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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR declined to criticize U.S. President Donald Trump's cut in refugee resettlement places on Tuesday, saying it was up to the United States to decide on its policy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. would be capped at 30,000 for fiscal year 2019, a drop from a limit of 45,000 set for 2018. "Decisions on which refugees will be resettled and where they go are made solely by the governments of... (Full Story)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The European Commission published its ideas on Tuesday for reforming the  World Trade Organization to counter market distortions, such as in China, and to discourage the United States from pulling out of the body. A day after U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his trade war with China by imposing tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports, the European Union announced how it believes unfair trade, excessive subsidies and other problems should be tackled. Trump said last month... (Full Story)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Israeli forces opened fire during a demonstration in the northern Gaza Strip near a border crossing Tuesday, killing two Palestinian protesters and injuring 46 others, the Palestinian health ministry said. The Israeli military had no initial knowledge of any casualties or that live fire had been used, a spokeswoman said. Israel was marking the Yom Kippur fast day from dusk on Tuesday, when very few officials are available for comment. Many youths burned tires and... (Full Story)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
In the days following the destruction of Hurricane Florence, many coastal North Carolinians remained away from their homes. Authorities ordered mandatory evacuations across the southern state, making calls for help difficult to answer. with household pets trapped in crumbling shelters volunteers and donations have begun pouring in for support. Arash Arabasadi reports from the capital, Raleigh. (Full Story)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Trish Witek pauses in the middle of the cavernous North Carolina Fairgrounds pavilion, echoing with barks from rows of caged dogs.  Around her, a steady stream of volunteers rush through the overheated space, hauling heavy bags of dog food, blankets and jugs of water for the forty-two dogs and forty cats rescued when Hurricane Florence hit their shelter.  In a matter of days, the dogs here went from a normal life in a shelter waiting for adoption to an experience similar to... (Full Story)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The U.N. secretary-general has welcomed an agreement reached Monday between the presidents of Russia and Turkey to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Syria's Idlib region, saying it should "avert" a full-scale military operation and provide a reprieve for some three-million civilians."The secretary-general calls on all the parties in Syria to cooperate in the implementation of the agreement and ensure safe and unimpeded humanitarian access in all areas through the most... (Full Story)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Poland's right-wing government sought to explain itself to its European Union peers Tuesday for the second time in three months amid concern about changes to the judiciary that the EU believes undermine its courts' independence. Polish Minister for European Affairs Konrad Szymanski said upon entering the hearing before EU ministers in Brussels that he would defend changes to the judiciary brought by the euroskeptic PiS government. He is facing a tough... (Full Story)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Some 2,000 asylum-seekers will be moved out of a severely overcrowded migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos this month, a Greek official said Tuesday as charities slammed conditions at the camp, which has raw sewage running out of its main entrance. Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said those being moved out of the Moria camp, which houses 9,000 people in a facility built for 3,100, will be sent to the mainland so their asylum claims can be examined. "The situation... (Full Story)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump is raising the possibility he could order the declassification of more documents related to the investigation into Russia's election meddling. "We're going to see," Trump told reporters Tuesday while meeting with his Polish counterpart at the White House, repeating his allegation that the investigation itself "is a witch hunt." "What I want is total transparency," the president said. "The things that have been found... (Full Story)
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