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‘I feel good’: Biden sends message to Putin about US ability to retaliate for ransomware attacks


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Trump-appointed Social Security Administration officials test Biden’s ability to forge new agenda


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The Latest: House OKs limiting Trump ability to strike Iran

The Latest: House OKs limiting Trump ability to strike IranThe Democratic-controlled House has voted to limit President Donald Trump’s authority to make war against Iran. The party-line vote on the annual defense measure came after more than two dozen Republicans joined with Democrats on a 251-170 tally to require Trump to get authorization from Congress to conduct military strikes against Iran.



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Doubts over Turkey ability to 'eradicate' IS after US pull-out

Doubts over Turkey ability to 'eradicate' IS after US pull-outA withdrawal of American ground forces in Syria will give Turkey freer rein to target Washington’s Kurdish partners in the fight against jihadists but analysts doubt Ankara’s capacity to “eradicate” the Islamic State extremist group. Turkish officials have said that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heavily weighed in the decision by his US counterpart Donald Trump to pull all 2,000 American troops from Syria. Trump’s shock order came after Erdogan convinced him that Turkey could eliminate the last remaining pockets of IS after the jihadists suffered a series of military defeats.



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Syria airstrikes 'had limited impact' on Assad's ability to launch chemical attacks, despite Trump claims

Syria airstrikes 'had limited impact' on Assad's ability to launch chemical attacks, despite Trump claimsUS, British and French missile strikes on Syria had a limited impact on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s ability to carry out chemical weapons attacks, US assessments have reportedly shown. Donald Trump tweeted “Mission Accomplished” after the attacks, which members of his administration claimed had struck the heart of the country’s chemical weapons programme. The US, Britain and France destroyed three targets tied to Syria’s weapons programme, the most important of which was the Barzah Research and Development Centre.



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CIA: North Korea Only Months Away from Ability to Hit America with Nuclear Weapon

CIA: North Korea Only Months Away from Ability to Hit America with Nuclear WeaponThe Central Intelligence Agency assesses that North Korea will have a reliable capability to strike at the continental United States in only a few months. “The way we ought to think about it is reliability,” CIA Director Mike Pompeo told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute on Jan. 23. Pompeo notes that there is a world of difference between being able to build a rudimentary capability to build an intercontinental ballistic missile armed with a nuclear warhead that can possibly hit the United States if everything goes right versus a reliable weapon that will hit the target every time.



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Al Gore: Trump’s decision to withdraw from Paris Agreement ‘threatens the ability of humanity to solve the climate crisis in time’

Al Gore: Trump’s decision to withdraw from Paris Agreement ‘threatens the ability of humanity to solve the climate crisis in time’In TV appearances on Sunday, Al Gore sharply criticized the president’s climate-pact withdrawal but said the country will honor its commitment anyway.



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Lithuania says Russia has ability to launch Baltic attack in 24 hours

Lithuania says Russia has ability to launch Baltic attack in 24 hoursBy Andrius Sytas VILNIUS (Reuters) – Russia has developed the capability to launch an attack on the Baltic states with as little as 24 hours’ notice, limiting NATO’s options to respond other than to have military forces already deployed in the region, Lithuania’s intelligence service said on Monday. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, annexed by the Soviet Union in the 1940s but now part of both NATO and the European Union, have been increasingly nervous since the Russian takeover of Crimea in 2014. The Lithuanian intelligence service said in its annual threat assessment that Russia had upgraded its military in the Kaliningrad region last year, reducing lead times for any attack and potentially preventing NATO reinforcements.



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HIV’s ability to cause AIDS is weakening over time, study finds

By Kate Kelland LONDON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Rapid evolution of HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, is slowing its ability to cause AIDS, according to a study of more than 2,000 women in Africa. Scientists said the research suggests a less virulent HIV could be one of several factors contributing to a turning of the deadly pandemic, eventually leading to the end of AIDS. “Overall we are bringing down the ability of HIV to cause AIDS so quickly,” Philip Goulder, a professor at Oxford University who led the study, said in a telephone interview. …
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