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Saudi Sisters’ Plan to Escape to Australia Is Halted in Hong Kong

The women, who said they are 18 and 20, have appealed for asylum as their legal stay in Hong Kong nears an end, their lawyer said.
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The Saturday Profile: In Beirut, a ‘Teeming Vision of the Inferno’

In “Capernaum,” her Oscar-nominated film, Nadine Labaki has captured a world of hopelessness and desperation that most Lebanese refuse to see.
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Gauging Saudi Stakes On Pakistan And India

Worldcrunch.com / THE WIRE *NEW DELHI* — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's visits to India and Pakistan in the immediate aftermath of a deadly suicide attack on Indian security personnel in..
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U.S. To Leave 200 Troops In Syria

The U.S. announced Thursday night it would leave a small number of troops on the ground in Syria.
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Watch: OneShot — Raising The Flag On Iwo Jima, A Look Back

Worldcrunch.com / ONESHOT Six men, one flag: it is the defining image of the Greatest Generation. No bodies, no planes or tanks, and yet it has become one of the most recognizable images of that..
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Heirs To El Chapo: Who Will Be Sinaloa Drug Cartel's Next Boss?

Worldcrunch.com / CLARIN *BUENOS AIRES* — Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, the 61-year-old crime boss from Mexico, will probably spend the rest of his life in jail after a New York jury found him guilty..
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ISIS Cases Raise a Question: What Does It Mean to Be Stateless?

Some countries want to strip Islamic State volunteers of their citizenship. Here is a look at what it means to be a person without a country.
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Yemen Dispatch: For Yemen Child Soldiers, a Refuge Mixes Play With Saudi Propaganda

A Saudi-financed center offers six weeks of comfort and schooling to former child soldiers in Yemen. But it doubles as a propaganda stage set, blaming only one side for the conflict: Houthis.
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If Only Marie Kondo Could Clean Up My Social Life

Worldcrunch.com / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG -Essay- I have a friend I can't stand. It sounds mean, but that's how she makes me feel. Every time she writes me, calls me, wants to visit me, I'm annoyed...
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White House Says 200 Troops Will Stay in Syria, Retreating From a Full Withdrawal

The move was a concession to allies and Pentagon officials who have argued that a complete American withdrawal risks returning key areas in Syria to the Islamic State.
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SpaceX to Launch SpaceIL’s Lunar Lander Aboard Used Rocket

Once it launches, the spacecraft will slowly travel to the moon, aiming to land in April.
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Israel Set To Launch Spacecraft To The Moon

If the mission is successful, it would make Israel the fourth country to land on the lunar surface – after the U.S., the former Soviet Union and China.
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How Israel’s Moon Lander Got to the Launchpad

With $100 million and a lot of volunteer labor, SpaceIL’s Beresheet spacecraft could be the first privately built vessel to reach the lunar surface.
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Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Can't Come Back, Trump Says

Hoda Muthana was 20 when she moved to Syria and started posting ISIS propaganda online. She says she has renounced the group and wants to return home, but the Trump Administration refuses to allow it.
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Saudi Crown Prince's Visit To India Signals Pivot Eastward For Riyadh

When Mohammed bin Salman met earlier this week with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the two leaders appeared to avoid touchy subjects such as Saudi support for Pakistan.
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Chinese Students In Latin America: Barriers Beyond Language 

Worldcrunch.com / AMERICA ECONOMIA *VALPARAÍSO *—* *The concept of transit implies the idea of passing from one point to another — a transfer. In recent years, we have observed the transit of..
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News Brief: Trump Says Woman Who Joined ISIS Can't Return To The U.S.

A woman who fled the U.S. to join ISIS wants to return home. Coast Guard officer arrested for allegedly planning an attack. Police charge Empire actor Jussie Smollett with filing a false report.
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French Yellow Vests: How Social Unrest Begets Anti-Semitism

Worldcrunch.com / LE MONDE *PARIS* — European history has shown, time and again, that anti-Semitism is an indicator that the social state has become unstable. It’s therefore not shocking that..
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Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, Israeli Centrists, Join Forces Against Netanyahu

The alliance is seen as posing a credible threat to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, as he tries to maintain his grip on power.
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State Department Says It Will Not Allow Woman Who Supported ISIS To Enter U.S.

As the battle against ISIS in Syria winds down a woman claiming to be an American woman who went to support ISIS pleads to come back to the U.S. She's one of many languishing in detention camps now.
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Oil On Canvas? Art As Seen Through Black Gold

Worldcrunch.com / MADA MASR *DUBAI* — “Oil is magical and insidious,” writes Murtaza Vali, curator of Crude*, the inaugural exhibition at Dubai’s Jameel Arts Centre. Oil’s influence was..
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Egypt Executes 9 Convicted of Assassinating Top Prosecutor

Hisham Barakat died in a bombing, the first senior official killed in the country in a quarter-century. Rights groups said confessions were obtained after torture.
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Flying (And Landing) High In La Paz

Worldcrunch.com / WORLDCRUNCH La Paz's airport delivers on its name: El Alto is indeed the highest international airport in the world. Luckily neither my wife Claudine (pictured here in the..
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Amid Trouble With the West, Saudi Arabia Looks East

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia is visiting Pakistan, India and China to shore up political and economic ties.
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Bernie's Ready For Another Run — Are Democrats Ready For Him?

Worldcrunch.com / THE WASHINGTON POST -Analysis- *WASHINGTON* — Bernie Sanders just made it official, announcing that he'll be a candidate for president in 2020. His candidacy brings lots of..
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The Disappeared Children of Israel

In the state of Israel’s early years, a number of parents in immigrant transit camps were told that their babies had died. In recent years, DNA testing has proved that some of those children are..
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British Woman Who Joined ISIS In Syria As Teen Is Stripped Of U.K. Citizenship

Shamima Begum, 19, left England in 2015. Now she is a married mother and living in a refugee camp. Begum says she wants to come home, but the U.K. government doesn't want her back.
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Why Latin America Shouldn't Take Sides In U.S.-China Rivalry

Worldcrunch.com / CLARIN -Analysis- *BUENOS AIRES* — Until last year, the triangular relationship between China, the United States and Latin America offered the possibility of cooperation,..
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7 Children in Syrian Refugee Family Die in Fire in Canada

The victims, who immigrated in 2017, ranged in age from four months to 15 years old. The cause of the early-morning blaze in Nova Scotia remains under investigation.
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The Current State Of ISIS As Its End Draws Near

ISIS has lost control of almost all of its territory after a years-long military campaign. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Associated Press reporter Sarah El Deeb, who is at the frontlines of the fight.
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Family of Shamima Begum, ISIS Teenager, Says Britain Plans to Revoke Her Citizenship

Ms. Begum’s family said it was “very disappointed with the Home Office’s intention to have an order made depriving Shamima of her citizenship.”
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What A Transfer Of Nuclear Technology To Saudi Arabia Would Mean For National Security

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jeffrey Lewis, a nonproliferation expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, following a report about U.S. intent to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi..
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The Violent Roots Of India's Subjugation Of Women

Worldcrunch.com / THE WIRE *NEW DELHI* — Recent confrontations at the Sabarimala temple have alerted us yet again to the persistent power of brahmanical Hinduism. Not only the Bharatiya Janata..
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Iran Says Suicide Bomber Who Hit Revolutionary Guards Was Pakistani

A commander of the guards said the bomber who killed 27 members of the elite force last week was from Pakistan, as were two accomplices.
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Watch: OneShot — The Kaiser Of Fashion Leaves The Runway

Worldcrunch.com / ONESHOT "Legendary," "pioneering," "the savior of Chanel," "fashion icon..." Superlatives abound in international headlines as news outlets take a moment to pay homage to the..
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Egypt Turns Back Veteran New York Times Reporter

David D. Kirkpatrick was detained at Cairo airport and sent back to London in an escalation of a news media crackdown under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
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News Brief: Venezuela, North Carolina Election, Syria Crisis

Trump continues his push for regime change. Officials examine the election results of the states 9th Congressional District which may be fraudulent. And, an update on Syria's humanitarian crisis.
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A United Europe, The Stakes Couldn't Be Higher

Worldcrunch.com / LES ECHOS *PARIS* — Europe today finds itself facing a double existential challenge. The first is external and essentially geopolitical in nature. The second is a social and..
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European Leaders Reluctant To Meet Trump's Demands To Take Back Captive ISIS Fighters

They say there's rarely enough evidence to prosecute. "The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go," Trump tweeted.
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Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni Announces Retirement From Politics

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni announced her retirement from politics on Monday. Livni also served as Israel's chief peace negotiator.
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And If Venezuela's Maduro Survives?

Worldcrunch.com / EL ESPECTADOR -Analysis- *BOGOTÁ* — A clash of titanic proportions for the control of Venezuela is taking place both out in the open and behind the scenes, between those..
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Saudi Crown Prince Promises $20 Billion in Investments for Pakistan

The pledges, which are nonbinding, would also help secure the country as a market for Saudi crude oil.
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Asleep At The Wheel? The Limits Of Self-Driving Cars

Worldcrunch.com / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG *MUNICH* — Brake, start, drive, brake again. Above all, be careful not to drive into the car in front of you. Stop-and-go traffic is annoying and..
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Poland and Israel’s Embrace as Awkward as Ever Despite Shared Adversary in E.U.

Israel’s prime minister is trying to turn strange bedfellows into staunch allies, but the past keeps creeping up to derail things.
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