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Pentagon asks Congress to limit Afghanistan trips

The Pentagon has asked Congress to limit official travel to Afghanistan during a new fighting season so helicopters and other support would be available for military use rather than to transport lawmakers, a senior military official said Friday. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Ashton …

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Obama departs for Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama is beginning a visit to Saudi Arabia at a time of strained relations between the US and Gulf countries. As well as meeting King Salman, he will sit with leaders from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter is on the trip with him. …

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Ecuador quake toll at 272, ‘certain to rise’

The biggest earthquake in Ecuador in decades has killed 272 people — but that toll will ‘certainly’ rise even further, the president said as overwhelmed rescuers struggled to pull survivors out of the destruction. The 7.8-magnitude quake struck the small, oil-producing South American nation late Saturday, shattering hotels and homes …

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Afghanistan still on top of NATO agenda

NATO Chief has said that Afghanistan was still high on its agenda as Obama called NATO as an effective partner in the war against terrorism. “Afghanistan is high on our agenda. Afghanistan is our biggest military operation ever,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday after his meeting with …

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