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USA POLITICS: Tit-For-Tat: Democratic Attorneys General Target Trump, Republican AGs Target Them

USA POLITICS: Tit-For-Tat: Democratic Attorneys General Target Trump, Republican AGs Target Them

Attorneys general are top public lawyer in each state, charged with defending state agencies from lawsuits as well as initiating litigation on their own.

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CHILE POLITICS: Piñera: The Frontrunner Among Crowded Field of Candidates

CHILE POLITICS: Piñera: The Frontrunner Among Crowded Field of Candidates

If Sebastián Piñera returns, it would be an amazing comeback – and the latest surprising chapter in a career full of ups and downs.

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USA POLITICS: Healthcare Fail: Trump Supporters Spare Him Blame, But Lash Out at Democrats, Republicans

USA POLITICS: Healthcare Fail: Trump Supporters Spare Him Blame, But Lash Out at Democrats, Republicans

“I thought there was a good plan the way he talked,” said DeGroat, still confident in Trump’s ability to make reform happen. “I was shocked it didn’t pass.”

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USA POLITICS: Obamacare Survival May Have Dealt Blow to Paul Ryan’s House Speaker Job

USA POLITICS: Obamacare Survival May Have Dealt Blow to Paul Ryan’s House Speaker Job

Republican Representative Joe Barton, asked about the impact of Friday’s loss on Paul Ryan, said: “The speaker is a human being. He’s not Superman.”

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Whistleblower Daniel Gouveia Teixeira in Brazil Meat Scandal Takes On Powerful Industry

BRAZIL POLITICS: Whistleblower Daniel Gouveia Teixeira in Brazil Meat Scandal Takes On Powerful Industry

Teixeira, 39, is the agriculture ministry whistleblower credited by Brazil’s Federal Police with triggering an investigation into alleged bribes paid by meat companies to government food-sanitation inspectors in the world’s top exporter of beef and poultry.

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CANADA POLITICS: Canadians Want Illegal Border Crossers Deported: Poll

CANADA POLITICS: Canadians Want Illegal Border Crossers Deported: Poll

Nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released

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USA POLITICS: Immigration Judges Headed to 12 U.S. Cities to Speed Deportations

USA POLITICS: Immigration Judges Headed to 12 U.S. Cities to Speed Deportations

Targeted cities: New York; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; San Francisco; Baltimore, Bloomington, Minnesota; El Paso, Texas; Harlingen, Texas; Imperial, California; Omaha, Nebraska and Phoenix, Arizona.

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UK POLITICS: ‘London Bridge is Down’: Meticulous Preparations in Place to Inform the World When Queen Elizabeth Dies

UK POLITICS: ‘London Bridge is Down’: Meticulous Preparations in Place to Inform the World When Queen Elizabeth Dies

Queen Elizabeth is still very much alive but the plan for what will happen on the day of her death has already been meticulously laid out.

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NETHERLAND POLITICS: Geert Wilders: A Force to Be Reckoned With

NETHERLAND POLITICS: Geert Wilders: A Force to Be Reckoned With

“It would have been great if we were the largest, but we’re willing to talk and help govern. That’s my hope,” Geert Wilders told journalists Thursday.

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NETHERLANDS POLITICS: Voters Delivered Conventional Kind of Protest

NETHERLANDS POLITICS: Voters Delivered Conventional Kind of Protest

Prime Minister Mark Rutte was celebrating after his VVD emerged as the largest party for the third time running with a projected 21 percent of vote.

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CANADA POLITICS: Mexican Migrants Moving to Canada Because of Trump

CANADA POLITICS: Mexican Migrants Moving to Canada Because of Trump

Dozens of Mexicans deported during U.S President Donald Trump’s first days in office said they would soon try to head north again – but this time to Canada.

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SYRIA POLITICS: President Bashar al-Assad Winning On Battlefield

SYRIA POLITICS: President Bashar al-Assad Winning On Battlefield

Six years since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, he is winning on the battlefield but Syria’s civil war is far from over, with his once stable country broken into fiefdoms ruled by rebels and warlords.

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TAIWAN POLITICS: Chinese Military Threat Grows: Taiwan Says

TAIWAN POLITICS: Chinese Military Threat Grows: Taiwan Says

“The recent activity of Chinese jets and ships around Taiwan shows the continued rise in (China’s) military threat capabilities,” highlighting the importance of Taiwan’s need to defend itself, the review will say.

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SCOTLAND POLITICS: Who Decides Whether Scotland Holds Independence Referendum?

SCOTLAND POLITICS: Who Decides Whether Scotland Holds Independence Referendum?

Scotland joined England in a political union in 1707. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon demanded new independence referendum be held in 2018 or 2019.

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JAPAN POLITICS: Akie Abe Grappling With US-Style ‘First Lady’ Role

JAPAN POLITICS: Akie Abe Grappling With US-Style ‘First Lady’ Role

“Somehow, the Abe cabinet had to compensate for the loss of women’s votes and Akie plays an important role,” said Mari Miura, a Sophia University professor.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Meets Trump in Clash of Policy, Values

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel Meets Trump in Clash of Policy, Values

It is hard to imagine two leaders more different, in style or substance, than Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and Donald Trump, the new president of the United States.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Charm Offensive to Win His Healthcare Bill

USA POLITICS: Trump Charm Offensive to Win His Healthcare Bill

In doing so, the often blustery U.S. President Donald Trump faces a test of credibility for the voters that catapulted him into office

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EUROPE POLITICS: Central European and the EU Today

EUROPE POLITICS: Central European and the EU Today

Central European states differ widely: the trend in the former is toward stronger nationalism, refusal of more than a trickle of migrants, growing corruption in politics and business, increased state control of the news media, hostility to LGBT rights and in some, a greater closeness to Russia.

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NETHERLANDS POLITICS: Jesse Klaver the Kingmaker in Dutch Politics

NETHERLANDS POLITICS: Jesse Klaver the Kingmaker in Dutch Politics

“The values Netherlands stands for many, many decades, centuries actually, its freedom, its tolerance, its empathy… they are destroying it,” Jesse Klaver.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Caught in ‘Strange and Terrifying’ Battle as Islamic State Foreign Soldiers Fight to the End

IRAQ POLITICS: Mosul Caught in ‘Strange and Terrifying’ Battle as Islamic State Foreign Soldiers Fight to the End

Families cowered in basements, huddling in dark as war raged between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants fighting for control of the streets of Mosul.

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