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Antisemitism debate exposes new fault lines in US politics

An Israeli prime minister who has embraced Donald Trump and taken rightwing populism from his playbook. And a group of fiery young Democrats unafraid to question their elders or challenge the status quo. Put together, the elements were bound to be explosive. Democrats were expected to offer a resolution condemning antisemitism on the floor of the US House of Representatives on Thursday following ...

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Homeless man charged in $400,000 GoFundMe scam pleads guilty

A homeless man charged with engaging in a GoFundMe scheme that turned out to be a scam has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering in federal court. Johnny Bobbitt entered the plea on Wednesday in US district court in Camden, New Jersey. Bobbitt and co-defendants Mark D’Amico and Katelyn McClure face charges in Burlington county, New Jersey. According to NBC News, ...

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Oxford Street terror plotter Lewis Ludlow jailed

An Islamic State (IS) supporter who planned to kill 100 people in a “spectacular” terror attack in London has been jailed. Lewis Ludlow, 27, from Rochester, Kent, was going to target Oxford Street with a bomb-laden truck after being refused permission to leave the UK. The Old Bailey heard he planned the attack after being told to make the British ...

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Democrats bar Fox News from 2020 debates over ‘inappropriate’ Trump ties

The Democratic party’s governing body has announced it will not ask Fox News to host any of its televised primary debates during the 2020 US presidential race, citing a recent report detailing the conservative network’s close rapport with Donald Trump. Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said a New Yorker exposé on the depth of the Trump administration’s ties to Fox ...

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The collapse of Isis will inflame the regional power struggle

The collapse of the Isis caliphate’s last stronghold in Syria is sending shockwaves across the region, changing the calculations of the major powers as they jockey for advantage. Triumphalism in Washington, Moscow and Damascus risks obscuring the human cost of a “victory” that may quickly prove transitory. Of immediate concern is the fate of civilians, mainly women and children, displaced from formerly ...

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Stalybridge moor fire: Large blaze tackled by crews

Firefighters have tackled a large blaze which broke out on moorland in Greater Manchester. An area at the top of a hill near Stalybridge was reported to be ablaze at about 21:05 GMT. Greater Manchester Fire Service said its crews used “specialist moorland firefighting equipment” to bring the blaze under control. At 23:10, a spokesperson said the fire was out ...

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Heather Nauert: Former Fox News reporter picked by Trump as UN ambassador withdraws from role

The former Fox News reporter picked by Donald Trump to be his next ambassador to the UN has withdrawn from the role. Heather Nauert was chosen by the president to represent America at the UN last year despite having no diplomatic or foreign policy experience. The 49-year-old said in a statement on Saturday she would not take up the post because it had been “too ...

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Trump tells European countries to take back IS fighters

President Donald Trump has told the UK and other European allies to take back and put on trial more than 800 Islamic State (IS) fighters captured in the final battle against the group. His tweet comes as US-backed Kurdish forces continue an assault on the last pocket of IS territory on the Syrian side of the Iraqi border, at Baghuz. ...

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‘Venezuela doesn’t want you’: protesters intensify mutiny against Maduro

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have poured back on to the streets of Caracas and towns and cities across Venezuela to intensify their mutiny against Nicolás Maduro. “We want Maduro out and we want a free Venezuela,” said Kisbell Vargas, 27, who was part of a tsunami of dissent that swept west across Venezuela’s capital on Tuesday morning. Vargas, from a shantytown ...

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Brazil environment minister’s dismissal of slain Amazon defender stirs outrage

Brazilian environmental groups have blasted Jair Bolsonaro’s environment minister after he dismissed the murdered Amazon rain forest defender Chico Mendes as “irrelevant”. “I don’t know Chico Mendes,” the president’s environment minister, Ricardo Salles, told journalists on an interview show late Monday night, when asked about the famous Brazilian rubber tapper, union leader and environmentalist who was murdered in 1988. Salles oversees ...

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