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Swiss Parliament Votes to Ban Burqas in Public

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 5:30pm 9/27/2016 at 5:30pm
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The Swiss lower parliament has approved a bill to ban women from wearing a burqa in public by a vote of 88 to 87 with 10 abstentions. The commission of representatives will receive the bill, but the members will likely vote against it since the member already “ruled out such a...

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Austrian Presidential Election Delayed Over Mail-in Ballots and Defective Glue

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 12, 2016 at 8:30pm 9/12/2016 at 8:30pm
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The current Austrian presidential election is filled with more drama than America’s election cycle, if you can believe that.

Independent presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen, backed by the Green Party, barely beat Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer in May in an election that came down to the mail-in ballots.

However, Austria’s highest...

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Obama Tells Turkey U.S. Will Help Bring Coup Plotters to Justice

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 7:30pm 9/4/2016 at 7:30pm
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In July, the Turkish military attempted a coup to take out President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime. They failed, which led to a crackdown by the government and a purge of anyone the government felt had ties to scholar Fetullah Gulen, who they feel devised the coup. Erodgan has railed against the...

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Silicon Valley Asks Netherlands to Resist EU Tax Crackdown

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 4:30pm 8/31/2016 at 4:30pm
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Tuesday, the EU told Ireland it must force Apple to pay back $14.5 billion in unpaid taxes, drawing anger from both sides since the ruling could harm future investments. In light of that, other situations involving the EU and US companies have come to the forefront again.

The Dutch press printed a...

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EU Forces Ireland to Collect $14.6 Billion From Apple in Unpaid Taxes

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 1:30pm 8/30/2016 at 1:30pm
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The EU alleges that Ireland gave Apple, an American company, sweet deals in order to bring jobs to the island.

On Tuesday morning, the EU antitrust enforcer ordered Apple to pay 13 billion euros ($14.6 billion) in unpaid taxes in the biggest tax ruling in EU history.

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Report: Brexit May Not Happen Until 2019

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 15, 2016 at 12:00pm 8/15/2016 at 12:00pm
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The Sunday Times has reported that Brexit may not happen until the end of 2019, a full year after the government hoped it would occur. These sources said Prime Minister Theresa May’s “new Brexit and international trade departments will not be ready.”

The French and German elections may have a hand in...

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Germany Ponders a Burqa Ban, Loosen Medical Privacy Protection

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 4:00pm 8/10/2016 at 4:00pm
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German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has proposed a ban on burqas due to the numerous terrorist attacks along with pushing officials “to speed up deportations of rejected asylum applicants and loosen privacy protections.”

The proposal also states that doctors “would have to inform the authorities if they become suspicious that a patient was...

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Erdogan Supports Return of Death Penalty

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 8, 2016 at 2:00pm 8/8/2016 at 2:00pm
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced at a rally that he would approve the death penalty if parliament votes to bring it back:

“If the parliament accepts the reintroduction of death penalty, I will accept it,” he told the crowd, adding that the death penalty exists in the U.S., Japan and “many...

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Belgium Opens Terrorism Investigation Into Machete Attack

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 8, 2016 at 12:30pm 8/8/2016 at 12:30pm
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The Belgium government has opened a terrorism investigation into the machete attack on Saturday that injured two female cops in Charleroi. A third cop shot and killed the attacker.

The attacker, a 33-year-old Algerian, yelled “Allahu Akbar!” when he attacked...

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Machete Attack on Police in Belgium by Perp shouting “Allahu Akbar”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 2:04pm 8/6/2016 at 2:04pm
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A man with a machete injured two Belgian female officers as he yelled “Allahu Akbar!” From The Independent:

“Two police have been injured with a machete in front of the police headquarters by a man shouting ‘Allah Akhbah’,” a spokesperson for Charleroi police said. “The individual was shot but...

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Turkey: Ambassador Purge Next, Reports of Detainees Being Raped, Tortured

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 25, 2016 at 4:00pm 7/25/2016 at 4:00pm
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Turkey continues to purge people after a failed coup two weeks ago. Authorities said ambassadors are next while Amnesty International reported authorities have raped and tortured the detainees already behind bars.

Turkey blames the Gülen Movement and have said everyone purged has connections to the group. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said they...

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Germany: Syrian Refugee Pledged Allegiance to Islamic State

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11:30am 7/25/2016 at 11:30am
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Two Syrians in Germany attacked innocent civilians on Sunday. One killed a pregnant woman with a machete while the other detonated a bomb outside of a music festival.

The bomber recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, which has led authorities to call it a terrorist attack. Authorities call...

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Munich Shooting: German-Iranian Male Killed 8, Injured 10

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 22, 2016 at 2:38pm 7/22/2016 at 2:38pm
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The Munich police have an 18-year-old German-Iranian male shot and killed eight people today. He killed himself afterwards and they do not have a motive.

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Turkey Parliament Approves Three Month Emergency

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 2:30pm 7/21/2016 at 2:30pm
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The Turkish parliament has formally approved a three month state of emergency after a failed coup last Friday. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promises its needed to protect Turkey’s democracy:

“The aim is to rapidly and effectively take all steps needed to eliminate the threat against democracy, the rule of law and the...

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86-Year-Old Woman Fights Off Thief With Bacon

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 4:00pm 7/20/2016 at 4:00pm
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An 86-year-old woman fought off a potential thief with a package of bacon.

Yes, BACON.

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Erdogan Reaches Out to Obama About Extraditing Gulen

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 1:00pm 7/20/2016 at 1:00pm
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reached out to President Barack Obama about extraditing Fethullah Gülen, who he blames for the failed coup on Friday. The White House said:

“The president made clear to President Erdogan that the United States doesn’t support terrorists and doesn’t support individuals who conspired to overthrow a...

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Turkey Purge Continues: 15,200 Teachers Fired, Deans Asked to Leave

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 4:30pm 7/19/2016 at 4:30pm
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continues to purge those allegedly involved in the failed coup on Friday. Today, the Education Ministry sacked 15,200 teachers, canceled 21,000 licenses at private schools, and asked deans at universities to leave:

“Our ministry is carrying out extensive efforts aimed at public personnel in central and rural...

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