Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Obama and NATO chief respond to Trump's criticism

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Obama and NATO chief respond to Trump's criticism

President Barack Obama and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg struck back Monday at Donald Trump's charge that the security alliance is "obsolete," too expensive and relatively useless in dealing with today's terrorism threats. Obama said after an Oval Office meeting with Stoltenberg that, because of NATO's strength and partnership, "I'm confident that, despite these choppy waters, we will be able to underscore and underwrite the peace and security and prosperity that has been the hallmark of the transatlantic relationship for so many decades." Stoltenberg, who has pressed hard to ensure that European partners spend more on defense, agreed that Europe needed to "invest more in our security when tensions increase." But, he said in an interview, it is already doing so. "I've been in NATO for 18 months, and I'm impressed at how much NATO allies have been able to deliver" in terms of "increased resources, increased presence and starting on the process of increased defense spending."

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Chester, Pa.: An Amtrak passenger train was going 106 miles per hour in a 110 mph zone when it struck a backhoe sitting on the same track, killing the backhoe operator and a track supervisor on Sunday, federal and local officials said Monday. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Ryan Frigo said he could not comment on who was authorized to be on the track. Trains on the Northeast Corridor resumed regular service.

Turkey: Hackers have posted a database online that seems to contain the personal information of nearly 50 million Turkish citizens in what is one of the largest public leaks of its kind. The Associated Press was able to partially verify the authenticity of the leak.

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