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Friday, July 20, 2018

A government lawyer acknowledged Monday that the Trump administration will miss its first court-imposed deadline to reunite about 100 immigrant children under age 5 with their parents. Department of Justice attorney Sarah Fabian said during a court hearing that federal authorities reunited two families and expect to reunite an additional 59 by Tuesday’s deadline. She said the other cases are more complicated, including parents who have been deported or are in prison facing criminal charges, and would require more time to complete reunions. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, who ordered the administration to reunite families separated as part of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, said he will hold another hearing Tuesday morning to get an update on the remaining cases. He said he was encouraged to see “real progress” in the complicated reunification process after a busy weekend when officials from multiple federal agencies tried to sync up parents and children who are spread across the country. STORY FROM LENDINGTREE Crush your mortgage interest with a 15 yr fixed “Tomorrow is the deadline. I do recognize that there are some groups of parents who are going to fall into a category where it’s impossible to reunite by tomorrow,” he said. “I am very encouraged by the progress. I’m optimistic.” Lee Gelernt, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who leads a lawsuit against the federal government, sounded more skeptical. When asked by the judge if he believed the government was in full compliance of the court order, Gelernt said there was much more work to be done. “Let me put it this way: I think the government in the last 48 hours has taken significant steps,” he said. “We just don’t know how much effort the government has made to find released parents. I don’t think there’s been full compliance.” U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, based in San Diego. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, based in San Diego. (Photo: U.S. District Court) The difficulty in reuniting the first 100 children shows the challenge that lies ahead as the Trump administration braces for another deadline in two weeks to reunite nearly 3,000 older children – up to age 17 – with their parents. The process is complicated because of all the different situations that emerged over the weekend. The government initially identified 102 children under age 5 who needed to be reunited but removed three children from that list because investigations into their cases revealed that those children came with adults who were not their parents, Fabian said. Twelve parents were found to be in federal and state custody on criminal charges, making a reunification impossible since the government can’t transfer minors to state and local prisons to protect the well-being of the child. Nine parents were deported, and the government established contact with only four of them, Fabian said. Four children had been scheduled to be released from government custody to relatives who weren’t their parents, leading the government to question whether to allow that process to be completed or to redirect the child back to a parent. Gelernt said he understood many of the hurdles but urged the judge to force the government to scrap its time-consuming investigation into every single case and start a 48-hour clock to reunify families that remain separated by Tuesday. Sabraw said he would decide that during Tuesday’s hearing. Fabian said one of the silver linings of the busy weekend is that her office worked closely with its challengers at the ACLU to share information on each child’s case, to ensure that representatives from immigration advocacy groups and volunteer organizations could be present during each reunification. Gelernt said they’re doing that to help the parents, who are often released from custody with no money and nowhere to go. Fabian said that coordination has led to a more formalized process between government agencies and with the immigrants’ lawyers that should make reunifications go more smoothly in the coming weeks. “I think this process over the weekend helped us see what information, and in what form, is the most useful to share,” she said. “I’d like to make that as efficient a process as possible.” -

Monday, July 9, 2018

Trump denies US opposition to WHO breastfeeding resolution -

Monday, July 9, 2018

Havana plane crash leaves more than 100 dead -

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr bloc wins Iraq elections -

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: ‘We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families’ -

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Donald Trump says he will meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore -

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Trump tells FBI: ‘I have your back 100%’ -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Mueller requests emails from Trump campaign data firm: report -

Friday, December 15, 2017

GOP changes child tax credit in bid to win Rubio’s vote -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Trump Jr. is berated for tweet about ‘Obama’s FCC’ chair, net ‘neutality’ -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry on 19 May 2018 -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52.4bn -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Roy Moore says Alabama election ‘tainted’ by outside groups -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Eric Holder warns GOP: ‘Any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated’ -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Former British prime minister: Trump attacks on press are ‘dangerous’ -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Megyn Kelly left Fox News in part due to O’Reilly: report -

Saturday, April 15, 2017

North Korea warns against U.S. ‘hysteria’ as it marks founder’s birth -

Friday, April 14, 2017

British spies were first to spot Trump team’s links with Russia -

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Syria chemical arms ‘probably used’ in five cases, UN finds


Chemical weapons were “probably used” at five out of seven sites in Syria, UN investigators say in their report. In two cases, the weapons targeted soldiers, and in a third, soldiers and civilians, the report says. The report has not determined whether the government or rebels had used the weapons. The inspectors had already confirmed the deadly nerve gas sarin was used in an attack near Damascus on 21 August which killed hundreds. The report said it had evidence that chemical weapons in Ghouta, Khan al-Assal, Jobar, Saraqueb and Ashrafieh Sahnaya. However, the inspectors said they could not corroborate their use…

Dany Laferrière, élu à l’Académie française


– L’écrivain canadien d’origine haïtienne a été élu dès le premier tour avec treize voix sur vingt-trois. Vous connaissez les critères pour être élu à l’Académie française? Le bon profil académique a été défini en une formule par Jacques Chastenet, diplomate et historien, qui a siégé sous la Coupole de 1956 à 1978. Il avait dit devant Maurice Druon: «Il faut avoir du talent, de la notoriété et être de bonne compagnie». Depuis cette phrase a été maintes fois répétée et expliquée. «Les deux premières exigences vont de soi. La troisième ne demande qu’un peu de réflexion: nous allons fréquenter…

North Korea says Jang Song Thaek, uncle of leader Kim Jong Un, executed

Jang, Chief of Central Administrative Department of Workers' Party of Korea, arrives at Ziguangge building in Beijing

– North Korea said on Friday Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un and previously considered the second most powerful man in the secretive state, has been executed after a special military tribunal found him guilty of treason. “The accused Jang brought together undesirable forces and formed a faction as the boss of a modern day factional group for a long time and thus committed such hideous crime as attempting to overthrow the state,” the North’s official KCNA news agency said. Earlier this week the North stripped Jang of all posts, accusing him of criminal acts including mismanagement of…

Beijing to buy new buses to clear city smog: media

Residents wearing masks ride their electric bicycles on a street amid heavy haze in Shaoxing, Zhejiang province

– China’s capital Beijing, regularly shrouded in hazardous air pollution, plans to replace its oil-burning buses with greener models by 2017 to help clear the smog, state news agency Xinhua said. Nearly 14,000 new buses powered by electricity or natural gas will be bought to replace two-thirds of Beijing’s bus fleet and halve carbon emissions, Xinhua said on Thursday, citing the city’s environment and transportation authorities. Air pollution in Beijing hit unprecedented levels in January when an index measuring particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) shot up to a staggering 755 – 38 times the level recommended…

La loi électorale arriverait trop tard, dans un contexte de crise aux multiples facettes

Port-au-Prince — En dépit de la publication de la nouvelle loi électorale, dans le journal officiel de la république « Le Moniteur », les tensions entre l’actuelle administration politique et les acteurs de l’opposition ne pourront pas être aplanies sans un dialogue franc et ouvert, selon des personnalités interrogées par AlterPresse. Transmise officiellement par la présidence, le mardi 10 décembre 2013, aux Presses nationales pour publication, la loi électorale a été votée, le mercredi 27 novembre 2013, par la chambre des députés dans les mêmes termes que le sénat haïtien qui l’avait adopté le 2 octobre 2013. La loi électorale « arrive trop…

’12 Years a Slave’, ‘American Hustle’ take lead for Golden Globes

Ejiofor poses with Bisset at a special screening of "12 Years a Slave" at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles

(Reuters) – Slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” and 1970s con-artist caper “American Hustle” led the Golden Globe Awards nominations announced on Thursday with seven nods each, fortifying their frontrunner positions in a crowded field ahead of the Oscars. In the coveted best drama category, “12 Years a Slave” will compete against piracy tale “Captain Phillips,” space thriller “Gravity,” adoption drama “Philomena,” and race-car rivalry “Rush.” “American Hustle,” was nominated for best comedy or musical, alongside computer-age romance “Her,” folk singer tale “Inside Llewyn Davis,” heartland ode “Nebraska” and financial tale “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Best acting nominations favored…

French cafe causes a stir by rewarding ‘polite’ clients

Un cafe

A French Riviera cafe has created a stir on social media by rewarding its customers for good manners. At the Petite Syrah in Nice on the Cote d’Azur a cup of coffee becomes cheaper by adding a simple “Hello” and “please” when ordering. A blackboard outside the cafe advertises “Un cafe” for seven euros (£5.90; $9.6) – but “Bonjour, un cafe, s’il vous plait” costs just 1.40 euros. Owner Fabrice Pepino says it started as joke but his clients now smile more. A picture of the menu tweeted by a local journalist has gone viral. So far, the story on…

Fiorentina vs FC Dnepr,SC Freiburg vs Sevilla,Tottenham vs Anzhi+

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60 Dernières années d’archives perdues selon Wilfrid Bertrand

Les 60 dernières années d’archives publiques d’Haïti sont endommagées voire perdues en grande partie à cause du séisme de janvier 2010 qui a ravagé le pays, a alerté mercredi le directeur des Archives nationales. Après le séisme, «il n’y a pas eu d’inventaire, on ne peut pas savoir ce qu’on a perdu, mais je peux dire qu’il y a eu des pertes énormes», a fait remarquer Jean Wilfrid Bertrand, à l’occasion de la semaine internationale des archives francophones hébergée jusqu’au 13 décembre par Haïti. Le tremblement de terre qui a tué plus de 200 000 personnes a détruit les principaux…

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