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Jim Mattis: 'Nations With Allies Thrive, Nations Without Allies Wither'

In an interview with NPR, former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis stresses the importance of allies and he also criticizes shifting U.S. policy aims during the wars of the past 18 years.

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Violence Follows Pro-Independence Protests In Indonesia's Papua Region

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The Key Role Pakistan Is Playing In U.S.-Taliban Talks

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The measles virus is highly contagious. If someone with measles coughs or sneezes, the virus in those droplets can survive for two hours afterward — infecting about 90% of the people lacking immunity who pass through that space. Erik Witsoe/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Millennial And Gen-X Travelers: Need Another Measles Shot?

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Even if optimism doesn't come naturally, it can be taught, researchers say. Therapists can help you practice reframing your expectations, to cultivate a sunnier outlook. Roy Scott/Ikon Images via Getty Images hide caption

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Optimists For The Win: Finding The Bright Side Might Help You Live Longer

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Jim Mattis: 'Nations With Allies Thrive, Nations Without Allies Wither'

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