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Pompeo lauds US-Israel ties, giving boost to Netanyahu
Pompeo lauds US-Israel ties, giving boost to Netanyahu

JERUSALEM (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday lauded the White House's warm ties with Israel during a visit to the country and promised to step up pressure on Iran, giving a public boost to Israel's prime minister at the height of a tight re-election campaign.

Early celebrations as Syria war on 
IS holdout wraps up
Early celebrations as Syria war on IS holdout wraps up

Their battle against the last jihadists holding out in the besieged Syrian village of Baghouz hasn't quite ended but Kurdish-led fighters have already started celebrating. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) delivered the killer blow to the last vestige of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" this week and the end of the bruising six-month-old operation is now within touching distance. With backing from the US-led coalition's warplanes, they forced holdout jihadists from their main encampment and into a few hectares (couple of acres) of farmland by the Euphrates River.

`Concerning` Photo of Student with Gun Outside High School Prompts Investigation
`Concerning` Photo of Student with Gun Outside High School Prompts Investigation

An image of a Glen Allen High School student holding what appeared to be a gun outside the school has alarmed parents and students.

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Is Updated to Keep the Style-Conscious Happy
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe Is Updated to Keep the Style-Conscious Happy

A more powerful engine, fresh styling, and a new infotainment system are the biggest changes.

Christchurch harbored white supremacists before massacre
Christchurch harbored white supremacists before massacre

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) - The leafy New Zealand city where a self-proclaimed racist fatally shot 50 people at mosques during Friday prayers is known for its picturesque meandering river and English heritage. For decades, Christchurch has also been the center of the country's small but persistent white supremacist movement.

Report: Suspected Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo was arrested, then released by Sacramento police in 1996
Report: Suspected Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo was arrested, then released by Sacramento police in 1996

The man accused of at least 13 murders and numerous sexual assaults, was once arrested and released by Sacramento police.

Trump Issues First Veto on Bill to Block His Border Emergency
Trump Issues First Veto on Bill to Block His Border Emergency

"Congress passed a dangerous resolution that, if signed into law, would put countless Americans in danger," Trump said just before signing the veto in the Oval Office, where he was joined by family members of crime victims and law enforcement officials. The measure -- which cleared the Senate with support from a dozen Republicans -- dealt a political setback to the president by seeking to block his effort to free up additional federal funds for the wall.

Sling them out or long delay: Europeans weigh Brexit options
Sling them out or long delay: Europeans weigh Brexit options

By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will tell Prime Minister Theresa May next week how much longer Britain can stay in the bloc as British lawmakers struggle to agree on how and when, or even if, the country is leaving. EU leaders meet for a two-day summit starting on Thursday, with many in two minds about how long Britain should get beyond the March 29 Brexit day, which is enshrined in law. May, meanwhile, will ask the British parliament to back the deal she has negotiated with the EU for a third time, after it was twice roundly rejected. ...

Trump vows
Trump vows 'VETO!' after bipartisan Senate rebuke on wall

The 59-41 vote was a bipartisan repudiation of Trump's decision to circumvent Congress and take money already designated for other programs and redirect it to pay for his U.S.-Mexico border wall, which he promised to build during his 2016 campaign. In the first two years of his term, the Republican-led Congress mostly accommodated Trump, which spared him from having to use his veto pen. With Republicans showing increased willingness to defy him, Trump promised a change.

US commander hints that quad grouping may be shelved
US commander hints that quad grouping may be shelved

SINGAPORE (AP) - A U.S. military commander suggested Thursday that a loose security grouping of his country, Japan, Australia and India, also known as the quad, may be shelved for now.

The Latest: Booker says Dems shouldn
The Latest: Booker says Dems shouldn't be victim to vitriol

The Latest on the 2020 presidential candidates campaigning throughout the country this weekend: (all times EST):

U.S. revokes visas of 49 people aligned with Venezuela's Maduro: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday revoked the visas of 49 individuals aligned with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, according to the State Department, a move intended to pressure Maduro to step down. The State Department said it was imposing visa restrictions on "individuals responsible for undermining Venezuela's democracy" and that the policy would be applied "to numerous Maduro-aligned officials and their families." (Reporting by Lisa Lambert and David Alexander; Editing by Richard Chang)

Misunderstanding Trump
Misunderstanding Trump's "Failed" Hanoi Summit

To understand the value of the Hanoi Summit, remember what occurred between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik.

Indian pilot held in Pakistan released as confrontations cool
Indian pilot held in Pakistan released as confrontations cool

Pakistan released a downed Indian pilot back to India on Friday (March 1) amid a tense standoff between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Miami-Dade cop caught on tape slapping suspect
Miami-Dade cop caught on tape slapping suspect

Two Miami-Dade Police officers are facing charges after surveillance video appeared to show one sergeant slapping a teenager who was handcuffed and another trying to destroy evidence.

Pakistan, India tensions rise with air strikes from both nuclear neighbours
Pakistan, India tensions rise with air strikes from both nuclear neighbours

Tensions rise between Pakistan and India following air strikes from both countries. India's foreign ministry says that India shot down one Pakistani plane. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

House passes resolution to revoke Trump's national emergency declaration
House passes resolution to revoke Trump's national emergency declaration

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has advanced a resolution to terminate Donald Trump's national emergency declaration at the US-Mexico border, in an attempt to block the president from beginning construction on a border wall without approval from Congress. Thirteen Republicans joined Democrats in moving to revoke Trump's executive order, which he signed earlier this month after US lawmakers refused to authorize his request for $5.7bn in funding toward a border wall during negotiations on government spending.

The Latest: Lawyer: R. Kelly to stay jailed 1 or 2 more days
The Latest: Lawyer: R. Kelly to stay jailed 1 or 2 more days

CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local):

White House manages expectations for second Kim summit
White House manages expectations for second Kim summit

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is trying to manage expectations for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, predicting a "continuation of the progress" made last time.

India police arrest Kashmir activists amid rising tensions
India police arrest Kashmir activists amid rising tensions

SRINAGAR, India (AP) - Police have arrested at least 300 activists seeking the end of Indian rule in disputed Kashmir, officials said Saturday, escalating fears among already wary residents that a sweeping crackdown could touch off renewed anti-India protests and clashes.

Syria force hit by IS attack as tries to free last civilians
Syria force hit by IS attack as tries to free last civilians

A deadly car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group hit US-backed forces in eastern Syria on Thursday as they tried to negotiate the release of civilians trapped in the jihadists' last sliver of territory. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are working towards evacuating civilians remaining in the holdout, so they can finish off the dying IS "caliphate" either through an assault or a surrender deal. The jihadists overran large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, but several offensives have retaken all but half a square kilometre (a fifth of a square mile) of their territory in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz.

Maduro orders borders closed as tensions mount over aid and rival music concerts
Maduro orders borders closed as tensions mount over aid and rival music concerts

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's president, ordered the border with Brazil to be closed and said he was considering doing the same with Colombia as US aid stacked up on both frontiers on Thursday night. Mr Maduro dismissed efforts to deliver basic food and medicine as a "provocation" as opposition groups were heading to the border to carry the aid packages through in defiance of the regime. Juan Guaido, the opposition leader now recognised as Venezuela's legitimate president by 52 countries, was headed to the frontier with Colombia in a motorcade on Thursday to personally oversee the aid delivery. Political analysts say Saturday's border showdown is less about solving Venezuela's...

Israel
Israel's Netanyahu to meet Putin in Moscow next week -statement

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Feb. 27, Netanyahu's office said on Thursday, with the focus likely to be on Middle East issues led by Syria. At the time, the Kremlin said Netanyahu and Putin were to discuss the situation in the Middle East, including Syria.

Courtroom video shows man punch own attorney after sentencing
Courtroom video shows man punch own attorney after sentencing

Courtroom video shows a man attacking his own attorney after he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 47 years.

The Latest: 2nd person sought in California boy
The Latest: 2nd person sought in California boy's 1990 death

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on cold-case arrests in the separate killings of a boy and girl in California (all times local):

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