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1 day ago

Obama prods Vietnam on rights, promotes Trans-Pacific Partnership

U.S. President Barack Obama chided Vietnam on political freedoms on Tuesday after critics of the communist-run government were prevented from meeting him in Hanoi, a discordant note on a trip otherwise steeped in words of amity between the former foes.

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2 days ago

U.S. lifts arms ban on old foe Vietnam as regional tensions simmer

The United States announced an end to its embargo on sales of lethal arms to Vietnam on Monday, an historic step that draws a line under the two countries' old enmity and underscores their shared concerns about Beijing's growing military clout.

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5 days ago

Egyptian military finds debris of crashed airliner

The Egyptian military found the personal belongings of passengers and other debris from an EgyptAir jet floating in the Mediterranean, Cairo said on Friday, confirming that the plane had plunged into the sea with 66 people on board.

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6 days ago

Senate Democrats frustrated with slow U.S. Syrian refugee admissions

More than half the Democrats in the Senate, including many of President Barack Obama's strongest supporters, signed a letter to him on Wednesday urging him to move more quickly to admit Syrian refugees into the United States.

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6 days ago

EgyptAir jet missing after mid-air plunge

An EgyptAir jet carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean sea after swerving in mid-air and plunging from cruising height. French President Francois Hollande confirmed the aircraft "came down and is lost."

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2 weeks ago

Cyber attacks on Islamic State use tools others also have: U.S. defense chief

Cyber attack techniques used by the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State could also be used by other countries, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said.

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2 weeks ago

Pentagon report reveals confusion among U.S. troops over Afghan mission

Amid fierce fighting after the Taliban captured the northern Afghan city of Kunduz last year, U.S. special forces advisers repeatedly asked their commanders how far they were allowed to go to help local troops retake the city.

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3 weeks ago

Mayors from big cities around globe push climate initiatives

The mayors of major cities from around the world are banding together to fight global warming by investing in public transportation and electric cars, planting trees and switching to solar energy.

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3 weeks ago

U.S. gathers allies on next steps in Islamic State fight

The United States gathered defense ministers from 11 other countries for talks on Wednesday about ways to strengthen the campaign against Islamic State, a day after a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in Iraq during an attack by the militant group.

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3 weeks ago

Islamic State kills U.S. Navy SEAL in northern Iraq

Islamic State militants killed a U.S. serviceman in northern Iraq on Tuesday after blasting through Kurdish defences and overrunning a town in the biggest offensive in the area for months.

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3 weeks ago

Islamic State boosts attacks in response to territorial losses

Islamic State attacks have increased this year, particularly in Iraq and Syria as the group responds to substantial territorial losses, a U.S.-based analysis firm says.

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4 weeks ago

Biden visits Iraq in show of support amid multiple crises

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other top officials in unannounced visits to Baghdad and Erbil on Thursday to show support for a government battling Islamic State amid political and economic crises.

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4 weeks ago

No wall, but more high-tech gear, fencing sought by U.S. border agents

The modest scope of the requirements, details of which were contained in internal emails seen by Reuters and described by Border Patrol officials in interviews, contrasts sharply with calls by Republican presidential candidates for more drastic measures to secure the border.

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4 weeks ago

Driven up the wall by Trump, Mexico looks to recast image in U.S.

At first, Mexico's government did its best to ignore Donald Trump. Then it likened him to Adolf Hitler. Now it has appointed a new ambassador to come up with a better plan.

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4 weeks ago

Obama, Merkel push for trade deal as foreign crises weigh

U.S. President Barack Obama said he would do whatever he could to advance a controversial trade deal with the European Union in his last eight months in office.

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1 month ago

250 additional U.S. special forces headed to Syria

The deployment will increase U.S. forces in Syria to about 300. Its goal is to accelerate recent gains against Islamic State and appears to reflect growing confidence in the ability of U.S.-backed forces inside Syria and Iraq to claw back territory from the hardline Sunni Islamist group.

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