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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

Devant une foule de fidèles, la première messe de Noël du Pape

Vatican

L’attente était très grande autour des mots qu’allaient prononcer le Pape. La cérémonie a été retransmise par les chaînes de télévision de 65 pays. «Que la paix soit avec vous.» C’est ainsi que le pape François, d’une voix basse et rauque, a ouvert la messe de minuit (qui commence en réalité autour de 22 heures) au sein de la basilique Saint-Pierre à Rome , au terme d’une longue procession de 30 cardinaux et 40 évêques. Neuf mois et demi après l’élection de Jorge Mario Bergoglio en tant que 265e successeur de l’apôtre Pierre, l’attente était grande sur les mots qu’allait prononcer…

L’ancien premier ministre égyptien, Hicham Qandil, arrêté

AFP

La police égyptienne a arrêté, mardi 24 décembre, Hicham Qandil, ancien premier ministre du président islamiste destitué Mohamed Morsi, a annoncé le ministère de l’intérieur. Selon le ministère, M. Qandil a été arrêté dans le désert, non loin duCaire « avec un passeur, tentant de fuir au Soudan ». L’ancien premier ministre avait été condamné à la fin de septembre à un an de prison pour n’avoir pas fait exécuter un jugement qui annulait la privatisation d’une compagnie publique dans les années 1990. Au début de septembre, la justiceavait ordonné le gel des avoirs de M. Qandil et lui avait interdit de quitter le pays. Depuis que l’armée a, le 3 juillet, destitué et arrêté M. Morsi, premier président démocratiquement élu en Egypte,…

Nasa astronauts repair pump in rare spacewalk

NASA

Two US astronauts have successfully repaired a critical cooling system pump at the International Space Station, the US space agency Nasa says. Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins completed a spacewalk of 7.5 hours to replace the faulty ammonia pump. The pump broke down two weeks ago, leaving the US side of the station without half its cooling system. All non-essential equipment had to be switched off and many scientific experiments were halted. Nasa now says all the systems should be back up and running by the weekend. “It’s the best Christmas ever,” Mission Control radioed the astronauts. In reply, Mr…

Christmas crowds gather in Bethlehem

Bethlehem

Large crowds have gathered in the biblical town of Bethlehem to begin Christmas Eve celebrations. Tourists packed Manger Square in a party atmosphere, a BBC correspondent says. The nearby Church of the Nativity sits on the spot where the Bible says Jesus was born. Meanwhile in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Pope Francis is celebrating his first Christmas Eve Mass since becoming pontiff. He earlier made a visit to Pope Emeritus Benedict, 86, and said he found his predecessor looking well. The number of visitors to Bethlehem has been steadily rising in recent years as peace talks to resolve the…

Exclusive: Target hackers stole encrypted bank PINs – source

Merchandise baskets are lined up outside a Target department store in Palm Coast, Florida

Reuters) – The hackers who attacked Target Corp (TGT.N) and compromised up to 40 million credit cards and debit cards also managed to steal encrypted personal identification numbers (PINs), according to a senior payments executive familiar with the situation. One major U.S. bank fears that the thieves would be able to crack the encryption code and make fraudulent withdrawals from consumer bank accounts, said the executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the data breach is still under investigation. Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said “no unencrypted PIN data was accessed” and there was no evidence that PIN data…

Premier Noël au Vatican pour le pape François

AFP, FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

Les célébrations ont débuté mardi 24 décembre au soir pour la communauté chrétienne. C’est le premier Noël que fêtera le pape François depuis son élection. Une crèche napolitaine géante, figurant la naissance de Jésus à Bethléem, a été inaugurée place Saint-Pierre, à Rome, et une lumière pour la paix allumée au nom du pape François, marquant le début des festivités au Vatican.         A quelques heures de la messe solennelle de Noël dans la basilique Saint-Pierre, le cardinal de Naples Crescenzio Sepe a inauguré cette crèche, intitulée « Franscesco 1223 – Francesco 2013 » pour marquer le lien entre le saint (François) d’Assise, qui avait prêché la pauvreté radicale, et…

Israeli civilian, Palestinian girl killed in Gaza flare-up

Member of Palestinian civil defense extinguishes a fire at a Hamas training camp after it was hit by an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip

(Reuters) – A Gaza sniper shot dead an Israeli civilian over the border on Tuesday and Israel hit back with air strikes on two Hamas training camps which hospital officials said killed a Palestinian girl near one of the targets. The Israeli man, who the military said was working on Israel’s security fence, was the first Israeli killed on the Gaza frontier in more than a year. His death, which drew a swift threat of retaliation from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, came amid heightened tensions after two suspected Palestinian attacks – a bus bombing near Tel Aviv on Sunday that…

NSA leaks: Snowden declares ‘mission accomplished’

Reuters

Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of US electronic surveillance programmes, says he’s achieved his aim. “In terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished,”he told the Washington Post. “I already won,” said Mr Snowden, whose extensive leaks have caused a reassessment of US surveillance policy. The 30-year-old was interviewed in Russia, where he was granted temporary asylum on 1 August. Mr Snowden fled the US in late May, taking a huge cache of secret documents with him. He faces espionage charges in the US. Continue reading the main story How intelligence is gathered Accessing…

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