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Syria force launches assault on last IS pocket: spokesman

Syria force launches assault on last IS pocket: spokesmanKurdish-led forces launched a final assault Friday on the last pocket held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, their spokesman said. The Syrian Democratic Forces have been closing in on the holdout jihadists since September last year and a few hundred surviving IS members are now boxed into an area of around less than half a square kilometre. The “operation to clear the last remaining pocket of ISIS has just started”, SDF spokesman Mustefa Bali, said in a statement using another acronym for the jihadist group.



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UK PM May to continue seeking changes to Brexit deal: spokesman

UK PM May to continue seeking changes to Brexit deal: spokesmanBritish Prime Minister Theresa May will continue to seek changes to her Brexit deal, a spokesman for her office said, after she suffered a symbolic defeat in parliament on her strategy. “The government will continue to pursue this with the EU to ensure we leave on time on 29th March,” the spokesman said. The spokesman said May believed her Conservative lawmakers still wanted her to renegotiate the deal, but had voted against her on Thursday because they were concerned about the prospect of taking a ‘no deal’ off the table at this stage.



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Hard border in Ireland if no Brexit deal: EU spokesman

Hard border in Ireland if no Brexit deal: EU spokesmanEU commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said he had heard nothing new since British Prime Minister Theresa May’s laid out a tweaked divorce plan on Monday. “If you’d like me to push me and speculate on what might happen in a no-deal scenario in Ireland, I think it is pretty obvious: you will have a hard border,” he said.



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Robert Mueller’s spokesman is a man of mystery

Robert Mueller’s spokesman is a man of mysteryPeter Carr, spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller, has made a virtue of saying nothing at all.



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Manafort Responded Under Seal to Lying Claims, Spokesman Says

Manafort Responded Under Seal to Lying Claims, Spokesman SaysThe lawyers for Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman were given a midnight deadline by the judge to file the documents. No response appeared on the electronic filing system in Washington federal court by the cutoff. “We filed our opposition yesterday under seal,” said Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort.



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Vatican spokesman and his deputy resign

Vatican spokesman and his deputy resignThe Vatican on Monday announced the resignations of its spokesman and his deputy, without giving any explanation. Pope Francis “has accepted the resignation of the director and deputy director of the press office of the Vatican, Greg Burke and Paloma Garcia Ovejero, and named Alessandro Gisotti as acting director,” it said in a statement.



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Vatican spokesman, deputy resign amid crisis period for pope

Vatican spokesman, deputy resign amid crisis period for popeVATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, and his deputy resigned abruptly Monday amid an overhaul of the Vatican's communications operations and a crisis period in Pope Francis' papacy.



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Vatican spokesman and his deputy resign, capping difficult year for Pope Francis

Vatican spokesman and his deputy resign, capping difficult year for Pope FrancisThe Vatican spokesman and his deputy resigned on Monday over disagreements on strategy, ending a year of upheaval in the Holy See's communications structure. A brief Vatican statement gave no reason for the resignations. Spokesman Greg Burke, an American, tweeted that he and his Spanish deputy, Paloma Garcia Ovejero, had quit to let Pope Francis appoint a new team in what was a "time of transition". A Vatican source said both Burke and Ovejero had wanted more autonomy from the Vatican department that oversees all communications, known as the Dicastery for Communications. They quit two weeks after Pope Francis appointed a personal friend, Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli, to become editorial director of all Vatican communications. The source said it was believed to be the first time both posts had changed hands simultaneously, underscoring the differences of opinion. "Paloma and I have resigned, effective Jan. 1. At this time of transition in Vatican communications, we think it’s best the Holy Father is completely free to assemble a new team," Burke tweeted. The 59-year-old former Rome-based reporter for Fox News joined the Vatican in 2012 as an advisor in its Secretariat of State and become spokesman in 2016. He is a member of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei. Ovejero, 43, a former reporter for the Spanish radio network COPE, was one of the few high-ranking women in the Vatican. Paloma Garcia Ovejero, deputy Vatican spokesperson, resigned abruptly along with Greg Burke Credit: Tiziana Fabi/AFP During Burke and Ovejero's tenure, the top two jobs in the Vatican press room were, unusually, held by non-Italians. Tornielli is now the third-ranking person in the communications department but his closeness to the pope, whom he has known since before the pontiff's election in 2013, will likely make him particularly influential. Monday's resignations capped a year of tensions in Vatican communications. Monsignor Dario Vigano resigned as overall head in March after a scandal over a doctored letter, a public relations fiasco two months after the pope warned of the dangers of fake news. Vigano released part of a letter by former Pope Benedict that was to have remained private, using it to promote a book on the theology of Pope Francis. A promotional photo for the book released by Vigano blurred a part of the letter in which Benedict declined to write an introduction, saying he was unhappy with one of its contributors. Vigano was replaced in July by Paolo Ruffini, ex-head of a Catholic television station. The Vatican said Alessandro Gisotti, an Italian journalist who has handled the Vatican's social media, would be interim spokesman.



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Vatican spokesman, deputy, resign over strategy differences

Vatican spokesman, deputy, resign over strategy differencesA brief Vatican statement gave no reason for the resignations. Spokesman Greg Burke, an American, tweeted that he and his Spanish deputy, Paloma Garcia Ovejero, had quit to let Pope Francis appoint a new team in what was a “time of transition”. A Vatican source said both Burke and Ovejero had wanted more autonomy from the Vatican department that oversees all communications, known as the Dicastery for Communications.



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Israel coalition leaders agree on early elections in April: spokesman

Israel coalition leaders agree on early elections in April: spokesmanIsraeli coalition leaders agreed Monday to hold early elections in April, seven months before they are due, a statement issued on their behalf said. Coalition party heads in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government have decided to dissolve parliament and hold elections in early April “in the name of budgetary and national responsibility,” the statement distributed by a spokesman for Netanyahu’s Likud party said. The decision comes with the coalition struggling to agree on a key bill related to ultra-Orthodox Jews serving in the military like their secular counterparts.



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