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Here’s the latest for Thursday August 8th: 200 mayors want Senate to return to session, deal with gun legislation; Trump returns from Dayton, El Paso; 4 stabbed to death in Southern California; US Defense Sec. presented with horse in Mongolia.

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US Defense Sec. presented with horse in Mongolia

Mongolian Defense Minister Nyamaagiin Enkhbold presented US Defense Secretary Mark Esper with a horse on Thursday in Ulaanbaatar. Esper named the horse “Marshall,” for General George Marshall, who served as US Defense Secretary and Secretary of State. (Aug. 8)

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Here’s the latest for Thursday August 1st: Democratic presidential debate; North Korean weapons test; President Trump welcomes Mongolia’s President; Refinery fire and explosion near Houston.

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Siberia scrambles to contain swine fever after infected shipment

Russian authorities scramble to seize swine fever-infected sausages after getting test results from an eight-tonne shipment that had crossed the border from Mongolia. The agriculture watchdog in the Siberian region of Buryatia said in a press release it would destroy the infected meat that was imported on January 30. A store chain in Ulan-Ude, the region’s main city, was offering to give customers twice the amount they paid for any sausage returned.

Vostok 2018: Russia to conduct ‘largest-ever war games’

Russia is launching its largest military exercises since 1981. China and Mongolia are taking part too. But, as Murad Gazdiev reports, some see the drills as a rehearsal for a global war. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9cr0

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What Happens To North Korean Defectors After They Escape

More than 1,000 North Koreans try to escape the country every year. They risk being killed, imprisoned, or trafficked, as they escape through China, Mongolia, and different regions of southeast Asia. This is Yeon Mi Park. She escaped North Korea when she was just 13 years old.

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