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White supremacist sentenced to nearly 20 years in plot to bomb Colorado synagogue

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DENVER (Reuters) – An avowed white supremacist was sentenced on Friday to 19-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty months ago to a federal hate-crimes case stemming from a botched plot to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue in 2019. FILE PHOTO: Richard Holzer is seen in this undated handout photo......

U.S. announces ‘Khashoggi ban’ for 76 Saudi individuals

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FILE PHOTO: Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaks at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London Britain, September 29, 2018. Middle East Monitor/Handout via REUTERS/ WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States banned 76 people from Saudi Arabia on Friday, saying it will not tolerate individuals who threaten or assault......

Mexico sees USMCA as tool for post-COVID economic recovery

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FILE PHOTO: A man crosses the Paso del Norte border bridge towards El Paso, Texas, U.S., as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, July 1, 2020. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a virtual meeting on Friday......

Singapore bourse queries developer over Myanmar project

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* Trading in ETC shares halted on Friday * SGX asks ETC to provide more details on Myanmar project * Move comes after report from rights group Justice for Myanmar * Payments firm Coda deactivates Mytel from platform SINGAPORE, Feb 26 (Reuters) – The Singapore Exchange (SGX) on Friday issued......

Rwanda court says has jurisdiction to try ‘Hotel Rwanda hero’

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Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, sits inside a courtroom in Kigali, Rwanda February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI (Reuters) – A Rwandan court ruled on Friday that it has jurisdiction to try Paul Rusesabagina, the hotelier depicted as a hero in......

Philippine police to look into government admission of drug war failures

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MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine police said on Thursday they were looking into a government review of thousands of killings in the country’s “war on drugs”, after the justice minister made an unprecedented admission to the United Nations of widespread police failures. FILE PHOTO: A member of Philippine National Police Scene......

U.S. Secretary of State, Mexico’s foreign minister to talk Friday

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard will hold a virtual meeting on Friday morning, Mexico’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday. Blinken and Ebrard are due to discuss how to address the root causes of Central American immigration,......

Myanmar students, doctors plan more protests against military rule

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(Reuters) – Students and doctors in Myanmar plan to hold fresh protests on Thursday against military rule, as Washington expressed concern about Malaysia’s deportation of about 1,100 Myanmar nationals back to the strife-torn nation. FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators hold placards during a rally against the military coup in front of Indonesian......

Malaysia prepares to deport Myanmar asylum seekers and detainees despite outcry

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LUMUT, Malaysia (Reuters) – Malaysia began bussing asylum seekers and other detainees from Myanmar to a port where ships were waiting to take them back to their strife-torn homeland, even as rights groups made a late legal bid to stop their deportation, saying lives were at risk. The 1,200 detainees......

Canada’s parliament passes motion saying China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide

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OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s parliament passed a non-binding motion on Monday saying China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region constitutes genocide, putting pressure on Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to follow suit. FILE PHOTO: Security guards stand at the gates of what is officially known......

U.S. Supreme Court to weigh Trump administration abortion referral restriction

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WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide the legality of a government regulation implemented under former President Donald Trump that bars health clinics from receiving federal family planning funds if they provide abortion referrals. The justices will hear appeals in cases in which......

Britain to challenge China at U.N. over access to Xinjiang

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will on Monday call for the United Nations to be given “urgent and unfettered” access to Xinjiang to investigate reports of abuses in the Chinese region. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will also mark Britain’s return to the U.N. Human Rights Council as a voting member......

Protesters clash with Spanish police in fresh unrest over jailed rapper

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By Jordi Rubio, Luis Felipe Castellija BARCELONA (Reuters) – Protesters threw bottles, stones and rubbish containers at police in Barcelona on Sunday in a sixth night of clashes after a rapper was jailed for glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his songs. The nine-month sentence of Pablo Hasel, known for......

Graffiti artists protest over jailed Spanish rapper

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By Jordi Rubio, Luis Felipe Castilleja BARCELONA (Reuters) – A colourful mural showing arrows through the heads of former Spanish king Juan Carlos and the late dictator General Francisco Franco was among images that graffiti artists painted on walls in Barcelona to protest on Sunday the jailing of a rapper......

Biden’s attorney general nominee Garland vows to prioritize civil rights

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By Jan Wolfe, Sarah N. Lynch (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee Merrick Garland will tell the Senate on Monday he plans to prioritize civil rights and combat domestic terror if confirmed as the top U.S. justice official, according to remarks released on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Judge Merrick......

Violence flares as protests over jailing of Spanish rapper extend into fifth night

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By Jordi Rubio Luis Felipe Castilleja BARCELONA (Reuters) – Protesters threw bottles at police, set fire to containers and smashed up shops in Barcelona on Saturday in the fifth night of clashes after a rapper was jailed for glorifying terrorism and insulting royalty in his songs. The nine-month sentence of......

Voting rights advocates decry ‘devastating’ Georgia measure limiting ballot access

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By Julia Harte, John Whitesides (Reuters) – Democrats and voting rights groups condemned on Friday a broad proposal by Georgia Republicans to limit absentee and in-person voting in the state, the latest salvo in a national fight over efforts to place new restrictions on casting a ballot. FILE PHOTO: A......

India court extends activist Ravi’s detention over farm protest

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By Suchitra Mohanty, Anushree Fadnavis NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A Delhi court granted a police request on Friday to extend the detention of climate activist Disha Ravi who they accuse of sedition for her alleged role in the creation of an online “toolkit” intended to help farmers protesting reforms. The......

Kremlin hopes U.S., EU will refrain from imposing fresh sanctions on Russia

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FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov wearing a protective face mask attends Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual end-of-year news conference, held online in a video conference mode, in Moscow, Russia December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov MOSCOW (Reuters) – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday he hoped the United States......

South Carolina passes abortion ban, Planned Parenthood sues

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(Reuters) – South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Thursday signed into law a ban on almost all abortions in the state and the women’s health group Planned Parenthood followed with a lawsuit, arguing the measure was unconstitutional. FILE PHOTO: South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster speaks to supporters of U.S. Senator......

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