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U.S. Department of Homeland Security evaluating use of private prison companies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on Monday that he directed his advisory council to evaluate whether the agency should continue to contract with private prison companies. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of DHS, … Continue reading

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Libyan forces corner IS fighters in Sirte

Sirte (Libya) (AFP) – Pro-government forces in Libya cornered Islamic State group jihadists in their last holdouts in the coastal city of Sirte on Monday, after heavy fighting that killed and wounded dozens. The forces loyal to the Tripoli-based Government … Continue reading

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Paying the piper, voter rights, bias and “Ratf**ked”

Who pays for it all? Our political funding work is at the center of the history of Public Integrity and no more so than in this election year — though the rise of a candidate “theoretically” less beholden to vested interests … Continue reading

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Islam Karimov: Ex-Soviet strongman who dominates Uzbekistan

Moscow (AFP) – Long lambasted for brutally crushing dissent, Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov has kept a stranglehold on power for over 25 years — even at the expense of his own daughter. The veteran leader, 78, now fighting for his … Continue reading

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US alarm as Turkey warns Syrian Kurd militia of more strikes

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey warned Monday it would carry out more strikes on a Syrian Kurdish militia if it failed to retreat beyond the Euphrates River, as Washington condemned their weekend clashes as “unacceptable”. Turkish forces pressed on with a … Continue reading

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US stocks rise on Fed rate hike talk

Paris (AFP) – US shares rose Monday with investors’ mood bouyed by hints from the US Federal Reserve of an interest rate hike because of strong growth. Elsewhere, traders seemed less certain, with most world stock markets dipping as they … Continue reading

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UN sees surge in Israeli settlements after Quartet report

United Nations (United States) (AFP) – Israeli settlement expansion has surged in the two months since the diplomatic Quartet called for a halt to the construction of Jewish outposts on Palestinian land, the UN envoy said Monday. In a much-awaited … Continue reading

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Five key points on five decades of conflict in Colombia

Bogota (AFP) – Here are five key points on Colombia’s five-decade conflict, after the FARC rebels and the government began a historic ceasefire Monday: – Disputed origins – There is disagreement on when and why war broke out. In a … Continue reading

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S.Sudan court martials 60 soldiers

Nairobi (AFP) – Sixty South Sudanese soldiers have been tried before a court martial for alleged crimes committed during last month’s fighting in the capital Juba, the army spokesman said Monday. Brigadier-General Lul Ruai Koang told AFP they include looting, … Continue reading

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Justice Dept. focuses on police treatment of mentally ill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department lawyers investigating police agencies for claims of racial discrimination and excessive force are increasingly turning up a different problem: officers’ interactions with the mentally ill. The latest example came in Baltimore, where a critical report … Continue reading

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