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US Syria Withdrawal Risks Vital Strategic Interests

The U.S. withdrawal from Syria may bring to a close an open-ended and strategically unclear military commitment and likely put at risk vital national security interests, according to some analysts. “I guess the problem is that whereas our involvement doesn’t necessarily make things better, our lack of involvement doesn’t either,” said Mark Katz, ...

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US Syria Withdrawal Risks Vital Strategic Interests

The U.S. withdrawal from Syria may bring to a close an open-ended and strategically unclear military commitment, but it will also likely put at risk vital national security interests. VOA's Brian Padden reports that move could increase the threat of terrorism at home, emboldened Iran and Russia, and lead to conflict with Israel and even a regional ...

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US Alarmed as Zimbabwe Targets, Beats Activists Amid Unrest

The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe said Thursday it is "alarmed" by credible reports that security forces are targeting and beating activists and labor ...

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Pakistan Trying to Arrange US-Taliban Meeting

Pakistan has intensified efforts to keep the U.S.-led dialogue with the Afghan Taliban on track by attempting to arrange a meeting between the ...

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US Envoy: Taliban Must Engage Afghan Government

A high-level U.S. diplomat responsible for negotiations with the Taliban made it clear the insurgent group would have to engage with the Afghan ...

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Parkland Pushes Back Against Arming Teachers

Parents, teachers and students are pushing back on a report released recently in Parkland, Florida — the site of a mass shooting at a high school ...

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Taliban Official Tells VOA Peace Talks With US Stalled

The fledgling U.S.-initiated dialogue with the Taliban, aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan, has come to a halt, an insurgent spokesperson said Monday, apparently dealing a blow to renewed hopes for a much-needed Afghan peace. The disclosure ...

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Native Americans Sound Off on Shutdown, Border Wall

Native Americans, like other Americans, are deeply divided over the proposed border wall that President Donald Trump says will stop the flow of drugs and criminals across the border with Mexico. They also have mixed responses to the partial U.S. government shutdown, which began Dec. 22. Federally recognized tribes depend on federal dollars for ...

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Eyeing Iran, US to Host Mideast Peace, Security Ministerial Meeting in Warsaw

With an eye on Iran, the United States and Poland will jointly host a ministerial meeting to promote peace and security in the Middle East. The international gathering will be held in Warsaw on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14. “The ministerial will address a range of critical issues including terrorism and extremism, missile development and proliferation, ...

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Pompeo Calls for New Spirit of Cooperation Between US, Arab Allies

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Egyptian leaders Thursday on the third stop of his nine-nation tour of the Middle East. The top U.S. ...

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Pompeo Pledges Continued Islamic State Fight After US Troop Withdrawal

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that although the United States is withdrawing its forces from Syria, it remains committed to ...

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Israeli students suspected of terror offenses over Palestinian death

Several Jewish teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses after a Palestinian mother was killed in a rock-throwing attack. The charges have angered right-wing Israelis.

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Pompeo Arrives in Jordan on 8-Nation Middle East Tour

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Jordan on the first stop of a Middle East visit due to include stops in Cairo and the Gulf.  Arab and Egyptian media report he is expected make an important foreign policy speech Thursday in Cairo. Pompeo arrived Tuesday in the Middle East at a time when U.S. allies are questioning the Trump ...

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Russian Lawyer At Heart of Trump Tower Meeting Indicted

A federal grand jury has indicted a Kremlin-linked lawyer, who met U.S. President Donald Trump's eldest son and other members of his campaign in 2016, on charges of obstruction of justice in a case that highlights her ties to the Russian government, despite her repeated denial.   Natalia Veselnitskaya, who is believed to be in Russia, is ...

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Trump to Travel to US-Mexico Border Thursday

U.S. President Donald Trump is traveling to the U.S.-Mexican border Thursday to get a first-hand look at the country's efforts to thwart illegal immigration, the White House announced Monday. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump would "meet ...

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Partial US Government Shutdown Enters 17th Day

The partial U.S. government shutdown entered its 17th day Monday with no end in sight. President Donald Trump is still demanding more than $5 ...

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Israeli Teenagers Are Suspected in Deadly Stoning of a Palestinian Woman

Five youths are being investigated for “grave terrorism offenses, including murder,” over the death of Aisha Rabi on a West Bank road.

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South Africa v Pakistan: Proteas win second Test to clinch series win

South Africa stroll to a nine-wicket win over Pakistan in Cape Town to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Test series.

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Trump: Alleged USS Cole Mastermind Killed

President Donald Trump says the U.S. has killed one of the alleged masterminds of the USS Cole bombing which killed 17 sailors in 2000. "Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole. We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi," Trump tweeted Sunday, adding ...

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Obituary: Major Geoffrey Langlands, Pakistan's English teacher

Yorkshire-born Major Geoffrey Langlands arrived in Pakistan in its first days, and never left.

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Trump threatens to shut down government for 'months or even years,' Schumer says

Democrats said little progress was made at Friday's White House meeting with congressional leaders.

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Trump threatens to shut down government for 'months or even years,' Schumer says

Democrats said little progress was made at Friday's White House meeting with congressional leaders.

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German far-right NPD threatens vigilante patrols

Ultra-nationalists say German police are not doing enough to curb crimes by asylum seekers.

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Hot 97’s Ebro Darden takes important — and cool — new position at Apple Music

New York city’s popular Hot 97 radio host Ebro Darden, who also serves as Apple Music Beats 1 anchor, will be taking up residence in a new role as ...

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R. Kelly’s lawyer threatens to sue Lifetime if ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ docu-series airs

  Things are heating up for R. Kelly as his controversial Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly is set to debut. Now his lawyer has threatened to sue the network if they don’t halt the airing of the docu-series Thursday night, TMZ reports. READ MORE: Mother of late singer Aaliyah denies back-up singer’s claim that R. Kelly […] The ...

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Geoffrey Langlands, Lauded British Educator in Pakistan, Dies at 101

A British officer who stayed for six decades after his service ended, Mr. Langlands, known as “the Major,” taught at least two future prime ministers.

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Pakistan Welcomes Trump's Remarks on Resuming Political Contacts

Pakistan has responded positively to remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump that he intends to resume the leadership-level contacts between the two countries, partners in the war against terrorism. “President Trump’s remarks are indeed a departure ...

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