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Jerusalem Decision Could Boost Extremist Islamist Parties

Islamist parties are using the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as a rallying cry that likely will resound in upcoming election campaigns in Muslim-dominated countries. U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday sparked protests in a number of countries, with clashes breaking out with security forces in …

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Australian Parliament Allows Same-Sex Marriages

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA —  The Australian Parliament voted on Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change. The public gallery of the House of Representatives erupted with applause when the …

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China Dominates Top Western Economies in Patent Applications

GENEVA —  The U.N.’s intellectual property agency says China racked up a record 1.3 million patent applications last year, topping the combined total in the U.S., Japan, Korea and Europe. The World Intellectual Property Organization says innovators worldwide filed 3.1 million patent applications in 2016, up 8.3 percent from a …

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Protected but Stifled, a Pakistani Minority Feels Imprisoned in its Own Community

QUETTA, PAKISTAN —  Ali Haris dreamed of getting a college degree and a well-paid job. Instead, he had to quit his education after high school. Going to Balochistan University, the only public university in the area that he could afford, would require him to travel through areas unsafe for him, …

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U.N. Official Begins Rare Diplomatic Mission to North Korea

A high-ranking United Nations official is on his way to North Korea to help lower tensions over the secretive regime’s nuclear and ballistic missile testing programs. Jeffrey Feltman, the world body’s undersecretary-general for political affairs, left for Pyongyang Tuesday after a stopover in Beijing the day before. U.N. spokesman Stephane …

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