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Hundreds of thousands of Greeks rallied outside parliament in Athens on Sunday to protest against the use of the term Macedonia in any settlement the government pursues with the ex-Yugoslav Republic to end a decades-old name row.
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On Saturday morning, before heading out for a round of golf, President Donald Trump tweeted this:

"This memo totally vindicates 'Trump' in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!"

The "memo" in question is the one released by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-California, that alleges that a dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele was the sole reason a FISA w
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arrant was granted to surveil one-time Trump aide Carter Page.
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The year was 1904, and Lizzie Maggie wanted to create a board game that acted as “a harsh criticism of wealth disparity.” Upset by the the inequality around her, Maggie aspired to ridicule and ondemn the dire outcomes of unbridled capitalism. So she constructed the Landlord’s Game, which intended to educate players on the rules and regulations of realty and taxation. Eventually, it ended up being the precursor to the game-which-nobody-ever-finishes, Monopoly.
Shortly after producing the game, Maggie told a reporter, “In a short time, I hope a very short time, men and women will discover that
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they are poor because Carnegie and Rockefeller, maybe, have more than they know what do to with.”
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A House Republican memo alleges abuses in how top law-enforcement officials sought the surveillance of a onetime Trump adviser, suggesting partisan motives in a document that the FBI said contained factual omissions and inaccuracies.
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A new survey has shown a divided public in Germany on whether Angela Merkel should be chancellor once again. The Social Democrats also witnessed their worst performance in the poll's history.
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The US president says leaders at the FBI and Justice Department have politicised investigations.
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Masha Gessen writes about the Democratic response to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant message during his State of the Union address.
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PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron warned Turkey that its operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria should not become an excuse to invade the country and said he wanted Ankara to coordinate its action with its allies.“If it turns out that this operation takes a turn other than to fight a potential terrorist threat to the Turkish border and becomes an invasion operation, (then) this becomes a real problem for us,” Macon said in an interview with Le Figaro newspaper published on Wednesday.
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In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of unifying the country and delivering for the American people -- and he has the opportunity to back up his words with action almost immediately.
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Lawmakers’ expectations of a spending deal are quickly diminishing under pressure from Republicans and Democrats in both chambers.
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Terrorism by foreign-born individuals is rarer than the administration is leading Americans to believe.

n January 16, President Donald Trump tweeted a summary of a government report showing that “nearly 3 in 4 individuals convicted of terrorism-related charges are foreign born.” The report, issued by the departments of Justice and Homeland Security, noted that between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2016, of the 549 people convicted of international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal courts, 402 were foreign born.

Yet using the “nearly 3 in 4” statistic to imply that the U.S.
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immigration system increases terrorist threats is a deeply misleading tactic. It exploits a psychological challenge that most of us face in reasoning about risk—with potentially disastrous consequences, especially as immigration policies are being debated and lives hang in the balance.

Criticism of the report so far has focused on the specific numbers cited. For example, the report does not include domestic terrorists, who are less likely to be foreign born.
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A panel of scientists and scholars said Thursday they believe the world is as close as it has ever been to a so-called doomsday scenario.
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President Donald Trump is proposing giving 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship in exchange for $25 billion for his long-promised wall and a host of other strict immigration cuts, according to a framework proposed Thursday.
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The president says he is ready to face investigators over Russian election interference allegations.
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International travelers curtailed trips to the U.S. last year, and President Donald Trump’s rhetoric is partly to blame, Marriott International Inc.’s chief executive officer said in a Bloomberg Television interview.
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Turkey's president on Wednesday vowed to expand its operation against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria toward the town of Manbij, which would bring Turkish troops and their Syrian allies closer to U.S. forces supporting the Kurds against the Islamic State group.

Turkey launched an incursion Saturday against the Afrin enclave, which is controlled by a Kurdish militia that played a key role in U.S. efforts to roll back the extremist group. U.S. forces are based in Kurdish-held parts of northeastern Syria but not in or near Afrin.
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While the government shutdown is affecting potentially hundreds of thousands of government workers and countless citizens who rely on government services, there’s one person who seems to be enjoying the current situation: Mick Mulvaney, director of The Office of Management and Budget. “I found out for the first time last night that the person who technically shuts down the government down is me, which is kind of cool,” Mulvaney said in a Friday radio interview with conservative commentator Sean Hannity. Media Matters for America was first to flag Mulvaney’s remarks.

The federal government s
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hut down at 12:01 am on Saturday morning as Republicans and Democrats remain stuck in a standoff after failing to reach a deal to fund the government. The Office of Management and Budget, which Mulvaney helms, is in charge of implementing and running the shutdown. Apparently the former House Freedom Caucus leader is enjoying his newly-discovered power.
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The world's most powerful government shut down on Saturday after President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies, highlighting the country's deep political divisions.

For the first time since October 2013 - when a similar standoff that lasted 16 days kept only essential agency operations intact - federal workers were being told to stay at home or in some cases to work without pay until new funding is approved.

The shutdown began a year to the day after Trump was sworn in as president.
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Twitter revealed on Friday that trolls tied to the Russian government spread far more disinformation during the 2016 U.S. presidential election than the company first reported — and pledged to notify hundreds of thousands of users who had seen that content.

The update comes as Twitter continues to face criticism on Capitol Hill that it has failed to fully confront the scourge of Kremlin propaganda — and neglected to respond to the demands of lawmakers who are probing Russia’s meddling on popular social media sites.

Ahead of a series of congressional hearings last year, Twitter initially
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said it had discovered 2,200 accounts tied to the Internet Research Agency, a troll army connected to the Russian government. On Friday, though, Twitter said it had actually identified 3,814 accounts related to the IRA.
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DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a directive to transfer $2 billion to Yemen’s central bank on Wednesday to “alleviate the suffering” of the Yemeni people. The bailout is expected to boost Yemen’s financial and economic situation while bolstering the Yemeni riyal. As the value of the riyal goes up, the living conditions of Yemeni citizens will change for the better.
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The newly elected Catalan parliament has met after a failed attempt at secession from Spain last year. The question remains whether sacked leader Carles Puigdemont will be allowed to present himself for re-election.
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The percentage of Americans without health insurance rose 1.3 percentage points in Donald Trump's first years as president, a small increase, but the first since 2009, according to new data from Gallup's widely followed annual survey of insurance coverage.
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President Emmanuel Macron has visited the northern town of Calais, where hundreds of migrants have gathered in hopes of making it to Britain. The visit comes ahead of immigration crisis talks with the UK's Theresa May.
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More than one-third give the president's performance a failing grade.

Donald Trump’s quarterly report card is in — and if he were back in school, he’d find himself on academic probation.

More voters give Trump a failing grade for his first year as president than think he deserves an “A” or “B,” according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted earlier this month. Trump’s best marks come on the economy, jobs and fighting terrorism. But he gets poor marks for his handling of health care, the national debt and foreign relations.
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Martin Luther King III, Bernice King, the son and daughter of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., react to Trump's 'shithole' remark while speaking at events on the national holiday honoring their father.
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JEDDAH: Tough new sanctions imposed by US President Donald Trump on 14 Iranian individuals and organizations are a political blow and a warning to the regime in Tehran, a leading analyst told Arab News on Saturday. Among those targeted are the powerful politician Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, the head of Iran’s judiciary and a close ally of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Groups facing sanctions include the cyber unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
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An emergency alert stating Hawaii was at imminent risk of a ballistic missile attack caused confusion and panic Saturday after it was sent out "based on human error" at a time of escalating nuclear tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

Multiple users on Twitter at about 1:10 p.m. ET posted screenshots of an alert message that read: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."
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African UN ambassadors and the African Union have called for "a retraction and an apology" from Donald Trump after the US president reportedly described them as "s***hole" countries. Trump has denied using the phrase.
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The Trump administration is paving the road for states to design new eligibility requirements for Medicaid, including forcing many recipients to work, look for work, or volunteer in order to qualify for government health coverage.

It’s a dramatic shift for the 50-year-old program. Under current law, eligibility for Medicaid is based almost entirely on income. But the Trump administration, after months of promises, is now telling states how they can introduce a new requirement that certain Medicaid recipients also work in order to receive health coverage through the program — a move that exp
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erts say is a significant departure from the program’s purpose of providing a safety net to Americans in or near poverty.
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LONDON: Royal Saudi Arabia Air Defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern province of Najran, bordering Yemen, on Thursday. It is the latest act of aggression on the border. Last month, Houthi militias fired a ballistic missile at Riyadh, targeting Al-Yamamah Royal Palace in the Saudi capital. While in November, militias launched a missile targeting King Khalid International Airport.  Saudi air defense intercepted the missile and shot it down without causing any damage.