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Mike Pence in Brussels
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Pence Tries to Reassure the E.U.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence moved Monday to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington's support, after Trump's benevolence toward Russia, and campaign rhetoric that included branding NATO obsolete, sparked considerable anxiety in Europe

Presidents Day Protests Los Angeles

For Thousands Across the U.S., It Was 'Not My President's Day'

Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the U.S. to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents' Day protest dubbed Not My President's Day. In Washington, D.C., dozens gathered in Dupont Circle chanting "Dump Trump" and "Love, not hate: That's what makes America great"

Donald Trump,H.R. McMaster

Trump Taps H.R. McMaster For National Security Adviser

President Donald Trump has named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his National Security Adviser, ending a week of upheaval at the highest tier of the nation's foreign policy decision-making apparatus. McMaster was named to TIME's list of the 100 most influential people in 2014

Stop Trump Protesters Demonstrate As MPs Debate State Visit Petition

U.K. Lawmakers Debate Downgrading Trump's Visit

U.S. President Donald Trump should not be afforded the "rare privilege" of a state visit, a British opposition lawmaker said Monday, as Parliament debated a call for Trump's invitation to be downgraded and stripped of its royal seal of approval

Star of David on cemetery gate in Prague ,  Czechoslovakia

Vandals Have Attacked a Jewish Cemetery in Missouri

More than 100 headstones have been toppled or damaged at a historic Jewish cemetery in St. Louis suburb in what reports say was likely an act of vandalism carried out by an organized group. The incident follows another string of bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers across the U.S.

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Iraqi Troops Advance on Western Mosul as Mattis Holds Talks

Iraqi forces advanced into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half, as visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with officials to discuss the fight against the extremists

Australia Plane Crash

Five Dead After Light Planes Crashes Into Australian Mall

Four American tourists and an Australian pilot have died after their light plane crashed into a shopping mall in the Australian city of Melbourne. Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said the plane experienced "catastrophic engine failure" shortly after takeoff

Oil Pipeline

Deadline Looms for Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

A few hundred anti-pipeline protesters remain in an encampment as authorities urge them to clear out by Wednesday to avoid flooding. Many of the demonstrators say authorities are exaggerating the flood threat and trying to turn public sentiment against them

Orlando Continues To Mourn The Mass Shooting At Gay Club That Killed 49

Milo Yiannopoulos' Book Deal Canceled

Milo Yiannopoulos’ Dangerous will no longer be published by Simon & Schuster. The Breitbart News editor’s book deal was canceled after comments Yiannopolous appeared to make about pedophilia surfaced online

Lego Batman Defeats The Great Wall at the Box Office

The Great Wall pulled in $18.1 million in its North American debut over Presidents' Day weekend. Lego Batman and Fifty Shades Darker both beat the Chinese-made film, which had high homes for the American market

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2: Drake performs at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on October 2, 2016. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Drake Says He Shouldn’t Win Grammys for Rap

Drake is questioning his wins for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance for "Hotline Bling" at the 2017 Grammys, saying that the song is not rap. "Maybe because I've rapped in the past or because I'm black, I can't figure out why," he said