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U.S. defense chief affirms commitment to protecting Turkey

U.S. defense chief affirms commitment to protecting Turkey

On Wednesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that every weapon obtained by the YPG constitutes a threat to Turkey. "Both leaders affirmed their support for peace and stability in both Iraq and Syria". Erdogan vowed to bring up the issue in talks with US President Donald Trump on May 16 in Washington, their first face-to-face encounter as heads of state. Read More

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ACLU Issues Travel Warning For Texas Amid New Immigration Law

The alert comes just days after the governor signs a law that will make it okay for police officers to ask about a person's immigration status during a routine traffic stop. "A lot of local law enforcement - they're not trained in immigration law". Which can, among other things, mean that USA citizens are held in jail for no other reason than because ICE officials suspect that based on the apprehended individuals' ethnicity they might be undocumented. Read More

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Syrian Kurds welcome USA arms, Turkey says 'unacceptable'

The PKK has waged an insurgency in southern Turkey since the 1980s. Neighboring Turkey has objected to YPG's participation in Raqqa operations. "We never have and never will", he said. Senior US officials including Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have met repeatedly with Turkish officials to try to work out an arrangement for the Raqqa assault that would be acceptable to Ankara. Read More

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Rivers start to drop, but flood crisis isn't over yet

Heavy rains in the St. Louis area Wednesday morning will strain the river, which will likely surpass height records it set in December 2015, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said. The waters overtopped and breached the levee system in nine places, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. "With the rainfall we're having here, it's going to prolong the recession of the waters - the Meramec, the MS and the Missouri" said Kelly. Read More

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Trump says North Korea's Kim Jong-un is a 'pretty smart cookie'

It reportedly blew up just seconds after take-off, increasing speculation that the U.S. military has been causing North Korea's recent failed missile launches . But, so far, perhaps nothing's happened. North Korea launched a ballistic missile Friday, but the weapon failed. Residents in the village of Seongj, where the missile defense system is being installed, scuffled with police on Sunday. Read More

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Do you work overtime? Here's what you need to know

Do you work overtime? Here's what you need to know

Q: Would employers be required to offer their employees compensatory time instead of overtime pay? The practice would only be allowable if the employee and employer entered into an agreement-before the performance of the overtime work-in which the employer has offered and the employee has chosen to receive "comp time" in lieu of overtime pay. Read More

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Mike Pence says United States will honour refugee deal

Mike Pence says United States will honour refugee deal

US Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Sydney Opera House and Taronga Zoo during a day of site seeing. Mr Turnbull said Mr Pence's early visit to Australia sent a strong message that the USA would not withdraw from the region. "I bring greetings this morning from the president of the United States", Pence told Turnbull and other Australian officials ahead of their meeting. Read More

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Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

USA forces take up positions on the outskirts of the Syrian town, Manbij, a flashpoint between Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters and US -backed Kurdish fighters, in al-Asaliyah village, Aleppo province, Syria, on March 7. "On Friday, US troops visited the border areas after Turkish attacks on the YPG". The US State Department has said it is "deeply concerned" that the strikes were conducted "without proper coordination either with the United States or the broader global coalition" ... Read More

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