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European Union moves to punish Poland

by Evan Wilt
Posted 12/20/17, 11:40 am

The executive arm of the European Union triggered an unprecedented sanctions procedure Wednesday against Poland over planned judicial reforms. The commission said Poland’s changes to its judicial system are a threat to the separation of powers and the country’s rule of law. The warning comes in reaction to moves from Poland’s conservative Law and Justice party during its two years in power to seize greater control of the justice system. This is the first time the European Union has censored one of its member states in this way.

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New Jerusalem embassy cost could top $1 billion

International | Clashes in the West Bank continue amid furor over President Trump’s announcement
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/08/17, 12:59 pm

ISRAEL: Protesters in the West Bank clashed with Israeli security forces in a third day of demonstrations protesting the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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Mosul liberated and Syria’s cease-fire underway

International | Thousands remain trapped in Iraq’s second largest city, while Syria’s ‘de-escalation zone’ is bad news for Israel
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/10/17, 01:14 pm

IRAQ: On Sunday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Mosul to declare military victory over ISIS and the liberation of the country’s second largest city.

Scenes of the devastation are horrific, and an estimated 20,000 residents remain trapped as sporadic fighting continues.

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