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Trump Does A Victory Lap In Iowa; Kushner Tries To Restart Mideast Peace Talks

Following a Georgia special election victory for the GOP, President Trump held a rally in Iowa. Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, held talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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Iraqis and supporters rallied outside a Detroit courthouse Wednesday as a hearing began on a lawsuit that seeks to stop the government from deporting more than 100 Iraqi nationals who were recently rounded up. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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Law

Trump Administration Faces Pressure To Not Deport Detained Iraqi Christians

Many of the nearly 200 Iraqis currently under detention are from the minority Chaldean Christian community, which faces severe persecution in Iraq.

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All Tech Considered

How Facebook Uses Technology To Block Terrorist-Related Content

Social media firms are under pressure to block extremist activity on their sites. Facebook is hiring thousands more people to review content, but artificial intelligence also plays a role.

How Facebook Uses Technology To Block Terrorist-Related Content

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The leaning minaret of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul in March 2017, as Iraqi forces shell enemy positions. The minaret stood at 150 feet tall. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

ISIS Destroys Historic Mosque In Mosul As Iraqi Forces Close In

Iraq's military said ISIS destroyed the 12th century al-Nuri mosque in Mosul's Old City, where ISIS fighters remain. Iraq's prime minister called it "a formal declaration of their defeat."

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Rural South Korean County Prepares For Role As 2018 Winter Olympics Host

Only a handful of tourists come to PyeongChang, usually to hike green hills dotted with Buddhist temples or visit a small nearby ski station. All that is about to change.

Rural South Korean County Prepares For Role As 2018 Winter Olympics Host

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The Salt

Red Palm Weevils Wreak Havoc On Palm Plantations Across The Globe

Thanks to globalization and climate change, the pest has spread to 60 countries, attacking coconut, date and oil palm plantations, and costing millions of dollars in damages.

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Energy

The Rise Of Wind Energy Raises Questions About Its Reliability

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As renewables make up a bigger share of the nation's energy grid, some worry about blackouts when the wind doesn't blow. But grid operators say they're getting better at balancing energy resources.

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Law

Rosenstein Says Most Important Part Of The Job Is To Maintain Public Confidence

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been taking heat from the president, friends of the fired FBI director and members of Congress. He said he wants to protect the Justice Department brand.

Rosenstein Says Most Important Part Of The Job Is To Maintain Public Confidence

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Goats and Soda

Spillover Beasts: Which Animals Pose The Biggest Viral Risk?

Rodents, primates and bats likely carry hundreds of thousands of viruses we haven't yet identified. But how do you know which ones might infect humans?

Spillover Beasts: Which Animals Pose The Biggest Viral Risk?

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A police officer in Montreal guards the front of an apartment building, where Amor Ftouhi lived before traveling to the U.S. earlier this month. Ftouhi, a Canadian resident, is suspected of stabbing an airport police officer in Flint, Mich., on Wednesday. The FBI said it is investigating it as an "act of terrorism." Julien Besset/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

FBI Investigates Flint Airport Stabbing As Possible Act Of Terrorism

The FBI identified the assailant as Amor Ftouhi of Quebec. He reportedly yelled "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great," before stabbing an airport police officer in the neck Wednesday in Flint, Mich.

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Politics

Democrats Seek Records On Jared Kushner As Administration Tries To Stifle Oversight

The Democrats say Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and one of his closest advisers, had meetings with Russians and failed to disclose them as he applied for security clearance.

Democrats Seek Records On Jared Kushner As Administration Tries To Stifle Oversight

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Boys walk in front of a billboard in Taif, Saudi Arabia, showing King Salman (center) flanked 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman (right) and Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. The king appointed his son as his successor and first in line to the throne. He stripped Mohammed bin Nayef of the title of crown prince and ousted him from his powerful position of interior minister. Amr Nabil/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

What To Know About Saudi Arabia's New Crown Prince And The Issues He'll Face

Mohammed bin Salman is now first in line to the throne. At 31, he has already reshaped his country's role in the region. His biggest test will come as he tries to wean the kingdom off an oil economy.

What To Know About Saudi Arabia's New Crown Prince And The Issues He Will Face

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Shots - Health News

'Combat Medicine:' Afghanistan Vet Seeks To Help Others Through Hip-Hop

A new hip-hop album by a veteran of the war in Afghanistan drops today. His target audience: fellow vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

'Combat Medicine:' Afghanistan Vet Seeks To Help Others Through Hip-Hop

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A wildfire in Portugal has killed at least 64 people since it began on Saturday. Above, a charred forest near Pedrogao Grande on Tuesday. Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Portugal Wrests Control Over Wildfire That Killed More Than 60 People

Investigation into what ignited the wildfires, and why they proved so deadly, is just beginning. Some people want a ban on plantings of eucalyptus: a common tree that is extremely flammable.