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Russia says US air strikes in Syria came ‘within an inch’ of military clash with their forces

Russia says US air strikes in Syria came 'within an inch' of military clash with their forces

.Satellite imagery suggests the base that was struck is home to Russian special forces and military helicopters Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said the US air strike on a Syrian air base came “within an inch” of militarily clashing with their forces. He said the action taken by the Americans was in breach of international law and their own …

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Mosul residents were told not to flee before airstrikes that killed civilians

Mosul residents were told not to flee before airstrikes that killed civilians

.Pentagon opens investigation into reports that more than 150 civilians died in US-led bombings to retake Iraqi city from Isis Residents in Mosul were instructed not to leave their homes ahead of airstrikes last week that are reported to have killed more than 150 civilians, Amnesty International has said. The recent spike in civilian casualties suggests the US-led coalition in …

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Civilian deaths from US-led airstrikes hit record-high under Donald Trump

Civilian deaths from US-led airstrikes hit record-high under Donald Trump

  . ‘These reported casualty levels are comparable with some of the worst periods of Russian activity in Syria,’ says Airwars.org A non-profit organisation that tracks civilian casualties caused by airstrikes in the Middle East said it has shifted nearly all of its resources to track a surge of claims regarding US-led strikes in Syria and Iraq. The group, called …

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Trump administration gives go-ahead to controversial Keystone XL pipeline

Trump administration gives go-ahead to controversial Keystone XL pipeline

.The US Department of State has signed and issued the presidential permit for the construction of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, according to TransCanada Corp, the company behind the pipeline’s construction. “We greatly appreciate President Trump’s Administration for reviewing and approving this important initiative and we look forward to working with them as we continue to invest in and strengthen …

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US troops to stay in Iraq after fight against ISIS ends – Defense Dept. officials

US troops to stay in Iraq after fight against ISIS ends – Defense Dept. officials

.American troops will apparently remain in Iraq even when the fight against Islamic State has ended, according to Pentagon officials, including US Defense Secretary James Mattis, who said that keeping soldiers on the ground is in America’s “national interest.” The US Defense Department’s top officials expressed their desire to keep US troops in Iraq at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing …

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US to boycott UN meeting to discuss Israeli and Palestinian conflict, citing anti-Israel bias

US to boycott UN meeting to discuss Israeli and Palestinian conflict, citing anti-Israel bias

. US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the US will vote against any item the Human Rights Council puts forth on Israel The Trump administration is boycotting the Human Rights Council, saying the organisation is biased against Israel. The Human Rights Council, a 47-member body within the United Nations in Geneva that is tasked with protecting human rights, has a permanent …

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US likely to deploy ‘up to 1,000 more ground troops’ to Syria to defeat Isis in Raqqa

US likely to deploy ‘up to 1,000 more ground troops’ to Syria to defeat Isis in Raqqa

. Potential move would involve lifting cap on ground numbers imposed by former President Barack Obama for fear of drawing the US deeper into Syria’s complex civil war Up to 1,000 US soldiers could join the current 500 officially stationed in northern Syria ahead of the battle to remove Isis from its de facto capital of Raqqa, US defence officials …

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100,000 Palestinians write to Donald Trump asking him to support two-state solution

100,000 Palestinians write to Donald Trump asking him to support two-state solution

. Mass letter writing campaign organised in West Bank comes as new President signals US may move away from support for creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel More than 100,000 Palestinians have written letters to US President Donald Trump urging him not to end the US’s support for the establishment of a Palestinian state. The mass letter writing campaign, …

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Women’s March: British and Canadian anti-Trump protesters denied entry to US by border guards

Women's March: British and Canadian anti-Trump protesters denied entry to US by border guards

‘They took my phone and started going through my texts. They searched the car and then they asked the driver if he practised Islam and if he spoke Arabic.’ Canadian and British protesters heading to the Women’s March in Washington have been denied entry to the United States. Joe Kroese, a British man studying in Montreal, told the Independent he …

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