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KKK Chapters Drop Sharply Despite ‘Hate Group’ Surge

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA —  The number of Ku Klux Klan chapters in the U.S. is plummeting as a new generation of khaki-clad racists rejects hoods and robes for a “hipper” brand of hate, according to a report Wednesday by an organization that tracks far-right extremists. The Southern Poverty Law Center …

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US SEC Calls for ‘Clearer’ Cyber Risk Disclosure From Companies

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday updated guidance to public companies on how and when they should disclose cybersecurity risks and breaches, including potential weaknesses that have not yet been targeted by hackers. The guidance also said company executives must not trade in a firm’s securities while possessing …

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Netanyahu Confidant Turns State Witness in Corruption Probe

JERUSALEM —  Israeli media say a close associate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to testify against him in a bribery scandal. Shlomo Filber was arrested on suspicion of promoting the interests of Israel’s powerful telecom company in exchange for more positive news coverage of the prime minister. Police …

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Explosive Device Kills 2 French Soldiers in Mali

PARIS —  Two members of a French counterterrorism force in Mali were killed Wednesday when an improvised explosive device hit their armored vehicle in a border region with Niger, authorities said. French President Emmanuel Macron’s office said a soldier and an officer were killed in the explosion. A statement by …

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Pakistan’s Sharif Declared Ineligible to Head his Party

ISLAMABAD —  Pakistan’s highest court has ordered ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, of the ruling party PML-N, to be removed as party leader. The Supreme Court ruling Wednesday also quashed all decisions taken by Sharif since his disqualification as a member of the National Assembly last year. “As a result …

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Mexican Front-Runner Promotes ‘Well-Being of the Soul’

MEXICO CITY —  Religion has been the electrified “third rail” of Mexican politics since anti-clerical laws in the 1920s sparked a bloody uprising by Catholics in which thousands died. But this week, front-running presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador not only brushed that third rail, he grabbed it firmly with …

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