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Pentagon chief vows ‘unshakeable commitment’ to NATO

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis reassured NATO allies that Washington had an “unshakeable commitment” to the military alliance, despite President Donald Trump previously deriding the organization as “obsolete.”

Thai court muzzles media as trafficking defence begins

Dozens of people including a general arrested in Thailand’s crackdown on human trafficking appeared in court on Tuesday to begin presenting their defence but journalists were barred from reporting trial proceedings.

UN warns west Mosul civilians at ‘extreme risk’

The estimated 750,000 people living in jihadist-controlled west Mosul are in grave danger, the United Nations warned on Tuesday, 100 days into a massive Iraqi operation to retake the city.

Opposition leader quits DRCongo for medical treatment

Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi headed Tuesday to Belgium for medical treatment — just as his party is trying to negotiate a power-sharing deal following President Laurent Kabila’s refusal to step down.

Trump to thrive in Year of the Cock

US president Donald Trump will strut through the Year of the Rooster, thriving as Hong Kong geomancers predict 2017 will be marked by the arguments and aggression — characteristics attributed to the animal.