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Irked by Trump's policy and posturing, Europeans find ways to push back

European disapproval of American policy is nothing new. But the Trump administration has roused both European governments and citizens to action in a new way.

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Protests rumble in China after fraudulent investment scheme fails

Following the collapse of Qianbao.com, a major Chinese investment scheme, authorities are working to quell protests in the eastern city of Nanjing. China's lax regulations on internet investment have allowed several fraudulent companies to grow in recent years.

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UN returns to rebel-held South Sudan with new 'nimble' strategy

The United Nations is sending troops back to a base in Akobo, South Sudan. Instead of building a permanent presence in the rebel-controlled region, the UN is opting to fly in peacekeepers for a few days a week as part of its new approach.

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In Syrian 'epicenter of suffering,' women model resilience

In Douma, in rebel-held eastern Ghouta, food is scarce, bombings routine, and peace a memory. But the women of all ages who stream into Sabah's cozy apartment choose to be happy, sharing joy, music, and laughter.

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Syria: Can Trump's anti-Iran strategy survive hostilities with Turkey?

As Russia, Iran, and the US strive to establish facts on the ground to maximize their chances of shaping postwar Syria, Turkey is posing a challenge to a key piece of the Trump administration’s emerging policy.

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EU reform effort reopens eurozone divide in Central Europe

As Germany and France push for reform in the European Union, Central European countries say joining the eurozone will limit their autonomy, while supporters of European integration say they risk being left behind.

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Pence's reference to 'Israel's capital' calls US ability to mediate into question

Vice President Mike Pence began his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by referring to Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The US stance on Israel's capital continues to sow doubt among Arab leaders that the US can effectively mediate Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. 

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Romanian Roma use theater to address bigotry

A feminist Roma theater company is staging plays to highlight the racism and sexism that Roma women are subjected to in Romania. The group uses art to raise awareness of the social issues facing marginalized Roma, the largest ethnic minority in Europe.

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Briefing: What to expect at the Olympics

The Games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from Feb. 9-25. South Korea's government has trumpeted the Games as an opportunity to improve relations with its northern neighbor.

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South Korean protesters burn 'unification flag' and photos of Kim Jong-un

Protesters in South Korea took to the streets during the visit of North Korean pop-star in Seoul to voice displeasure about the North's participation in the Winter Olympics and recent rapprochement deals between the neighboring nations.

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Return to China: One reporter finds a nation that has gone from bicycles to bullet trains

For a visiting journalist, the country of today feel worlds away from the China she first encountered decades earlier.

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A year into 'America First,' the world eyes US – and Trump – with less trust

President Trump's mistrust and rejection of international agreements and institutions have transformed America's status. And the lack of global leadership shown in the first year of his administration may have a lasting effect.

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Mexico looks abroad for examples of peace processes to end drug violence

In attempts to curb drug violence and rampant murder rates, Mexican politicians are seeking new paths to peace. Countries with violent histories, such as Colombia and South Africa, are being viewed as models to learn from.

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In upcoming Mexican election, migrants living in the US could tip tight presidential race

New rules allowing Mexican citizens to register to vote from abroad could reshape the country's electoral landscape. 

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Chilean protests, threats 'unprecedented' for papal visit

Pope Francis faced an unusually high level of hostility on his visit to Chile with protestors burning at least 11 churches and leaving threatening pamphlets directed at the pope.

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Rohingya refugees find their voice in demands to Myanmar

Citizenship, return of land, and justice are just some of the things being petitioned by Rohingya refugee leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp. Representing 40 villages, Rohingya elders are heading the effort to have their demands met by Myanmar ahead of the repatriation process. 

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Italy's migrants teach themselves to stand up for themselves

Migrants and refugees living in the region around Caserta are vulnerable to being exploited, including by the mafia. But they’re growing increasingly aware of their rights and their power to help each other fight for fair treatment.

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Indigenous Peruvians seek help from Pope Francis to regain access to Incan temple

The most sacred temple in the Incan Empire came under Catholic control in the 16th century. The groups are appealing to Pope Francis, seen by many as sympathetic to the plight of indigenous people, for increased access the temple's ruins in Cuzco, Peru. 

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Zimbabwe plans first election without Mugabe

President Mnangagwa unveiled plans on Thursday to hold open elections in Zimbabwe in four to five months – the first elections since the ouster of former President Robert Mugabe. 

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South Koreans chafe against North-South unified Olympics team

An agreement to have North Korea and South Korea march under one flag and field a joint hockey team in the Winter Olympics has triggered a backlash in South Korea from young and old alike who feel the move is nothing more than political propaganda.

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