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February 15, 2018 11:28 PM Immigration effort to protect Dreamers collapses in US Senate

The US Senate has failed to pass any of four proposals on immigration, including protections for young immigrants brought to the US illegally. Support for the most promising bipartisan bill failed after President Donald Trump called it a "total catastrophe" and threatened to veto it. The legislative collapse leaves the status of Deferred Action for Childhood 25

February 15, 2018 10:56 PM U.S. groups sue Trump administration over teen pregnancy grant cuts

(Reuters) - Planned Parenthood, other organizations and a Washington state county filed lawsuits on Thursday challenging a decision by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to defund more than $200 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs. The four lawsuits in federal courts in Washington state, Maryland and the District of Columbia seek to have funding 24

February 13, 2018 1:37 PM Acting Czech PM loses lawsuit against claims he collaborated

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – A Slovak court has dismissed a lawsuit by the acting Czech prime minister, Andrej Babis, against claims that he collaborated with the Czechoslovak communist-era secret police. Babis was suing Slovakia's Institute of the Nation's Memory, which holds parts of his secret-police files. The institute said they contain evidence that Babis 22

February 11, 2018 9:06 AM In secret deal, tax-backed Amtrak pays for private railroads' screwups: report

A CSX coal train, right, moves past an idling CSX engine at the switchyard in Brunswick, Md., Oct. 16, 2012. (Reuters) The Amtrak passenger rail line receives more than $1 billion in annual federal subsidies, but private railroads own 97 percent of the tracks upon which Amtrak trains travel. As part of the relationship between the publicly financed passenger 33

February 8, 2018 11:46 PM Closeup on the Korean prison state

Just 50 miles from where the planet’s greatest athletes now gather in camaraderie and competition is an open-air prison. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will use the Winter Olympics in South Korea to try to put his nation’s best face forward, and to play at thawing relations with the South that have been subzero for more than a half century. His sister 23

February 7, 2018 11:16 PM Lawmakers Press Trump Administration on Nafta Dispute Resolution

President has criticized past trade agreements for ceding too much U.S. sovereignty WASHINGTON—Lawmakers from both parties urged President Donald Trump’s top negotiator in talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement to maintain dispute-resolution mechanisms that have been a central part of the 24-year-old pact. The dispute-arbitration systems 23

February 6, 2018 9:16 PM Quentin Tarantino interview about Roman Polanski 'rape' resurfaces

Quentin Tarantino has been criticised after a radio interview resurfaced in which he said Roman Polanski having sex with a 13-year-old girl wasn't rape. In the 2003 interview, the Pulp Fiction director downplayed the incident - dismissing the idea that it was rape. Tarantino told DJ Howard Stern the 13-year-old "wanted to have it" and was "down to party 2

January 26, 2018 9:05 AM Finnish appeals court increases sentence on neo-Nazi

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – A Finnish appeals court has increased by three months the sentence on a neo-Nazi activist for assaulting another man who later died of a head wound sustained when he fell to the ground. Helsinki's Courts of Appeal said Friday Jesse Torniainen was guilty of aggravated assault for kicking 28-year-old Jimi Joonas Karttunen during a demonstration 29

January 17, 2018 3:41 PM Trump Administration Sets New Priorities for Immigration Courts

A backlog of nearly 660,000 cases means some can take years to be completed The Trump administration is issuing new guidelines to the nation’s overwhelmed immigration courts in hopes that new case priorities and goals will ease a massive backlog. A seven-page memo to immigration judges from James McHenry, the director of the Executive Office for Immigration 16

January 14, 2018 1:57 PM Trump says program protecting young immigrants 'probably dead'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that a program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents would probably be discontinued. Trump has previously said he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. A U.S. court last Tuesday ruled that DACA should remain in effect 36