Pentagon ordered to turn over documents cited in decision to ban transgender service members
WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Pentagon to turn over thousands of documents that the Defense Department has refused to release to the public but has said it used to justify its decision to ban most transgender people from military service. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman... Read more
BEIJING — As President Donald Trump eyes the exit in the Middle East, his critics have excoriated him for abdicating a strong U.S. role in the region and clearing a path for Russia’s dominance. Yet in their scramble to find new allies, regional states have also turned to a... Read more
Turkey’s president says he could close Incirlik Air Base over US sanctions

Turkey is prepared to kick the U.S. military out of Incirlik Air Base if Washington imposes sanctions on the country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, raising the stakes after a similar warning was made last week by Turkey’s foreign minister.

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Pentagon halts military training for Saudi Arabian personnel in U.S.
Training operations for all Saudi military personnel in the U.S. has been stopped until further notice in the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The decision will ground more than 300 Saudi Arabian military aviation students, according to Reuters, which first reported the change.... Read more
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
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