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US would ‘probably regret’ lack of holding force in Syria, says Mattis

Friday, 27 April 2018

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday the United States would “probably regret” not keeping a holding force in Syria to ensure that ISIS militants did not re-emerge, the latest sign that a total US withdrawal was unlikely. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he wants to withdraw American troops from Syria relatively soon but also appeared to temper that position by voicing a desire to leave a “strong and lasting footprint.” A ...

Trump to visit Britain, hold talks with May on July 13

Thursday, 26 April 2018

US President Donald Trump will travel to Britain in July for a working visit with Prime Minister Theresa May, after months of back-and-forth over when the US president would visit what traditionally has been the United States’ closest ally.Representatives for the White House and 10 Downing Street said Trump would visit the United Kingdom on July 13 and hold bilateral talks with May but gave no other details.It was also not immediately clear how long Trump would stay on his visit, which ...

Comedian Bill Cosby convicted of sexual assault in retrial

Thursday, 26 April 2018

A Pennsylvania jury convicted comedian Bill Cosby on Thursday on all three counts of drugging and molesting a onetime friend in 2004, a decisive victory for prosecutors in one of the first celebrity sexual-assault trials of the #MeToo era. Cosby, 80, best known as the lovable father from the 1980s TV hit “The Cosby Show,” faces up to 10 years in prison for each of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault of Andrea Constand, who is now 45. A former ...

Pakistani court disqualifies foreign minister in new blow to ruling party

Thursday, 26 April 2018

A Pakistani court disqualified Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif from parliament on Thursday, striking another blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party ahead of a general election due in a few months. The Islamabad High Court verdict against Asif is one of several judicial setbacks for the PML-N since the Supreme Court removed party founder Nawaz Sharif as prime minister in July. Asif told Geo TV he would challenge the decision in the Supreme Court. It was not clear if he ...

Iran media confirms arrest of British-Iranian scientist

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Iranian media confirmed on Thursday that Abbas Edalat, a British-Iranian scientist and peace campaigner, has been arrested for his alleged role in an “infiltration network”. “Recently, members of an infiltration network affiliated to Britain have been arrested,” an unnamed source told the Fars news agency, which is considered close to the powerful Revolutionary Guards. The report named Edalat a professor of computer science and mathematics at Imperial College in London. ...

Khamenei affirms continued Iranian resistance in face of US ‘bullying’

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Iran’s supreme leader called on Muslim nations to unite against the United States, saying Tehran would never yield to “bullying”, state television reported on Thursday. “The Iranian nation has successfully resisted bullying attempts by America and other arrogant powers and we will continue to resist... All Muslim nations should stand united against America and other enemies,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. Iran’s top authority criticized Trump for saying on ...

Kim Jong Un will walk across border for summit with South Korean president

Thursday, 26 April 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon-Jae-in will plant a commemorative tree and inspect an honor guard together after Kim walks across the border Friday for their historic summit, Seoul officials said Thursday.The talks on the southern side of the border village of Panmunjom are expected to focus on North Korea’s nuclear program, but there will be plenty of symbolism when Kim becomes the first North Korean leader to be in the southern section of the border since ...

School bus collision with train leaves 13 children dead in northern India

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Thirteen children were killed on Thursday when a school van collided with a train at an unmanned railway crossing in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a police official said. Eight children were injured and taken hospital, said the official, adding there were 22 children in the vehicle. The accident took place early in the morning when the children were on their way to school. The van collided with the Siwan-Gorakhpur Passenger Train, but the cause of the ...

WATCH: Armed man arrested at Iranian interests section in Washington

Thursday, 26 April 2018

A man with a weapon was arrested Wednesday afternoon at the Iranian interests section in Washington, the Secret Service said. The incident took place at Pakistan’s embassy, which houses the Iranian interests section after Iran and the US severed diplomatic relations in 1979. The Secret Service said in a statement that agents responded to reports of shots fired. The agents determined that no shots had been fired, but they arrested a man in possession of a weapon. He was charged with assault ...

Former President Bush out of intensive care, making progress

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Former President George H.W. Bush was moved out of intensive care and into a regular patient room at a Houston hospital on Wednesday as he recovers from an infection that required his hospitalization a day after his wife’s funeral, a family spokesman said. The nation’s 41st president is expected to remain at Houston Methodist Hospital for “several more days,” spokesman Jim McGrath said. Bush, who is 93, is being treated for an infection that spread to his blood. “He ...

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