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Harry Sarfo, an imprisoned Islamic State member from Germany, attracted global attention after claiming disillusionment and disgust with the terrorist group. Credit Gordon Welters for The New York Times
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German ISIS Member Who Denied Killing Is Charged in Murders

German prosecutors have added six counts of murder and war crimes to the charges against an imprisoned Islamic State member from Germany who attracted global attention after claiming disillusionment and disgust with the terrorist group. The new accusations, announced by the prosecutors on Tuesday, were brought three months after a […]

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The rise and rise of international diplomacy by WhatsApp

Messaging app becomes vital tool for diplomats to talk tactics, arrange huddles, tweak policy – and send Vladimir Putin emojis When the world’s nations sit down to talk nowadays, there is a distinct difference to the way diplomacy is done. Influence is no longer defined only by special relationships and […]

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Spain Ceuta: Migrants found hidden in car and suitcase

Police have detained two Moroccans who tried to smuggle migrants into Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta – two hidden in a car and one in a suitcase. When police checked a car on Monday one person was found hidden in the dashboard and another in the hollowed-out back seat. […]

Alieu Momar Njai presided over Yahya Jammeh's shock election defeat.
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Gambia’s electoral commission chief ‘goes into hiding’

The Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chief has gone into hiding, his family has told the BBC. There are unconfirmed reports that Alieu Momar Njai, who announced Yahya Jammeh’s defeat in the polls last month, has fled the country. President Jammeh initially accepted defeat, but then changed his mind and […]

President Obama visited Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day in 2009. Section 60 is where many American soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq are buried. Credit Luke Sharrett/The New York Time
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The Afghan War and the Evolution of Obama

A strategy that went from a “good war” to the shorthand“Afghan good enough” reflects the president’s comingto terms with what was possible in Afghanistan. WASHINGTON — President Obama’s advisers wrestled with an intractable problem in the spring and summer of 2015: How could they stabilize Afghanistan while preserving Mr. Obama’s […]

Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel in 2012. Credit Thomas Peter/Reuters
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Angela Merkel, Russia’s Next Target

HAMBURG, Germany — It’s no surprise that Russia met President Obama’s expulsion of its diplomats, which he announced Thursday in response to the Kremlin’s efforts to manipulate the 2016 election, with a collective shrug. Moscow seems content to let the clock run out, knowing that on Jan. 20 Mr. Obama […]

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Nightclub Massacre in Istanbul Exposes Turkey’s Deepening Fault Lines

ISTANBUL — When a lone gunman murdered dozens of New Year’s revelers early Sunday, he targeted a symbol of a cosmopolitan Istanbul that is increasingly under threat: a dazzling nightclub where people from around the world could party together, free from the mayhem and violence gripping the region. It was […]

Members of the armed forces from Britain, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and the United States participated in the exercise, called Saber Strike 2015. Credit Bryan Denton for The New York Times
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U.S. Lending Support to Baltic States Fearing Russia

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Dozens of United States Special Operations forces are now in the Baltics to bolster the training and resolve of troops who are confronting a looming threat from Russia, and to enhance the Americans’ ability to detect Moscow’s shadowy efforts to destabilize the former Soviet republics. “They’re scared […]

Victims in Istanbul New Year’s Attack Came From at Least 12 Countries
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Victims in Istanbul New Year’s Attack Came From at Least 12 Countries

Abis Rizvi made a Bollywood action film about tigers. Leanne Nasser insisted on traveling from Israel, even though her father was worried about her safety. Haykal Mousallem, a businessman, came from Lebanon with his wife to ring in the new year. Also there to celebrate was Nawras Assaf, who owned […]

Julia and Kevin Garratt gave their account of their arrest and detention in an interview on Dec. 12, nearly three months after being reunited in Canada. Credit Ian Willms for The New York Times
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Couple Held in China Are Free, but ‘Even Now We Live Under a Cloud’

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — When the restaurant elevator doors opened onto a crowd of people, many holding video cameras, Kevin and Julia Garratt thought they had stumbled into a wedding party. But this was no celebration. In a flash, the Garratts were snatched by men and shoved into separate cars. They […]