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Test of US-Japanese missile interceptor fails again


A test of a US missile interceptor failed in Hawaii on Wednesday, a defense official said, marking the second such unsuccessful attempt in less than a year. The test using the Aegis Ashore system occurred at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai, Missile Defense Agency spokesman …

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Eyeing IS, Trump opens new chapter for Guantanamo


President Donald Trump s decision to keep Guantanamo Bay open marks the start of a new chapter for the prison, and highlights the administration s intentions for captured Islamic State jihadists. Trump signed an executive order late Tuesday reversing his predecessor Barack Obama s ultimately fruitless 2009 directive to shutter …

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US puts Hamas chief Haniya on terror blacklist


– The United States on Wednesday put the head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Ismail Haniya, on its terror blacklist and slapped sanctions on him — a move sure to raise tensions, after Washington recognized Jerusalem as Israel s capital. The 55-year-old Haniya, who was named head of Hamas in …

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Turkey ramps up Syria incursion despite criticism


 Clashes raged between Turkish-backed forces and Kurdish militia in Syria s Afrin region on Wednesday, as wounded civilians fled intense Turkish air strikes. Turkey and allied Syrian rebels have pressed on with Operation Olive Branch in the Kurdish-controlled Afrin enclave despite mounting international concern and reports of rising civilian casualties. The …

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Isolated Qatar signs agreements with Oman


Qatar signed a memorandum of understanding with Oman on the development of bilateral investment and trade Sunday, nearly eight months into a crisis between the emirate and its Arab neighbours. The Omani news agency ONA said the agreement signed in Muscat covers a wide range of cooperation sectors including the …

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Jolie urges UN Security Council to solve Syria war


UN goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie urged the UN Security Council to “find a way” to solve Syria s nearly eight-year war during a tour Sunday of a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. “It is heartbreaking to return to Jordan and witness the levels of hardship and trauma among the Syrian …

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