Withdrawal Process Of The US Army From Syria Begins, US Military Officer Confirms It

New Delhi: A US military official said that the withdrawal process has begun after days of conflicting statements about a time line for US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out American troops from Syria. However he declined to comment on specific timetables or movements.

Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said “the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria” has started.

“Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troops movements,” the Baghdad-based official said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press.


Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Says, The Country Struggles To Pay Back Its Ballooning Foreign Debt

New Delhi: Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the country was struggling to pay back its ballooning foreign debt. He blamed the recent political crisis for dealing a “death blow” to the economy.

Ranil Wickremesinghe said his government was scrambling to raise $1.9 billion to help service a first debt payment of $2.6 billion, that is due on Monday. Sri Lanka faces $5.9 billion in foreign debt repayments in 2019, a record for the cash-strapped island.

The country lost $1 billion in foreign reserves during a power struggle between Wickremesinghe and president Maithripala Sirisena in late 2018.


Paul Manafort Ex-Chairman Of Trump’s Presidential Campaign Shared Poll Data With A Russian Associate

New Delhi: According to an inadvertent court filing error by his lawyers, Paul Manafort, ex-chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, had shared poll data with a Russian associate who is said to have had links to Russian intelligence.

Some experts are saying this is the clearest indication yet of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russians. “This is the closest thing we have seen to collusion,” Clint Watts, a senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute, said.

In court filings in response to charges from Special Counsel Robert Muller that Manafort lied after agreeing to a plea deal, the former campaign chairman’s lawyers left un-redacted the portion that showed he has he been accused of passing on campaign material to the Russian man, Konstantin Kilimnik.


Theresa May Faces Opposition From Political Friends And Foes Alike On Brexit

New Delhi: British Prime Minister Theresa May said she is working on getting further assurances from the European Union to ensure the Brexit agreement is passed in Parliament on January 15. She is faced with continuing opposition from political friends and foes alike.

The first day of the winter session saw a repeat of the cut-and-thrust between pro and anti-Brexit forces, as a spokesperson of the European Union in Brussels said the agreement will not renegotiated, “everything on the table has been approved and... the priority now is to await events” in the UK.

Without legally binding assurances that the so-called ‘backstop’ for Northern Ireland will not be in place indefinitely, the agreement is unlikely to be endorsed by parliament. Its passage through parliament is necessary to turn it into a treaty between the UK and EU.


Trump Stands Firm On His Demand For $5 Billion For A Wall Along The Border With Mexico

New Delhi: US president Donald Trump is standing firm on his demand for $5 billion for a wall along the border with Mexico but has said it it would be a “Steel Barrier” now, instead of concrete as the partial government shutdown caused by a stalemate on its funding entered the 17th day.

Calling Sunday negotiations with Democrats “productive”, the president wrote on Twitter later in the evening, “We are now planning a Steel Barrier rather than concrete. It is both stronger & less obtrusive. Good solution, and made in the USA”.

The office of management and budget of the White House has conveyed the change of plan in a letter to the Congress. It also said in the letter that $5 billion sought would only fund 234 miles of the nearly 2,000-mile border.