Tamer Nafar (center), performs with the hip-hop group DAM. The members are all Arabs who are citizens of Israel, and some of their lyrics are harshly critical of the state. They see it as artistic freedom, while Israel's culture minister says such language could incite violence.
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Iraqis living east of Mosul hold a white flag as they flee Wednesday during an Iraqi army's operation to retake the ISIS-held city. So far, the number of civilians fleeing the fighting has been relatively small. But aid groups warn the numbers could rise dramatically as the fighting moves into the city itself.
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A new ballot measure in Washington will determine if courts can take away guns from people deemed to be dangerous to themselves or others. The initiative is well-funded and comes two years after the state passed a different initiative for background checks on gun sales, including those that are private.
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A South Korean protester carries a placard with images of South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Choi Soon-sil during a rally in downtown Seoul on Wednesday. The placard reads, "Park Geun-hye should step down." South Korean prosecutors requested an arrest warrant for Choi on Wednesday over allegations of influence-peddling and other activities.
Chief Justice Lawton Nuss takes notes during arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court in Topeka, Kan., on Dec. 14, 2015. Nuss faces a retention election this year — and an unprecedented campaign to vote him out of office.