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Trump cancels trip, focuses on Syria

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/10/18, 12:35 pm

President Donald Trump will stay home from a planned visit to South America to oversee the U.S. response to escalating tensions in Syria, the White House said Tuesday. Instead, Vice President Mike Pence will attend the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, which begins Friday. It will be the first time a U.S. president has not attended the summit since it began in 1994. Trump has promised to respond “forcefully” to an apparent chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government that killed and injured civilians in a rebel-held enclave outside Damascus last weekend.

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UN: North Korea sent weapons materials to Syria

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/28/18, 11:06 am

North Korea sent materials used in producing ballistic missiles and chemical weapons to Syria despite existing sanctions, a panel of United Nations experts said in an unpublished report. The report, seen by the Associated Press and The New York Times, concluded that more than 40 previously unreported shipments to Syria took place between 2012 and 2017. The shipments included special resistance valves and thermometers used in chemical weapons, as well as shipping containers loaded with acid-resistant tiles.

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U.S. to speed up embassy relocation to Jerusalem

International | The opening will coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israeli independence
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/23/18, 03:03 pm

ISRAEL: The United States plans to open its new embassy in Jerusalem in May, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s declared independence following the Arab-Israeli War. The move comes significantly ahead of a timetable offered by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Vice President Mike Pence, but is actually symbolic: Most U.S. diplomatic staff will continue to operate from Tel Aviv.

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