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Mexican border

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE – US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would probably station a few thousand National Guard troops at the 2000-mile-long (3200km) Mexican border until the wall he wants to build there to keep out illegal immigrants is done.

Editor detained

CAIRO – An Egyptian prosecutor ordered on Thursday that a news website’s editor-in-chief be detained for 15 days pending investigations, judicial sources and one of his lawyers said. Adel Sabry, editor-in-chief of Masr al-Arabia, was arrested on Tuesday after its office was raided by police who told its lawyers the website did not have a permit to operate.

IS policy

WASHINGTON – US military policy towards fighting Islamic State militants in Syria remains the same following discussions with President Donald Trump this week. Mr Trump agreed in a National Security Council meeting this week to keep US troops in Syria a little longer to defeat Islamic State but wants them out relatively soon.

Court rejection

BERLIN – A German court on Thursday rejected an extradition request for Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont on the charge of rebellion for his role in the campaign for the region’s independence. The court agreed to release Mr Puigdemont on bail and said extradition to Spain was possible on the lesser charge of misuse of public funds.

Military base

RIYADH – The United Kingdom opened a permanent military base in Bahrain on Thursday. The ceremony formally opening the UK Naval Support Facility was attended by Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Britain’s Prince Andrew. The US Navy’s Fifth Fleet is also based in Bahrain.

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