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Alabama election result seen as ‘miracle’ in a Europe horrified by Trump

Roy Moore’s defeat in the Tuesday special election may have come as a relief to liberal Americans, but in Europe it was taken as a sign that the United States has not totally lost its moral compass.

Court document points to Kaspersky Lab’s cooperation with Russian security service

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An FSB officer worked inside the offices of the cybersecurity firm to bring down a suspected criminal — and now the suspect is posting documents about the case from his cell.

Rosenstein grilled on FBI bias in appearance on Capitol Hill

The deputy attorney general told the House Judiciary Committee that he had not seen good cause to fire Mueller, who he said was “running his office appropriately.”

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Congo court sentences 12 to life for gang-raping children

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In a groundbreaking trial in a country where sexual violence is rampant and perpetrators often go unpunished, a military court in eastern Congo on Wednesday sentenced 12 militia members to life in prison for the gang-rapes of dozens of…

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Venezuelans seeing bitcoin boom as survival, not speculation

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In the last month, John Villar has bought two plane tickets to Colombia, purchased his wife’s medication and paid the employees of his startup business in Venezuela — all in bitcoin.

UK surgeon admits signing initials on patients’ livers

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A British surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by burning his initials into their livers during transplant operations.

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Official: Brussels trial of Paris terror suspect postponed

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A much-awaited trial involving the lone surviving suspect in the November 2015 extremist massacres in Paris will likely be postponed due to the appointment of a defense lawyer who still has to prepare.

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How Roy Moore tested white evangelical allegiance to the GOP

Would white evangelicals vote for a candidate who shared their conservative views on social issues even though he was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women? Exit polls suggested they did, with 80 percent of white evangelicals who…

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Rwanda-backed report alleges France’s role in 1994 genocide

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A new report commissioned by Rwanda’s government accuses France of supplying weapons and protection to the perpetrators of its 1994 genocide in which over 800,000 people were killed, deepening a feud between the East African country and…

Gillibrand hits back at Trump over what critics called a demeaning tweet

A day after President Trump called her out in a tweet, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) pushed back in an appearance on the “Today” show, repeatedly returning the conversation to the multiple sexual misconduct allegations against the…

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Rio’s Pentecostal mayor takes on the capital of Carnival

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As religious conservatives gain power in Brazil, the city becomes an unlikely experiment.

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Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told an international summit Wednesday that the United States was unfit to mediate the Mideast conflict, marking a major policy shift after decades spent courting American goodwill.

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The widening gap between liberals and the people who hate them

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Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter. It made for a good photo-op. At a summit in the…

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Indonesia politician’s graft trial delayed by stomach woes

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A top Indonesian politician accused of involvement in one of the country’s biggest corruption scandals told a court on the first day of his trial that he was suffering a stomach complaint, forcing a postponement while his medical condition…

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Anti-Trump texts from senior FBI officials involved in extramarital affair surface

Both officials were involved with the probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails and possible connections between Trump associates and Russia.

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AP Exclusive: Sold NKorean brides face hard choices in China

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The North Korean woman drives a motorbike slowly down a narrow lane shaded by tall corn to the farmhouse where she lives with the disabled Chinese man who bought her.

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Tillerson moves to change the narrative about him and stop rumors of a ‘Rexit’

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It is a tacit acknowledgment that the secretary of state’s approach of limited engagement with employees, Congress and the media has only hurt him.

Tuesday, Dec 12

Australian lawmaker to resign amid allegations of Chinese meddling

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A prominent opposition lawmaker pledged to quit over accusations that he was bought by Chinese money, the first casualty in Australia’s push to curb China’s growing influence in its political system.

France’s Macron takes lead in climate change battle, with the U.S. absent

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The “One Planet” summit is seeking ways to achieve climate goals without a U.S. government role.

Disputes have put Afghan elections in jeopardy. Is the country’s democracy also at risk?

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In the wake of the debacle that was Afghanistan’s 2014 national elections, elaborate efforts were made to avoid a repeat. But months from a planned parliamentary contest, the country’s electoral reform is in disarray.

Putin is outplaying Trump in the Middle East

Russian President Vladimir Putin has played the role of sober and dependable partner, while President Trump has sparked outrage across the region, most recently with his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Monday, Dec 11

WorldViews: Who supports Trump on Jerusalem? Europe’s anti-Islam politicians.

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International leaders from Czech Republic, Austria and the Netherlands voiced support. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expects more nations to follow America’s lead.

An American inmate sawed his way out of a hellish Indonesian prison

Prison officials say Chrishan Beasley sawed through steel bars, shimmied down a rope and might have used a ladder to scale a wall of the notorious facility. The 32-year-old Californian was arrested for a drug offense this summer.

On visit to Syria, Putin leaves door open to continued military presence

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Putin, who announced a drawdown of troops but said bases would remain open, has largely staked his legacy on Russia's revival as the dominant military power in its region and a counterweight to the West in the Middle East.

The many casualties of Trump’s Jerusalem decision

The president has helped kill a number of the myths that supported a failed peace process, and his announcement may give Palestinians clarity about the political battle ahead.

Sunday, Dec 10

Amid criticism, Mexico is on track to strengthen military’s role in fighting crime

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A bill now being debated in the Mexican Senate could help keep soldiers in the streets for the foreseeable future. But many Mexicans worry that could lead to political or human-rights abuses.

Lebanese security forces clash with protesters near U.S. Embassy in Beirut

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Hundreds gathered to protest President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, a move that set off rage in the region.

Emmanuel Macron speaks to the world. But what about the French?

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As the French president prepares to lead a major climate summit, critics say he has remained silent on contentious cultural issues at home. While the photogenic former executive has established himself on the international stage and…

North Korea is a nuclear weapons power, analysts say. But can the U.S. accept that?

Why would Kim Jong Un's cash-strapped regime spend so much time and money building these weapons only to give them up? And even if they were prepared to bargain them away eventually, why would they do so now, when President Trump and his…

Saturday, Dec 9

As Venezuela falls apart, Maduro consolidates power

Many senior officials have been ensnared in the Venezuelan government’s “historic fight against corruption,” an effort many observers see as President Nicolás Maduro’s attempt to strengthen his authority ahead of next year’s elections.

Gaza death toll rises to 4 as Israel responds to rockets in unrest

Two Hamas militants were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza after rocket fire from the enclave hit an Israeli town. The unrest was sparked by President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Latest: White House says president has called for calm

The Latest on the fallout of the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (all times local):

Denied asylum and facing deportation, Mexican journalist says he’ll be killed if sent home

Emilio Gutierrez fled Mexico after exposing abuses by Mexico’s military and sought asylum in the United States in 2008. He was arrested by immigration agents this week and told he’d be deported, but an appeals board temporarily halted his…

Friday, Dec 8

Prominent appeals court Judge Alex Kozinski accused of sexual misconduct

Two women said he had them watch porn in his chambers. Four others said they were subjected to inappropriate comments or other actions.

At least 15 U.N. peacekeepers killed in attack in Congo

More than 50 peacekeepers also were hurt in the attack in eastern Congo, the U.N. mission in the country said. The majority of those killed and injured were from Tanzania.

Fake news on Facebook fans the flames of hate against the Rohingya in Burma

Democracy ushered the country into the information era. But misinformation abounds.

Israeli jets hit Gaza following rocket fire in a sharp escalation of violence over Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Two Palestinians were killed after the Israeli military said it had “fired selectively” toward “instigators” of what it described as violent riots at six places along the Gaza border, which it said drew 4,500 participants.