• US says nearly 800 ISIS members on ground when GBU-43/B dropped

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    New Delhi: The United States on Thursday dropped the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal on an ISIS stronghold in Afghanistan — a strike President Trump hailed as "very, very successful." The 21,600-pound, 30-foot-long Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb — nicknamed MOAB and "the Mother of All Bombs" — was so big, it had to be pushed out the rear door of an MC-130 cargo plane, military brass said. It was the first time the bomb — which packs a punch equivalent to 11 tons of TNT and was created in 2003 for possible use in the Iraq war — was employed on the battlefield. The target was a tunn...Read More


  • In Abrupt Shift, Trump Warms to China and NATO, Sours on Russia

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    WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After less than three months in office, President Donald Trump has abruptly shifted his stance on an array of foreign policy issues from the U.S. relationship with Russia and China to the value of the NATO alliance. Trump, who ran for the White House on a pledge to shake up the status quo in Washington, repeatedly lashed out at China during the campaign, accusing Beijing of being a "grand champion" of currency manipulation. Candidate Trump also dismissed the NATO military alliance as obsolete and said he hoped to build warmer ties with Russia. But at a White Hou...Read More


  • Trump's tough talk unlikely to redefine U.S. relationship with China

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    New York: Donald Trump talked tough on China during his presidential run, blaming the country for the loss of American jobs, lobbing accusations of unfair currency manipulation or hostile trade practices, and suggesting that the United States levy enormous tariffs on Chinese goods. "Look at what China is doing to our country," Mr.Trump said in September, during a presidential debate with Democrat Hillary Clinton. "They're using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild China," he added. "We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us." Several analysts predicted that Mr. Trump's tough talk on ...Read More


  • Islamic State militants retake ancient city of Palmyra

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    BEIRUT: Islamic State militants recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Syrian troops Sunday, according to both sides in the battle, scoring a major advance after a year of setbacks in Syria and neighboring Iraq. In winning back Palmyra, the extremist group appeared to be taking advantage of the Syrian and Russian preoccupation with Aleppo, timing its attack to coincide with a major government offensive to capture the last remaining opposition-held neighborhoods in the northern city. Palmyra, with its towering 2,000-year-old ruins, holds mostly symbolic meaning in the wider civil war, althou...Read More


  • White House looks to reassure China after Trump-Taiwan call

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    NEW DELHI: The White House says it has sought to reassure China after President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. The call last week sparked alarm as the US does not have formal relations with Taiwan, which China views as a breakaway province. China lodged a diplomatic complaint in response. The White House said officials had assured China of their "continued commitment to a one-China policy". Mr Trump's phone call was followed by two tweets in which he criticised China's monetary policy and its operations in the South China Sea. 'Hard to determine' Mr Tru...Read More