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Trump feels vindicated after Republican memo’s release

US President Donald Trump claimed vindication Saturday in the probe into Russian interference with the 2016 White House election, following the release of a controversial memo implying partisanship at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The declassified Republican document released Friday claimed that Democratic-funded research prompted the FBI to spy on a former Trump campaign aide. “This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ ...

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Russian air strikes kill terrorists after fighter jet downed

Massive Russian air strikes have killed at least 30 militants in northwest Syria, where a Russian fighter jet was shot down, Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement Saturday. A series of high-precision weapon strikes has been delivered in the area controlled by the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group, which brought down the Russian Su-25 jet by using a portable anti-aircraft ...

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Six injured in Italy drive-by shooting targeting foreigners

A shaven-headed far-right supporter wounded six foreigners Saturday in a brazen drive-by shooting in central Italy and was later arrested, police and local officials said. After the morning assault in the town of Macerata, the suspect got out of his car, made a fascist salute with a tricolour Italian flag draped over his shoulders and shouted “Viva Italia”, or “Long ...

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Rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria heavily bombed 

A Syrian monitoring group and the media arm of al-Qaida-linked militants are reporting intense airstrikes on a rebel-held stronghold in Syria’s northwest. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported more than 35 airstrikes on Saraqeb since late Friday, adding that many of its residents are fleeing. The Ibaa News Agency of the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee, said Russian and ...

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Egypt says 4,400-year-old tomb discovered outside Cairo 

Archaeologists in Egypt say they have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids outside Cairo. Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry announced the discovery Saturday and said the tomb likely belonged to a high-ranking official known as Hetpet during the 5th Dynasty of ancient Egypt. The tomb includes wall paintings depicting Hetpet observing different hunting and fishing scenes. Mostafa Al-Waziri, leader of the ...

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Maldives president fires 2nd police chief in 3 days 

The president of the Maldives has fired a national police chief for the second time in three days, as political unrest grows after a court ordered the release and retrial of political prisoners, including an ex-president. President Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s office says he dismissed Ahmed Saudhee on Saturday and appointed Deputy Police Commissioner Abdulla Nawaz to act as interim police ...

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Russian fighter jet ‘shot down’ in Syria

A Russian Sukhoi 25 fighter jet has been shot down in a rebel-held area near Idlib in north Syria, reports say. The pilot was said to have ejected before the crash and been captured, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. Video posted on social media appeared to show the plane being hit, while other video showed burning ...

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Libyan navy rescues 362 migrants off western coast

The Libyan coast guard has rescued 362 illegal migrants in three separate operations in western Libya, the Navy’s spokesman said Friday. “Coast Guard patrols, in three separate operations, rescued 362 illegal immigrants of different nationalities,” Navy spokesman Ayoub Qassem told Xinhua. The first operation took place off the city of Al-Khoms, some 120 km east of Tripoli, where 89 migrants ...

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Sri Lanka probes corruption at national carrier

Sri Lanka has ordered a corruption investigation at its national carrier, including the controversial termination of a management deal with Emirates airline, the government said Saturday. President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a five-member panel to investigate the financial transactions of Sri Lankan airlines from 2006 to 2008, when the deal with Emirates was ended, a statement from his office said. ...

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Battles kill 9 militant, wound 18 in eastern Afghanistan

At least nine insurgents have been killed and 18 others including nine Afghan security personnel injured in the eastern Ghazni province during government forces’ operations against Taliban, a provincial government spokesman said Saturday. According to Aref Nuri, the operations have inflicted huge casualties to the militants and nine insurgents have been killed and 18 others, including nine militants and nine ...

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