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Mike Pompeo says Donald Trump strategy a success in surprise Afghanistan visit

Mike Pompeo says Donald Trump strategy a success in surprise Afghanistan visit

World
July 9 (UPI) -- Mike Pompeo made his first visit to Afghanistan as secretary of state Monday, offering optimism about the Trump administration's approach to the 17-year war. Pompeo arrived unannounced to meet with President Ashraf Ghani over potential peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. After assessing the United States' role in the conflict there, Pompeo said he believes President Donald Trump's strategy -- a conditions-based approach over a timeline-based one -- has paid off. "The strategy sent a clear message to the Taliban, they cannot wait us out," Pompeo said. "Many of the Taliban now see that they can't win on the ground militarily, that has everything to do with President Trump's strategy." A report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstru...
Famous birthdays for June 30: Michael Phelps, Mike Tyson

Famous birthdays for June 30: Michael Phelps, Mike Tyson

Entertainment
June 30 (UPI) -- Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include: -- Actor Susan Hayward in 1917 -- Singer Lena Horne in 1917 -- Magician Harry Blackstone Jr. in 1934 -- Actor Nancy Dussault in 1936 (age 82) -- Singer Florence Ballard of The Supremes in 1943 -- Actor David Alan Grier in 1956 (age 62) -- Former heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson in 1966 (age 52) File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI -- Metal singer Phil Anselmo (Pantera) in 1968 (age 50) -- Rapper Matisyahu, born Matthew Paul Miller, in 1979 (age 39) -- Actor Lizzy Caplan in 1982 (age 36) -- Country singer Cole Swindell in 1983 (age 35) -- American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino in 1984 (age 34) -- Swimm...
4 Palestinians dead, hundreds injured in clashes ahead of Mike Pence's visit

4 Palestinians dead, hundreds injured in clashes ahead of Mike Pence's visit

World
For the second Friday in row, thousands of Palestinians in Jerusalem, Gaza and across the occupied West Bank turned out to protest more than a week after President Donald Trump's announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and days before his vice president visits the region. Nearly 400 Palestinians were injured today across the Palestinian territories, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Four Palestinians have also been shot dead by Israeli forces, two in the West Bank and two in Gaza, the Gaza Health Ministry said. Today was the deadliest day since Trump's Dec. 6 announcement, and the funerals are expected to be held Saturday. In Gaza, one of the two Palestinians killed was 29-year-old Ibrahim, a paraplegic who lost both legs during an Israeli airstrike in th...
Sports Direct under fire over £11m 'owed to Mike Ashley's brother'

Sports Direct under fire over £11m 'owed to Mike Ashley's brother'

Business
Sports Direct shareholders have criticised the retailer's decision to ask investors to approve an £11m payment to the brother of founder Mike Ashley.Royal London Asset Management said the retailer had given "no evidence or detail explaining why" the sum was owed to John Ashley.It would vote against the payment as it was a "consequence of poor governance".The fund manager has a 0.18% stake in Sports Direct worth about £3.7m.Ashley Hamilton Claxton, Royal London's head of responsible investment, said: "If appropriate governance measures were in place at Sports Direct in the first place, there would have been a clear and transparent process for paying John Ashley what he was due and there would be no need to review his compensation after the fact."Investors need to see a plausible reason as t
Fantasy Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans suspended for one game

Fantasy Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans suspended for one game

Sports
Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Evans in Week 10 due to a one-game suspension.NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan issued the suspension on Monday. The suspension is without pay for violations of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules in Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.Evans was involved in a scuffle in the third quarter of the 30-10 loss at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston poked Saints defender Marshon Lattimore in the back of the head during the sequence. Lattimore then shoved Winston. Evans came flying in from behind Lattimore and speared him in the back."I wanted to go at him," Lattimore told reporters after the game, according to the New Orleans Times-Pi...