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Are there sections across Europe that are so radicalized by Islamic Jihadists that police refuse to go there? [duplicate]

In a recent MSNBC interview, Donald trump said this: "Paris is no longer the same city it was. They have sections in Paris that are radicalized and the police refuse to go there. They're petrified. ...
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Has Russia asked EU to join the Eurasian Economic Union? [closed]

According to this article at breitbart.com and this article at zerohedge.com, Russia has asked EU to join the Eurasian Economic Union. Above articles refer to this article here (dated January 2nd, ...
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Does Hungary still allow refugees to enter if they accept registration? [closed]

The news of Hungary sealing its borders with Serbia sparked a lot of debate. I've seen claims they still let refugees through if they go to the official border crossings and fill out paperwork, and ...
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Is it legal to hire only beautiful people?

Josephine Fairley wrote a column in the Telegraph claims that it is perfectly legal to hire only beautiful people. But while it's illegal to discriminate on the grounds of gender, sex, race, ...
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Will food go sour faster during dog days, as according to Scandinavian lore? [closed]

Since I was just a small boy, my mother has kept insisting that dog days are real. This period would last from July 23, to August 23, tho some may say slightly different time-frames, all within July ...
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Did switching to a common currency cause prices to go up in European countries?

Many consumers in the European Union are afraid of switching to Euros since it (reportedly) means increased prices on most products. For example: In order to address consumers' concerns about price ...
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Did NATO promise not to expand into Eastern and Central Europe?

In its own fact sheet NATO denies Russia's claims that NATO promised not to expand: Russian officials claim that US and German officials promised in 1990 that NATO would not expand into Eastern and ...
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Is immigration causing unemployment among low-skill workers in the UK?

Immigration policy is a hot topic in UK politics, but is it actually costing British jobs?
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Do European countries maintain Air Force on high alert? [closed]

A question asked here recently "Is Switzerland vulnerable to aerial threats outside office hours?" kind of implies that this is something unusual. But is it really something unusual in Europe? Do ...
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How responsible was Christianity for the Dark Ages of Western Europe? [closed]

I am well aware that during this period there were many scientific and technological achievements in many parts of the world, including the Islamic World, the Late Roman/Byzantium Empire, and the East ...
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Are the majority of EU member-states' local laws made in Brussels?

With the upcoming elections for the European Union, there are claims that most local laws are dictated by the European union these days. Image source: Buzzfeed It has always been my understanding ...
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Is tax wedge 80%-90% in most of western Europe vs 50% in US?

Wikipedia definition of tax wedge references a document, which makes following claim: Europe's comparatively high tax burden has created big marginal effects and tax wedges. For example a 2007 ...
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Is there such a thing as the “Babushka Bomb” (i.e. Eastern European women age quickly in appearance)?

On the internet, there are a lot of references to the so-called "Babushka bomb", which is defined at Urban Dictionary as Eastern European women are pretty when they're young, but age quickly and ...
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Did the EU threaten to sue in connection with “Comic Sans” having an eye on the Euro symbol?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_Sans_MS#cite_note-2 Earlier versions of Comic Sans had an eye in the Euro sign. This was later removed because 'The EU was going to sue us over that.'[2] The ...
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Is US ahead or behind of EU in terms of broadband Internet access?

Today New America Foundation has published a report "The Cost of Connectivity 2013: A comparison of high-speed Internet prices in 24 cities around the world" It has been covered by media, mostly in ...
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Did Nobel Peace Prize winner, Martti Ahtisaari, threaten to bomb Belgrade and kill half a million people?

In this article "Does Putin really need Nobel Peace Prize", it is claimed that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari had the following conversation with Serbian president Miloshevich during ...
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Do Europeans have a greater chance of making it into the top 1% of income earners than Americans?

In a 2011 Vanity Fair article, Nobel-Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote: America has long prided itself on being a fair society, where everyone has an equal chance of getting ahead, but ...
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Is the recent surge in bitcoin prices driven by Cypriot investors?

There are numerous stories out there linking the rise in bitcoin prices seen in the last few weeks with events in Cyprus. Some stories go as far as claiming that Cypriots are buying the things ...
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Is Nazi a diminutive of Ignatius?

The German Wikipedia page for Nazi claims that the word Nazi is a diminutive form of Ignatius (Ignatz). The cited source is etymonline.com: The 24th edition of Etymologisches Wörterbuch der ...
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Do countries deliberately avoid winning Eurovision?

Spanish singer told to lose Eurovision? claims that countries deliberately avoid winning the Eurovision Song Contest because of the expense of hosting it. It claims that: Montenegro, Andora and ...
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Has immigration from Eastern Europe impacted UK youth unemployment?

MigrationWatch UK is a think-tank that argues for lower immigration levels into the UK. In a 2012 Briefing Paper they claimed: Youth unemployment in the UK increased by almost 450,000 in the ...