Jul. 8, 2019

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The Trump administration has few realistic options to get a citizenship question onto next year's census, but by keeping the issue in the public eye it could still trigger an undercount of residents in Democratic-leaning areas, legal and political experts told Reuters.

The capture of an Iranian oil tanker by Britain has set "a dangerous precedent and must end now", Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on Monday.

A second Turkish ship planning to drill for oil and gas off Cyprus arrived off the Mediterranean island's northeastern coast on Monday, triggering a strong protest from Nicosia of an infringement by Turkey of its sovereign rights.

The rule of law has crumbled in Venezuela under the government of President Nicolas Maduro which has usurped the powers of the legislative and judicial branches

Iran threatened on Monday to restart deactivated centrifuges and ramp up its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity as its next potential big moves away from a 2015 nuclear agreement that Washington abandoned last year.

Deutsche Bank laid off staff from Sydney to London on Monday as it began 18,000 job cuts in a 8.3 billion "reinvention" which Germany's largest lender said would mean yet another annual loss, knocking its shares.

Impunity and unlawful killings are going on unabated in the Philippines, three years into a war on drugs, with a pattern of executions under the guise of police sting operations and a state unwilling to investigate, a rights group said on Monday.

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Shaken residents were cleaning up Sunday from two of the biggest earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both should serve as a wake-up call to be ready when the long-dreaded "Big One" strikes.

The son of the highest-profile South Korean to defect to North Korea has arrived in the North to permanently resettle, North Korean state media said. If confirmed, it would be an unusual case of a South Korean defecting to the impoverished, authoritarian North.

Migrants are human beings who symbolize all those rejected by globalization, Pope Francis told a special mass on Monday, saying "the weakest and most vulnerable must be helped".

Starbucks apologized after an employee reportedly asked six police officers to leave or change their location in one of the company's shops in a Phoenix suburb because another customer reported feeling unsafe. Starbucks said it has "deep respect for the Tempe Police Department" and was apologizing "for any misunderstanding or inappropriate behavior that may have taken place" during the July 4 encounter.

Hordes of people waving rainbow flags poured onto the streets of Madrid for one of the world's largest gay pride events on Saturday, celebrating and asserting the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

A new law in Iran could see the organs of convicts on death row pre-sold to buyers if the prisoners agree before their executions.

Five people were arrested during overnight clashes in Hong Kong between riot officers and anti-government protesters, police said Monday, as the political violence rocking the international hub shows no sign of abating.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit said Sunday that it removed a prominent priest from public ministry after reviewing what it described as a "credible allegation" that he had sexually abused a child decades ago.

Dozens of powerful Afghans including bitter rivals met the Taliban in Doha on Sunday, discussing a possible ceasefire and the future of women and minorities after 18 years of conflict.

An alleged Dutch-born Islamic State militant went on trial in the Netherlands on Monday for war crimes in Iraq and Syria, including breaches of the Geneva Conventions, after posing with a crucified body and sharing images of dead victims online.

At least 13 civilians were killed in an air raid as the military repulsed a jihadist assault in northeast Borno state, residents and a security source said Sunday.

BBC

US immigration officers have used facial recognition technology to search drivers' licenses in states that issue licenses to undocumented immigrants. Millions of licenses were scanned by FBI and ICE agents between 2014 and 2017, without the holders knowing.

A former Congolese rebel leader has been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ntaganda, nicknamed "Terminator", was convicted on 18 counts including murder, rape, sexual slavery, and using child soldiers. He becomes the first person convicted of sexual slavery by the ICC.

Hundreds of young people belonging to India's Jain community have begun renouncing the material world to become monks who always walk barefoot, eat only what they receive as alms and never bathe or use modern technology.

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A U.S. school district was caught allowing Muslim students to interrupt classes to "convert" others to Islam has refused to release information about its promotion of Ramadan.

The British teacher, in south London, allegedly demanded five days of detention for a boy and a girl after they asked to be exempted from an LGBT lesson on June 20 during gay pride month.

Americans who are 18 years old can vote in elections, enlist in the military and die for their country. But California believes they are not "adult" enough to buy a gun.

Top teachers in effectively are forcing Islamic indoctrination on students in Britain, with a growing movement to strip parents of their legal right to remove their children from objectionable religious classes.

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