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Trump Eyes Raytheon Lobbyist for Army Secretary, Reports Say

U.S. President Donald Trump is set to nominate Raytheon lobbyist Mark Esper as secretary of the Army, media reports said Wednesday. Esper would be the third person nominated to be the Army’s top civilian leader and, if confirmed, the latest high-ranking addition to the Pentagon with a background as a major defense contractor. The first two picks both dropped out — one over financial vetting issues and the other amid a backlash over controversial comments on LGBT issues. Esper is a defense lobbyist for Raytheon and has been head of…

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Russia halted Syrian army, rebel clash in northern Syria: sources

Top Stories: BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Russia intervened to halt a clash between Syrian government forces and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels in northern Syria, sources on both sides said on Friday, the first confrontation between them as both sides fight Islamic State in the area. Russia halted Syrian army, rebel clash in northern Syria: sources

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