Migration: New York to sue Trump administration for family separations

New York intends to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over family separations at the border, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in a phone call with journalists that he would like the lawsuit to be filed within two weeks. A statement from Cuomo’s office said the lawsuit would assert the administration “is violating the Constitutional rights of thousands of immigrant children and their parents who have been separated at the border.” The governor’s office is aware of more than 70 immigrant children in federal shelters in New…

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Guterres hails U.N. Human Rights Council after U.S. exit

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has hailed what he termed the “very important role” of the Human Rights Council, following U.S. withdrawal, citing alleged bias against Israel.  Guterres said  he would have “much preferred” the U.S. remain. In a statement issued by Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, Guterres said that the Geneva-based Human Rights Council was a part of the UN’s overall “Human Rights architecture”, which “plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide”. The Human Rights Council is a 47-member inter-governmental body within the UN system, that not…

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Thailand carries out first execution since 2009

Thailand has carried out its first execution since 2009, putting a 26-year-old convicted murderer to death by lethal injection in a move condemned by Amnesty International as “deplorable”. Theerasak Longji was executed on Monday, six years after his conviction for stabbing a 17-year-old student 24 times to steal his mobile phone and wallet. The execution came as Thailand’s coup leader-turned-premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha prepares to travel to Britain and France on a highly-publicised official visit. The trip may now see the former army chief face awkward questions over the use of…

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UN slams US border policy separating migrant children, parents

The UN has described as ‘unconscionable’, the U.S. border policy of forcibly separating migrant children from parents. UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, defended the rights of migrant and refugee children. The UN chief did not, however, single out the U.S. but made a general statement. As a matter of principle, the Secretary-General said he believed that refugees and migrants should always be treated with respect, dignity and in accordance with existing international law. “Children must not be traumatised by being separated from…

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Legal, illicit arms kill 500,000 yearly-UN

More than one billion legal and illicit firearms are responsible for the death of 500,000 people annually, UN reports. The study carried out by UN Small Arms estimated that there were over one billion legal and illicit firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands. The arms are revolvers, pistols, assault rifles, machine guns and other similar weapons, a new UN report, ‘Small Arms Survey’, has found. UN Chef de Cabinet Maria Viotti said the small arms and light weapons, which ended up on battlefields or urban…

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U.S. will not be migrant camp- Trump

Donald Trump has said he will not allow the United States to become a “migrant camp”, as his administration faces a barrage of criticism for separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats and some in Trump’s own Republican Party have blasted the administration for separating nearly 2,000 children from their parents at the border between mid-April and the end of May. Medical professionals have said the practice could cause lasting trauma to children. The family separations are the result of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that…

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Pandemonium at Russian embassy in eastern Jerusalem

Jerusalem district police commander Yoram Halevy on Monday evening prevented a conference at the Russian embassy in eastern Jerusalem, during which it was planned to declare Jerusalem as the capital of “Palestine”. The event was planned in a hotel in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and was organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, two terrorist organizations. MK Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List party who attended the event, was livid over the police officers’ arrival at the…

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US, UN condemn bloody Damboa’s attack

The U.S. and the United Nations (UN) have condemned the attacks on Saturday night in Damboa, Borno state in North Eastern Nigeria which led to the killing of 32 persons. The attack was carried out by six female suicide bombers sponsored by suspected members of Boko Haram terrorists. The U.S., in a statement by Ms Heather Nauert, Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, said it stood firm with Nigeria in the fight against terrorism. According to reports, 84 others were injured when six suicide bombers detonated Improvised Explosive Devices…

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Donald Trump threatens to impose more tariffs on Chinese goods

President Donald Trump has threatened that the U.S. would impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods in a revenge trade row. Trump threatened that the 10 tariffs would come into effect if China “refuses to change its practices”. Trump, in a statement he said “this latest action by China clearly indicates its determination to keep the United States at a permanent and unfair disadvantage, which is reflected in our massive $376 billion trade imbalance in goods. “This is unacceptable. “Further action must be taken to encourage China…

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Trump’s trade war: Oil prices fall, stocks tumble

Fresh fears of a trade war between the world’s top two economies sent Asia markets tumbling on Monday after the United States and China imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on billions of dollars of imports. Energy firms were among the biggest losers as oil prices plunged ahead of a key OPEC meeting, where Saudi Arabia and Russia are expected to lift a two-year-old production cap. In an escalating spat over the American trade deficit with most of its major trading partners, including China, U.S. President Donald Trump last week pushed ahead with…

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