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As ISIS’ Role in Syria Wanes, Other Conflicts Take the Stage – New York Times

Fugitive Islamic State fighters are also gathering near the Palmyra ruins, in the north, that were retaken twice from Islamic State by pro-government forces. One fighter, reached by text message, said he now belongs to a group called Soldiers of the Caliphate that hopes to recruit foreign fighters from Islamic State and rival Qaeda-linked groups […]

Mattis: US military does not leave troops behind – CNN

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Spain Sets Stage to Take Control of Catalonia in Independence Fight – New York Times

“A bad situation has become even worse today,” said Argelia Queralt, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Barcelona. “Neither side seems really willing to yield an inch, which means there is only a very limited chance of any positive outcome to this conflict.” The Catalan government has said that 90 percent of […]

Iraqi court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish vice president – Washington Post

KIRKUK, Iraq — A Baghdad court issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of Iraq’s autonomous northern Kurdish region on Thursday for saying that Iraqi forces had “occupied” the disputed province of Kirkuk this week. However, the warrant against Kosrat Rasul is unlikely to be executed as the central government in Baghdad has no […]

CIA corrects director’s Russian election meddling claim – CNN

Washington (CNN)CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the US intelligence community determined that Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election did not affect its outcome — a statement that was quickly clarified by his own agency. ‘);$vidEndSlate.removeClass(‘video__end-slate–inactive’).addClass(‘video__end-slate–active’);}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: ‘none’,video: ‘politics/2017/01/12/mike-pompeo-cia-director-hearing.cnn’,width: ‘100%’,height: ‘100%’,section: ‘domestic’,profile: ‘expansion’,network: […]

From Playground to Killing Ground: An ISIS Legacy – New York Times

When a summer heat wave hit Raqqa, nestled on the banks of the Euphrates River, children jumped into the fountain at the center of the Naem traffic circle to get some relief. The fountain, installed just three years earlier, had a colorful light display and a speaker that played music on holidays. At the time, […]

Xi Jinping at China congress calls on party to tighten its grip on the country – Washington Post

BEIJING — For 3½ hours, China’s President Xi Jinping commanded the stage and the nation’s television screens as he set out a far-reaching agenda for the Communist Party, outlining a vision of total control, not only of the nation’s economy and the Internet but also of culture, religion and morals. The Communist Party already has […]

Trump White House debates presidential visit to demilitarized zone along North Korean border – Washington Post

South Korean national flags hang on a barbed-wire fence near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, on Aug. 14. (Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters) It has become the ultimate symbol of American resolve against the threat of North Korea: a visit by the U.S. commander in chief to “freedom’s frontier,” the heavily guarded […]

Trump Reportedly Promised A Fallen Soldier’s Father $25000, But Never Sent The Money – UPROXX

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Quebec Bars People in Face Coverings From Receiving Public Services – New York Times

“We don’t have hordes of women in niqabs trying to access or work in public services,” Mr. Gardee said, referring to a type of head scarf that covers much of the face. “Rather than helping to facilitate inclusion, as its proponents claim, it excludes citizens in the public sphere and reinforces the marginalization and stigmatization […]

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