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United States sending troops to bolster Saudi defenses after attack

September 21, 2019 By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday approved sending American troops to bolster Saudi Arabia’s air and missile defenses after the largest-ever attack on the kingdom’s oil facilities, which Washington has squarely blamed on Iran. The Pentagon said the deployment would involve a moderate […]

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Inspired by Greta Thunberg, worldwide protest demands climate action

September 21, 2019 By Gabriella Borter, Katharine Houreld and Jake Spring (Reuters) – Millions of young people flooded the streets of cities around the world on Friday to demand political leaders take urgent steps to stop climate change, uniting in a worldwide protest inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Alarmed by images of the […]

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Guatemala joins ranks of cocaine producers as plantations and labs emerge

September 19, 2019 By Sofia Menchu GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemala is no longer just a transit point for traffickers seeking to smuggle cocaine north towards the United States, authorities said on Thursday after security officials discovered several coca plantations and processing laboratories. The finds underscored concerns that cocaine production is moving beyond Andean nations, […]

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Former El Salvador president given two-year jail term for bribery

September 19, 2019 SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – A court handed down a two-year prison sentence for bribery to former Salvadoran President Elias Antonio Saca, the attorney general’s office said on Thursday. Saca, who is already serving a 10-year prison sentence for misuse of public funds and money laundering, was found guilty of having bribed a […]

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U.S. building coalition after Saudi oil attack, Iran warns against war

September 19, 2019 By Tuqa Khalid and Aziz El Yaakoubi DUBAI (Reuters) – The United States said on Thursday it was building a coalition to deter Iranian threats following a weekend attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. Iran has warned U.S. President Donald Trump against being dragged into a war in the Middle East and […]

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Trudeau vows to continue campaign amid blackface scandal

September 19, 2019 By Steve Scherer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to continue his re-election campaign and asked for forgiveness on Thursday after pictures of him in blackface emerged less than five weeks before the national vote. The Liberal Party leader’s campaign has been upended since Time magazine […]

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As chance of Trump, Rouhani meeting at U.N. fades, talk turns to Security Council

September 19, 2019 By Michelle Nichols, Parisa Hafezi and John Irish UNITED NATIONS/DUBAI/PARIS (Reuters) – The chances of a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while they are both in New York next week for the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations have dwindled since an attack […]

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U.S. expels two of Cuba’s U.N. diplomats, citing ‘influence operations’

September 19, 2019 By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday ordered the expulsion from the United States of two members of Cuba’s delegation to the United Nations and restricted travel of the remaining mission members to Manhattan, drawing strong condemnation from Havana. In an announcement just days before world leaders gather […]

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Letter detailing civilian presence failed to prevent deadly Afghan drone strike

September 19, 2019 By Ahmad Sultan and Abdul Qadir Sediqi JALALABAD, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) – Twelve days ahead of the pine-nut harvest season, the governor of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province received a letter from village elders in the Wazir Tangi area about their plans to recruit 200 laborers and children to pluck the dry fruit. The […]

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U.S. drone strike kills 30 pine nut farm workers in Afghanistan

September 19, 2019 By Ahmad Sultan and Abdul Qadir Sediqi JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A U.S. drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State (IS) hideout in Afghanistan killed at least 30 civilians resting after a day’s labor in the fields, officials said on Thursday. The attack on Wednesday night also injured 40 people after […]

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