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Pentagon chief Mattis questions Syria 'Safe Zones'

The United States is not party to the de-escalation agreement. Japan and Sweden have requested a UN Security Council meeting, likely to be held this week, to obtain specific details on how the zones will work. Otherwise, forced movements are prohibited and may be war crimes, he said. Local "reconciliation" deals that the government is pursuing with rebels were an alternative to that process, he said.



US Senate Intelligence Chair Says 'No Evidence' Yet of Trump-Russia Collusion

Comey , who had been leading an investigation into alleged ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation, was sacked earlier this week. Other candidates include former NY police commissioner Raymond Kelly, former Republican senator Kelly Ayotte, and South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor who headed the Benghazi investigation in the House.



Trump says he could pick FBI head by next week

Some Trump loyalists saw a calculated attempt by the president to keep changing the subject - from Comey's firing to Comey's plea to keep his job and then, on Friday, to deflect stories that said he demanded loyalty from a government official who is supposed to be staunchly independent.


Nepal: First phase of historic local-level elections begin

Nepal: First phase of historic local-level elections begin

Although major Madhesi group - the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal - has chose to boycott the first phase of polls, two other Madhesi parties - Federal Socialist Party and Madhesi Peoples Forum Democratic - would participate in the polls. The first phase of voting in half of the Himalayan nation on Sunday has been mostly peaceful. It was diffused without incident. The election is to take place in two phases owing to fears of election-related violence in four remaining southern provinces, with ...


USA arming Kurdish Syria fighters unacceptable, shouts Turkey

USA arming Kurdish Syria fighters unacceptable, shouts Turkey

The Arab-Kurdish alliance accepted ISIL's surrender to protect civilians and the dam, it said, adding "the coalition tracked fleeing fighters and targeted those that could be safely hit". "The supply of arms to the YPG is unacceptable ", he said. Washington is trying to provide Turkey assurances. Both Washington and Brussels classify the PKK as a terror group but do not regard the YPG as such.