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U.S.-led coalition says it has started Syria withdrawal The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State has begun the process of withdrawin... U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has been touring the Middle East this week to reassure allies of Washington’s commitment to regional security, said on Thursday the withdrawal would not be scuppered despite the Turkish threats Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Near Syrian border, Turkish defense minister vows operation when... Turkey's defense minister on Friday pledged to wage a campaign against a U.... Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist organization and sees Washington’s support for it against Islamic State as a betrayal When the time and place comes the terrorists here will be buried in the ditches they have dug, as was done in previous operations, Akar said in a speech to military personnel at a brigade command center in the province of Sanliurfa, referring to two other cross-border campaigns that Turkey has carried out in Syria Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Russia demands new law to shoot down PASSENGER PLANES over country’s airspace RUSSIAN defence chiefs are demanding new laws allowing them to shoot down passenger planes violating the country’s laws and posing a threat to lives and strategic facilities. The offender will be visually and radio-warned that they will open fire due to insubordination, stated the report I asked: 'what are you suggesting?' and the answer was the one I expected: shoot it down in line with the contingency plans for such situations, said Putin
The US Military Says The Withdrawal Of Troops From Syria Has Begun It follows weeks of confusion and contradictory statements over the future of the US-led coalition fighting ISIS. They were mostly likely headed for the large American military presence in Erbil, Iraq But by midweek that suggestion had been soundly rejected by Turkey, which is deeply concerned about a large, well trained and US-armed Kurdish militia defending an ethnic enclave on its southern border
Myanmar: Wives of Reuters journalists voice despair over verdict Myanmar court rejects appeal by jailed Reuters journalists, upholding seven-year sentence for investigating killing. WATCH: Calls for Reuters journalists' release on anniversary of arrests (02:26) But judge Aung Naing hewed closely to the original ruling today before observers in a high-ceilinged courtroom dotted with cobwebs, and described the pair's prison terms as a suitable punishment
America begins Syria troop withdrawal process When America retreats, chaos often follows, said Michael Pompeo, secretary of state, at a speech in Cairo yesterday, claiming that under President Trump, America has reasserted its traditional role as a force for good in the region Its Syrian Kurdish allies in the fight against Isis have turned to Damascus for protection against the America’s Nato ally Turkey, which considers them as terrorists
Analysis | Power Up: Pence is in a tough position as Trump's shutdown messenger The message keeps changing. let’s put our swords away and try to do a solution that’s not a political solution that’s going to benefit one side, but that’s actually going to benefit the American people A post shared by The New Yorker Cartoons (@newyorkercartoons) on Jan 10, 2019 at 8:57am PST
An unarmed teen driver is killed by police, followed by a year with few answers An officer in Overland Park, Kan., fired 13 shots into a van driven by a reportedly suicidal 17-year-old. The prosecutor ruled the shooting justifiable, and the information stopped coming. He is done with his life, the dispatch records show He said a reasonable jury could conclude that deadly force was unreasonable because [Albers] only posed harm to himself because [Albers] never had expressed a present intention to harm others, and that Albers had committed no crime and was not fleeing from arrest
U.S. starts withdrawing troops from Syria amid policy confusion The U.S. military began the process of withdrawing its 2,000 troops from Syria following a drawdown ordered by President Donald Trump. The U.S. withdrawal from the area could embolden Ankara In an unannounced trip to Iraq on Wednesday, President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw troops from Syria despite criticism from military officials and allies who don't think the job fighting Islamic State militants there is over
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro threatened with sanctions Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro celebrated the start to a second term as leader yesterday, but countries seized upon the inauguration to cut back diplomatic ties and label him a dictator. The United States has for years put pressure on Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez, with President Donald Trump publicly musing about military intervention 'All that's left to do is raise your hand to heaven and ask God to help us,' said Bermudez, camped out on a Caracas sidewalk with hundreds of others waiting for gas
'NewsGuard' app gives news sites 'trust' ratings & targets alternative media. What could go wrong? Another day, another effort to combat ‘fake news’ online. This time it’s NewsGuard, a new app claiming to help defend against "disinformation" by adding 'trust rankings' to news websites. But can the app itself be trusted? NewsGuard also pointed out that two former RT hosts resigned after being unhappy with the channel's editorial slant, but makes no mention on its MSNBC rating that multiple hosts from that channel have either resigned, been fired or pushed out for failing to adhere to its pro-establishment editorial line
U.S. Starts Withdrawing Troops From Syria Amid Confusion Over Timetable A U.S. official confirmed the withdrawal but declined to comment on specific plans or movements. Trump’s abrupt decision in December to pull them, declaring in a tweet the defeat of IS, sent shockwaves across the region and led to the resignation of U.S. Defense Minister James Mattis and the top U.S. envoy to the anti-IS coalition These have been folks that have fought with us and it’s important that we do everything we can to ensure that those folks that fought with us are protected, Pompeo said of the Kurds while visiting Irbil, the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, after talks in Baghdad
Russian-Kurdish Negotiations Are Ongoing in Moscow to Bring Back the Syrian Kurds Under Damascus Authority and Russian Protection Secret negotiations are ongoing in Moscow and Damascus between representatives of the Syrian Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Russian officials concerning the fate of Kurdish militants in Syria. The Kurdish delegation is hoping that Russia – and not the US – will adopt the role of guarantor of their safety and is trying to gain a few more concessions to reduce their losses when the Syrian government forces regains complete control of al-Hasaka province in Northeast Syria.  Therefore they should not enjoy more or fewer rights than any other citizens They will be given identities but are not entitled to any special concessions The dream of establishing an Islamic State in the Levant and Mesopotamia is, like Rojava, an unachievable and abandoned objective
Your Friday Briefing Government Shutdown, Mike Pompeo, Jayme Closs: Here’s what you need to know. Here’s what else is happening Missing girl is found: Jayme Closs, 13, disappeared in October on the night that her parents were shot to death in their rural Wisconsin home • Randy Archibold, a 20-year veteran of The Times, was named the new Sports editor on Thursday
U.S. military announces start of Syria troop withdrawal Trump’s announcement of a U.S. pullout from Syria has sent allies scrambling. Separately, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, said that sources in Syria’s northeastern province of Hassakeh reported the departure of around 10 armored vehicles from a military base in the town of Rmelan late Thursday
India slaps cases against critics of plan to grant citizenship to... Indian police on Friday said they are investigating an academic, a journalist an... We have registered a case against a few people based on certain statements that they made at a public rally in Guwahati, Deepak Kumar, a police official from Guwahati in Assam, told Reuters Many people fear such a move could change the demographic profile of Assam, where residents have for years complained that immigrants from Bangladesh have put a big strain on resources Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
The Inaccuracies in Pompeo’s Cairo Speech Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s criticism of the Obama administration’s response to Iran’s “Green Movement” was exaggerated, and his claim that the Trump administration has been “clear” about withdrawing troops from Syria ignored clearly contradictory statements. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a major speech in Cairo on Thursday, rebuked the Obama administration’s policies in the Middle East and hailed the accomplishments of the Trump administration Today in Iraq, at the government’s invitation, we have approximately 5,000 troops where there were once 166,000
Bible Used By North Korea To Keep Track Of Defectors In China Using knowledge of the Bible, agents from North Korea are both earning money for the isolated regime and tracking defectors from the impoverished nation. Once defectors are identified, they are reported to Chinese authorities, who arrest and repatriate them to North Korea While undergoing operations, parasitic worms were found in his intestines, revealing the poor health and hygiene conditions in the country
R Kelly's estranged daughter calls him a 'monster' 20 year old has not seen or spoken with her father in years, but apparently became inundated with questions about him after the release of the 'Surviving R Kelly' documentary Home supporters threw flares into the stands also Reuters 45/50 26 November 2018 Ukrainian activists burn flares during their rally in front of the Russian Consulate in Kharkiv, Ukraine As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life
The strange normality of life in a breakaway state Things aren't always simple for the millions who live in places that aren't considered real nations. Lack of formal recognition certainly leads to over-compensation in the production of state symbols It is based on Uncertain Ground: Engaging With Europe's De Facto States and Breakaway Territories, by Thomas de Waal - a senior fellow with Carnegie Europe, specializing in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region
Thaw in Korean ties brings relief for students of South's school in... North Korea had been a source of fear for 11-year-old South Korean Sin Jae-hyeok... Just eight of the 29 students came from the village last year, with the rest chosen by lottery, making a total just short of a quota of 30 agreed with the United Nations Command (UNC) that oversees DMZ affairs Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
US official says troop withdrawal from Syria has started BAGHDAD (AP) — An American military official says the U.S.-led military coalition has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria. Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the U.S.-coalition fighting the Islamic State group, says the U.S. started "the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria." In a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Friday, he declined to discuss specific timelines or locations or troops movements out of concern for operational security. In a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Friday, he declined to discuss specific timelines or locations or troops movements out of concern for operational security It said a convoy of about 10 armored vehicles, in addition to some trucks, pulled out from Syria’s northeastern town of Rmeilan into Iraq
Neocons Unleash New Weapon to Crush Independent Media Soon after the social media “purge” of independent media sites and pages this past October, a top neoconservative insider — Jamie Fly — was caught stating that the mass deletion of anti-establishment and anti-war pages on Facebook and Twitter was “just the beginning” of a concerted effort by the U.S. government and powerful corporations to silence online dissent within the United States and beyond. While Brill and Crovitz themselves are the company’s top investors, one of Newsguard’s most important investors is the Publicis Groupe The best way to defeat this new tool of the neocons is to put them on notice and to continue to expose Newsguard as a guardian of empire, not a guardian of journalism
Syrian refugees wading through knee-deep water in Lebanon camps With little help from authorities, Syrian refugees living in Bekaa Valley camps brave ice-cold floodwaters, yet again. As the camp flooded, she said, the refugees were rushed to the centres run by two NGOs in the camp so they could be provided some immediate relief Refugees in Ali Askar camp fear more bad weather will worsen their plight [Anchal Vohro/Al Jazeera] [Al Jazeera]
Nazi death camp guard, 95, dies in Germany just months after Donald Trump deported him A FORMER Nazi prison guard who had been living in New York for years has died in Germany after being deported last year. Jakiw, Palij, 95, an ethnic Ukrainian, was a former Nazi collaborator who wo… Palij served at Trawniki in 1943, the same year 6,000 prisoners in the camps and tens of thousands of other prisoners held in occupied Poland were rounded up and slaughtered We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team Email us at or call 0207 782 4368
DRC poll hub: Pro-Fayulu protests in Bemba stronghold, 'doubts' linger DRC has a president-elect in the person of Felix Tshisekedi. January 11, 2019: Pro-Fayulu protests in Bemba stronghold Violent protests have rocked an opposition stronghold loyal to former vice-president Jean Pierre Bemba The initial date of December 23 was pushed forward by a week during which period CENI announced a no vote for three cities considered opposition strongholds – Beni, Butembo and Yumbi
American teen accused of fighting for ISIS in Syria An American teen was among eight Islamic State militants captured in Syria by U.S.-backed Kurds during a military operation. AAREF WATAD, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen A member of the Syrian regime forces watches through the opening of a sandbag barricade in the southern countryside of the northern Kurdish-controlled city of Manbij on Dec. 30, 2018 Javier Manzano, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Last SlideNext Slide
Afghanistan bucks global trend with sharp rise in civilian casualties Number of innocent people killed or maimed in Afghan war rises 36% despite overall fall in casualties worldwide The overall decrease in civilian casualties worldwide was largely due to the short-term defeat of Isis in Iraq and Syria, Overton said, as well as the decline of Boko Haram in Nigeria The AOAV report was compiled using data from sources including Airwars, the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and reliable media sources