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FILE – U.S. Rear Adm. Kevin Sweeney is pictured in January 2014 aboard a French aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Oman, during joint U.S.-French operations.

Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney resigns

The Pentagon chief of staff Kevin Sweeney has resigned from his position less than a month after US President Donald Trump announced that American forces would leave Syria.

Mitt Romney questions Donald Trump’s character

Incoming Senator Mitt Romney issued harsh criticism of President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying he “has not risen to the mantle of the office.”
US President Donald Trump has agreed to allow about four months for the US military to pull its troops out of Syria, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing administration officials.

Report: US president Donald Trump gives four months for Syria troop pull-out

US President Donald Trump has agreed to allow about four months for the US military to pull its troops out of Syria, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing administration officials.
The Taliban has refused to hold formal talks with the Western-backed Afghan government [File- Sergei Karpukhin-Reuters]

Taliban rejects Afghanistan’s peace talk offer

The Taliban has rejected Kabul's offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the armed group, fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan, will meet the United States officials to further peace efforts, a Taliban leader said.
President Donald Trump has been a long-time climate change denier, suggesting that the concept was “created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”

Donald Trump names James Mattis’ replacement

US President Donald Trump has forced Defence Secretary James Mattis to leave his post early, appointing an acting successor to take over in the new year.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis resigns

Gen Mattis, 68, will leave the job in February. President Trump has not immediately named a successor, but said one would be appointed shortly.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

Russia: US ignoring attempts to discuss nuclear disagreements

Russia wants to sit down with Pentagon officials for “open and specific” talks on alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.
A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on November 19, 2018, shows Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending a speech given by his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz while addressing the Shura council, a top advisory body, in the capital Riyadh. (Photo by Bandar AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP) /

Argentina pressed to probe Saudi prince over Yemen, Khashoggi

Argentina has been asked to investigate Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for possible war crimes in Yemen and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Zalmay Khalilzad

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

Taliban officials have held three days of talks with the United States' special representative for Afghanistan in Qatar, Zalmay Khalilzad, aimed at renewing the peace process in the war-torn country, an official of the armed group said.
The Saudi-UAE military alliance at war with Yemen's Houthis says it bombed Sanaa International Airport and an adjoining airbase which were allegedly being used to launch drone and ballistic missile attacks.

Saudi-UAE alliance attack airbase, missile sites in Yemen capital

The Saudi-UAE military alliance at war with Yemen's Houthis says it bombed Sanaa International Airport and an adjoining airbase which were allegedly being used to launch drone and ballistic missile attacks.
Jamal Khashoggi

Republican Senators urge Donald Trump to suspend nuclear talks with Saudi Arabia

A group of Republican senators asked U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday to suspend civilian nuclear talks with Saudi Arabia after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi actions in Yemen and Lebanon.
Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa has said a planned Gulf security alliance, expected to include Egypt, will be formed by next year.

Bahrain: ‘Arab NATO’ to be formed by next year

Bahrain's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa has said a planned Gulf security alliance, expected to include Egypt, will be formed by next year.
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir speaks during the second day of the 14th Manama Dialogue, Security Summit in Manama, Bahrain. Hamad l Mohammed - Reuters

Adel al Jubeir: Global outcry over Jamal Khashoggi killing ‘hysterical’

The international outcry over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has become "hysterical", a top Saudi official has said.
The US military has no plans to suspend major military exercises with South Korea, James Mattis, the US defece secretary, said on Tuesday. AFP

Jim Mattis: US to continue military drills with South Korea

The US military has no plans to suspend major military exercises with South Korea, James Mattis, the US defece secretary, said on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump at the White House.

Donald Trump: Despite differences, I respect Senator McCain

U.S. President Donald Trump has released a statement on the death of John McCain after reports emerged that he rejected White House statement praising the late senator.
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis hosts an enhanced honor cordon welcoming German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen at the Pentagon on June 20, 2018 in Washington,DC. | AFP PHOTO | Nicholas Kamm

Pentagon chief indicts Russia over 2016 US presidential election

The Russian Government was responsible for the attacks on the U.S. election process in 2016, U.S. Secretary of Defence, Gen. James Mattis, has declared.
James Mattis has been seen as a reassuring presence in Washington by America’s allies, alarmed by some of the president’s unilateral actions and disparaging remarks. Chip Somodevilla|Getty Images

US vows ‘strong defensive stance’ on North Korea

US Defense Secretary James Mattis pledged Friday to maintain and strengthen the US security alliance with Japan amid fears that talks with North Korea could water down Washington’s longstanding security commitments in the region.

United States to reduce troops in Africa

The United States is considering to reduce by half its counter-terrorism troops based in Africa over the next three years.

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Ibadan polytechnic graduate jailed for impersonation

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