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Trump considers sending 14,000 more troops to the Middle East — breaking his promise to end ‘forever wars’

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According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the Trump administration is considering sending an additional 14,000 troops to the Middle East, as well as a contingent of ships and other military hardware. If executed, the move would double the current amount of US troops sent to the region since May.

The potential troop buildup contradicts a longtime narrative of Trump’s, where he’s painted himself as a president intent on drawing down troop presence in the Middle East. But as WSJ points out, the potential troop increase is in response to what Trump administration sees as Iran’s growing influence in the region.

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During a breakfast with reporters this Wednesday, Pentagon senior policy official John Rood hinted at a troop increase with the intention of countering Iran.

“Deterrence is dynamic, our response is going to be dynamic,” he said.


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Megachurch denies throwing ‘COVID-19 parties’ after death of Florida teen

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A Florida megachurch at the center of a major controversy surrounding the death of a local teenager is denying claims that it was throwing "COVID-19 parties."

The Christian Post reports that the First Assembly of God, a church based in Fort Myers, Florida, is denying claims that it held mass gatherings for teenage parishioners in which they were not required to wear face masks or socially distance.

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Humanity on track to soon hit 1.5ºC Paris Accord limit as atmospheric CO2 nears level not seen in 15 million years

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"It's still not too late to avoid the worst effects of the #ClimateEmergency. But governments need to act NOW," tweeted Greenpeace.

As a United Nations agency released new climate projections showing that the world is on track in the next five years to hit or surpass a key limit of the Paris agreement, authors of a new study warned Thursday that increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is nearing a level not seen in 15 million years.

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Stylist fired for refusing to cut Black girl’s hair: ‘She made fun of the color of my skin’

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A Massachusetts stylist was fired after insulting a Black family who had scheduled haircuts.

Damalyn Ellslager-Matthews brought her three children -- ages 7, 5 and 2 -- into Supercuts in Westboro last week, along with her 21-year-old niece, but a stylist balked at cutting their hair, reported WBZ-TV.

“Now this lady told [the niece, who is white], ‘You should have told us you were Black when you made the appointment,’” Damalyn said. “[My daughter] is so naive she says, ‘Well, I’m not Black, my skin’s brown -- can you trim my hair anyways?’”

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