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A Syrian Democratic Forces fighter walks with his weapon in northern Raqqa province. The US has provided substantial air and ground support to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who are closing in on Raqqa. "Shelling on the area... that supplies that damn with electricity has put it out of service", a source at the dam told AFP . The ongoing clashes at Tabqa dam have damaged its power station, forcing a halt to operations on Sunday, risking unsafe rising water levels.
  • SKorean supporters of arrested ex-president protest in Seoul

    SKorean supporters of arrested ex-president protest in Seoul

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    Prosecutors accuse Park of colluding with a confidante to extort big businesses, take a bribe from one of the companies and commit other wrongdoing. The most damning accusation alleges that Park took tens of millions of dollars in bribes from technology giant Samsung in exchange for business favors , which would be punishable by a prison term longer than 10 years and even a life sentence if she is convicted.
  • North Dakota highway near pipeline protest site to re-open

    North Dakota highway near pipeline protest site to re-open

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    Authorities say the burn holes are in empty sections of pipe, AP said. The US$3.8-billion Dakota Access pipeline, which was previous year suspended by the Obama administration but greenlighted again by Donald Trump, will carry crude from the North Dakota Bakken shale play to IL.
  • North Korea 'fails' in new missile test

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    Analysts' opinions are varied on how advanced the North's missile technologies are but many agree that Pyongyang has made significant progress in recent years. The missiles, which were launched from the Dongchang-ri long-range missile site in North Pyongan Province, flew about 620 miles before hitting the Sea of Japan.
  • Reuters/Ipsos poll: Republicans mostly blame Congress for healthcare reform failure

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    Trump told reporters Friday after the defeat of the AHCA that the bill did not have any Democratic support. "You've got to know when to walk away from a deal that is going to end up bad", he continued. "We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" That's because different factions in Congress want different things. A successful joint venture of centrists in Congress will embolden the true majority of this country who love democracy, and value living in peace and safety.
  • Kim Jong-nam deal: Relief but many unanswered questions

    Kim Jong-nam deal: Relief but many unanswered questions

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    Yesterday, nine Malaysian citizens held "hostage" in North Korea were finally allowed to return home safely, bringing to an end the 46-day souring of diplomatic ties between the two nations. Pilot Lieutenant-colonel Hasrizan Kamis said that the Royal Malaysian Air Force crew, which consisted of one other pilot, two co-pilots and two quartermasters, were all clad in casual attire instead of their uniforms.
  • Defense OK despite Brexit — EU foreign chief

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    She told MPs that this marks "the moment for the country to come together". The EU27 does not and will not pursue a punitive approach. The party's foreign affairs spokesman, Alex Salmond, said: "After nine months of this prime minister's approach to Brexit Northern Ireland is deadlocked, the Welsh are alienated, Scotland is going for a referendum, the English are split down the middle, and Brexit MPs are walking out of Commons committees because they don't like home truths".
  • Merkel's party easily beats centre-left in Saarland state poll

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    It was a stinging setback for the SPD, which had been riding a wave a momentum since the arrival from Brussels of charismatic European Union bureaucrat Martin Schulz, who was picked to be party leader in January. Saarland is now run by a "grand coalition" of the conservatives and the Social Democrats, reflecting Merkel's alliance in Berlin. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member countries pledged to contribute two per cent of GDP to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in 2014.
  • Paul Ryan doesn't want Donald Trump to team with Democrats on healthcare

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    While some House Republicans remain focused on "repeal and replace", a new conversation in Congress is starting on a different "R" word when it comes to Obamacare: fix. At the start of Trump's presidency, less than three months ago, Ryan's approval-to-disapproval split stood at 33-43. The next day, ABC News asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer for the president's response to a letter from Senate Democrats offering to work with Trump on improving the Affordable Care Act, instead of, ...
  • Mississippi State shocks UConn in OT, ends Huskies' 111-game streak

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    With the victory over Oregon, Connecticut advanced to the Final Four for the 10 straight season, which extended its current record in that regard. Stanford's Tara VanDerveer coached South Carolina's Dawn Staley on a gold medal-winning Olympic team. The dynasty is dead and the Bulldogs are going to the title game against SC on Sunday.