Democrats in Congress immediately cried foul, with the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee suggesting that Steve Linick was fired in part in retaliation for opening an unspecified investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
President Maithripala Sirisena orders emergency for another 30 days, citing "public security," a month after deadly Easter bombings killed 258 people.
No sooner were officers spared the agony of having to defuse the mines of the 1980s US-Soviet war than they found themselves in the eye of a bitter, bomb-infested storm between the Taliban, the US and their country.
Trend in a new US watchdog report reflect what US military officials call a stalemated war, more than 17 years after US forces invaded following the September 11, 2001, attacks.
To appease protestors, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a reduction in taxes for pensioners and an increase the national minimum wage, but the mood on the ground hasn't changed much.
Donald Trump said he will "demand" the Justice Department to open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an order that came hours before his legal team said that the special counsel indicated its investigation.
Brazilian news agency Globo showed images of a burnt out white car in the Nova Iguacu neighbourhood where Kyriakos Amiridis went missing.
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