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US Centcom commander wants more aggressive Afghan push this year

US Centcom commander wants more aggressive Afghan push this year

The top American commander for the Middle East wants a more aggressive Afghan military pressuring Taliban and other insurgents over the normally quieter months of Afghanistan’s winter, and then quickly going on the offensive in the spring. It’s all part of a plan the United States hopes will change the course of a war now […]

Here’s what Washington should do about Yemen

Here’s what Washington should do about Yemen

  Ambassador Nikki Haley pulled no punches at her Dec 14 media conference in a US Air Force hangar at Anacostia-Bolling. Taking what she called the “extraordinary step” of displaying missile parts that had been declassified for the event, she told reporters that it was Tehran that had supplied the equipment used by Houthi militants trying to […]

Worst fire in New York fire in decades kills 12 in the Bronx

Worst fire in New York fire in decades kills 12 in the Bronx

A fire tore through a Bronx apartment building on Thursday, killing at least 12 people, including a toddler, and leaving four others fighting for their lives in New York’s deadliest blaze in decades. The fire broke out around 6:51pm (2351 GMT) in a 25-apartment building near the Bronx Zoo, one of the most popular tourist […]

Abominable news: Purported yeti evidence came from bears, dog

Abominable news: Purported yeti evidence came from bears, dog

WASHINGTON: For fans of the yeti, newly published genetic research on purported specimens of the legendary apelike beast said to dwell in the Himalayan region may be too much to bear – literally. Scientists said on Tuesday that genetic analysis of nine bone, tooth, skin, hair and fecal samples from museum and private collections attributed to […]

Four Cameroon soldiers killed in restive anglophone region

Four Cameroon soldiers killed in restive anglophone region

YAOUNDé: Four Cameroonian soldiers were killed by suspected separatists in a restive English-speaking region early Wednesday, army and government sources said. “Four soldiers were killed around 2am around Mamfe,” a city in the country’s Southwest Region, according to an army source.”They murdered our soldiers. If that’s not terrorism, what is it?” the source said angrily. The […]

Cyclone Cempaka kills at least 19 in Indonesia

Cyclone Cempaka kills at least 19 in Indonesia

  JAKARTA: A tropical cyclone which hit Indonesia’s main island of  Java has triggered severe flooding and landslides which left 19 dead, an official said Wednesday. Landslides claimed 15 lives in east and central Java, while four others perished in floods unleashed by Cyclone Cempaka. “Thousands of homes, hectares of agricultural land and public facilities are […]

Two human rights campaigners killed in Philippines

Two human rights campaigners killed in Philippines

MANILA: Two campaigners investigating alleged human rights abuses have been shot dead in the Philippines, authorities said Wednesday, deepening concerns that a “climate of impunity” is threatening rights activists. The pair, who were looking into accusations of land-grabbing by a mayor on the central island of Negros, were riding a motorcycle when gunmen on two other […]

Ivanka Trump a ‘rockstar’ in India, despite criticism

Ivanka Trump a ‘rockstar’ in India, despite criticism

  HYDERABAD: Ivanka Trump on Wednesday pushed business leaders to change their attitudes toward women at an Indian summit where she has drawn mixed reviews amid criticism over her White House role and clothes brand. US President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter stole the show at the summit in Hyderabad, where Indian officials feted the 36-year-old presidential […]

Britain’s May to visit Saudi Arabia to discuss Yemen war with crown prince

Britain’s May to visit Saudi Arabia to discuss Yemen war with crown prince

British Prime Minister Theresa May is to visit Saudi Arabia for talks on Wednesday with its assertive crown prince over the kingdom-led war in Yemen, the second European leader to specifically seek him out as he amasses power. May’s visit is expected to include her asking Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to allow humanitarian aid […]

Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly Defends Confederate Monuments

Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly Defends Confederate Monuments

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly waded into the long-simmering dispute over the removal of memorials to Confederate leaders on Monday night, saying in a televised interview that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.” In the interview on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” host Laura Ingraham asked Kelly […]

Ronaldo joins Messi as five-time winner of FIFA best player award

Ronaldo joins Messi as five-time winner of FIFA best player award

AP Cristiano Ronaldo has caught up with Lionel Messi to become a five-time winner of FIFA’s best player award. The Real Madrid forward was crowned player of the year on Monday at the FIFA Best ceremony at the London Palladium theater attended by runner-up Messi and third-placed Neymar. A second successive honour for Ronaldo was […]