Z

It was barely Thursday when someone in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago called 911 to report a person asleep in an SUV at a stop sign.When police officers arrived around 12:30 a.m., they found their boss, Superintendent Eddie Johnson, "slumped over" in his city-issued Chevrolet Tahoe, according to officials and news reports.Officers did not see any signs of impairment, and Johnson, who reported parking his car after feeling lightheaded, was allowed to drive himself home, the police said.Later that day, the superintendent called for an internal investigation into what happened, citing the need for transparency. Speaking to reporters Thursday night, he blamed blood pressure...

NFL recently issued second reminder to all teams about criticizing officiating
NFL recently issued second reminder to all teams about criticizing officiating

After the Browns lost last week to the Seahawks, Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens opted not to discuss officiating. "I got a memo the other day," Kitchen said. I am not commenting on it. You guys saw the game." He's not the only one who got the memo. On October 11 (two days before

White House stonewalling? Democrats overreaching? Supreme Court justices may be asked to decide
White House stonewalling? Democrats overreaching? Supreme Court justices may be asked to decide

Disputes over Trump's personal, professional and political dealings are headed toward the high court just as the 2020 election season is heating up.

Petrol bombs thrown in Hong Kong as anger flares over
Petrol bombs thrown in Hong Kong as anger flares over 'triad' attack on protest leader

Police and protesters exchanged tear gas and petrol bombs in Hong Kong on Sunday amid anger over an attack on a leading activist by men allegedly linked to triad gangsters.   Clashes broke out as tens of thousands took to the streets for an unsanctioned anti-government march, many also defying a face mask ban introduced in a bid to curb the protests.  Tensions ran high after Jimmy Sham, the leader the Civil Human Rights Front which called the march, was attacked earlier in the week by a group of men wielding metal poles and hammers. Witnesses said that those responsible for the assault were associated with pro-Beijing triads that have been blamed for previous violence against protesters....

Tension thaws over whale plan between lobstermen, feds
Tension thaws over whale plan between lobstermen, feds

A group representing Maine's lobstermen says it's now willing to work with the federal government on a plan to protect right whales after withdrawing its support for the plan this summer. The Maine Lobstermen's Association is one of the key stakeholders in an effort to better protect the North Atlantic right whales, which number only about 400 and are vulnerable to entanglement in fishing gear. A federal plan that's being developed to help save the whales would remove miles of lobster trap rope from the waters off Maine.

The Latest: Turkey says monitoring Syrian Kurdish pullout
The Latest: Turkey says monitoring Syrian Kurdish pullout
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  • 2019-10-20 15:04:33Z

Turkey's defense ministry says it is closely monitoring the withdrawal of Syrian Kurdish forces as required by a U.S.-brokered cease-fire. Turkey wants the Kurdish fighters to move away from the Turkey-Syria border, pulling back 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the south.

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Secondary circuit of Iran's Arak nuclear reactor to be operational within two weeks: official

The secondary circuit of the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor will be operational within two weeks, Ali Asghar Zarean, a special assistant to the chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, was quoted as saying on Sunday by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. The starting of the secondary circuit will not violate restrictions placed on Iran's nuclear program under a landmark 2015 deal with world powers.

Surprised over Doral flap, Trump thinks he
Surprised over Doral flap, Trump thinks he's still in hospitality business: Mulvaney
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  • 2019-10-20 14:39:03Z

U.S. President Donald Trump was surprised at the resistance to his now-revoked decision to host next year's Group of Seven summit at his Florida golf resort, his acting chief of staff said on Sunday, adding that Trump still considers himself to be in the hospitality business. Trump on Saturday announced on Twitter that he was abandoning the move to host the meeting at Trump National Doral near Miami in June, citing "Crazed and Irrational Hostility" from Democrats and the news media. "At the end of the day, he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business, and he saw an opportunity to take the biggest leaders from around the world and he wanted to put on the absolute best...

Surprised over Doral flap, Trump thinks he's still in hospitality business -Mulvaney
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  • 2019-10-20 14:29:56Z

U.S. President Donald Trump was surprised at the resistance to his now-revoked decision to host next year's Group of Seven summit at his Florida golf resort, his acting chief of staff said on Sunday, adding that Trump still considers himself to be in the hospitality business. Trump on Saturday announced on Twitter that he was abandoning the move to host the meeting at Trump National Doral near Miami in June, citing "Crazed and Irrational Hostility" from Democrats and the news media. "At the end of the day, he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business, and he saw an opportunity to take the biggest leaders from around the world and he wanted to put on the absolute best...

Nick Young says if he doesn
Nick Young says if he doesn't get picked up by team this season he will retire from NBA

It is highly unlikely he gets picked up this season.

Former UFC champ Luke Rockhold might never fight again
Former UFC champ Luke Rockhold might never fight again

Luke Rockhold once stood at the pinnacle of mixed martial arts as the UFC middleweight champion. He now says there is the distinct possibility that he might never fight again.Nearly four months removed from his last bout, Rockhold recently told ESPN, "I have no interest in fighting right now,"

China Urged to Curb Risky Lending to Vulnerable Pacific Nations

(Bloomberg) -- China should put the brakes on its lending in the South Pacific to avoid lumping economically vulnerable nations with unsustainable debt, according to a report released by an Australian think tank."The sheer scale of China's lending and its lack of strong institutional mechanisms to protect the debt sustainability of borrowing countries poses clear risks," the Lowy Institute said in a report released Monday. "China cannot remain a major lender in the Pacific at the same scale as in the past without fueling significant" dangers, it said.According to Lowy, six South Pacific governments are debtors to China: Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu....

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How Buttigieg's 'beta city' approach as mayor highlights his differences with Biden, Warren and Sanders

Pete Buttigieg says the "beta city" approach he took in South Bend shows why he'd take a different approach to the White House compared with the top contenders.

'Too much power': it's Warren v Facebook in a key 2020 battle

The presidential hopeful and Mark Zuckerberg are facing off over big tech and its influence over our livesElizabeth Warren speaks at the SEIU Unions for All Summit in Los Angeles. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP via Getty ImagesMore than two hours into the Democratic debate in Ohio on Tuesday night, after discussions on healthcare, gun control and foreign policy, the moderators turned to another issue that sharply divided the candidates: is it time to break up Facebook?The question was framed slightly differently: is Elizabeth Warren right?Over the last year, the Massachusetts senator has been at the vanguard of the debate about breaking up big tech companies, helping move the issue on...

Let jihadists return home, French anti-terror magistrate urges
Let jihadists return home, French anti-terror magistrate urges

The refusal of the French government to take back Islamic State fighters from Syria could fuel a new jihadist recruitment drive in France, threatening public safety, a leading anti-terrorism investigator has told AFP. David De Pas, coordinator of France's 12 anti-terrorism examining magistrates, said that it would be "better to know that these people are in the care of the judiciary" in France "than let them roam free". Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia in northeast Syria has sparked fears that some of the 12,000 jihadists, including thousands of foreigners, being held in Syrian Kurdish prisons could escape.

London insists UK leaving EU on Oct 31, despite delay request
London insists UK leaving EU on Oct 31, despite delay request

A defiant British government doubled down Sunday, insisting it would leave the European Union in 11 days' time despite parliament forcing a reluctant prime minister to request another delay. In a day of high drama on Saturday, MPs in the House of Commons passed up the chance to decide on the revised withdrawal agreement that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had negotiated with the European Union. Late Saturday, Johnson reluctantly sent European Council President Donald Tusk a letter legally imposed on him by parliament requesting an extension -- but refused to sign it.

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Trump can't stop bragging to foreign leaders about his resorts

President Donald Trump was sitting beside Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office in March when he fondly recalled his luxury golf resort on Ireland's west coast. Trump constantly brags about his properties around the globe when he speaks with foreign leaders in person or by phone, even

Pelosi in Jordan for 'vital discussions' amid Syria crisis
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  • 2019-10-20 10:50:16Z

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a bipartisan delegation of American lawmakers have visited Jordan to discuss "the deepening crisis" in Syria amid a shaky U.S.-brokered cease-fire. According to a statement from Pelosi's office, the delegation met Saturday with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman and held "vital discussions about the impact to regional stability." Jordan is a key U.S. ally in the region.

The coming end of Christian America

America is still a "Christian nation," if the term simply means a majority of the population will claim the label when a pollster calls. But, as a new Pew Research report unsparingly explains, the decline of Christianity in the United States "continues at a rapid pace." A bare 65 percent of Americans now say they're Christians, down from 78 percent as recently as 2007. The deconverted are mostly moving away from religion altogether, and the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated -- the "nones" -- have swelled from 16 to 26 percent over the same period. If this rate of change continues, the U.S. will be majority non-Christian by about 2035, with the nones...

Savages in the box go bust with slew of strikeouts
Savages in the box go bust with slew of strikeouts

For the first time since the 1910s, the 27-time champions have gone through an entire calendar decade without even making it to a World Series. An AL Championship Series of missed opportunities ended when Aroldis Chapman allowed Jose Altuve's pennant-winning, two-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday

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Altuve's HR in 9th sends Astros to World Series over Yankees

Jose Altuve, the 5-foot-6 driving force of Houston, delivered a swing that will play in Astros' highlights forever. Altuve homered off Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the ninth inning and Houston outlasted the New York Yankees 6-4 Saturday night to advance to the World Series for the second time

'A threat to democracy': William Barr's speech on religious freedom alarms liberal Catholics

Attorney general's recent address at Notre Dame is a 'dog whistle' to conservatives who have aligned themselves with TrumpWilliam Barr, US attorney general, speaks to students at the University of Notre Dame law school on 11 October. Photograph: Robert Franklin/Associated PressProminent liberal Catholics have warned the US attorney general's devout Catholic faith poses a threat to the separation of church and state, after William Barr delivered a fiery speech on religious freedom in which he warned that "militant secularists" were behind a "campaign to destroy the traditional moral order".The speech last Friday at the University of Notre Dame law school, in which Barr discussed his...

China Calls for Tech Collaboration While Criticizing U.S. Action
China Calls for Tech Collaboration While Criticizing U.S. Action

(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. A senior Chinese official called for governments around the world to work more closely together to regulate emerging technologies, while taking a veiled swipe at the U.S. for undermining collaboration."The foundation for an open and shared-by-all internet is unstable," Huang Kunming, a member of the Politburo, which is comprised of China's 25 most-senior officials, said at a technology forum on Sunday. "Some countries restrain and suppress companies from other countries using cyber security as an excuse. Such moves cast uncertainty and even antagonism over cyberspace," he...

EU mulls Johnson
EU mulls Johnson's reluctant Brexit delay request
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  • 2019-10-20 05:12:45Z

EU leaders were on Sunday considering a request by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to delay Britain's departure from the bloc, which he was forced to make after MPs refused to back his Brexit deal. Johnson has pinned his premiership on getting Britain out of the European Union on October 31, more than three years after the 2016 referendum vote for Brexit. The Conservative leader duly sent a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk late Saturday asking for the required three-month delay -- but did not sign it.

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It's Warren, Sanders or Biden vs Trump - all the other Democrats are irrelevant

We need to hear how the frontrunners for the nomination would win a dirty election and we need focused debates - nowBernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren before the debate in Ohio. Photograph: Brian Cahn/ZUMA Wire/REX/ShutterstockThe Democratic nominee in 2020 will be Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders. Everyone else is irrelevant.Don't get me wrong. The entire field is impressive. Every candidate in last week's debate would make a far better president than the current inhabitant of the Oval Office.But let's get real. Biden, Warren, and Sanders each continue to garner around 20% in the polls while all others are in the single-digit doldrums. The frontrunners also have...

UPDATE 1-U.S. House Speaker Pelosi holds talks in Jordan with King Abdullah
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  • 2019-10-20 03:02:07Z

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior members of Congress held talks in Jordan on Saturday with King Abdullah II and other top Jordanian officials. The U.S. delegation included the heads of key House committees including Foreign Affairs committee chairman Eliot Engel, Homeland Security Committee chairman Bennie Thompson, Intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff and Representative Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee.

As Kremlin scrambles for Africa, Moscow university eyes soft power
As Kremlin scrambles for Africa, Moscow university eyes soft power

As the Kremlin seeks to boost ties with Africa, a Moscow university that was a training ground for the continent's elite during the Cold War is once again working to bolster Russia's soft power. The Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, created in 1960 to improve Soviet ties with developing nations, counts among its alumni top politicians in Rwanda, Uganda, Mali, Chad, Angola, Botswana and other African countries. Now, as Moscow prepares for the first Russia-Africa summit on October 23-24, rector Vladimir Filippov says the university is reviving its status as a top destination for young Africans.

UPDATE 1-All U.S. troops withdrawing from Syria expected to go to western Iraq- Pentagon chief
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  • 2019-10-20 02:53:53Z

On Thursday, Turkey agreed in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to a five-day pause in an offensive into northeastern Syria to allow time for the Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a "safe zone" Ankara aims to establish near the Turkish border with Syria. The truce also aimed to ease a crisis triggered by President Donald Trump's abrupt decision earlier this month to withdraw all 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria, a move criticized in Washington and elsewhere as a betrayal of loyal Kurdish allies who had fought for years alongside U.S. troops against Islamic State.

Trump drops plan to host G-7 at Doral
Trump drops plan to host G-7 at Doral

President Donald Trump on Saturday abruptly reversed his plan to hold the next Group of Seven world leaders' meeting at his Doral, Florida, golf resort next year. Accused of using the presidency to enrich himself by hosting the international summit at a private resort owned by his family, Trump announced a rare backtrack Saturday night. "Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020," Trump tweeted.

Defense chief: US troops leaving Syria to go to western Iraq
Defense chief: US troops leaving Syria to go to western Iraq
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  • 2019-10-20 02:50:02Z

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that under the current plan all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq, and that the military will continue to conduct operations against the Islamic State group to prevent a resurgence in that country. Speaking to reporters traveling with him to the Middle East, Esper did not rule out the idea that U.S. forces would conduct counterterrorism missions from Iraq into Syria. Esper said he has spoken to his Iraqi counterpart about the plan to shift the more than 700 troops leaving Syria into western Iraq.

Donald Trump pulls his Doral property from consideration for G-7 after bipartisan blowback
Donald Trump pulls his Doral property from consideration for G-7 after bipartisan blowback

Trump announced he will not use his Doral resort in Miami for the G-7 summit, reversing course after the move drew swift condemnation from lawmakers.

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