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Colombia pardons 110 FARC rebels as part of peace deal

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Pardons apply to political crimes, but not killings and rape, minister says, as FARC expels uncooperative commanders. Al Jazeera News The Colombian government has pardoned at least 110 FARC rebels as part of a peace deal to end a 52-year conflict, the country’s justice minister said. “I believe around 300 pardons could be… Colombia pardons 110 FARC rebels as… Read More »

1000 Muslims close London streets to chant Allahu Akbar and demand Islamic caliphate

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MORE than 1000 Muslims took to the streets of London last night chanting Allahu Akbar and demanding an Islamic caliphate. Express The street outside the empty embassy in Belgrave Square, London, was closed off as it filled with protestors and Islamic leaders chanting loudly and calling for America to be punished over Aleppo. The demonstration became an… 1000 Muslims close London streets to… Read More »

Why Abe Is Seeking a Settlement with Russia

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In Asia’s unstable regional context, it makes more strategic sense than at any time for Japan to forge a peace treaty with Russia. The National Interest Tomohiko Taniguchi, Daniel Bob Vladimir Putin is slated to visit Japan on December 15 and… Why Abe Is… Read More »

France will soon have a new crime: online obstruction of abortion

A general view shows the hemicycle as French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve delivers a speech outlining his new government program at the National Assembly in Paris, France, on Dec. 13, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

(RNS) France will soon create a new crime that will make someone running an anti-abortion website as liable to a lawsuit as a protester blocking the door to an abortion clinic. Religion News Service Tom Heneghan The new crime, called the “online obstruction of abortion,” won’t be an outright ban, because that would amount to government censorship. But the law will be so broadly worded that… France will soon have a new crime: online… Read More »

The Rise In C-Sections Could Be Changing Human Evolution

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C-sections have been on the rise for decades, now making up more than 30 percent of all deliveries in the United States. The Huffington Post Catherine Pearson An intriguing new study out of Austria suggests that as C-sections have become more common, they might also be altering the course of human evolution. More… The Rise In C… Read More »

Oil Zone Fighting Threatens Libya with Economic Collapse

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New clashes over Libya’s oilfields could wreck the fragile remains of the country’s economy. ICG Beyond security help, international actors must support compromises on state financing between the opposing factions and help pull Libya back from the… Oil Zone Fighting… Read More »

The American dream lives!

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Any chance America’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 2016 will somehow end well? AEI James Pethokoukis No way. This is the annus horribilis when… The American dream… Read More »

Russia and Turkey Pushed the West Out of Syria

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Neither the U.S. nor European powers seem to have been aware that Russia and Turkey were negotiating a ceasefire and evacuation deal for Aleppo on Tuesday. Bloomberg View By Leonid Bershidsky After the capture of the ravaged but all-important city by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, this may be the… Russia and Turkey… Read More »

California governor: ‘If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite’

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California Gov. Jerry Brown gave a fiery speech on climate-change policy on Wednesday, during which he said, “If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite,” according to The Los Angeles Times. Business Insider Rafi Letzter Brown was speaking at the 2016 meeting of the… California governor: ‘If… Read More »

Atlantic wave biggest ever recorded by buoy

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The highest-ever wave detected by a buoy has been recorded in the North Atlantic ocean. BBC News The 19-metre (62.3ft) wave happened between Iceland and the United Kingdom, off the Outer Hebrides, the World Meteorological Organization said. It was created in the aftermath of a… Atlantic wave biggest ever… Read More »

Catalan separatists defy Spain in pursuit of ‘utopia’

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The mayor of the small Catalan town of Berga became today the first arrested for disobeying political independence of justice in the process of secession began in this region of northeastern Spain. / AFP / PAU BARRENA        (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

Pro-independence parties prepare for mass acts of civil disobedience against the Spanish state. Politico Guy Hedgecoe BERGA, Spain — A large Catalan independence flag hangs from the city hall of Berga, a town of 16,000 inhabitants in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Known as the Estelada, the red-and-yellow… Catalan separatists defy Spain in… Read More »

Brazil: Clashes as Senate approves 20-year austerity plan

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The Brazilian Senate has approved a controversial amendment to the constitution capping public spending for the next 20 years. BBC News The approval of the austerity measure is an important victory for President Michel Temer. He took office earlier this year promising to… Brazil: Clashes as Senate approves… Read More »

Sign-ups for 2017 Affordable Care Act health plans run slightly ahead of last year

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The number of Americans signing up for 2017 health plans through HealthCare.gov is running slightly ahead of a year ago, even as President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican Congress prepare to dismantle the law that provides the coverage. The Washington Post Amy Goldstein Customers new to the Affordable Care Act marketplaces account for just 25 percent of the enrollment so far, however, compared with almost 40 percent at about the same time last year, according to figures released… Sign-ups for ... Read More »

Art exhibit showcases Syrian history, culture

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The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is exhibiting more than 40 works of Syrian art in an attempt to raise awareness of the rich cultural and artistic histories of Syria. Al Monitor Aaron Schaffer The exhibition, entitled “Syria: A Living History,” will be on display at the museum through late February. The exhibition was curated by… Art exhibit showcases Syrian… Read More »