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You're fired! Trump administration official axed after criticizing The Donald [Video]

WASHINGTON — A senior Trump administration official was fired following criticism in a private speech of President Donald Trump’s policies and his inner circle of advisers.
Craig Deare, whom Trump appointed a month ago to head the National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere division, was on Friday escorted out of the Executive Office Building, where he worked in Washington.
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France warns Russia not to meddle in election

PARIS - France's foreign minister is denouncing possible Russian meddling in the French presidential campaign as "unacceptable."
Jean-Marc Ayrault, in an interview published Sunday in newspaper Journal du Dimanche, said Russia appears to be targeting centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, while favouring more pro-Russia candidates such as conservative Francois Fillon and nationalist Marine Le Pen.
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UN Syria envoy seeks momentum in upcoming Geneva talks

MUNICH -- The U.N. envoy for Syria says he's hoping upcoming peace talks in Geneva produce new momentum and that much depends upon the position the U.S. decides to take.
Staffan de Mistura said Sunday "the big question mark is where is the U.S.
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Texas hunters charged after claiming immigrants shot them

PRESIDIO, Texas -- Two hunters accused in a shooting on a Texas ranch near the Mexican border had told authorities they were attacked by immigrants who had entered the U.S. illegally.
Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez told Odesa television KOSA that a grand jury indicted Michael Bryant and Walker Daugherty on charges of using deadly conduct by discharging firearms in the direction of others.
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Israeli leader lauds 'new day' in relations with Trump's U.S.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, Pool)
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U.S. slams Russia for recognizing Ukrainian rebel documents

MOSCOW -- The United States says it is disturbed by Russia's decision to recognize passports and other documents issued by rebel authorities in eastern Ukraine.
The recognition, in an order signed by President Vladimir Putin that was announced Saturday, "is alarming and contradicts the agreed-upon goals of the Minsk Agreement," the U.S.
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Report: Israeli PM turned down regional peace initative

JERUSALEM -- An Israeli newspaper reported Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-American Secretary of State John Kerry, in apparent contradiction to his stated goal of involving regional powers in resolving Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.
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SpaceX rocket launches from NASA’s moon pad

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s historic moonshot pad is back in business.
A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off Sunday morning from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. It was visible for just seconds before ducking into clouds on its way to the International Space Station, with a load of supplies.
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Identifying poison the hardest part in North Korean assassination

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- A paranoid dictator's estranged brother. Two young female assassins. A crowded international airport. And a mysterious poison that kills within hours.
It's the perfect recipe for a thrilling cloak-and-dagger spy novel.
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Senior Trump appointee fired after criticism

WASHINGTON -- A senior Trump administration official was fired following criticism in a private speech of U.S. President Donald Trump's policies and his inner circle of advisers.
Craig Deare, whom Trump appointed a month ago to head the National Security Council's Western Hemisphere division, was on Friday escorted out of the Executive Office Building, where he worked in Washington.
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Thousands of police seek Buddhist monk at Thai temple

PATHUM THANI, Thailand -- Police in Thailand who spent three days in an orderly but unsuccessful search of a vast Buddhist temple for a prominent monk accused of financial wrongdoing kept up the pressure Sunday, sending fresh forces to confront devotees and monks at the compound's gates.
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Native Americans hope Trump's 'America first' helps first Americans

BOSTON -- Native Americans hope President Donald Trump doesn't forget America's first inhabitants as he promises to put "America first."
Tribes have been reaching out to the Republican administration since it took office last month, saying they're ready to help it meet its campaign promises of improving the economy and creating more jobs for Americans.
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Blast in Somalia kills at least 20 in Mogadishu marketplace

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- A car bomb blast at a marketplace Somalia's capital has killed at least 20 people and injured 50 others, said a local Somali official.
The blast by a car bomb parked near a restaurant went off at a busy time when shoppers and traders were gathered inside the market, said district commissioner Ahmed Abdulle.
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