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New York mayor tells Trump will 'protect' immigrants

New York mayor tells Trump will 'protect' immigrants

The Democratic mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, said he met Wednesday with President-elect Donald Trump and warned him that he would work to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation. "I reiterated to him that this city and so many cities around the country will do all we can to...

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Putin withdraws Russia from International Criminal Court

Putin withdraws Russia from International Criminal Court

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court, which rules on such grave charges as genocide and crimes against humanity. Russia in 2000 signed the Rome treaty that established the Hague-based court but never ratified...

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US Muslims told to ‘stay strong' after Trump win

US Muslims told to ‘stay strong' after Trump win

The head of a leading civil rights organization has urged Muslim Americans to "stay strong" following the election of Donald Trump. Trump made a number of Islamophobic remarks during his presidential campaign, including his infamous demand that the U.S. close its borders to all Muslims...

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US: Renewed Russian strikes in Syria break international law

US: Renewed Russian strikes in Syria break international law

 The United States on Tuesday strongly condemned Russia's renewed bombing campaign in Syria and warned that strikes on civilian targets break international law. State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said Washington had received reports that the latest Russian and Syrian regime...

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Trump protesters gather outside US Supreme Court

Trump protesters gather outside US Supreme Court

Hundreds of demonstrators are gathering outside the Supreme Court to protest Donald Trump's election. They are mostly young people who appear to have walked out of school to protest. They are carrying signs that read "Black Lives Matter" and "Not My President." Another signs says "DCPS...

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Kenya sets fire to 5,000 illegal weapons in crime fight

Kenya sets fire to 5,000 illegal weapons in crime fight

Kenya destroyed some 5,250 illegal firearms by fire on Tuesday as part of efforts to fight crimes like cattle rustling, carjackings and to eliminate threats from terrorism. The burning destroyed weapons confiscated by law enforcement officials or voluntarily surrendered to agents collecting...

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Russia Announces Major Offensive in Syria as Airstrikes Hit Aleppo

Russia Announces Major Offensive in Syria as Airstrikes Hit Aleppo

(Time)- Russia announced a major new air offensive in Syria on Tuesday as opposition activists on the ground reported that the first airstrikes in nearly a month struck the besieged, rebel-held parts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. According to activists, between four and 10 people...

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NATO's Stoltenberg says message to Russia is

NATO's Stoltenberg says message to Russia is "we want dialogue"

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday the military alliance wanted dialogue with Russia, after U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Monday to work towards "constructive cooperation". "The message from NATO has been that we want dialogue...

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Lindsay Lohan asks Donald Trump to go to Syria with her

Lindsay Lohan asks Donald Trump to go to Syria with her

(Independent)- Lindsay Lohan is asking Donald Trump to join her at refugee camps in Syria and Istanbul because she has had an “eye opening experience” in Turkey, her spokesperson has said.  Lohan has been spending time in Turkey and sharing pictures with the hashtag “the world is...

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Berlin's wild charms make it first choice for Syrian artists

Berlin's wild charms make it first choice for Syrian artists

From sculptors to actors and filmmakers, Berlin has become a magnet for Syrian artists fleeing their country's brutal violence to a place where they can express themselves without fear. While Beirut and Paris have long been the destinations of choice for Arab artists, the German capital has...

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Obama says Trump backed strong NATO

Obama says Trump backed strong NATO

US President Barack Obama on Monday sought to reassure Washington's European allies that his imminent successor Donald Trump had reaffirmed his "commitment to NATO." Obama said he would tell allies "there is no weakening of resolve when it comes to America's commitment to maintaining a...

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Trump poses daunting new challenge for Germany's Merkel

Trump poses daunting new challenge for Germany's Merkel

Donald Trump's victory has been a shock for America's major partners around the world. But perhaps nowhere has the blow been more painful than in Germany, a country that under Angela Merkel has come to see itself as a bastion of openness and tolerance. On virtually every issue of importance...

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11 Arab nations accuse Iran of sponsoring 'terrorism'

11 Arab nations accuse Iran of sponsoring 'terrorism'

Eleven Middle East and North African countries are accusing Iran of sponsoring "terrorism" and constantly interfering in the internal affairs of Arab nations, sparking tension and instability in the region. In a letter to the U.N. General Assembly circulated Monday, the 11 countries cited...

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Russian fighter crashes in Mediterranean

Russian fighter crashes in Mediterranean

Russia's defence ministry said Monday that a fighter jet crashed while attempting to land on the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean off Syria, but the pilot survived. In a statement to Russian news agencies, the defence ministry said the MiG-29K fighter crashed due to a...

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Men 'used Syria aid convoys to transport items for terrorists'

Men 'used Syria aid convoys to transport items for terrorists'

(The Guardian)- Four men used aid convoys bound for Syria to transport items that would be used to commit terrorism offences, a court heard. Syed Hoque, 37, of Stoke-on-Trent, allegedly handed over £3,000 and a further sum of £1,500 on 21 December 2013, to help his nephew, who was fighting...

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EU puts more Syrian ministers and central bank governor under sanctions

EU puts more Syrian ministers and central bank governor under sanctions

The European Union extended its sanctions on Syria on Monday, putting 17 government ministers and the country's central bank chief under travel bans and asset freezes as part of its strategy to punish President Bashar Assad. "This decision brings to 234 the total number of persons subject to...

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Trump looking at fast ways to quit global climate deal

Trump looking at fast ways to quit global climate deal

President-elect Donald Trump is seeking quick ways to withdraw the United States from a global accord to combat climate change, a source on his transition team said, defying broad global backing for the plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Since Trump's election victory Tuesday, governments...

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Pakistani troops killed by Indian shelling in Kashmir

Pakistani troops killed by Indian shelling in Kashmir

(The Guardian)- Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed by Indian shelling across the frontier in the disputed Kashmir region overnight, Pakistani’s military has said. The military media wing, ISPR, said in a statement the seven soldiers were killed in the Bhimber sector on the “Line of...

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