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New U.S. Army headquarters to open next week in South Korea

New U.S. Army headquarters to open next week in South Korea

Business
SEOUL, June 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Forces in South Korea will leave its longtime base in central part of Seoul to a new headquarters, 70 kilometers south of the capital city next week. U.S. Forces Korea will hold an opening ceremony at its new Camp Humphreys in the city of Pyeongtaek on June 29, attended by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, according to defense sources, Yonhap reported. The Eighth U.S. Army, which had been based in the Yongsan Garrison, moved to Camp Humphreys last year. U.S. Forces opened its base in Yongsan, central Seoul, in August 1945. The plan for relocation was agreed in 2004 between South Korea and the United States to combine scattered U.S. military bases across the country. Other key units in northern part of the country have already relocated to Pyeongtaek. Ma...
Cole, Houston Astros open two-game set vs. San Francisco Giants

Cole, Houston Astros open two-game set vs. San Francisco Giants

Sports
Despite their perch atop the American League West, the Astros remain in search of consistent production from a few spots in their lineup, with left field representing a concern. With Jake Marisnick optioned to Triple-A Fresno and Derek Fisher landing on the 10-day disabled list with gastrointestinal discomfort, opportunity has again knocked for Tony Kemp. A fifth-round pick by the Astros in 2013, Kemp has found himself wedged between the majors and Fresno, excelling at the latter level while lacking the chance to stick with the Astros. He had compiled 175 plate appearances over 76 games and two seasons before his recall last week, and with some competitive at-bats and defensive handiwork, Kemp is raising eyebrows again. "This is not new; he just hasn't done it at this level because we ...
Assad tells Putin: 'Door open to political process'

Assad tells Putin: 'Door open to political process'

World
Syrian President Bashar al Assad has had talks in Russia with Vladimir Putin. The two leaders spoke in the Black Sea coast resort of Sochi to discuss their "next mutual steps", according to the Kremlin.A transcript released by the Russian government claimed Mr Assad said the situation in Syria was becoming "more stable". Image: Syria has been plagued by civil war for seven years He also reportedly hailed progress in fighting "terrorism", which "opens the door to the political process".Mr Putin's spokesman said Mr Assad had decided to "send a delegation to the UN" to discuss reforming the country's constitution.Russia has been a crucial ally of the Syrian regime throughout the Middle Eastern country's seven-year civil. ...
Polls open in first Iraq election since IS defeat

Polls open in first Iraq election since IS defeat

World
Voters across Iraq are going to the polls for the first national election since the country declared victory over Islamic State. Almost 7,000 candidates from dozens of political alliances are competing for 329 parliamentary seats.Prime Minister Haider al Abadi facing stiff competition from parties with closer ties to Iran, which holds considerable military and economic sway in the country.Despite overseeing the defeat of the terrorist group, whose fighters overran nearly a third of Iraqi territory just weeks after he took office in the summer of 2014, Mr Abadi has failed to emerge as the clear favourite due to entrenched corruption and an economic downturn. Image: (L-R) Nouri al Maliki, Prime Minister Haider al Abadi and cleric M...
Surprising Jazz open playoffs against Thunder

Surprising Jazz open playoffs against Thunder

Sports
OKLAHOMA CITY -- After losing Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics in the offseason, it looked like it would be a long shot for the Utah Jazz to make the playoffs. But after a rough start, the Jazz won 29 of 34 games before losing their regular-season finale to drop to the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference. They'll open the playoffs Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena against the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team that looked like a lock to not only make the playoffs but compete atop the conference. But the Thunder didn't solidify their place in the playoffs until a win in the next-to-last game of the season. The series is one of the more intriguing first-round matchups, with Utah's 7-foot-1 center Rudy Gobert providing a rim-protecting presence to combat Thunder superstar point guard Russell ...