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  • Critic of Duterte's anti-drug crusade charged with receiving bribes from drug lords

    Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima has been one of the harshest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Now, she herself has been charged with receiving bribes from drug dealers. Senator de Lima has announced that she will submit to arrest and face the charges.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:09:38 -0500
  • Meeting hate with love in St. Louis

    After vandals damaged nearly 200 tombstones in a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis last weekend, it wasn’t only Jews who rose up to denounce the act of hate. Muslim groups helped raised more than $120,000 to repair the damage and offered a reward to catch those responsible. Some 2,000 people – Jews, Christians, and Muslims – helped clean up the mess.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:49:02 -0500
  • CPAC dismisses Richard Spencer: How conservatives are severing alt-right ties

    Richard Spencer, a white nationalist and a leader of the so-called "alt-right" movement, says he has been booted from the Conservative Police Action Committee (CPAC) by organizers who disagree with his views. A controversial figure, Spencer is credited with coining the term alt-right, which refers to a branch of the right-wing that has roots in white supremacy. Spencer has also addressed crowds where his cry of "Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!" was met with what looked like Nazi salutes.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:31:16 -0500
  • What do those red Xs on Facebook mean?

    Facebook users may have noticed a sudden proliferation of red Xs in their news feeds on Thursday, thanks to a campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:26:21 -0500
  • Behind raucous town halls, a return to messy roots of democracy?

    Across the United States, Republican representatives have been enduring unruly "town hall" meetings, facing down angry questions from constituents unhappy with their handling of President Trump's new administration. Some GOP lawmakers have even canceled town hall appearances or opted for teleconferences in order to avoid the outpouring of protests. Town halls, especially in smaller districts, can be poorly attended, even dull events.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:10:45 -0500
  • Museum or church? St. Isaac's becomes bone of contention in Russia

    The immense, golden-domed St. Isaac's Cathedral dominates the skyline of historic St. Petersburg, occupies a special place in the hearts of its citizens, and is a main tourist attraction. It's been a state museum for 80-plus years, is a UNESCO heritage site, and receives 4 million paying visitors per year.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:06:17 -0500
  • Where next for Putin and Trump?, China: storming the seas by stealth, Nigeria's forgotten violence, The world must take a stand, Peace can prevail in Cyprus

    “The latest flare-up of violence in Eastern Ukraine ... is not about changing the status-quo or a warming-up for ... another major escalation,” writes Vladimir Frolov. “It is an inescapable result of the fog of war, which the Minsk peace agreements [have] failed to completely stop.... [T]he Kremlin was quick to use the episode to remind the Trump administration that the Ukraine crisis demands the urgent attention of the superpowers.... It isn’t clear whether Moscow is interested in making the concessions that Trump seems to be expecting.... But Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview ... that Russia was prepared to ‘walk her part of the road’ towards better relations with the US.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:49:23 -0500
  • In Somali diaspora, lessons for refugees – and their host countries

    For Casiman Abdullahi, Jan. 30 was a very good day. After four years, this was to be one of the very last steps in his application to leave South Africa, where he had been a victim of xenophobic violence, for the United States. Recommended: Think you know Africa?

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:49:19 -0500
  • This man has created a different kind of urban school for students of color

    Should an urban school serving black and Hispanic students try to emulate schools for affluent white kids? In many struggling cities like Oakland, Calif., the answer has been no. That’s true in the regular public schools, where resources often don’t exist to replicate programs offered at high-income suburban or private schools, as well as among the crop of urban charter schools intent on making up for those resource deficits. Urban charter schools have been stereotyped as embracing a boot camp-like environment that elevates test prep and tough discipline, while playing down arts and athletics.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:46:03 -0500
  • The logistical case for Trump's deportation plan – and the legal case against it

    When the Trump administration outlined its rationale this week for ramping up immigration enforcement, it cited the “unacceptable” delays that currently plague the country’s immigration courts. The department’s resources are already “significantly strained,” the DHS memo noted – even as it outlined plans to deport and detain a far broader range of illegal immigrants than the Obama administration. The Trump administration has promised a “surge” of immigration judges and asylum officers to handle the long-standing backlog, with additional plans to allocate billions for a massive border wall, new detention centers, and thousands of newly hired border and enforcement officers.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:17:20 -0500
  • Pulling out of ICC would be unconstitutional, South African court rules

    South Africa was poised to leave the International Criminal Court in October, making it the first state to withdraw from the human rights tribunal. On Wednesday, a South African court ruled that the government cannot pull South Africa from the ICC without parliamentary consent. Siding with the opposition Democratic Alliance party, High Court Judge Phineas Mojapelo told the government that its withdrawal notice was “unconstitutional and invalid” without that consent, and ordered it to be torn up.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:56:08 -0500
  • Why Trump inauguration singer wants a private meeting with the president

    Jackie Evancho, the teenage singer who performed the national anthem at President Trump’s inauguration in January, is “disappointed" with the president’s decision to roll back Obama-era guidelines on transgender bathroom rules in public schools. Take the quiz!

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:10:29 -0500
  • With explosion in upscale mall, terror attacks continue in Pakistan

    A bomb detonated in an upscale shopping center in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Thursday has killed at least eight people and wounded 20 others, in the latest of a blitz of terror attacks to strike cities across the country. Since then, suicide bombers claiming affiliation with multiple Islamic groups have also struck a courthouse in northwestern Pakistan and a famed Sufi shrine in the southern province of Sindh, with the total death toll reaching well over 100. Recommended: How much do you know about Pakistan?

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:04:45 -0500
  • Survey says the majority of Americans trust the media over Trump

    In a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 52 percent of respondents chose the media over Mr. Trump when asked who they trusted to "tell you the truth about important issues." Just over one-third, 37 percent, reported finding Trump more trustworthy. Recommended: Are you smarter than a Fox News viewer?

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:44:05 -0500
  • Flood waters force thousands from homes in Northern California

    Hit by a once-in-100 years flood, more than 14,000 residents near the swollen Coyote Creek that runs through San Jose, Calif., were ordered to evacuate on Wednesday. While some were able to return to their homes early Thursday morning as the water levels began to subside, an evacuation order remained for some parts of the city, a hub of high-tech Silicon Valley. Recommended: Are you a weather nerd?

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:39:03 -0500
  • Hundreds protest in Anaheim after an off-duty cop fired shots at teens

    Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday to express their outrage after a video surfaced that appears to show a local police officer roughing a young teen and eventually firing his weapon. The protest followed a Tuesday incident, in which an off-duty, white Los Angeles police officer allegedly fired shots in an altercation with a group of Latino teenagers who had walked across his lawn. Recommended: Can you pass the written police officer exam?

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:40:04 -0500
  • Cressida Dick becomes Scotland Yard’s first female top cop

    Senior counter-terrorism officer Cressida Dick was named chief of police in London on Wednesday, making her the first woman to head a 31,000-member force in what is often considered the top police job in Britain. Ms. Dick, a former assistant commissioner of the force who left in 2015 to join Britain's Foreign Office, led the security operation for the 2012 London Olympics, and is highly regarded by many ordinary officers. Among main longer-term challenges are likely to be budget pressures and the need to incorporate diverse communities into the work of a predominately white force, a priority for London Mayor Sadiq Khan, according to The Guardian.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:04:58 -0500
  • Md. appeals court upholds 'assault weapon' ban: a new challenge to scope of Second Amendment?

    A Maryland law banning so-called assault rifles survived its day before a federal appeals court Tuesday, marking a victory for gun control advocates that could bring the question of whether military-style weapons receive Second Amendment protection before the nation’s highest court. At its core, the argument examines whether or not weapons such as AR-15s and AK-47s are the kind of firearms necessary for legal purposes, such as self-defense, or if they constitute “dangerous and unusual” weapons that have been historically prohibited in some states.

    Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:20:27 -0500
  • Trump's been quieter lately. Is that a trend?

    On Tuesday, for instance, President Trump went to the African-American Museum in Washington, and the visit seemed ... normal. Mr. Trump walked the halls like any respectful visitor, paying particular attention to Nat Turner’s Bible and an exhibit on boxer Muhammad Ali. Nothing more important,” Trump said.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:39:23 -0500
  • In age of Trump, apocalyptic rhetoric becomes mainstream

    The longer President Trump is in office, the more Cat Deakins worries about the future – for herself and her children. With every executive order and cabinet appointment, she envisions another scenario: an America that rejects immigrants, that succumbs to climate change, that erupts in war. “It’s scary to me that [people within the administration] are promoting this idea of, ‘We are at war with Islam.’ That’s the kind of thinking that leads to World War III," says Ms. Deakins, a cinematographer in Los Angeles.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:06:00 -0500
  • Larry Nassar, former USA gymnastic coach, is charged with sexual assault

    Dr. Nassar, who specialized in treating female gymnasts at Michigan State University and through the USA Gymnastics organization, faces charges in two Michigan counties, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct in 2015 against a victim younger than 13 years old. The high-profile allegations against Nassar, which he has denied, come at a time of renewed national debate over sexual abuse and gymnastics.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:30:23 -0500
  • Erdoğan fans an Islamic nationalism in bid to build Ottoman-style influence

    They portray themselves as the “average Joes” of Turkish politics: a builder-handyman and his fiancée, a cleaner, who both work for the same small Istanbul company that has been going through tough times.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:11:22 -0500
  • Turkey lifts ban on headscarves in the military

    Turkey will allow female military officers and cadets to wear headscarves with their uniforms, provided that they don’t cover the face or have patterns. Other military forces, including the US Army, are also adjusting dress and grooming standards to accommodate religious personnel. In a country where 99 percent of the population is officially Muslim, the Turkish military’s decision to allow Islamic headgear might appear to be common sense.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:10:53 -0500
  • Faster play: how pro baseball commissioner hopes to speed up America's pastime

    Many of the rule changes the MLB is interested in – including implementing a 20-second pitch clock, and forcing the ball into play more rapidly while also limiting visits to the pitcher's mound made by players, coaches, and managers – are geared towards reducing slow moments between action in Major League Baseball. Mr. Manfred is also contemplating shrinking the size of the strike zone by raising the line to above the knee. The announcement, divisive among fans and critics and panned by players, came just two days after Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), said he saw no need for substantive rule changes in the game of baseball.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:32:27 -0500
  • Trump’s mixed message on immigration: An opening for a deal?

    Despite a raw partisanship in American politics right now, a new poll by Morning Consult/Politico finds that both Democratic and Republican voters – about 70 percent – want political leaders to compromise to “get things done.” If lawmakers choose to reflect that cooperative spirit among voters, they could start with immigration. Despite President Trump’s executive actions on immigration – a travel ban on those from certain countries, an order to build a wall with Mexico, and a wider net to catch those in the country illegally – he has also begun to walk back some of his rhetoric on unauthorized migrants. “There was an almost universal interest in addressing our lauded immigration system,” Sen. John Cornyn (R) of Texas told CNN about the White House meeting.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:47 -0500
  • Judge stalls Texas efforts to defund Planned Parenthood

    Planned Parenthood will remain eligible for Medicaid funds in Texas until a court rules on the merits of the state's case against the organization, a federal judge has determined. On Tuesday, US District Judge Sam Sparks of Austin granted Planned Parenthood an injunction, temporarily blocking state lawmakers' efforts to terminate around $4 million in Medicaid reimbursements for non-abortion services to the organization. Texas will likely appeal the judge’s decision to grant an injunction, according to state Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:18:36 -0500
  • UK Supreme Court: lawful to have income test to bring foreign spouses

    The controversial measure allowing the government to keep spouses hailing from outside a group of mainly European Union nations out of Britain if their British partner does not earn at least 18,600 pounds ($23,000) each year (or more, if the couple has children) was introduced in 2012 as a way to make sure immigrants wouldn't draw on public welfare funds. Recommended: Keep calm and answer on: Take our United Kingdom quiz.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:42:38 -0500
  • Conservatives are 'hopeful but wary' going into annual gathering near D.C

    The conference, which kicks off Wednesday just outside Washington, D.C., inadvertently found itself at the center of a scandal this weekend when a 2016 podcast interview with slated speaker Milo Yiannopoulos, in which the controversial former senior editor at Breitbart News appeared to endorse sexual relations between grown men and boys as young as 13, spread across social media. Backlash to the interview led the American Conservative Union (ACU) to disinvite Mr. Yiannopoulos from speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:49:06 -0500
  • Second Amendment does not cover 'weapons of war,' US appeals court finds

    "Assault weapons" are not covered by the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court has found. On Tuesday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals voted 10-4 to uphold a Maryland law, which bans 45 kinds of guns and places a 10-round limit on gun magazines. The law – implemented after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 20 students and six teachers in Newtown, Conn. – is intended to protect against gun violence.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:32:33 -0500
  • American Muslims raise money to repair vandalized Jewish cemetery

    Amid a flurry of anti-Semitic incidents in recent weeks, many American Muslims are stepping forward to support the Jewish community. The most recent effort, a fundraising campaign started by Muslim-American activists to help repair a vandalized historic Jewish cemetery, had garnered more than $65,000 donations as of Wednesday morning – more than triple the initial goal. The raised funds, which surpassed the initial goal of $20,000 within three hours, will now also be used towards supporting other vandalized Jewish centers across the country, according to organizers Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:54:50 -0500
  • Why the Trump administration wants to roll back transgender bathroom guidelines

    Under guidance issued by the Obama administration last May, transgender students are allowed to access restrooms and participate on athletic teams that match with the gender they identify by, not the sex on their birth certificate. Now, the Trump administration is reportedly working on a new set of guidelines on the use of school bathrooms by transgender students.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:28:58 -0500
  • As world's support ebbs, Myanmar refugees feel pushed back to unsafe homes

    Myanmar’s harsh military rulers were swept aside more than a year ago in a democratic tsunami. A ceasefire was supposed to put an end to decades of civil war between the government and minority ethnic groups. The 100,000 refugees living in camps along the border with Thailand should be rejoicing, one would think.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:23:47 -0500
  • Expanded immigration enforcement will not lead to 'mass deportations,' says DHS

    As the Trump administration steps up its enforcement of immigration law, officials work to reassure communities that the measures are not intended to produce mass deportations. Over the weekend, media reports disclosed two new memos from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly. Unlike executive orders, the memos do not change law but indicate how strenuously the new administration plans to enforce laws that are already on the books.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:13:55 -0500
  • Why McMaster is only one step toward ending Trump's intel wars

    Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster in some ways symbolizes the very changes that President Trump needs to make to right its tempestuous relationship with the United States intelligence community. General McMaster, Mr. Trump’s pick to be national security adviser, does not hail from an intelligence background. The sense in the intelligence community, experts say, is that the president disparages the purveyors of information he doesn’t like.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:33:33 -0500
  • UN accolades pour in after passing of Russia’s Vitaly Churkin. Who was he?

    Diplomats from around the world shared tributes to Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations and the longest-serving member of the Security Council, after news of his sudden death in New York on Monday. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia?

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:14:31 -0500
  • What does Trump's claim about migrant crime tell us about Sweden?

    Swedish authorities probably don’t hold their breath for a mention from President Trump every time he approaches a platform. Last Saturday night, at a rally in Florida, they got an unpleasant surprise. Sweden’s refugee commitment, which saw the country take in about 160,000 foreigners in 2015, was causing “problems like they never thought possible,” claimed Mr. Trump.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:05:13 -0500
  • Study links same-sex marriage laws and decline in teen suicide attempts: What next?

    Teen suicide attempts are a persistent challenge. In a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, researchers from Harvard and Johns Hopkins looked at the correlation between student-reported suicide attempts and state policies in the 16 years before June 2015, when the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality nationwide. Drawing on a health survey database of almost 763,000 students, they observed a 7 percent decline in teenagers’ efforts to take their own lives in the year after their states legalized marriage equality, a figure that increased to 14 percent among teens who identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. "It's not easy to be an adolescent, and for adolescents who are just realizing they are sexual minorities, it can be even harder,” said lead study author Julia Raifman, a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University, in a news release.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:01:42 -0500
  • In the most populous Muslim nation, a test of tolerance

    Last year, British voters in London elected a Muslim as mayor. A good example is happening in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation and its third-largest democracy. On Feb. 15, in a three-way race for the governorship of the capital, Jakarta, the Christian incumbent – who faces blasphemy charges for allegedly making a negative comment about the Quran – won the most votes (43 percent) against two rivals who ran on their Muslim faith.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:49:07 -0500
  • Why the Supreme Court rejected a death penalty appeal

    The Supreme Court declined on Tuesday to hear a death row inmate’s challenge to Alabama’s lethal injection method, freeing the state to try for the eighth time to carry out the planned execution of Thomas Douglas Arthur. "He has amassed significant evidence that Alabama's current lethal junction protocol will result in intolerable and needless agony," she wrote, referring to Arthur's argument that the lethal injection method violated the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Recommended: How much do you know about landmark Supreme Court decisions?

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:44:45 -0500
  • Does more homework make for a smarter kid? In Spain, many have doubts.

    The fourth-graders in Miren Artetxe’s classroom have sat through an intensive morning of math tables, reading comprehension, and videos about bullying. “They’ve worked hard enough,” says Ms. Artetxe, surveying her empty classroom at a public elementary school in this tiny Basque town in northern Spain. Recommended: Test your Iberia IQ: How much do you know about Spain and Portugal?

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:22:59 -0500
  • How Trump is challenging the media to redefine its role

    For Mr. Trump, the use of such inflammatory language is clearly metaphorical. Recommended: In Pictures Voices from across political party lines: What can be done to heal America? “In fact, contrary to the prevailing orthodoxy, Donald Trump is not the man who will kill the mainstream media.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:03:05 -0500
  • As anti-Semitic threats increase, Trump (finally) speaks out

    For his first time as president, Donald Trump has condemned waves of anti-Semitic incidents that have targeted a Jewish cemetery, community centers, and other religious institutions since he took office on Jan. 20. Mr. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and a White House spokesman had already denounced the incidents on Twitter, but neither used the terms anti-Semitism or Jewish in their tweets.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:02:31 -0500
  • Marine Le Pen makes headlines by refusing to don veil for a meeting

    Related stories Sunni and Shiite Islam: Do you know the difference? Take our quiz. Marine Le Pen is latest French politician embroiled in fraud allegations. First LookFar-right populist Marine Le Pen formally launches bid to make France great again

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:52:29 -0500
  • UN says 1.4 million African children at risk in famine: Why there’s still hope

    Nearly 1.4 million African children are at "imminent risk" of death due to famine in four countries, according to the United Nations International Children's Fund. UNICEF's announcement on Tuesday comes one day after famine was formally declared in parts of South Sudan, where 270,000 children are severely malnourished. "Time is running out for more than a million children," UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake said in statement.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:58:54 -0500
  • Israeli soldier sentenced for killing Palestinian attacker: too lenient or too severe?

    As an Israeli military judge sentenced a 21-year-old soldier on Tuesday to 18 months in prison for killing a wounded Palestinian assailant in the West Bank last year, a small but noisy crowd of protesters gathered outside the court in Tel Aviv. While the demonstration was smaller than during past court proceedings, the protesters represent a significant portion of the Israeli public that supports the actions of Mr. Azaria, insisting he is a national hero, not a murderer. Recommended: How much do you know about the Palestinians?

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:21:00 -0500
  • Supreme Court will hear case on border shooting of Mexican national

    The Supreme Court will hear a case Tuesday surrounding the fatal shooting of an unarmed 15-year-old Mexican boy by a US border patrol agent in 2010, determining what constitutional protections foreigners can receive outside of the United States. Sergio Hernandez’s family has sued the border official who shot their son, arguing that the teen’s constitutional rights were violated in the incident. Cell phone video of the incident shows that the agent fired his weapon from the US side of the border as the boy hid behind a pillar on the Mexican side.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:55:40 -0500
  • L.A. has the world's worst traffic. How do we fix it?

    If you’re a commuter in Los Angeles, the most likely answer is “not yet,” according to transportation analytics researcher INRIX. When it comes to the sheer volume of time wasted in slow-moving traffic, L.A. tops INRIX’s recently released list of over 1,000 international cities, with 104 hours per driver. New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Miami join it in the top ten, giving the United States the dubious honor of having the worst traffic among rich developed countries.

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:33:24 -0500
  • On George Washington's birthday, thousands turn out for 'Not My President' Day

    President’s Day was originally established on George Washington’s birthday to honor the first president. The protesters took to the streets concerned about a broad range of issues, from the president’s immigration policies, to his treatment of the press, to his rhetoric some said reminded them of authoritarian regimes or fascism. Recommended: What do you know about Donald Trump?

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:16:38 -0500
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