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Trump seeks $7.85bn in initial aid for Harvey relief

US President Donald Trump has asked Congress to approve $7.85bn in initial emergency funding to deal with the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey, as areas hit by the powerful storm moved into a recovery phase. “The administration believes additional federal resources are necessary to continue to fund critical, and often life-saving, response and recovery missions,” Trump’s letter, sent to legislators on Friday, stated.   The figure, substantially larger than the around $6bn previously floated, would soon be followed by another request for $6.7bn, according to a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan cited by media. READ MORE: Texas’ poor...

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Utah police put on leave for arresting nurse Wubbels

A Salt Lake City police officer has been put on paid leave after he was filmed arresting and roughing up a nurse at a hospital for refusing to allow blood to be drawn from an unconscious patient. Nurse Alex Wubbels said she was frightened when the police officer handcuffed and dragged her screaming from the hospital in July. After Wubbels and her lawyers released the dramatic footage of the arrest in the state of Utah, prosecutors called for a criminal investigation and Salt Lake City police put Detective Jeff Payne on paid leave on Friday. In a tweet, the police department said...

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Letter from Gaza: ‘Alive due to lack of death’

In Gaza, entire families sit in the darkness of their living rooms, with candles generating the only light. Dozens of families have lost loved ones in house fires. Propane is scarce, and small generators are unsafe and hard to come by. They are usually smuggled through tunnels and poorly made. One of my college professors lost three children (a 14-year-old and eight-year-old twins) after their generator exploded. Gaza residents face so much hardship and pain, just to secure one of life’s basic necessities. When the electricity goes out, the silence is deafening. Everything grinds to a halt: refrigerators, televisions,...

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Colombia’s FARC transforms into a political party

Colombia’s former FARC rebel group has relaunched as a political party, changing their logo of rifles for a red rose after disarming to end a half-century civil conflict. “We want to build a new country together with you,” FARC commander Rodrigo Londono told a rally of thousands of supporters in the capital Bogota on Friday.  “A nation in which no one is persecuted or killed for thinking differently,” he continued. The new party will have a “broad character, a new party for a new Colombia”, the group’s former military commander Pablo Catatumbo said at a press conference.  Former FARC...

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Thousands march for missing activist Santiago Maldonado

Tens of thousands of Argentines have demonstrated across the country, demanding answers one month after the disappearance of an indigenous rights activist.  Argentine activist’s disappearance spotlights indigenous plight On Friday, protesters held photos of Santiago Maldonado who was last seen when border police evicted a group of indigenous Mapuche from lands in Patagonia owned by Italian clothing company Benetton. Demonstrators gathered at the Plaza de Mayo square in front of the presidential palace in Buenos Aires asking their government find the 28-year-old alive. Maldonado’s disappearance has hit a raw nerve in Argentina, where human rights groups estimate that about...

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