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    Today, 02:58 AM
    That's the narrative Ms. Chen is pushing.
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    Today, 02:51 AM
    It also has to be about bringing down his network.
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    Today, 02:49 AM
    Dumping in Sanctuary cities seems to be working just fine.
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    Today, 02:48 AM
    I doubt it will, they want to use it against people they don't like and can demonize, if they did it all the time there would be a revolution.
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    Today, 02:45 AM
    Nothing to see here.
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    Today, 02:44 AM
    It's not fake news. You are.
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    Today, 02:43 AM
    It's a good idea just to drive them to quit.
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    Today, 02:21 AM
    Officials from Greece's new conservative government have vowed to speed up the asylum process for migrants and refugees and restart deportations to neighboring Turkey despite renewed tension between the two NATO members. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met in Athens Monday with Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Greek commissioner at the EU for migration, home affairs, and government officials later said that discussions focused on rapidly reducing a backlog of asylum applications and a return to the terms of a 2016 European Union-Turkey agreement that allow for the deportation of migrants whose applications have been rejected. Mitsotakis' conservatives won general elections this month on a pledge to cut taxes and take tougher line on migration. Greece and Turkey remain at odds over a drilling rights dispute around the war-divided island of Cyprus. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/latest-greece-vows-speed-migrant-140252702.html
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    Today, 02:19 AM
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that raids over the weekend aimed at immigrants who had been ordered deported were "very successful" even though much of the activity was not visible to the public.Trump had vowed to launch mass deportation roundups over the weekend, causing immigrants and their advocates to brace for large numbers of arrests, but by Sunday evening there were only reports of low-profile operations in a few cities. "The ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids were very successful," Trump told reporters at a White House event. "People came into our country illegally ... Many were felons. Many were convicted of crimes." "Many, many were taken out on Sunday - you just didn't know about it. ... It was a very successful day but you didn't see a lot of it. ... Every person taken out had papers and we had court orders," Trump added More at: https://news.yahoo.com/trump-says-weekend-deportation-raids-172115959.html
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    Today, 01:42 AM
    I doubt it. The victims were European Christians.
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    Today, 01:16 AM
    They already do that.
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    Today, 01:10 AM
    European Union decisions to curb contacts and funding for Turkey over its drilling for gas and oil off Cyprus will not affect its determination to continue energy activities in the region, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Tuesday.The ministry said the EU's failure to mention Turkish Cypriots in its decisions, taken on Monday, "showed how biased and partisan the EU is on the subject of Cyprus". "The decisions will not affect in the slightest our country's determination to continue hydrocarbon activities in the Eastern Mediterranean," the ministry statement said. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/1-turkey-says-eu-decisions-045052142.html
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    Today, 01:08 AM
    Pakistan's airspace has been reopened to civil aviation with immediate effect, its aviation authority said on Tuesday, following months of restrictions imposed in the wake of a standoff with neighboring India earlier this year."With immediate effect Pakistan airspace is open for all type of civil traffic on published ATS (Air Traffic Service) routes," according to a so-called Notice to Airmen (NOTAMS) published on the authority's website. An official at the authority, reached by telephone, confirmed that the change was in effect. Pakistan closed its airspace in February after a standoff with India in the wake of an attack by a Pakistan-based militant group on a police convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 paramilitary police. Both countries carried out aerial attacks over the other's territory during the standoff and warplanes fought a brief dogfight over the skies of the disputed Kashmir region. Partial operations at Pakistani airports resumed once tensions eased but restrictions continued to affect many international carriers using Pakistani airspace. Pakistan lies in the middle of a vital aviation corridor and the airspace restrictions affected hundreds of commercial and cargo flights each day, adding to flight time for passengers and fuel costs for airlines. The announcement came hours after United Airlines Holdings Inc said it was extending the suspension of its flights from the United States to Delhi and Mumbai in India until Oct. 26, citing continued restrictions of Pakistani airspace. https://news.yahoo.com/pakistan-opens-airspace-civil-aviation-022940505.html
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    Today, 01:05 AM
    Oregon public school students will be required to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides under a bill signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown on Monday, a measure that was in response to spikes in anti-Semitic incidents across the country.The law was introduced by 14-year old Claire Sarnowski from suburban Lake Oswego. She came up with the idea through an unlikely friendship with 92-year-old Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener, who died last year after he was struck by a car. The two met four years ago when Sarnowski attended one of Wiener's talks about surviving the concentration camps. Sarnowski told lawmakers earlier this year that Holocaust education should be required in all schools to ensure history doesn't repeat itself. "Learning about genocide teaches students the ramifications that come with prejudice of any kind in society," she said. Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, schools must provide instruction to "prepare students to confront the immorality of the Holocaust, genocide, and other acts of mass violence and to reflect on the causes of related historical events." Schools must also encourage cultural diversity and emphasize the importance of protecting international human rights. Eleven other states require Holocaust education in schools, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Washington state's governor signed a law in April that only "strongly encourages" teaching the Holocaust. "Today more than ever, we need the learning opportunities that a bill like this will bring to our schools," said Brown at a signing ceremony. The bill comes as memory of the Holocaust fades. A recent poll found that two-thirds American millennials surveyed could not identify what the Auschwitz concentration camp was. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/oregon-passes-law-saying-schools-203729480.html
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    Today, 01:05 AM
    The writer hasn't attained that rank yet?
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    Today, 01:02 AM
    They don't give you a sammich?
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    Today, 12:56 AM
    Mick Mulvaney's battles with Alexander Acosta began almost immediately. Weeks after he was named acting White House chief of staff, Mr Mulvaney summoned the labour secretary for a tense January encounter that became known inside the West Wing as "the woodshed meeting." Mr Mulvaney told Mr Acosta in blunt terms that the White House believed he was dragging his feet on regulation rollbacks desired by business interests and that he was on thin ice as a result, according to advisers and a person close to the White House. Soon afterward, Mr Acosta proposed a spate of business-friendly rules on overtime pay and other policies. But it was not enough to save Mr Acosta from Mr Mulvaney's ire - and it helps explain why the former federal prosecutor had such tepid administration support last week as he resigned over his handling of a high-profile sex-crimes case more than a decade ago. The episode illustrates the growing influence wielded by Mr Mulvaney, a former tea party lawmaker who has built what one senior administration official called "his own fiefdom" focused on pushing conservative policies - while mostly steering clear of the Trump-related pitfalls that tripped up his predecessors by employing a "Let Trump be Trump" ethos. This account of Mr Mulvaney's rising power is based on interviews with 32 White House aides, current and former administration officials, lawmakers and legislative staffers, some of whom requested anonymity to speak candidly. Mr Mulvaney and the White House declined to make him available for an interview. Mr Mulvaney - who is technically on leave from his first administration job as budget director - spends considerably less time with Donald Trump than the two previous chiefs of staff, Reince Priebus and John Kelly. And the president has sometimes kept him out of the loop when making contentious foreign policy decisions, advisers say. At a recent donor retreat in Chicago, Mr Mulvaney told attendees that he does not seek to control the president's tweeting, time or family, one attendee said.
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    Today, 12:45 AM
    Poor Danke will have to avoid the Philippines from now on.
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    Today, 12:39 AM
    After enduring months of constant harassment at work, South Korean office worker Christine Jung finally confronted her aggressor -- only to be fired and sued for defamation by her employer. Her situation is not unusual in South Korea, where employees have traditionally been expected to turn a blind eye to abusive behaviour by those in power -- a phenomenon so commonplace that locals have coined a word for it, "gabjil". But that could soon change thanks to a revised labour law. The new legislation that comes into effect on Tuesday will criminalise business owners who unfairly dismiss employees harassed at work. A recent government survey found that two-thirds of workers had experienced harassment on the job, while 80 percent had witnessed it. In one of the most high-profile cases, an heiress to the Korean Air fortune threw a temper tantrum at cabin crew after being served nuts in a bag instead of a bowl in 2014 -- earning instant "nut rage" notoriety. Rigid company hierarchies, intense competition for jobs and deference to status all contribute to toxic work environments in an economy dominated by family-run conglomerates. In Jung's case, her harasser was the CEO's father. "He once told me the building was shaking whenever I walked -- because I was 'too fat'. Another time he tried to follow me to the women's bathroom. And another time he abruptly groped my stomach in his office," the 37-year-old told AFP. "But when I brought up the issue, the management accused me of being a man-hater and a liar." Jung finally approached the labour ministry last year, but was told her situation did not count as workplace bullying because the aggressor was not her superior and was not employed by the company, even though he came to the office "virtually every day", she said.
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    Today, 12:32 AM
    The Philippine president has signed a bill into law penalizing a range of acts of sexual harassment including catcalling, wolf-whistling and persistent telling of sexual jokes, which pro-women's groups have accused him of committing.Philippine officials released on Monday a copy of Republic Act 11313, known as the "Safe Spaces Act," which Duterte signed in April. The reason for the delay in its public release was not immediately clear. The bill's main author, opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros, has called the law a "massive victory" against a growing culture of rude sexist actions. "This is a big victory and a major push back against the growing 'rude culture' in our streets and communities," Hontiveros said. "With this law, we will reclaim our streets from sexual harassers and gender bigots and make public spaces safe for all." The law defines a range of offensive acts, including catcalling, wolf-whistling, intrusive gazing, cursing, misogynistic acts, sexist slurs and persistent telling of sexual jokes in public, including in streets, workplaces, vehicles, schools, recreational areas, bars or online. Other offenses include stalking, exposing "private parts, groping or any advances, whether verbal or physical, that is unwanted and has threatened one's sense of personal space and physical safety." Restaurants, bars, cinemas and other places of recreation are required to install clearly visible warning signs against would-be violators, including a hotline number to allow rapid reporting of offenses, and to designate an officer to receive complaints or apprehend perpetrators. "It is the policy of the state to value the dignity of every human person and guarantee full respect for human rights," the law says. Punishments include fines and imprisonment depending on the gravity of the offense. Foreign violators would be deported after serving a jail term and paying fines. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/duterte-signs-law-punishing-catcalling-142829048.html
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    Today, 12:27 AM
    A much-anticipated prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine was thrown into uncertainty on Monday after a Ukrainian court postponed a hearing that was expected to release an imprisoned Russian journalist.Russia and Ukraine were on track to launch a major prisoner swap involving the Russian journalist and 24 Ukrainians captured in the Sea of Azov last December when the Russian envoy for human rights, Svetlana Moskalkova, arrived in Ukraine on Monday on a rare visit. She held talks with her Ukrainian counterpart about the captured prisoners and sounded positive about what officials both in Kiev and Moscow were describing as an impending prisoner swap. Moskalkova was invited to attend a court hearing in Kiev on Monday afternoon that was expected to rule on the detention of Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinskiy who has been in custody for a year facing treason charges. The court, however, abruptly adjourned the hearing until Thursday. "I'm completely disappointed by the fact that the hearing has been scrapped," Moskalkova told RIA Novosti, the state-owned news agency where Vyshynskiy was the Kiev bureau chief. The flurry of activity around the imprisoned Russians and Ukrainians follows last week's first telephone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Moskalkova said that she had thought that the phone call had given impetus to launch a dialogue and added that the Kiev court may have been under pressure not to issue a ruling on Monday. The abrupt court decision has highlighted divisions inside the Ukrainian government. Embattled Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko, one of Zelenskiy's most influential opponents in power, said later on Monday that Vyshynskiy's possible handover to Russia is "impossible" because he is a dual Russian and Ukrainian citizen. Harlem Desir, representative for media freedom at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, in a tweet on Monday expressed hope that Vyshinskiy would be released at the next hearing.
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