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US military chiefs defy Trump on Charlottesville

Commanders of the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps have publicly condemned the recent outburst of “hatred” and “extremism” during a gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, challenging President and Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump who refuses to denounce the inherently racist groups. “The Army doesn’t tolerate racism, extremism, ...

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Venezuela sets up ‘truth commission’ to investigate opposition

Venezuela has formed a commission to investigate the opposition candidates running in the country’s October gubernatorial elections to make sure they are not involved in the political unrest plaguing the country. The Truth, Justice and Reparation Commission for Victims was set up by Venezuela’s powerful Constituent on Wednesday and assumed its ...

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White House names Hicks as interim communications director

US President Donald Trump has named 28-year-old Hope Hicks as the interim White House communications director to take over the position vacated by the controversial Anthony Scaramucci. “Hope Hicks will work with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and all of the communications team and serve as the Interim White ...

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Pence to ‘stand with’ Trump on Charlottesville statement

US Vice President Mike Pence says he will “stand with” US President Donald Trump in blaming the violence during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on “both sides.” “What happened in Charlottesville was a tragedy, and the president has been clear on this tragedy and so have I,” Pence, who ...

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UN chief warns over military intervention in Venezuela

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has stressed that Latin American countries must be safeguarded from foreign intervention after US President Donald Trump threatened military action in Venezuela. On Friday, Trump said his administration was considering many measures, “including a possible military option if necessary,” to repair what he referred to as a “dangerous mess” ...

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Rep. Gutiérrez, 30 other protesters, arrested outside White House

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) and about 30 other people have been arrested during demonstrations protesting President Donald Trump’s policy toward undocumented immigrants. The protests were held in front of the White House on Tuesday, August 15, which marks the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The protesters ...

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Colombia president declares war with FARC over

The Colombian president has declared the end of the 50-year old conflict with former rebel group FARC, following the group’s handover of the last batch of its weapons under the United Nations (UN)’s supervision. “With the laying down of arms… the conflict is truly over and a new phase begins ...

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5th executive resigns from Trump’s advisory council

Another member of US President Donald Trump’s advisory council has resigned, making five the number of people quitting their jobs over his response to the Charlottesville riots in the past three days. The top executives have resigned in protest at Trump’s support for white supremacists and the similar groups as ...

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China, US agree on direct military communication

China and the United States have reached an agreement to improve their direct military communication to lower chances of “miscalculations” and accidental military confrontations amid the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. The so-called Joint Strategic Dialogue Mechanism Agreement was signed in China’s capital of Beijing on Tuesday by US Chairman of ...

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