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Port-Au-Prince – Haitians Stage Protest, Mock Trump

January 22, 2018 at 11:59 PM
Port-Au-Prince - About two thousand people took to the streets of Haiti's capital on Monday to protest comments attributed to U.S. President Donald Trump about the nation being a "shithole" country, which caused uproar in the world's first independent black republic. Trump denied using the word to describe Haiti and African countries during a meeting on immigration earlier this month, but his...

Warsaw – Polish Neo-Nazis Thrive As Authorities Fail To Act, Jewish Community Leader Says

January 22, 2018 at 11:27 PM
Warsaw - Following a television report about neo-Nazis in Poland, the leader of the country’s federation of Jewish communities said that extremists are thriving due to inaction by the government. A TVN report over the weekend featured young men filmed displaying swastikas and speaking positively about Adolf Hitler. The report showed about 10 individuals from the Pride and Modernity group who...

Peshawar, Pakistan – Doctor Who Aided Hunt For Bin Laden Languishes, Forgotten

January 22, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Peshawar, Pakistan - Shakil Afridi has languished in jail for years — since 2011, when the Pakistani doctor used a vaccination scam in an attempt to identify Osama bin Laden's home, aiding U.S. Navy Seals who tracked and killed the al-Qaida leader. Americans might wonder how Pakistan could imprison a man who helped track down the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. Pakistanis are apt to ask a...

Albuquerque, NM – Feds Move To Replace US Border Barriers In New Mexico

January 22, 2018 at 10:26 PM
Albuquerque, NM - The Trump administration announced Monday it was preparing to replace existing vehicle barriers along a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico that officials call "an area of high illegal entry." The notice published in the Federal Register said the area extends around 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. According to the notice, the...

Washington – Trump Hits Solar Panels, Washing Machines With Tariffs

January 22, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Washington - Presi President Donald Trump approved tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers. The president on Monday approved recommendations by the U.S. International Trade Commission to impose the tariffs. The administration cast the moves as part of Trump's pledge to put American companies and jobs first. Most imported...

Washington – As Shutdown Deal Reached, Trump Stays Out Of Sight

January 22, 2018 at 09:31 PM
Washington - As the shutdown of the federal government lumbered toward an end on Monday, President Donald Trump remained out of sight, suppressing his instincts to make himself part of the story by making a deal or picking a fight. Trump told allies over the weekend that he hated being on the sidelines, but he followed the recommendations of his staff and key congressional Republicans and...

New York – Chairman: SEC Is Scrutinizing Overnight Blockchain Companies

January 22, 2018 at 09:00 PM
New York - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is scrutinizing public companies that change their name or business model in a bid to capitalize upon the hype surrounding blockchain technology, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said on Monday. Dozens of little-known companies across the globe have seen their share prices leap in recent months after unveiling plans to enter the bitcoin...

Washington – Trump Business Ethics Pledges Left Plenty Room For Profiting

January 22, 2018 at 08:27 PM
Washington - Among the many promises Donald Trump made a year ago to assure people he wouldn't profit off his presidency, one stood out for its boldness: a pledge to donate the profits from any foreign governments staying in his namesake hotels to the U.S. Treasury. Today, after a year in which groups associated with Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Kuwait have booked rooms, hosted events and spent...

Washington – CDC Director Urges Flu Vaccinations As Pediatric Deaths Mount

January 22, 2018 at 08:15 PM
Washington - Of the 30 U.S. children who have died from the flu so far this season, some 85 percent had not been vaccinated, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who urged Americans to get flu shots amid one of the most severe flu seasons in years. "My message is, if you haven't gotten a vaccine, please get a vaccine. Also, please get your children...

Tel Aviv – El Al Pilots Refuse To Fly Deported African Refugees To Dangerous Country

January 22, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Tel Aviv - Ten days after a campaign was launched demanding that Israeli pilots refuse to fly deported Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers to Rwanda, or any other dangerous African country, a group of El Al pilots stated they would not participate in the pending deportations. The campaign, initiated by the NGO Zazim Community Action, comes amid growing reports that the government is planning...

Phoenix – Volunteer Arrested After Border Agents Seen Dumping Water Meant For Migrants

January 22, 2018 at 07:32 PM
Phoenix - A volunteer for an organization that tries to prevent immigrants from dying in the Arizona desert was arrested several hours after the group released videos showing Border Patrol agents kicking over water bottles left for those crossing into the U.S. illegally. Scott Daniel Warren, 35, with the group No More Deaths, faces a federal charge of harboring two people in the country...

Washington – US Orders Extra Air Cargo Screening For Flights From Mideast

January 22, 2018 at 07:06 PM
Washington - U.S. authorities issued an emergency order Monday requiring additional screening of cargo on flights departing for the United States from five Mideast countries, citing a threat of terrorism. The Transportation Security Administration order is aimed at preventing terrorist attacks in response to "persistent threats to aviation," TSA said in a statement. The countries falling under...

Paris – L’Oréal’s Boundary-breaking Muslim Model Steps Aside Over Anti-Israel Tweets

January 22, 2018 at 06:30 PM
Paris - L’Oréal made history last week when it became the first major cosmetics firm to feature a Muslim woman wearing a head covering in a mainstream international ad campaign for hair products. The signing of Amena Khan, a British blogger on beauty, as the newest face of L’Oréal Paris generated a lot of positive publicity for the French firm, with CNN lauding the company for...

New York – Manhattan DA Bars Donations From Lawyers With Conflicts

January 22, 2018 at 06:00 PM
New York - Manhattan's district attorney said Monday he will no longer accept campaign contributions from lawyers with business before his office, including those representing people being investigated or prosecuted. The announcement by Cyrus R. Vance Jr. came after he faced heavy criticism for taking money from attorneys who represented movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and a lawyer who...

Montpelier, VT – Vermont Becomes Ninth U.S. State To Legalize Marijuana

January 22, 2018 at 05:30 PM
Montpelier, VT - Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month. The law legalizes possession of up to 1 ounce of the drug, two mature plants and up to four immature plants by people 21 and older beginning on July 1. It does not...

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