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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.” -

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FCC plans to fine AT&T $100M over ‘unlimited’ data plans

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(The Hill)…The Federal Communications Commission plans to fine AT&T $100 million for misleading customers about what it said were unlimited wireless data plans. The fine is in response to AT&T drastically reducing network speeds for phone customers who purchased an unlimited plan once they used a certain amount of data. AT&T offered unlimited data plans in the past but changed course in 2010 as smartphones became more prevalent. The company, however, allowed millions of existing customers to renew their unlimited data contracts. In 2011, those unlimited-plan customers began seeing data speeds slow by up to 90 percent after AT&T began implementing…

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L’Afrique donne le coup d’envoi à un marché commun « du Cap au Caire »

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Cecil Rhodes en rêvait : construire un continuum économique et politique en Afrique « du Cap au Caire ». Un siècle et quelques années plus tard, à Charm el-Cheikh, vingt-six dirigeants de pays d’Afrique ont, mercredi 10 juin, posé les bases d’un vaste marché unique courant de l’Afrique du Sud au Caire. Ce n’est plus, là, le mythe impérial d’un colonialiste anglais qui voulait relier, à la fin du dix-neuvième siècle, toutes les colonies de son pays, mais un projet porté par les Africains eux-mêmes, auxquels il reste nombre d’obstacles à surmonter avant d’accomplir ce rêve. Sur le papier, ce projet, né après cinq ans de négociations,…

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States enlist prisoners, plan biosecurity to combat avian flu threat

(Reuters)…Indiana is training 300 prisoners to kill infected chickens and banning bird shows at county fairs. Mississippi is considering road barricades and planning biosecurity measures. Iowa is trying to figure out how to deal with a mountain of dead – and reeking – chickens. Federal health experts are hopeful that the virulent bird flu that has devastated Midwestern poultry farms in recent months has reached its peak and will taper off as the weather warms. But worried state officials aren’t taking chances. Fears that the virus, which has led to the deaths of nearly 45 million birds in 16 states…

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Russian, Iranian companies discuss barter deal terms: minister

Russia's Energy Minister Novak arrives at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels ahead of a meeting with EU officials

(Reuters) – Russian and Iranian companies are discussing terms for a barter deal which will not include oil deliveries, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Wednesday, trying to end confusion over the status of a long-heralded agreement. Russian officials said on Monday Russia was sending grain, equipment and construction materials to Iran in an oil-for-goods exchange, the first step in securing a foothold in a new market since the West imposed sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. But the announcement caused confusion in the oil and grain markets, with traders saying no oil deliveries and no grain supplies had been registered. Some suggested it was little…

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Family couple fraudulently collects $100K with the help of food stamps

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AP photo The police of North Carolina, USA, arrested a married couple, who conducted illegal activities within the scope of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The couple collected over $100,000 by buyingfood stamp credits for 50 cents on the dollar. The detainees – Luz Adriana Walker and David Christopher Walker, 55, are the owners of a meat shop in Greensboro, North Carolina. The couple would give undercover Guilford County Sheriff’s deputies $200 for $400 worth of electronic foodstamp benefits transfers. The couple would then take reimbursements for the full value of the stamps, also called SNAP Benefits. From Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec….

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Ukraine arrests Turkish cargo ship over Crimea port cal

(Reuters) – Ukrainian authorities have arrested a Turkish-owned cargo ship and detained its captain over a visit it made to a port in Crimea after Russian annexed the peninsula from Ukraine last year. Prosecutors said the Tuvalu-registered 5,095 deadweight tonne ship Kanton was being held in the Ukrainian port of Kherson. They said the crew could go to jail for up to three years and the ship could be seized. The vessel’s Istanbul-based owner, Master Shipping Ltd, called the detention illegal. Russia seized Crimea shortly after Ukrainian protesters toppled a pro-Moscow president in February 2014. Ukraine has said any visit to Crimean ports is illegal,…

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La NSA aurait dérobé des clefs de cryptage de cartes SIM

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Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON La NSA et son homologue britannique le GCHQ ont dérobé des quantités «sidérantes» de clefs de cryptage de cartes SIM, leur permettant d’intercepter en toute discrétion les communications des utilisateurs de ces cartes, selon The Intercept, le site américain de journalisme d’investigation jeudi. Selon The Intercept, la NSA (National security agency) et le GCHQ (Government communications headquarters) sont entrés dans les réseaux informatiques des fabricants de cartes SIM pour dérober ces clefs, notamment dans celui du géant mondial Gemalto. «Le GCHQ, avec le soutien de la NSA, a puisé dans les communications privées» d’ingénieurs et d’autres salariés…

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Walmart to raise wages for 500,000 US workers

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By Kim Gittleson (BBC)…US retail giant Walmart – the nation’s largest private employer – has announced plans to raise wages for more than 500,000 hourly employees at its US stores. Walmart said that it would raise salaries for 40% of its staff to at least $9 per hour – $1.75 above the US minimum wage. That hourly floor would be raised to at least $10 per hour by 1 February 2016. The retailer has recently been under pressure from labour groups. In a blog post to workers, Walmart’s chief executive Doug McMillon acknowledged that a tough economic environment combined with shifting consumers…

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Le Congrès américain va approuver Keystone XL

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IVAN COURONNE Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON Le Congrès américain à majorité républicaine devait autoriser mercredi le controversé oléoduc entre le Canada et les États-Unis, défiant ainsi le président Barack Obama qui a promis d’opposer son veto à la loi. Ce qui n’était qu’un projet pétrolier de plus, lors de la première demande de permis de construire en 2008, s’est transformé au fil des années en une pomme de discorde entre démocrates et républicains, chacun voyant dans l’oléoduc de 1900 km, dont 1400 aux États-Unis, une menace majeure ou une opportunité historique. Avec les écologistes, les alliés démocrates du président dénoncent un projet…

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Obama’s pivot on oil draws fire from left

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President Obama unveiled plans Tuesday to open swaths of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans to new oil and gas exploration, enraging Democrats and environmentalists who had cheered him just two days earlier for blocking drilling elsewhere. The Interior Department’s five-year lease plan would allow drilling in three areas off the coast of Alaska and one in a portion of the Atlantic for the first time in nearly four decades. The shift in policy, gas prices being at new lows, is dramatic for Obama, who’s been seeking to burnish his legacy as a president who has worked to stop climate change….

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