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Canada to deploy 1,000 soldiers for NATO brigade in Latvia OTTAWA: Canada will deploy 1,000 soldiers in Latvia to one of four battalions NATO is assembling in Eastern Europe in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea, Canadian media reported Thursday.Along with the United States, Britain and Germany, Canada "will establish and lead" a high-readiness brigade that will "contribute to NATO's enhanced forward presence in Eastern and Central Europe," the Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that more details would be provided at a NATO summit in Poland next month."As a responsible partner in the world, Canada stands side by side with its NATO allies working to deter aggression and assure peace and stability in Europe," Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said in a statement.The announcement comes a day after US President Barack Obama challenged Canada to do more to support NATO during a speech in the Canadian parliament.The alliance is embarking on a military buildup on its members' eastern flank ...

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Probe of Clinton's email driven by facts, not politics: White House WASHINGTON: The White House on Thursday said the US Justice Department's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use is being driven by facts and should be free of political interference. "The rule of law is paramount," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a daily press briefing following reports that the US Attorney General Loretta Lynch had a meeting with former President Bill Clinton. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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US Joint Base Andrews says 'miscommunication' sparked lockdown WASHINGTON: US Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, the home base of the presidential plane Air Force One, said Thursday that a "miscommunication" about an active shooter training exercise led to a brief lockdown of the site.The Maryland military base explained via Twitter that there had been plans for a "no-notice active shooter exercise in the late morning.""However, reports of a real-world active shooter situation at the medical facility were miscommunicated before the exercise was able ...

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Michelle Obama campaigns for girls' education in Madrid MADRID: US first lady Michelle Obama was joined by Spain's Queen Letizia in Madrid on Thursday on the last leg of a trip to promote girls' education in poorer countries and raise awareness of gender inequalities. Addressing about 600 young women, many of them students, Obama shared stories from visits to Liberia and Morocco and highlighted the struggle many girls there faced to go to school. "Every one of us has the power and obligation ...

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Obama offers US help after Istanbul attacks: White House OTTAWA: President Barack Obama on Wednesday offered US security assistance to Turkey after 41 people were killed in a suicide assault on Istanbul airport, the latest in a string of attacks to rock the US ally.Obama telephoned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "to express his deep condolences on behalf of the American people," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with the US leader to a summit in Ottawa."In the context of that call, he ...

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UN to beef up Mali peace mission UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Wednesday decided to strengthen peacekeeping operations in Mali following a spate of attacks targeting blue helmets serving in the UN's deadliest mission.The council unanimously backed a French-drafted resolution that provides for 2,500 extra troops and police to be deployed in the mission known as MINUSMA, along with modern equipment and quick-reaction forces.French Ambassador Francois Delattre said the measure "provides MINUSMA with a more robust mandate" with more troops ...

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Obama to make first campaign stop with Clinton next week: official WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will hit the campaign trail for the first time with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in North Carolina, her staff announced."In Charlotte, President Obama and Hillary Clinton will discuss building on the progress we've made and their vision for an America that is stronger together," Clinton's campaign said in a statement.Their debut joint campaign appearance for the 2016 election had been scheduled for June 15 but was ...