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Where does the U.S. have troops in Africa, and why?


The deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger earlier this month — and the ensuing controversy surrounding President Trump’s calls to their families — has thrust a little-discussed country into the spotlight, and could lead to a reevaluation of the U.S. presence on the African continent more generally. The Pentagon …

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Funeral held for soldier killed in Niger ambush


Last Updated Oct 21, 2017 2:06 PM EDT COOPER CITY, Fla. — Sgt. La David Johnson will be laid to rest on Saturday as loved ones gathered for the fallen soldier’s funeral in Cooper City, Florida. Family members and friends of Johnson, who was 25, gathered at Christ The Rock Church …

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Spain takes dramatic step to take control of Catalonia


BARCELONA, Spain — The Spanish government moved decisively Saturday to use a previously untapped constitutional power so it can take control of Catalonia and derail the independence movement led by separatist politicians in the prosperous industrial region.  Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said after a special Cabinet session that he …

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Typhoon Lan expected to lash Japan this weekend


A typhoon with 115 mph winds is spinning toward Japan and is expected to lash the country this weekend, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said Friday. Typhoon Lan is expected to make landfall Sunday south of Tokyo as a typhoon, NASA reported.  “It will likely rain very heavily in the Nansei island …

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