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Puto el que lo lea!

21Jun

Carta  a quien corresponda: Durante años te has dedicado a explotar la nostalgia del mexicano, de su necesidad de reforzar la pasión por sus colores. Ponte el penacho, El sombrero de charro, la verde, canta cielito lindo etc.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 19 (Reuters) – A police helicopter in Rio de Janeiro crashed Saturday evening, killing four officers after a day of intense firefights between law enforcement and suspected criminals in the slum known as City of God.

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Saturday said an “epidemic of animosity” against people of other races or religions was hurting the weakest in society, striking a note of caution against the rise of populist nationalism. Little more than a week after Donald Trump was elected the next U.S. president , buoying anti-immigrant parties in Europe and elsewhere, the pope noted “how quickly those among us with the status of a stranger, an immigrant or a refugee become a threat, take on the status of an enemy..

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Our Big Fat Queer Wedding

14Nov

I fell in love with a woman, named Dawn, who values diversity as much as I do… I had to marry her. So what a better way to celebrate our union than to have a Big Fat Queer Wedding! When we talked about a theme, there was only one logical answer for both of us, Let Your Freak Flag Fly! We wanted to celebrate in the way we live our life.

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Ayahuasca has been used for spiritual and therapeutic purposes by indigenous healers in Brazil’s northwestern Acre state for centuries. Luna Parracho/Reuters Rafael Guimarães dos Santos , Universidade de Sao Paulo Ayahuasca goes by many names: Daime , Vegetal , Hoasca , Kamarampi , Huni ..

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Café: Love, Art, Passion, Commerce

03Nov

Rachel French in Jim Jarmusch’s “Coffee and Cigarettes” Launched under the title Café In, the exhibition marches not only through the history of coffee, first used as a medicine for gout and glumness well into the 18th Century, then includes its role in the art of seduction, the creation of art, its transformation in 19th century France (and later America) as the name for small bistros where people came together to gossip and philosophize, –Jean-Paul Sartre at Café de Flore, Paris its intractable connection to cigarettes, its geography of exploitation north from Ethiopia toward the Arabian peninsula, Constantinople, Venice and eventually to Mexico, the French Caribbean and Brazil, currently the world’s largest coffee producer. –Workers in Ethiopia sorting fresh coffee beans called “cherries” Co-curator Michel Djin, president of the Fondation Malongo, the allied coffee producer that co-produced the show, likes to call coffee and cafés “a marriage not only of commerce but of passion.” That passion, needless to imagine, carries dark chapters in its history, notably under French Carribbean Portuguese Brazilian slavery, without which its place in the lives of urban trendies in Europe and America might never have developed.

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Women across Latin America took to the streets after a 16-year-old girl was raped and murdered in a coastal town of Argentina in October 2016. Edgard Garrido/Reuters Ariadna Estévez , Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) It’s not been a particularly uplifting month to be a woman in Latin America, especially if you read the news. On October 8 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, 16-year-old Lucía Pérez was abducted outside her school, drugged, and brutally gang raped

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By Adèle Charbonneau “Smart” thinking – introducing technologies to improve urban life – is increasingly being touted as a way to tackle existing issues and make cities more livable for all residents.

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Watching the Australian Government try to navigate the difficult shoals of energy policy in the 21st century is like watching a ship adrift without a compass, or perhaps a map provided by the fossil fuel industry back in 1950. While major emitters in Europe, North America and Asia are setting out structured plans to transition their economies away from the dirty, polluting energy sources of the 19th and 20th centuries – coal, oil and gas – the Australian Government appears to be engaging in a debate that many thought would not still be underway in 2016

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It may seem crazy to think that less than 50 years ago, women were not permitted to officially run the Boston Marathon. All that changed in 1967 when Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to wear a bib number while running that famous road race

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Internet and Development: A Reality-Check

13Oct

How can we create a more inclusive Internet? What are the practical steps we can take to expand global connectivity? Last week, leaders from some of the Internet’s main organizations and businesses, together with the World Bank, gathered in Washington D.C

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Sometimes you find a perfect pairing of singer and songwriter.

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By James M Dorsey The soccer soft power contrast between Qatar and Iceland speaks volumes. A comparison of the strategies of both countries demonstrates that it takes more than money to leverage soccer to create political, geopolitical and economic opportunity. Money and world soccer body FIFA’s desire to take one of the world’s foremost sporting events beyond Europe and the Americas helped Qatar win the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

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How You Can Join The Breast Health Challenge

21Sep

It’s almost October again: Breast Cancer Awareness Month! As an 11-year breast cancer survivor, I don’t really need to be reminded that breast cancer exists. However, I’m always interested in ways I can work proactively to prevent its recurrence and in information that can prevent others from ever having to face this frightening disease

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Pope Francis Proclaims Mother Teresa A Saint

04Sep

By Isla Binnie VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Mother Teresa of Calcutta, known as the “saint of the gutters” during her life, was declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Francis on Sunday, fast-tracked to canonization just 19 years after her death. Tens of thousands of pilgrims packed St

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Anyone familiar with Japanese politics would know that MP Taro Kono never shies away from swimming against the tide, whenever needed. This Japanese Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) member has famously opposed the government nuclear policy, plans for nuclear fuel and building new stations.

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The U.S. women’s gymnastics team walked out of the arena after their qualification round in Rio on Sunday the prohibitive favorites to take home team gold. London veteran Aly Raisman and once-in-a-generation phenom Simone Biles earned spots in the all-around final

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Okay, maybe not everyone. Not the movers and shakers who will doubtless profit from the Games’ intricacies, not the brokers, not the travel agencies, not the gougers, swindlers and parasites who come out of the woodwork, and certainly not the swinish IOC sycophants whose snouts are buried so deep in the money trough, they have to force themselves to come up occasionally for air. Ask the 4,200 families in Rio de Janeiro who were forcibly removed from their modest homes in order to make room for Olympic venue construction

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It’s beginning to appear that the Russians will be the big winners at the Olympic Games opening next week in Rio. You may wonder how this could be given the fact that large numbers of Russian athletes, including all the track and field team, have been banned from participation in the Games of 2016.

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Crossposted from UN Women. What does being a winner mean

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For the first time in more than two decades, since the dictatorship, Brazil has a government that is widely seen as illegitimate. It is seen this way, not only by its citizens, but in much of the world.

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Finance

14Jul

Making Cents of Financial Markets – by Jerry Jasinowski “If you really want to double your money,” said Will Rogers, “you should fold it over and put it back in your pocket.” More…

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In his recent rant against a 62-year-old Indiana-born Latino judge, Donald Trump reveals that he is more than anti-Mexican.

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook announced he will not play for Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, adding to a substantial roster of NBA stars who are opting out of the games. “After speaking with my family, I have decided to not participate in this year’s Olympics,” Westbrook said in a statement released Friday

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It's always fun on days when Janet speaks . More..

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Californians, our turn at Super Tuesday is imminent. If you think the delegate counts are in and the nominees chosen, so why bother voting, you are wrong

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Recently, The WorldPost published an interview with “Sapiens” author Yuval Harari in which he envisioned a future where “organisms become algorithms” as computer and biological sciences converge. In a response, Deepak Chopra writes this week that being cannot be reduced to an algorithm, nor can the mind be reduced to the wiring of the brain which artificial intelligence strives to mimic. “Of all the weird contradictions that plague modern life,” Chopra says, “the strangest is the collapse of philosophy with the triumph of science.

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Lester M. Davids , University of Cape Town More…

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A mosquito-born virus linked to birth defects may keep a six-time NBA All-Star champion from playing in Brazil’s Olympics.

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From Venezuela to Brazil to Argentina, the political left is crumbling, raising real questions about the durability of South America’s so-called “Pink Tide.” In Caracas, the future of Chávez protégé Nicolás Maduro remains unclear amidst plunging world oil prices, rampant inflation, power shortages and scarcity of basic goods.

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It is clear that the executive branch of the U.S. government favors the coup underway in Brazil, even though they have been careful to avoid any explicit endorsement of it. Exhibit A was the meeting between Tom Shannon, the 3rd ranking U.S.

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Transcripts of a recorded conversation between then Senator Romero Jucá, and former oil industry executive Sergio Machado, indicate that what many people suspected about the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is true: some of the most corrupt and powerful politicians in Brazil are using impeachment as a means of protecting themselves and their power. It is of course deeply ironic: Dilma, who is not accused of any corruption, is being impeached by corrupt members of Congress whose power is threatened by the unprecedented capacity that she gave prosecutors and the judiciary to go after corruption

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Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. More…

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Voters in Oregon and Kentucky are heading to the polls to decide the next election fraud theory that Bernie Sanders supporters will whine about incessantly. Melania Trump stated that her husband is “not Hitler,” meaning Donald Trump will soon retweet a meme comparing her hotness to Eva Braun’s. And D.C

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The Paris climate accord , signed by 175 countries in April, was a high point of success for the United Nations. And the U.N

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See if you’re scared of the news by taking our latest Week to Week News Quiz. Here are some random but real hints: The lines were frighteningly long; they’re scared of being booted from Rio; the call’s coming from inside his house; and at the IRS, no one can hear you scream. Answers are below the quiz

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Toppy Tuesday – What More Can They Do?

12Abr

A big nothing .

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This article was originally published on BetterAfter50.com .

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MTV Awards Show Swag at the Gifting Suites

10Abr

Pull back the curtain on the MTV Awards tonight, and you’ll see a few things that the stars are invited to that the rest of the world probably know nothing about. Award shows offer their guests invitations to ‘gifting suites’ several days before the show, where many high end designers and vendors come together to offer the guests their wares for free. The branding theory is called “Influencer Marketing” where you hope to have a ‘Brand Influencer’ like your product enough to use it in their daily life.

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Astoria Characters: The 5-Bark Barista

09Feb

A chocolate Chihuahua, leading a leash-holding woman, prances into Chateau le Woof. Rocky, for that is his name, is a regular. He’s coming to meet his girlfriend, Lola, who’s sitting pretty in a sweet sweater on the sofa.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States Olympic Committee told U.S.

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A man from Tennessee who has the words “psycho” tattooed on his forehead and “nazi” inked on his throat is accused of stabbing another man in the stomach.

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LOS ANGELES — The “invisible tsunami” of natural gas that has been spewing from a broken well in the backyard of an affluent Los Angeles suburb has caused illness and  losses to businesses , and driven thousands from their homes.

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Move over Neymar , there’s a new Brazilian soccer star in town. Border collie Scotch is turning heads with his tantalizing skills

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Though people tell me they’re an option, I think that art fairs are a necessity.

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Anyone considering travel to the equatorial regions of the Americas has in recent days undoubtedly been advised of the appearance of an unwelcome new addition to the litany of potential health threats in the region — the Zika virus.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti called off its presidential election on Friday, two days before it was due, over concerns of escalating violence sparked by the opposition candidate’s refusal to take part in a process he said was riddled with fraud.

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While a report by a British judge found that Russian president Vladimir Putin probably approved of the Russian security service’s plan to kill Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB officer turned Kremlin critic, justice remains far for many other dead, disappeared or jailed Putin critics.  According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 56 journalists have been killed in Russia since 1992. Here are some of the most prominent Kremlin critics who have been killed or jailed in the last decade: Boris Nemtsov Nemtsov, a prominent critic of Putin who exposed corruption in the government, was gunned down in February near the Kremlin. At the time of his murder, Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, had been working on a report on Russia’s role in separatist uprisings in eastern Ukraine in 2014

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As the nation celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., it is an opportunity to also reflect on the broader impact of his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, which remains one of our nation’s most influential rallying cries for society to embrace diversity and seek equality. Bayard Rustin, one of Dr

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The LGBT civil rights movement has evolved admirably over the past few years to become more inclusive, working against institutional bigotry of all kinds, and grappling with the intersectionalities that exist within all of us. Those multiple identities impact not only how we think of ourselves, but more notably, what others think of us. Unfortunately, some of that progress has empowered the more radical amongst us to act in a brazen, autocratic manner.

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In April on CNBC , I called a top in the China market and urged a move to cash. The accompanying chart — see the red arrow — underscores the prescience of the call.

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BRUSSELS (AP) — Investigators searching an apartment in Brussels uncovered the fingerprint of a fugitive in the Nov.

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A Texas man was wearing an anti-drugs campaign T-shirt when he was arrested last weekend for alleged possession of methamphetamine. In his booking photograph, Adrian Harold Pounders wore a top that read “DontMethWithMe.org.”  The web address he proudly promoted on his chest ironically links to an anti-meth drive that warns Texans about the dangers of the highly addictive drug.   Pounders, 47, was detained when cops raided his home in Crockett on Sunday

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It’s been estimated that the Amazon rainforest and surrounding areas are—or once were—home to upwards of 11,000 different tree species . It’s also been estimated that those forests have shrunk by about 12 percent, and that human meddling could double or triple that number by 2050.

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It is one of the central political puzzles of our time: Parts of the country that depend on the safety-net programs supported by Democrats are increasingly voting for Republicans who favor shredding that net. In his successful bid for the Senate in 2010, the libertarian Rand Paul railed against “intergenerational welfare” and said that “the culture of dependency on government destroys people’s spirits,” yet racked up winning margins in eastern Kentucky, a former Democratic stronghold that is heavily dependent on public benefits

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 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law has long been criticized as unworkable, too punitive and in need of repair. After years of trying, Congress is finally on the verge of rewriting the 2002 law

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As the U.S. House voted to tighten restrictions on the resettlement of Syrian refugees , former Marine and award-winning author Phil Klay  took to Twitter to express his disappointment.

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A CNN correspondent has reportedly been suspended for two weeks after slamming the GOP over its refugee bill in what’s been called a partisan tweet. Elise Labott, the network’s global affairs correspondent, criticized Thursday’s Republican-led House vote that seeks to severely restrict the admission of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the U.S. “House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees

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‘How I Escaped From ISIS’

20Nov

Motorcycles and minibuses, fake IDs and frantic calls. This is how a former spy and battlefield commander leaves the Islamic State

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Thanksgiving details get overlooked every year, but one of the most important tidbits you WON’T want to forget is how much turkey you’ll need to buy to make sure everybody gets a piece of the bird.

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Donald Trump’s campaign barred  a BuzzFeed reporter Thursday from attending an event in Newton, Iowa, a move that comes one day after campaign manager Corey Lewandowski threatened to blacklist a CNN reporter for straying from the designated media area at a Massachusetts rally.  In a series of tweets, BuzzFeed’s White House reporter Evan McMorris-Santoro described passing through Secret Service, providing press credentials and still not being allowed into the event.  I asked the Trump camp for credentials several days ago. Never heard back. So I came out to Iowa to check things out.

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10 Must-Reads To Understand ISIS

19Nov

The terror attacks in Paris have brought a renewed focus to the intentions, beliefs and history of the Islamic State militant group.

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When viewers tune in for coverage of the Latin Grammys on Thursday, they’ll also see ads from the pro-immigration reform groups SEIU and iAmerica Action targeting Republicans over their opposition to deportation relief for undocumented immigrants. “We will not accept hate,” a voiceover says in the ad, in Spanish. “We will not allow anti-immigrant attacks

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The Only Way To Stop Annoying Robocalls

19Nov

I have tried screaming, blowing a whistle into the phone, and cussing like a drunken sailor. I’ve even tried Jewish mother guilt and asking the caller on the other end of the phone “How do you look yourself in the mirror knowing that what you do for a living is scam people?

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LOS ANGELES — At the Islamic Center of Southern California, a historic mosque near downtown LA that attracts more than 1,000 Muslims each week for prayers, worshippers can usually walk in with ease. But in the days after the Paris attacks, security — existent but usually slim at the mosque known for its strong and peaceful relations with the local community — has been amped up

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In a recent episode of The Huffington Post Love+Sex Podcast  about sex tourism, co-hosts Carina Kolodny and Noah Michelson chatted with  Matt , a DJ from Australia who travels halfway around the world each year to attend San Francisco’s Folsom Street Festival,  the world’s biggest leather event . While chatting with Kolodny and Michelson, Matt brought up ” the hanky code ,” a form of covert communication that some gay men used in the ’70s and ’80s to signal their sexual interests and desires to other men. As Fusion.com notes , “Men who participated in this form of flagging placed differently colored handkerchiefs in the back pockets of their pants: the left side for dominant sexual partners (tops) and the right side for submissive sexual partners (bottoms).” For instance, if you are wearing a light blue hanky in your left back pocket, you’re looking for someone to perform oral sex on you.

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After police hauled away Jeff and Sandra Weller from their upscale suburban home in Washington where they lived with their six kids, what was discovered behind closed doors was nothing short of a living nightmare. Some of the kids, including Sandra Weller’s adopted twins, were brutally beaten with a piece of lumber that was referred to as “the board,” the refrigerator was locked to restrict their food, cameras monitored their every move, and they were locked in their rooms with no electricity, according to court documents

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WASHINGTON — Health insurance consumers who use HealthCare.gov to buy their plans can choose to stick with what they have and let the system automatically renew their coverage for next year. A new report suggests that just might be a bad idea

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently shared some inspiring words to encourage others battling with depression. “I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone,” Johnson said on the OWN network’s “Oprah’s Master Class” series . “You’re not the first to go through it; you’re not going to be the last to go through it … I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and say, ‘Hey, it’s gonna be OK

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A Scottish newspaper offered a warm message to Syrian refugees arriving in the country this week. “To the first refugees fleeing war-torn Syria who will arrive at Glasgow Airport today, we’d just like to say: Welcome to Scotland,” read the front cover of The National on Tuesday. Our front page: As the first Syrian refugees arrive in Scotland tomorrow, we'd like to offer them a warm welcome pic.twitter.com/1zZ7fazcbS — The National (@ScotNational) November 16, 2015 Over 100 refugees arrived in Scotland on Tuesday afternoon, part of  the U.K.

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Officers hunting suspects involved in the Paris terror attacks exchanged gunfire during a raid in the Saint-Denis suburb on Wednesday morning, according to reports. Police asked people to stay indoors.  Armed men were seen fleeing, according to one reporter on the scene. Unconfirmed reports say officers were injured.  The Associated Press, citing an unnamed police official, said a large police operation that included SWAT teams was underway, linked to Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris

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Republican presidential candidate John Kasich says he’d set up an agency with a “mandate” to promote what he calls “Judeo-Christian values” overseas to counter Islamist propaganda. The Ohio governor says he would create the new agency to promote the values of human rights, democracy and the freedoms of speech, religion and association. Kasich says the information would be distributed in the Middle East, China, Iran and Russia, to compete with the propaganda and misinformation purveyed by Islamic militants

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