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US Marine force deploying to Honduras for hurricane season

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Troops from a 250-strong contingent of US Marines will start to deploy to Honduras this week to provide help if needed during the region’s hurricane season and to train local forces, officials said Tuesday.

The special purpose Marine air-ground task force will be equipped with four CH-53E Super Stallion cargo helicopters and will be advising Central American armies on efforts to counter narcotics trafficking.

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“The Marines will deploy in various stages starting this week with the majority of the force arriving the first week of June,” according to a statement from Marine Corps forces in US Southern Command.

The mission, which runs through November, coincides with hurricane season in Central America.

The bulk of the force, about 180 Marines, will operate out of Palmerola Air Base in Honduras, which was a major staging area in the 1980s for American military support to Contra rebels fighting the Nicaraguan government.

The remaining troops will form small training teams that will work in Belize, El Salvador and Guatemala, as well as Honduras.

Pentagon officials have emphasized there are no plans for a permanent deployment of US troops, a sensitive political issue in a region where American forces historically sided with authoritarian regimes.

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For similar reasons, the US military has not given the mission to Honduras any official name.

The scheduled arrival of the Marines in Honduras marks the first US military rapid-response task force to be based in Central America.


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Oprah erects 26 billboards around Louisville — demanding the cops who killed Breonna Taylor get arrested

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Media mogul Oprah Winfrey continues to keep people talking about the killing of Breonna Taylor by the Louisville Metro Police Department.

"For the first time ever, just last week, Oprah Winfrey dedicated the cover of her magazine to someone other than herself -- Breonna Taylor. Now, that cover will be all over Louisville in the form of billboards big and small," WLKY-TV reported Thursday.

"She and the O Magazine team say they are amplifying Taylor's story and the fight for justice by erecting 26 billboards across the city. That's one for every year of her life," the station reported.

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Trump’s vendetta against TikTok is a veil for his anti-China and anti-free speech views

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Last week, President Donald Trump announced that he was planning on banning TikTok, a video-sharing social networking service owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. Shortly after he said this, the American multinational technology company Microsoft announced that it would attempt to purchase TikTok's US operations arm, although Trump has only given the company until Sept. 15 to pull this off.

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Eric Trump predicts his dad will win re-election: ‘The polls are looking great — you see it every day’

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One of President Donald Trump's children appeared on Fox News on Thursday to predict that his father would win re-election in November.

"Well listen, I think, um, I think we're looking really good," Eric Trump told Sean Hannity.

"The polls are looking great -- you see it every single day," Trump claimed. "The enthusiasm is tremendous."

"We're going to win," he predicted. "My father is going to win this election."

The prediction was offered the same day that NBC News released their first battleground map, showing Joe Biden on pace to win 334 Electoral College votes, Trump set to win 125 Electoral Votes, with 79 too close to call.

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