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Extending influence in Syria, Russia says it will train Kurdish troops

Extending influence in Syria, Russia says it will train Kurdish troops

It is likely that the Russian agreement with the YPG, who are now in control of almost all of Syria's entire northern border with Turkey, would anger Ankara. Despite Moscow's massive military involvement in Syria - supporting the regime - it has been sidelined in areas of northern Syria outside Damascus' control by the US.


Mostly sunny Monday with a seasonal start to Spring

Mostly sunny Monday with a seasonal start to Spring

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 90. East northeast wind around 10 miles per hour. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. North wind 5 to 15 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 23 miles per hour. Friday will be even warmer as highs approach 50 degrees, but it comes with the possibility for some rain showers as a warm front lifts north through the area.


Probing possible Russian Federation links to Trump campaign: Federal Bureau of Investigation chief

Probing possible Russian Federation links to Trump campaign: Federal Bureau of Investigation chief

Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey said Monday that he regretted not being more forceful in notifying the Democratic party about the threat of Russian hackers during the 2016 election. "This secret cyberwar never used to be in the news, but now its leaked out every other week", he said. In a tweet before the hearing, Trump wrote: "The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a bad campaign".


Meeting with Iraqis, Trump criticizes Iran deal

Meeting with Iraqis, Trump criticizes Iran deal

The two leaders agreed to promote a "broad-based political and economic partnership based in the Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA)", the bilateral agreement which has been the cornerstone of United States support of Iraq since 2008. "I haven't seen a full plan". Trump also affirmed USA support for the fight against the terrorist group ISIS and said "a lot of things are different than they were just five or six weeks ago" in that regard.


Anti-Muslim leader's appointment as new Uttar Pradesh chief raises questions

Anti-Muslim leader's appointment as new Uttar Pradesh chief raises questions

In a sentiment echoed by many opposition leaders, Congress Party spokesman Manish Tewari, said the BJP's decision to appoint Adityanath was a "harbinger to greater polarization". Further, he disclosed in his 2014 election affidavit that he faced criminal cases including attempted murder; intimidation; promoting religious enmity; defiling a place of worship; rioting; and trespassing on burial places.


Northern Ireland's Martin McGuinness dies after short illness - Sinn Fein

Northern Ireland's Martin McGuinness dies after short illness - Sinn Fein

When McGuinness became deputy first minister of Northern Ireland in 2007, he served alongside Ian Paisley - one of the most vocal unionist lawmakers and a traditional enemy of republicans such as McGuinness. Although McGuinness escaped detention by the British in Northern Ireland, he was jailed in the Republic of Ireland in 1973 after being caught with 250 pounds (113 kilogrammes) of explosives and almost 5,000 rounds of ammunition in a vehicle.