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Trump aides struggle for new strategy for Afghan war
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump and his top national security aides huddled in the seclusion of Camp David on Friday, trying to formulate an effective new Afghanistan strategy after 16 frustrating years of war....

Soothing the nation? Trump struggles like no other president
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For Susan Bro, mother of the woman killed at a rally organized by white supremacists, the president of the United States can offer no healing words....

Ousted: Trump pushes out controversial aide Steve Bannon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Steve Bannon, the blunt-spoken and divisive strategist who rose from Donald Trump's conservative campaign to a top White House post, was pushed out by the president Friday, capping a turbulent seven months that now has seen the departure of much of his senior staff....

Tillerson condemns hate speech, says bigotry is un-American
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is condemning hate speech and bigotry as un-American and antithetical to the values the U.S. was founded on and promotes abroad....

Dems risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response
ATLANTA (AP) -- President Donald Trump's widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war....

US: Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Senior U.S. military leaders said Friday that Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State extremists after closing out the wrenching nine-month battle to retake the city of Mosul....

Charlottesville exposes new threat for college campuses
BOSTON (AP) -- On college campuses, white supremacists and other far-right extremist groups see fertile ground to spread their messages and recruit followers. But for many colleges, last weekend's deadly attack at a rally near the University of Virginia exposed a new threat....

Arpaio pardon would refute key theme in immigration debate
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona politicians have invoked the "rule of law" for more than a decade as the guiding principle in pushing for tougher immigration laws, arguing that no one - no matter who you are - is above the law....

Senior officer on damaged ship to be relieved of command
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The captain of a Navy warship that lost seven sailors in a collision with a commercial container ship in June will be relieved of command and nearly a dozen others face punishment, the Navy's second-ranking admiral said Thursday....

US condemns Spanish attack, pledges justice for terrorists
BRIDGWATER, N.J. (AP) -- The United States swiftly condemned Thursday's deadly attack in Barcelona and offered assistance to authorities in Spain....

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