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President Donald Trump speaks about Turkey as he arrives at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Foreign policy ‘realists’ cheer Trump’s Syria withdrawal: ‘Not only appropriate, but overdue’

- The Washington Times

Some U.S. foreign policy “realists” are cheering on President Trump’s recent course change in the Middle East, saying that despite its clumsy implementation, the move cuts through contradictions at the heart of the American policy and puts the onus of regional powers to resolve Syria’s eight-year-civil war and prevent an Islamic State resurgence there.

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FILE - In this April 11, 2019 file photo, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner gestures from a police car as he visits the Neuhof district of Strasbourg, eastern France. One person is in French custody on preliminary terrorism charges after threatening a Sept. 11-style plane hijacking and attack. Christophe Castaner said on France-2 television Thursday Oct. 17, 2019 night that the person was arrested Sept. 26 while "in the process of planning" such an attack. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)

France: Person arrested in Sept. 11-style attack threat

- Associated Press

A young man flagged for Islamic radicalism is in French custody on preliminary terrorism charges after threatening a Sept. 11-style plane hijacking and attack, authorities said Friday.

White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announces that the G7 will be held at Trump National Doral, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House: Ukraine aid held up partly over election probe

- Associated Press

The White House acknowledged that President Donald Trump's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a shifting new explanation about events at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

A construction worker's gloved hand is seen through a portion of the 30-foot tall bollard fence as work continues on the U.S./Mexico border fence two miles east of the Lukeville, Arizona port of entry on Oct. 8, 2019. An effort to overturn the president's direction of emergency funding for border-wall construction fell short of passage on Oct. 17 in the Senate. Photo taken from Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico. (Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star via AP) **FILE**

Trump's use of military money for wall survives Senate test

- Associated Press

The Senate voted Thursday to sustain President Donald Trump's veto of Democratic-sponsored legislation reversing his raid of military base project money to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announces that the G7 will be held at Trump National Doral, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House: Ukraine aid held up in part over election probe

- Associated Press

The White House acknowledged Thursday that President Donald Trump's decision to hold up military aid to Ukraine was linked to his demand that Kyiv investigate the Democratic National Committee and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, a shifting new explanation about events at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.