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National parks struggle to stay open, safe during shutdown

National parks struggle to stay open, safe during shutdownNonprofits, businesses and state governments nationwide are putting up money and volunteer hours in a battle to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors as the partial U.S. government shutdown lingers.



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'Assad will stay for a while, thanks to Russian support', says Jeremy Hunt

'Assad will stay for a while, thanks to Russian support', says Jeremy HuntJeremy Hunt, Foreign Minister, has conceded that President Bashar al-Assad will remain in place for "a while", reversing Britain's long-held position to reflect the new reality on the ground in Syria. "The British long-standing position is that we won't have lasting peace in Syria with that (Assad-led) regime," Mr Hunt said. "But regretfully we do think he's going to be around for a while and that is because of the support that he's had from Russia. "Russia may think that it's gained a sphere of influence. What we would say to them is: Yes – and you've also gained a responsibility,” the Foreign Minister told Sky News. Moscow, which intervened in the war in 2015 on behalf of the Syrian government, helped swing it in Assad's favour. Russian military gives a press tour of destroyed parts of Aleppo, Syria.  Credit: Alec Luhn for the Telegraph While Russia's relationship with Damascus, which dates back to the Soviet era, may not be new, its dominance in the civil war helped elevated it to a position of power broker in the region. Britain, the US and its allies meanwhile backed the opposition, though its lack of real commitment allowed President Vladimir Putin to gain the upper hand. The UK broke off diplomatic contact with the regime in 2012 after peaceful protests were met with a brutal crackdown. Its position since has been that Assad must go and there must be a transition of power through a democratic election. This stipulation is also a precondition to the UK providing the country with reconstruction aid, which Damascus greatly needs to rebuild its flattened cities. However, with Assad claiming a victory and showing no signs of any intention to step aside, the UK must decide how it now wishes to engage. Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, meets with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir in Damascus, Syria, Credit: Sana "If you're going to be involved in Syria then you need to make sure that there really is peace in Syria," Mr Hunt said. "And that means making sure that President Assad does not use chemical weapons on his own people." The British admission also raises doubt that the Syrian leader and his inner circle will ever face trial for alleged war crimes, including sarin attacks which left more than 1,200 dead. In December, the United Nations acknowledged it had failed to persuade Moscow, a veto-wielding member, to agree to form a sufficiently diverse body to prepare a constitution and elections in Syria. This meant the indefinite delay of any UN-supervised elections. The president had for years been an international pariah, but in recent months relations with the Arab world have begun to thaw. Last week, the United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus, marking a diplomatic boost for Assad from a US-allied Arab state that once backed rebels fighting him. Egypt and other Arab League members have also hinted that Damascus could soon be invited back into the group it was expelled from in 2011.



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Judge grants stay after ruling Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, Obamacare stays in effect

Judge grants stay after ruling Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, Obamacare stays in effectJudge Reed O'Connor agreed to stay his decision because "many everyday Americans would otherwise face great uncertainty" while appeals played out.



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National Christmas Tree to Stay Dark During Holiday Due to Government Shutdown

National Christmas Tree to Stay Dark During Holiday Due to Government ShutdownThe tree sustained some damage on Friday when a man climbed it



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As Syria war winds down, refugees stay put despite hardships

As Syria war winds down, refugees stay put despite hardshipsSIDON, Lebanon (AP) — Rozan Qarqour lives with her husband and six children in a tiny room in an unfinished building, where they share a bathroom with other Syrian refugees. Her husband sells paper cups of cardamom-flavored Arabic coffee on the streets of the Lebanese port city of Sidon to earn a few dollars to buy bread and vegetables.



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Charging of Chinese hackers signals aggressive new cyber strategy here to stay

Charging of Chinese hackers signals aggressive new cyber strategy here to stayThe Justice Department indicted two Chinese nationals allegedly involved in an international hacking scheme that targeted “dozens of companies in the United States and around the world,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Thursday.



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McCaskill says she won't run again but will stay active

McCaskill says she won't run again but will stay activeST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she won't run for another office after her term expires next month, but that she will remain active in Democratic politics.



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Asylum Seekers Would Stay In Mexico Under New Deal Cut By Trump: Report

Asylum Seekers Would Stay In Mexico Under New Deal Cut By Trump: ReportAsylum seekers hoping to enter the United States will be required to wait in



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Saudi Royal Says Crown Prince Is Here To Stay

Saudi Royal Says Crown Prince Is Here To StayDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent Saudi royal said Saturday that



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Migrants weigh whether to stay in Mexico or trek to US

Migrants weigh whether to stay in Mexico or trek to USMEXICO CITY (AP) — Central American migrants on Wednesday continued to straggle in for a rest stop at a Mexico City stadium, where about 4,500 continue to weigh offers to stay in Mexico against the desire of many to reach the U.S. border.



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