WASHINGTON, DC: Donald Trump during the presidential campaign tweeted with fierce abandon and at all hours. Would he feel restrained by last week’s presidential election victory to give his thumbs a rest?
It seems not.
The newly minted Republican president-elect let loose his latest Twitter barrage Sunday on a range of topics, from nuclear proliferation to his upcoming primetime interview, to his disdain for a longtime media nemesis.
Thousands take to streets of US cities to protest Trump victory
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Iraqi forces said on Sunday they had recaptured the site of an ancient Assyrian city blown up by the Islamic State group, as they battled the militants south of Mosul.
The troops pushed towards Nimrud last week as they pressed an offensive begun on October 17 to recapture Iraq’s second city, which the militants seized along with swathes of Iraq and Syria in mid-2014.
A Kurdish-Arab alliance is pursuing a twin offensive against the other major city still under IS control, Raqa in Syria, and a US-led coalition is backing both assaults with air strikes.
“The villages of Al-Nomaniyah and Al-Nimrud and the ruins of Nimrud were recaptured,” Staff Brigadier General Saad Ibrahim of the 9th Armoured Division told AFP.
Iraq’s Joint Operations Command had announced earlier Sunday that the entire Nimrud area was retaken, but later said that this was incorrect.
However, the village of Nimrud and the archaeological site have been recaptured, the JOC said.
Nimrud was the one of the great centres of the ancient Middle East. Founded in the 13th century BC, it became the capital of the Assyrian empire, whose rulers built vast palaces and monuments that have drawn archaeologists for more than 150 years.
Mosul area retaken, but still danger of IS attack
In April last year, IS posted a video on the internet of its fighters smashing monuments before planting explosives around the site and blowing it up.
It was part of a campaign of destruction against heritage sites under militant control that also took in Hatra in the desert south of Mosul and Palmyra in neighbouring Syria.
IS says the ancient monuments are idols that violate the teachings of its extreme form of Sunni Islam, but it has still sold artefacts to fund its operations.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization welcomed the news of Nimrud’s recapture.
“We look forward to coordinating with the relevant authorities in Baghdad on providing support for any assessments that need to be done of the site, once the area has been stabilised,” UNESCO spokesman George Papagiannis said.
The Iraqi offensive has seen federal forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters advance on Mosul from the east, south and north.
The elite Counter-Terrorism Services (CTS) force has pushed into the eastern outskirts of Mosul, with heavy fighting in recent days.
CTS Staff Lieutenant Colonel Muntadhar Salem told AFP on Sunday that its forces were looking to move into a new eastern neighbourhood.
“Our goal today is to clear out IS from the western part of Karkukli,” he said.
North of Karkukli in the Arbajiyah district, CTS forces were facing sniper fire as they moved street-to-street clearing houses.
Mexico is scrambling to ready its diplomats in the United States to handle millions of undocumented migrants’ potential needs following Donald Trump’s election, its foreign ministry said Sunday.
The ministry’s North American team huddled with Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu Saturday to “analyse the results of the US election and discuss concrete actions concerning the future of the bilateral relationship” between the two countries, according to a statement.
The meeting follows the Republican billionaire’s victory last Tuesday in a campaign which saw him call illegal Mexican migrants “rapists” and pledge to build a wall along the southern US border.
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Not only has Trump vowed to make Mexico pay for the wall, but he has also threatened to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Mexico, the United States and Canada.
Ruiz Massieu urged diplomats to get ready for a possible surge in consular assistance.
This includes help “avoiding provocations, as well as protecting against fraud,” the Foreign Ministry statement said, referring to the potential for crime rings to prey on migrants by selling fake documents, for example.
Trump vows to immediately deport up to three million immigrants
The US president-elect on Sunday told CBS television that as many as three million undocumented immigrants with criminal records would be deported or incarcerated.
The United States has an estimated 11-12 million undocumented migrants, mostly of Mexican origin.
“The rights of Mexicans, inside and outside their country, are not negotiable,” the Foreign Ministry stressed.
courtesy : express tribune