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For Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a drive to build community amid pressing challenges
Syrian refugees were pouring into Lebanon in 2014, fleeing the civil war. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) and nongovernmental organizations were scrambling to register and provide services for these families, most of whom hoped to return to Syria when the war was over. Because Lebanon has a history dating back to the Palestinian diaspora of not providing camps for refugees, the displaced were finding shelter wherever they could.
Why did Philip Bilden, Trump's pick for Navy secretary, withdraw?
The announcement came roughly a week after the Pentagon issued a statement on Feb. 19 saying Bilden had assured Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis that he remained committed to serving as Navy secretary and that Mr. Mattis had confidence that Bilden was "the right leader" for the position. In bowing out, Bilden became the second Trump nominee to lead one of the armed forces to withdraw due to conflict-of-interest rules.
US regulator set to tamp down on privacy rules
The Trump administration appears set to begin scaling back Federal Communications Commission regulations approved last year to further protect Americans' digital privacy and security.
Could South Korea see second impeachment?
South Korea's corruption scandal took another twist Monday, as Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn – acting as president since President Park Geun-hye's impeachment in December – refused special prosecutors permission to extend their investigation by 30 days. The investigation team made the request to allow time for questioning of the impeached president, who has been temporarily stripped of her powers until the Constitutional Court decides whether or not to uphold her impeachment – a decision expected next month.
Will Jeff Sessions recuse himself from Russia probe?
Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia? Critics argue that Sessions, a top adviser to President Trump during his 2016 campaign, should remove himself from any investigations into Russia's role in the election.
Money being raised to repair vandalized Jewish cemetery, this time in Philadelphia
Police on Sunday morning reported that about 100 headstones had been knocked over at the Mount Carmel Cemetery, with the vandalism thought to have taken place the previous night. The incident comes just one week after roughly 170 headstones were damaged at a Jewish cemetery in University City, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. The wave of anti-Semitic acts prompted President Trump to speak out for the first time last week, as he condemned the threats as "horrible," "painful," and "a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil." The statement followed repeated calls for the White House to address the recent uptick in anti-Semitic hate crimes and widespread backlash after the White House omitted any mention of Jews in its statement marking Holocaust Memorial Day last month.
Bernie Sanders calls for 'total transformation' of Democratic Party
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) urged Democrats on Sunday to undertake an overhaul of the party’s message as they move forward in the uncertain era under President Trump and seek to regain lost seats in midterm and local elections. "We need to open up the party to working people, to young people and make it crystal clear that the Democratic Party is going to take on Wall Street, it's going to take on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry, it's going to take on corporate America that is shutting down plants in this country and moving our jobs abroad," he added. Senator Sanders’s remarks came just a day after Democrats voted to select former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to head the Democratic National Committee over Rep. Keith Ellison (D) of Minnesota.
Trump and the rise of the extreme right
Church Militant makes no apologies. Church Militant’s criticism of Judaism and Islam is such that it is “on the spectrum” of hate groups, according to the Taskforce on Hate and Terrorism in Washington.
How a Delaware state Senate campaign attracted more than 1,000 volunteers
Stephanie Hansen scored a 58-42 percent special election victory in Delaware on Saturday, ensuring that Democrats will maintain control of the state Senate. Ms. Hansen was aided by more than 1,000 volunteers from around the country, many of whom identified as first-time activists. The unusually high turnout, some volunteers say, is a reflection of a larger surge in civic engagement among Americans frustrated with the presidential election outcome in the weeks and months following Mr. Trump's victory and inauguration.
How vital is Facebook for free expression?
Is your politically-charged Facebook post, an Instagram photo of your last vacation, or Snapchat account a vital, Constitutionally protected right, or a privilege that can be taken away? While the state argues that the law blocks sexual predators from gathering information on potential victims, the plaintiff counters that the sweeping ban constitutes an infringement of the First Amendment and puts those on the registry outside of political conversation. Interpreting the First Amendment has proven a daunting task for courts throughout US history.
Why did a Fox News program host a Swedish national security commentator who is unknown in Sweden?
On a Thursday segment of Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," host Bill O'Reilly directed a debate over crime and immigration in Sweden. On one side of the issue was a Swedish newspaper reporter Anne-Sofie Naslund, who argued against the notion that immigration was making her country dangerous. On the other side was a man named Nils Bildt, who was identified onscreen and verbally as a "Swedish defense and national security advisor."
Trump says he'll skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner: Is that a bad thing?
The announcement, which came one day after the White House blocked a number of news organizations from attending a briefing with the press secretary, marks the latest development in the tumultuous relationship between the new administration and the press. "A few days ago, I called the fake news ‘the enemy of the people,’ and they are.
Who decides on US ground combat in Syria?
In coming days, President Trump is expected to decide whether to send thousands of combat troops into Syria to attack Islamic State. If he does seek to put so many American soldiers on the ground, the commander in chief must first get the approval of Congress, where constitutional authority for war belongs. For decades, starting during the cold war and later after the 9/11 attacks, Congress has steadily given up much of its responsibility to define the use of violence in the name of the American people.
Will Tom Perez unite the Democratic party?
The Democratic National Committee voted Saturday to select former Labor Secretary Tom Perez to head the group, bring an end to a contentious race that pitted the more centric ideology of the party under former President Barack Obama against the progressive agenda of Sen. Bernie Sanders. Mr. Perez edged out Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who received the backing of Senator Sanders (I) of Vermont, in an unprecedented second round of voting, taking 235 of the 435 votes. In a nod to the party’s more progressive wing, Perez has selected Mr. Ellison to serve as deputy chairman of the party.
South Sudan and the lure of a gleaming new capital
Morocco agreed to fork over $5 million to help the world’s youngest country decide whether it should build itself a brand new capital city. In particular, the South Sudanese wanted to know if it was feasible to pick up their current national government in Juba and transport it about 130 miles north to a sparsely inhabited, swampy patch of land in the geographical center of the country called Ramciel. Across the globe, from Kazakhstan to Nigeria to the United States, many countries have concocted new capital cities soon after independence as a way of quite literally constructing a new national identity – brick by brick.
Businesses step up to help preserve Rome's history
Barely a month goes by in Italy without a major archaeological discovery coming to light. For a country built on the remains of Etruscan ports, Roman cities, and ancient Greek colonies, that is no surprise. Italy is still trying to recover from the global economic crisis and struggles to find the money to look after its 51 World Heritage sites – the most of any country in the world – let alone the thousands of other, lesser-known discoveries.
Why does the race for DNC chairman matter?
The Democratic Party’s 447 National Committee members elected former Obama labor secretary Tom Perez to be their new party chair on Saturday, in an unusually contentious race for what amounts to the top job for a party in transition. Mr. Perez, a favorite with the more centrist wing of the party allied with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, won 235 votes to the 200 captured by Rep. Keith Ellison (D) of Minnesota, a favorite with progressives who was leading slightly in polls coming into Saturday, according to CNN. The son of Dominican immigrants, Perez will become the first Latino to hold the post.
White House blocks reporters from a briefing, shrugging off another unwritten custom
Several major news outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, and the Los Angeles Times, were blocked from an off-camera press briefing on Friday, igniting furious criticism from media organizations. The White House said it was adhering to ordinary press customs by holding an "expanded pool," but observers call the incident another sign of the troubled relationship between President Trump and the media. A restricted non-televised briefing, or "gaggle," replaced an earlier-planned full, on-camera briefing in the official White House briefing room, reported Politico.
Obama for president – of France?
Apparently American Democrats are not the only ones missing Barack Obama. Some citizens of France have launched a new grassroots campaign called "Obama17" that is seeking 1 million signatures in the next three weeks, to convince the former US President to run for president in France. Amid a presidential election marked by scandals and surprises, the organizers hope the campaign, though not serious, could be a voice for the people calling for change – just as many other campaigns have done before.
Southeast Asian security on surer footing, In defense of referendums – but reformed, The misconception of lone wolf far-right terrorists, A fresh start for Somalia?, The resonance of Obama's farewell speech
“[Japanese] Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s summit with U.S. President Donald Trump reinforced the security guarantees iterated by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on his visit to Japan and South Korea the week before...,” writes Stephen R. Nagy.
BBC Sports News
'Too early to speculate' on law change over Italy tactics
It is "too early to speculate" on rule changes after Italy used controversial tactics against England, says the sport's governing body.
Lewis Hamilton fastest for Mercedes on first pre-season testing day
Mercedes and Ferrari enjoy impressive starts to pre-season testing as Red Bull and McLaren hit trouble.
Shakespeare in frame for longer-term Leicester job
Caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare is firmly in contention for the Leicester manager's job on a longer-term basis after Claudio Ranieri's sacking.
Meet the group of pensioners trying their hands at free running
George Jackson, 88, is part of a group of pensioners trying their hands at the art of free running in order to improve their mobility and balance.
Alex Hales is to join England on their West Indies tour
England opener Alex Hales will join his side on their tour of the West Indies after recovering from a hand fracture.
Wagner and Monk banned by FA over touchline altercation
Huddersfield boss David Wagner is given a two-match touchline ban and a £6,000 fine after his altercation with Leeds counterpart Garry Monk.
Olympic rowing champion Triggs-Hodge retires
Britain's triple Olympic champion Andrew Triggs-Hodge announces his retirement from rowing.
Top Soviet Olympic gymnast Olga Korbut sells off medals
The former gymnast, a darling of the 1972 Munich Olympics, auctions off her medals to pay the bills.
Federer wins on return to action in Dubai
Roger Federer wins his Dubai Tennis Championships opener against France's Benoit Paire in just 54 minutes.
Former Hearts & Everton forward Young dies
Former Hearts, Everton and Scotland forward Alex Young has died at the age of 80.
World Cup winner Gotze ruled out with 'metabolic disturbances'
World Cup winner Mario Gotze is ruled out "for the time being" because of "metabolic disturbances", his club Borussia Dortmund say.
England to face Italy & Austria in Euro warm-ups
England women will play Italy and Austria in their last home games before this summer's European Championship.
Scots rise to highest-ever world ranking after Wales win
Scotland move up to fifth in World Rugby's rankings - their highest-ever position - after their Six Nations win over Wales.
Palace team coach vandalised before home match
Crystal Palace's team coach was vandalised with graffiti prior to their 1-0 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Dario Gradi: Crewe director of football to appeal against FA suspension
Dario Gradi is to appeal against his Football Association suspension from working in football.
FA People's Cup 2017 kicks off even bigger and better than ever!
More than 6,000 teams joined battle in the first stage of the FA People's Cup 2017 - here's our round-up of the weekend's action, and more...
Shoot Out review after quarter-final controversy
Snooker's governing body will consider changes to its one-frame Shoot Out after controversy on the final day of this year's tournament.
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Six Nations 2017: How Italy baffled England at the breakdown
Former internationals Jeremy Guscott, Paul O'Connell and Jonathan Davies discuss how Italy baffled England by employing an innovative tactic at the breakdown.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Can striker help Man Utd claim a cup treble?
With the first part of a potential cup treble secured, we question whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the man to help Man Utd to more glory.
BBC Americas News
Trump lays out hike in military spending
Donald Trump proposes a $54bn (£43bn) military spending increase - a rise of about 10% on 2016.
'Hundreds' of US Jewish graves attacked in Philadelphia
The incident marks the second major attack against a Jewish cemetery in the past week.
George W Bush backs free press in rare interview
George W Bush says in a rare TV interview that a free media is needed to call those in power to account.
Man's face bitten 'in anti-Muslim attack' at Virginia car park
The suspect allegedly verbally harassed the victim and left him with a "significant face wound".
Top Soviet Olympic gymnast Olga Korbut sells off medals
The former gymnast, a darling of the 1972 Munich Olympics, auctions off her medals to pay the bills.
Oscars 2017: Moonlight wins best picture after announcement mix-up
Barry Jenkins' Moonlight wins best picture at the Oscars after an error involving wrong envelopes.
Father of US commando killed in Yemen refused to meet Trump
The US must investigate the "stupid mission" in Yemen that saw his son killed, Bill Owens says.
Judge Joseph Wapner, star of The People's Court, dies aged 97
He gained an audience of millions as host of The People's Court in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Oscars 2017: Mahershala Ali is first Muslim actor to win academy award
Mahershala Ali has made history with his portrayal of a drug dealer in the film Moonlight.
Mo Farah's trainer rejects allegations he broke anti-doping rules
The American coach of Olympic champion Mo Farah rejects claims he may have broken anti-doping rules.
French historian Henry Rousso nearly deported from US
Visiting speaker Henry Rousso was stopped by border officials on his way to a university conference.
Bill Paxton, actor known for Aliens and Titanic, dies aged 61
Actor Bill Paxton, known for roles in Aliens and Titanic, has died aged 61, his family tell US media
The injured friend of Olathe shooting victim Srinivas Kuchibhotla - and his widow - talk to the BBC.
Under the new administration many US diplomatic posts remain to be filled, most notably at the UN
The ballot question
A leading US political scientists thinks Donald Trump is president because his name came first on the ballot in some critical swing states.
A quiet man
Can the outsider secretary of state find a way to wield power in a chaotic Washington?
The Hawaiian pizza is a love it or loathe it dish first created in the province of Ontario.
Trump critics employ "missing" posters to press Republicans to face voters in town halls.
A programme for undocumented military family members may be cancelled by the Trump administration
A teenager and aspiring community leader shares her perspective on colourism - discrimination based on the darkness of a skin tone.
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