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US declares Myanmar's Rohingya crisis to be ethnic cleansing

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WASHINGTON -- Myanmar's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim population has been formally described as "ethnic cleansing," U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday.

The decision will raise pressure on the Trump administration to slap new sanctions on Myanmar just as it was beginning to recover from decades of economic isolation under...Read more

Albert R. Hunt: Trump administration has little to be thankful for

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If you're associated with the administration of President Donald Trump, there's not much to be thankful for this week. With the exception of Defense Secretary James Mattis, no insider has elevated his or her standing in 10 months and no superstar has emerged as in previous administrations.

Already, Trump's chief of staff, national security ...Read more

Poll: Minority of Republicans want Moore out of Alabama Senate race

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WASHINGTON -- Just 30 percent of Republicans responding to a new national poll think former judge Roy Moore should end his bid for the Senate in Alabama.

That is despite detailed allegations of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior.

The Economist/YouGov survey, conducted Nov. 19-21, found 30 percent of Republican respondents ...Read more

Putin says there's a 'real chance' to end Syria War at peace talks

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SOCHI, Russia -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said there's a "real chance" to end the 6 1/2-year civil war in Syria as he met his counterparts from Iran and Turkey seeking to seal a peace deal that is likely to keep his ally Bashar Assad in power.

Putin's summit talks Wednesday with Iran's Hassan Rouhani and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan in...Read more

Rand Paul battled pneumonia after attack, senator's wife says

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul has not had a good night's sleep since being attacked outside his Kentucky home in early September.

That's according to his wife, Kelley Paul, who published an opinion piece outlining the serious medical predicament facing her husband.

"As his wife, I have been distraught over seeing him suffer like this. There ...Read more

Mladic sentenced to life by UN tribunal for genocide in Bosnia

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BELGRADE, Serbia -- The U.N. Hague tribunal sentenced Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb military commander, to life in prison for genocide and other crimes, including for the massacre of thousands of Muslim men and boys in Europe's worst atrocity since World War II.

In its last major verdict before wrapping up its work punishing crimes ...Read more

Pentagon rules on Marine general's contempt conviction in USS Cole legal dispute

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The senior Pentagon official in charge of the war court has upheld a judge's contempt conviction of the Marine general overseeing defense teams, according to a statement issued Tuesday that suggested three civilian defense attorneys are still bound to litigate in the USS Cole case at Guantanamo.

The official, Harvey Rishikof, however, decided ...Read more

Ousted over Russian contacts, ex-national security adviser faces new scrutiny for ties to Turkey

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WASHINGTON -- In the lucrative world of Washington consulting, businesses often burnish their reputations by adding bold-faced names to their boards.

So after Michael Flynn was fired as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 for what the Obama administration said was mismanagement, he asked former CIA Director R. James Woolsey Jr. to ...Read more