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An activist of the "ZAD" movement (Zone to Defend) sprays champagne while celebrating with others after French PM announced the government's official decision to abandon the airport project, in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, outside the city of Nantes, western France, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says that the government has decided against building an airport in western France that has mobilized nearly a decade of sometimes violent protests and he told protesters occupying the site that they must leave.
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This photo released on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 by the YPG press office of the Kurdish People's Protection Units shows French national Emilie Konig in a video. Konig is one of two notorious French Islamic State members with roots in Europe’s networks of violent extremists are appearing on video with nearly identical messages, insisting they insisting they are being treated well by the Kurdish forces jailing them. (YPG press office via AP)
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This undated image provided by the Mairie de Bayeux (Bayeux city hall), Normandy, France, shows a section from the Bayeux tapestry. French officials are considering loaning the historic 70-meter-long Bayeux Tapestry to Britain for the first time. (Stéphane Maurice/Mairie de Bayeux via AP)
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Pope Francis greets Mapuches in an offertory of a Mass at the Maquehue Air Base, in Temuco, Chile, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Francis is urging the Mapuche people to reject violence in pushing their cause. Francis made the comments Wednesday while celebrating Mass in Temuco. The city is the capital of the Araucania region, where many of Chile's estimated 1 million people of Mapuche descent live.
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Chinese security officials stand outside of a Lotte Mart supermarket that was closed under orders from the municipal fire department in Beijing. Politics weighs more heavily on foreign companies in China than it has in nearly three decades, as companies face pressure on many sides from Chinese President Xi Jinping's more nationalistic stance and twin campaigns to tighten the ruling Communist Party's political control and have it play a more direct role in business. (Chinatopix via AP)
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Women march to protest a plan in Poland's parliament to tighten the country's already restrictive abortion laws, in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Similar protests were also held in other Polish cities.
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Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, right, shakes hands with European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier before debating the future of Europe with MEPs at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Jan.17, 2018. Varadkar's address is part of a series of debates involving European leaders on the "Future of Europe" with Varadkar the first leader to make such an address.
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Ded Rranxburgaj holds his wife Flora's hand during a press conference after taking sanctuary at Central United Methodist Church while facing deportation in Detroit. Central United Methodist Church is offering sanctuary to Rranxburgaj of Southgate, who is scheduled to be deported Jan. 25. Rranxburgaj and his wife Flora Rranxburgaj, both from Albania, immigrated to the U.S. 17 years ago and applied for refugee status within 5 months of their arrival. Eleven years ago Flora fell ill with Multiple Sclerosis and her husband Ded has had to take care of her since. (Romain Blanquart/Detroit Free Press via AP)
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A woman walks past a display showing symbols for world currencies on the exterior of a bank in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Financial regulators in China say cross-border capital flows hit a turning point in 2017 as foreign currency reserve levels stabilized after two years of declines.
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Macedonia's President Gjorge Ivanov speaks during a media conference after talks with his Serbian counterpart Tomislav Nikolic, in Belgrade, Serbia. Macedonia’s president on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 vetoed a law making Albanian the country’s second official language, describing the legislation as unnecessary and unconstitutional.
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Alex Azar testifies during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A Senate committee has signed off on Azar, President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary, clearing the way for final confirmation by the full Senate.
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A child reaches out to embrace Pope Francis in the offertory of a Mass at the Maquehue Air Base, in Temuco, Chile, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Francis is paying homage to Chileans who were tortured or killed at the air base. Francis said the area is "the site of grave violations of human rights," and that the Mass was being offered for all those who have suffered or died.
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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks with soldiers during his visit to Calais, northern France, Tuesday, Jan.16, 2018. Macron traveled Tuesday to the epicenter of France's migrant crisis, the northern port of Calais, to lay out a "humane and tough" immigration policy that involved better behavior by security forces and closer cooperation with Britain. (Denis Charlet/Pool via AP)
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