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US ANNOUNCES WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS FROM SYRIA CONFLICT

The White House has confirmed US troops are being withdrawn from Syria after President Trump said the Islamic State (IS) group had been defeated there. The Trump administration said the US stood ready with its allies “to re-engage at all levels to defend American interests whenever necessary. Some 2,000 troops have helped rid much of …

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WASHINGTON STATE DAMAGE THROUGH BY TORNADO

A massive tornado has torn through Washington State leaving a path of destruction in its wake, videos and images posted to social media show the extent of the damage. The tornado thrashed through Port Orchard as torrential storms clouded over the Pacific Northwest Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado based on the …

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FORMER ETHIOPIAN PRESIDENT GIRMA WOLDEGIORGIS DIES AT 95

Former Ethiopian president Girma Woldegiorgis died on Saturday, two weeks short of his 95th birthday, state media reported. Girma was president of Ethiopia for twelve years from 2001 to 2013, a largely ceremonial role. The Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) and other state media reported his death. The cause of death was not given. Girma was …

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ONE KILLED, SCORES INJURED IN FRESH VIOLENCE AHEAD OF DRC VOTE

A clash between supporters of rival candidates in the DRC has led to the death of at least one person, with over 80 others injured in the weekend. The latest violence comes just days ahead of DR Congo’s crucial presidential election. The country is on edge ahead of the December 23 vote to replace President …

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EGYPT FREES BLOGGER DETAINED FOR NEARLY SEVEN MONTHS

Egypt on Wednesday released blogger and journalist Wael Abbas, known for standing up against police violence, after nearly seven months in detention, his lawyer said. Abbas was arrested at his Cairo home in May and questioned over alleged involvement in helping a “terror group achieve its objectives” and spreading “fake news. “Finally, Wael Abbas is …

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NEW YORK SUES WALMART, TARGET FOR SELLING CHINESE-MADE TOYS WITH HIGH LEAD

New York state authorities on Thursday announced a lawsuit against retail giants Walmart and Target for selling Chinese-made toys that had up to 10 times the legal limit of lead. The lawsuit seeks up to $6,000 in penalties for each of the thousands of Cra-Z-Jewelz jewelry kits the retailers and importer LaRose Industries sold from …

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LION AIR TO RESUME SEARCH FOR VICTIMS OF INDONESIA CRASH

Lion Air announced Monday that it was funding a multi-million dollar search effort using a Dutch company for the second black box and missing victims from doomed flight JT-610. The Boeing 737 MAX vanished from radar 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta on October 29, crashing into waters off the north coast of Indonesia’s …

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ISRAELI PREMIER’S SON BLOCKED ON FACEBOOK FOR ANTI-MUSLIM POSTS

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s eldest son, Yair, tweeted on Sunday that Facebook blocked his page for 24 hours over apparent anti-Muslim posts and called the leading social network a “dictatorship”. In a message posted Thursday on his Facebook page after deadly Palestinian attacks, Yair Netanyahu had called for “all Muslims to leave” Israel. “Do you …

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NORTH KOREA CONDEMNS US SANCTIONS, ISSUES FRESH WARNING

Nuclear-armed North Korea has condemned the United States over its latest sanctions measures, warning Washington’s approach could “block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever”. After a rapid diplomatic reconciliation this year that capped in the Singapore summit in June between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, progress …

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SIX KILLED, 100 INJURED AS FIRE GUTS HOSPITAL IN MUMBAI

Six persons have been reported dead after fire engulfed a hospital in Mumbai on Monday. Officials say more than 100 were injured in the latest disaster, which raises concerns about fire safety in India. The blaze broke out around 4:00 pm (1130 GMT) on the fourth floor of the government-run ESIC Kamgar hospital in the …

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