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Looking for Truth Behind Separating Families at US Border

June 19, 2018 by · Comments Off on Looking for Truth Behind Separating Families at US Border 

VOA – The Trump administration at least since April has been separating children and parents who enter the United States illegally at the border — that much is supported by the numbers. But much of everything else surrounding the practice has become mired in confusion. Here is what we know: In recent weeks, news stories of children in detention centers have circulated more widely, and the numbers of detained children have grown. Department of Homeland Security officials told reporters Friday that between April 19 and May 31 of this year, nearly 2,000 (1,995) children were separated from their parents or other adults with whom they were traveling.

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USA Happy (Founding) Father’s Day

June 17, 2018 by · Comments Off on USA Happy (Founding) Father’s Day 

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Indian Chess Player Quits Iran Tournament Over Headscarf Rule

June 15, 2018 by · Comments Off on Indian Chess Player Quits Iran Tournament Over Headscarf Rule 

VOA – An Indian chess champion announced she will not be participating in a tournament in Iran, as the country’s law requiring women to wear headscarves is a violation of her human rights, she said. Soumya Swaminathan, a 29-year-old grandmaster, wrote on Facebook, “It seems that under the present circumstances, the only way for me to protect my rights is not to go to Iran.”

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White House Adviser: ‘Special Place in Hell’ for Canada’s Trudeau

June 11, 2018 by · Comments Off on White House Adviser: ‘Special Place in Hell’ for Canada’s Trudeau 

VOA – The White House is assailing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying he “stabbed us in the back” and undermined U.S. President Donald Trump after Trump left the G-7 economic summit early for Singapore. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told Fox News, “There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door … that’s what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference.” Navarro added, “To my friends in Canada, that was one of the worst political miscalculations of the Canadian leader in modern Canadian history. All Justin Trudeau had to do was take the win.”

White House Advisers Assail Canada’s Trudeau Over Tariff Remarks

June 10, 2018 by · Comments Off on White House Advisers Assail Canada’s Trudeau Over Tariff Remarks 

VOA – A key White House adviser assailed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday, contending that he “stabbed us in the back” and undermined U.S. President Donald Trump after he left the G-7 economic summit to head to Singapore for nuclear weapons talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow blamed the Canadian leader for saying at a news conference that new U.S. tariffs on aluminum and steel were “insulting,” prompting Trump to direct U.S. officials to rebuff its allies and refuse to sign the traditional end-of-summit communique in Quebec.

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Iranian Lawyers Escalate Criticism of Tehran’s Vetted Attorneys List

June 6, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iranian Lawyers Escalate Criticism of Tehran’s Vetted Attorneys List 

VOA – Iran’s government is facing increasing criticism from prominent Iranian lawyers angered by its decision in recent days to allow only a select few defense attorneys to handle national security cases. Iran’s state-run Tasnim news agency published a report on Monday, naming 20 government-vetted lawyers who have sole approval from the Iranian judiciary to defend clients accused of security offenses. Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner and lawyer Shirin Ebadi sharply criticized the Iranian judiciary’s move in an interview with the U.S.-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) published Tuesday.

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Iranian Lawyers, Barred from Security Cases, Rebuke Tehran

June 5, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iranian Lawyers, Barred from Security Cases, Rebuke Tehran 

VOA – Some of Iran’s most prominent lawyers have accused their government of acting unfairly by blocking the vast majority of their profession from handling national security cases. In a Monday report, Iran’s state-run Tasnim news agency published a list of 20 lawyers authorized to represent clients accused of national security offenses. It said judiciary chief Sadeq Amoli-Larijani approved the list in the last few days, based on Article 48 of Iran’s penal code. The report by Tasnim, affiliated to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, also quoted Iran Bar Association head Isa Amini as criticizing the way the list was drawn up. The Bar Association, founded before Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, is the main Iranian organization for lawyers with more than 20,000 members. Its board elected Amini to head the association in April.
 

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Trade Tariffs Set Stage for G7 Summit Fight

June 4, 2018 by · Comments Off on Trade Tariffs Set Stage for G7 Summit Fight 

VOA – Finance leaders of the closest U.S. allies vented anger over the Trump administration’s metal import tariffs but ended a three-day meeting in Canada on Saturday with no solutions, setting the stage for a heated fight at a G7 summit next week in Quebec. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin failed to soothe the frustrations of his Group of Seven counterparts over the 25 percent steel and 10 percent aluminum tariffs that Washington imposed on Mexico, Canada and the European Union this week. The other six G7 member countries asked Mnuchin to bring to President Donald Trump “a message of regret and disappointment” over the tariffs, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau said at a press conference after the end of a three-day meeting in the Canadian mountain resort town of Whistler, British Columbia.

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Iranian Workers Say Major Factory Being Mismanaged into Oblivion

June 1, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iranian Workers Say Major Factory Being Mismanaged into Oblivion 

VOA – Iranian factory workers in northwestern Iran have staged a protest against mismanagement of a large industrial plant, saying the problem has brought the major local employer to the brink of closure. In a report published Thursday, Iran’s state-run ILNA news agency said the protesting workers in the city of Tabriz urged authorities to rescue the plant that produces combine harvesters used to harvest crops. ILNA said one of its reporters learned that only about 40 workers remained at the factory, whose capacity of 600 workers once made it a major employer.
 

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Jailed British-Iranian Aid Worker To Face Trial On Security Charges

May 27, 2018 by · Comments Off on Jailed British-Iranian Aid Worker To Face Trial On Security Charges 

VOA – A detained British-Iranian aid worker sentenced to five years in jail in Iran is to face a second trial on new security charges, the semi-official Tasnim news agency on Saturday quoted Tehran Revolutionary Court’s head Musa Ghazanfarabadi as saying. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested in April 2016 at a Tehran airport as she was heading back to Britain with her two-year-old daughter after a family visit. She was convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment, a charge denied by her family and the Foundation, a charity organization that is independent of Thomson Reuters and operates independently of Reuters News.

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