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US military orders new investigation after report that Army Special Forces killed Somali civilians
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Two weeks after a media report alleging that U.S. Army Special Forces were involved in the killing of unarmed civilians in Somalia, the head of U.S. Africa Command has ordered a new probe into the operation."After subsequent media reports alleged misconduct by U.S. personnel who participated in the operation, Gen. [Thomas] Waldhauser referred the matter to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to ensure a full exploration of the facts given the gravity of the allegations," a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) told ABC News. "AFRICOM takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and will leverage the expertise...
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Putin calls Russia-US contacts 'all invented' in annual press conference
ABCNews.com (MOSCOW) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin took a page out of the playbook of President Donald Trump on Thursday by referring to allegations of contact between U.S. and Russian officials during the 2016 election as "all invented."Putin spoke to reporters at a marathon press conference on Thursday -- an annual tradition for the Russian leader.ABC News' Terry Moran asked Putin about the allegations of contact between Trump and the Kremlin during last year's election, a charge currently being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller.Putin echoed Trump's favorite phrase of "fake news" in dismissing the allegations."All of this has been...
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Rodman on his relationship with Kim Jong Un: 'He treats me as a friend'
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Retired NBA player Dennis Rodman sat down for an interview with "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Wednesday to discuss his controversial relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.Rodman, who's visited North Korea at least five times over the last four years, said the two aren’t “best friends,” but he described their relationship as “close.”“I'm not protecting him. And people think that I sit there and say, ‘Hey, he's my best friend.’ That's not the case,” Rodman said. “He just treats me as a friend.“I'm close enough to him to the fact that...
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A New Era of Friendship...
(LONDON) -- iStock/Thinkstock "The new embassy signifies a new era of friendship between our two countries," U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson announced to reporters Wednesday at the press preview of the new U.S. Embassy in London. "When you look out through the window, it reflects the global outlook of the U.S. in the 21st century," he said, flanked by the American flag and the Union Jack, in front of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the River Thames. On this grim, drizzly London day he spoke about a "very bright future," as reporters were left to imagine the main cafeteria awash in sunlight sometime,...
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Congress skips chance to kill Iran deal, leaves decision to Trump
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- When President Donald Trump announced two months ago that he would not certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal, he automatically triggered a 60-day review period during which Congress could decide to snap tough economic sanctions on Iran back into place -- a move that would effectively kill the landmark nuclear arms agreement.That review period expired Tuesday, and the results are in: Congress chose not to act.The White House said Tuesday that there was never any expectation Congress would act on sanctions within the review period and that the administration is still working with Congress on a...
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Marine Corps apologizes after aircraft part falls on Japanese school again
NHK News (OKINAWA, Japan) -- For the second time in less than a week, a part from a U.S. military aircraft has fallen on a school in Okinawa, Japan.A Marine CH-53E helicopter window fell onto the sports field of Daini Futenma Elementary School near the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma at about 10:09 a.m. Wednesday, 1st Lt. Karoline Foote, a spokeswoman from the First Marine Aircraft Wing, confirmed to ABC News.The Japanese school is located in the southern prefecture of Okinawa. The helicopter crew immediately returned to MCAS Futenma and reported the incident, Foote said.About 50 students were on the...
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Meghan Markle to join Prince Harry, royal family for Christmas Day service
Karwai Tang/WireImage (LONDON) -- Meghan Markle will join Prince Harry and other members of the royal family at Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth's estate, on Christmas Day, Kensington Palace said Wednesday."You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -- Prince Harry and Ms. Markle -- at Sandringham on Christmas Day," a Kensington Palace spokeswoman said.The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton did not attend Christmas services at Sandringham in 2010 when she was still engaged to Prince William. She spent Christmas with her family before her wedding to William the next year.Other royal fiancés have traditionally not attended either. Mike...
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Landmarks across the globe lit blue and white for Hanukkah's first night
ABC (NEW YORK) -- Buildings and bridges across the world were bathed in blue and white light Tuesday night in honor of the first night of Hanukkah.From New York City to Winnipeg, Manitoba to Tel Aviv, the eight-day Jewish "festival of lights" is staying true to its nickname and lighting up cities of all sizes.The Empire State Building was lit blue and white, with red light in its antenna, meant to represent a flickering candle. During Hanukkah, one candle of a menorah is lit each night.In Israel, Tel Aviv City Hall's exterior was lit up in the shape of a...
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Tillerson to North Korea: ‘We're ready’ to meet ‘without precondition’
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is "ready to talk any time North Korea would like to talk ... without precondition," in a surprising change for a member of the Trump administration. The offer to North Korea comes amid crippling sanctions on the country and high tension over its nuclear weapons program -- and just after another intercontinental ballistic missile test just two weeks ago. "Let's just meet and we can talk about the weather if you want. We can talk about whether it’s going to be a square table or a round table if...
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Russia will allow its Olympic athletes to compete as neutral after ban
iStock/Thinkstock (MOSCOW) -- Russia’s Olympic Committee has voted to back a plan for its athletes to compete at 2018 Winter Olympics under a neutral flag. The move means that there will now likely be a sizeable Russian contingent competing when the Olympics take place in Pyeonchang, South Korea, this February. Last week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) barred Russia from the upcoming Olympics as punishment for what it says was a systematic cover up of doping by country's athletes. The IOC said it would allow some individual Russian athletes to compete as neutrals, provided they could pass an IOC anti-doping...
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Imprisoned Paralympian Oscar Pistorius 'bruised' from inmate fight over phone use, officials say
iStock/Thinkstock (JOHANNESBERG) -- Paralympic athlete and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was apparently bruised in a prison fight over a telephone, South African prison authorities said today. No serious injuries resulted from his altercation with another inmate over the use of the prison phone, Department of Correctional Services spokesman Singabakho Nxumalo said.“Pistorius wasn’t seriously injured; he was just bruised, although I haven’t received information about the exact location of the bruise,” Nxumalo said. “We do regard the incident in a serious light and will act once we have all the facts.” Pistorius, a double-leg amputee known as the “bladerunner” because of...
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Saudi Arabia to reopen cinemas that have been banned since the 1980s, says crown prince
iStock/Thinstock (RIYADH, Saudi Arabia) -- Cinemas are set to open in Saudi Arabia in March 2018 for the first time since they were banned in in the early 1980s, according to the Saudi minister of culture. "It's a beautiful day in Saudi Arabia!" tweeted Haifaa al-Mansour, the first female Saudi director of a feature film, the acclaimed "Wadjda". This is the second major social reform, after the lifting of the ban on women driving, announced in recent months as part of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's "Vision 2030", a socioeconomic program aimed at modernizing the Saudi economy and shepherding...
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