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Police ignored requests to protect Brooklyn mosque before horrific attack on Muslim teens

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After two Muslim teens were beaten outside of a mosque Sunday morning, it was discovered that the mosque had repeatedly requested that police increase protections around the building.

According to a BuzzFeed News report, mosque director Mohamed Bahe begged police for extra protection of the mosque but those requests went unanswered. When he contacted police he cited many of the anti-Muslim incidents in the country.

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Bahe said the man screamed, “You f*cking terrorists,” while beating them outside the Muslim Community Center of Brooklyn in Sunset Park.

Despite the utterance, a police spokesperson confirmed the incident was being classified as a “non-bias incident.”

“The hate crimes unit did interview both victims, who said the suspect didn’t say anything anti-Muslim to them,” he added.

Bahe called the classification “a blatant cover-up,” saying that police only spoke with the first injured man who was severely beaten.

Captain Emmanuel Gonzalez of NYPD’s 72nd precinct did visit the mosque on Sunday after the incident to formally apologize for not sending any units to their mosque during Ramadan. He assured Bahe that the department is taking the incident seriously.

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North Korea conducts ‘crucial test’ at Sohae launch site: report

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North Korea has conducted another "crucial test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reported Saturday, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain stalled with a deadline approaching.

The announcement comes a day before US Special Envoy on North Korea Stephen Biegun is set to arrive in Seoul for a three-day visit, and after the United States tested a medium-range ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean on Thursday.

"Another crucial test was successfully conducted at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground from 22:41 to 22:48 on December 13," a spokesman for the North's National Academy of Defence Science said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

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US-China trade deal gets tepid reception

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US officials announced a truce in the trade war with China with much fanfare, but economists and trade experts call it largely a victory for Beijing.

After a dispute that raged for close to two years, with several fumbled efforts at a resolution, the US agreed to cancel planned tariffs and rollback others immediately, without a similar commitment from China to lift tariffs it imposed on the US.

"Pardon me if I don't pop champagne, but aside from a cessation of continued escalation, there is not much worth cheering," leading China expert Scott Kennedy said in an analysis of the agreement.

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Is Donald Trump a supporter of Israel? Sure — he’s also an anti-Semite

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On Wednesday, Jared Kushner, who is both a White House senior adviser and President Trump's son-in-law, published an op-ed article in The New York Times defending the president's recent executive order supposedly meant to combat anti-Semitism. The controversial measure will establish that "Title VI of the Civil Rights Act’s prohibition against discrimination based on race, color or national origin covers discrimination against Jews" and defines anti-Semitism using the language of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

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