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Pentagon worries Trump’s military parade will be a national security catastrophe: report

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CNN’s Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reported Monday that the military is growing increasingly concerned about President Donald Trump’s demand for a military parade.

While the military is accustomed to developing options to go to war, Starr noted that lately they’ve been developing options for Trump.

“The problem is this,” Starr began. “What they have discovered is if President Trump wants a full-blown military parade, thousands of active duty troops, their weapons, tanks, missiles, aircraft, you know, in Washington marching down Pennsylvania Avenue, flying overhead, it is going to interrupt training schedules.”

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She quoted one official, who said “we don’t have units just sitting around waiting to go on parade.”

They’re planning to present options to Trump and let him decide, but one thought they included as a kind of multimedia parade that could allow for massive video screens on the National Mall people could watch with videos of a display of some sort.

The solution in that case would not allow Trump to ride in a tank.

Watch the full report from Starr below:

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Morales leaves for Mexico as Bolivia military pledges to tackle violence

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Bolivia's Evo Morales departed Monday for exile in Mexico, leaving behind a country in turmoil after his abrupt resignation as president.

As the nation suddenly found itself without a leader, the military agreed to help police take back streets lost to violence from disgruntled supporters of Bolivia's first indigenous president.

The senator set to succeed Morales as interim president, Jeanine Anez, pledged to call fresh elections to end the political crisis.

Bolivia appeared increasingly rudderless after dozens of officials and ministers resigned along with Morales, some seeking refuge in foreign embassies.

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Trump says Baghdadi successor in US crosshairs

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US President Donald Trump placed the Islamic State group's new chief in the crosshairs Monday as he marked Veterans' Day by celebrating the killing of the jihadists' former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

While US presidents traditionally mark the day by laying a wreath at a vast military cemetery in Arlington, near Washington, Trump traveled to New York where he made an address ahead of the city's annual parade of veterans.

Trump was widely criticized after announcing a full withdrawal of US troops from Syria last month, with opponents and even some allies saying it could allow Islamic State to rebuild as well as leaving US-allied Kurdish fighters vulnerable to a Turkish invasion.

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Australia readies for ‘catastrophic’ bushfires

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Thousands of firefighters fanned out across eastern Australia Tuesday as gale-force winds, scorching temperatures and tinder-dry bushland brought "catastrophic" fire conditions.

Dozens of bushfires were already burning out of control as temperatures were expected to climb toward 40 degrees celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and winds were forecast to top 60 kilometres (40 miles) per hour in parts of New South Wales.

Firefighters warned the threat to a vast region surrounding Sydney was "off the scale" after days of blazes that have killed three people and destroyed more than 150 homes.

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