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The chancellor pointed out that despite the influx of about 1 million migrants and refugees in the past year, radicalism predated the rise of Islamic State and the current refugee crisis. The chancellor pointed out that despite the influx of about 1 million migrants and refugees in the past year, radicalism predated the rise of Islamic State and the current refugee crisis.

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“To exclude groups of people because of their faith, this isn’t worthy of the free state in which we live. It isn’t compatible with our essential values. And it's humanly reprehensible. Xenophobia, racism, extremism have no place here," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a recent rally in Berlin.

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Scientists have discovered that radiation from cellphones has affected the way our brains have evolved to function; newsrooms all over the country are downsizing and becoming digital in the process; meanwhile, Germany denies Edward Snowden asylum yet again, but this time wants to find a way to question him. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Spanish newspaper El Mundo reports that Spain's intelligence agency collaborated with the NSA to track the phone calls of millions of Spaniards. And Spain's not the only country that's been caught red-handed. It appears the U.S. isn't alone in its obsession with spying on its own inhabitants.

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European leaders are drawing up a solution to the EU's fiscal crisis that would hand sovereignty over the budgets and fiscal policies of eurozone states to Germany in return for the pooling of national debt and banking liabilities. Brussels, France, Spain and Germany all support a federalized eurozone.

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Freedom of the press is threatened every day in Mexico as journalists are tortured and killed; Obama's support of gay marriage distracts the public from the impunities in Afghanistan; press freedom is also under attack in the U.S. as journalists are arrested for protesting. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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