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Hezbollah's harsh words aim to draw 'red lines' for Trump: source

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah
19 Feb 2017
The Hezbollah leader's harsh words for Israel and US President Donald Trump this week were aimed at drawing "red lines" to prevent any threatening action against Lebanon or the group, a source familiar with the group's...
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Wilders launches campaign bid to 'de-Islamize' the Netherlands

Geert Wilders, president of Netherlands' PVV (Party for Freedom) delivers a speech during the France's far-right National Front congress in Lyon November 29, 2014.
 
18 Feb 2017
Geert Wilders kicks off his election campaign on Saturday, promising to ban Muslim immigration and close all the mosques in the Netherlands, hoping a global upsurge in populism will propel him to power. Security will be tight at the launch...
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Malaysia arrests North Korean man as row over Kim Jong Nam's death escalates

A police officer looks on as a hospital staff walks past outside the morgue at Kuala Lumpur General Hospital where Kim Jong Nam's body is held for autopsy in Malaysia, February 17, 2017 (Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters).
18 Feb 2017
Malaysian police said on Saturday they had arrested a North Korean man in connection with the murder of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as a diplomatic spat over his body escalated.   Kim Jong Nam died...
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German Social Democrats' candidate Shulz ahead of Merkel for chancellor vote: poll

Former European Parliament president Martin Schulz reacts after his speech at a meeting of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) at their party headquarters in Berlin, Germany, January 29, 2017 (Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters).
17 Feb 2017
Martin Schulz, the German Social Democrats' candidate for federal elections in September, would beat Chancellor Angela Merkel if balloting was based on a direct leadership vote, a poll showed on Friday.   The poll carried out by...
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Supreme Court to set guidelines for Trump treatment of non-citizens

 32-year-old Bangladeshi-American interpreter
17 Feb 2017
The US Supreme Court will decide three cases in coming months that could help or hinder President Donald Trump's efforts to ramp up border security and accelerate deportations of those in the country illegally.   The three cases,...
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Mattress on cell floor, toilet in the corner for Samsung scion

Lee Jae-yong (C), vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives to be questioned as a suspect in a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye, at the office of the independent counsel in Seoul (Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/Reuters).
17 Feb 2017
For Jay Y. Lee, the third-generation leader of South Korea's massive Samsung Group and scion of the country's wealthiest family, home is now a 6.56 square meter (71 square foot) detention cell with a toilet in the corner behind a...
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YouTube, Disney ditch PewDiePie over anti-Semitic content

16 Feb 2017
YouTube and Walt Disney Co have cut their ties with influential Swedish social media star PewDiePie after he posted a series of videos deemed anti-Semitic. YouTube said it had canceled the second season of the comedian's...
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US lawmakers push for answers on Trump team's Russia ties

16 Feb 2017
A crisis over the relationship between President Donald Trump's aides and Russia deepened on Wednesday as a growing number of Trump's fellow Republicans demanded expanded congressional inquiries into the matter. Trump...
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Number of anti-Muslim hate groups on the rise in US: watchdog

16 Feb 2017
The number of anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States has nearly tripled since 2015, due in part to radical Islamic attacks and the incendiary rhetoric of last year's presidential campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center says....
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24 civilians killed in bombing on Syria town: monitor

The Turkish army is backing pro-Ankara Syrian rebels in an unprecedented incursion aimed at rooting out "Islamic State" (IS) fighters from the border area -- AFP/File, Nazeer al-Khatib
16 Feb 2017
Turkish bombardment of an "Islamic State" (IS) group-held town in Syria has killed 24 civilians, a monitor said Thursday, but Turkey's army said only "terrorists" died in the operation. The Syrian Observatory for...
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