Jul 14 2018 Judge Criticizes Plan to Use Shortcuts to Reunite Families

A federal judge, responding to a plan to reunify children separated at the border, said he was having second thoughts about his belief that the Trump administration was acting in good faith to comply with his orders.
The Justice Department on Friday filed a plan to reunify more than 2,500 children age 5 and older by [...]


Jul 14 2018 Twitter Suspends 2 Accounts in Mueller Indictments

Social networking site Twitter Saturday suspended two accounts linked to 12 Russian spies indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
On Friday, a federal grand jury charged the 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016 in the most detailed U.S. accusation yet that Moscow meddled [...]


Jul 14 2018 Homeland Security: Russia Targeting Midterms With Social Media

The U.S. homeland security secretary said on Saturday there are no signs that Russia is targeting this year’s midterm elections with the same “scale or scope” it targeted the 2016 presidential election.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spoke at a convention of state secretaries of state, an event that’s usually a low-key affair highlighting [...]


Jul 14 2018 Border Measures Part of Trump’s Bigger Immigration Crackdown

The separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border caught the attention of the world and prompted mass outrage, but it’s only a small part of the Trump administration’s immigration policy.
The government is working to harden the system on multiple fronts to curb immigration, carving a path around various court rulings to do so. The administration [...]


Jul 14 2018 Trump Talks Re-Election, His Brexit Chat with Queen

U.S. President Donald Trump said he intends to run for re-election in 2020 because “everybody wants me to” and there are no Democratic candidates who could defeat him, the Mail on Sunday newspaper reported.
Asked by British journalist Piers Morgan in an interview Friday whether he was going to run in 2020, Trump was quoted by [...]


Jul 14 2018 Iraq Cuts Internet Services, Sends Forces to Quell Protests

Iraq’s National Security Council deployed security forces and cut internet services Saturday as protests that began in Basra spread to several other cities.
The council held an emergency meeting Saturday in Baghdad after protests over high unemployment, poor government services and corruption spread from Basra to Baghdad, Najaf, Amara and Nasiriyah.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a statement [...]


Jul 14 2018 Lobbying Firm Sought Envoys’ Help to Save Russian Firm

A U.S. lobbying firm sought to recruit the ambassadors of France, Germany and several other countries to demonstrate international support for severing Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s control of Rusal, the aluminum manufacturing giant sanctioned by Washington.
Documents made public by the Justice Department show that Mercury LLC drafted messages for at least six envoys to send [...]


Jul 14 2018 Cuba to Reshape Government With New Constitution

Cuba revealed new details Saturday about plans to reshape its government, courts and economy with constitutional reform set to be approved by the national assembly this month.
The reform of the 1976 constitution would create the position of prime minister alongside the president, splitting the roles of head of government and head of state.
The constitution keeps the [...]


Jul 14 2018 Female-run Syrian TV Seeks to Empower Women

Jin TV — which means Women TV in the Kurdish language — is the first television station in Syria run entirely by women. The station began officially broadcasting late last month and aims to provide a platform for women to raise their voices.
“This TV was established to shed light on the role of women in [...]


Jul 14 2018 Haiti’s PM Steps Down Over Fuel Prices, Violence

Haiti’s prime minister resigned Saturday after days of protest over the government’s plan to raise fuel prices.
Jack Guy Lafontant announced to the lower house of Haiti’s legislature: “I submitted my resignation to the president of the republic,” and he confirmed that the president had accepted his resignation. 
Haiti has been in turmoil since last week, when the [...]