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After millions sign petitions, British lawmakers debate Trump's state visit

British Parliament debated two petitions Monday: one calling to rescind a state visit invitation extended to President Trump, and another urging them to keep the plans.  

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Bouche à Oreille: Michelin mixup makes modest French café a star

The cheerful eatery in Bourges shares a name with an upscale Paris restaurant, leading to the confusion. Though both chefs laughed it off, French dining remains a serious matter for many.

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Sweden responds to Trump's comments with confusion, criticism

After President Trump seemed to suggest a terrorist attack had taken place in Sweden, many Swedes have criticized the president and highlighted the importance of clear, factual information. 

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Canada's Muslims embrace their country – even when it doesn't embrace back

Muslims are increasingly taking their place in Canadian society, and are some of the country's most patriotic citizens. But many struggle with the need to 'prove' their loyalty. Last month's shooting at a Quebec City mosque was particularly shocking.

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Marine Le Pen is latest French politician embroiled in fraud allegations.

French National Front candidate Marine Le Pen faces allegations that members of her staff held and received salaries from fake EU jobs, making her the second presidential contender to become caught up in fraud controversy.

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Why 160,000 protesters in Barcelona want Spain to welcome more refugees

At least 160,000 protesters marched from the city center to the Mediterranean coast, demanding the conservative government stop dragging its feet on the issue. 

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Iraq launches offensive on last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul

Islamic State militants are under siege in western Mosul, along with an estimated 650,000 civilians, and the Iraqi Prime Minister has asked the armed forces to "respect human rights" during what commanders expect to be a "tough fight."

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Swedes scratch heads at Trump's suggestion of major incident

Sweden had a record 163,000 asylum applications in 2015, and Trump mentioned the country in the context of terror attacks in other European cities at a rally on Saturday.

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Why Malaysia is refusing to return Kim Jong Nam’s body to North Korea

The assassination of Kim Jong Un's half-brother provides an unusual perspective into North Korea's internal politics.

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Can Tony Blair stop Brexit?

Speaking at an Open Britain event on Friday, former prime minister Tony Blair called for pro-EU Britons to 'rise up in defense of what we believe.' 

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Kim Jong-nam’s death: Latest test of tense China-North Korea relations

On Saturday, Beijing said it wouldn't accept any coal shipments from North Korea in 2017. Despite being North Korea's closest ally, China has seen its alliance with the regime repeatedly tested in recent years.

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Girls in Africa: one way that more of them are attending school

After learning that family poverty was the reason many girls didn’t go to school, Ann Cotton founded Camfed, which has supported the education of 1.6 million girls.

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Obama officials: There's hope for cybersecurity under Trump

At the Beat the Breach event during the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week, current and former US government officials expressed optimism about the state of cybersecurity under President Trump.

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Far-right populism marches across Europe – but not in Iberia. Why not?

Right-wing extremist parties have seen increasing support across the continent, from France to Finland. But Spain and Portugal have bucked the trend.

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Mexico's pollution: how two entrepreneurs are driving change by embracing old cars

For Álvaro de la Paz and Héctor Ruiz García, a key path to progress lies less in getting cars off the roads than in changing the ones that are on them.

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Watch: Cybersecurity futures

Join Passcode, Privacy Lab, and the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) on Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m. PST for a discussion about the future of cybersecurity.

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He devised a business plan that’s improved livelihoods in his native Senegal

Bagoré Bathily opened Senegal’s only fresh milk production company in 2007, capitalizing on the fact that 30 percent of the population lives off cattle rearing. Hundreds of cowherds have earned more income.

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ISIS claims attack targeting Pakistani Sufi worshippers, one of country's worst in years

A deadly bombing in Pakistan underscores the terror group's hostility towards Muslims who don't share its worldview.

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Justin Trudeau thinks an EU-Canada accord could make or break free trade deals. Is he right?

Canada's chief partner on trade, the US, is turning toward a bilateral-style approach to trade deals. Trudeau wants Europe to prove a multi-country approach is still alive.

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Third arrest made in murder of North Korean leader's half-brother, while debate over motive continues

Some analysts think that Kim Jong-nam's ties to either China or South Korea may have made him an unacceptable threat to the regime.

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