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Transgender people can enlist in the U.S. military on Jan. 1

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's opposition.
The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand to ban transgender individuals from the military.
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Victory over Islamic State declared, worry is now guerrilla warfare

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Putin lands in Egypt in sign of growing ties

CAIRO -- Russian President Vladimir Putin, making his second visit to Egypt in as many years, held talks Monday with his Egyptian counterpart on their countries' rapidly expanding ties.
Egypt's general-turned-president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, has visited Russia three times since the ouster of his Islamist predecessor in 2013.
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Women who accuse Trump of sexual misconduct call for Capitol Hill investigation

Three women who have previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment shared their stories Monday on NBC's Megyn Kelly Today.
Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks told of alleged harassment by Trump spanning decades.
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Putin visits Egypt in sign of growing ties

CAIRO -- Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Egypt on Monday, where he signed a deal to advance plans for a nuclear reactor but disappointed his hosts by delaying the resumption of direct flights that were suspended after the 2015 bombing of a Russian passenger plane.
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Ex-contractor says he shut Trump's Twitter account by accident

The contractor who shut down Donald Trump's Twitter account has told Reuters he did so by mistake, but says he believes some of the U.S. president's recent tweets breach the social network's ban on hate speech.
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Israel urges EU to follow Trump's lead on Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday urged the European Union to follow Donald Trump's lead and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but EU ministers shook their heads at the U.S. president's move.
Netanyahu, arriving for a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, said Trump's declaration made peace in the Middle East possible "because recognizing reality is the substance of peace, the foundation of peace.
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Man, 24, arrested for trying to climb Buckingham Palace wall

London police say they have arrested a 24-year-old-man who allegedly tried to climb a wall outside Buckingham Palace on Sunday night.
The Metropolitan Police said Monday the suspect didn't have any weapons on him and "the incident is not being treated as terrorist related.
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Criminal charges possible in Grenfell Tower fire in London, inquiry hears

London police are considering a variety of criminal charges related to the June fire at Grenfell Tower that left 71 people dead.
Police told an inquiry Monday that the possible charges include misconduct in public office, manslaughter, corporate manslaughter and breaches of fire safety regulation.
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Judge warns Manafort: No more op-eds about federal case

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge is warning U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman that he shouldn't be trying his case in the press. That includes drafting opinion essays published in other countries.
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Arrest made as NYC police investigate explosion in midtown Manhattan

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that a man had a pipe bomb strapped to him when it went off on a New York City subway platform this morning.
The explosion happened around 7:30 a.m.
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Former Georgian president Saakashvili appears in court in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president turned opposition leader in Ukraine, appeared in court Monday in the Ukrainian capital for a hearing on whether he should continue to be held in custody.
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Suspect, 3 others injured in 'attempted terrorist attack' at NYC transit hub

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that a man had a pipe bomb strapped to him when it went off on a New York City subway platform this morning.
The explosion happened around 7:30 a.m.
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