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A sartorial scandal in French Parliament? The far-left members refuse to wear ties.

French far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon attends the opening session of the National Assembly in Paris on June 27. (Francois Mori/AP) At the first meeting of the new French Parliament on Tuesday, there was a sartorial scandal: Male members of Parliament representing Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s far-left France Insoumise party turned up without ties. It was no mistake. For the party’s members, it was ...

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American health care is a bad case of American exceptionalism

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. Washington has been consumed by a furious debate over the Senate’s recently unveiled health-care bill. The measure’s opponents — along with the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office — warn that, if ...

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More Australians now identify as nonreligious than anything else

(iStock)   After decades of rapid growth, the number of Australians marking “no religion” on their census forms has for the first time surpassed Catholicism as the most common answer to a prompt in the country’s 2016 Census about religion, according to data released Monday. If all Christian denominations are considered together, they would make up just over half of respondents. ...

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German city evacuates 11-story building, fearing repeat of Grenfell blaze

BERLIN — An apartment building in a northwestern German city was evacuated Tuesday because of fears that its exterior insulation was similar to materials that allowed the deadly fire that torched London’s Grenfell Tower to spread.  The 11-story building is located in Wuppertal. In addition to the discovery of the sort of insulation material under scrutiny after the deadly blaze in London, ...

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Merkel’s pivot boosts hopes for gay marriage in Germany

A Friday, June 23 photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an EU summit in Brussels. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys) BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has walked back her opposition to gay marriage, clearing the way for the issue to win approval in the German Parliament without her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) quashing it as a bloc. The chancellor, who ...

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Trump’s travel ban still doesn’t make any sense

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’s not surprising that President Trump was “very pleased” following the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday to partially reinstate the White House’s travel ban on refugees and citizens of six ...

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Germany says Turkish bodyguards involved in D.C. skirmish ‘won’t set foot on German soil’

In this frame grab from video provided by Voice of America, members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail are shown violently reacting to peaceful protesters during Erdogan’s trip last month to Washington. (Voice of America via AP) BERLIN — Turkish bodyguards served with criminal charges for allegedly attacking protesters outside the ambassador’s residence in D.C. “won’t set foot on German soil ...

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For Russians, Stalin is the ‘most outstanding’ figure in world history. Putin is next.

A woman holding a calendar depicting Soviet leader Joseph Stalin celebrates after watching a broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech on Crimea in Sevastopol on March 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) MOSCOW — More Russians consider Joseph Stalin the “most outstanding person” in world history than any other leader, according to a poll released Monday. Tied for second in the same survey is ...

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Modi’s ‘no frills’ visit to Washington masks a potential minefield

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. Audiences between the leaders of the world’s two biggest democracies have not typically lacked for fanfare. Past meetings of Indian and American leaders have been colorful, even affectionate affirmations ...

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Pakistan, accused of terrorist infiltration, starts to fence its border with Afghanistan

A view of the fence Pakistani authorities have erected along a northern stretch of its border with Afghanistan. They plan to extend the barrier along the border’s full 1,800-mile length. (Inter Services Public Relation Department via AP) ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The 1,800-mile border between Pakistan and India has long been treated as a hostile red line between neighboring, nuclear-armed rivals. ...

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The grim video of a Venezuelan protester being shot on live TV

El momento preciso en que un GNB dispara contra joven manifestante #EnVIVOplay por: https://t.co/AyLxbCohdr pic.twitter.com/M4MM5LS8S7 — VIVOplay (@vivoplaynet) June 22, 2017 As people watched on live TV, a protester hurled rocks over the fence of La Carlota air base in Caracas. His face was covered by a bandanna, and a knapsack was strapped to his chest. Two soldiers approached, standing ...

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In jab at Trump, Schwarzenegger and Macron team up to ‘make the planet great again’

Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, and President Trump. (Thomas Samson and Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images) Arnold Schwarzenegger has never hesitated to call in backup. In “Terminator 2,” the Arnold got an assist from the plucky, potty-mouthed kid who played John Connor as he tried to stave off the end of the world. In 1987, to take on the ...

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‘How can they hate us so much?’ asks father of Muslim teen brutally killed in attack on train in India

Indian Muslims leave the Jama Masjid mosque on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, in New Delhi. (Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) DELHI — It was going to be a weekend of celebrations. Sixteen-year-old Junaid had just earned the esteemed title of “hafiz,” given to Muslims who memorize the entire ...

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The 12 months in which Britain turned from a seemingly confident leader into a stretched nation

British Prime Minister Theresa May makes a campaign visit to the Royal Bath and West fairground in Shepton Mallet, southwest England on May 31. (Leon Neal/AFP via Getty Images) LONDON — The glory days of the Empire are long over. But in some ways, Britain still seemed like it was punching far above its weight a year ago. Although less populous ...

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Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan deny reports they are in talks with Russia to send troops to Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with his Kazakh counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbayev, as they attend the opening of the Expo 2017 in Astana on June 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Mikhail METZEL Reports that Russia is trying to persuade Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to send troops to Syria have sparked confused and carefully worded denials from those ...

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Why Saudi Arabia hates Al Jazeera so much

The first frames of Al Jazeera America’s broadcast. (YouTube) If you want to understand why many Arab world leaders hate Al Jazeera, consider “Sharia and Life.” For years, the call-in show was one of the network’s most popular, reaching tens of millions. Viewers would call in and pose their faith questions to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian cleric and a spiritual ...

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