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Monday, October 15, 2018
Expand Yuriko Koike, governor of Tokyo, speaks in an interview in Tokyo, Japan on Monday August. 20, 2018.  © 2018 Keith Bedford/Bloomberg via Getty Images Last week Tokyo’s municipal government passed a bill that prohibits discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. In doing so, the city not only demonstrated its commitment to equal rights for all, but also to making the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games a springboard for human rights in Japan and beyond. The new law states that the city government, citizens, and enterprises “may not unduly discriminate on… (Full Story)
Monday, October 15, 2018
Expand Colombian police officers stand in front of people queueing to try to cross into Colombia from Venezuela through the Simon Bolivar international bridge in Cucuta, Colombia. January 24, 2018. © 2018 Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters The devastating crisis in Venezuela has triggered the largest migration flow of its kind in recent Latin American history. But not all those who flee seeking safety in the Americas will get a fair hearing.  For example, Venezuelans who fled to Curaçao, a constituent country of The Netherlands located in the Caribbean, have reportedly suffered serious abuses.… (Full Story)
Monday, October 15, 2018
Washington, D.C., October 15, 2018 Kajsa Ollongren, Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relation Raymond Knops, State Secretary Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of the Netherlands Quincy Girigorie, Minister of Justice of Curaçao Dear Ministers, I am writing on behalf of Human Rights Watch to share with you the findings of our most recent report on Venezuelan emigration to the Americas and the Caribbean – including to the Dutch constituent countries of Aruba and Curaçao, which form part of the Kingdom of The Netherlands – and to… (Full Story)
Monday, October 15, 2018
For many immigrants, U.S. midterm elections traditionally draw minimal interest. But this election cycle, the reaction is different as a Democratic victory for control of the House or Senate or both would have huge repercussions for immigrant communities. U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial policies on trade, immigration, taxes and a host of other issues that impact immigrants could be challenged or reversed with the Democrats back in control of Congress. In the 2016... (Full Story)
Monday, October 15, 2018
At least 13 people died as violent rainstorms turned rivers into raging torrents in southwestern France on Monday in the latest episode of wild weather in Europe, officials said. Flash floods swamped a number of towns and villages around the fortress city of Carcassonne, leaving a trail of overturned cars, damaged roads and collapsed homes. An elderly nun was swept to her death as rising waters smashed through a nunnery in the village of Villardonnel to the north of Carcassonne.... (Full Story)
Monday, October 15, 2018
A key border crossing between Syria and Jordan opened Monday for the first time in three years. The Naseeb crossing is important for overland trade in the region, including for Syria's neighbor Lebanon. Rebels opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seized the crossing in 2015, but government forces recaptured the area in July. Another crossing shut down by the seven-year conflict also opened Monday between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The Quneitra... (Full Story)
Monday, October 15, 2018
Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child in the spring, Kensington Palace said Monday. The announcement came hours after Harry and the former Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney at the start of a 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. Hundreds of people gathered to catch a glimpse of the couple after they landed.   "Their royal highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the... (Full Story)
Monday, October 15, 2018
The threat is growing — and so, too, the toll. Forty-eight journalists have been killed so far this year, according to a VOA tally, adding to the thousand killed in the past decade-and-half. Some died on dangerous reporting assignments in conflict zones as they courted similar risks to combatants and were killed in crossfire or bombings. They include 9 Afghan reporters, among them three from VOA’s sister public broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). All were... (Full Story)
Monday, October 15, 2018
Responding to years of derision by President Donald Trump and other critics, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday released a report on a DNA analysis that provides strong evidence she does, in fact, have Native American heritage. The analysis on the Massachusetts Democrat was done by Stanford University professor Carlos D. Bustamante. He concluded Warren’s ancestry is mostly European but says “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.” Bustamante,... (Full Story)
Monday, October 15, 2018
The press that serves the U.S. immigrant population typically shows little interest in midterm elections. But the outcome of this year's fight for control of Congress could either blunt much of President Donald Trump's agenda or advance his policies. That's why the immigrant community may be more interested in this year's midterms than ever before. VOA's Elizabeth Lee has the details from Los Angeles. (Full Story)
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