HANOVER, Germany — The United States will send up to 250 more personnel to Syria for the fight against the Islamic State (IS), confirmed U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday during his visit to Germany.
In a speech during his visit to the annual Hanover trade fair, Obama said he had approved the deployment of up to 250 additional U.S. personnel to Syria, including special forces,to keep up the momentum against the IS. (Germany-U.S.-Obama)
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WASHINGTON — Ted Cruz and John Kasich, the two U.S. Republican presidential rivals, announced late Sunday night that they will cede certain states to each other in a bid to keep Donald Trump from garnering enough delegate votes he needs to secure the Republican nomination.
In a pair of unexpected statements, Texan Senator Cruz said he would concentrate his resources in Indiana while Ohio Governor Kasich would put all his effort into Oregon and New Mexico. Both candidates also called on their supporters to follow suit. (U.S.-GOP-Nomination)
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DAMASCUS — At least 15 people were killed and 35 others wounded, when a car bomb tore through a military checkpoint near a predominantly-Shiite district south of the capital Damascus on Monday, a military source told Xinhua.
The driver passed through two military checkpoints and when he reached the third at the entrance of the town of Diyabiyah south of the Shiite district of Sayyidah Zaynab, soldiers demanded to thoroughly search the vehicle and that’s when the driver set it off, said the source on a condition of anonymity. (Syria-Attack)
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DUBAI — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) welcomed fiscal spending cuts conducted by the Gulf Arab states, although more structural reforms are required as forecasts for the “black gold” remains bleak, said IMF official on Monday.
Dr. Masood Ahmed, the Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) told Xinhua in an exclusive interview Monday that the IMF took positive note of fiscal spending cuts done by the six Gulf Co-operation council (GCC) countries. (Dubai-Gulf Arab States)
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KATHMANDU — A year after a devastating 7.9-magnitude earthquake, the Nepalese government has initiated reconstruction of damaged cultural heritages on Monday.
Performing a traditional worship, Prime Minister Sharma Oli started reconstruction of the cultural heritages by laying a foundation stone to restore Anantapur Temple in Swayambhunath Stupa, which is enlisted as the UNESCO World Heritage sites. (Nepal-Quake-Reconstruction) Enditem