Feb 18, 2019

Donald Trump demands Britain puts jihadists on trial as Isil makes desperate last stand

Donald Trump demands Britain puts jihadists on trial as Isil makes desperate last standDonald Trump has demanded Britain and its continental neighbours repatriate their captured Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters and put them on trial - or face the terrorists being set free to "permeate Europe." In a strongly-worded message tweeted late on Saturday night, the US president warned he would have little choice but to release approximately 800 "jihadists" currently held by American-backed Kurdish forces in Syria. He said now was the time for the ant-Isil coalition partners to "step up" and take over ownership of its rogue citizens who threaten the safety of Europe. Mr Trump's remarks came as the Sunday Telegraph exclusively revealed intense concern in Washington that "time is running out" to bring the terror group’s fighters to justice as coalition forces prepare to declare victory within days. "The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial," he wrote.  The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial. The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them........— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019 "The Caliphate is ready to fall. The alternative is not a good one in that we will be forced to release them.." "The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go. We do so much, and spend so  much - Time for others to step up and do the job that they are so capable of doing. We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!" Time is rapidly running out to establish a coherent strategy with Isil fighters now controlling a pocket of land just 700 metres square in eastern Syria. At its height, the terror group controlled an area the size of Britain.     In a final gesture of defiance, surviving Isil militants on Sunday laid down roadblocks around their final redoubt to prevent an estimated 1,000 civilians trapped with them from leaving.   Mr Trump predicted victory would come on Saturday, but commanders of the Syrian Democratic Forces commanders have slowed a push on the village of Baghouz with fears that civilians were being used as human shields.    SDF fighters man a checkpoint on the road leading to Bagouz, the last village under Isil control Credit:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images Europe On Saturday, the French army revealed a senior officer was facing punishment after publicly criticising coalition tactics.  Colonel Francois-Regis Legrier said an emphasis on minimizing risk to coalition personnel resulted in unnecessary civilian deaths and destruction of infrastructure that could feed resentment leading to another insurgency in future.  At least seven British Isil members, including two alleged members of the notorious ‘Beatles’ terror cell, are believed to have been captured and held in Syria. But an unknown number of others, including Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old child bride from Bethnal Green, are living in refugee camps and may also pose a threat to the UK.  According to a statement released by Miss Begum's family on Sunday, the teenager has just given birth to a baby boy. Mr Trump's comments put pressure on the British government to rethink its reluctance to commit to taking back the individuals. The village of Bagouz, Isil's ;ast enclave, is seen from an SDF hilltop position on February 14 Credit: Getty Images Europe/Chris McGrath Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary,  insisted last week he would “not hesitate” to prevent the return of anyone who supported terrorist organisations abroad. But yesterday SUN General Lord Richard Dannatt, the former head of the British Army, said the UK had an obligation to accept its citizens. “Usually I disagree with Donald Trump, but on this occasion I think he’s right. “If there are … a large number of foreign fighters in captivity in Syria who originate from countries like the UK, then they are our citizens and we have a responsibility to act responsibly towards them. That means they have got to come back to this country.” And Jeremy Wright, the Culture Secretary, echoed those views. Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, he said: "It's clear, if you are dealing with a British citizen who  wants to return to this country and they're not a dual citizen - so their only citizenship is British citizenship - then we are obliged, at some stage at least, to take them back." ENDS




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The Latest: Smollett says no truth he played role in attack

The Latest: Smollett says no truth he played role in attackCHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of the attack on Jussie Smollett (all times local):




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Illinois factory gunman obtained firearm permit despite felony conviction

Illinois factory gunman obtained firearm permit despite felony convictionGary Martin, 45, who carried his pistol to work on Friday apparently suspecting he faced dismissal from his job, opened fire after being told of his termination in a meeting at the Henry Pratt Company plant in Aurora, Illinois, about 40 miles (64 km) west of Chicago, police said. The dead included the plant manager, a human resources supervisor, a human resources intern and two other workers. A sixth employee and five police officers responding to the scene were wounded, and the gunman himself was slain about 90 minutes later in a gunfight with police who stormed the building.




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Iran summons Pakistan's envoy over deadly suicide bomb attack: Tasnim

Iran summons Pakistan's envoy over deadly suicide bomb attack: TasnimDUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has summoned the Pakistani ambassador to protest about a suicide bombing that killed 27 of its elite Revolutionary Guards near the border earlier this week, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday. The Sunni group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks greater rights and better living conditions for the ethnic minority Baluchis, claimed responsibility for the attack on Wednesday. Iran says militant groups operate from safe havens in Pakistan and have repeatedly called on the neighboring country to crack down on them. (Writing by Parisa ...




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Average tax refunds fall for second straight week, creating political flashpoint

Average tax refunds fall for second straight week, creating political flashpointThe average refund in the second week of the filing season was $1,949, down 8.7 percent from $2,135 a year earlier.




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Venezuela's Exit From U.S. Sanctions? Show Maduro the Door

Venezuela's Exit From U.S. Sanctions? Show Maduro the DoorThe Treasury Department said Friday it would “consider lifting sanctions” on those who take concrete steps to “restore democratic order” in the country, as it imposed fresh penalties on five of Maduro’s close associates, including Venezuelan Oil Minister and PDVSA Chairman Manuel Quevedo. The move is the latest in a series of steps the U.S. has taken to chip away at Maduro’s inner circle.




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Mike Pence Expected Applause When He Mentioned Trump in Munich. He Got Silence. - Slate

  1. Mike Pence Expected Applause When He Mentioned Trump in Munich. He Got Silence.  Slate
  2. Munich Conference Highlights a Divided U.S.  The Wall Street Journal
  3. Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry  The New York Times
  4. An off-key Pence sings from the Trump hymnal to a stony European reception  The Washington Post
  5. Vice President Pence Receives Awkward Silence in Munich After Offering 'Greetings' From President Trump  TIME
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In the new Malaysia, signs of an older, uglier politics - CNN

In the new Malaysia, signs of an older, uglier politics  CNN

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) In a swanky shopping mall underneath Kuala Lumpur's iconic Petronas Towers, a traditional Chinese lion dance is attracting a ...



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Asian markets kick higher on renewed U.S.-China trade hopes - MarketWatch

Asian markets kick higher on renewed U.S.-China trade hopes  MarketWatch

Asian markets were broadly higher on Monday as traders looked forward to the continuation of trade talks between Chinese and American officials in ...

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2019 WGA Winners: List in Full - Hollywood Reporter

  1. 2019 WGA Winners: List in Full  Hollywood Reporter
  2. Writers Guild Makes It Official: This Is the Most Wide-Open Oscars Race Ever  Variety
  3. Writers Guild Awards 2019: ‘Eighth Grade’ & ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Take Top Prizes – Full Winners List  Deadline
  4. WGA Awards 2019: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?,’ ‘Eighth Grade’ Win Screenplay Awards  Variety
  5. Writers Guild Awards Live Blog: Follow The Trophy Show Here  Deadline
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Blake Shelton 'didn't get heads-up' about ex Miranda Lambert's wedding - Daily Mail

Blake Shelton 'didn't get heads-up' about ex Miranda Lambert's wedding  Daily Mail

Sometimes exes manage to keep open the lines of communication, but that's definitely not the case for country superstars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.



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NBA All Star Game 2019 RECAP: Team LeBron BEATS Team Giannis, MVP award - Express

  1. NBA All Star Game 2019 RECAP: Team LeBron BEATS Team Giannis, MVP award  Express
  2. NBA All-Star Game 2019: Team LeBron rallies from 18-point deficit to beat Team Giannis, 178-164  SILive.com
  3. Kevin Durant steals the show in Charlotte, wins second All-Star MVP  ESPN
  4. Team LeBron 178-164 Team Giannis: Antetokounmpo finishes on losing side despite scoring 38 points  Daily Mail
  5. Steph Curry Threw An Absurd Bounce Pass Alley-Oop To Giannis Antetokounmpo  UPROXX
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'What is this salty discharge?': Dirk Nowitzki's impressive All-Star shooting had NBA Twitter in its feelings - Dallas News

  1. 'What is this salty discharge?': Dirk Nowitzki's impressive All-Star shooting had NBA Twitter in its feelings  Dallas News
  2. LeBron James: 'Bittersweet' playing with Dwyane Wade for the last time | NBA All-Star 2019  ESPN
  3. Adam Silver on Dirk Nowitzki: ‘I saw him painfully running up and down the court, and I think it was clear that this was going to be his last season’  Yahoo Sports
  4. LeBron James And Dwyane Wade Throw Lobs To Each Other In 2019 All-Star Game | All-Star Weekend  Bleacher Report
  5. Dirk Nowitzki got emotional when getting honored | NBA All-Star 2019  ESPN
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Tiger Tracker Postscript: Tiger Woods stumbles home with 72 as elements take toll - Golf Channel

  1. Tiger Tracker Postscript: Tiger Woods stumbles home with 72 as elements take toll  Golf Channel
  2. Tiger Woods puts on a show at Riviera before cold temperatures, delays take their toll  USA TODAY
  3. Tiger Woods finishes 3rd round with 65, heads back out  ESPN
  4. Tiger Woods holes out from bunker for birdie at Genesis Open 2019  PGA TOUR
  5. Tiger Woods begins third round at Riviera with eagle, three birdies  ESPN
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Space did WHAT to Tennessee grad Scott Kelly? - WVLT.TV

  1. Space did WHAT to Tennessee grad Scott Kelly?  WVLT.TV
  2. Year in space put US astronaut's immune system on high alert compared to his Earth-bound twin  Daily Mail
  3. Next month's SpaceX launch could help end America's reliance on Russian rockets  Popular Science
  4. Year in space put US astronaut's disease defenses on alert  Yahoo News
  5. NASA Just Announced More Strange Results From Its Ambitious 'Twin Study'  ScienceAlert
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How LeBron James can make Team Tamper a reality - ESPN

How LeBron James can make Team Tamper a reality  ESPN

Team LeBron flipped the All-Star game after a slow start. Now the league wonders when LeBron James will reunite with a star teammate.

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LeBron James And Dwyane Wade Throw Lobs To Each Other In 2019 All-Star Game | All-Star Weekend - Bleacher Report

LeBron James And Dwyane Wade Throw Lobs To Each Other In 2019 All-Star Game | All-Star Weekend  Bleacher Report

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade reunited in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. This will be the last time the two share a court together on the same team. Find more ...

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Denny Hamlin wins Daytona 500 as race sees multiple dramatic wrecks

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Fox News' Howard Kurtz examines the feud between Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer

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Andrew McCabe, Ex-FBI Deputy, Describes 'Remarkable' Number Of Trump-Russia Contacts - NPR

Andrew McCabe, Ex-FBI Deputy, Describes 'Remarkable' Number Of Trump-Russia Contacts  NPR

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe condemned what he called the "relentless attack" that President Trump has waged against the FBI even as it ...

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MSNBC Host Contrasts Joe Biden's Loud Applause in Europe to Mike Pence's 'Sad' Silent Treatment - Newsweek

MSNBC Host Contrasts Joe Biden's Loud Applause in Europe to Mike Pence's 'Sad' Silent Treatment  Newsweek

Pence paused and looked down, appearing to expect an applause. But only silence followed.

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Anthony Weiner leaves prison for halfway house in Brooklyn - BBC News

Anthony Weiner leaves prison for halfway house in Brooklyn  BBC News

Ex-New York congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after serving about 15 months for sending explicit messages to a minor.

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Munich Conference Highlights a Divided U.S. - The Wall Street Journal

Munich Conference Highlights a Divided U.S.  The Wall Street Journal

A divided America was on display this weekend in Munich where Vice President Mike Pence and Democrats offered competing visions of the trans-Atlantic ...

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‘Spreading Like a Poison’: Anti-Semitic Acts Increase in France - The Wall Street Journal

‘Spreading Like a Poison’: Anti-Semitic Acts Increase in France  The Wall Street Journal

A spate of anti-Semitic incidents has accompanied France's yellow-vest protests in recent weeks, raising fears that the movement is stirring up hatred in the ...

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Payless ShoeSource plans to liquidate and close all U.S. stores - TODAY

Payless ShoeSource plans to liquidate and close all U.S. stores  TODAY

Payless ShoeSource, the discount shoe store chain, plans to close all U.S. stores and hold liquidation sales.

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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Death Rumors Were Exaggerated, but 2019 Box-Office Struggle is Real - IndieWire

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Death Rumors Were Exaggerated, but 2019 Box-Office Struggle is Real  IndieWire

In what could be the final release from 20th Century Fox before it becomes subsumed by Disney, “Alita: Battle Angel” was clearly the No. 1 film this weekend.

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Giannis Puts On Historic All-Star Performance In Charlotte | 2019 NBA All-Star - NBA

Giannis Puts On Historic All-Star Performance In Charlotte | 2019 NBA All-Star  NBAView full coverage on Google News

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Tiger Woods puts on a show at Riviera before cold temperatures, delays take their toll - USA TODAY

Tiger Woods puts on a show at Riviera before cold temperatures, delays take their toll  USA TODAY

Tiger Woods remained winless in his career at fabled Riviera Country Club, but at least this time around he put on a show fans won't soon forget.

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Year in space put US astronaut's immune system on high alert compared to his Earth-bound twin - Daily Mail

Year in space put US astronaut's immune system on high alert compared to his Earth-bound twin  Daily Mail

A year in the International Space Station changed some of the activity in astronaut Scott Kelly's immune system compared to his twin brother Mark, rendering his ...

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Graham vows probe after McCabe interview on Trump

The pledge comes after an ex-acting FBI chief describes discussions on removing the president.

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