Russia enters ex-Islamic State stronghold for first time in Syria after US withdraws

Russia’s military reported on Monday that it had for the first time entered a former stronghold of the extremist group Islamic State in northern Syria following a withdrawal of US forces.

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Saudi crown prince calls Trump, offers condolences over base shooting

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called US President Donald Trump to express his condolences and offer cooperation for an investigation into the shooting at a naval base in Florida, the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Monday.

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NATO tweaks funding formula, lessens U.S. bill
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes NATO touted increased allied spending and announced a new funding formula that reduces the amount the U.S. pays toward its running costs, days before President Donald Trump was due to arrive in London for a summit to mark the alliance’s 70th anniversary. The moves... Read more
Mexico requests meeting with Pompeo after Trump floats plan to designate Mexican drug cartels as terror groups

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry is requesting a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after President Donald Trump told former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly he planned to designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.

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US will designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorists, Trump says
US President Donald Trump said that he will designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorists, claiming that they are to blame for 100,000 American deaths. “They will be designated,” Trump said in an interview with Bill O’Reilly, first streamed on the former Fox News personality’s website on Tuesday. “Look we... Read more
China accused of trying to pay a million dollars to spy to infiltrate Australian parliament
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has responded to allegations that China tried to pay a Chinese-Australian man a million dollars to infiltrate federal parliament, calling the reports “deeply disturbing and troubling.” Speaking to reporters in Canberra on Monday, Morrison said that the government was doing everything possible to prevent... Read more
China was able to turn a CIA agent, now he’s going to jail for the next 19 years
David Matthews New York Daily News Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a former CIA agent, was sentenced to 19 years in federal prison for conspiring to spy for China. Lee, 55, left the CIA in 2007 and was recruited by Chinese agents in 2010. According to prosecutors, he sold US... Read more
Turkey detains 46 for posting criticism of country’s offensive in Syria online

Turkish authorities on Friday detained 46 people for allegedly disseminating “terror propaganda” on social media regarding Turkey’s military operation in north-eastern Syria, according to state media.

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Trump insists on ceasefire as a precondition for Afghan peace talks

US President Donald Trump, in a telephone conversation with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani, has insisted on a ceasefire as a precondition to begin peace talks, presidential palace spokesman Sediq Sediqi said in a series of tweets on Friday.

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Deployment of 3,000 US troops to Saudi Arabia almost complete

The number of US troops in Saudi Arabia will reach 3,000 in the coming weeks as Washington boosts its forces in the Kingdom to help defend against Iran.

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