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US, South Korea, Japan start drills off North Korea

The US, Japan and South Korea sent a pointed message to North Korea on Tuesday, dispatching high-tech missile defense ships to the same area where Pyongyang fired four missiles just eight days ago. Via: cnn.com Aegis warships from the US, South Korea and Japan began exercises Tuesday to improve their capability to shoot down enemy ballistic missiles, the US Navy said ...

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EU workplace headscarf ban ‘can be legal’, says ECJ

The European Court of Justice has ruled that companies can ban employees from wearing the Islamic headscarf, but only as part of prohibitions including other religious and political symbols. Via: independent.co.uk It is the first case of its kind amid a series of legal disputes over the right for Muslim women to wear the hijab at work. “An internal rule of ...

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MPs reject Turkish election campaigns in Denmark

MPs from two Danish parties have said that they oppose election campaigning in Denmark by the Turkish government. Via: thelocal.dk Neither the Liberal (Venstre) party, the largest party in the country’s governing coalition, nor the nationalist Danish People’s Party (DF), which supports the government in parliament, wants Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim to hold campaign meetings in the Scandinavian country. Prime ...

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Turkey targets Dutch with diplomatic sanctions as ‘Nazi’ row escalates

Turkey said on Monday it would suspend high-level diplomatic relations with the Netherlands after Dutch authorities prevented its ministers from speaking at rallies of expatriate Turks, deepening the row between the two NATO allies. Via: reuters.com  The sanctions – which include a ban on the Dutch ambassador and diplomatic flights from the Netherlands but do not appear to include economic measures ...

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Scottish leader demands new independence vote before Brexit

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Monday demanded a new independence referendum in late 2018 or early 2019, once the terms of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union have become clearer. Via: reuters.com An independence vote that could rip apart the world’s fifth largest economy just months before Brexit raises the stakes for Prime Minister Theresa May as she ...

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Sweden Financially Supporting Hundreds Of Terrorists For Years

Close to every person who left Sweden to fight for terror groups in the Middle East received welfare to support themselves abroad, according to a new government report.  Via: dailycaller.com  A study of 300 Swedish citizens who fought in Syria and Iraq between 2013 and 2016 shows jihadis are getting increasingly good at getting away with welfare fraud. The individuals often use a ...

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‘A Broader View’ vs. ‘An Invasion’: Dutch Voters Speak Out on Immigration

Dutch voters go to the polls next week after a loud and divisive campaign that focused on immigration, the first of a series of European elections this year that could propel populist forces into power. Geert Wilders, the virulently anti­immigrant leader of the Netherlands’ Party of Freedom, or P.V.V., has led the charge on the immigration debate, drawing in parties ...

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‘Ghost ships’ in European waters spark terror fears

Hundreds of ships are sailing into European waters after suspicious manoeuvres near terrorist hot spots, prompting fears that they are smuggling people and weapons with impunity.  Via: thetimes.co.uk An investigation by The Times has uncovered how cargo ships and other large vessels routinely switch off GPS tracking so that they can disappear, falsify their identification or veer off their usual course. ...

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Netherlands bars Turkish ministers as rally dispute escalates

The Netherlands barred Turkish ministers from speaking in Rotterdam on Saturday in a row over Ankara’s political campaigning among Turkish emigres, leading President Tayyip Erdogan to brand its fellow NATO member a “Nazi remnant”.  Via: reuters.com  The dispute escalated into a major diplomatic incident in the evening, as Turkey’s family minister was prevented by police from entering the Turkish consulate in ...

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Leaked emails reveal Nigel Farage’s long-standing links to Julian Assange

Emails leaked to Business Insider show long-standing links between Nigel Farage and WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange. Farage visited the Ecuadorean Embassy on Thursday but declined to say whether he had met Assange, who lives in exile there. UKIP has campaigned in the European Parliament on behalf of Assange. Via: businessinsider.com There was much confusion Thursday when Nigel Farage was spotted by BuzzFeed ...

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