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US welcomes Saudi troop offer for Syria: FM WASHINGTON: The United States welcomes a Saudi offer to deploy special forces to support a possible coalition ground operation inside Syria, the kingdom's foreign minister said Monday.Speaking after a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said any operation would be US-led but that Saudi Arabia would play a leading role."The United States government was very supportive and very positive about the kingdom's readiness to provide special forces to the operation in Syria, should the international coalition make a decision to do so," he told reporters."So the kingdom will be part of it," he said. "That support came from the White House, it came from the State Department, it was natural for Secretary Kerry to support such a decision."Jubeir said the idea for a possible ground operation had come from Washington, and said that members of the 65-strong coalition against the Islamic State would expect ...

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Pentagon praises Canada for boosting training troops in Iraq WASHINGTON: The Pentagon on Monday praised Canada's decision to triple the number of troops training Kurdish forces in Iraq.Canada will end its bombing missions by Feb. 22 but keep two surveillance planes in the region as well as refueling aircraft, and triple the number of soldiers training Kurdish troops in northern Iraq to about 200 from about 70 currently, the government said on Monday.Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the decision by Canada added "momentum to ...

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'Impactful response' needed on North Korea: White House WASHINGTON: Allies of the United States agree that an "impactful response" is needed following a rocket launch in North Korea over the weekend, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday."There certainly is an agreement about an impactful response being necessary," Earnest said at a news briefing. "That means considering a range of economic sanctions that would further isolate North Korea."Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits off Papua New Guinea: USGS SYDNEY: A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island early Tuesday, US seismologists said, with no immediate tsunami warning issued. The quake hit some 96 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of Panguna at 0019 GMT, according to the US Geological Survey.The epicentre was 104 kilometres southwest of the larger town of Arawa also on Bougainville Island and USGS said it was 30 kilometres deep, which is considered shallow.The seismologists had ...

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Canada to end air strikes in Iraq, Syria February 22 OTTAWA: Canada announced Monday it will end air strikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and bring home its six fighter jets on February 22.In doing so, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is going against public opinion.The Liberal leader had pledged during the campaign prior to legislative elections last year to end the air strikes, which he described Monday as being good for achieving "short-term military and territorial gains" but not for "long-term ...

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White House hopefuls in final pitch in New Hampshire MANCHESTER: US presidential candidates, including billionaire Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, fanned out across snowy New Hampshire seeking to convert undecided voters with just hours to spare before Tuesday's crucial primary.The Granite State takes the spotlight as Republican supporters determine whether a more mainstream candidate -- Senator Marco Rubio or one of the three governors in the race -- gains ground on frontrunner Trump and his nearest rival, the arch-conservative Senator Ted Cruz.With everything ...

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US, Saudi push ceasefire ahead of Syria talks WASHINGTON: The United States and Saudi Arabia will push for an immediate ceasefire in Syria at international talks later this week, their top diplomats said Monday.US Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir met in Washington to prepare for broader negotiations in Munich in Thursday.There, the 17-nation International Syria Support Group will debate ways to restart a struggling UN-led effort to get Syria's warring parties to the table.Kerry and Jubeir said ...