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UNHCR: People Seeking Asylum Have Legal Right to Enter US

October 21, 2018 by · Comments Off on UNHCR: People Seeking Asylum Have Legal Right to Enter US 

The UN refugee agency indicates Washington is on shaky legal ground in barring Central American asylum seekers from entering the United States. The UNHCR reports people fleeing persecution and violence have a right to international protection. The UN refugee agency does not question the sovereign right of any nation to control its borders. But, it does say international law governs the way countries must behave toward refugees and asylum seekers. The UNHCR says it recognizes the arrival of thousands of Honduran migrants in the caravan at the U.S. borders will be overwhelming. But, Spokesman Charlie Yaxlie says closing the border to the caravan is not a solution and will likely cause harm to those who have a legitimate fear for their lives. “We wish to reiterate and underline that any individuals within that group that are fleeing persecution and violence, they need to be given access to territory and they need to be allowed to exercise their fundamental human rights to seek asylum and have access to refugee status determination procedures,” he said.

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Trump Criticizes California Wildfire Work, Threatens Funding

October 18, 2018 by · Comments Off on Trump Criticizes California Wildfire Work, Threatens Funding 

U.S. President Donald Trump Wednesday rekindled his criticism of California’s wildfire prevention steps and threatened to withhold billions of dollars of federal funding amid one of the most destructive fire seasons on record “It’s hurting our budget, it’s hurting our country and they better get their act together,” Trump said at a Cabinet meeting about California’s forestry management. He did not specify the type of funding that could be withheld. The Republican president’s comments, which followed his criticism in August of California’s wildfire prevention efforts, were aimed at Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, whom he has frequently criticized over immigration and other policies.

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Iran’s Growing Influence in Syria Sparks Concern

October 16, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iran’s Growing Influence in Syria Sparks Concern 

While Russian and Iranian-backed Bashar al-Assad’s regime is consolidating its grip on most areas once controlled by various rebel groups in Syria, Iran’s involvement and military footprints in the country have some experts and U.S. lawmakers concerned that Tehran might be in the process of establishing long-term presence in Syria in an effort to project regional power in the long term. “These countries [Russia and Iran] are digging into Syria preparing for the long haul, and the implications for the U.S. interests and those of our partners are still coming into focus,” Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said during a recent congressional hearing on U.S policy in Syria. Lehtinen added that U.S. needs a “coherent” and “comprehensive” strategy to prevent Iran’s growing influence in the region.

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Court Case Looks at Detention of Immigrants Who Served Time for Crimes

October 12, 2018 by · Comments Off on Court Case Looks at Detention of Immigrants Who Served Time for Crimes 

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Most Googled Health Concerns in Each US State

October 8, 2018 by · Comments Off on Most Googled Health Concerns in Each US State 

Many Americans turn to “Dr. Google” for answers to health problems. In other words, they search the internet via Google for insight into their ailments. The search engine’s most researched symptom is stress, according to private firm Medicare Health Plans, which has come up with the most-searched symptoms in every U.S. state. The states that appear to be most stressed out about stress include Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Virginia. Money and work have long been sources of stress for people, according to the American Psychological Association.

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Iran, Russia Seen Vying for Influence in Afghanistan

October 6, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iran, Russia Seen Vying for Influence in Afghanistan 

Russia continues to compete for influence in Afghanistan, where international reconciliation efforts are underway, while Iran is playing both sides of the Afghan conflict, according to a top U.S. military official. The head of U.S. Central Command, Army Gen. Joseph Votel, told VOA that Moscow was posturing to be a “player in the solution” to the decades-long conflict. “I think what they [Russia] are doing trying to do is they are pursuing a strategy which is to compete with us by trying to exert their influence wherever they can, whether it is in Afghanistan or Syria or anywhere else,” Votel said. “They are continuing to use disinformation to create the narrative that they want,” the CENTCOM commander noted. “They continue to perpetuate this idea, not just in Afghanistan, but in Iraq and Syria as well, that the United States is responsible for supporting and propagating ISIS.”

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Judge Blocks US from Ending Protections for Some Immigrants

October 4, 2018 by · Comments Off on Judge Blocks US from Ending Protections for Some Immigrants 

A U.S. federal judge has ordered a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration from ending protections that have allowed about 300,000 people from Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua and El Salvador to live and work in the United States. The U.S. government can grant Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for countries where conditions are unsafe for their nationals to return, or where the government is unable to adequately handle their return because of something like a natural disaster. With TPS revoked, those covered under the program would be subject to deportation from the United States.

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Iran Sentences 3 Suspects to Death Over Financial Crimes

October 1, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iran Sentences 3 Suspects to Death Over Financial Crimes 

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Islamic State Threatens Iran with More Attacks

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Kavanaugh, Ford in High Stakes Senate Hearing

September 27, 2018 by · Comments Off on Kavanaugh, Ford in High Stakes Senate Hearing 

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