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Saturday, August 18, 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called on Europe to financially contribute to the reconstruction of Syria to allow millions of refugees to return home. "We need to strengthen the humanitarian effort in the Syrian conflict," he said ahead of a meeting with his German counterpart Angela Merkel at the government retreat of Meseberg castle 70kms (45 miles) north of Berlin. "By that, I mean above all humanitarian aid to the Syrian people, and help the regions... (Full Story)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
When San Benito, Texas, school leaders learned of an influx of children to a migrant shelter in their small town near the U.S.-Mexico border, they felt obliged to help.  The superintendent reached out and agreed to send 19 bilingual teachers, mobile classrooms and hundreds of computers to make the learning environment resemble one of his schools.  While a government contractor bears responsibility for educating children at the highly guarded center, local officials say they... (Full Story)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
A driver whose car collided with several people before crashing outside Britain's Parliament has been charged with attempted murder. Police say 29-year-old Salih Khater was charged Saturday with trying to kill police officers and members of the public. Three people were injured when Khater -- a British citizen originally from Sudan -- hit a group of cyclists before colliding with a security barrier guarded by police outside Parliament on Tuesday. The incident sparked a huge... (Full Story)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Angry residents of a Brazilian border town, Pacaraima, ran riot and drove out Venezuelan immigrants on Saturday after a local restaurant owner was stabbed and beaten, residents and government officials said. The demonstrations forced hundreds of Venezuelans to flee back across the frontier on foot and residents set fire to the belongings they left behind and to tires to block the only road crossing between the two countries, video images released by the state of Roraima government... (Full Story)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
A delegation from the global financial watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has held meetings with Pakistani authorities to review the country's measures against money laundering and terror financing. A six-member team from the Asia Pacific Group (APG) was in Islamabad this past week to monitor Pakistan’s progress after the country was placed on FATF’s gray list in June, following months of negotiation by Pakistan to avoid being put in the list.  At the time, Pakistan... (Full Story)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
The White House's top lawyer has cooperated extensively with the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, sharing detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Citing a dozen current and former White House officials and others briefed on the matter, the newspaper said White House Counsel Donald McGahn had shared information, some of... (Full Story)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
In the U.S. case against five Guantanamo detainees who are accused of aiding in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, a military judge has ruled that prosecutors may not use statements the detainees made to FBI interrogators after they were removed from a secret CIA prison. Army Colonel James Pohl, the judge for the proceedings, ruled on Friday that the detainees' statements, made to FBI "clean teams," were not to be used in the death penalty trial. The detainees had been... (Full Story)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Above: UN chief Kofi Annan with Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch. Washington, DC, May 2006. GENEVA, August 18, 2018 – UN Watch mourns the loss of Kofi Annan, a revered statesman who will be remembered as the secretary-general who led the move to scrap the UN’s discredited Human Rights Commission, and who was the first UN chief to publicly and repeatedly call for an end to the UN’s obsessive and one-sided targeting of Israel. UN Watch enjoyed a long relationship with Mr. Annan. Even as he acknowledged being “on the receiving end of some sharp criticism from UN… (Full Story)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general of the United Nations has died. He was 80 years old.  Annan's family and his foundation announced on Twitter that he "passed away peacefully," Saturday after a short illness.  The announcement on Twitter described Annan as a "global statesman and a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world. During his distinguished career and leadership of the United... (Full Story)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
With the Democratic Republic of the Congo facing its second major Ebola outbreak this year, emergency responders have worked to contain the spread of the disease. Scientists, meanwhile, are testing the effectiveness of experimental vaccines in the field. Alongside these efforts, researchers in the DRC are collecting data that will improve how we respond to, and prevent, future outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases. Their work involves building a comprehensive picture of how... (Full Story)
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