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French President Francois Hollande will not seek re-election

<b>(CNN) —</b> France's President Francois Hollande announced Thursday he will not seek a second term in office.<p>French voters will go to the polls in April and May 2017, but Hollande, who has low popularity ratings, says he will not stand for re-election.<p>"I am speaking to you this evening to inform you of …

How Iran, Russia Could Derail Oil-Production Deal

OPEC members engage in a last-minute blitz of diplomacy ahead of a meeting on Wednesday<p>VIENNA—The world’s biggest oil producers on Monday intensified talks over an oil-output agreement but failed to resolve disputes over production in Iran, Iraq and Russia that have emerged as potentially …

Oil

South Korean protesters march against President again

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> Massive protests roiled Seoul for the second consecutive weekend as hundreds of thousands of angry South Koreans took to the streets Saturday calling for President Park Geun-hye's resignation.<p>The march, which included families with young children, students -- some in …

Legalize Pot To Help End The War On Drugs

The evidence is clear. The War on Drugs is a huge failure.<p>The legalization of recreational and/or medicinal marijuana is on the ballot Tuesday in California, Nevada, Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota, Florida, Massachusetts and Maine. If you live in one of those states, I strongly encourage …

Abrupt Sea Level Rise Looms As Increasingly Realistic Threat

Ninety-nine percent of the planet's freshwater ice is locked up in the Antarctic and Greenland ice caps. Now, a growing number of studies are raising …

Trump seeking quickest way to quit Paris climate agreement, says report

The president-elect wants to bypass the theoretical four-year procedure to exit the accord, according to a Reuters source<p>Donald Trump is looking at quick ways of withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement in defiance of widening international backing for the plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, …

Muslims cry foul as Netanyahu seeks to quieten call to prayer

Benjamin Netanyahu backs an Israeli bill to limit the volume of calls to prayer from mosques in Israel. Government watchdogs call the proposal a …

Israel

Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto became the first female prime minister of Pakistan in 1988. She was killed by a suicide bomber in 2007.<p>Synopsis<p>Benazir Bhutto was born …

Russia Beefs Up Baltic Fleet Amid NATO Tensions: Reports

Moscow is adding warships armed with long-range cruise missiles to counter NATO’s build-up in the region.<p>Russia is sharply upgrading the firepower of its Baltic Fleet by adding warships armed with long-range cruise missiles to counter NATO’s build-up in the region, Russian media reported on …

South Africa’s student protests are part of a much bigger struggle

JOHANNESBURG — Hundreds of students at universities across South Africa have blockaded roads and clashed with police this week, protesting for the right to free education and against deeper inequities in a year-long movement that has come to be known as #FeesMustFall.<p>Last October, university …

Return of Mein Kampf

Many wish that Adolf Hitler's hate-filled manifesto, Mein Kampf, would simply disappear. However, with the book about to enter the public domain in …

‘Mein Kampf’ No Longer Banned in Germany — Now What?

Nazi salutes, swastikas and other Third Reich symbols have long been outlawed in Germany. But as of midnight on New Year’s Eve, “Mein Kampf,” …

Humanities

Mein Kampf hits stores in tense Germany

<b>It's one of the most talked about publications of the year. It's not a new book. And it's not even a well-written book. But Mein Kampf, by Adolf Hitler, which hits German bookshops for the first time in 70 years on Friday, is certainly attracting attention.</b><p>Hitler's anti-Semitic tirade is seen as …

How Kurdish women soldiers are confronting ISIS on the front lines

<b>MARTIN HIMEL:</b><p>Walk along the streets of Kurdistan’s second largest city, Sulaymaniyah, and you’ll instantly notice that it looks nothing like most of …

Singapore separates from Malaysia and becomes independent - Singapore History

On 9 August 1965, Singapore separated from Malaysia to become an independent and sovereign state.[1] The separation was the result of deep political …

Asia

Fifa urged to kick out Israeli football clubs located in West Bank

Human Rights Watch says football body is breaking its own rules by allowing clubs in occupied Palestinian territories to compete<p>Football’s international governing body, Fifa, is facing pressure to rule next month that six Israeli football clubs based in illegal settlements in the occupied …

Guest Column - Radical Islam Exists: Islamism IS the New Totalitarianism

In contrast to others, I confirm Radical Islam exists. Political scientists, including Muslim political scientists, know it as Islamism. Only part of …

The Roots of the Islamic State’s Appeal

In a long, rambling statement in September, ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani expounded on his group’s inherent advantage: “Being killed … is a …

Mysterious scholar between East and West: Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani

To his followers he was a great scholar of Islam, the leader against imperialism, the one who awakened the East, while to his opposers he was a …