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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...
What Facebook's privacy policy allows may surprise you

What Facebook's privacy policy allows may surprise you

Technology
To get an idea of the data Facebook collects about you, just ask for it. You'll get a file with every photo and comment you've posted, all the ads you've clicked on, stuff you've liked and searched for and everyone you've friended — and unfriended — over the years. This trove of data is used to decide which ads to show you. It also makes using Facebook more seamless and enjoyable — say, by determining which posts to emphasize in your feed, or reminding you of friends' birthdays. Facebook claims to protect all this information, and it lays out its terms in a privacy policy that's relatively clear and concise. But few users bother to read it. You might be surprised at what Facebook's privacy policy allows — and what's left unsaid. Facebook's privacy practices have come under fire after a Tr
Queen makes surprise visit to London Fashion Week

Queen makes surprise visit to London Fashion Week

Entertainment
The Queen is already known for her impeccable style - but now she has attended her first ever London Fashion Week front row.Sitting next to legendary US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, the Monarch made a surprise visit to London Fashion Week where she sat on the front row - FROW as the industry calls it - of British designer Richard Quinn's show.Her attendance was kept under wraps until the very last minute.The 91-year-old presented the first ever Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Mr Quinn, who is an emerging talent celebrated for his screen printing.Image:The Queen appeared surprised at some of the outfits as she sat next to Anna WintourImage:The Queen presented the first Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard QuinnStylish as ever, she wore a duck egg blue tweed dr...
BAFTA 2018: Blade Runner and Dunkirk surprise

BAFTA 2018: Blade Runner and Dunkirk surprise

Entertainment
Blockbusters Dunkirk and Blade Runner 2049 were the biggest surprises of the BAFTA 2018 nominations.While the Guillermo Del Toro's sci-fi romance The Shape Of Water led the nominations with 12 nods, including best film, director and actress for Sally Hawkins, that came as no surprise.The film had already dominated nominations at the Golden Globes, but fell short of expectations at the ceremony on Sunday, losing best picture to Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.McDonagh's film picked up nine nominations for this year's BAFTAs, including best film, director, outstanding British film, original screenplay and best actress for Frances McDormand.:: As It Happened: BAFTA 2018 nominationsImage:The Shape Of Water was the most nominated film with 12 nodsBut the real surpris...
Minnesota Vikings: Release of guard Alex Boone not a surprise

Minnesota Vikings: Release of guard Alex Boone not a surprise

Sports
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The biggest surprise on cutdown day for the Minnesota Vikings was the release of left guard Alex Boone, who less than 18 months ago was a prized free-agent signing at $ 26.8 million over four years. In hindsight, it shouldn't have come as a surprise. About two weeks ago, when head coach Mike Zimmer was asked about the battle at center between Nick Easton and Pat Elflein, Zimmer said, "Who knows? One of them could end up at guard." This came after Boone had missed the second preseason game at Seattle. Easton moved to left guard, allowing the rookie Elflein to start at center. And the line played the best it played all preseason. But the assumption was the Vikings wouldn't pull the trigger and dump Boone, leaving $ 3.4 million in dead cap space this season. But this is...