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Protests planned across US if Trump fires Mueller

A series of progressive groups are organizing protests across the United States in the event that US President Donald Trump decides to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. About two dozen groups have made plans to launch an immediate response ...

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More US troops to hit frontlines in Afghanistan

More American troops are gearing up to hit the frontlines in Afghanistan, says General John Nicholson, who commands US forces in the country. Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Nicholson said US troops levels in Afghanistan were slated to increase dramatically under President Donald Trump’s new strategy to extend the military ...

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Peru’s president pardons ex-leader Fujimori, citing his health

Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has granted a medical pardon to former strongman, Alberto Fujimori, who was behind bars for corruption and rights abuses, triggering protests in the capital, Lima. In a statement released on Christmas Eve, Kuczynski, pardoned Fujimori, 79, for “humanitarian reasons.” Fujimori was convicted in 2009 to ...

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US secures $285 million cut in UN budget

The administration of US President Donald Trump says it has negotiated a major $285 million cut in the United Nation’s 2018-2019 budget. The US mission at the UN said in a statement on Sunday that the “significant cost savings” would better suit Washington’s priorities across the globe. “In addition to ...

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Loyalty to Trump the new Republican Party ‘litmus test’

Seasoned retiring GOP Congressman Charlie Dent says loyalty to US President Donald Trump, instead of political doctrine, has become the new “litmus test” of the Republican Party.  “You know, before Donald Trump became president the litmus test for Republicans was, it was really about the ideological purity and conformity. Now the litmus ...

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Trump ‘Lie of the Year’ is one he kept repeating in 2017

US President Donald Trump’ lie of the year has been picked based on the frequency of its repetition in the past year. Fact-checking website PolitiFact explained Sunday that the president’s comments about alleged intervention by Russia in the 2016 presidential election was selected as “Lie of the Year” as it was a ...

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Pope Francis slams ‘the corrupt’ in Holy See

Pope Francis has denounced the “corrupted” elements and the “cancer” of cliques in the Catholic Church who portray themselves as “martyrs” when they are removed. The Pope said on Thursday that while there were many faithful elements working at the Holy See, there were also elements that were “corrupted.” When ...

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Provision of US arms to Ukraine can mean more bloodshed: Russia

Russia has warned the United States about the consequences of supplying arms to Ukraine, saying that the provision of weapons may cause new bloodshed in the country’s troubled east. The Kremlin said on Thursday that the weapons would provoke “hotheads” among Ukrainian nationalists to seek to unleash new bloodshed in ...

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