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Trump was insensitive in call to widow – Soldier’s mother

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The mother of a US soldier who was killed in action has backed a congresswoman’s claim that President Donald Trump showed insensitivity during a phone call to her son’s widow. Representative Frederica Wilson said he had told Myeshia Johnson: “He knew what he was signing up for, but I guess it hurts anyway.” Mr Trump said Ms Wilson’s account was ...

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Remarks to widow of fallen soldier ‘totally fabricated’ – Trump

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President Donald Trump denied Wednesday the account of a Democratic congresswoman that he told the widow of a US serviceman killed in an ambush in Niger that “he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.” “Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have ...

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Trump plummets 92 places in Forbes’ American rich list

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Donald Trump has dropped 92 places in the Forbes list of wealthiest Americans, with the magazine putting his wealth at $3.1bn, down from $3.7bn last year. Forbes said the value of some of Trump’s Manhattan real estate holdings had declined recently. Forbes ranked the first billionaire president as the 248th wealthiest person in America. The year before, he was ranked 156th. ...

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Kenya election official Roselyn Akombe flees to US

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A senior member of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC) has resigned, saying the country is unable to hold credible elections next week. Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was under political “siege”, unable to reach consensus or take any decisions. Now in the US, she told the BBC she had feared for her safety while in Kenya after receiving numerous threats. Last ...

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Suspected U.S. drone strikes kill 31 on Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier

Smoke rises from police headquarters while Afghan security forces keep watch after a suicide car bomber and gunmen attacked the provincial police headquarters in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, Afghanistan October 17, 2017.  REUTERS/Stringer  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Two suspected U.S. drone strikes on Tuesday killed 11 people on the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border, following a strike a day earlier that killed 20, government and militant sources said. The attacks came days after a Canadian-American couple held hostage by the Taliban were freed from the area in Pakistan’s northwest, striking a rare positive note in the country’s often-fraught relations ...

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Nuclear war ‘may break out any moment’ – North Korea warns

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North Korea has warned that nuclear war ‘may break out any moment’ amid claims it is developing a missile that can reach the East coast of the US. Pyongyang said the ‘entire US mainland is within our firing range’ and threatened ‘severe punishment’ for America if it ‘dares to invade out sacred territory’. The chilling statement comes as a North ...

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US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

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The US has called for “calm” after Iraqi government forces seized the northern city of Kirkuk and key installations from Kurdish control. State department spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged all parties to “avoid further clashes”. Iraqi soldiers moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region held a controversial independence referendum. They are aiming to retake areas under Kurdish control since ...

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Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

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Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters. Thousands of people fled the city ahead of the Iraqi advance. The Iraqi military moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region held a controversial independence referendum. They are aiming to retake areas under Kurdish control since Islamic State militants swept ...

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Liberia election headed for run-off

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Former football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are headed for a run-off in Liberia’s presidential election. Nearly all the results from Tuesday’s poll have been counted, the election commission says. Mr Weah, the first African to win the Ballon D’Or football award, is leading with 39%, while Mr Boakai is in second place with 29%. A second round ...

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Somalia: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu blast

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A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say. Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel. It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency ...

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