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Canadian man’s appeal to stop extradition to US over Iraq deaths denied

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An Iraqi-born Canadian man accused of helping to plan suicide bombings which left five American soldiers dead lost an appeal against his extradition to the United States on Monday.

Lawyers for Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa, who faces life in prison if eventually convicted, immediately vowed to take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

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‘Isa was indicted in New York federal court in 2011 on charges of conspiracy to murder Americans in his native Iraq, and providing material support for terrorism.

He was arrested in Canada the same year and subsequently ordered extradited to the United States to face a trial.

‘Isa however appealed the decision.

He maintained that he was wrongly denied access to a lawyer or interpreter on the day of his arrest, and that his brother and others were tortured into giving false information about him.

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The Alberta Court of Appeal in rejecting his appeal noted that the bulk of the evidence in the case was obtained from ‘Isa’s own statements to police, computer searches and wiretaps.

‘Isa is accused of having helped to organize two suicide bomb attacks using two trucks filled with explosives in Iraq that killed five US soldiers, several police officers and other Iraqis.

The United States alleges that he was a member of a “terrorist facilitation network” operating in Iraq, Libya, Tunisia and Syria, whose members recruited “jihadist” fighters in Tunisia and transported them into Iraq to execute attacks against US and coalition forces there, according to Canadian court documents.

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White House spokesperson ridiculed for ‘pathetic’ spin on Trump’s trade war admission: ‘Does she think we believe that?’

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Hours after Donald Trump blithely admitted that he had "second thoughts" about his trade war with China that has damaged the U.S. economy and helped set the stage for a possible recession, White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham was forced to issue a clarification about the president's comments.

Addressing Trump's G7 response about his tariffs, widely interpreted by the press as expressing some regret, Grisham issued a statement saying the president meant that he wished he had increased his market-destroying tariffs even more.

"The President was asked if he had ‘any second thought on escalating the trade war with China,'" White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham relayed. "His answer has been greatly misinterpreted. President Trump responded in the affirmative - because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher."

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Here is why Trump is obsessed with Greenland

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They say that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. Remember that President Harry Truman tried to purchase Greenland in 1946; now, in 2019, President Donald Trump is trying to do the same thing.

This article first appeared in Salon.

To be clear, Trump’s farcical, “absurd” idea — to borrow the adjective used by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen — is not happening, and was never going to happen. As Frederiksen pointed out, Greenland is “not for sale." Trump, for his part, has not backed down from the idea.

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Iowa’s Steve King facing ouster because his campaign is broke and his allies have fled: report

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Iowa Republican Steve King is facing losing his seat representing his district in the U.S. House of Representatives as his campaign finds itself broke and the Republican Party has turned its back on him after his latest round of controversial comments.

According to a report from the Daily Beast, his campaign is struggling to bring donors -- who once wholeheartedly supported him --back into the fold.

Even worse, his colleagues in Congress have also abandoned him.

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