• Britain strips citizenship from teenager who joined Islamic State in Syria
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    Britain strips citizenship from teenager who joined Islamic State in Syria

    The fate of Shamima Begum, who was found in a detention camp in Syria last week, has illustrated the ethical, legal and security conundrum that governments face when dealing with the families of militants who swore to destroy the West. With Islamic State depleted and Kurdish-led militia poised to seize

  • 'Tarnished image': Myanmar touts troubled Rakhine as investment destination
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    'Tarnished image': Myanmar touts troubled Rakhine as investment destination

    Myanmar denies the charge and says its offensive was a legitimate response to an insurgent threat and that it is welcoming the refugees back. Myanmar hopes the Rakhine State Investment Fair – the first of its kind – will bring money into the impoverished region. Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who

  • Iran's Rouhani says U.S. sanctions are 'terrorist act'
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    Iran's Rouhani says U.S. sanctions are 'terrorist act'

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday relations with the United States had rarely been so bad and that sanctions imposed by the Trump administration targeting Tehran's oil and banking sectors amounted to "a terrorist act". Animosity between Washington and Tehran - bitter foes

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Who’s a populist? Democrats taking on Trump look to reclaim the mantle

    “Stop calling Donald Trump a populist,” liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman ordered the media last August. It’s true, Mr. Krugman wrote, President Trump does occasionally “pose” as a champion of ordinary Americans against the elite. Mr. Trump, for his part, boasts that his policies have been

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Bearing witness: When hospital work becomes a test of faith

    When Tom Catena moved to Sudan in 2008 to work as a surgeon in a remote, rebel-held territory, he first needed to earn the community’s trust. A decade into the job, Dr. Catena, who is also a Catholic missionary, leads the Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, Sudan. Catena

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Trump meets his Magna Carta

    Perhaps never before in the history of Presidents’ Day has the power of an American president been so openly challenged as it was during the holiday on Feb. 18. Thousands rallied nationwide to protest President Trump’s use of emergency powers to take money for a border wall. Many in Congress plotted

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Peaceful revolutionary: Can Armenia’s prisoner-turned-prime minister govern?

    Eventually Pashinyan turned himself in when a general amnesty was announced for political prisoners. Pashinyan delivered a passionate lecture on how inappropriate a poster promoting assault rifles was for a judge’s office. In the end, the judge took the poster down and granted Pashinyan partial amnesty

  • The Latest: Valero stops importing Venezuela crude oil
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    The Latest: Valero stops importing Venezuela crude oil

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):

  • Three UK Conservatives quit party in protest at 'disastrous Brexit'
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    Three UK Conservatives quit party in protest at 'disastrous Brexit'

    The lawmakers, long critical of May's Brexit strategy to leave the EU which they believe is being driven by Conservative eurosceptics, said in a statement they would join a new group in parliament set up by seven former opposition Labour politicians. The resignations put May in an even weaker position

  • The Latest: Case filed in Sweden against Syrian officials
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    The Latest: Case filed in Sweden against Syrian officials

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):

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    Croat court orders detention after body found in freezer

    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Croatian court has ordered one month's detention for a woman suspected of killing her sister, whose body was found in a freezer more than 18 years after she went missing.

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    Russian President Putin's address to parliament

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The following are highlights from Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual address to parliament on Wednesday. The highlights will be continuously updated throughout the speech. RUSSIA-USA RELATIONS "We have no interest in confrontation and we don't want one, least of

  • Civilians evacuated from last Islamic State holdout in Syria
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    Civilians evacuated from last Islamic State holdout in Syria

    BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — A convoy of trucks carrying hundreds of civilians, including men, women and children, left the last enclave held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Wednesday, signaling a possible end to a standoff that has lasted for more than a week.

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    Text: Resignation letter of three lawmakers who quit UK PM May's Conservatives

    Three pro-EU lawmakers from Britain's governing Conservative Party quit to join an independent group in parliament on Wednesday, in a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May's attempts to unite her party around her Brexit plans. You assured us when you first sought the leadership that this was your

  • North Korea's Kim to travel to Vietnam by train, summit at Government Guesthouse: sources
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    North Korea's Kim to travel to Vietnam by train, summit at Government Guesthouse: sources

    It could take Kim at least two and a half days to travel the thousands of kilometers through China by train, from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to Vietnam, meaning he would have to set off later this week in time for his planned Feb. 25 arrival. Kim's train will stop at the Vietnamese border

  • Associated Press

    Customs intercepts over $12M in meth at border crossing

    PHARR, Texas (AP) — Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted nearly $13 million worth of methamphetamine inside a truck carrying frozen strawberries that crossed into the U.S. from Mexico.

  • Trucks carrying women, children leave IS Syria redoubt
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    Trucks carrying women, children leave IS Syria redoubt

    At least 10 trucks carrying men, women and children left the Islamic State group's last redoubt in eastern Syria on Wednesday, in a sign a final assault may be approaching. The convoy passed a position of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces after leaving the last IS holdout in the village of

  • Associated Press

    Britain urges Germany to ease curbs on arms sales to Saudi

    BERLIN (AP) — Britain's top diplomat is demanding that Germany relax its ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia because they are affecting UK sales of weapons to the oil-rich kingdom.

  • Reuters

    UK PM May 'saddened' by three lawmakers quitting her party over Brexit

    British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she was saddened by the decision of three of her lawmakers to quit the Conservative Party over her Brexit policy, but said she was doing the right thing for the country. "But by delivering on our manifesto commitment and implementing the decision

  • French Senate demands probe into Macron aides over bodyguard scandal
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    French Senate demands probe into Macron aides over bodyguard scandal

    A French Senate commission on Wednesday demanded an investigation of three close aides to President Emmanuel Macron after finding "major flaws" in the government's handling of a scandal involving an ex-bodyguard. The senators accused the three aides, including Macron's chief of staff

  • Associated Press

    Iran slams 'hypocrisy' of US-Saudi nuclear plans

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister has seized on a congressional report that the U.S. sought to share nuclear technology with Saudi Arabia, accusing Washington of ignoring the kingdom's human rights violations.

  • Associated Press

    Indian court orders top industrialist to pay Ericsson $77M

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court has held industrialist Anil Ambani and two of his directors guilty of contempt of court and ordered them to pay 5.5 billion rupees ($77.29) million owed to Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson.

  • Putin: We'll target USA if Washington deploys missiles in Europe
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    Putin: We'll target USA if Washington deploys missiles in Europe

    In his toughest remarks yet on a potential new arms race, Putin said Russia was not seeking confrontation and would not take the first step to deploy missiles in response to Washington's decision this month to quit a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty. Let them count the speed and the range

  • Associated Press

    Microsoft detects hacking targeting Europe democracy groups

    LONDON (AP) — Microsoft says it has detected hacking attacks aimed at European democratic institutions including think tanks and non-profit groups ahead of elections on the continent in May.

  • Britain presses EU for Brexit compromise as clock ticks
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    Britain presses EU for Brexit compromise as clock ticks

    BERLIN (AP) — Britain's foreign secretary said that securing an orderly Brexit is "of paramount importance" as he visited Germany on Wednesday, and insisted the UK can leave the European Union on March 29 as planned if a compromise deal is found.