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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

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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...
Weapons inspectors visit site of Douma 'chemical attack'

Weapons inspectors visit site of Douma 'chemical attack'

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Weapons inspectors have collected samples from the Syrian town of Douma, where they are investigating a suspected chemical weapons attack.The inspectors, from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), arrived in the town a week after they first set foot in Syria.The OPCW said in a statement on Saturday that it will "evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma".It added the samples would be analysed in its designated labs.The organisation's fact-finding team was delayed for several days in its attempts to reach the town.The attack being investigated killed at least 70 people on 7 April.Images showed collapsed bodies in crowded rooms, some foaming from their noses and mouths.However, journalists who were escorted to the si...
Saudi crown prince's visit to Britain marked by protests over Yemen crisis

Saudi crown prince's visit to Britain marked by protests over Yemen crisis

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March 7 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May defended her meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday as activists protested Saudi Arabia's involvement in Yemen's humanitarian crisis.The crown prince dined with British Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace before making his way to 10 Downing Street for a bilateral meeting with May. His visit was marked by vocal opposition from the Labour Party, which called on the prime minister to halt sales of arms to Riyadh while the country leads a largely Arab coalition fighting Houthi rebels on behalf of the Yemeni government.The war, between forces loyal to Yemeni President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Shiite Houthi rebels, has killed at least 10,000 people since 2015 and led to one of the world's largest humanitarian cr...
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...
Los Angeles Clippers visit Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Clippers visit Boston Celtics

Sports
Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers was in Boston on Sunday for the Paul Pierce retirement ceremony. His visit was not purely ceremonial and also gave him an interesting perspective on the game. "I was more of a coach because we play Boston Wednesday, so I was sitting there as a complete coach and scout," Rivers said Monday, when his Los Angeles Clippers won in Brooklyn. "But it still was really interesting to do that. I may have to do that more. It was really cool. I got a lot out of it, I really did." The Clippers have won four of their last five games and are 4-2 since the mega deal that sent Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons, for a package that included former Celtic Avery Bradley, who makes his second return of the season to the TD Garden.DeAndre Jordan, the big man and center of all k...