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US State Dept cautions Iraqi govt against troop advances in Kurdish territory

By ethan / October 21, 2017

Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 23:28 Edited time: 20 Oct, 2017 23:29 The US State Department is advising Iraq’s federal authority to limit its military activity in the country’s Kurdish northern region, as it also calls for “all parties to cease all violence” in the wake of violence in the town of Altun Kupri. On […]

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Body cameras don’t change police behavior: Washington, DC study

By ethan / October 20, 2017

The adoption of body cameras by Metropolitan Police Department officers in Washington, DC had no discernible effect on reducing citizen complaints or use of force by the officers, according to the latest study by the MPD. “We found essentially that we could not detect any statistically significant effect of the body-worn cameras,” says Anita Ravishankar, […]

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More Afghan troops flee military training in US – report

By ethan / October 20, 2017

Afghan troops and police visiting the US for military training go ‘absent without leave’ (AWOL) much more often than military trainees brought to the US from other countries, a fresh report revealed. “Nearly half of all foreign military trainees that went AWOL while training in the United States since 2005 were from Afghanistan,” said a […]

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Boycott Israel & you won’t get aid donations, Hurricane Harvey victims told

By ethan / October 20, 2017

Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 15:13 Residents in a Houston suburb will not receive funds donated for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts if they support boycotting Israel, according to a funding application form issued in the wake of the devastating storm. The city of Dickinson, Texas, told individuals and businesses on Monday that they are now […]

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Senate narrowly passes budget blueprint, clears way for tax reform

By ethan / October 20, 2017

Senate Republicans have passed a $ 4-trillion budget blueprint that will introduce historic tax cuts. Democrats, who failed to stop the measure, say it will result in huge deficits and a departure from normal procedures. Republicans narrowly backed the budget plan in a 51-49 vote on Thursday night, with only Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) crossing […]

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Trump border wall prototypes go up in California (VIDEO)

By ethan / October 20, 2017

Published time: 20 Oct, 2017 13:07 Several prototypes of President Donald Trump’s long-promised border wall on the US-Mexico frontier have been erected in southern California. Six completed wall options, and another under construction, were captured in this aerial footage from a site near Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego on Thursday. The prototypes, […]

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State Department admits Al-Nusra affiliate using chemical weapons in Syria

By ethan / October 20, 2017

The US Department of State admitted that militants linked to Al-Nusra Front are carrying out terrorist attacks using chemical weapons in Syria. The US military previously said it was concerned with the use of chemical agents by Islamic State. The assertion was made in the latest Syria travel warning issued by the State Department on […]

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‘New blood’ or progressive purge? Democrats reshuffle party posts

By ethan / October 19, 2017

The leadership at the Democratic National Committee carried out an extensive staff purge ahead of their fall meeting in Las Vegas, creating alarm on the left as many members of the divided party’s progressive wing were ousted. Among the veterans not reappointed to key posts was DNC secretary Alice Germond, who lost her at-large membership. […]

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