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Protesters at Los Angeles International Airport rally Sunday against President Trump's executive order halting entry of refugees and others into the U.S. Amanda Edwards/Getty Images hide caption

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Protesters hold signs near the White House during a protest about President Trump's immigration policies on Wednesday. A proposed presidential action would freeze immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries for security reasons. But the list does not include any of the countries whose nationals have killed Americans in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Frauke Petry, leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party, speaks at a conference of European right-wing parties on January 21 in Koblenz, Germany. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images hide caption

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Populist Leader Aims 'To Change Political Situation' In Germany — And Europe

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Former North Korean deputy ambassador to London Thae Yong Ho speaks during a briefing on Wednesday in Seoul. NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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North Korean Defector: Information Flow Will Help Bring Down Kim Jong Un

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Rutland, Vt., is home to 16,000 residents — including two Syrian refugee families that arrived this month. Nina Keck/VPR hide caption

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In Vermont, A Town Is Divided Over Syrian Refugees

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Students at Mosul University place the Iraqi national flag at the entrance on Sunday after it was liberated from Islamic State militants. The Iraqi military, supported by the U.S., has retaken the eastern part of the city. ISIS still holds the western part of Mosul, its last major stronghold in Iraq. Khalid Mohammed/AP hide caption

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Far-right leader and candidate in next spring's French presidential elections, Marine Le Pen, acknowledges applause at a meeting of European nationalists in Koblenz, Germany, last weekend. Michael Probst/AP hide caption

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France's Far-Right Candidate For President Is A Contender

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Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto speaks during a news conference in Mexico City on Monday. He is waiting to hear from high-level negotiators before deciding whether to cancel his U.S. trip. Marco Ugarte/AP hide caption

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As Trump Orders Border Wall, Mexico's President Mulls Canceling U.S. Trip

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An Afghan detainee is held at the Parwan detention facility near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in 2011. A document circulating in Washington suggests the Trump administration might reactivate secret CIA "black sites" for terrorism detainees around the world. Dar Yasin/AP hide caption

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President Trump, shown here in an ad for a Chinese magazine in Shanghai, continues to attack the integrity of reporters who challenge him — even as he keeps making false claims. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders talks to reporters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July. The Dutch press has dubbed Wilders "the Dutch Donald Trump" because of his rhetoric against immigrants. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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For 'Dutch Donald Trump,' A Surge In Popularity Before March Elections

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When the leaders of Rutland, Vt., decided to host Syrian refugees, it made them a target of a national effort to oppose refugee settlement. Nina Keck/VPR hide caption

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A Vermont Town In The Eye Of The Refugee Resettlement Storm

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President Trump announces retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as his choice for defense secretary, on Dec. 6 in Fayetteville, N.C. Trump, who was highly critical of Barack Obama's military and foreign policies during the presidential campaign, inherits a number of challenges. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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"Build Bridges Not Walls," reads a banner held by demonstrators on London's Tower Bridge to protest Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president on Friday. Matt Dunham/AP hide caption

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U.K. Independence Party co-founder Nigel Farage visited Donald Trump at Trump Tower days after the U.S. election. Trump suggested the British government appoint Farage to be the U.K.'s ambassador to Washington – advice Prime Minister Theresa May ignored. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Trump's Kindred Spirit, U.K.'s Nigel Farage, Will Be An Honored Guest Friday

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