Washington  — Oregon's governor on Wednesday said the federal government has agreed to withdraw agents from Portland, a step towards ending a standoff with US President Donald Trump over the use of federal force, though the US department of homeland security said it would maintain its presence until conditions improved.

Governor Kate Brown said the government agreed to a phased withdrawal from a federal courthouse in Portland after weeks of clashes between activists and agents, some of whom did not have identifying badges and were seen on video footage pulling protesters into unmarked vans...

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