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Turkish Forces Deepen Push into Syria, Draw U.S. Rebuke over Targets

By Lisa Barrington and Umit Bektas BEIRUT/KARKAMIS, Turkey, Aug 29  – Turkish-backed forces pushed deeper into northern Syria on Monday and drew a rebuke from NATO ally the United States, which said it was concerned the battle for territory had shifted away from targeting Daesh. At the start of Turkey’s now almost week-long cross-border offensive,

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Trump Campaign Signals Possible Shift on Immigration Stance

By Alana Wise and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON, Aug 21 – A senior aide to U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump signaled a possible shift in his hardline immigration policies on Sunday, saying his plans to deport 11 million people who are in the country illegally were under review. Trump has put his vow to toughen

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U.S. Approves $1.15 Bln Sale of Tanks, Equipment to Saudi Arabia

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Aug 9 – The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armored recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about $1.15 billion, to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The approval for land force equipment coincides with Saudi Arabia leading a military

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Delta Air Lines Passengers Stranded After Computer Crash Grounds Flights

Aug 8 – Delta Air Lines’ computer systems crashed on Monday, leaving passengers of one of the world’s largest carriers stranded at airports around the globe as flights were grounded. The U.S. airline said the problems were down to a power outage in Atlanta overnight and that its information technology team was working to resolve

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U.S., Israel Close Many Gaps in Defense Aid Talks, Hope for Deal Soon

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Aug 3 – The United States and Israel have closed many of the remaining gaps in negotiations over a new multibillion-dollar military aid package for Washington’s top Middle East ally, and the two sides hope to reach a deal soon, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. Jacob Nagel, acting head

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U.S. General Seeks to Soothe Turkey Ties Strained by Coup Purge

By Nick Tattersall and Gareth Jones ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug 1 – America’s highest-ranking military officer sought on Monday to soothe strained ties with NATO ally Turkey, which was angered by the West’s response to a failed military coup and an apparent U.S. reluctance to hand over the cleric it says was responsible. The fallout from

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Kremlin: U.S. Covering Up Election Intrigue by Demonising Russia

MOSCOW, Aug 1 – The Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. allegations Moscow was behind the hacking of Democratic Party emails were part of a cover-up designed to hide the fact that the U.S. election campaign had been manipulated by domestic forces. U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Sunday Russian intelligence services had

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Kerry’s Syria Plan With Russia Faces Deep Skepticism in U.S., Abroad

By Yara Bayoumy, Jonathan Landay and John Walcott WASHINGTON, July 24 – Skeptics in the U.S. government, European allies in the anti-Daesh coalition and the main Syrian opposition, distrustful of Russia’s intentions, are questioning Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest proposal for closer U.S.-Russian cooperation against extremist groups in Syria. Several U.S. military and intelligence

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Florida Health Dept Investigates Possible Local Zika Transmission

July 19 – Florida health officials said on Tuesday they are investigating a case of Zika virus infection that does not appear to have stemmed from travel to another region with an outbreak. The statement from the Florida Department of Health did not specify whether the Zika case was believed to have been transmitted via

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Zika Mystery Widens as Utah Caregiver Contracts Virus

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, July 18 – U.S. health officials are investigating the mysterious case of a person in Utah who contracted Zika while caring for an elderly man infected with the virus who died last month. Federal and state health officials said on Monday it is not clear how the individual contracted Zika, a

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