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{FD} Peggy Noonan: Is Trump following in Palin’s footsteps?

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The president has been understandably confident in his supporters. Continue reading

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{FD} Wall Street Journal reporter sentenced to prison by Turkish court

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A Turkish court sentenced Wall Street Journal reporter Ayla Albayrak to two years and one month in prison Tuesday, declaring her guilty of engaging in terrorist propaganda in support of a banned Kurdish separatist organization through one of her Journa… Continue reading

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{FD} Russian hackers stole NSA data on U.S. cyber defense

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Hackers working for the Russian government stole details of how the U.S. penetrates foreign computer networks and defends against cyberattacks after a National Security Agency contractor removed the highly classified material and put it on his home com… Continue reading

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{FD} US to curb Russian military flights over American territory

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U.S. officials are preparing to announce restrictions to Russian military flights over American territory under the Treaty on Open Skies in the latest sign of strain in U.S.-Russia relations. Continue reading

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{FD} Peggy Noonan: Will Trump’s bracing clarity make things better or worse?

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I’m not sure President Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly has been fairly judged or received. Continue reading

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{FD} Nina Shea: How to help Iraq’s religious minorities

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Today there are fewer than 250,000 Christians in Iraq, according to the State Department, down from as many as 1.4 million before the 2003 invasion. Continue reading

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{FD} US Navy says most 7th Fleet warships lacked proper certification

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The majority of ships operating in the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, where two destroyers have been involved in fatal collisions since June, weren’t certified to conduct basic operations at sea related to war-fighting, according to U.S. Navy records. Continue reading

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{FD} Exxon working toward restarting Baytown refinery, the second-largest in the US

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Exxon Mobil Corp. XOM 0.31% said it is working toward restarting its Houston-area Baytown refinery—the nation’s second-largest oil refinery—after a shutdown due to Tropical Storm Harvey, but said another of its coastal Texas refineries remains closed. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump considers withdrawing from trade deal with South Korea amid tensions with North

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The Trump administration is weighing giving notice to South Korea of plans to withdraw from a five-year-old bilateral trade pact, with a decision arriving as soon as this coming week, according to people familiar with the matter. Continue reading

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{FD} Special Counsel Robert Mueller subpoenas Paul Manafort’s spokesman

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the spokesman for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, demanding records related to his work for Manafort and seeking his testimony before a federal grand jury, according to a person familiar with … Continue reading

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{FD} Trump administration to set rules for military transgender ban

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The White House is expected to send guidance to the Pentagon in coming days on how to implement a new administration ban on transgender people in the military, issuing a policy that will allow Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to consider a service member’s ability to deploy in deciding whether to kick them out of the military. Continue reading

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{FD} ISIS used eBay to funnel terror cash to US, feds say

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U.S. investigators uncovered a global financial network run by a senior Islamic State official that funneled money to an alleged ISIS operative in the U.S. through fake eBay transactions, according to a recently unsealed FBI affidavit. Continue reading

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{FD} US attorney subpoenas Kushner Cos. over investment-for-visa program

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Kushner Cos., the New York property development business owned by the family of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, has been subpoenaed by New York federal prosecutors regarding its use of an investment-for-immigration program, according to peopl… Continue reading

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{FD} Attacks in Europe signal shift in terrorists’ tactics

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Two botched attacks in Europe in recent days signal that Islamist terror has reached a new phase, security officials say, one that is more disorganized and less sophisticated but risks spawning more assailants eager to kill with any means at hand. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korea threat: EU seeking role in ending regime’s nuclear program

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The European Union is in discussions with South Korea and China about taking a potential role as a broker for negotiations with North Korea on ending its nuclear program, according to EU officials involved in the effort. Continue reading

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{FD} Can a single injection conquer PTSD? The army wants to find out

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The U.S. Army has commissioned a study to determine whether an anesthetic injection to the neck alleviates symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder—a treatment that, if proven effective, could be a big step toward easing an affliction affecting hundreds of thousands of troops who have returned from combat. Continue reading

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{FD} NATO weighs new counterterrorism post following Trump’s demands

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is considering appointing a senior official to oversee counterterrorism efforts, a move aimed at meeting one of President Donald Trump’s demands that the alliance focus more on terror threats. Continue reading

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{FD} Venezuela’s president stars in cheery videos amid chaos

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As antigovernment protests and deadly unrest shake the streets here, President Nicolás Maduro is presenting an image of a very different country in videos that show him strolling through bucolic settings, hip-hop dancing and swinging on a swing set with his wife. Continue reading

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{FD} China launches first domestically-made aircraft carrier

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China launched its second aircraft carrier—and the first one entirely home-built—taking another stride in its quest for a world-class navy that can protect Chinese economic and security interests far from its shores. Continue reading

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{FD} Chicago mayor touts new requirement to graduate: Proof of a plan

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Chicago Public School students who want to graduate will have to show proof that they have a plan after high school—such as providing an offer letter for a job or acceptance into college or military service, under a plan expected to be approved next month. Continue reading

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{FD} Father, daughter accused in US visa fraud

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A father and daughter duo allegedly helped obtain visas for Chinese nationals, including people on that country’s “100 Most Wanted” fugitive list, by defrauding a U.S. program that awards visas to wealthy foreigners who invest in American projects, according to federal court documents unsealed Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Court says gay employees can sue under 1964 Civil Rights Act

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A federal appeals court ruled late Tuesday that a landmark civil rights law allows gay employees to sue their employers for discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation. Continue reading

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{FD} London killer carried out dry run before Parliament attack

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Investigators have concluded that the 52-year-old man who killed four people in a car-and-knife attack near Parliament made a test run in the days before, two security officials said Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} With Trump, police hope to deploy military gear banned under Obama

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Police groups helping to shape President Donald Trump’s law-and-order agenda have their eyes on big prizes: military equipment banned by the previous administration and tougher laws on violence against officers. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korea tried to sell nuclear-weapon material

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North Korea attempted to sell a form of lithium metal, a key material for developing miniaturized nuclear weapons, to unidentified international buyers last year, according to United Nations investigators tracking dictator Kim Jong Un’s weapons-of-mass-destruction programs. Continue reading

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{FD} Harvard Law to allow applicants to take GRE; reconsiders LSAT

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Harvard Law School will allow applicants to take the Graduate Record Examination test as part of a pilot program that could potentially challenge the Law School Admissions Test’s longstanding, national dominance over law-school admissions. Continue reading

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{FD} Samsung plans US expansion, would shift manufacturing from Mexico

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Initial capital investment is expected to be around $300 million Continue reading

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{FD} North Korea reportedly kills 5 senior officials with antiaircraft guns

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed at least five senior officials in the country’s Ministry of State Security using antiaircraft guns, the head of South Korea’s intelligence services told lawmakers on Monday. Continue reading

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{FD} More than 100 Christian families escape Sinai after chilling ISIS threat

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Egyptian Christians are fleeing the restive Sinai Peninsula, some with just the clothes on their backs, amid a series of killings and an explicit call by Islamic State for its followers to target the minority group. Continue reading

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{FD} Egyptian Christians flee Sinai following chilling Islamic State threat

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Egyptian Christians are fleeing the restive Sinai Peninsula, some with just the clothes on their backs, amid a series of killings and an explicit call by Islamic State for its followers to target the minority group. Continue reading

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{FD} Illegal immigrants signal they would prefer detention over deportation

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All but one of about 50 undocumented Mexican migrants at a meeting Saturday indicated they would rather risk detention and long court battles in the U.S. than return to Mexico voluntarily. Continue reading

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{FD} ISIS leader known for recruiting French-speaking militants possibly killed in Iraq

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An Islamic State extremist group leader responsible for recruiting French-speaking militants was targeted and possibly killed by coalition forces in Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Merkel steps up plans to deport rejected migrants after terrorist attack

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stepping up efforts to speed up deportations of rejected asylum seekers after a terror attack in Berlin last year cast a sharp light on the potential risks of letting failed refugees remain in the country. Continue reading

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{FD} US farm income seen falling for fourth straight year

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U.S. farm incomes are likely to drop 8.7 percent in 2017, a fourth consecutive year of declines amid a deep slump in prices for many crops. Continue reading

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{FD} UN report says civilian casualties at record high in Afghanistan

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The United Nations said civilian casualties from fighting last year in Afghanistan hit their highest level since the organization began systematically gathering such data eight years ago. Continue reading

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{FD} Russian arrests spur questions over links to US hacking

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A series of high-profile arrests in Russia, purportedly including officers of the country’s secretive Federal Security Service and a cybersecurity expert, has intelligence officials on both sides of the Atlantic trying to unravel a mystery they suspect may be connected to Russian hacking in the U.S. Continue reading

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{FD} Enhanced pampering: Houston pulls out perks for jet-setting Super Bowl VIPs

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This elite portion of the crowd will include some of the NFL’s biggest sponsors, who also happen to be the kinds of people Houston is most keen on impressing. Continue reading

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{FD} Germany turns to technology to assess threat from radicals

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German police on Thursday unveiled a new analytical tool they hope will give investigators accurate predictions about the likelihood that known extremists will carry out a terror attack. Continue reading

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{FD} 76 protesters arrested at Dakota pipeline site

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Seventy-six people were arrested Wednesday during renewed clashes over the Dakota Access Pipeline, as the Trump administration moves to speed the pipeline-approval process. Continue reading

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{FD} Iran halts visas to Americans as Iraq keeps door open

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Iran has stopped issuing visas to Americans, the country’s foreign minister said, in an expected response to President Donald Trump’s 90-day ban on Iranian citizens entering the U.S. Continue reading

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{FD} New York City teacher accused of training roosters for cockfighting

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Federal prosecutors have accused a New York City teacher of breeding and training roosters for cockfighting in his Bronx backyard. Continue reading

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{FD} Islamic State-linked terror leader seriously injured in Philippine airstrikes

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A suspected Indonesian militant was killed and one of Southeast Asia’s top terror suspects was seriously wounded as the Philippines launched airstrikes using South Korean-made jet fighters for the first time in combat, officials said Sunday. Continue reading

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{FD} Gun-rights supporters oppose plan to protect wildlife refuges by prohibiting lead bullets

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In the waning hours of the Obama administration, the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set in motion a plan to prohibit lead ammunition and fishing tackle from national wildlife refuges by 2022. Continue reading

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{FD} Gloom descends on Mexico’s NAFTA capital

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The road from the airport to the center of this city, Mexico’s bustling industrial hub, is lined with factories and warehouses bearing familiar American corporate names that churn out some of the world’s most recognizable products: Whirlpool Corp. washing machines, Mondelez International Inc. cookies and Mary Kay Inc. makeup. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump told Afghanistan president he would consider troop increase

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U.S. President Donald Trump told Afghanistan’s president in a call in December that he would consider sending more American troops, Afghan officials said, in a step to halt the deterioration in the country’s security. Continue reading

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{FD} China orders US to ‘act with caution’ over South China Sea

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China urged the U.S. to speak and act cautiously on the South China Sea on Tuesday after the new U.S. administration’s first public comment on the issue echoed the hard-line tone struck by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his confirmation hearing. Continue reading

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{FD} China says prepared to lead global economy if necessary

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China is prepared to take the helm of the global economy if Western nations abdicate their leadership role, a top Chinese diplomat said Monday, days after U.S. President Donald Trump pledged in his inaugural address to put “America first.” Continue reading

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{FD} When horse diapers and freedom of religion collide

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Horse diapers have been thrust into the debate over religious freedom. Continue reading

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{FD} Awash in migrants, Italy steps up deportations for relief

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As Italy looks for fresh ways to cope with the hundreds of thousands of migrants bottled up in the country, one solution is rising to the top of the agenda: deportation. Continue reading

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{FD} Philadelphia bill could ban companies from asking hires about salary history if passed

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Philadelphia is on the brink of becoming the first U.S. city to bar employers from asking potential hires for their salary history, a step aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women. Continue reading

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