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Israel pushes ahead with settlements as Trump takes office

Anticipating friendlier relations with the new US president, more hawkish members of Benjamin Netanyahu's Israeli government are seeking to test that position by annexing a sprawling settlement in the Palestinian West Bank.

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UK PM May promises frank talk with Trump after women protest

The UK Prime Minister will be one of the first world leaders to meet with the new president, and has said she would like to use next week's talks to discuss future trade relations, as well as NATO and the Syria conflict.

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The Pompidou at 40: How, despite terrorism, museum keeps Parisians coming

Many Paris museums saw their attendance decline in 2016, as terrorism fears kept foreign tourists away. But the Centre Pompidou, which turns 40 this year, hasn't suffered the same shortfall.

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What the extradition of 'El Chapo' means for US-Mexico relations

Coming on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration, the move may signal Mexico's attitude towards cooperating with the United States. 

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Why Chad shut its border with Libya

The threat of terrorism – as well as an interest in impressing the new administration in Washington – are likely factors.

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Recaptured by ISIS, ancient Palmyra loses two more monuments to antiquities destruction

After re-capturing the Syrian city in December, Islamic State militants have destroyed the Tetrapylon and part of the Roman theater, local authorities confirmed Friday, what archaeologists say is a priceless loss for history.

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Gambia has a new president. But will the incumbent cede power?

A coalition of West African nations have thrown their support behind the newly inaugurated President Adama Barrow, as has the head of Gambia’s defense forces.

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How Russian pensioners are teaching foreign students their language

LinguaLink of Generations was launched by three individuals who’ve studied at a school in Moscow. The program pairs retirees and students for language lessons using Skype.

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Can cybersecurity boot camps fill the workforce gap?

A startup in Denver and an initiative in Chicago are using cybersecurity boot camps to quickly prepare workers to fend off digital attacks.

 

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A flawed medical device, a troubling response

A case involving software vulnerabilities in medical electronics reveals the inability for both the health care sector and federal regulators to swiftly address cybersecurity problems.

 

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Italian avalanche: Rescuers find eight survivors – and a ray of hope

When first responders first reached Hotel Rigopiano, rescue crews feared the worst for the 30 people trapped inside.

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Why has Venezuela's opposition struggled to spark change?

At the beginning of 2016, there seemed such promise for opposition politicians in Venezuela, but little was achieved. Can 2017 be different?

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Despite tough talk, US and Mexico need each other

The US needs Mexico’s help to control immigration, track terrorists, and slow the cross-border flow of drugs. Mexico needs the North American Free Trade Agreement more than the US does. 

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Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman on his way to US after extradition

The U.S. Justice Department issued a statement confirming that Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most notorious cartel kingpin, was en route to the United States and expressed gratitude to Mexico for its cooperation.

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Italian crews work overnight after avalanche hits hotel

Two bodies were recovered, but the search for survivors was hampered by heavy snowfall and fears the buildings would collapse.

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Marine Le Pen pulls ahead in poll: What does that mean for France and the EU?

Marine Le Pen leads the National Front, a right-wing populist party that was once relegated to the fringes of French politics.

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Trump stirs apolitical Silicon Valley

Tech workers gathered this week to protest Palantir, the mysterious big data analytics firm cofounded by Peter Thiel, President-elect Donald Trump's tech adviser.

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She’s turning schools around, at high speeds

Tiffany Anderson, who arrived in Topeka, Kan., in July to be superintendent of the public schools, is making a name for herself as one of the best at standing up for the neediest students.

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As rescue efforts continue, Rouhani calls for investigation of Tehran high-rise fire

After a fire caused Tehran’s first private high-rise to collapse, hundreds of people are engaged in rescue efforts. 

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Why Trump's presidency may not be boon for French populist Le Pen

While the leader of France's far-right National Front party has played up her ties to the incoming US president, her supporters are much cooler on the American businessman.

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