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Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Barack Obama during a meeting on Sept. 5, 2016, at the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China. On Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, The U.S. ordered 35 Russian diplomats to leave the country within 72 hours, a sanction that is aimed to punish an alleged cyberhack into the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. (ALEXEI DRUZHININ/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN / EPA)
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How to be declared ‘persona non grata’ and get yourself kicked out of the United States

In response to Russian hacking of American political organizations, President Barack Obama announced a number of retaliatory actions on Thursday, including the expulsion of nearly three dozen Russian citizens from the United States. “Today the State Department declared 35 Russian government officials from the Russian Embassy in Washington and the […]

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In Bahrain, Arabs and Jews Gather (and Dance) at a Hanukkah Celebration

Orthodox Jews in black coats and skullcaps danced with Arabs in flowing robes and checkered kaffiyehs at a Hanukkah celebration over the weekend in Bahrain, a Muslim-majority monarchy whose king has sanctioned celebrations of the Jewish holiday. Video of the celebration, which included a Jewish delegation giving a large silver […]

Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds, including the endangered Siberian crane, gathering for the winter at Poyang, China’s largest freshwater lake, in Jiangxi Province. Credit Visual China Group, via Getty Images
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As China’s Largest Freshwater Lake Shrinks, Solution Faces Criticism

HONG KONG — Long celebrated as China’s largest freshwater lake, Poyang reaches more than three times the expanse of Los Angeles in the summer wet season. It is home to the rare Yangtze finless porpoise, and its mud flats are the primary winter feeding grounds for thousands of birds that […]

Jacqueline Sauvage was found guilty in 2014 of shooting her husband with a hunting rifle after decades of abuse. She has been granted a full pardon. Credit Philippe Renaud/European Pressphoto Agency
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François Hollande Pardons French Woman Who Killed Abusive Husband

PARIS — In an unexpected move, President François Hollande of France granted a full pardon on Wednesday to a woman who had been sentenced to prison for murdering her husband after decades of domestic abuse. The woman, Jacqueline Sauvage, was found guilty by a criminal court in 2014 of shooting […]

The scene of the truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin last week. Credit Bernd Von Jutrczenka/European Pressphoto Agency
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Tunisian Detained as Possible Accomplice in Berlin Attack

BERLIN — A 40-year-old Tunisian man has been detained as a possible accomplice of Anis Amri, the man identified as the terrorist who carried out the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people, German officials said on Wednesday. The Tunisian was held in Berlin, news agencies […]

Germany Grapples With Its African Genocide
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Germany Grapples With Its African Genocide

  WATERBERG, Namibia — In this faraway corner of southern Africa, scores of German soldiers lie in a military cemetery, their names, dates and details engraved on separate polished tombstones. Easily missed is a single small plaque on the cemetery wall that gives a nod in German to the African […]

When Ghana’s president-elect challenged African leaders on change
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When Ghana’s president-elect challenged African leaders on change

When the President-elect of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo addressed the 11th edition of Africa Futures Award at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, he sounded as if he was in for a peer review of African leadership. But midway into his written speech, the President-in-waiting, who would be sworn into office on […]

Cocaine plot Ghana fugitive jailed
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Cocaine plot Ghana fugitive jailed

A drugs fugitive who was in hiding in Ghana has been jailed for 13 years following his extradition to the UK. David McDermott, 43, originally from Ormskirk, was the last man wanted in connection with a plot to import 400kg of cocaine from South America. The father-of-six was arrested in […]

President Obama and Michelle Obama at an event to thank service members and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Sunday. In an interview released Monday, Mr. Obama said he was “confident” that if he had run for a third term, he could have “mobilized a majority of the American people.” Credit Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press
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Obama Says He Would Have Defeated Trump for a Third Term

HONOLULU — President Obama expressed confidence that, if he had run for a third term, he would have defeated Donald J. Trump, according to an interview released Monday with David Axelrod, his friend and former adviser. “I’m confident that if I — if I had run again and articulated it, […]

A search-and-recovery operation was underway near Sochi, Russia, on Monday after the crash of a plane a day earlier in the Black Sea. A large part of the fuselage was found. Credit Yevgeny Reutov/European Pressphoto Agency
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Russia Mounts Search After Plane Crash and Says Terrorism Is Unlikely

SOCHI, Russia — Russia mounted an expansive search-and-recovery operation in the Black Sea on Monday for the passengers and the fuselage of a military passenger plane that crashed a day earlier, killing all 92 people on board, including dozens of members of a storied army choir. In Moscow, famous performers […]