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USA POLITICS: Trump Renews Call for Wall After Border Patrol Agent is Killed and Partner Injured in Texas

USA POLITICS: Trump Renews Call for Wall After Border Patrol Agent is Killed and Partner Injured in Texas

President Trump appeared to connect Martinez’s death to border security, and plugged his plans for a border wall Sunday night on Twitter.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) asserted, without explanation, that Martinez and his partner were “attacked” and also linked the incident to security on the border with Mexico.

“This is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them,” Cruz tweeted. “I remain fully committed to working with the Border Patrol to provide them with all the resources they need to safeguard our nation.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: PNG to Refugees: Leave Shuttered Australian Camp Now Or Be Forced

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: PNG to Refugees: Leave Shuttered Australian Camp Now Or Be Forced

PNG Immigration Minister Petrus Thomas said in a statement on Sunday that the remaining refugees have until Monday to leave “so that they can have access to basic necessities such as food, water, medical care and security and that the work on decommissioning of the facility can be completed for the PNG defense force to take complete control of their land and property,” Reuters and The Guardian reported.

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MAURITANIA POLITICS: Release Mohamed Mkhaïtir Immediately and Unconditionally: Amnesty International to Mauritania

MAURITANIA POLITICS: Release Mohamed Mkhaïtir Immediately and Unconditionally: Amnesty International to Mauritania

“Mohamed Mkhaïtir is a prisoner of conscience who has been in detention for three years solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression and standing-up against discrimination. His scandalous death sentence must be quashed and he should be immediately and unconditionally released.”

“This death sentence has been imposed in blatant contradiction to Mauritania’s obligations under international human rights law particularly the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, to which it is state party,” said Kiné-Fatim Diop.

“Authorities should release Mohamed Mkhaïtir now and put an end to the farcical legal proceedings against him, which have been detrimental to his health and life.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull to Force Lawmakers to Declare Citizenship to End Political Crisis

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull to Force Lawmakers to Declare Citizenship to End Political Crisis

Turnbull said his plan, unlike an audit, would put the onus on lawmakers to check their own situation and anybody found to have made a false declaration would be in contempt of parliament. Lawmakers will be required to produce documents to prove any second citizenship has been renounced.

“Members and senators have been put squarely on notice now and so they will be turning their mind to their own affairs and the issues of citizenship,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Rejects New Zealand Offer to Take Asylum Seekers Barricaded Inside Camp

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Rejects New Zealand Offer to Take Asylum Seekers Barricaded Inside Camp

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday her country was willing to take 150 asylum seekers from among those held on Manus island and another camp on the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru.

Her Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull, however said Canberra preferred to work through an existing refugee swap deal he negotiated with former U.S. President Barack Obama last year. Under that deal, up to 1,250 asylum seekers could be sent to the United States and Australia will in turn accept refugees from Central America.

“We want to pursue those, conclude those arrangements, and then in the wake of that obviously we can consider other ones,” Turnbull told Ardern during a media conference in Sydney.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australians Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder With Refugees on Manus

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australians Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder With Refugees on Manus

“We are pleading the international community to rescue us,” said asylum seeker Abdul Azziz Adam in a video message from the camp in Papua New Guinea. “What is going on on Manus Island at the moment is a humanitarian crisis and no one will help us.” The men have resorted to drinking rain water and have dug their own wells in order to survive. The UN has called the crisis an “unfolding humanitarian emergency”.

“We are begging the New Zealand government to rescue us because New Zealand is the only country today, they have been fighting again and again and again, they want to get us out of detention centre,” Adam said in the video message.

“I think the situation on Manus Island is completely and utterly deplorable,” a young, male demonstrator told Al Jazeera. “I think it’s really important that the government takes a stand … so we can bring these men who are scared and suffering to Australia.”

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USA POLITICS: Female Lawmakers Allege Harassment By Colleagues in House

USA POLITICS: Female Lawmakers Allege Harassment By Colleagues in House

Republican Rep. Mary Bono said she found power in confronting her harasser, and that after she did so it never happened again. She emphasized that she understood her experience was different than those of young staffers who may face harassment from someone they rely on for a job, and that she was fortunate because as an equal elected by her constituents, she would not fear retaliation.

But Bono strongly disputed any suggestion that she or any other female lawmaker could not be harassed by their peers.

“My career didn’t suffer, I didn’t suffer,” Bono said. “But it did happen.”

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CANADA POLITICS: 2020 Canada to Welcome Nearly 1m New Immigrants

CANADA POLITICS: 2020 Canada to Welcome Nearly 1m New Immigrants

“Canada’s economic growth is high and we can afford to absorb more immigrants. We do need more immigrants to continue our strong growth. With new immigrants, there’s the demand for properties and goods, new payroll taxes,” said immigration policy analyst and lawyer Richard Kurland.

“There will always be backlash. The reality is we’ve passed the tipping point. The label of visible minority really has no meaning any more with so many Canadians being foreign-born.”

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MEXICO POLITICS: Trump’s 30 Feet Wall Turns Them Into ‘Pariahs’: Mexicans Say

MEXICO POLITICS: Trump’s 30 Feet Wall Turns Them Into ‘Pariahs’: Mexicans Say

“People are still going to cross out of necessity even though they view us as pariahs over there,” said student Paola Gomez, 21, standing outside her home as the noise of workers putting up the sections drifted across the border.

“That’s how it looks with things like (the wall): they view us as pariahs. The worst thing is, it’s being built by Latinos themselves.”

Guadalupe Garcia, 38, who lives on an unpaved street nearby, said she felt powerless to protest even though the construction din often woke and frightened her baby.

“Unfortunately, we can’t do anything about it,” she said. “It’s another country, but it’s affecting us.”

Trump pledged frequently during his presidential campaign to build the wall to help tackle illegal immigration and crime in the United States.

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USA POLITICS: New Drone Rules Will Increase Civilian Deaths

USA POLITICS: New Drone Rules Will Increase Civilian Deaths

“The Trump administration’s reported widening of its rules for targeted killings opens the door for more US attacks on civilians,” Tayler said. “It also sends a message to all countries acquiring armed drones that they too can try to bend international law when taking human life in the name of countering terrorism.”

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tension Rises as Australia Starts to Dismantle Papua New Guinea Detention Center

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Tension Rises as Australia Starts to Dismantle Papua New Guinea Detention Center

The Manus center has been a key part of Australia’s controversial “Sovereign Borders” immigration policy. The country refuses to allow asylum seekers arriving by boat to reach its shores, detaining them in camps in Papua New Guinea PNG and Nauru in the South Pacific.

Lawyers for some of the 600 men filed a last-minute lawsuit in PNG to prevent the camp’s closure and allow the men to be relocated to a third country. A ruling is expected on Wednesday.

The detainees were left alone for the first time in more than four years after camp staff all left on Tuesday morning, Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz told Reuters.

“The water and electricity are still on but we are vulnerable now after the staff left us all alone,” Aziz said.

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USA POLITICS: Trump to Add New Screening for Refugees

USA POLITICS: Trump to Add New Screening for Refugees

Trump’s new travel restrictions announced on Sept. 24 affect eight countries and have also been challenged in court. Two different judges have blocked the new policy, which does not include a refugee ban.

Trump took office in January with a goal of sharply cutting refugee admissions, in line with the hard-line immigration policies that were a focal point of the Republican’s 2016 election campaign. He quickly issued the temporary bans on refugees and travellers from some Middle Eastern and African countries that were challenged in court.

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MYANMAR POLITICS: Revealed! Israel Sold Arms to Myanmar During Violence Against Rohingya: Israeli Report

MYANMAR POLITICS: Revealed! Israel Sold Arms to Myanmar During Violence Against Rohingya: Israeli Report

The Haaretz report said Myanmar has “in the past” purchased Israeli air-to-air missiles and cannons as well.

“An Israeli company, TAR Ideal Concepts, has noted on its website that it has trained Myanmar military forces. Now the site makes no specific reference to Myanmar, referring only to Asia,” it said.

Rohingya Muslims, recognized by the UN as the world’s most persecuted minority group, are denied Myanmarese citizenship as the country’s leadership brands them illegal “Bangladeshi immigrants.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Quebec to Ban Face Coverings By Muslim Women

CANADA POLITICS: Quebec to Ban Face Coverings By Muslim Women

“We are just saying that for reasons linked to communication, identification and safety, public services should be given and received with an open face,” Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard told reporters in the province’s National Assembly.

“We are in a free and democratic society. You speak to me, I should see your face, and you should see mine. It’s as simple as that,” he said.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it was deeply concerned by the law’s passage and was looking at its legal options.

“This legislation is an unjustified infringement of religious freedoms,” said executive director Ihsaan Gardee.

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GERMANY POLITICS: 88-Year-Old Ursula Haverbeck ‘Nazi Grandma’ Punished For Holocaust Denial

GERMANY POLITICS: 88-Year-Old Ursula Haverbeck ‘Nazi Grandma’ Punished For Holocaust Denial

Ursula Haverbeck and her late husband Werner Georg Haverbeck, who was an active NSDAP member in the run-up to and during World War II, founded a right-wing education center called Collegium Humanum, which has been banned since 2008.

Haverbeck has written for the right-wing magazine Stimme des Reiches (Voice of the Empire), in which she also denied the existence of the Holocaust.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Elected to UN Human Rights Council, Vows to Punish Countries With ‘Appalling’ Human Rights Records

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Australia Elected to UN Human Rights Council, Vows to Punish Countries With ‘Appalling’ Human Rights Records

Australia’s election will attract criticism from human rights groups who point to the country’s poor record on Indigenous deaths in custody and on the detention of asylum seekers.

Last month, the UN’s refugee agency slammed Australia for removing services and visas for 400 refugees and asylum seekers transferred to Australia for medical purposes.

It was “a blatant attempt to coerce the most vulnerable to return to Papua New Guinea, Nauru, or their countries of origin” and would leave “people at serious risk of destitution in Australia,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ regional representation in Canberra said in a statement.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Speedy Ruling on Citizenship Crisis Not Guaranteed: High Court Says

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Speedy Ruling on Citizenship Crisis Not Guaranteed: High Court Says

“The court is aware of the need for a speedy decision, but it is not always possible to do so immediately,” said chief justice, Susan Kiefel.

The court’s decision will determine whether Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull can maintain his shaky grip on power. Should the court rule that Joyce, the sole lower house lawmaker caught up in the crisis, is ineligible, Turnbull will need to win the support of one of three independent lawmakers to keep his minority government.

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UK POLITICS: High Court Verdict! Torture Survivors Defeat Home Office ‘Unlawful’ Rules on Asylum Seeker

UK POLITICS: High Court Verdict! Torture Survivors Defeat Home Office ‘Unlawful’ Rules on Asylum Seeker

“The Home Office said that detention will not affect me because I am not a victim of torture. It is difficult to believe that the Home Office could happily detain me knowing that I was tortured. It affected me greatly to be subjected to this unlawful policy. It has left a scar in my life that will never be healed.

“Although I welcome the decision, it is still upsetting that the Home Office, who should protect people like me, rejected me and put me in detention which reminded me of the ordeal I suffered in my country of origin.

“I hope that the decision will benefit other survivors of torture held in immigration detention and it will prevent the Home Office from implementing a policy that will hurt vulnerable individuals in the future.”

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USA POLITICS: Unilever Dove ‘Racist’ Body Wash Advert Backfires

USA POLITICS: Unilever Dove ‘Racist’ Body Wash Advert Backfires

“Dove’s marketing team is fundamentally racist. A clean body is not a white body. Black bodies aren’t systematically dirty,” wrote Abigail Sewell, 34, a sociology professor at Emory University in Atlanta, on Facebook. “I’ve used their products forever, but it’s time to move on.”

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CANADA POLITICS: Aboriginal Children Removed from Families to Get Compensation

CANADA POLITICS: Aboriginal Children Removed from Families to Get Compensation

Marcia Brown Martel, an aboriginal chief who led the campaign for compensation, lamented the “stealing of children” and noted some of those involved lived as far away as New Zealand.

“Think of it as a puzzle, a great big puzzle. Pieces, people are missing,” she told reporters.

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