Syria opposition says U.N. can't pick delegates to peace talks

Syria’s main opposition body said on Wednesday it would be “unacceptable” for the United Nations to choose opposition delegates to the next round of peace talks in Geneva planned for this month. The armed opposition separately stated that no outsiders could choose Syrian representatives to talks, and that it would not accept invitations to negotiations which did not lead to ...

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Trump adopts aggressive posture toward Iran after missile launch

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said the United States was officially putting Iran on notice on Wednesday over its “destabilizing activity” after it test-fired a ballistic missile over the weekend. “As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice,” Flynn told a White House briefing, without explaining exactly what that meant. Flynn said the ballistic missile ...

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Pentagon auditor says U.S. military did not falsify intelligence

A Pentagon report published on Wednesday found that leaders at U.S. Central Command, which oversees combat operation in the Middle East and South Asia, did not distort or exaggerate progress being made in the fight against Islamic State militants. The findings contradict a Republican congressional report last year that said Central Command painted too rosy a picture of the fight ...

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One dead, one hurt in U.S. Air Force training accident

One person was killed and another hurt during a U.S. Air Force live-fire training accident involving F-16 fighter planes in New Mexico, authorities said on Wednesday. The mishap took place at about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at a White Sands Missile Range training ground, Holloman Air Force Base said in a statement. The incident involved a ground control party and ...

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Trump blasts media at Black History Month event

Pastor Darrell Scott speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young Related 0SHARESShare Tweet

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Four hostages taken, two released at Delaware prison

Hostages were taken at a men’s prison in Delaware and the facility was locked down on Wednesday, a state Department of Correction spokeswoman said. The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in the town of Smyrna, about 40 miles (64 km) south of Wilmington, was locked down between 10:30 a.m. ET and 11 a.m. ET (1530-1600 GMT), spokeswoman Jayme Gravell said. ...

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Fecal Transplants May Improve Autism By Targeting Gut Bacteria

To treat brain disorders like autism, scientists increasingly are targeting a different part of the body: the gut.  Imbalances in the gut microbiome ― the community of trillions of bacteria living in the digestive tract ― have been linked with mental and neurological disorders, including anxiety , depression , obsessive-compulsive disorder  and Parkinson’s disease . Now, medical researchers are looking  into ways of improving the ...

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Government Employees To Trump: Censoring Science Will End With Leaks

A national alliance of government employees, including state and federal scientists, warned President Donald Trump to protect scientific integrity or face a relentless wave of public backlash. Jeff Ruch , executive director of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility , urged Trump in a letter  Tuesday to take over President Barack Obama’s unfinished mission of improving standards for government scientists. ...

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Exercise May Be As Valuable As Good Genes In Lowering Dementia Risk

Everyone knows fitness is important, but it can be hard to measure exactly what role it plays in health. According to one new study, exercise may be as powerful an influence on disease risk as genetic predisposition ― at least when it comes to dementia.  The study found that older adults who reported being sedentary most of the time were just ...

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