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US Syria Withdrawal Risks Vital Strategic Interests

The U.S. withdrawal from Syria may bring to a close an open-ended and strategically unclear military commitment and likely put at risk vital national security interests, according to some analysts. “I guess the problem is that whereas our involvement doesn’t necessarily make things better, our lack of involvement doesn’t either,” said Mark Katz, ...

Tide is turning against autocrats, human rights group says

The global tide of populism is being reversed as protesters, politicians and international organizations confront autocratic leaders, NGO Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

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Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Sudan

Demonstrators clashed with security forces on the streets of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, as they marched to the presidential palace to demand the ...

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Sudan Protesters Met With Tear Gas on March to Presidential Palace

Demonstrators clashed with security forces on the streets of the capital in the latest demonstration against President Omar al-Bashir.

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US Alarmed as Zimbabwe Targets, Beats Activists Amid Unrest

The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe said Thursday it is "alarmed" by credible reports that security forces are targeting and beating activists and labor ...

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US Considering Allowing Lawsuits over Cuba-confiscated Properties

The Trump administration is considering allowing a law that has been suspended since its creation in 1996 to go into effect, allowing U.S. citizens ...

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Police use water cannon as number of 'yellow vest' protesters rises

Police fired water cannon and tear gas at "gilets jaunes" or yellow vest protesters in central Paris, who have marched through the city for the ninth consecutive weekend.

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American-Founded Liberian Academy's Investigation Looms Over Parents

Parents of students at an all-girl American academy in Liberia are anxiously awaiting an investigation into allegations that the charity failed to act on signs of a staff member’s sexual abuse.  A 2018 expose published by the U.S.-based research organization ProPublica and Time magazine on the More Than Me Academy sparked public outrage over the ...

Gilets jaunes protesters vandalize 60% of France's speed cameras

Close to two-thirds of France's fixed speed cameras have been vandalized by yellow-vest protesters since November, as demonstrators revolt against lowered speed limits introduced by the government last year.

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‘No Pathway’ to Grand Bargain Ending US Government Shutdown

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has all but given up efforts to negotiate a compromise to end the U.S. government shutdown that would fund a ...

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New Florida Governor Suspends Sheriff Over School Massacre

New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday over his handling of February's massacre at Marjory Stoneman ...

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Nicaraguan Supreme Court Justice Resigns in Protest

As Judge Rafael Solís Cerda steps down, a scathing open letter denounces President Daniel Ortega’s violent response to dissent.

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Migrant Teens Released From US Custody; Texas Tent City to Close

The U.S. government has moved out all the migrant teens who were living in a tent city in the Texas desert and is set to close it down, according to the organization running the facility. The temporary shelter became a controversial symbol of President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration. BCFS, a San Antonio nonprofit running the ...

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Yellow vests knock out 60% of all speed cameras in France

France's interior minister says protesters have rendered more than half of speed cameras useless.

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Davos Authorizes Youth Protest Against Trump at Economic Forum

Officials in Davos have authorized a protest by a Socialist youth group against U.S. President Donald Trump and other expected attendees of the annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort this month. Authorities rejected a similar protest ... /
FIRST LOOK: Killer Mike conducts controversial social experiments in new Netflix series ‘Trigger Warning’

Killer Mike is taking his talents to Netflix with a new documentary-series called Trigger Warning with Killer Mike.  In the new six-episode Netflix ...

Netanyahu demands right to confront witnesses over corruption claims

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has doubled down on his complaints of unfair treatment at the hands of his opponents by demanding the ...

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No Sign of Compromise on Wall at US-Mexico Border

U.S. President Donald Trump and congressional leaders are meeting again Wednesday, but there were no signs they were ready to compromise over Trump's demand for funding for construction of a barrier wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, a dispute that has led to a 19-day partial government shutdown. Trump is having lunch on Capitol Hill with ...

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US House Democrats to Test Republicans on Trump's Wall Demand

As a partial U.S. government shutdown entered its 19th day, Democrats on Wednesday were set to test Republicans' resolve in backing President Donald Trump's drive to build a wall on the border with Mexico, which has sparked an impasse over agency funding. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats, who took control of ...

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No Sign of Compromise in Dueling Addresses

President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress made clear Tuesday in nationally televised remarks that while each side supports border security efforts, they remain far apart on the scale and cost of what those measures should be. The standoff has closed one quarter of the federal government since December 22.   Watch President ... /
Protesters demand arrest of prominent democratic donor Ed Buck after police find second Black man dead in his home

Monday night, protesters swarmed to the home of prominent Los Angeles Democratic donor Ed Buck, to demand his arrest after a Black man was found dead ...

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Turkey Criticizes US Demands for Syrian Kurds' Safety

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday White House National Security Adviser John Bolton was making "a very serious mistake" in ...

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Senate Democrats Boost Pressure on Trump, Republicans to End Shutdown

As President Donald Trump prepares to pressure Democrats on border wall funding with a nationally televised address Tuesday night, Senate Democrats ...

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Pompeo Arrives in Jordan on 8-Nation Middle East Tour

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Jordan on the first stop of a Middle East visit due to include stops in Cairo and the Gulf.  Arab and ...

French police investigate reports of officer filmed punching protesters

French police are investigating reports that a highly decorated officer threw punches at protesters during yellow vest demonstrations over the weekend.

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White House Paints Crisis at Border, Considers Declaring National Emergency 

President Donald Trump is making his case Tuesday to the American public that the country is facing a "humanitarian and national security crisis" at the U.S.-Mexico border and needs a wall to thwart illegal immigration, a dispute with lawmakers that has resulted in a partial 18-day government shutdown. Trump is delivering a prime-time, ...

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Brexit: Anna Soubry MP shouted down by protesters on TV

A Conservative MP briefly stops a live BBC interview in Westminster as protesters chant "Soubry is a Nazi".

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