Category Archives: World

Taliban attack on Afghan hotel ends after 13 hours, 6 dead

A Taliban assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan’s capital killed at least six people, including a foreigner, and pinned security forces down for more than 13 hours before the last attacker was killed on Sunday, with the casualty toll expected to rise. The heavily-guarded luxury hotel is popular among foreigners and Afghan officials. Interior…

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U.S. government shutdown begins and so does the finger-pointing

Americans awoke Saturday to learn that quarrelling politicians in Washington had failed to keep their government in business, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the anniversary of U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration. It was a striking display of Washington dysfunction, and the finger-pointing came quickly. Trump tweeted that Democrats “wanted to give…

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Gunmen attack Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel

A group of as many as four gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul and were exchanging fire with security forces on Saturday as residents and staff fled. Hotel manager Ahmad Haris Nayab, who managed to escape unhurt, said the attackers had managed to get inside and people were fleeing amid bursts…

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Turkish jets bombard Kurdish-run city of Afrin in Syria

Turkish jets bombed the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria on Saturday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to expand Turkey’s military border operations against a Kurdish group that has been the U.S.’s key Syria ally in the war on the group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The warplanes attacked Afrin shortly…

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Looking for Trump's greatest 'triumph' 1 year on? Check out how he's reshaping the federal courts

What could be U.S. President Donald Trump’s most transformative feat in his first year is happening quickly and uncharacteristically quietly, a historic reshaping of an entire branch of the U.S. government: The federal judiciary. Every president expects to leave an imprint on the federal bench. Few have had the unusual opportunity Trump is now enjoying…

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