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Senate votes to stop US support for Yemen war, condemns Saudi crown prince

CIL868/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Senate voted Thursday to withdraw U.S. military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen in a 56-41 vote, a sharp rebuke to President Donald Trump for his steadfast defense of the kingdom despite bipartisan outrage over the alleged Saudi role in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It’s the first …

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White House unveils new strategy for Africa to counter Russian and Chinese influence

omersukrugoksu/iStock(WASHINGTON) — National security adviser John Bolton unveiled the Trump administration’s new strategy for Africa as it works to counter Russia and China, as they expand their financial, political and military investments across the continent. “Africa is incredibly important to the United States,” Bolton told the audience at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday. “If we …

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Suspect in deadly shooting in France ‘neutralized’ during standoff with police, authorities say

Ben185/iStock(PARIS) — The suspect in a deadly shooting in France has been “neutralized” after a standoff with police, French officials said. Cherif Chekatt, 29, is the suspected gunman who killed 3 and injured another 13 during a shooting in Strasbourg on Tuesday, the prosecutor’s office told ABC News. Chekatt, who was born in Strasbourg, allegedly …

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Theresa May continues Brexit talks in Brussels after surviving bid to topple her

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(BRUSSELS) — Theresa May, Britain’s embattled prime minister, is pressing on with fraught Brexit negotiations after surviving an attempt to oust her from power Wednesday night. May is currently in Brussels for an EU summit, an engagement it was unclear whether she would keep Wednesday as news emerged that she was facing a …

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Trump claims, without evidence, that Mexico will pay for border wall via trade deal

AlexLMX/iStock(WASHINGTON) — After threatening to shut down the government if Congress does not allot $5 billion for a wall across the southern border, President Trump now says Mexico will be paying for the wall using money the U.S. would “save” from the new United States Mexico Canada Agreement. The president tweeted, “I often stated, “One …

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Maria Butina, accused Russian agent, pleads guilty in federal court

Alexandria Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Maria Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist, has signed onto a plea agreement with the U.S. government, officially pivoting away from her months-long campaign to prove her innocence after standing accused of developing a covert influence operation in the United States. As part of her plea deal, …

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Report: For third straight year, Turkey jailed more journalists than any other country

bedo/iStock(NEW YORK) — Even as Turkish leaders call for an international inquiry into Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, the Committee to Project Journalists found the Turkish government to be the world’s biggest jailer of journalists for the third consecutive year, according to a newly released report. According to the global press freedom watchdog’s Annual …

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Two investigations underway into controversial London police ramming tactic

Metropolitan Police(LONDON) — A controversial tactic in which police in London use specially-trained drivers to ram criminals on scooters has triggered two separate investigations after the criminals had suffered “serious” injuries. The Metropolitan Police released footage last month of the policy, known as “contact tactics,” in action. The aggressive tactic is used in the hope …

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China confirms two missing Canadians have been detained

allanswart/iStock(HONG KONG) — The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed Thursday that a second Canadian citizen has been detained in China in addition to the former Canadian diplomat who was reported missing earlier this week. Both men are being detained by China’s Ministry for State Security for allegedly “endangering national security.” At a press conference, Chinese Foreign …

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Miss Universe announces all its judges this year will be women

Coral222/iStock(NEW YORK) — The Miss Universe Organization announced Wednesday that for the first time in its history, it’s upcoming competition will have an all-women panel of judges to determine the winner of the iconic pageant. The women on the panel will comprise of entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry experts, according to a statement from the …

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