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Retired US general Petraeus won't be demoted over scandal WASHINGTON: The Pentagon won't strip David Petraeus of his fourth star for providing his mistress classified information, a scandal that forced the resignation of a man feted for changing the course of the Iraq War.The retired general was given two years' probation and fined $100,000 in 2015 over the matter following a guilty plea in a US court.The US Army "completed its review of his case and recommended no additional action," Assistant Secretary of Defense Stephen Hedger wrote Friday in a letter to Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee."Given the Army review, Secretary (Ashton) Carter considers the matter closed."A defense official confirmed the authenticity of the three-sentence letter, obtained by AFP, but declined further comment. The loss of his fourth star would have been a symbolic slap in the face for the military icon who is still widely respected. His retroactive demotion to a three-star general ...

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Obama speaks with Brazil's Rousseff about Zika virus: White House WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama spoke on Friday with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff about the spread of the Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere, the White House said."The leaders agreed on the importance of collaborative efforts to deepen our knowledge, advance research, and accelerate work to develop better vaccines and other technologies to control the virus," the White House said in a statement.Rousseff also confirmed that she would attend Nuclear Security Summit to be held ...

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Obama to make first visit to US mosque next week WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will make his first visit as president to a U.S. mosque next week in a defense of religious freedom, the White House said, following a rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States.Obama will visit on Wednesday the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque, where he will hold a roundtable with the community and deliver remarks, a White House official said on Saturday.At the mosque, the president will "reiterate the importance of ...

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US warship sails by island claimed by China: Pentagon WASHINGTON: A US warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of a disputed island in the South China Sea Saturday to assert freedom of navigation, drawing a protest from Beijing, officials said."We conducted a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea earlier tonight," Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis said in a statement.Davis said the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur made the "innocent passage" off Triton Island in the Paracel island chain, which is claimed ...

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New York Times endorses Clinton, Kasich NEW YORK: The New York Times on Saturday endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination and Ohio Governor John Kasich for that of the Republicans.The liberal newspaper's picks come just two days before voters in Iowa cast ballots in the first nominating contest of the 2016 presidential election season.The Times editorial board opted for a front-runner and a moderate underdog in endorsing Clinton for the Democrats and Kasich for the Republicans."Voters have the chance ...

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Obama looks to take fight to Islamic State in Libya WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has asked key advisors to draw up options for ratcheting up the fight against the Islamic State group, including opening a new front in Libya.Eighteen months after a US-led coalition began airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria, multiple administration sources said Friday that the White House wants to speed up and broaden the effort.Efforts will deepen to retake Raqa in Syria, Mosul in Iraq and to check the militants' ...

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'Top Secret' emails on Clinton server WASHINGTON: "Top secret" material was sent through Hillary Clinton's private email server during her tenure as secretary of state, it was revealed Friday, just days before voters cast their first ballots in the presidential campaign.State Department spokesman John Kirby said the emails, which he described as "22 documents covering 37 pages" from seven email chains during Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, would therefore not be released publicly.Another 18 emails, from eight email chains, sent ...