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The Latest: France sees 'negative' foreign sways in Lebanon

The Latest: France sees 'negative' foreign sways in LebanonPARIS (AP) — The Latest on developments surrounding Lebanon's crisis with Saudi Arabia in the wake of Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation (all times local):



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Facebook, Google won't commit to stop taking foreign cash for U.S. political ads

Facebook, Google won't commit to stop taking foreign cash for U.S. political adsFacebook and Google declined under repeated congressional questioning Tuesday to commit to stop taking Russian rubles and other foreign currencies as payment for American political advertisements, despite federal election law prohibiting payments from foreign nationals.



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New Zealand firms up ban on foreign house buyers

New Zealand firms up ban on foreign house buyersThe New Zealand government firmed up plans Tuesday to prevent foreigners from buying houses in the country, saying it wanted the new law in place early next year. New Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she aimed to have the ban take effect before the wide-ranging Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is ratified in February. Ardern, who was only sworn in as prime minister last week, said Australians would be exempt.



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FBI's use of foreign intelligence driving privacy debate

FBI's use of foreign intelligence driving privacy debateWASHINGTON (AP) — It's 3 a.m. when a security guard notices a man taking photographs of the Key Bridge a few miles from the White House. There's been no crime, but the guard is suspicious and passes the man's license plate number to the FBI.



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Myanmar police charge foreign reporters over drone use

Myanmar police charge foreign reporters over drone useMyanmar police have charged two foreign journalists working for Turkish state media — along with two Burmese locals — for allegedly breaching import laws after they flew a drone over the country’s parliament. “We have opened a case against all four — two foreigners and two Burmese. The foreigners, Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia, were arrested on Friday in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw while they were on assignment for Turkish state broadcaster TRT.



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After the 19th National Party Congress, China’s Foreign Policy will Likely Become More Assertive

After the 19th National Party Congress, China’s Foreign Policy will Likely Become More AssertivePresident Xi Jinping is expected to emerge from the 19th National Congress with more power, more allies and more ambitious plans. Since coming to power in 2012, China’s President Xi Jinping has taken his country on a foreign policy path in marked contrast to that of his predecessors. Instead of continuing “peaceful development,” China under Xi has grown more assertive in the South and East China Seas, as well as in other areas of territorial dispute.



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Iran's foreign minister urges Europe to defy US if Trump sinks nuclear deal

Iran's foreign minister urges Europe to defy US if Trump sinks nuclear dealIran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has called on Europe to defy US sanctions if the Trump administration torpedoes the international nuclear agreement with Tehran. Zarif warned that if Europe followed Washington’s lead, the deal would collapse and Iran would emerge with more advanced nuclear technology than before the agreement was reached in Vienna in 2015.



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Iran may drop nuclear deal if U.S. withdraws, foreign minister tells al Jazeera

Iran may drop nuclear deal if U.S. withdraws, foreign minister tells al JazeeraIran may abandon the nuclear deal it reached with six major powers if the United States decides to withdraw from it, Iranian foreign minister told Qatar’s al Jazeera TV in New York. U.S. President Donald Trump has called the 2015 deal an “embarrassment”. The deal is supported by the other major powers that negotiated it with Iran and its collapse could trigger a regional arms race and worsen tensions in the Middle East.



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NK Foreign Minister to UN: Trump’s ‘Insults’ Make Attack 'Inevitable’

NK Foreign Minister to UN: Trump’s ‘Insults’ Make Attack 'Inevitable’In startling remarks made at the United Nations on Saturday, North Korea’s foreign minister said the escalating rhetoric increased the chances of a conflict.



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Iraq sentences Russian Isil fighter to death by hanging in first ruling of its kind on foreign jihadists

Iraq sentences Russian Isil fighter to death by hanging in first ruling of its kind on foreign jihadistsIraq has sentenced to death by hanging a Russian who fought for Islamic State in Mosul, in the first such ruling on a foreign fighter and one which could set a precedent.  The man admitted to being a member of the jihadist group and “carrying out terrorist operations” against Iraqi security forces since 2015, according to a statement released by Baghdad's central criminal court. He was charged under the country’s anti-terrorism laws, which provides for death by hanging or firing squad.  Most suspected local Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) members are being tried in northern Iraq, however most foreigners have been taken south to Baghdad.  Members of the Iraqi National Security Service take a suspected Isil collaborator to their base in Bartella, near Mosul. Credit: Sam Tarling for the Telegraph While the number of detainees has not been made public, Iraqi authorities are thought to be holding several dozen non-Iraqis. General Yahya Rasool, a spokesman for Joint Operations Command, said the Russian was "the first (jihadist) to surrender" to Iraqi forces in west Mosul, scene of the most ferocious battles. The 28-year-old fighter was said to have been captured after running out of ammunition. The Russian was handed over to Iraqi intelligence and then to judicial authorities, said Gen Rasool. During his interrogation, the Russian said he had studied engineering and discovered Islam in Moscow, where Uzbek construction workers introduced him to the religion. Omar al-Shishani, a senior Chechen fighter who was killed in an air strike  Credit: AP After obtaining his degree in 2014, the Russia said he travelled to Turkey with the intention of entering Syria to join Isil. According to his testimony, he pledged allegiance to the jihadist group in Mosul, trained for a month and took the nom de guerre Abu Yasmina al-Russi. The Russian said he was wounded during combat in Iraq – in the Isil-held cities of Baiji and in Fallujah – before his surrender in Mosul. Iraqi forces detained hundreds of suspected jihadists during the nine-month operation to recapture the country's second city, which culminated in July.  They included foreign fighters from a number of Arab and other countries, including Russia, which has faced insurgencies by Chechens and other Muslim groups in the North Caucasus. It is estimated as many as 7,000 extremists from Russia and other former Soviet states left to join Isil in Iraq and Syria.  A group of German women were also apprehended in the ruins of Mosul’s Old City, including a 16-year-old convert to Islam who married a Chechen fighter.  Linda Wenzel’s case became infamous after pictures and videos were published of her looking dishevelled as she was led away by security forces. German 16-year-old Linda Wenzel in Mosul's Old City The teenager could theoretically face the death sentence, according to Iraq's counter-terrorism law. However, even if she is sentenced to death in Iraq, she would not be executed before the age of 22. Iraq has said it will try all foreign Isil suspects, however several European governments have said they will apply for extradition to see their citizens tried at home.  Last month, Baghdad sentenced 27 Iraqi Isil fighters to death by hanging over their role in a massacre of up to 1,700 army recruits in 2014. Judges have told he Telegraph that as many as 5,000 men are being held in prisons around Mosul awaiting trial. Human rights group have raised their concern at Iraq’s use of the death penalty. Human Rights Watch said it was working to confirm the ruling but said if true, it would be a “dangerous” if not predictable decision. In 2016, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi attempted to fast-track death sentences as his government faced growing anti-government protests demanding reform. However, the United Nations warned the move would likely result in “gross, irreversible miscarriages of justice … given the weaknesses of the Iraqi justice system.” 



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