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Time for a new Sykes-Picot Agreement to fix the Middle East

March 6, 2016

Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. Militant Islamist fighters held a parade in Syria's northern Raqqa province to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said.  REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTR3WJ9Q

Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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For Poles, defending their democracy and defending Walesa are the same

March 4, 2016

People hold Polish national flag during a demonstration in Gdansk, Poland February 28, 2016. Poles protested on Sunday against the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and the government's recent accusations of Lech Walesa collaborating with the communist-era secret services. REUTERS/Rafal Malko/Agencja Gazeta THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. POLAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN POLAND.

Protestors hold a Polish national flag during a demonstration in Gdansk, Poland, February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Rafal Malko/Agencja Gazeta

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After all the insults and bile, can Donald Trump become a ‘unifier’?

March 3, 2016

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump makes a face at his caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa February 1, 2016.     REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Donald Trump at his caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

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What will it take to stop cycle of escalation in the South China Sea?

March 2, 2016

 

A ship (top) of Chinese Coast Guard is seen near a ship of Vietnam Marine Guard in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam May 14, 2014. Vietnamese ships were followed by Chinese vessels as they neared China's oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea on Wednesday, Vietnam's Coast Guard said. Vietnam has condemned as illegal the operation of a Chinese deepwater drilling rig in what Vietnam says is its territorial water in the South China Sea and has told China's state-run oil company to remove it. China has said the rig was operating completely within its waters. REUTERS/Nguyen Minh (POLITICS MARITIME ENERGY)

A Chinese Coast Guard ship (top) near a Vietnam Marine Guard ship in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off Vietnam, May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Nguyen Minh

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Why Marco Rubio is the opposite of a moderate

March 1, 2016

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks with reporters following a campaign town hall at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Senator Marco Rubio speaks with reporters after a campaign town hall at the Omar Shrine Temple in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

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Bernie Sanders calls back to America’s socialist roots

February 29, 2016

Berea, Ohio February 25, 2016 Senator Bernie Sanders campaigns for the Democratic nomination of President, speaking to a crowd of 3-4000 people in the gym of Baldwin Wallace University near Cleveland. PHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

Senator Bernie Sanders campaigns at Baldwin Wallace University near Cleveland, February 25, 2016. PHOTOGRAPH by ALAN CHIN

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At the Oscars, a force stronger than explicit racism explains lack of black nominees

February 26, 2016

Oscar nominees are shown in this combination of file photos. Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith said on January 18, 2016 they will boycott next month's Academy Awards ceremony because black actors were shut out of nominations, and the Academy acknowledged it needed to do more to promote diversity. The Oscar acting nominees announced on Thursday lacked black performers for a second straight year, leading to the revival of the Twitter feed #OscarsSoWhite that emerged in 2015. From top to bottom (L-R) are best actor nominees Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, Eddie Redmayne, and Leonardo DiCaprio; best actress Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Lawrence and Cate Blanchett; best supporting actor Mark Rylance, Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Sylvester Stallone and Mark Ruffalo; best supporting actress Alicia Vikander, Rachel McAdams, Rooney Mara, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Jason Leigh. REUTERS/Staff/Files      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX22ZJ7

Oscar nominees are shown in this combination of file photos. REUTERS/Staff/Files

No people of color are nominated in the 20 major Academy Award categories this year, an omission that led to the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite and a renewed conversation about diversity -- and racism -- in Hollywood.

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Math: Donald Trump has 90-percent chance of winning GOP nomination

February 24, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump looks to the ceiling referencing the height of a promised immigration wall during a rally at the The Myrtle Beach Sports Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, February 19, 2016.  REUTERS/Randall Hill

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump looks to the ceiling referencing the height of a promised immigration wall during a rally at the The Myrtle Beach Sports Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, February 19, 2016. REUTERS/Randall Hill

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How America became the love child of Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump

February 24, 2016

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After sailing to victory in Nevada and South Carolina and leaving the political establishment gobsmacked, Donald Trump has predicted that he will not only nab the GOP presidential nomination, but deliver the largest voter turnout in history. Typical trumpery perhaps, but the blustery billionaire is now closer to the White House than many people would have imagined. With breathtaking speed, he has rewritten the rules of campaigning while holding up a middle finger to Fox News, Republican elders and even the pope. He says things nobody else dares say -- from expressing support for fans who roughed up a Black Lives Matter protester to maligning Senator John McCain’s military record.

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Forget Bloomberg: Boris Johnson for U.S. president

February 23, 2016

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