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Trump pushes withdrawal from ‘endless’ Afghanistan, Syria wars

WASHINGTON Pushing back against Republican opposition, US President Donald Trump reaffirmed his determination to pull US troops out of “endless wars” in Syria and Afghanistan, in an interview that aired Sunday. But he said they would stay in Iraq to watch Iran. Trump cited the high cost in blood and …

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Iran in ‘successful test’ of new cruise missile on revolution anniversary

TEHRAN (IRAN) Iran announced the “successful test” of a new cruise missile with a range of over 1,350 kilometres on Saturday, coinciding with celebrations for the country’s 1979 Islamic revolution. “The test of the Hoveizeh cruise missile was carried out successfully at a range of 1,200 kilometres (840 miles) and …

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Iran’s Rouhani slams ‘hegemonic’ US over Venezuela

DUBAI Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday accused the United States of seeking “world hegemony” and denounced Washington for trying to topple Tehran’s ally, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, state media reported. “The Americans are basically against all popular revolutions and independent countries and seek world hegemony by suppressing them,” Rouhani …

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One dead, four injured as roadside bomb hits bus carrying teachers in Syria’s Manbij

BEIRUT A roadside bomb struck a bus carrying teachers in Manbij killing one person on Saturday, the latest in a spate of attacks in the northern Syrian city since mid-January, a war monitor said. The device exploded as the bus passed, killing the driver and wounding at least four others, …

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Four children among 11 dead as war-damaged flats collapse in Syria’s Aleppo

DAMASCUS Four children were among at least 11 people killed when a war-damaged block of flats collapsed in Syria’s second city Aleppo on Saturday, state media said. One child was pulled out alive from the rubble of the five-storey block after rescue teams toiled, many of them with their bare …

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Four years after joining Islamic State aged 15, German girl asks to go home

BAGHOUZ (SYRIA) Four years after leaving Germany to live under the Islamic State group, 19-year-old Leonora has fled the jihadists’ last bastion in eastern Syria and says it’s time to go home. “I was a little bit naive,” she says in English, wearing a long billowing black robe, and a …

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