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Trump Thanks Russia’s Putin for Slashing U.S. Diplomatic Staff

By Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, Aug 10 – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for ordering the United States to slash its diplomatic staff in Russia, remarks likely to rekindle criticism of Trump’s kid-gloves handling of Putin. Breaking nearly two weeks of silence on Putin’s July 30 order

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Trump Administration Defends Travel Ban in U.S. Supreme Court Brief

By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK, Aug 10 – President Donald Trump’s administration reiterated arguments defending its temporary travel ban in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, repeatedly citing the executive’s broad powers to exclude foreigners from the United States. The travel ban barring refugees and people from six Muslim-majority nations was signed

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Russian Lawyer Who Met Trump Jr. Says Ready to Testify to Congress

MOSCOW, July 19 – The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr after his father won the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential nomination has said she is ready to testify to Congress to dispel what she called “mass hysteria” about the encounter. President Donald Trump’s eldest son eagerly agreed last year to meet Natalia Veselnitskaya, a

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U.S. Ending Laptop Ban on Middle Eastern Airlines

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON, July 18 – The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said on Monday it was lifting a ban on passengers on Saudi Arabian Airlines carrying large electronics like laptops onboard U.S.-bound flights, the last carrier under the restrictions. In March, U.S. officials imposed restrictions on passengers carrying laptops and other large electronic gear

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Ex-U.S. Diplomats Seek to Save State Department Refugee Office

By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON, July 17 – Forty former U.S. diplomats and national security officials urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson not to eliminate the State Department office that handles refugees in a letter seen by Reuters on Monday. The letter argued that a Trump administration proposal to transfer the responsibilities of the Bureau of

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Jordan Hands Life Sentence to Soldier Who Killed U.S. Trainers

BEIRUT, July 17 – A Jordanian military court sentenced a soldier to life imprisonment with hard labour on Monday for killing three U.S. military trainers at the gate of a major air base last year, a judicial source said. The soldier had been charged with premeditated murder and had pleaded not guilty, the source said.

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As Washington Ponders Afghan Mission, Marines Toil in Helmand

By James Mackenzie CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan, July 16 – While Washington works on plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, U.S. forces on the ground are grappling with building an army in the middle of a war their commanders say is locked in stalemate. It is slow, hot, often frustrating work, ranging from overseeing basic

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U.S. Lifts Laptop Restriction for Flights from Abu Dhabi

WASHINGTON/DUBAI, July 3 – The United States has lifted a ban on laptops in cabins on flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States, saying Etihad Airways had put in place required tighter security measures. Etihad welcomed the decision on Sunday and credited a facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport where passengers clear U.S. immigration

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U.S. Lays Out Criteria for Visa Applicants from Six Muslim Nations

By Arshad Mohammed and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON, June 29 – Visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries must have a close U.S. family relationship or formal ties to a U.S. entity to be admitted to the United States under guidance distributed by the U.S. State Department. The directive defined close family as a parent, spouse, child,

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