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Europeans Press Iran to Curb Yemen Intervention

Diplomats meet with senior Iranian official to discuss Tehran’s military involvement in Yemen conflict, in a bid to rescue Iran nuclear deal. Source:: World News

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Ireland Faces Shifting Currents in Its Ties to EU

Brexit and robust initiatives from Brussels mean big changes ahead for Ireland, where membership in the bloc has been widely seen as a boon, Simon Nixon writes. Source:: World News

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Norwegian Olympians Have Won the Most Medals. And They’re Joking Around.

Norway’s athletes, on a roll at the Winter Games, are also in another competition—between two television networks that use the Olympic heroes in comedy sketches; wigs and a chicken hat. Source:: World News

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Pope Francis Backs Down in Clash Over Nigerian Bishop

Pope Francis removed an unpopular Nigerian bishop amid protests by local priests, in an extraordinary reversal that showed the limits of the pope’s power over his own hierarchy and the continuing challenge of ethnic divisions in Africa, the church’s fastest-growing region. Source:: World News

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Tillerson dismisses criticism on Russia sanctions amid growing questions

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J.D. Martinez signs with Red Sox

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Fergie apologizes for her NBA All-Star Game national anthem: “I…honestly tried my best”

By Andrea Dresdale Allen Berezovsky/Getty ImagesAfter she was slammed on Twitter for her jazzy, sexed-up rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game, Fergie has now issued an apology. “I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” the singer said in a statement obtained by ABC News. “I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.” As previously reported, following her performance, fans took to Twitter to …

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Noble Energy, Israel’s Delek to Supply Gas to Egypt

Investors in Israel’s natural-gas fields agreed Monday to supply an Egyptian company with gas valued at $15 billion, a deal that will build on growing ties between once-hostile neighbors. Source:: World News

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ECB Freezes All Payments by Latvia Bank Amid U.S. Probe

The ECB has frozen all payments by a Latvian bank, following accusations by the U.S. that the small bank laundered billions in illicit funds, including for companies connected to North Korea’s banned ballistic-missile program. Source:: World News

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Facebook Battles New Criticism After Indictment Against Russians

Facebook is contending with a new wave of criticism prompted by the indictment detailing how Russia manipulated social-media platforms—and by a Facebook executive’s attempts to address the issue. Source:: World News

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EPA postpones Israel trip amid scrutiny of administrator’s travel

By Anthony Pucik United States Environmental Protection Agency (WASHINGTON) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has canceled a scheduled trip to Israel amid scrutiny over his high travel costs. Documents released last week showed that Administrator Scott Pruitt racked up nearly $200,000 in travel expenses for him and his staff, including some chartered flights and upgraded tickets to first or business class. EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said Sunday that the agency decided to postpone a planned trip to Israel, though she did not give a specific reason. The Washington Post reported that Pruitt was scheduled to meet with …

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Pennsylvania’s new court-ordered congressional map dramatically straightens borders

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FACT CHECK: Feds say Trump tweet misstates how FBI works

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After Fergie’s polarizing rendition of the national anthem, Mariah offers advice

By Andrea Dresdale Allen Berezovsky/Getty ImagesFergie’s unconventional rendition of the national anthem at this weekend’s NBA All-Star game had Twitter losing its mind — in a bad way — and Mariah Carey offering support. Fergie performed a jazzy, sexed-up version of “The Star Spangled Banner,” perhaps in a 35th anniversary tribute to the late, legendary Marvin Gaye, who did something similar at the All-Star game in 1983. It’s not that she didn’t hit the notes, but the version was so odd and unexpected that many players and spectators — including Jimmy Kimmel — appeared to be trying not to laugh. …

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Iranian Airline Bought U.S. Jet Parts Through Front Firms

An Iranian airline under sanctions by the U.S. for ferrying weapons and fighters into Syria repeatedly bought U.S.-made jet engines and parts through Turkish front companies over the past several years, most recently in December, federal investigators said. Source:: World News

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