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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Protesters storm APC secretariat, demand removal of John Oyegun-led NWC

Protesters have gathered at the national office of the All Progressives Congress demanding the removal of the John Odigie-Oyegun-led national working committee of the ruing party. The protesters carried placards praising a leading contender for the national chairmanship of the party, Adams Oshiomhole. One placard read “Oshiomhole is our winner”, another said “Oyegun and co leave our party secretariat now”. The tenure of the present national working committee, NWC, is due to end this month and new officials will be elected at the party’s convention scheduled for Saturday. An earlier…

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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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President Buhari rules out meeting with nPDP members

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he will never sit down for discussion with the aggrieved members of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party that joined forces to form the ruling All Progressives Congress. A top government official disclosed this to journalists on the condition of anonymity on Monday. The source said Buhari had conveyed his position on the matter to state governors elected on the platform of the APC during a meeting he had with them recently. The President was said to have insisted that state governors and the…

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Nigeria to shut borders over rice smuggling

The Nigerian Government says it will shut the land border between it and a neigbouring country in a few days time to avoid smuggling of foreign rice into the country. Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday while speaking with youths in a leadership clinic under the auspices of Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI). Ogbeh who did not mention the particular country and border, said that shutting the borders had become necessary to encourage local production and sustain the…

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Nigeria in darkest hour of political history-Ekweremadu

Citing constant persecution of opposition leaders, smear campaign and threat, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, monday said this is the darkest hour in the political history of Nigeria. The deputy senate president made the remark during an interview with journalists at the Akure Airport, Ondo State on the way to Ado-Ekiti along with other party leaders. Ekwemadu along with other leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) including former Senate President, David Mark, were on their way to campaign for the party’s candidate for the July 14 Governorship Election,…

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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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