China refuses cancer treatment abroad for Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo

June 30, 2017

Beijing (CNN)Nobel prize winning Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been refused permission to travel overseas to receive cancer treatment. His case has come under an international spotlight amid allegations from his supporters that he had become gravely ill because his cancer wasn’t treated in prison. In a statement released Wednesday, Shenyang authorities appeared to attempt to dispel this speculation, saying his cancer was diagnosed less than a month ago, on…

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Stormont power-sharing talks going down to the wire – BBC News

June 29, 2017

Sticking points as Stormont deadline looms Tory-DUP deal: What you need to know How will the 1bn be spent? How will deal affect Stormont talks? On Tuesday, Secretary of State James Brokenshire said there had been “intensive engagement” but warned that time for a deal was running short, stressing that the deadline was set down in law. The parties have until 16:00 BST on Thursday to restore the executive or…

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Off-Duty Officer Chokes Black Teen For Being On His Lawn

June 28, 2017

Another minor filmed a portion of the Saturday confrontation, which relatives of the teen later shared on Facebook, where it went viral. As seen in the video below, an adult man straddles the teen and puts his hand around his neck.The man can be heard scolding the teen for coming onto his property and says,Im going to fucking kill you. Andrew M. Stroth, a civil rights attorney who is representing…

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Record Numbers of Venezuelans Seek Asylum In the U.S. Amid Political Chaos

June 23, 2017

Some 8,300 Venezuelans applied for U.S. asylum in the first three months of 2017, which, as the Associated Press points out, puts the country on track to nearly double its record 18,155 requests last year. Around one in every five U.S. applicants this fiscal year is Venezuelan, making Venezuela Americas leading source of asylum claimants for the first time, surpassing countries likeChina and Mexico. Traditionally we have seen a direct…

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Petition calls for Dennis Rodman to be removed from Hall of Fame

June 22, 2017

(CNN)Dennis Rodman’s role as self-appointed goodwill ambassador to North Korea is not earning him rave reviews. The petition follows the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for 17 months. Warmbier arrived in the United States in a coma last week and died Monday. Petition Rodman has visited North Korea several times and has praised on its dictator Kim Jong-un. Rights group Victims of Communism…

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Matador Fatally Gored After He Trips On Cape In French Bullring

June 20, 2017

The death of Basque matador Ivan Fandino, whose chest was pierced by a horn of a bull called Burp, was the second fatal goring of a Spanish matador in a year. Fandino, 36, died Saturday after the violent confrontation at the Aire-sur-lAdour bullfighting festival near Pau in southern France, the BBC reported. As the matador turned from the bull, his feet became entangled in his cape, which he dropped and…

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Dennis Rodman hopes to do ‘something pretty positive’ in North Korea

June 13, 2017

Beijing (CNN)NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman told CNN he was hoping to do “something that’s pretty positive,” as he prepared to board a plane for a trip to North Korea Tuesday. Four Americans are currently being detained in North Korea. When asked if he planned to raise their detention with North Korean officials, Rodman said: “Well that’s not my purpose right now… My purpose is to go over there…

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(Some) Puerto Ricans vote for US statehood

June 12, 2017

(CNN)Puerto Ricans who voted for US statehood in a non-binding referendum Sunday are “claiming our equal rights as American citizens,” Puerto Rico’s governor says. Congress, the only body that can approve new states, will ultimately decide whether the status of the US commonwealth changes. Puerto Rico: An argument for independence

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Israeli government meeting near Jerusalem site angers Palestinians

May 30, 2017

JERUSALEM –  The Palestinians sharply condemned Israel on Sunday for holding a government meeting near a sensitive Jerusalem holy site at the core of their conflict. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet met Sunday in tunnels near the site for a special session marking the 50th anniversary of Israel’s capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 war, an event it celebrates as the “unification” of its eternal capital. Senior Palestinian official…

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Trump Declares Victory, Heads Home To Face More Russia Scandal

I think we hit a home run no matter where we are, Trump said in a speech at the Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily. A very proud nation salutes you, he said. You are the metal spine forged out of the fire of American strength. Of the arms sales, he said he had agreed to massive economic development deals, the likes of which there has never been, that will…

May 28, 2017
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New Republican Bill Makes Suing Cops For Civil Rights Violations Really Tough

Under the Back the Blue Act, introduced on May 16 by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in the Senate and Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) in the House, suing cops in federal court for violating the constitutional rights of civilians will be limited. So,even if the individual can prove their rights were violated by an officer, police departments would be able to claim an individuals injuries were a result of that persons…

May 27, 2017
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Ben & Jerry’s Bans Same-Flavored Scoops Until Australia Passes Marriage Equality

Ben & Jerrys currently operates 26 stores across the nation, and is placing the ban on same-flavored scoops as a statement of opposition to the countrys stance on same-sex marriage, where it is currently illegal for two men or two women to wed. The ban is part of the companys push for global LGBTQ rights. We are proud to be standing alongside The Equality Campaign to continue the fight for…

May 27, 2017
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Alabama Executes Prisoner Convicted Of Killing His Girlfriend’s Husband In 1982

Tommy Arthur was put to death by lethal injection at 12:15 a.m. in Atmore, Alabama, a prison spokesman said, less than two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay on his execution as it considered arguments from his attorneys. When Thomas Arthur enters the execution chamber tonight, he will leave his constitutional rights at the door, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a dissent against the order to lift…

May 26, 2017
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Government review to order zero-hours contracts overhaul – BBC News

In its submission to the Taylor review, the CBI also said that all employees should have their terms and conditions set out in a written statement. The new “right to request” fixed hours could be used by some of the 900,000 people on zero-hours contracts, a number that has risen from 143,000 in 2008. The contracts have been attacked for allowing some firms to keep people in insecure work, depress…

May 24, 2017
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Report: Sheriff Clarke Plagiarized Parts Of Thesis On Homeland Security

The sheriff used nearly identical language from sources without properly attributing passages 47 timesin his thesis on security, CNNs investigative KFile reported Saturday. Clarke earned a masters degree in security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, in 2013. His thesis was titled, Making U.S. Security and Privacy Rights Compatible. Clarke reportedly used language from sources including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Pew Research Center, the 9/11…

May 21, 2017
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Who gets hurt by GOP’s ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy

(CNN)What does it mean to be pro-life? In today’s GOP, one thing: restricting access to safe abortion. Even if this doesn’t actually decrease the number of abortions, but just makes them more dangerous. Even if it means women and their children remain poor and vulnerable. Even if it means cutting off other necessary health care and aid. Even if it means women are injured. Even if it means women and…

May 20, 2017
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NAACP dismisses its president in ‘systemwide refresh’

Washington (CNN)The NAACP is shaking up its leadership, voting to dismiss its president, Cornell William Brooks, in what it called a “system-wide refresh.” “The NAACP intends to aggressively and nimbly respond to the current climate of political unrest, as well as the assaults upon human and civil rights that threaten our very democracy, as only it can,” the NAACP said in a release Friday. “To do so demands that the…

May 20, 2017
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