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French Protest Emmanuel Macron’s Plans to Give Official ‘First Lady’ Status to Wife

French President Emmanuel Macron has come under fire over plans to give his wife official status as “First Lady” of France.

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Vice President Pence Accuses Russia of Trying to ‘Destabilize’ Western Balkans

Vice President Mike Pence accused Russia on Wednesday of working to “destabilize” the Western Balkans and divide the region from the West where he said its future lies.

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US VP Pence Promises Support for Georgia, Condemns Russian Moves

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence pledged support Tuesday for the former Soviet republic of Georgia, his second stop on a European trip backing nations that feel threatened by Russian aggression.

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Suspect in Hamburg Knife Attack Was Known to German Police as Radicalized Islamist

The German police said Saturday that the 26-year-old man accused of killing one person and wounding five others with a knife in Hamburg was known to them as a recently radicalized Islamist, but that they did not believe he posed an imminent danger.

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Putin Tries to Ease Fears in Finland During Russian-Chinese Naval Exercises in the Baltic Sea

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday tried to calm regional anxiety over joint Russian-Chinese naval maneuvers in the Baltic Sea, where tensions have grown in recent years with an increased show of military force by both Moscow and NATO.

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Swedish IT Scandal Forces 2 Top Ministers to Resign

An IT scandal forced Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lovfen to reshuffle his government on Thursday as two top ministers resigned, CNN affiliate Expressen reported.

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Greece Arrests Russian Man Suspected of Running $4 Billion Bitcoin Laundering Ring

A Russian man suspected of laundering at least $4 billion of criminal funds by switching them into the digital currency bitcoin has been arrested in Greece, police said on Wednesday.

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German Teen Girl Found in ISIS Hideout in Mosul Wants ‘to Go Back Home’

A teenage German girl who ran away after converting to Islam and was found by Iraqi troops in Mosul says she wants to go home, a German newspaper and broadcaster reported Monday.

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Man With Chainsaw Injures 5 in Switzerland Attack

A chainsaw maniac who injured five people in Switzerland this morning is a schizophrenic who targeted his health insurance firm before fleeing, police have said.

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2 Dead, 500 Wounded After 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Greece & Turkey

A powerful overnight earthquake shook holiday resorts in Greece and Turkey, injuring nearly 500 people and leaving two tourists dead on the Greek island of Kos, where revelers at a bar were crushed in a building collapse.

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French Woman Faces Prosecution in Iraq for Possible Connection With ISIS

A French woman captured in the Iraqi city of Mosul with her four children is facing possible prosecution in Iraq for allegedly collaborating with the Islamic State group, in a test case for how governments handle the families of foreign fighters now that the extremists are in retreat.

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Separatists Proclaim New State in Eastern Ukraine That Aims to Replace Entire Country

Separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday proclaimed a new state that aspires to include not only the areas they control but also the rest of the country. But Russia, their chief backer, sought to play down the announcement, saying it was merely part of public discussion.

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