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US to pull all remaining diplomatic staff from Venezuela

US to pull all remaining diplomatic staff from VenezuelaThe United States will withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas as the crisis in Venezuela deepens, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Monday. The move worsens already tattered relations, with President Donald Trump having said he rules out no options including military intervention to oust President Nicolas Maduro as Washington monitors rapidly unfolding events in the oil-rich but crippled South American nation supported by Russia and China. The US has already imposed sanctions designed to choke off Venezuelan oil sales, the lifeblood of the leftist government in Caracas.



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Polish activists pull down statue of priest in abuse protest

Polish activists pull down statue of priest in abuse protestWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists in Poland toppled a statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest early Thursday amid allegations that he sexually abused minors, a protest against what they called a failure by the Catholic Church and society to resolve the problem of clergy sex abuse.



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American and Taliban officials reportedly reach tentative agreement to pull US troops out of Afghanistan

American and Taliban officials reportedly reach tentative agreement to pull US troops out of AfghanistanIn exchange, Taliban agrees to not allow terror groups inside Afghanistan's borders; Col. Rob Maness reacts.



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Kurdish fighters pull out of flashpoint town: Syria's defense ministry

Kurdish fighters pull out of flashpoint town: Syria's defense ministryA convoy of Syrian Kurdish fighters has pulled out of the flashpoint area of Manbij in northern Syria, close to territory controlled by Turkey, Syria’s defense ministry said on Wednesday. Some 30 km (20 miles) from the Turkish border, the town occupies a critical spot on the map of the Syrian conflict, near the junction of three separate blocks of territory that form spheres of Russian, Turkish and – for now – U.S. influence. “According to information, approximately 400 Kurdish fighters have left Manbij so far,” the Syrian defense ministry said.



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What led Trump to decide to pull US troops from Syria? The president must now come up with a new strategy for Iran

What led Trump to decide to pull US troops from Syria? The president must now come up with a new strategy for IranNational Security Analyst Walid Phares weighs in on the impact of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria.



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Trump to pull half of US troops from Afghanistan

Trump to pull half of US troops from AfghanistanUS President Donald Trump has decided to pull about 7,000 troops from Afghanistan, a US official said Friday, but the Afghan presidency brushed off concerns the drawdown would affect security. The move stunned and dismayed diplomats and officials in Kabul who are intensifying a push to end the 17-year conflict with the Taliban, which already controls vast amounts of territory and is causing “unsustainable” Afghan troop casualties. “If you’re the Taliban, Christmas has come early,” a senior foreign official in the Afghan capital told AFP on the condition of anonymity.



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Afghans, diplomats surprised by report of Trump plan to pull out troops

Afghans, diplomats surprised by report of Trump plan to pull out troopsAlthough there has been increasing acceptance in Kabul that U.S. President Donald Trump was impatient for progress in ending the 17-year war, comment from a U.S. official that he was planning to withdraw at least 5,000 troops, coupled with the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, came as a surprise. Mattis has been widely seen in Afghanistan as a guarantor of U.S. engagement, and his departure would inevitability raise worries in the minds of many Afghan officials. The news followed a two-day meeting in Abu Dhabi between U.S. special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives at which the two sides discussed the withdrawal of international forces and a ceasefire in 2019.



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Trump move to pull US troops from Syria opens way to turmoil

Trump move to pull US troops from Syria opens way to turmoilBEIRUT (AP) — The United States' Kurdish allies had been gearing up for a new fight for weeks, digging trenches and defense tunnels in northeastern Syria in preparation for an offensive Turkey's president warned was imminent.



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Networks pull Trump ad on migrants — even Fox News

Networks pull Trump ad on migrants — even Fox NewsThe cable network joins NBC in pulling the ad that has been decried by Republicans and Democrats alike.



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Cold War II: Trump threat to pull out of INF Treaty could set off new arms race

Cold War II: Trump threat to pull out of INF Treaty could set off new arms raceThe Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty banning medium-range missiles in Europe is far from perfect, and Russia clearly was cheating on it – but experts say it serves a purpose.



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