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Palestinian Authority Bans Activities by Gay Rights Group

The Palestinian group, Al Qaws, vowed to continue its work. A police spokesman said its activities violated the “ideals and values of Palestinian society.”
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Afghanistan Ambassador To U.S. Discusses U.S. Security Talks With The Taliban

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Roya Rahmani, Afghanistan's ambassador to the U.S., about the latest attack in her country and U.S. security talks with the Taliban.
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Maybe The Way To Control Locusts Is By Growing Crops They Don't Like

A lab at Arizona State University if try to find new ways to combat the global scourge locusts still present. One solution may have to do with farming practices.
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Saudis Paid $90 Million to Sudan’s Ex-Leader, Officer Says in al-Bashir Trial

A senior police officer said that Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the country’s deposed leader, had admitted to receiving the money.
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The Gateway To Norway

Worldcrunch.com / WORLDCRUNCH Svolvaer is one of the first scenic stops upon entering the famous Lofoten archipelago of northern Norway. The fishing village, with its typical wooden red houses,..
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Seized Iranian Ship Steams From Gibraltar After U.S. Loses Legal Fight

The vessel, which was intercepted by British Royal Marines on July 4, left Gibraltar after a court there ruled that it had no authority to enforce U.S. sanctions against Iran.
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Bitcoin, Petro, Libra ... Why Cryptocurrency Isn't Really Currency

Worldcrunch.com / AMERICA ECONOMIA -Analysis- *LIMA — *How does one know that a political entity qualifies as a sovereign state? This was easy in the past: an entity was sovereign if it could..
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Blackface, Staple of Arab Comedy, Faces Surge of Criticism

The racist comedy trope, unacceptable in the West, is alive and well in mainstream Arab media.
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Palestinian Activist On Rep. Tlaib: Nobody Should Be Humiliated For Visiting Homeland

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with activist Fadi Quran about the controversy surrounding Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib's decision not to visit Israel and the West Bank.
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Pakistan Sees U.N. Meeting On Kashmir As Promising 1st Step

ON Friday, the United Nations Security Council held a closed door meeting to discuss India's controversial decision to revoke the Kashmir region's special status.
NPR - Published

Posterity, Pleasure, Revenge: What Drives Writers To Write

Worldcrunch.com / EL ESPECTADOR -OpEd- *BOGOTÁ* — U.S. poet Allen Ginsberg said he wrote because he liked to sing when he was alone, because he had no reason and because it was the best way to..
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Palestinians And Israelis React To Tlaib's Canceled Trip

Politics in the U.S. and Israel are often intertwined and that was illustrated in dramatic fashion this week.
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Houthis in Yemen Claim Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities

A Houthi spokesman called it the “biggest attack in the depths” of the kingdom, the world’s top oil exporter, but there was no immediate confirmation from the Saudi authorities.
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Peace Road Map for Afghanistan Will Let Taliban Negotiate Women’s Rights

Afghanistan must “be free of fear and abuse” under a final peace deal, says the country’s ambassador to Washington. An agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban, for new talks with Kabul, raises..
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Palestinian Journalist Weighs In On Rep. Rashida Tlaib's Cancelled Trip To Israel

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab about Rep. Rashida Tlaib's decision to cancel her trip to Israel, citing what she said were Israel's oppressive conditions.
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Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Cancels Her Trip To Israel

After she was barred by Israel and then allowed under restrictions, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said Israel was trying to humiliate her. An Israeli official accused her of doing the same to them.
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In Tlaib’s Ancestral Village, a Grandmother Weathers a Global Political Storm

Suddenly pulled into an international uproar, the 90-year-old grandmother of Representative Rashida Tlaib has barely kept up with the dizzying drama.
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Rashida Tlaib Says She Won’t Visit West Bank Under Israel’s Conditions

Israel said on Friday that Ms. Tlaib could visit her grandmother in the West Bank if she agreed not to “promote boycotts.” Ms. Tlaib said she would cancel her trip.
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Reversing Earlier Ban, Israel Permits Limited Visit For Rep. Rashida Tlaib

Israel said it would allow entry to the Michigan congresswoman to visit her aging grandmother in the West Bank after announcing earlier that it would bar her from visiting.
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Israel Says Rashida Tlaib Can Visit to See Her Grandmother

Israel had denied entry to two Congress members, Ms. Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, for supporting a boycott movement. The government now says Ms Tlaib can enter.
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Israel Says It Will Grant Visa To Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Reversing Earlier Ban

Israel said it would allow the congresswoman a "humanitarian visit" to visit her aging grandmother in the West Bank, reversing an earlier decision that came amid pressure from President Trump.
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News Brief: Trump Rally, Israel Controversy, Immigrant Workers

President Trump campaigns in New Hampshire. Israel bars two congresswomen from entering the country. And, U.S. employers say they have no choice but to rely on immigrants for low-paying jobs.
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American Jewish Committee On Israel Blocking U.S. Reps. Visit

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, about Israel's decision on Thursday to bar two U.S. congresswomen from entering the country.
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You Can Still Go On Holiday, But It's Time To Do It Sustainably

Worldcrunch.com / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG OpEd- *MUNICH* — "Urlaub," the German word for holidays, is a term that comes from 8th century High German and means "the permission to leave" and "the..
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In Northern Iraq, Yazidis Gather To Mark The Fifth Anniversary Of An ISIS Massacre

In remote northern Iraq, Yazidis gathered to mark an ISIS massacre five years ago. Some were relatives of Nobel Laureate Nadia Murad.
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Israel Says With Won't Allow Reps. Ilhan Omar And Rashida Tlaib To Enter Country

Israel says it won't allow Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to enter the country for a trip they have planned for this weekend.
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The Law Israel Used to Keep Omar and Tlaib Out

Israel has used the law, passed in 2017, to deny entry to outspoken foreign supporters of a movement to boycott the country.
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A Mother's Journey To Get Her Daughter And Grandson Back From ISIS

An Austrian woman struggles to get her daughter out of Syria, where she went as a confused teen with her husband to live under ISIS.
NPR - Published

Reps. Omar And Tlaib Barred From Visiting Israel After Trump Insists On Ban

Israeli officials reversed a decision to allow Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to visit the country.
NPR - Published

Israel Blocks Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib From Visiting

NPR's David Greene speaks with Daniel Estrin about two U.S. representatives barred from Israel, and what it means for President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Trump Urges Israel to Block Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

He said on Twitter while Israeli officials were deliberating the matter that “it would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib to visit.”
NYTimes.com - Published

U.S. Wants To Seize Iranian Taker, Gibraltar Says

A Gibraltar spokesperson said the U.S. Department of Justice has applied to seize the Grace 1, adding that "a number of allegations" made by the U.S. are now being considered.
NPR - Published Also reported by •NYTimes.com

Take 5: How China's Big Brother Inspires Surveillance Tech Around The World

Worldcrunch.com / TAKE 5 Personal privacy seems to be fleeting in a world where technology is constantly advancing — and it's no accident: Around the globe, authorities are creating new ways to..
Worldcrunch - Published

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