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Here’s the latest for Monday August 3rd: More negotiations over coronavirus relief package; Prison attacked in eastern Afghanistan; Tropical Storm Isaias moving north; Wildfire spreading east of Los Angeles.

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Residents clean up debris after floods ravage Afghan village | AFP

Residents of a village in eastern Afghanistan pick up debris and clean up after flash floods swept through the area, killing at least 15 children and a woman, according to an official, and destroying dozens of houses.

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Trump calls Russia bounties report another ‘hoax’

President Donald Trump said Friday he believes reports that Russia was paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American troops in Afghanistan “is another Russian hoax.” (July 31)

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Kabul: US envoy meets Afghanistan’s Ghani ahead of Eid ceasefire | AFP

US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad holds talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani after arriving in Kabul as part of a regional tour to push the peace process with the Taliban. On July 28, the Taliban insurgents and the Afghan government agreed on a temporary ceasefire, the third in nearly 19 years, over the Eid al-Adha Muslim festival. of Zalmay Khalilzad, Ashraf Ghani and other officials

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‘We want peace forever’: Kabul residents react to Taliban ceasefire | AFP

Locals in the Afghanistan capital react to a three-day ceasefire proposed by the Taliban and agreed by Kabul. The agreement raises hopes long-delayed peace talks between the two foes could begin next week. “We want peace forever,” said shopkeeper Ali, “We have the right to live in peace like other countries.”

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Trump won’t talk bounties; touts ‘very good’ polls

President Donald Trump refused to say whether reports of Russian bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan came up during his phone call with President Vladimir Putin Thursday. He also dismissed recent poll numbers showing him trailing Joe Biden. (July 27)

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Pelosi hits Trump on Russia after intel briefing

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly criticized President Donald Trump after U.S. intelligence chiefs conducted classified briefings for congressional leaders about intelligence assessments of Russian bounties to kill American troops in Afghanistan. (July 2)

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Blood, sweat and tears go into ‘The Outpost’

“The Outpost,” which depicts the Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan in 2009, endured a fraught production with the sudden death of the director’s son before filming and star Scott Eastwood breaking his ankle. (July 2)

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Trump on Russian bounties: ‘I think it’s a hoax’

In an interview with Fox Business Network, President Donald Trump, called intelligence assessments on Russian bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan a “hoax.” (July 1)

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WH officials defend Russia bounty intel response

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says President Donald Trump has faith in his National Security adviser and the intelligence community’s handling of assessments that Russia offered bounties for killing US troops in Afghanistan. (July 1)

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Pompeo defends response to Russian bounty reports

Mike Pompeo defended the administration’s response to the intelligence assessments that suggested Russia had offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan, saying it was handled “incredibly well” to ensure the safety of U.S. troops. (July 1)

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Pompeo says US taking Russian actions in Afghanistan ‘seriously’ | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Russia have been “putting Americans at risk for ten years” in Afghanistan and they “took seriously and handled appropriately” the intelligence over alleged Russian bounties to target US troops in Afghanistan. SOUNDBITE

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Pompeo doesn’t rule out inviting Putin to expanded G7 summit | AFP

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves the door open to President Vladimir Putin attending a US summit but insists the administration has been firm over Moscow’s activities in Afghanistan. President Donald Trump “gets to decide if he wants him to come to a summit or not. That’s his decision,” Pompeo tells reporters. SOUNDBITE

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Afghan War Veteran reacts to Russian bounties

A U.S. Veteran who served in Afghanistan is sharing his perspectives on US officials confirming that Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the death of American soldiers. (June 30)

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GOP questions reports of Russian bounties

Some Senate Republicans are questioning the media reports that Russia offered bounties for killing American troops in Afghanistan. Some who have been briefed on the claims say they’ve concluded they aren’t corroborated. (June 30)

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WH: Trump now briefed on Russian bounty intel

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says that President Donald Trump has been briefed on allegations that Russia offered bounties for killing American troops in Afghanistan, a day after saying he hadn’t because it had not been verified. (June 30)

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AP Top Stories June 30 A

Here’s the latest for Tuesday, June 30th: Republicans, Democrats want consequences for Russia over Afghanistan reports; Arizona closing many public places; California fire destroys multiple homes; Boeing 737 Max test flight.

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Duckworth decries Trump inaction on bounty report

Former combat veteran Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth is condemning the inaction of President Donald Trump over reports that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan. (June 29)

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WH denies Trump briefed about US troop bounties

The White House says President Donald Trump was not made aware of US intelligence officials’ conclusion that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan. (June 29)

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Trump denies he was briefed on Russia-Taliban bounty intelligence | AFP

US President Donald Trump denied Sunday he had been briefed on intelligence that reportedly showed Russia had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing US soldiers in Afghanistan. In a pair of early morning tweets, Trump angrily slammed the report by The New York Times as “Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia Hoax.” ANIMATED TWEET IMAGES

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