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Russian Spies Hide in Plain Sight

(VOA): In the pre-Internet era, spies faced more challenges than now when trying to infiltrate Western political circles in order to gather information, identify potential recruits, enlist the assistance of sympathizers and mount active operations, like meddling in a foreign country’s..

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No Welcome Mat for Putin From US Congress

(VOA): Russian President Vladimir Putin, accused of interfering in U.S. elections, will not be invited to address Congress or visit the Capitol if he accepts President Donald Trump's invitation to come to Washington, Republican congressional leaders said on Tuesday. The comments by House of..

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Poll: Most Germans Think Europe Can Defend Itself Without US Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

(VOA): More than half of Germans think Europe can defend itself without military backing from the United States, a poll showed on Monday, less than two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump said he could withdraw support. Only 37 percent of respondents said they believed Europe depended on..

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Spain Rescues Nearly 800 Migrants From Sea

(VOA): Spanish rescuers have picked up nearly 800 migrants trying the cross the Mediterranean Sea into the European Union over the past two days. Coast Guard boats pulled people off of dangerously overcrowded vessels from the Straits of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea - two of the closest points..

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Brexit: A Second Referendum or Bust?

(VOA): Depending on who you talk to a second Brexit referendum is either the only way to break months of deadlock in Britain’s House of Commons or a beguiling idea that would worsen deep political divisions. Either way, the odds are increasing on Britain holding a second plebiscite on whether..

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Italy's Molinari Wins Golf's British Open

(VOA): Professional golfer Francesco Molinari won his first major championship Sunday, defeating an array of the sport's top stars at the British Open in Carnoustie, Scotland. The 35-year-old Molinari became the first Italian to capture one of golf's four major annual titles, shooting a..

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News of Planned Putin Visit to US Stuns Washington

(VOA): On the heels of President Donald Trump’s widely-criticized Helsinki summit performance, Washington is abuzz yet again after the White House announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit the United States later this year. VOA’s Michael Bowman has this report. (This story..

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French Open Judicial Probe Into Beating by Macron Aide

(VOA): A former senior security aide for French President Emmanuel Macron has been charged with assaulting a protester at a May Day demonstration. In the most damaging scandal to hit Macron since he took office last year, Alexandre Benalla, who was fired by Macron Friday, and another member of..

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Santas Converge in Denmark for Annual Congress

(VOA): Braving Europe's heatwave, more than 150 Santas from around the world donned their heavy suits and full beards at their annual conference in Denmark. As the 61st World Santa Claus Congress kicked off in Copenhagen, many of the delegates — from countries as far away as Japan and the..

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Revelations of US Cardinal Sex Abuse Will Force Pope’s Hand Monday, July 23rd, 2018

(VOA): Revelations that one of the most respected U.S. cardinals allegedly sexually abused both boys and adult seminarians have raised questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy knew — and what Pope Francis is going to do about it. If the accusations against Cardinal Theodore..

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