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Greece Delays Trial of Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party amid Violent Protests

The leadership of Greece's nationalist Golden Dawn party went to court Monday for the first day of what is expected to be a long trial of unprecedented scope for the nation. Golden Dawn's leadership, who have exhibited Neo-Nazi sympathies, are being accused of running a criminal organization masked as a political party.
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Kenya Begins Construction on Border Wall to Keep Somalis Out

The Kenyan government has broken ground on a new wall that will span a large swatch of the border between Kenya and Somalia. While the project had been announced in March, Kenyan authorities appear to have expedited the groundbreaking in response to the terrorist attack at Garissa University.
Barack Obama, Raul Castro

State Department Claims Cuba Is Open to Discussing Return of US Fugitives

The State Department announced this week that it has received a guarantee from the Cuban government to enter a bilateral dialogue to discuss the extradition of American fugitives out of Cuba to serve their criminal sentences, as well as dialogue with Spain regarding Cuba providing safe haven to members of the Basque terrorist group ETA. The Cuban government has yet to publicly comment on the State Department's claims.

Drug Cartel vs. ISIS: 2 Killed in Gunfight at Alleged Islamist Recruiters’ HQ

A mysterious gun attack at the headquarters of the Ayışığı (Moonlight) Association in Turkey has left two dead, with law enforcement and local sources claiming the violence is a result of tensions between the Ayışığı group, accused of terrorist recruiting, and a local drug cartel whose members claim the group attacked for selling drugs to minors.
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Cuba Increases Political Arrests 70% in March Following US Thaw

Newly released statistics show that the communist government of Raúl Castro in Havana has exponentially increased the number of political arrests, beatings, and detentions since President Barack Obama announced that a White House concessions package would be afforded to the regime.
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Obama Removes FARC-, Hezbollah-Tied Cuban Regime from State Dept Terror List

The White House announced today that Cuba will be removed from the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism, despite its ties to Marxist, jihadist, and other separatist terrorist organizations. The removal of the state sponsor of terror label is believed to be the beginning of diplomatic relations with Cuba that can lead to the potential establishment of a U.S. embassy in Havana.

On Anniversary of Boko Haram Kidnapping, 85% of Chibok Girls Still Missing

On April 14, 2014, the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram abducted more than 300 schoolgirls from the village of Chibok, cementing their international reputation as one of the most ruthless and dangerous terror groups in the world. One year later, more than 200 of those girls remain missing, and Nigeria's president-elect is making no promises to find them.

Venezuela’s President Maduro Reneges on Anti-Obama Petition Pledge

Threats and arrests were made. Government workers lost their jobs. Free chickens were handed out. An all-encompassing mass media campaign against President Barack Obama took over Venezuelan state airwaves, where President Nicolás Maduro vowed to hand Obama a 10-million-signature petition against his recent sanctions on Venezuela. Yet, when the time came to show President Obama-- and the American public-- those signatures, Maduro came up empty-handed.
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Greece Making Ends Meet by Becoming China’s Gateway to Europe

In what was received as a pleasant surprise by the European Union, Greece made its first 460 million euro payment to the IMF this week. The Mediterranean country continues to struggle with generating enough revenue to pay off their multi-billion-dollar debt, and one major international player looking to capitalize on their need for business is China.

Obama to Share Summit of the Americas Stage with Cuba’s Raúl Castro

Last week, the White House promised that President Barack Obama would engage in an "interaction" with Cuban dictator Raúl Castro at the Summit of the Americas. The summit begins officially Friday, and more details have surfaced on what that interaction will entail: the two leaders, who shared a phone conversation Thursday night, will share the stage at the summit Friday.
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Kenyan Police Official: Garissa Attack Victims Died ‘Like Cockroaches’

Senior Kenyan police official Pius Masai Mwachi has become the target of national disgust this week after implying that victims of the Garissa University terror attack that left 148 dead had not fought back sufficiently against the Al-Shabaab terrorists storming the campus. "Free yourself as soon as possible. Get out. Don't just be killed like cockroaches," he said.
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Museums Reluctant to Return Artifacts to Iraq After ISIS Destruction

After years of campaigning for ancient artifacts to be returned from foreign museums to the nations where they were found, archaeologists and museum officials are rethinking the concept of "repatriation"--particularly in Iraq and Syria, where the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has made destruction of historical artifacts a priority.

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