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U.S. to collect immigrants’ social media data

International | Plus Kurdistan’s independence vote, women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, and more international news
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/27/17, 01:07 pm

UNITED STATES: The Department of Homeland Security has published a new regulation calling for collection of social media information on all immigrants, including permanent residents and naturalized citizens.

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Saudi Arabia agrees to let women drive

by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/26/17, 04:16 pm

Saudi Arabia finally capitulated to long-standing international pressure Tuesday and agreed to allow women to begin driving, starting next summer. Hard-liners warned against the move, arguing it would corrupt society and lead to sin. But Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans women behind the wheel. It also places severe restrictions on women’s movements and participation in public life. Women only gained the right to vote and run for office in late 2015.

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Fissures split Germany’s far-right

International | Unexpected public rift creates biggest surprise of Sunday’s parliamentary elections
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/25/17, 04:01 pm

GERMANY: Tensions at the top of Germany’s far-right party appear to be exploding just as it celebrates winning its first-ever seats in parliament on Sunday—the most notable surge in results that concluded with an expected win for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc.

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