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Published: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:59:01 -0500

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Parkland students slam Trump for tying shooting to Russia probe: 'He has already made it about himself'

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:01:18 -0500

(image) Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Aly Sheehy and Giuliana Matamoros were astounded that Donald Trump would use their tragedy to push back against U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Moscow and his 2016 campaign.



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Scott Pruitt Cancels Israel Trip Amid Backlash Over Travel Expenses

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:48:02 -0500

(image) Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has scrapped plans for a business trip to Israel previously scheduled for this week, an agency official said.



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Bernie Sanders: 'Maybe [Obama] should have done more' on Russia

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:13:29 -0500

(image) In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says that President Obama was in a difficult position when it came to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.



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Slain Teacher Told His Fiancee What To Say If He Died In A School Shooting

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:58:44 -0500

(image) A high school teacher shot to death while protecting students in last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, once considered that he could die in such violence, and gave his fiancee instructions on what to say if it happened.



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Plane crashes in Iran with more than 50 aboard: media

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:35:13 -0500

(image) An Iranian passenger plane has crashed into the country's Zagros mountains with more than 50 people on board, the head of the country's emergency services told local media on Sunday. The plane had 50 to 60 passengers," Pir Hossein Koolivand told the Fars news agency. The plane was reportedly travelling from Tehran to the small town of Yasuj in Isfahan province.



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Teen Survivors Of Florida Shooting To March On Washington For Gun Law Reform

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:41:45 -0500

(image) A group of students who survived the Wednesday mass shooting at a Florida high school are organizing a nationwide march to demand lawmakers make ending gun violence a priority.



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Family that took in Nikolas Cruz said he showed no warning signs

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:03:01 -0500

(image) Nikolas Cruz moved in with the Snead family after his mother died of Pneumonia in November. They say he was depressed after losing his mother, but no red flags ever went off about his behavior.



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Five killed in attack on church in Russia's Dagestan

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:04:20 -0500

(image) A man in Russia's southern province of Dagestan shot into a crowd of people leaving a church on Sunday, killing five and injuring at least five others, Russian news agencies reported, citing the local health ministry. The attack occurred in the village of Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan, agencies said. The small republic in the Caucasus mountains borders Chechnya, where Moscow has led two wars against separatists and radical religious groups since the 1991 Soviet collapse and which has seen a large number of people join Islamic State. Russian news agencies said the attack occurred as churchgoers celebrated Maslenitsa, a Christian holiday marking the last day before Lent according to the eastern Orthodox calendar. The assailant was identified as a 22-year-old man local to the region, the TASS news agency said, citing the investigative committee. He was shot and killed by security services who were on duty nearby, TASS said, adding that a hunting rifle, bullets and a knife were discovered on his person. Initial reports suggested all five victims were women, TASS said, citing the local branch of the interior ministry. The injured include two members of local security services and two civilians, also women, the Interfax news agency said.  Islamic State claimed responsibility for a the shooting, according to the militant group's news agency Amaq, although it did not provide immediate evidence for the claim.



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Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif on Israel: ‘We Will Act if Necessary’

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:53:09 -0500

(image) In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Iran’s foreign minister commented on its tenuous relationship with Israel as well as on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.



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Farting Passenger Forces Plane To Make Emergency Landing

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:52:37 -0500

(image) A flight from Dubai to Amsterdam had to make an emergency landing in Vienna after a fight broke out because one of the passengers wouldn’t stop breaking wind.



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Texas roadhouse shooting: Six-year-old boy among victims in San Antonio restaurant shooting

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:33:00 -0500

(image) It happened at about 8.40pm on Sunday outside the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in San Antonio, police said. San Antonio Police Department chief William McManus told reporters: "We do not believe that this shooting was random. "The folks were waiting outside to eat when the shooting occurred.



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Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:25:24 -0500

(image) JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday.



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Richard Branson Wants To Build A High-Speed Hyperloop In India

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:35:18 -0500

(image) British billionaire Richard Branson has announced plans to build a high-speed shuttle in India that could potentially revolutionize travel in the country.



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Carnival probes security personnel's response to brawl in South Pacific cruise

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:18:44 -0500

(image) By Jonathan Barrett SYDNEY (Reuters) - Carnival Corp , the world's largest cruise operator, said on Monday it was investigating the response of its security personnel to a brawl that broke out on one of its South Pacific cruises that resulted in 23 passengers being removed. The American-British company said in a statement that it was investigating "all aspects including the security response" of the incident, which was captured on video and posted on social media. The 10-day cruise to the South Pacific returned to the Australian southern city of Melbourne on Saturday, a day after 23 people were removed in the New South Wales (NSW) town of Eden for what the company described as "disruptive and violent acts".



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Ice Dancers Tessa Virtue And Scott Moir Break Their Own World Record

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:31:49 -0500

(image) Canadian ice dancing power duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir broke a world record on Sunday at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earning the highest score ever in the short program.



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High School Students Lead Protest Against Gun Violence In Front Of White House

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:39:28 -0500

(image) Dozens of students gathered in front of the White House on Monday to demand changes to gun laws, just days after a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead.



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Fire at sacred Tibetan Buddhist temple sparks suspicion about censorship

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 04:43:55 -0500

(image) A fire broke out at one of the most sacred temples in Tibetan Buddhism, prompting concern and suspicion that information on the incident is being controlled by authorities. Chinese State media said the fire at "part of" Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, the capital of the south-western Chinese region of Tibet, "was soon put out" after it began at 6.40pm on Saturday. Images posted online showed flames billowing from a pagoda at the sacred building, which was built in the seventh century. Some of the clips showed flames appearing to engulf the Unesco World Heritage Site when it was dark, suggesting that the fire might have continued for longer than an hour. Jokhang houses the Jowo Shakyamuni, a glittering statue believed to have been blessed by Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of the religion. It is said to be just one of just three to be crafted during his actual lifetime. Devastating news from Lhasa of the Jokhang temple on fire. pic.twitter.com/LXiIlvc7V5— Robert Barnett (@RobbieBarnett) February 17, 2018 Observers on Twitter - which is blocked in China - claimed that information relating the fire was being censored online. Robert Barnett, a British expert on Tibet, Tweeted: "Sources in Lhasa claim police have threatened anyone distributing pictures or unofficial news about the fire. "Locals afraid to talk. Official information extremely limited, raising concern about extent of damage. Access to area round temple said to be restricted." #Jokhang fire: sources in Lhasa claim police have threatened anyone distributing pictures or unofficial news about the fire; locals afraid to talk. Official information extremely limited, raising concern about extent of damage. Access to area round temple said to be restricted.— Robert Barnett (@RobbieBarnett) February 17, 2018 China has ruled Tibet since the 1950s, and Beijing claims that it has helped improve the lives of ordinary Tibetans by bringing economic growth to a traditionally poor region. However, many accuse China of suppressing rights in the region and stifling the local Buddhist culture. Tibet has seen outbreaks of ethic tension, including riots in 2008 and a wave of self-immolations carried out in protest of Beijing's tightening grip. State media reports on the fire have contained few details. China is deleting posts about the alleged fire in the Jokhang Temple. The topic has been one of the hottest topics and most searched topic today on Chinese social media. Yet there is no single personal post and was removed in the cyberspace immediately. pic.twitter.com/KDlF87oX2t— Tseringkyi (@dreamlhasa) February 17, 2018 Tibetans began celebrating traditional Tibetan New Year that last Friday. The temple would have been expecting thousands of visitors  over the next few days. Tsering Woeser, a Tibetan writer in Beijing told The New York Times: “I pray that the fire isn’t serious and that the old buildings haven’t suffered too much damage. “For Tibetans, the Jokhang is the holiest of holy sites.”



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'Do not test Israel', Netanyahu tells Iran, brandishing drone 'piece'

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:39:02 -0500

(image) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran on Sunday over aggressions by what he called Iran and its "proxies" in Syria, while showing what he claimed was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace. Israel has said it shot down the drone on February 10 after it entered the country from Syria, and responded with a raid on what it said was the Iranian control systems for the craft in Syria. It marked the first time Israel publicly acknowledged hitting Iranian targets in Syria since the 2011 start of the civil war there.



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Woman who pleaded guilty over fiance's kayaking death now argues she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:53:00 -0500

(image) A woman who pleaded guilty over her fiance’s kayaking death has argued that she was in “the wrong place at the wrong time” when he drowned in rough waters after plunging overboard. “I was in danger, too, just as much as he was.



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Paul Manafort Accused Of Bank Fraud In New Mueller Court Documents

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 01:58:27 -0500

(image) Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been accused of bank fraud that wasn’t part of the original indictment against him, according to court documents filed by special counsel Robert Mueller.



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Kuwait invites Philippine president to visit amid workers row

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:53:38 -0500

(image) Kuwait has invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to visit, state news agency KUNA said on Monday, as the countries seek to settle their differences over allegations of extreme abuse of migrant workers in the wealthy Gulf state. After the body of a Filipino was discovered in a freezer in a Kuwait apartment, Duterte arranged free flights for workers wishing to leave - an evacuation that Kuwait said was an unnecessary escalation of a diplomatic rift. The Philippines suspended sending workers to Kuwait in January after reports that abuse by employers had driven several to suicide.



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Black Hockey Player Taunted With Racist Chant In Chicago

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:20:55 -0500

(image) Washington Capitals hockey player Devante Smith-Pelly blasted the “disgusting” racist chant directed at him during an NHL game in Chicago Saturday night that led to the ejection of several fans.



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Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:14:22 -0500

(image) BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey warned the Syrian government Monday against entering the Kurdish-controlled enclave in northern Syria where a major Turkish military offensive is underway, saying it would hit back at the troops if their goal is to protect the Kurdish fighters.



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Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East?

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:01:00 -0500

(image) How would Israel or America respond?  Lebanon: Russia's New Outpost in the Middle East? After gaining naval and air bases in Syria, Russia may now be setting its sights on Lebanon. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered Russia's Defense Ministry to seek a military cooperation agreement with Lebanon.



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Relief turns to horror in Mexico helicopter crash

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:42:22 -0500

(image) Santiago Jamiltepec (México) (AFP) - They thought the worst was over. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook Mexico on Friday evening hit right near their hometown, the southern city of Santiago Jamiltepec, but the damage was minor. Unlike previous earthquakes that killed hundreds or thousands of people in Mexico, this one claimed no lives and left minimal destruction.



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Carnival investigates "cruise from hell"

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:30:46 -0500

(image) Carnival has launched an investigation into a wild brawl off the Australian coast, that saw 23 passengers kicked off a cruise. Some on board accuse security of being heavy handed. Joel Labi reports.



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Trump Spent His Sunday Night Watching ‘60 Minutes’ And Hate-Tweeting About Oprah

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 02:24:52 -0500

(image) President Donald Trump capped a long weekend of hate-tweeting by taunting an “insecure” Oprah Winfrey over her latest appearance on “60 Minutes.”



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UK academic gets 32 years in prison for online abuse

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:33:53 -0500

(image) A Cambridge University graduate who admitted 137 criminal offences involving online abuse, including encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy, was sentenced on Monday to 32 years in prison. Matthew Falder, who dubbed himself "666devil" and "evilmind" online, blackmailed many of his 45 victims into sending "severe abuse images" of themselves, according to Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA). Falder, whose victims ranged from young children to people in their 30s, would pose as a woman and get his victims to send naked images.



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US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tins

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:22:37 -0500

(image) A drug used to execute American prisoners and to put animals to sleep has been discovered in canned dog food in the US, triggering an emergency recall. The Food and Drug Administration said it found low levels of pentobarbital in tins of Gravy Train dog food produced by JM Smucker. The drug is most commonly used by vets as a sedative or anaesthetic and to euthanise pets. At high doses in humans it cause respiratory arrest and has been used to carry out executions often as the first step – inducing unconsciousness - in a three-drug protocol. It was one of the drugs used by Marilyn Monroe when she took her own life. The brand affected Credit: JM Smucker The recall followed an investigation by WJLA, a TV station in Washington, which found pentobarbital in almost two thirds of cans it tested. The FDA said: "Pets that eat pet food containing pentobarbital can experience drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner) and inability to stand. Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death.” It concluded that the small amounts detected posed little risk to dogs. "However, any detection of pentobarbital in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act—simply put, pentobarbital should not be in pet food," it said. The FDA said the low levels presented little risk Smucker said it had identified the problem at a single supplier, from a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility. “We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain. We will continue to work closely with our suppliers and veterinarians to ensure the ingredients used in our products meet or exceed regulatory safety standards and our high-quality standards,” said Barry Dunaway, president of the companies pet foods division. “Above all, we are a company that loves pets and understand the responsibility we have in providing high quality food for the pets our consumers love.”



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Now juice stores are giving out Bitcoin as a competition prize

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:55:21 -0500

(image) It's not just cashed-up dads jumping on cryptocurrencies, juice companies are doing the same too. Australian juice chain Boost have launched a competition where customers can win one Bitcoin, if they can correctly guess the price of the cryptocurrency at 12 p.m. the following Monday.  SEE ALSO: Say hello to Buttcoin and the community celebrating Bitcoin's fall Only one person can choose a certain price, to ensure there's no splitting of the prize. At the time of writing, one BTC is equal to $10,569 (A$13,387.76), but as we've seen lately BTC's price has been fluctuating a lot in recent weeks. Boost will have one BTC a week to win over four weeks. Like any in-store competition you'll need to buy a juice to get an entry code, which you can enter in the chain's app and guess BTC's prospective price. As for people who might not be following the cryptocurrency rollercoaster, you can also get the app to pick a price for you. Boost's effort is the latest in a string of cryptocurrency-aligned competitions: There's a puzzle game which lets you win one BTC if you can successfully crack it.  Surely investing in cryptocurrencies is already enough of a game? [h/t CNET ] WATCH: It's so easy to save money and eat healthy with zero-waste cooking



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Another fire sweeps through market in Haiti's capital

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:45:08 -0500

(image) PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A fire swept through a large clothing market in Haiti's capital on Sunday, days after another blaze destroyed a large part of the main market in Port-au-Prince.



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Saudi Arabia welcomes push for U.N. action against Iran on missiles

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:02:21 -0500

(image) By Andrea Shalal MUNICH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Sunday welcomed a draft United Nations resolution offered by Britain, the United States and France that would condemn Iran for failing to stop its ballistic missiles from falling into the hands of Yemen’s Houthi group. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Reuters the measure, if passed, would help hold Iran accountable for what he described as its "exports of ballistic missiles" to the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, and "radical and aggressive" behavior in the region, including support for terrorist groups.



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'Bachelor' Arie grilled by Becca's uncle during hometown dates

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:55 -0500

(image) On the "Bachelor," Becca's uncle has been a father figure to her since she lost her dad as a child. And he has some tough questions for Arie about their relationship.



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Gay Olympian Feels Bad Adam Rippon Is Dealing With Anti-LGBTQ Politics

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:11:19 -0500

(image) As the first two publicly out gay men to win medals at the Winter Olympics, figure skaters Eric Radford and Adam Rippon have broken barriers and established legacies that will extend beyond the ice rink.



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Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo On Going Home in Wake of Tragedy: 'Hardest Thing I Ever Had to Do'

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:39:54 -0500

(image) Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo visited victims at the hospital and spoke at a vigil in Parkland, where he told the community that they are not alone.



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Mike Pence won’t commit to wall spanning entire US-Mexico border

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:03:26 -0500

(image) Mike Pence has sidestepped questions about the ideal shape of Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. During an interview that took place near America’s border with Mexico, the Vice President was repeatedly asked about what type of barrier should be constructed. “President Trump will make the final decision about the structure of the wall, but the first step is that Congress has to fund it,” Mr Pence told interviewer Ainsley Earhardt.



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NYC rape case prompts calls to close police sex loophole

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:30:31 -0500

(image) ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The 18-year-old woman was driving with two friends near Coney Island in September when the two plainclothes detectives pulled her over and found marijuana. The officers released the two male passengers, handcuffed the woman and told her she was under arrest, prosecutors say.





France to let wolf packs grow despite angry farmers

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:59:15 -0500

(image) The French government announced Monday it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent despite pressure from farmers in mountain regions who are worried about their sheep flocks. A new strategy unveiled by the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron will enable the number of wolves to increase from an estimated 360 now to 500 by 2023. Hunting wiped out the grey wolf in France during the 1930s and they only returned in 1992 via Italy -- currently home to around 2,000 wolves -- before spreading into Switzerland and Germany.



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The Duchess Of Cambridge Faces Criticism For Not Wearing Black To The BAFTAs

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:35:32 -0500

(image) Stars at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night wore all-black in support of the Time’s Up initiative, much like they did at January’s Golden Globe awards.



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How Israel and Pakistan Can Avoid a Nuclear Showdown

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:37:00 -0500

(image) A back channel of communication between Israel and Pakistan could temper miscalculations or malicious attempts to artificially increase tensions between the two countries. The advancement of Pakistan’s nuclear-missile capabilities and Israel’s growing military ties with India are increasing their respective military relevance for each other. A high degree of suspicion and mistrust exist between Israel and Pakistan.



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Israeli police arrest more executives from Bezeq Telecom

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 04:44:28 -0500

(image) Israeli police made arrests on Sunday that included senior executives from Bezeq, the country's largest telecom group, after the markets watchdog uncovered new information during its investigation into the company. The Israel Securities Authority (ISA) has been investigating Bezeq over possible fraud and financial reporting offences and company officials, including its former chairman, were arrested in 2017. Israeli media reported investigators were looking into allegations that Bezeq received benefits in return for enabling favourable media coverage of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.



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Turkey warns against Syria regime support for Kurd militia

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:34:53 -0500

(image) Turkey's foreign minister on Monday warned against any intervention by Syrian pro-government forces to support Kurdish militias in northern Syria, saying it would not prevent Ankara from pressing on with its month-old offensive. Mevlut Cavusoglu was reacting to a report from Syrian state news agency SANA saying pro-government forces were expected in the Afrin region to counter the Turkish offensive against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia. Turkey views the YPG as a terrorist offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), blacklisted by Ankara, the United States and the European Union.



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