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Petraeus and other ex-generals oppose bill to let mentally ill vets get guns Petraeus and other ex-generals oppose bill to let mentally ill vets get guns
“The bill you are debating comes at a time when an average of 20 veterans commit suicide each day, two-thirds of whom do so by using a firearm. We know that non-deployed veterans are at a 61 percent higher risk of suicide compared to the American civilian population, and deployed veterans are at a 41 percent higher risk,” they wrote. “When vulnerable veterans have access to firearms, they can do h...
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IS conflict: US sends Marines to support Raqqa assault IS conflict: US sends Marines to support Raqqa assault
The US has sent 400 additional troops to Syria to support an allied local force aiming to capture the so-called Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa. They include Marines, who arrived in the past few days to set up an outpost from which they will be able to fire artillery at IS positions in the city. Several hundred US special forces soldiers are already deployed, advising Kurdish-led Syrian Democr...
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Sessions did not disclose contact with Russian ambassador, Justice Dept. says Sessions did not disclose contact with Russian ambassador, Justice Dept. says
WASHINGTON — Prior to his nomination as attorney general last year, then-Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions met with the Russian ambassador to the United States, but did not disclose the contacts during questioning during his contentious confirmation, Justice Department officials confirmed late Wednesday. Sessions, who took office last month as the nation's chief law enforcement officer, met with Russi...
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What that Trudeau-Trump handshake moment means What that Trudeau-Trump handshake moment means
To decode the prime minister’s look at the president’s outstretched hand, one can look to an obscure drawing on hand gestures from 1644, writes Kelly Grovier. Rarely have silent hands spoken so loudly. A photo captured in the Oval Office this week of US President Donald Trump sitting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has gone viral on social media – not because of anything explicitly ...
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Trump backs off two-state framework for Israeli-Palestinian deal Trump backs off two-state framework for Israeli-Palestinian deal
President Donald Trump rejected the long-established US framework for Middle East peacemaking at a White House visit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday as he announced his desire to reach "the ultimate deal." In staking his claim to a prize that has eluded many a leader before him, Trump previewed the nascent outlines of an approach that -- if he sticks with it -- ditches ...
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Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds to be honored together at private memorial service: Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds to be honored together at private memorial service:
Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds died just one day apart. Now they will be honored together at a private memorial service on Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter said on Tuesday. “The memorial event will be for family and close friends only,” reported THR, citing an unnammed source. “I’m not sure what they’re calling it ­— a funeral or a wake ­— but it will be Thursday at the house,”...
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Kurt Eichenwald, epileptic Newsweek reporter, says Twitter user gave him a seizure Kurt Eichenwald, epileptic Newsweek reporter, says Twitter user gave him a seizure
Newsweek senior writer Kurt Eichenwald threatened legal action Friday against a Twitter user he accused of causing him to have an epileptic seizure. Mr. Eichenwald, 55, said he’s taking time off from social media in order to concentrate on suing over a supposed seizure-spurring tweet he received Thursday evening. “Last night, for the second time, a deplorable aware I have epilepsy tweeted a ...
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Hawaii snowfall: Parts of state receive weather warning Hawaii snowfall: Parts of state receive weather warning
Parts of the US state of Hawaii have received a winter weather warning, with up to three feet (90cm) of snow over the past few days. Weather experts say that it is not unusual for snow to fall in tropical Hawaii, but rarely has it fallen so heavily at such low altitudes. The snow is heaviest around two of the island's highest peaks, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Other parts of Hawaii were hit by fla...
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Pizzagate: Gunman fires in restaurant at centre of conspiracy Pizzagate: Gunman fires in restaurant at centre of conspiracy
A man has been arrested after firing a rifle inside a pizza restaurant in Washington that was the target of a bizarre fake US election story. No-one was injured in the incident at Comet Ping Pong, police said. A 28-year-old man from North Carolina was taken into police custody. The pizzeria has been targeted by conspiracy theorists who believe it is involved in a child sex ring run by former US...
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Trump attacks China in Twitter outburst Trump attacks China in Twitter outburst
US President-elect Donald Trump has posted a series of tweets criticising China for its monetary policy and its operations in the South China Sea. "Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency" and "build a massive military complex?" he asked. "I don't think so!" Last week Mr Trump risked a diplomatic rift with China by speaking directly with Taiwan's president. The highly unusual mo...
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