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Trump gives no timetable for Syria exit; wants to protect Kurds

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States would get out of Syria slowly “over a period of time” and would protect the U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in the country as Washington draws down troops. Trump did not provide a timetable for the planned military exit from Syria, …

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Taliban blow up Afghan army outpost, killing five soldiers, police say

KABUL Taliban fighters detonated explosives planted in a tunnel below an Afghan military outpost, killing five soldiers, a police official said on Wednesday. Six soldiers were wounded in the attack on Tuesday in the Maiwand district of the southern province of Kandahar, police spokesman Mohammad Ashraf Watandost said. A Taliban …

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PM Imran Khan’s British teacher who arrived in Pakistan with the Raj dies aged 101

ISLAMABAD A former British officer who arrived in Pakistan with the Raj and stayed to become one of its most famous educators, with students including Prime Minister Imran Khan, has died in Lahore aged 101, officials said on Wednesday. Major Geoffrey Douglas Langlands was posted to the Indian army during …

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‘China, China, China’: New Pentagon chief Shanahan sets priority as Syria withdrawal looms

WASHINGTON Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan’s first full day at the Pentagon’s helm was overshadowed Wednesday when President Donald Trump attacked his predecessor Jim Mattis. Shanahan, who took the Pentagon’s top spot January 1 after serving as deputy defense secretary, was thrust onto the world stage when Mattis quit …

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Bangladesh arrests journalist over election reporting

DHAKA A Bangladeshi journalist was arrested and another was on the run Wednesday for publishing “false information” about voting irregularities in an election won by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, police said. Hedayet Hossain Mollah, who works for the Dhaka Tribune newspaper, was detained late Tuesday under a controversial digital security …

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