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US to name China as among the worst countries on human trafficking
- June 28, 2017

Tier 2 The governments of countries that do not fully meet the TVPA's minimum standards but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards. As it has routinely over the years, the report described Thailand as a source, destination and transit country for trafficked men, women and children. (more...)
Supreme Court rules for Missouri church in playground case
- June 28, 2017

NPR's Tom Gjelten has the story. The church filed on the grounds of it was a violation of the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech as well as a violation of the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause. She argued in her dissent that the Court's ruling "profoundly changes" the relationship between church and state by "holding, for the first time, that the Constitution requires the government to provide public funds directly to a church". (more...)
Chicago police cite reforms after 3 indicted Chicago police cite reforms after 3 indicted
- June 28, 2017

So it would follow that they are also rarely charged with trying to cover one up. Three current and former Chicago police officers were indicted Tuesday for their alleged efforts to cover up what happened in the police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald . (more...)
Brazil markets steady after scathing indictment of president Brazil markets steady after scathing indictment of president
- June 28, 2017

He says nothing will "destroy" his government. Brazil's president dismissed corruption allegations against him as a " soap opera plot" Tuesday and sought to cast doubt on the motivations of the country's top prosecutor a day after a scathing indictment was issued against the leader. (more...)
Dozens dead in 'US-led strike' in Syria's al-Mayadeen Dozens dead in 'US-led strike' in Syria's al-Mayadeen
- June 28, 2017

The Deirezzor24 news website, which is run by an activist collective, reported that the facility was located near the village of Tayibiya wa al-Maaharufa, and that it had once been the home of a commander of al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda-linked group now known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. (more...)
White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph
- June 27, 2017

Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham of SC lashed out at Pelosi as one of his first moves after declaring his candidacy against GOP Rep. Mark Sanford. Of the 15 congressional districts with the highest levels of education, 13 are held by Democrats - Georgia's 6th District is one of the exceptions. (more...)
Nobel-winning Chinese dissident given medical parole after cancer diagnosis Nobel-winning Chinese dissident given medical parole after cancer diagnosis
- June 27, 2017

The news of his medical condition is prompting calls from his supporters asking for his permanent release and criticizing the Chinese government for detaining him in the first place. Beijing cut off trade ties with Norway in the wake of the award, although the Norwegian government said it had nothing to do with the decision. In April, Beijing finally normalized relations with Oslo after a six-year hiatus. (more...)
Israel strikes Syrian military positions near Golan Heights Israel strikes Syrian military positions near Golan Heights
- June 27, 2017

The post Israel launches air raid on Syria in return for fire: army appeared first on Vanguard News . After the Sunday incident, Israel filed a second complaint, a military official said. What once seemed unthinkable - that Assad would remain in power even after the end of the conflict is now becoming more likely. The army launched searches following reports that two mortars had landed on the Israeli side of the frontier, but no signs of shelling were found. (more...)
4000 cows to be airlifted to Qatar 4000 cows to be airlifted to Qatar
- June 26, 2017

The group said the list shows Qatar "announces fighting terrorism on one hand and finances and supports and hosts different terrorist organisations on the other hand". This is the second time that the Iranians have fulfilled their promise over the last week to provide Qatar with the goods its residents lack due to the boycott by its neighbors, primarily Saudi Arabia . (more...)
Shooting At GOP Baseball Practice Seems To Have Been Spontaneous, FBI Says Shooting At GOP Baseball Practice Seems To Have Been Spontaneous, FBI Says
- June 26, 2017

During the assault at the baseball field, Hodgkinson was armed with a 7.62 mm caliber SKS rifle and a 9 mm handgun and fired about 60 rounds, Slater said . Slater said Hodgkinson acted alone and was known to have an "anger management problem ". Neighbors called police as Hodgkinson conducted target practice on his property, but he did not violate any laws, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. (more...)
Demands to Qatar: Close Al Jazeera, reduce Iran ties
- June 26, 2017

The minister said he has yet to see the list of demands by Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain , who reportedly asked Doha to "immediately terminate the Turkish military presence now in Qatar and end any joint military cooperation with Turkey inside of Qatar". (more...)
Macron seeks majority as France votes for new Parl Macron seeks majority as France votes for new Parl
- June 26, 2017

France goes to the polls today with President Emmanuel Macron seeking the parliamentary majority he requires to bring about his political revolution. "For the third time in a row, millions of you have confirmed your support for the President of the republic's policy of renewal, unity and reconquest", Mr Philippe said in a televised statement. (more...)
North Korea: Otto Warmbier's death 'is a mystery to us'
- June 25, 2017

Warmbier, whose parents say has been in a coma while serving a 15-year prison term in North Korea , was released and returned to the United States Tuesday, June 13, 2017, as the Trump administration revealed a rare exchange with the reclusive country. (more...)
UK finds 34 high-rise apartment buildings with unsafe siding UK finds 34 high-rise apartment buildings with unsafe siding
- June 25, 2017

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the council then announced that one of the five - Blashford - did not need to be evacuated , and that residents could return. "There's no organisation and it's chaos", she said. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn called for urgent checks on around 4,000 buildings as Britain comes to grips with the potential ramifications of the disaster. (more...)
Ivanka Trump steps into red hot sandal scandal Ivanka Trump steps into red hot sandal scandal
- June 25, 2017

The Wild Thing shoe is priced at $785 while the Ivanka Trump Hettie shoe is often sold for $130. Among the comments Trump has made, Aquazzura cited her statement: " There's not a shoe I'm not intimately involved in designing ". US District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan on Friday rejected a request by the senior White House aide's lawyers that Ivanka be exempt from a deposition in the lawsuit against her company and have asked that she must spend two hours responding to questions ... (more...)
Off-duty black St. Louis cop mistakenly shot by white cop Off-duty black St. Louis cop mistakenly shot by white cop
- June 25, 2017

The police department as of Saturday hadn't disclosed the names of the officers, who have been placed on routine administrative leave as the matter is investigated. Louis officers. Police arrested two of the three suspects and say all three are black. Pence said in a Tweet released by the police department that he'd spoken with the officer's wife and was "so relieved his injuries are not life-threatening". (more...)
Malaysia's most wanted militant believed killed in the Philippines
- June 25, 2017

One of America's most wanted terrorists may have escaped a five-week battle with Islamist militants in Marawi City , which began with a raid to capture him, the military said Saturday. It is possible that the foreigners entered the Philippines through the southern backdoor, where the point of entry is Mindanao via Indonesia or Malaysia, he added. (more...)
In Modi, Trump has a leader he can truly work with
- June 25, 2017

The symbolic gesture comes just days before Modi's first meeting with Trump this weekend at the White House . Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Lisbon on the first leg of his three-nation tour during which he will hold talks with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa to boost bilateral ties. (more...)
International Yoga Day 2017: Devendra Fadnavis Celebrates With Farmers' Children International Yoga Day 2017: Devendra Fadnavis Celebrates With Farmers' Children
- June 24, 2017

Rains failed to dampen the spirits of about 50,000 who joined an outdoor yoga session, June 21 , with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in a park in Lucknow , capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. People practice yoga on 1,500 yoga mats, printed with an artwork and placed together to form the artwork, during an event marking International Yoga Day , at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv June 21 , 2017. (more...)
Court Upholds Overturned Conviction of Suspect in Netflix's 'Making a Murderer' Court Upholds Overturned Conviction of Suspect in Netflix's 'Making a Murderer'
- June 24, 2017

At issue for the federal judges was a statement used by investigators: "honesty is the only thing that will set you free". Prosecutors say they'll seek to reverse an appeals court decision that the Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach's death on Halloween two years earlier. (more...)