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Twitter releases massive data trove on foreign influence campaigns

The data includes more than 10 million tweets as well as images, GIFs, videos and live broadcasts, Twitter said.

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Afghanistan elections: 'I want to fulfil my slain father's dreams'

Narinder Singh is the only Sikh candidate in the Afghan parliamentary elections.

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Cajun Navy Replaces S Carolina Boy Scout Troop's Stolen Gear

A South Carolina Boy Scout troop discovered its trailer holding thousands of dollars' worth of camping gear was stolen, and the Louisiana Cajun Navy ...

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Afghan drought 'displacing more people than Taliban conflict'

The UN is allocating $34.6m to help 2.2m people estimated to have been affected by the drought.

Rapper T.I. releases controversial video featuring Melania Trump lookalike

A clip of the video shows a Melania Trump lookalike stripping off a replica of her infamous green jacket. Her spokesperson is calling for a boycott ...

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Russian censor offers 24-hour online bans for anniversary

To celebrate its time on VKontakte, Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor offered users day-long bans

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Mounir al-Motassadek: Germany releases 9/11 accomplice

Mounir al-Motassadek is deported to Morocco after 15 years in prison for his part in 9/11. /
Surprise! Usher releases new album days before his 40th birthday

Usher surprised fans by dropping his ninth studio album two days before his upcoming 40th birthday The post Surprise! Usher releases new album days before his 40th birthday appeared first on theGrio.

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Taliban, US Agree to Sustain Direct Dialogue on Afghan Peace

The United States and the Taliban held a new round of direct talks this week in Qatar, where the two sides agreed to continue the dialogue process to promote a negotiated settlement to the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan. A Taliban spokesman, while announcing details of Friday’s meeting, the second in less than three months, said that U.S. ...

Deaths of civilians spike as US, Afghan air forces pound Afghanistan

The number of civilians killed or injured by airstrikes in Afghanistan has risen a startling 39% year on year, according to new UN figures, casting ...

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Andrew Brunson: Turkey releases US pastor after two years

The detention of Andrew Brunson for more than two years had strained ties between Turkey and the US.

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Brexit: No deal brings risk of stockpiling says watchdog

An "abrupt" Brexit could lead to shortages and hoarding, says the Office for Budget Responsibility.

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French watchdog calls for ban on tanning beds

The risk of cancer is proven and authorities should stop people using them, says France's health watchdog.

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Afghanistan candidate, 32, among eight killed in Helmand attack

Salem Mohammad Achakzai, 32, was running for parliament in a Taliban stronghold.

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After Missing Enlistment Goal, US Army Vows to Boost Recruiting

It will take time to overcome the recruiting challenges that caused the U.S. Army to miss its enlistment goal this year, but plans to beef up recruiting and other changes will enable the service to get the recruits it needs in 2019, top Army leaders ...

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17 Years to the Day the U.S. Invaded, 54 Are Killed Across Afghanistan

A 24-hour tally of attacks across Afghanistan showed violence has intensified without tangible signs of peace talks.

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Afghanistan Signs Major Mining Deals Despite Legal Concerns

Civil society groups say the government breached the law by awarding contracts to a consortium that included a businessman who was a cabinet minister.

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Pompeo Seeks Allied Unity in Dealing With N. Korea

America's top diplomat left Tokyo for Pyongyang on Sunday after pledging that the U.S. would coordinate with allies Japan and South Korea on efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. On the eve of his fourth visit to North Korea, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Saturday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to try ...

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US Service Member Killed in Combat in Southern Afghanistan

The U.S. service member killed Thursday in southern Afghanistan was conducting combat operations against Taliban forces, a defense official told VOA. International forces in the country had announced earlier in the day, without providing details, that one American service member had been killed in action. A press release said the death was ...

U.S. service member killed in action in Afghanistan

The U.S. military mission is focused mainly on supporting and advising Afghan forces, as well fighting al Qaeda and other extremist groups.

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US Announces Charges Against 7 Russian Intelligence Officers

The U.S. Justice Department filed criminal charges against seven Russian intelligence officers n connection with hacking the computer networks of ...

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Pakistan: Ties With US Depend on Improved Afghan Situation

Pakistan’s top diplomat said Wednesday that his talks with senior Trump administration officials were “useful” and helped “halt the slide” in the ...

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Pentagon Vows of ‘Iron-Clad’ Support in Brussels Go Beyond NATO  

U.S. and Georgian defense ministers met in Brussels Wednesday to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the countries. Defense ...

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Facebook data breach probe launched by Irish watchdog

The Irish Data Protection Commission will decide whether the tech firm should be fined.

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US Seeks Pakistan’s Help With Afghanistan to Improve Ties

Both the United States and Pakistan say they want to improve their relationship, but the war in Afghanistan remains a major obstacle. The U.S. State Department made clear that the foundation for a strong partnership between the United States and Pakistan is a partnership for peace and stability in Afghanistan. VOA’s Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy ...

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Election Rally Bombing in Afghanistan Heightens Security Fears

A suicide bomber killed at least 14 people in Nangarhar Province, as more than 2,500 candidates campaign despite violence and political uncertainty.

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Watchdog: Journalists Jailed in Record Numbers Worldwide

Journalists are being jailed in unprecedented numbers across the globe, with 262 detained for their work at the end of 2017, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. "The jailing of journalists is a brutal form of censorship that is ...

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