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Pentagon eyes longer-term support on U.S.-Mexico border

MCALLEN, Texas (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan made his second trip to the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday as the Pentagon looks to develop a longer-term plan to support President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Shanahan traveled to McAllen, Texas, to meet with officials and visit a migrant processing facility and Border Patrol station, two days after the White House announced Trump’s intention to nominate the former Boeing Co executive as defense secretary. “We’re not going to leave until the border is secure,” Shanahan told about two dozen border patrol officials as hundreds of detained migrants waited in tents to be processed.  Shanahan was accompanied by…

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Israel’s Netanyahu to ask for more time to form government: spokesman

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will ask Israel’s president for more time to form a new government, a spokesman said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to a ceremony on Memorial Day, when Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers, at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem May 8, 2019. Heidi Levine/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoIn office for a decade, Netanyahu won a record fifth term in an April 9 parliamentary election, largely seen as a de-facto referendum on his leadership as he faces possible indictment in three corruption cases. He denies the charges. Netanyahu is negotiating terms with nearly all the right-wing, nationalist and religious…

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Venezuela’s Guaido seeks U.S. Pentagon cooperation to solve political crisis

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Saturday he has asked his envoy to the United States to meet with Pentagon officials to “cooperate” on a solution to the South American country’s political crisis. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country's rightful interim ruler, takes part in a rally in support of the Venezuelan National Assembly and against the government of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 11, 2019. REUTERS/Ivan AlvaradoGuaido, the leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, added he had received word from China that the country would join a diplomatic effort between European and…

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Gunmen storm five-star hotel in Pakistan, killing at least one

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Three gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Pakistan’s southwestern port city of Gwadar on Saturday, killing at least one guard and battling security forces inside, officials and the army said. FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Pearl Continental (PC) hotel in Gwadar, Pakistan April 11, 2017. Picture taken April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Akhtar SoomroBalochistan Home Minister Ziaullah Langove said most guests had been evacuated from the five-star Pearl Continental Hotel, which helicopters circled as fighting was underway. He said there were reports of casualties, but did not give details. The military said three gunmen killed a guard at the entrance to the hotel…

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Britain’s Conservatives in fourth place in EU election poll, Farage leads

FILE PHOTO: Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage speaks during a Brexit Party campaign event in Houghton-le-Spring, Britain, May 11, 2019. REUTERS/Scott Heppell/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - Theresa May’s Conservative Party has fallen into fourth place in a poll on voting intentions for the European elections, well behind Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party which has more support than Britain’s traditionally two biggest parties combined. According to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer newspaper, Farage’s newly formed party is on 34% of the vote ahead of the May 23 election that is being held because Britain failed to leave the European Union as expected in March. The poll put…

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How Volunteer Sleuths Identified a Hiker and Her Killer After 36 Years

One could not select a more serene location for a homicide. On July 17, 1982, a woman’s body was found in a meadow in the mountains that run along the border between California and Nevada, not far from Lake Tahoe.Footprints revealed that she and her killer had strolled half a mile or so from the road to an area known as Sheep’s Flat. It appeared that she was seated on a log when she was shot in the back of the head.“I found that unusual,” said Len Iljana, who was a deputy at the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office at the time.For years, he and his colleagues tried…

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Hostages rescued from Burkina Faso “hell” praise fallen French commandos

OUAGADOUGOU/PARIS (Reuters) - Three hostages freed by French commandos from militants in Burkina Faso arrived in Paris on Saturday, expressing sorrow at the death of two French soldiers in the rescue operation. President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the hostages as they stepped off the French government jet less than 48 hours after French special forces stormed their captors’ hideout in a daring night-time raid. Two Frenchmen kidnapped while on safari in Benin more than a week earlier, as well as an American woman and a South Korean woman who were being held with them, were liberated in the high-risk mission authorized by Macron. The American, who has not…

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Exclusive: Philip Morris suspends social media campaign after Reuters exposes young ‘influencers’

(Reuters) - Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc has suspended a global social media marketing campaign in response to Reuters inquiries into the company’s use of young online personalities to sell its new “heated tobacco” device, including a 21-year-old woman in Russia. The company’s internal “marketing standards” prohibit it from promoting tobacco products with youth-oriented celebrities or “models who are or appear to be under the age of 25.” The company told Reuters of the decision late Friday, saying it had launched an internal investigation into marketing posts and photographs that Reuters sent to the company for comment earlier this week. They included a paid post plugging…

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Yemen’s Houthis begin withdrawal from Hodeidah ports in boost to peace deal

HODEIDAH, Yemen (Reuters) - Yemen’s Houthi movement on Saturday started withdrawing forces from Saleef port in Hodeidah under a U.N.-sponsored deal stalled for months, a Reuters witness said, reviving hopes for peace efforts to end the four-year war. But a minister in the Yemeni government backed by Saudi Arabia dismissed the Iran-aligned Houthis’ pullout as a “show” meant to “misinform the international community”. The move, yet to be verified by the United Nations, is the first major step in implementing the pact reached last year by the government and the Houthis for a truce and troop withdrawal in Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions of Yemenis. U.N. teams…

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Balochistan militants claim responsibility for Pakistan hotel attack

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Balochistan Liberation Army, a militant group fighting for greater autonomy for the Balochistan region in southwestern Pakistan, claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack on a hotel in Gwadar port, a spokesman said in an emailed statement. Reporting by Gul Yousafzai; Editing by Andrew CawthorneOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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