Thursday, 17 January 2019

News

Elite US troops killed and wounded during surprise attack in Niger

WASHINGTON: Three United States Army Special Forces were killed and two were wounded on Wednesday in an ambush in Niger while on a training mission with troops from that nation in northwestern Africa, American military officials said. “We can confirm reports that a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol came under ...

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Under fire Tillerson forced to deny rift with Trump

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson firmly denied Wednesday that he had fallen out with Donald Trump and vowed to remain in post to pursue the president’s “America First” agenda. Trump and Tillerson’s relationship has been the subject of media speculation for months, and on Wednesday an explosive report ...

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France Ready to Mediate Between Iraqi Govt and Kurdish Authorities

PARIS: France offered on Thursday to mediate in a political crisis pitting Iraq’s government against Kurdish regional authorities, and promised to maintain a military presence there until Islamic State was defeated. The offer by President Emmanuel Macron coincided with a visit by Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, his first abroad ...

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Santa Claus is dead, and archaeologists may have discovered his tomb

Surveys have uncovered an intact temple and burial grounds below St Nicholas church in the province of Antalya, where he is believed to have been born, archaeologists told the Turkish newspaper. “We have obtained very good results but the real work starts now,” said Cemil Karabayram, the director of surveying ...

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Baltimore woman dragged off Southwest flight speaks out

VIRGINIA: The woman who was dragged off a southwest flight at BWI last week said she was the victim of sexism, racial profiling and police brutality, that’s according to a statement from her attorney. Anila Daulatzai, a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, was on a plane headed ...

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Theresa May announces £2bn for council homes expansion

MANCHESTER: Councils and housing associations have welcomed government plans to spend £2bn on a “new generation” of council houses and affordable homes for rent. In her conference speech, Theresa May pledged to dedicate her premiership to fixing the “broken” housing market. The state, she said, must get “back in the ...

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Indonesian villagers feast on giant python that attacked man

JAKARTA: A giant python attacked an Indonesian man, nearly severing his arm, before hungry villagers chopped up the reptile and ate it, a police chief said Wednesday. Security guard Robert Nababan crossed paths with the giant creature while patrolling an oil palm plantation in the remote Batang Gansal subdistrict of ...

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Mattis says will try to work with Pakistan ‘one more time’

WASHINGTON: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday the United States would try “one more time” to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan before President Donald Trump would turn to options to address Islamabad’s alleged support for militant groups. Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past ...

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Homeless man who murdered woman and her son jailed for life

MANCHESTER: The man was welcomed into the family home by Tracey Wilkinson, 50, at her Stourbridge home after she saw him begging outside a Tesco. Tracey even found him a job and an apartment to live in and the man referred to her as the ”mother he never had”. 24-year-old ...

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