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Trump order would ban most transgender troops from serving

Trump order would ban most transgender troops from serving

Int’l Desk President Donald Trump released an order Friday night banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under “limited circumstances,” following up on his calls last year to ban transgender individuals from serving. The White House said retaining troops with a history or diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” — those who may require


Turkish fire on Syria’s Afrin kills 18 civilians: monitor

Turkish artillery fire on the Kurdish- majority enclave of Afrin in northern Syria killed at least 18 civilians on Friday, a monitor said. “Since midnight (2200 GMT Thursday), 18 civilians, including five children, were killed by Turkish artillery fire on the city of Afrin,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. “There is fighting on


Fallen bridge: As victims are found officials seek answers

As Florida authorities work to identify the people who died in Thursday’s catastrophic bridge collapse, state and federal investigators will begin the task of figuring out how and why the five-day-old span failed. Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Downey said Thursday night that his crew is using high-tech listening devices, trained sniffing dogs and search


German parliament confirms Chancellor Merkel for fourth term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, bruised by half a year of post-election coalition haggling, was Wednesday elected by parliament to her fourth and likely final term at the helm of Europe’s biggest economy. Lawmakers in Berlin’s glass-domed Reichstag voted 364-315 with nine abstentions for Merkel who was then to be formally appointed by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier