October 18, 2018

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Islamic State convoy in Syria appears to have turned back, U.S.-led coalition says

Islamic State convoy in Syria appears to have turned back, U.S.-led coalition saysBy Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) - A convoy of Islamic State fighters appears to have turned back after U.S.-led airstrikes thwarted its attempt to reach territory held by the militant group in eastern Syria, the head of U.S.-led forces fighting Islamic State said on Thursday. More than 300 lightly armed IS fighters and about 300 family members were evacuated from Syria's western border with Lebanon under a ceasefire agreement involving the ultra-hardline group, the Syrian army and the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah.


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US orders Russia to close consulate in San Francisco, and buildings in Washington and New York

US orders Russia to close consulate in San Francisco, and buildings in Washington and New YorkThe United States is requiring Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two buildings in Washington, and New York, the State Department said. It was a response to the Kremlin's decision to shrink the US diplomatic mission in Russia. Last month Moscow ordered the United States to cut its diplomatic and technical staff in Russia by more than half, to 455 people, after Congress overwhelmingly approved new sanctions against Russia. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said : "We believe this action was unwarranted and detrimental to the overall relationship between our countries. "In the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians, we are requiring the Russian Government to close its Consulate General in San Francisco, a chancery annex in Washington, and a consular annex in New York City. "These closures will need to be accomplished by September 2." Trump thanks Putin for cutting US diplomatic staff in Russia 00:34 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed "regret at the escalation of tensions". US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Mr Lavrov to relay the decision, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. "In response the minister expressed regret at the escalation of tensions in bilateral relations," the Russian foreign ministry said. "Moscow will examine the new measures announced by the Americans in detail after which our reaction will be announced."


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More fires expected after blast at Arkema's flooded Texas plant

More fires expected after blast at Arkema's flooded Texas plantBy Ben Gruber CROSBY, Texas (Reuters) - Chemical maker Arkema SA said it expected more fires after two explosions hit its flooded plant 25 miles (40 km)northeast of Houston on Thursday, sickening more than a dozen law enforcement personnel and prompting an evacuation of the surrounding area. Meanwhile, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said on Thursday afternoon it had launched an investigation into the explosions and fires at the 49-year-old chemical plant in Crosby, Texas. In a press call with reporters and a statement on Facebook, board Chairwoman Vanessa Allen Sutherland said the independent federal agency would begin its probe with requests for documents from the chemical maker and would not deploy to the site of the explosions until emergency response activities were completed and the facility was deemed safe.


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