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Friday, August 17, 2018
Saudi Arabia said early on Friday that it has contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for “stabilization projects” in areas once held by the Islamic State group and now controlled by U.S.-backed forces. The Saudi move was blasted by the Syrian government which called it “disgraceful,” adding that its aim is to prevent the Syrian army from defeating insurgents in the country.  In Washington, the Trump administration said it is ending funding for Syria stabilization projects as... (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress and nemesis of U.S. President Donald Trump, has pulled out of a British reality-TV show at the last minute after a dispute with producers.  Daniels was due to take part in “Celebrity Big Brother,” which locks contestants in a house under constant surveillance. But she failed to join housemates including actress Kirstie Alley and psychic Sally Morgan for Thursday’s first episode. Lawyer Michael Avenatti said Friday that Daniels argued with... (Full Story)
Amnesty International - Friday, August 17, 2018
In response to reports indicating that some 3,600 Indigenous people from 14 communities find themselves trapped in the middle of clashes between armed groups in the department of Chocó, in northwestern Colombia, which could lead to mass displacement, Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said: (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
Expand A Rohingya woman walks through Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, March 22, 2018. © 2018 Reuters It’s now clear that Myanmar’s new “independent commission of inquiry” into human rights violations committed in Rakhine State will not be a serious and impartial investigation that will identify alleged perpetrators to be brought to justice. The most recent crimes occurred during deadly attacks on over two-dozen police posts by Rohingya militants and Myanmar security forces’ brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing involving murder, rape, and arson that forced more than 700,000… (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
A dragon winds around a cherry tree in the tattoo across MJ Hegar's arm and back, over the shrapnel wounds she had, at one point, not wanted to see with her young children around. But nine years after being shot down in Afghanistan, then winning a lawsuit against the federal government, writing a book and now running for a Texas congressional seat, Hegar isn't hiding much anymore. "I carry my service with me wherever I go," Hegar said in a telephone interview near her... (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
The United Nations reports landmines and other explosive devices are making it too dangerous for aid agencies to enter the Afghan city of Ghazni, where civilians there are in need of food and water after nearly a week of intensive fighting. The Taliban, which attacked August 11, reportedly moved to the outskirts of the city and is slowly withdrawing to surrounding villages. Afghan military forces are said to be engaged in mop-up operations in the city of 270,000 people.  According... (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
A strong earthquake located far below the Earth's surface shook an area in Indonesia's Flores Sea late Friday. There were no immediate reports of damage or tsunami warnings. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 and was located 109 kilometers (68 miles) northwest of the village of Kampungbajo in central Indonesia at a depth of 539 kilometers (337 miles). Deep earthquakes generally cause less damage. USGS said there was little likelihood of... (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he plans to revoke the security clearance of Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official whose wife was employed at the company that was involved in producing the dossier on Trump's links to Russia. Trump called Ohr a "disgrace" outside the White House and said, "I suspect I will be taking it away very quickly." Ohr is under intense Republican scrutiny for his contacts with Glenn Simpson, who co-founded the opposition... (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
A federal judge has extended a freeze on deporting families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, giving a reprieve to hundreds of children and their parents to remain in the United States. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said in his order Thursday that "hasty" deportation of children after reunification with parents would deprive them of their right to seek asylum. The American Civil Liberties Union had requested families be given at least a week. The judge's order did... (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire and another 60 injured at a protest along the Gaza border amid ongoing Egyptian efforts to broker a cease-fire, Gaza's Health Ministry said Friday. The protesters threw rocks and firebombs from behind clouds of black smoke of burning tires at Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas and sometimes live fire. Israel's military said some Palestinians also threw improvised explosives and firebombs at the fence and that several were... (Full Story)
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