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Experts: Islamic State 'death spiral' most dangerous part of fight for U.S. coalition

Experts: Islamic State 'death spiral' most dangerous part of fight for U.S. coalition

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Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Experts on the Middle East, terrorism and the Islamic State say that while the terrorist organization is in a "death spiral," the U.S.-led coalition battling the group is likely entering its most dangerous phase.The early signs of victory are beginning to circulate as the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, drive IS out of its proclaimed capital of Raqqa, Syria.IS fighters were contained Tuesday in a stadium complex in the city as they attempt to make a last stand effort in a battle campaign the SDF began in June with air support from the U.S.-led coalition and the Russian government."They are getting desperate," chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana W. White told reporters last week. "Civilians are running toward the Iraqi security fo...
Low-carbon advocates say U.S. renewables breaking records

Low-carbon advocates say U.S. renewables breaking records

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Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Amid the pushback on Washington's efforts to back coal and nuclear power, a report from low-carbon advocates found clean energy has organic momentum.An annual report from the Natural Resources Defense Council said some components of the renewable energy sector have accelerated faster than the government estimated. Wind power capacity, for example, was 350 percent above a government forecast from 10 years ago."Dozens of clean energy records have been shattered across the United States in the last year and a half," Ralph Cavanagh, co-director of NRDC's energy program, said in a statement. "And despite some new political headwinds, ever-improving economics will propel the clean energy transition in the years to come."President Donald Trump and his energy secretary, Rick Perry,...
U.S. enforces travel restrictions for North Korea, Venezuela

U.S. enforces travel restrictions for North Korea, Venezuela

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Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The United States is to replace an existing travel ban with a new target list of countries that includes North Korea and Venezuela.President Donald Trump made the announcement on Sunday, and a total of eight countries, including Chad, North Korea and Venezuela are on the list, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.Of the six countries listed in the original ban that included Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Sudan, Sudan was dropped from the list, while Iraq nationals are to receive "additional scrutiny," according to The Journal."As president, I must act to protect the security and interests of the United States and its people," Trump said.The new travel ban, which includes North Korea and Venezuela, was created after the Trump administration evaluated the countri...
U.S., British navies practice mine countermeasure operations

U.S., British navies practice mine countermeasure operations

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Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The United States and British navies have completed a series of mine-countermeasure exercises in the Arabian Gulf, the U.S. Navy announced on Thursday.The Mine Countermeasure Exercise 17-3 is a quarterly bilateral exercise to train on mine clearing operations for the protection of navy movements and commercial shipping."This MCMEX provides a great opportunity for relevant and realistic training," Capt. Michael Egan, commander of Task Force 52, said in a press release."It is one of the many exercises we conduct with the United Kingdom and other partner nations in the region, enhancing our collective abilities to conduct integrated multinational mine countermeasures in 5th Fleet," Egan said.MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters and the Avenger-class mine-countermeasure ship USS Sen...
Vatican recalls diplomat from U.S. over child pornography

Vatican recalls diplomat from U.S. over child pornography

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Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The Vatican has recalled a diplomat from the United States after the State Department last month requested diplomatic immunity be waived over possible violation of child pornography laws.The U.S. Department of State notified the Vatican on August 21 that one of its diplomats had possibly violated laws related to pornographic images of children through diplomatic channels, and requested the waiver.The Vatican said Friday that it has recalled the diplomat in question, whose name has not been released, and opened its own investigation into the matter."The Holy See, following the practice of sovereign states, recalled the priest in question, who is currently in Vatican City," Vatican officials said in a statement."The Promoter of Justice opened an investigation and has alread...