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Afghan Taliban announce start of ‘spring offensive’

KABUL (AFP) – The Afghan Taliban launched their “spring offensive” Friday, heralding fresh fighting in the drawn-out conflict as embattled security forces struggle to recover from a devastating attack on a military base one week ago. Operation Mansouri — named after the group’s former leader, who was killed in a …

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US vows to force N.Korea back to nuclear talks

WASHINGTON: The United States pledged Wednesday to step up sanctions to force North Korea to resume dialogue over its nuclear program but said it was not looking to bring Kim Jong-Un’s regime to its knees. After briefing senators at the White House, top US officials said President Donald Trump wants …

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US judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary cities

LOS ANGELES – A US judge on Tuesday blocked an executive order by President Donald Trump that could deny billions of dollars to so-called sanctuary cities as punishment for harboring illegal immigrants. Dealing a fresh setback to Trump s pledged crackdown on undocumented residents, Judge William Orrick of San Francisco …

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