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‘President Donald Trump on Monday promised a “historic” $54bn increase in the US defense budget as he met with state governors at the White House.

“This budget follows through on my promise on keeping Americans safe,” he said.

“It will include a historic increase in defense spending.”

His comments come a day before he addresses a joint session of Congress, an important agenda setting event for new presidents.

The New York Times reported that Trump will instruct the government agencies Monday to put together the outlines of a budget that will include deep cuts in domestic spending.

Trump will need to make those cuts to pay for a military buildup and to preserve pensions and health insurance for the elderly as he promised during the campaign.’

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‘A documentary film praising Syria’s White Helmets, a rescue group hailed as heroes and saviors by the MSM, amid allegations of having ties with terrorist organizations, has won the Oscar for best documentary short feature.

“The White Helmets,” a 40-minute documentary, marks first Oscar win for director Orlando von Einsiedel.

The film revolves around the “perilous work of volunteers who brave falling bombs to rescue civilians from the carnage of Syria’s civil war,” the description on its Netflix page says.

A synopsis, published on the Oscars website, reveals that the film is set “in the chaos of war-torn Syria” where “unarmed and neutral civilian volunteers known as ‘the white helmets’ comb through the rubble after bombings to rescue survivors.”

Patrick Henningsen, a geopolitical analyst at 21st Century Wire.com in an earlier interview to RT late last month explained how the footage was obtained.’

Read more: Film about Syrian White Helmets wins Oscar amid allegations of terrorist ties (Well, you can get an Oscar for acting)

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‘Turkey has cut off the Euphrates River flow to Northern Syria, leaving Tishrin dam and its hydropower plant non-operational in Eastern Aleppo to stop operation.

According to Hawar news “People in North of Syria particularly in Kobanî canton and Manbij are suffering from cutting off the electricity as the Turkish government cut off Euphrates water which reduced water level in Tishrin Dam Lake, and therefore, the power cut off on many North Syria areas.”

“Since Friday night, the power totally has been cut off after ceasing Tishrin Dam from generating electricity,” the local website reported. Soon, the management of Tishrin Dam released a statement and made the reasons of cutting off the electricity clear.

Jahineh news reported that Turkey has closed off the flow of water in the Euphrates River that runs from its Southern territories to Northern Syria.’

Read more: Turkey Cutting Euphrates River Flow to Syria: Crime against Humanity, Violation of UN Water Convention

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‘A busy East London street has been evacuated after a World War II bomb was discovered. Shoreditch High Street has now been closed off and nearby buildings evacuated.

Witnesses described seeing a swarm of police vehicles in the area and bomb squads racing down the street, the Evening Standard reports.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson told the newspaper that police are investigating an unexploded World War II shell at the scene.’

Read more: World War 2 Bomb discovered in East London prompts massive evacuation – reports

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‘Around 80 per cent of the aircraft and personnel at the Culdrose base in Cornwall are already taking part in operations or at a high level of readiness to deploy around the world.

The Royal Naval Air Station’s annual Air Day is one of the biggest of its kind in the UK and attracts tens of thousands of visitors to see what goes on behind the scenes at the base near Helston. However, commanding officer Captain Dan Stembridge said it simply wasn’t possible this year.

“We have had to make the regrettable decision to not hold an Air Day this year in order to focus our resources on delivering our primary roles – to protect the strategic nuclear deterrent, support counter terrorism and be ready to defend the Royal Navy’s carrier task groups,” he said.’

Read more: Royal Navy forced to cancel Cornwall air show due to lack of personnel

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‘An armed man has set off an improvised explosive device (IED) in the courtyard of a government building in the Indonesian city of Bandung but has been killed in a shootout with police afterwards.

The explosion of the homemade bomb occurred on Monday at around 09:00 (0200 GMT) in the West Java city. No one was injured or killed in the blast.

Police said the man arrived at the government building on a motorbike and placed a pressure cooker bomb on a table in a corner of the courtyard. After the explosion, he ran into the government office and the gunfight started. The attacker was later shot and killed by police.’

Read more: Homemade bomb explodes in Indonesian city, one attacker killed

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‘Washington may deploy its high-tech THAAD antiballistic-missile system in South Korea in June – earlier than expected, local media report. Up to nine truck-mounted launchers, each with eight interceptors, could be mobilized.

To deploy the THAAD, the South Korean Defense Ministry plans take over the land in Lotte Skyhill Country Club’s golf course in Seongju County, located some 300 kilometers south of Seoul, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday.

While the exact number of launchers has not yet been announced, sources told Yonhap that the THAAD unit will have between four to nine truck-mounted launchers, each with eight interceptors. The battery will allegedly boast powerful ‘X-band’ AN/TPY-2 radar capable of detecting incoming missiles at great distances.

Seoul originally planned to sign the deal to take over the golf course in January, but plans stalled over strong objections to the deployment from Beijing. The ministry is now reportedly saying that the plan is being sped up.’

Read more: US may send THAAD missile defense system to S. Korea in June over China’s objections – local media

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‘Manama says at least four Bahraini officers have been wounded as an explosion ripped through a police bus south of the capital.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement posted on its Twitter page that the bombing took place close to the village of Jaww located on the southeastern coast of Bahrain, which is home to the kingdom’s main prison.

The statement further said those wounded “are in a stable condition,” adding that “necessary steps are being taken,” without providing further details.

No individual or group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.’

Read more: Explosion leaves four policemen injured in Bahrain: Interior Ministry

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‘The Australian government joined the widely unpopular Iraq War in 2003 – deploying troops, warships, and combat aircraft – solely to boost its relationship with George W. Bush’s White House, a declassified Australian army paper has revealed.

A report, written by Dr. Albert Palazzo of the Australian Army’s Directorate of Army Research and Analysis (DARA) between 2008 and 2011, was accessed by Fairfax Media and cited by the Sydney Morning Herald. DARA is a branch of the Australian Army Headquarters and serves as the Army’s think tank

The 572-page declassified document provides enough evidence to prove that then Prime Minister John Howard joined former US President George W. Bush in invading Iraq only to strengthen Canberra’s ties with Washington.

It also gives insight into how the political decision to enter the unpopular war was made – Howard’s statements about enforcing UN resolutions, combatting global terrorism, and contributing to the post-war reconstruction of Iraq were dismissed in Palazzo’s report as “mandatory rhetoric.”’

Read more: Australia joined 2003 Iraq War solely to boost ties with Bush – army think-tank

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