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US Court Halts Asylum Ruling Barring Abuse, Gang Victims

US Court Halts Asylum Ruling Barring Abuse, Gang Victims

A federal court has struck down most of a Trump administration policy that sought to deny asylum to immigrants seeking safety from domestic and gang-related violence in their home countries.In June,
Poll: Desire to Migrate Climbs Worldwide

Poll: Desire to Migrate Climbs Worldwide

More than 750 million people, or 15 percent of the world's population, would move permanently to other countries if given the opportunity, and the same percentage are not deterred by talk in a number
US Sanctions More Russians for 'Malign Activities'

US Sanctions More Russians for 'Malign Activities'

The Trump administration is slapping more sanctions on Russian officials and entities for election interference and what the Treasury Department calls other "malign activities."They include the
Report: Ex-Blackwater Guard Convicted of Murder in Iraq Shooting Spree

Report: Ex-Blackwater Guard Convicted of Murder in Iraq Shooting Spree

A 35-year-old former Blackwater security guard was found guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday for shooting a civilian at a crowded traffic circle in the Iraqi capital Baghdad in 2007, in an

Nearly 700 Catholic clergy accused of sex abuse in Illinois

Almost 700 clergymen in Illinois have been accused of child sexual assault, a far greater number than the Catholic Church had previously disclosed, the Midwestern US state's top prosecutor revealed
Cuban, US Major League Baseball Sign Historic Player Deal

Cuban, US Major League Baseball Sign Historic Player Deal

Cuban baseball players no longer have to risk their lives if they want to become stars in the U.S. major leagues.Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation signed a historic deal
North Korea’s Human Rights Emerge as Issue as Nuclear Talks Stall

North Korea’s Human Rights Emerge as Issue as Nuclear Talks Stall

North Korea’s human rights record is emerging as the latest issue separating Washington and Pyongyang, as denuclearization talks have stalled.Often condemned as having one of the worst human rights
White House Defends Declaration of Victory Against IS

White House Defends Declaration of Victory Against IS

Without offering specifics on what led to a declaration of victory against the Islamic State (IS) terror group in Syria, the White House defended both the declaration and the decision to start
Merry or Misery? Shoppers Urged to Avoid Gifts Linked to Slavery

Merry or Misery? Shoppers Urged to Avoid Gifts Linked to Slavery

Christmas holidaymakers have been warned by officials and campaigners not to inadvertently fund slavery with their gift lists as awareness grows over forced and child labor used in a list of products
Syria: What’s at Stake for US, Russia, Iran and Turkey

Syria: What’s at Stake for US, Russia, Iran and Turkey

The announcement Wednesday by the White House that the U.S. has defeated Islamic State (IS) in Syria and begun withdrawing troops from the country took many by surprise.The Syrian civil war, now in
South Korea Wants Smaller Military Drills with US

South Korea Wants Smaller Military Drills with US

South Korea wants to hold smaller joint military drills with the United States next year, the defense ministry said Thursday, scaling back larger exercises as part of an effort to boost nuclear
Illinois AG: Catholic Church Failed to Report Hundreds of Sex Abuse Cases

Illinois AG: Catholic Church Failed to Report Hundreds of Sex Abuse Cases

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office has gotten at least 500 allegations of sex abuse by Catholic priests that dioceses across the state failed to publicly name.In a new report
'A Moral Disaster': AP Reveals Scope of Migrant Kids Program

'A Moral Disaster': AP Reveals Scope of Migrant Kids Program

Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300

After century of trying, US Senate passes anti-lynching law

After a century of failed attempts, the US Senate finally passed legislation Wednesday that makes a federal crime of lynching, the racism-driven extrajudicial killings that came to symbolize America's
N. Korea: No Denuclearization Until US Removes Nuclear Threat

N. Korea: No Denuclearization Until US Removes Nuclear Threat

North Korea said Thursday that it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States first removes what Pyongyang called a nuclear threat. The surprisingly blunt statement
Wildlife Bridge to Reduce Car Collisions with Animals

Wildlife Bridge to Reduce Car Collisions with Animals

A bridge over a busy interstate highway — not for cars or pedestrians, but for wildlife — is under construction in Washington state. The aim is to keep the animals off the road while reconnecting

All Copyrighted Works First Published In the US In 1923 Will Enter Public Domain On January 1st

"At midnight on New Year's Eve, all works first published in the United States in 1923 will enter the public domain," reports Smithsonian Magazine. "It has been 21 years since the last mass expiration
China Says Third Detained Canadian Citizen Worked Illegally

China Says Third Detained Canadian Citizen Worked Illegally

China says a detained Canadian woman is serving “administrative punishment” for working illegally.At a briefing with reporters Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying identified the woman
Trump Declares Victory Against Islamic State, Calls Troops Home

Trump Declares Victory Against Islamic State, Calls Troops Home

With a single tweet, U.S. President Donald Trump shocked many in Washington, changing the course of U.S. policy in Syria and, simultaneously, announcing an end to the fight against the Islamic State
Barack Obama Plays Santa Claus to Sick Children in Washington

Barack Obama Plays Santa Claus to Sick Children in Washington

Former U.S. President Barack Obama took on a new high-profile role as Father Christmas on Wednesday for a surprise visit to sick children in Washington.Sporting a festive Santa hat and armed with a