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France shaken by outbreak of anti-Semitic violence and abuse

France shaken by outbreak of anti-Semitic violence and abuseThe problem was starkly underlined on Tuesday with the discovery of more than 90 graves in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France desecrated with swastikas and other abuse. “Whoever did this is not worthy of the French republic and will be punished,” declared President Emmanuel Macron as he paid homage at the site. “We’ll take action, we’ll apply the law and we’ll punish them.” Politicians from across the spectrum will join marches against anti-Semitism across France on Tuesday evening, including in Paris.



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Illinois Gunman Had a History of Domestic Violence and Was 'Stressed' Before Shooting

Illinois Gunman Had a History of Domestic Violence and Was 'Stressed' Before ShootingGary Martin was convicted of stabbing a woman in Mississippi in 1994



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Politician's accuser discusses sexual violence

Politician's accuser discusses sexual violenceA college professor appeared in public on Tuesday but did not talk directly about her accusation that Virginia's lieutenant governor sexually assaulted her in 2004. Vanessa Tyson took part in a Stanford University symposium on sexual violence. (Feb. 13)



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GOP Rep. Questions Dems’ Commitment to Stopping Gun Violence at Whitaker Hearing

GOP Rep. Questions Dems’ Commitment to Stopping Gun Violence at Whitaker HearingRepresentative John Ratcliffe (R., Texas) questioned his Democratic colleagues’ commitment to preventing gun violence on Friday, citing their lack of questions pertaining to the issue during acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker’s appearance before the House Judiciary Committee. “Earlier this week my colleagues on the other side of the aisle indicated they had a great desire to reduce gun violence in this country. In fact we had an eight-hour hearing with six witnesses that talked about the need to reduce gun violence in this country,” Ratcliffe said.



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US House holds first hearings on gun violence and climate change in 8 years

US House holds first hearings on gun violence and climate change in 8 yearsThe US House of Representatives on Wednesday saw its first committee hearings on climate change and gun control in eight years following Democrats’ victory over Republicans in last year’s Congressional elections. A hearing on gun violence was held at the same time, also a first in eight years, in a sign of changing times on Capitol Hill. Democrats retook control of the lower House in January after eight years of Republican majority.



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US lawyer Avenatti won't face felony domestic violence charges

US lawyer Avenatti won't face felony domestic violence chargesMichael Avenatti, the lawyer who represented an adult film star engaged in a legal battle with Donald Trump, will not face felony domestic violence charges, a spokesman said Friday. “Although we decline to file charges at this time, this matter remains open and we may file charges at any time prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations,” Los Angeles prosecutor spokesman Frank Mateljan said.



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Oil sanctions. Deadly violence. Dire economy. How the Venezuelan crisis could affect US

Oil sanctions. Deadly violence. Dire economy. How the Venezuelan crisis could affect USThe Trump administration’s push to oust Venezuela’s President Nicholas Maduro has wide-ranging implications.



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Netanyahu pledges 'lethal' response to Gaza violence after blocking aid

Netanyahu pledges 'lethal' response to Gaza violence after blocking aidIsrael’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Wednesday of a “lethal” reaction to any renewed Palestinian violence on the Gaza border, after blocking aid to the strip in response to the wounding of an Israeli soldier. Weeks of relative calm in the Gaza Strip ended Tuesday when Israeli soldiers came under fire along the border with the enclave in two separate incidents. Israeli tanks in response struck two Hamas positions in Gaza, killing a militant, while overnight Israeli warplanes struck what the army said was a Hamas military camp in northern Gaza.



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US deploys troops to Congo as fears of violence mount over election count delays

US deploys troops to Congo as fears of violence mount over election count delaysThe United States has deployed troops to Central Africa amid rising fears of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the country prepares to declare the result of last week’s presidential election. Donald Trump confirmed he was forward-deploying "appropriate combat equipment" and some 80 soldiers to neighbouring Gabon to be on standby to protect US citizens and diplomatic missions. The DR Congo voted on November 30 in a long-delayed election to replace President Joseph Kabila who has ruled the vast, conflict-ridden country for almost 18 years. The contest pitted Mr Kabila's handpicked successor Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary against two opposition candidates: veteran heavyweight Felix Tshisekedi and newcomer Martin Fayulu. Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, Former Congolese Interior Minister and presidential candidate Credit: Reuters Although election day itself was relatively peaceful, tensions have mounted over the lengthy counting process, with many fearing the result could be manipulated in Shadary's favour and with any delay likely to further exacerbate the situation. The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) had said it would release preliminary results today, followed by a definitive count on January 15, but by last Thursday only 20 per cent of result has been collected, raising fears of delays. The last two elections in 2006 and 2011, both of which were won by Kabila, were marred by bloodshed, and many fear a repeat of the violence if the results are put in doubt. With international concerns growing over the transfer of power in sub-Saharan Africa's largest nation of 80 million people, Western powers have upped pressure on Kinshasa to ensure the vote count is accurate and transparent. Martin Fayulu, Congolese joint opposition presidential candidate Credit: Reuters "The Democratic Republic of Congo is at a historic moment toward a democratic transition," the European Union said, urging the authorities "to ensure the upcoming results conform with the Congolese people's vote". Washington has also urged Kinshasa to release "accurate" results and warned of sanctions against anyone seeking to "undermine the democratic process" in the former Belgian colony. The African Union, which deployed an 80-member team to monitor the vote, also said that respect for voters' wishes was "crucial". Although the UN Security Council met late on Friday to discuss the election, it did not issue a concluding statement. It will hold another meeting on the issue on Tuesday. The DR Congo's powerful Catholic Church, which deployed more than 40,000 observers to monitor the elections, on Thursday said it knew who had won the vote urging the electoral commission to publish the results "in keeping with truth and justice". But the ruling coalition, the FCC, angrily rebuffed the church's statement, accusing CENCO of "seriously breaching" the constitution and electoral law by "illegally declaring voting trends" in favour of a given candidate.



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AP Explains: Why Congo's election could lead to violence

AP Explains: Why Congo's election could lead to violenceJOHANNESBURG (AP) — The results of Congo's presidential election were delayed Sunday. Some 80 U.S. military personnel have been deployed to Central Africa to protect U.S. assets from possible "violent demonstrations" in Congo over the election outcome. The international community has warned Congo's government that the results must accurately reflect the people's will — and that internet service should be restored.



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