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AUSTRIA: Far right Freedom Party ministers now control police and army

The Freedom Party – led by Heinz-Christian Strache – has agreed to enter into a coalition with Mr Kurz’s centre-right People’s Party which is likely to toughen the country’s stance on immigration and asylum seekers considerably, with the new government inaugarated at a ceremony in the capital, Vienna, today. Mr Kurz’s party came out on top in October’s elections, taking a 31.5 per cent share of the vote, following a campaign focusing on halting illegal immigration and tax cuts. Despite the fact that the centre-left Social Democratic Party, with 26.9…

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Even Trump wants Congress to save DREAMERS. So what’s the hold-up?

Get the THINK newsletter. SUBSCRIBE President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — which gave undocumented people brought to America as children an opportunity to remain in the only country many of them have known — was cruel, but it was also a sham. Even as he tried to pull the plug on DACA, President Trump asked Congress to stop him — and Republicans know it. Trump knows how important these young immigrants, known as DREAMERS, are to our economy, and he knows how disruptive…

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In the Arizona desert, coal era burns out for Navajo

BLACK MESA, Ariz. — Tradition has it that the spiritual forerunners of the Navajo people picked this spot — the high mesa land of the American Southwest — and assured the Navajo they had reached a kind of promised land. The Diné, or “children of the Holy People,” as the Navajo call themselves, were taught not to stray from the land bracketed by four sacred mountains, where they would never know the earthquakes, tornadoes and other calamities that beset their neighbors. The Navajo scratched out a living from the sparse…

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Russia ‘stop hunting spies to crack down on football hooligans’ and protect England fans

GETTY The FSB is conducting ‘intense’ scrutiny of Russian football fans Russia’s FSB – formerly KGB – is conducting “intense” scrutiny of Russian football fans under strict orders from the Government, according to Alexander Shprygin. Mr Shprygin is President of the Russian Union of Supporters and was blamed for orchestrating the mob in Marseille at Euro 2016 which left two English fans in comas and dozens injured. He said: “All the FSB agents are doing now is working on the World Cup. “They are no longer looking for foreign spies…

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BREAKING: World’s busiest airport evacuated as smoke fills terminal amid power outage

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport has delayed all departing flights as police evacuate the massive terminals. The cause of the incident is currently being investigated, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has revealed. Passengers are reportedly being force to use emergency slides to deplane as airport equipment grinds to a halt. Huge numbers of passengers have been navigating darkened terminals using the lights on their phones. Witness Olivia Doorman said: “This has been very bizarre. “No one seems to know what they’re doing.” Witnesses have described acrid smoke filling terminals from an unknown…

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Manchester City to offer Pep Guardiola £100m new contract in bid to rival Man Utd dynasty

Guardiola, who is 47 next month, is only half-way through his three-year contract but City’s Abu Dhabi hierarchy are planning talks at the end of the season over rewarding the Spaniard with long-term extension. He is on around £15m a year and a new five-year deal could be worth £100m. Owner Sheikh Mansour’s board of directors are delighted not only with City’s stunning winning sequence but also the quality of their football. And they want Guardiola to emulate what Sir Alex Ferguson achieved across town at Manchester United by winning…

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Palestinian protesters set pictures of Mike Pence on fire

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — A small group of Palestinian protesters on Sunday set fire to placards printed with images of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Middle East negotiator Jason Greenblatt outside Jesus’s traditional birthplace, days before their arrival in the region. With Bethlehem’s illuminated Christmas tree behind them, about 30 people stood quietly holding candles at Manger Square next to the Church of the Nativity, the site Christians believe marks Jesus’s birthplace, before setting the placards alight. “Bethlehem welcomes the messengers of peace, not the messengers of war”, read…

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Rohingya refugees tell harrowing tales of rape

Aerlyn Pfeil knows about rape. She’s worked with victims of sexual violence in South Sudan, Somalia and Papua New Guinea. But Pfeil has never seen anything like the sexual abuse victims in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. “I’ve never had a population talk so freely about the assault that they were experiencing,” said Pfeil, a midwife who is on the board of Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders-USA. Rohingya refugees wait for cooked food to be distributed at Tengkhali camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Damir Sagolj / Reuters file “I…

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‘Thank you!’ Putin phones Trump after CIA foils Russia terror attack

The CIA sent Russia a tip-off that helped prevent a terrorist bomb attack on a cathedral in the Russia city, the Kremlin has revealed.  And today the two leaders shared a short phone call during which Mr Putin thanks Donald Trump for the intelligence service’s efforts.  A senior White House administration official confirmed the pair had spoken on Sunday.  It comes just days after the pair spoke on the phone about North Korea.  The Kremlin said information provided by CIA allowed Russian law-enforcement agencies to arrest the would-be attackers before…

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North Korea spy claims as man charged with selling weapons of mass destruction

Police have confirmed the arrest of a man of North Korean descent who has now ben charged with two counts of attempting to sell missiles and with another four under legislation enforcing United Nations and Australian sanctions against North Korea. Police swooped on Eastwood, a suburb of Sydney on Saturday in a dramatic arrest to prevent a sale allegedly worth “tens of millions of dollars”. The suspect was arrested for attempting to sell WMD related equipment and warheads, including software for the guidance systems of ballistic missiles. The charges are…

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