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Pentagon says China military ‘likely training for strikes’ on US targets

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) China’s military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while “likely training for strikes” against the United States and its allies, a Pentagon report released on Thursday said.The assessment, which comes at a time of heightened U.S.-China tensions over trade, was contained in an annual report …

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‘Devastating’ dolphin loss in Florida red tide disaster

FLORIDA (Web Desk) A state of emergency has been declared in Florida as the worst red tide in a decade blackens the ocean water, killing dolphins, sea turtles and fish at a relentless pace.More than 100 tons of dead sea creatures have been shoveled up from smelly, deserted beaches in …

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White House cannot shield information on transgender military ban: judge

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) A federal judge in Baltimore rejected the Trump administration’s request to shield information it employed when deciding to ban transgender people from the US military.The decision on Tuesday by US Magistrate Judge A. David Copperthite came in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf …

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Judge receives death threats in child abuse case

LOS ANGELES (Web Desk) A US judge has received death threats after granting bail to five suspects in a case involving nearly a dozen allegedly malnourished children found at a remote compound in New Mexico.Judge Sarah Backus granted the three men and two women described by authorities as extremists bail …

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US tariffs to stay on Turkey, Qatar offers Ankara aid

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The United States on Wednesday ruled out removing steel tariffs that have contributed to a currency crisis in Turkey even if Ankara frees a US pastor, as Qatar pledged $15 billion in investment to Turkey, supporting a rise in the Turkish lira.The White House stance appeared to …

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US says won’t change ‘One China’ policy after Tsai’s speech

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The Trump administration has said it will not change its “One China” policy following a political speech by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen in the US.In a speech on Monday in Los Angeles, Tsai said that Taiwan’s freedom and future was not negotiable, prompting Beijing to lodge an …

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Gunmen abduct newly-elected MP in Mexico

MEXICO (Web Desk) A newly-elected member of Mexico’s parliament has been kidnapped at gunpoint in the latest violent incident linked to the country’s recent elections.Congresswoman-elect Azucena Rodriguez Zamora, who has been elected to the lower house of Mexico’s Congress for the eastern state of Veracruz, was abducted on Tuesday, when …

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Musk in talks with Saudi fund, others on Tesla buyout

NEW YORK: (Web Desk) Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Monday he was in discussions with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund and other potential backers of his plan to take the electric car-maker private, but said financing was not yet nailed down. Musk’s disclosure, made in a blog …

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FBI fires agent over anti-Trump texts

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) FBI special agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election after it was revealed he had exchanged anti-Trump text messages with his lover, has been fired, his lawyer said on Monday. Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s attorney, said the dismissal …

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