The U.S. Senate has passed a $738 billion budget for the Pentagon which includes new sanctions within six months against Syria, Iran, and Russia for their "war crimes" during the Syrian civil war.
The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020 was approved on Dec. 18 by an 86-6 bipartisan vote after passing the House of Representatives last week.
Bill Gates is once again the richest man in the world, data from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index show. Gates occupied the second place for more than two years, His rise back to the top has been put down to Microsoft shares climbing by four percent, making Gates' net worth about US$110 billion, the Bloomberg Billionaires index reported, quoted by Newshub.
The Islamic State is named its new leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi, AFP and Reuters reported.
The terrorist organization needed a new leader after the assassination of the former one - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The organization also suffered a second defeat after the abolition of Abu Hassan al-Muhajir, an ID spokesman who would almost certainly have taken the lead.
For Syrian Kurds, the stance of the president of the United States is like a "stab in the back." Who can trust the US, they say, when Donald Trump had no qualms about giving Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the green light to invade Syria and occupy territory controlled by his allies in the war on the Islamic State (ISIS).
Anger in Congress, surprise at the State Department and Pentagon, concern among allies and partners: Donald Trump's decision to abandon long-standing, bipartisan American support for the Kurds sparked a plethora of reactions, as the US president's erratic behavior becomes harder to follow, much less interpret.