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Ahead of the Oscars this Sunday, we've been interviewing the directors behind the nominees for best foreign film.

The five finalists range from dark to darkly funny, and you can watch trailers for all of them below. Click through the links to hear our interviews with the directors.

"Land of Mine" (Denmark)

Every country wants to show the world its good side. But there's always a dark side it doesn't want to let out. That's the motivation behind the Danish film "Land of Mine," one of five nominees for best foreign language film.

When Father Khalil Jaar first arrived at St. Mary’s church in 2014, he had a lot of free time on his hands. He didn't feel as useful as he did back in his last parish.

"I was asking myself and my Lord, 'Why [did] you send me here? Because there is nothing to do,'" he recalls, sitting at his office in the city of Marka, 15 minutes outside of Amman, Jordan.

But his boredom didn't last long. Shortly after he joined the church, a wave of Iraqi refugees came to Amman. They were mainly from Mosul, the Iraqi city that had fallen to ISIS.

Immigration lawyers: Trump crackdown tactics will see fierce legal challenges

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Crackdowns on immigration from the Trump administration have caused fear and elicited public backlash in recent weeks. But is the administration simply implementing existing law in a more aggressive way?

The answer is "unfortunately complicated," says César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, an assistant professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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On the campaign trail, Donald Trump made deportations and illegal immigration and centerpiece of his election.

This week, we got an idea of what that would look like as policy: lists of crimes created by immigrants, deputizing police officers as immigration enforces and speeding up deportations across the board.

No group is more affected by Trump’s immigration ban than Iranians. Over 35,000 Iranians come to the US each year with temporary visas — more than any other nationality on the seven-country list.

Meanwhile, in Europe, many are struggling for recognition alongside unprecedented numbers of refugees.

Most of the asylum-seekers in Europe now are fleeing violence in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, but in 2015 more than 25,000 Iranians also sought asylum in Europe.

If you're poor and British, best not to marry a foreigner

Feb 22, 2017
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Controversial rules preventing thousands of British citizens from living in the UK with their non-European spouses have been upheld in a legal ruling today.

Under the rules, mixed-nationality married couples are forbidden to live in the UK if the British spouse receives an annual salary less than 18,600 pounds ($23,140). Other forms of income, or money earned by the foreign partner, are not considered.

The rules do not apply to couples in which the foreign partner is a citizen of a European Union country, or the foreign partner has a visa for other reasons.

I knew the real Jane Roe

Feb 22, 2017

I sat in the car for three hours while Norma McCorvey, the face of the abortion-rights movement, was in the process of becoming Norma McCorvey, the face of the anti-abortion movement. 

Little did I know that while she had me wait in the car, she was washing away her past. McCorvey died this past weekend. She was 69. 

Her recent passing brought me back to that pivotal moment in the car with McCorvey.

She called me a few days earlier, wanting me to meet her in the parking lot of a women's clinic where she once worked. 

Thaer al-Tahli has spent three years trying to make it to the United States. He's finally giving up the dream.

Al-Tahli is a familiar face in Amman, Jordan. He's a television news anchor and a Syrian in exile. The 29-year-old supported the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. As an activist, he organized demonstrations and set up a student union at his university in Homs.

That didn't please the Syrian regime.

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Scott Pruitt, in his first address to staff since he took over as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, urged civility and said he would “listen, learn and lead.” 

“We ought to be able to get together and wrestle through some very difficult issues and do so in a civil manner,” Pruitt told staffers Tuesday at the EPA headquarters in Washington, DC.

Signaling a shift in the agency’s priorities, Pruitt focused his remarks on creating a pro-business, regulatory environment rather than cleaning up air or water.

With 200 museums in greater Paris, newcomers face tough competition.

The privately run Phono Museum, which opened in 2014, guides visitors through the history of recorded sound. But it has struggled to overcome financial problems, despite a collection full of old and sometimes bizarre artifacts of audio history.

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