The Brief

Donald Trump,H.R. McMaster
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Trump's Security Pick

President Donald Trump has named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his National Security Adviser, ending a week of upheaval at the highest tier of the nation's foreign policy decision-making apparatus. McMaster was named to TIME's list of the 100 most influential people in 2014

Iraqi Chief of Staff General Othman al-Ghanimi welcomes U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at Ministry of Defence in Baghdad

Mattis Holds Talks on Defeating ISIS

Visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with Iraqi officials Monday to discuss the fight against ISIS, as Iraqi forces advanced into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive the militants from the city's western half

The Libyan Red Crescent yesterday recovered the bodies of 74 people that washed ashore yesterday (20 February), near Zawiya on Libya’s northern coast. It appears that the people on board were attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe. More than 270 people are believed to have drowned in the first weeks of 2017, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In 2016, more than 5,000 deaths were recorded, making it the deadliest year on record.

74 Bodies of Migrants Wash Ashore in Libya

Scores of bodies of African migrants washed ashore in Libya's western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean, a spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent said — the latest tragedy at sea after migrant deaths rose to record levels along the key smuggling route

American actress Lindsay Lohan in Gaziantep

Lindsay Lohan: 'Racially Profiled' for Headscarf

Lindsay Lohan says she was "racially profiled" at London's Heathrow Airport after flying in from Turkey because she was wearing a headscarf. The Mean Girls actress, 30, said she was stopped by a woman who asked her to take her headscarf off

US President Trump returns to Washington after weekend in Florida

Russia Is ‘Compiling a Psychological Dossier on Trump’

A team of retired diplomats and Putin staffers are reportedly compiling a portrait of Trump’s mental state to present to Vladimir Putin before their first meeting. The paper is said to so far conclude that Trump is a risk-taker prone to naivety

Australia Plane Crash

Five Dead After Light Planes Crashes Into Australian Mall

Four American tourists and an Australian pilot have died after their light plane crashed into a shopping mall in the Australian city of Melbourne. Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said the plane experienced "catastrophic engine failure" shortly after takeoff

Star of David on cemetery gate in Prague ,  Czechoslovakia

Vandals Have Attacked a Jewish Cemetery in Missouri

More than 100 headstones have been toppled or damaged at a historic Jewish cemetery in St. Louis suburb in what reports say was likely an act of vandalism carried out by an organized group. The incident follows another string of bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers across the U.S.