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Kenya court orders 6 suspects held over Nairobi hotel attack

Kenya court orders 6 suspects held over Nairobi hotel attackNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Canadian national and five other people suspected of helping extremist gunmen stage a deadly attack in the Kenyan capital this week appeared in court on Friday as prosecutors investigated them for suspected terror offenses.



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Top Taiwan court revokes conviction of ex-leader Ma, orders retrial

Top Taiwan court revokes conviction of ex-leader Ma, orders retrialTaiwan’s top court Thursday ordered a new trial of former president Ma Ying-jeou, revoking his conviction in a political leaks case, one of a raft of lawsuits brought against him since he stepped down in 2016. Ma was sentenced to four months in prison last year by the high court for violating the communication security and surveillance act, overturning a previous not guilty verdict from a lower court. Ma’s Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party held power from 2008 to 2016, before it was trounced by Tsai Ing-wen’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).



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CBP orders medical checks after second child's death

CBP orders medical checks after second child's deathHOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection ordered medical checks on every child in its custody Tuesday after an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died, marking the second death of an immigrant child in the agency's care this month.



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US judge orders North Korea to pay $500M in student's death

US judge orders North Korea to pay $  500M in student's deathA US federal judge on Monday ordered North Korea to pay more than $ 500 million in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died shortly after being released from that country. US District Judge Beryl Howell harshly condemned North Korea for "barbaric mistreatment" of Warmbier in agreeing with his family that the isolated nation should be held liable for his death last year. She awarded punitive damages and payments covering medical expenses, economic loss and pain and suffering to Fred and Cindy Warmbier, who alleged that their son had been held hostage and tortured. Warmbier was a University of Virginia student who was visiting North Korea with a tour group when he was arrested and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in March 2016 on suspicion of stealing a propaganda poster. He died in June 2017, shortly after he returned to the US in a coma and showing apparent signs of torture while in custody. In holding North Korean responsible, Howell said the government had seized Warmbier for "use as a pawn in that totalitarian state’s global shenanigans and face-off with the United States." "Before Otto traveled with a tour group on a five-day trip to North Korea, he was a healthy, athletic student of economics and business in his junior year at the University of Virginia, with ’big dreams’ and both the smarts and people skills to make him his high school class salutatorian, homecoming king, and prom king," the judge wrote. "He was blind, deaf, and brain dead when North Korea turned him over to US government officials for his final trip home." Fred Warmbier, right, and Cindy Warmbier, parents of Otto Warmbier Credit:  Frank Franklin II/AP The arrest and death of Warmbier came during a time of heightened tension between the US and North Korea over the country’s nuclear weapons program. President Donald Trump held a first-of-its-kind summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June 2018 and plans another next year. The judgment may be mostly a symbolic victory since North Korea has yet to respond to any of the allegations in court and there’s no practical mechanism to force it do so. But the family may nonetheless be able to recoup damages through a Justice Department-administered fund for victims of state-sponsored acts of terrorism, and may look to seize other assets held by the country outside of North Korea. Fred and Cindy Warmbier, who are from a suburb of Cincinnati, said they were thankful the court found the government of Kim Jong Un "legally and morally" responsible for their son’s death. "We put ourselves and our family through the ordeal of a lawsuit and public trial because we promised Otto that we will never rest until we have justice for him," they said in a statement. "Today’s thoughtful opinion by Chief Judge Howell is a significant step on our journey." The lawsuit, filed in April, describes in horrific detail the physical abuse Warmbier endured in North Korean custody, recounting how his parents were "stunned to see his condition" when they boarded a plane to see him upon arrival in the US. The 22-year-old was blind and deaf, his arms were curled and mangled and he was jerking violently and howling, completely unresponsive to his family’s attempts to comfort him. His once straight teeth were misaligned, and he had an unexplained scar on his foot. An expert said the injuries suggested he’d been tortured with electric shock, and a neurologist later concluded that the college student suffered brain damage, probably from a loss of blood flow to the brain for five to 20 minutes. North Korea has denied Warmbier was tortured and has said he contracted botulism, though medical experts said there was no evidence of that. Though foreign nations are generally immune from lawsuits in U.S. courts, Howell cited several exceptions that she said allowed her to hold North Korea liable. Those include the fact that North Korea has been designated by the US as a sponsor of terrorism, that the Warmbiers are US citizens and that the actions of the North Korean government involved torture and hostage taking.  



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U.S. court orders North Korea to pay $501 million in U.S. student's death

U.S. court orders North Korea to pay $  501 million in U.S. student's deathWarmbier’s parents sued North Korea in April over their son’s death. “North Korea is liable for the torture, hostage taking, and extrajudicial killing of Otto Warmbier, and the injuries to his mother and father, Fred and Cindy Warmbier,” Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said in her ruling. Pyongyang has blamed botulism and ingestion of a sleeping pill for Warmbier’s death and dismissed torture claims.



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President Trump orders Defense Secretary James Mattis to leave immediately, names Patrick Shanahan as acting secretary

President Trump orders Defense Secretary James Mattis to leave immediately, names Patrick Shanahan as acting secretaryPresident Donald Trump had Defense Secretary Jim Mattis leave Jan. 1 in policy disputes rather than Feb. 28



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Ukraine's leader orders Orthodox Church to change its name

Ukraine's leader orders Orthodox Church to change its nameKIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Saturday signed a bill that orders the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to change its name to reflect its ties to Moscow.



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Trump orders US troops out of Syria, declares victory over ISIS; senators slam action as mistake

Trump orders US troops out of Syria, declares victory over ISIS; senators slam action as mistakeTrump declared victory over the Islamic State in Syria, "my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency," he said. Key senators blast move



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Donald Trump orders immediate and full withdrawal of US troops from Syria

Donald Trump orders immediate and full withdrawal of US troops from SyriaDonald Trump plunged America’s Middle East policy into chaos on Wednesday as he declared the the Islamic State (Isil) had been “defeated” and ordered a complete withdrawal of US forces from Syria. The shock decision to pull out US troops was immediately criticised by his own Republican allies as a “huge” mistake and his declaration of victory over Isil was openly contradicted by the British government.  Republicans warned the withdrawal would jeopardise the fight against Isil and undermine US hopes of countering Iran’s influence in Syria. It may also embolden Turkey to launch a major offensive against America's Kurdish allies in northern Syria.  US diplomats began an immediate evacuation from Syria within 24 hours. America’s 2,000 troops are expected to be all be withdrawn from the country by the end of March, US officials told Reuters.     “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” Mr Trump wrote on Twitter.  Tobias Ellwood, a junior UK defence minister replied: “I strongly disagree. It has morphed into other forms of extremism and the threat is very much alive.” I strongly disagree. It has morphed into other forms of extremism and the threat is very much alive. t.co/wrRMTBJ4tX— Tobias Ellwood (@Tobias_Ellwood) December 19, 2018 The decision appears to indicate that Mr Trump has decided to follow his own instincts over the advice of US security officials, including Jim Mattis, the defence secretary, who urged him not to withdraw American forces.  Mr Trump has said often that he wanted to get out of Syria and in a speech in March this year he said US troops would be “coming out of Syria like very soon”.  But he was persuaded to continue the American deployment. Senior US officials like John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security advisor, have spent recent weeks saying the US was committed to a longterm presence in Syria to counter Iran.   Those promises by Mr Bolton and others appeared to have been cast aside by Mr Trump’s announcement Wednesday.    “Withdrawal of this small American force in Syria would be a huge Obama-like mistake,” said Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator close to Mr Trump. “The confusion surrounding our Syria policy is making life much more difficult and dangerous for Americans in the region.” We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 19, 2018 The news was met with dismay by America’s Kurdish allies in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who have been fighting alongside US troops against Isil in eastern Syria.  Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, has been threatening to launch a new offensive against the Kurds in northern Syria. The presence of US forces had acted as a deterrent to Mr Erdgoan but their withdrawal makes it more likely Turkish forces will move ahead with their attack.  Analysts suggested the Kurds may feel they have no choice now but to ally with the Assad regime to try to protect themselves against Turkey.  “It’s a sad state of affairs when our key allies on the ground, who’ve shed blood and thousands of lives for our fight against Isil, are to be well and truly abandoned,” said Charles Lister, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute.  He said the decision was “extraordinarily short-sighted and naive” and would benefit not only Isil but also Iran, Russia, and the Syrian regime.  Russia's foreign ministry welcomed the US troop withdrawal and said it believed the decision would help lead to political settlement in Syria. Russia has its own military force in Syria fighting on behalf of the Assad regime.  Whitehall had been braced for an announcement on the US withdrawal from Syria, but Mr Trump's tweet took Downing Street by surprise.  Britain will renew its commitment to airstrikes against Isil in Syia and will not be withdrawing from the conflict, government sources said.  Several dozen British commandos are believed to be on the ground in Syria operating alongside US forces, while the UK continues to carry out airstrikes against Isil.  The decision is also likely to be unnerving for Israel, which saw the US presence in Syria as a counterweight to Iranian influence in the country. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said he had been forewarned of the withdrawal and promised that Israel would continue to counter Iran regardless of America’s decision.    Whitehall had been braced for an announcement on the US withdrawal from Syria, but Mr Trump's tweet took Downing Street by surprise. Britain will renew its commitment to airstrikes against Isil in Syia and will not be withdrawing from the conflict, government sources said.  Several dozen British commandos are believed to be on the ground in Syria operating alongside US forces, while the UK continues to carry out airstrikes against Isil.  Mr Trump’s declaration of victory came shortly after US and SDF forces drove Isil fighters out of the town of Hajin, their last urban stronghold in Syria. But the group continues to control areas of rural territory and just hours before Mr Trump’s tweet the US military put out a statement detailing its ongoing campaign against Isil in eastern Syria.  Donald Trump has been eager to withdraw US forces  Credit:  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Isil itself claimed responsibility for an attack in Raqqa just a few minutes before Mr Trump pronounced them defeated.  The group’s fugitive leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is still at large and is believed to be hiding in a remote area near the Iraq-Syria border. The UN warned in August that the group may still have up to 30,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria, waiting to launch insurgent attacks in both countries. US officials have repeatedly warned that Isil would not be defeated even when its territory had all been taken and said the jihadists could regroup if Western pressure was taken off them.   Just last week, Brett McGurk, Mr Trump’s special envoy on the fight against Isil, said the US would not “just pick up and leave” Syria.  “If we’ve learned one thing over the years, enduring defeat of a group like this means you can’t just defeat their physical space and then leave; you have to make sure the internal security forces are in place to ensure that those security gains are enduring,” he said. The White House said in a statement after Mr Trump’s tweet that the US has "defeated the territorial caliphate" and "started returning United States troops home as we transition to the next phase of this campaign". "These victories over ISIS in Syria do not signal the end of the Global Coalition or its campaign," the statement said. One US defence official told the New York Times that they believed Mr Trump had made the Isil announcement to distract from the Russian investigation and other alleged corruption scandals swirling around the White House.  “For most US allies and adversaries, this move will look like a ‘withdrawal,’ not a ‘victory,’ and yet more evidence of the dangerous unpredictability of the US President,” Mr Lister said.  



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Trump declares victory over IS in Syria, orders US troops home

Trump declares victory over IS in Syria, orders US troops homeThe Islamic State group has been “beaten” in Syria, US President Donald Trump said Wednesday in announcing a stunning order to pull American ground forces from the war-ravaged nation. The momentous decision to withdraw, which runs counter to long-established US policy for Syria and the region, blindsided lawmakers, the Pentagon and international allies alike. A withdrawal could have extraordinary geopolitical ramifications, and plunges into uncertainty the fate of US-backed Kurdish fighters who have been tackling Islamic State jihadists, thousands of whom are thought to remain in Syria.



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