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Debate Over Abortion, as 45th Pro-Life Rally Takes Place in Washington

The 45th annual March for Life rally takes place Friday in Washington. President Trump says he will speak at the anti-abortion event from the White House. The rally also coincides with the 45th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, a Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States. Pro-choice …

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New Trump Office Would Protect Conscience Rights of Doctors

WASHINGTON —  Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. Leading Democrats and LGBT groups immediately denounced the move, saying “conscience protections” could …

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Russia Accuses Washington of Leaking Diplomats’ Bank Details

MOSCOW —  Russia’s foreign ministry on Thursday accused U.S. officials of leaking to the media confidential financial details of Russian diplomats working in the United States, and demanded that those responsible be punished. U.S. media outlet Buzzfeed reported this week that U.S. officials investigating allegations of Kremlin interference in the …

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Trump Visits Pentagon to Show Support for Military

PENTAGON —  On a visit to the Pentagon, President Donald Trump has criticized Congress’ handling of the budget and cautioned that a potential government shutdown would be the “worst thing” for military development. A short-term funding bill expires at midnight on Friday night, causing the federal government to shut down …

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Turkey says US ‘Inconsistent’ on Syrian Border Force

ANKARA —  Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Thursday the United States has made inconsistent statements about its plans to create a Kurdish-led Syrian border guard and called on Washington to stand with Turkey against the emergence of such a force. Turkey has reacted angrily to the U.S.-led coalition’s stated …

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Syria Responds to Tillerson’s US Military Engagement Pledge

STATE DEPARTMENT —  Syria’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday the U.S. military’s presence in Syria is an act of aggression and a violation of sovereignty. The comments came after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined plans in a speech Wednesday for the United States to remain engaged diplomatically and militarily …

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