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Overwhelming majority of Americans believe U.S. should remain in controversial arms accord

Overwhelming majority of Americans believe U.S. should remain in controversial arms accordTwo-thirds of respondents oppose abandoning the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and favor pursuing diplomacy to resolve the dispute over Russia's compliance with the 1987 arms accord, according to a survey conducted by the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland and the university’s Center for International and Security Studies.



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Order signed for US military's controversial Syria exit

Order signed for US military's controversial Syria exitThe US military has confirmed that the order to withdraw American troops from Syria had been signed, after President Donald Trump held talks with his Turkish counterpart to negotiate a pullout that has stunned Washignton’s allies. Trump announced Wednesday that the roughly 2,000 US troops would leave civil war-racked Syria, where they have been deployed to assist in a multinational fight against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. “The execute order for Syria has been signed,” a US military spokesperson told AFP on Sunday in response to a query, without providing further details.



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Outrage over a controversial plea deal for a former ex-fraternity president

Outrage over a controversial plea deal for a former ex-fraternity presidentThe former Baylor fraternity president was accused of rape and will not face jail time or be forced to register as a sex offender. ABC News' Janai Norman reports.



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Democrats Only Need 1 More GOP Vote To Sink A Controversial Judicial Nominee

Democrats Only Need 1 More GOP Vote To Sink A Controversial Judicial NomineeWASHINGTON ― Senate Democrats are so close to sinking one of President Donald



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Donald Trump Stands By His Controversial Response to John McCain's Death

Donald Trump Stands By His Controversial Response to John McCain's DeathPresident Trump on John McCain controversy: “I’ve done everything that they requested.”



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Poland amends controversial Holocaust law

Poland amends controversial Holocaust lawPoland on Wednesday amended a controversial Holocaust law that sparked outrage in Israel by imposing jail terms on anyone claiming the government was responsible for Nazi German war crimes. The amendment removes fines or criminal penalties of up to three years in prison for anyone found guilty of ascribing Nazi crimes to the Polish nation or state. Lawmakers in Poland’s right-wing dominated lower house of parliament voted 388 in favour of the amendment, with 25 against and five abstentions.



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Prince William Is Visiting the Middle East. Here's What to Know About Britain's Controversial Role in Shaping the Region

Prince William Is Visiting the Middle East. Here's What to Know About Britain's Controversial Role in Shaping the RegionIt is an area of the globe that cannot escape its history, a history in which Britain has played a major part



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First lady wears controversial jacket to border visit

First lady wears controversial jacket to border visitOn her trip to Texas to visit immigrant children, Melania Trump donned a jacket that read: "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?"



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Argentina call off controversial World Cup friendly with Israel after campaign targeted at Messi

Argentina call off controversial World Cup friendly with Israel after campaign targeted at MessiArgentina has called off their World Cup warm-up match with Israel following pressure from Palestinian football officials and international campaign groups. The friendly had been planned for Saturday in the contested city of Jerusalem, but the team announced they would not be taking part. The sold-out game was opposed by Palestinians, who claim the eastern part of the city, annexed by Israel, as the capital of their future state. However, the Israeli embassy in Argentina blamed what it called "threats and provocations" against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestinian football association, had encouraged fans to burn shirts bearing Messi's name if he decided to play. He said on Wednesday that the decision was a "red card from everyone to the Israelis". Messi has previously expressed support for the Palestinian cause. During the 2014 conflict, the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador shared on his Facebook a picture of an injured Palestinian child and pleaded for the violence to stop. Messi holding six-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi in Doha upon Barcelona's arrival to play a friendly match against Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli Credit: AFP The Palestinian Football Federation – which had urged Messi specifically not to take part – welcomed the scrapping of the game, insisting sport should not "be a tool for politicians and for political extortion". The decision comes weeks after Israeli forces shot dead at least 60 Palestinians protested on the Israel-Gaza border. "In the end, they've done right thing, and this is behind us," Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain told ESPN. "Health and common sense come first. We felt that it wasn't right to go." Miri Regev, Israel's culture minister, accused the Palestinians of terrorism, and evoked the massacre of Israeli Olympians at Munich in 1972 as a comparison. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had called Argentine President Mauricio Macri and urged him to intervene, to no avail. "It's unfortunate the soccer knights of Argentina did not withstand the pressure of the Israeli-hating inciters, whose only goal is to harm our basic right to self-defense and bring about the destruction of Israel," said Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. "We will not yield before a pack of anti-Semitic terrorist supporters," Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said it was a sad morning for Israeli sports fans, including his own grandchildren. "But there are values that are greater than even Messi. The politicisation of the Argentinean move worries me greatly," he said. About | The two-state solution Opposition figures, however, accused Israel's headline-seeking sports minister of bringing on the politicisation of the sporting event by insisting on moving the game from Haifa to contested Jerusalem and by trying to orchestrate a photo-op with Messi. Israel captured east Jerusalem, in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed the area in a move that is not internationally recognised. Israel considers the entire city to be its capital, while the Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. Israel has largely fended off the boycott campaign, with only a small number of artists and organisations shunning the country. Argentina's snubbing would appear to be the boycott movement's greatest achievement thus far. The grassroots movement advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel in what supporters say is a way to promote Palestinian rights through nonviolent means. Israel says the campaign goes beyond Israeli occupation of lands claimed by the Palestinians and masks a deeper aim of delegitimizing or even destroying the country. It has formed a government ministry whose primary mission is to combat the boycott movement. Argentina opens its Group D campaign in Russia against Iceland on June 16. They then plays Croatia on June 21 and Nigeria on June 26. It is unclear whether Argentina will play another warmup, or if it will arrive to Moscow ahead of schedule. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup – newsletter promo – end of article



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Nicaraguan cardinal Obando y Bravo, controversial peacemaker, dies at 92

Nicaraguan cardinal Obando y Bravo, controversial peacemaker, dies at 92Cardinal emeritus Miguel Obando y Bravo, an influential mediator in Nicaragua’s many conflicts and in recent years an ally of President Daniel Ortega, died on Sunday at age 92, the Catholic Church announced. Acting as a politically savvy peacemaker in such conflicts was a hallmark of Obando’s six decades as a priest, many of them as archbishop of Managua. Ortega lost the presidency in a 1990 election.



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