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Trump’s Own Party Hands Him Health Care Defeat

March 25, 2017 by · Comments Off on Trump’s Own Party Hands Him Health Care Defeat 

HealthCarewebOne extra day could not buy President Donald Trump and his Republican Congress the first major legislative victory they needed to set the tone for the new administration. Republicans canceled a crucial health care bill vote at the last minute Friday rather than lose a battle of numbers on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. The cancellation followed a chaotic Thursday when the leadership postponed a vote in the hope that 24 more hours could win a long-promised repeal and replacement of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
 

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IS Claims Responsibility for Britain Parliament Attack

March 23, 2017 by · Comments Off on IS Claims Responsibility for Britain Parliament Attack 

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack near the British Parliament in London, which killed three people and ended when an officer shot dead the attacker. A statement posted on IS’s news agency said the attacker was a “soldier of Islamic State.” But IS did not indicate that it assisted in the planning or execution of the attack, saying the man had responded to the terror group’s call to attack civilians and the military in countries allied with the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS. One police officer and an American tourist, Kurt Cochran from Utah, have been identified among those killed. The officer was killed on the premises when he was stabbed by the attacker. Cochran succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. His wife was also badly injured in the attack.

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Electronics banned on some US flights from Middle East

March 21, 2017 by · Comments Off on Electronics banned on some US flights from Middle East 

aeroplanewebBBC – The US has announced a ban on large electronic devices from cabin baggage on passenger flights from eight Muslim majority countries. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said extremists were seeking “innovative methods” to bring down jets. Bombs could be hidden in laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games, it said. The measure will affect nine airlines operating out of 10 airports.

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The Secret Language You Speak

March 19, 2017 by · Comments Off on The Secret Language You Speak 

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UN Official Resigns After Calling Israel ‘Apartheid Regime’

March 18, 2017 by · Comments Off on UN Official Resigns After Calling Israel ‘Apartheid Regime’ 

VisawebVOA – The head of the U.N. West Asia Commission has resigned under pressure, after refusing to withdraw a controversial report that said Israel has established an “apartheid regime” that discriminates against Palestinians. Rima Khalaf, a Jordanian who heads the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), told reporters Friday in Beirut that she could not accept a demand by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for her to withdraw the report. “I asked him to rethink his decision, he insisted, so I submitted my resignation from the U.N.,” she said. The report titled “Israeli Practices Toward the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid” was published earlier this week, and drew immediate criticism from U.N., U.S. and Israeli officials.

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Two Federal Judges Halt Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

March 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on Two Federal Judges Halt Trump’s Revised Travel Ban 

Two U.S. federal courts have issued temporary restraining orders against President Donald Trump’s second try at using an executive order to limit who is allowed to enter the country. A judge in Hawaii blocked both the order’s suspension of refugee admissions and its ban on issuing new visas to people from a group of six countries. A federal judge in Maryland also cited Trump’s comments in issuing a separate injunction Thursday, but that ruling applies only to the visa ban portion of the executive order, and not the section on the refugee program.

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Many Iranian Americans Afraid to Travel Under Trump Travel Order

March 15, 2017 by · Comments Off on Many Iranian Americans Afraid to Travel Under Trump Travel Order 

In the heart of Persian Square, in West Los Angeles, everyone is getting ready for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, when family members visit each other.Normally it’s the busy season for the travel agencies that cater to the Iranian community. But not this year. “They ask us questions more than they make reservation,” said Sherry Tahouri, owner of Shahrezad Tour and Travel. Tahouri caters mostly to the Iranian Community in Los Angeles, many of whom still have family in Iran.  President Donald Trump’s revised executive order banning travelers who do not currently have visasfrom six Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. for three months is scheduled to take effect on March 16.Among the six countries on the travel order is Iran.

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FBI Official to Tech Word: Try to Understand Us

March 14, 2017 by · Comments Off on FBI Official to Tech Word: Try to Understand Us 

FBIwebVOA – So what was the FBI doing at the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas, primarily known for music, movies and interactive media? James Baker, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s general counsel, took the stage at a hotel in Austin, Texas, on Monday to present a human face to the issues of encryption and cyber security. He talked about the quandaries law enforcement grapples with in the digital age. The FBI has been in the center of a maelstrom over Wikileaks disclosures about CIA practices, foreign government election tampering and whether President Donald Trump was subject to a wiretap when he was a presidential candidate.

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Trump Adviser Says Government Has Many Ways to Surveil People

March 13, 2017 by · Comments Off on Trump Adviser Says Government Has Many Ways to Surveil People 

trumpSurveilwebVOA – Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says she doesn’t have any evidence to support President Donald Trump’s claim that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower phone lines during the election. Instead, Conway is pointing to recent revelations about other government surveillance to suggest it was possible Obama used a different technique. Her response was unlikely to tamp down criticism of Trump’s tweets earlier this month. The House intelligence committee has asked the administration to provide evidence of the allegation by Monday.

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۶ US States Challenge Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

March 10, 2017 by · Comments Off on ۶ US States Challenge Trump’s Revised Travel Ban 

challengewebVOA – Six U.S. states are challenging President Donald Trump’s revised executive order that bars new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries and temporarily shuts down the U.S. refugee program. The state of Hawaii already has filed suit, arguing the new federal order will harm Muslims living in the Pacific island state. Five other states have banded together in a combined challenge to the latest order from Trump, meant to replace an earlier decree that was overturned by U.S. courts. The West Coast state of Washington, which played a leading role in resisting the original presidential order, asked a federal judge in Seattle to affirm that a court order suspending enforcement of Trump’s January 27 edict also applies to the new version released by the White House.

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