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General: Aiming Nuclearized ICBM at US May Trigger Preemptive Strike on N. Korea

As North Korea appears to accelerate the development of its nuclear and missile programs, tensions are escalating between the United States and the communist state.  President Donald Trump has publicly criticized the policies of past administrations, saying North Korea is “a problem that has to be solved” after a quarter century of unsuccessful U.S. policy toward North Korea, and that the U.S. has “no choice” but to “totally destroy North Korea” if it is forced to defend itself or its allies. Critics suggest this is an unrealistic option given the…

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Trump Administration Sets Out to ‘Fix’ Asylum System

As the White House works to cut back immigration, asylum seekers are the latest group caught in the crackdown. The Trump administration released enforcement priorities last week that included tightening standards in the U.S. asylum system. While President Donald Trump’s immigration policies do not specify what action will be taken, the administration seems to be working to speed up deportation proceedings for asylum petitioners. The U.S. offers asylum — or protection — to people who are forced to flee their own countries because of persecution due to “race, religion, nationality,…

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Trump: Obama Did Not Usually Call Families of Fallen Soldiers

U.S. President Donald Trump says he plans to call the families of four Special Forces soldiers who were killed earlier this month in Niger, and claimed that former President Barack Obama didn’t usually make calls to families of soldiers killed in action. Trump made the remark during a news conference Monday in the Rose Garden, after being asked why he hasn’t made a public comment about the deaths of the U.S. soldiers killed in Niger. Trump said that he has written personal letters to the soldiers’ families and plans to…

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Man Indicted for Murder, Rape of Muslim Teen

A man has been indicted on capital murder and rape charges in the killing of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, which shook Virginia’s Muslim community. A grand jury in Fairfax county held up indictments against 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, who was charged with murder after attacking Hassanen and her friends with a baseball bat. She and a group of teenagers had left their Sterling-area mosque between Ramadan prayers to get food when Hassanen was abducted. Her remains were found hours later in a pond in Sterling, Virginia. Monday’s ruling is the first…

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Trump Calls for Quick End to Election-related Russia Probes

U.S. President Donald Trump called Monday for a quick conclusion to the investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russia last year to help him win the White House. “They ought to get to the end of it because the American people are sick of it,” Trump told reporters at a White House news conference. As he has in the past, the Republican president said “the whole Russia thing was just an excuse” by Democrats to explain his upset win over Democrat Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. secretary of state….

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Trump: ‘Total Termination’ of Iran Nuclear Deal Possible

President Donald Trump says his decision not to recertify Iran’s compliance with the Iran nuclear deal could lead to its “total termination.” “That’s a very real possibility,” Trump said Monday as he began a meeting with his Cabinet at the White House. “Some people say that’s a greater possibility.” In remarks that were at times prepared and other times off the cuff, the president said a lot of people agreed with what he did in pulling away from the 2015 accord, which Iran reached with the five permanent members of…

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From Immigrant to NY Deli Owner to TV Analyst

Among the 1900s-era row of brick buildings on a Queens, New York Avenue, Lotus Deli is a one-stop shop for warm breakfast sandwiches, batteries, cigarettes, and late-night craft beer. Owner Hatem El-Gamasy is the first New Yorker to greet you in the morning, and the last to say good night. To his diverse customer base, he is known as “Timmy,” a father of two who safeguards neighbors’ deliveries, holds keys for visiting in-laws, and greets your dog by name. But to viewers 9,000 kilometers east of New York City, El-Gamasy…

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EU to Send Top Diplomat to US to Advocate for Iran Deal

The European Union will send its top diplomat Federica Mogherini to Washington to fight for the Iran nuclear deal, which U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap. EU foreign, ministers meeting in Luxembourg Monday, echoed concerns from international leaders over Trump’s decision to decertify Iran’s compliance with the accord. With his announcement to decertify the nuclear agreement Friday, Trump left it up to Congress as to whether to reimpose economic sanctions that were in place before the United States, the European Union, France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China reached…

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US Soldier Bergdahl Pleads Guilty to Desertion, Misbehavior Before Enemy

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan for five years before being freed in a prisoner swap, pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post. At a court martial hearing in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Bergdahl pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The latter carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban shortly after he left his remote post in 2009, prompting an extensive manhunt. The soldier…

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New York Bomber Faces Life in Prison

The man accused of planting two bombs in New York, leaving 30 people injured in September of last year, was found guilty of all charges Monday. Twenty-nine-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahimi of Elizabeth, New Jersey, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for charges including counts of using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a public place. The defense said it would appeal the verdict, which followed a two-week trial. But prosecutors noted an unusually high amount of evidence against Rahimi, including fingerprints and DNA found on the bombs,…

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