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No indication drone lost in Iran was shot down: Pentagon

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The Pentagon said Monday there is no indication that a US drone lost in Iranian territory was shot down, contradicting Tehran’s claims.

Iranian media said late Sunday that an RQ-170 unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down after making an incursion into Iran’s eastern airspace.

The RQ-170 Sentinel is a high-altitude stealth drone made by Lockheed Martin whose existence was revealed in 2009 by specialized reviews and later confirmed by the US Air Force in 2010.

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But Captain John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said “we don’t have any indication that the UAV that we know we no longer have was brought down by hostile activity of any kind.”

Shortly after the Iranian reports emerged, the NATO-led military force in Afghanistan said the drone reportedly shot down by Iran “may” belong to the United States and had been flying a mission over western Afghanistan.

The Pentagon declined to confirm what type of drone was involved or its current status.

“These are sensitive reconnaissance missions and we don’t talk about those missions,” spokesman George Little said.

The same model of reconnaissance aircraft was reportedly used in the US Navy SEALs operation in May that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

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Pointing to the possibility that Iran may try to retrieve the aircraft’s technology, Kirby acknowledged that “we’re always concerned when there’s an aircraft, whether it’s manned or unmanned, that we lose, particularly in a place where we’re not able to get to it.”


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Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year

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Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was chosen as Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2019, the magazine announced Wednesday.

The 16-year-old has found herself in the role of spokesperson for a generation haunted by climate emergency since her solo strike against global warming outside Sweden's parliament last year.

The magazine cover has a picture of Thunberg with the subtitle "The Power of Youth."

.@GretaThunberg is TIME's 2019 Person of the Year #TIMEPOY https://t.co/YZ7U6Up76v pic.twitter.com/SWALBfeGl6

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Ex-Bush official shreds Barr for serving Trump’s ‘authoritarian’ ambitions

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MSNBC's Elise Jordan busted Attorney General William Barr's hypocrisy on surveillance.

The "Morning Joe" contributor and former White House official in the George W. Bush administration, where Barr also served -- and helped build the surveillance state before going on to work for telecommunications companies that turned over customer data to the government.

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Blast damages hospital near biggest US base in Afghanistan

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At least one person was killed and dozens wounded when a bomb exploded close to the largest US military base in Afghanistan Wednesday, damaging homes and a hospital under construction near Bagram Airfield, officials said.

The attack -- which has not yet been claimed -- comes as Washington resumed talks with the Taliban on Saturday, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America's longest war.

"The explosion happened in front of the gate of the Korean hospital which is almost adjacent to Bagram airfield," Parwan governor spokeswoman Wahida Shahkar said, referring to the US airbase located north of Kabul, in Parwan province.

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