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In photos: Protestors in Brussels rage against UN migration pact

Protestors at a gathering called by the right-wing Flemish party Vlaams Belang and other organizations in Brussels against the UN Marrakech global pact on migration.
Protestors at a gathering in Brussels against the UN global pact on migration. Photo: Jonas Roosens/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of protestors in Brussels clashed with police on Sunday as they demonstrated against a UN migration pact signed by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel last week, reports the BBC.

Why it matters: The mass protest near the European Union complex attracted some 5,500 people and was organized by the right-wing N-VA party, which resigned from Belgium's federal government over Michel's decision to sign the agreement. The UN pact, which aims to foster international cooperation on refugees and migration, is facing pressure from the Trump administration, which argues the document harms sovereignty and legitimizes illegal migration.

Iraq begins rebuilding iconic Mosul mosque

The landmark al-Nuri mosque in the old city of Mosul in northern Iraq.
The destroyed al-Nuri mosque in Mosul. Photo: Zaid al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images

Religious leaders in Iraq have laid the cornerstone to begin rebuilding the 12th-century Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, which was destroyed by ISIS militants last year as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces recaptured the city in a fierce battle, per the AP.

Why it matters: In 2014, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made a speech declaring a caliphate in the mosque in 2014. The rebuilding is expected to take five years and will be backed by a $50.4 million donation from the United Arab Emirates.

Senate report shows extent of Russia's 2016 disinformation campaign

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A report authored for the Senate Intelligence Committee and obtained by the Washington Post highlights the scale of Russia's disinformation campaign during the 2016 election cycle to aid Donald Trump’s White House bid.

Why it matters: The report — from Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Project and network analysis firm Graphika — illustrates how Russian agents targeted almost every major social media platform, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to influence online discourse both in support of Trump’s candidacy and "to confuse, distract and ultimately discourage members [of Trump's main opposition groups] from voting." Senate Intel plans to release the report with another study later this week, but hasn't yet indicated if it will endorse the report's findings.

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