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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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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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Washington DC restaurants to close in immigrant solidarity show

'A Day without Immigrants' boycott poster. Nationwide protest organized against Donald Trump's immigration policies in the US on February 16, 2017. AFP via YouTube video footage.
 
16 Feb 2017
A number of Washington D.C. restaurants are planning to close on February 16, 2017, as part of a nationwide protest organized against Donald Trump's immigration policies in the US.   Agence France Press published a video...
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Muslim Indonesia's capital to vote in 'tolerance test'

The election for the governorship of Jakarta has been overshadowed by anger at claims the incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama insulted the Koran (Photo by Goh Chai Hin / AFP). 
13 Feb 2017
Jakarta's Christian governor will fight to cling on to his job at polls this week despite standing trial for blasphemy, in a saga that has fuelled concerns about religious intolerance in the Muslim-majority nation. Basuki Tjahaja...
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Trudeau visits Trump in crucial meeting for Canada

13 Feb 2017
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump will participate in a roundtable discussion about women in the work force Monday; an early sign of cooperation, as Trudeau seeks to have good relations so Canada is not...
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No matter the issue, Trump knows a guy

US presidential candidate Donald Trump
12 Feb 2017
President Donald Trump knows a guy. No matter what issue Trump is addressing, he seems either to know somebody with a relevant personal experience or he's got a firsthand tale to recount. When he met airline CEOs on Thursday, Trump...
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'Attacks were America's fault': September 11 mastermind letter to Obama

The second tower of the World Trade Center bursts into flames after being hit by a hijacked airplane in New York September 11, 2001 (Sara K. Schwittek / Reuters).
09 Feb 2017
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks, sent a letter to then president Barack Obama blaming US foreign policy for the attacks The self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks wrote to...
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California is not 'out of control,' leaders tell Trump

Demonstrators in support of the immigration rules implemented by US President Donald Trump's administration, rally at Los Angeles international airport in Los Angeles, California, February 4, 2017 (Ringo Chiu / Reuters).
07 Feb 2017
California leaders pushed back on Monday against President Donald Trump's claim that the state is "out of control," pointing to its balanced budget and high jobs numbers in the latest dustup between the populist Republican...
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Appeals court to hear arguments on Trump's travel ban

Ibrihim Al Murisi listens as his father tells reporters about their story as Yemeni nationals who were initially denied entry into the U.S. last week because of the recent travel ban, as they arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters).
07 Feb 2017
The US Justice Department will face off with opponents in a federal appeals court on Tuesday over the fate of President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, his most controversial act...
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