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Pompeo says US prepared to remove troops from Afghanistan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US is prepared to remove US forces from Afghanistan, but has not agreed on a timeline. “We’ve made clear to the Taliban that we’re prepared to remove our forces. I want to be clear, we’ve not yet agreed on a timeline to do so,” Pompeo said Tuesday during…MORE

Illinois becomes the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana

Illinois is now the 11th state in the United States to legalize the purchase and possession of recreational marijuana. Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill Tuesday that allows adults 21 and over in the state to buy and possess small amounts of the drug. Adults will be able to purchase and possess 30 grams…MORE

Italy beats China to reach Women’s World Cup quarterfinals

Europeans are dominating the Women’s World Cup. In beating China 2-0, Italy not only equaled its best ever performance in the tournament but also became the sixth European country to progress to the last eight. The Italians are regarded as the competition’s dark horses and with good reason. Though competing at the Women’s World Cup…MORE

NYT: Ivanka Trump, Kushner have ‘unusual connection’ with Chilean company owner that worked with administration to secure mining lease

A Chilean mining company whose owner has business ties to President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner was able to clear significant “roadblocks” in the early days of the Trump administration in order to reverse Obama-era restrictions that prevented it from mining near protected land in Minnesota, The New York Times…MORE

Australia leaves England on the brink at Cricket World Cup

First came the boos, then came the cruise. Australian duo David Warner and Steve Smith were welcomed into one of the world’s most famous sporting theaters as pantomime villains amid a cacophony of boos and jeers. By the time they took their leave, only the sound of Australian celebrations remained after an emphatic 64-run victory…MORE