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'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counter-protest

Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group who cut short their planned "free speech rally."


Neo-Nazis excluded from military service by policy, but concerns persist

Longstanding concerns about right-wing extremists in the military include such groups seeking to infiltrate the services to gain tactical knowledge and about troops’ radicalization after they’ve joined.

Trump's Afghanistan huddle ends without decisions announced

President Trump on Saturday indicated his administration has settled on a course of action to move forward in the U.S. war in Afghanistan.


Lewis-McChord soldier sentenced for sexually abusing 2-year-old child with autism

Luis Alberto Morales pleaded guilty to producing child pornography after federal prosecutors dropped a charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor. He also will have lifetime supervision after he is released and must register as a sex offender.



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Turkish political refugees flock to Germany, seeking safety

Germany has become the top destination for political refugees from Turkey since the failed July 15, 2016 coup. Some 5,742 Turkish citizens applied for asylum here last year, more than three times as many as the year before.



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Estimates of North Korea's nuclear weapons hard to nail down

The U.S. intelligence agencies' assessments of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for the United States to develop a policy for deterrence and defend itself and allies in the region.




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