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How the world is responding to the omicron variant

December 2, 2021
Yamiche Alcindor | PBS NewsHour
A growing number of nations imposed travel restrictions Monday to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus variant, omicron.
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Symone Sanders to leave the VP’s office

December 2, 2021
Eugene Daniels | Politico
The departure of the senior adviser and chief spokesperson, set for the end of the month, is the second major exit from Kamala Harris’ office in the last few weeks.
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U.S. Forces in Niger Were Denied Armed Drone

October 28, 2017
Nancy Youssef, Julian E. Barnes,, Ben Kesling | The Wall Street Journal
U.S. military officials sought permission to send an armed drone near a patrol of Green Berets before a deadly ambush Oct. 4 in Niger, but the request was blocked, raising questions about whether those forces had adequate protection against the dangers of their mission.
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Pentagon acknowledges a second team was on the ground in Niger

October 27, 2017
Margaret Brennan | CBS News
Details of the ambush in Niger are slowly emerging more than three weeks after four U.S. soldiers were killed. The Americans were part of a larger group looking for an Islamic militant, but his fighters found them first.
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A Sergeant’s Last Mission: Soldiering, Barbering and Missing His Family at Home

October 25, 2017
Yamiche Alcindor, Dave Philipps | The New York Times
The bitter back and forth is a marked contrast to his life, which family, friends and fellow soldiers say was characterized by kindness and an optimism that allowed him to rise above a tough upbringing, when so much around him seemed set on keeping him down.
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U.S. Considering Increasing Tempo of Operations in Africa, Senator Says

October 21, 2017
Nancy Youssef, Ben Kesling | The Wall Street Journal
The Pentagon’s top official is considering ways to increase the tempo of U.S. operations in Africa in the wake of a deadly Oct. 4 ambush in Niger by militants affiliated with the Islamic State extremist group, a Republican senator said Friday.
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Obama Weighs In on Kenyan Election, Urging Calm

August 8, 2017
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Former President Barack Obama, emerging from partial seclusion more than six months after leaving office, weighed in on Monday about the tense political situation — not in the United States, but in his father’s home country, Kenya.
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