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Biden grants temporary protected status to Venezuelans in U.S. who fled country’s turmoil

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration is granting temporary protected status to Venezuelan migrants living in the United States and is also working to coordinate international pressure against President Nicolas Maduro to hold free and fair elections, senior U.S. officials said on Monday. The decision, which could aid an estimated......

Unions set for strikes as Myanmar crackdown intensifies

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(Reuters) – Major trade unions in Myanmar prepared for strikes on Monday to try to squeeze the country’s fragile economy and pile pressure on its new military rulers, as a weekend of violence and nighttime raids renewed calls for sustained nationwide protests. People disperse after security forces fired shots at......

Australia halts defence ties with Myanmar, redirects aid

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FILE PHOTO: Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Department of State following the 30th AUSMIN in Washington, D.C. July 28, 2020. Brendan Smialowski/Pool via REUTERS SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia has suspended its defence cooperation programme with Myanmar, Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said,......

Pope Francis meets father of drowned Syrian boy

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday met the father of Alan Kurdi, the boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach six years ago became an image of the suffering of Syrians trying to escape war. The pontiff, winding up a historic trip to Iraq, met Abdullah Kurdi......

Biden marks Selma anniversary with order to expand voting access

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By Nandita Bose, Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Sunday designed to make it easier for Americans to vote, White House officials said, as Republicans across the country seek to limit voting rights in the wake of the 2020 election. Biden’s......

Biden marks Selma anniversary with order to expand voting access

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By Nandita Bose, Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Sunday designed to make it easier for Americans to vote, White House officials said, as Republicans across the country seek to limit voting rights in the wake of the 2020 election. Biden’s......

Exclusive: U.S. agency probes Facebook for ‘systemic’ racial bias in hiring, promotions – attorneys

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(Reuters) – A U.S. agency investigating Facebook Inc for racial bias in hiring and promotions has designated the probe as “systemic,” attorneys for three job applicants and a manager who claim the company discriminated against them told Reuters on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on......

Biden has asked team to travel to Mexico border and report on influx of children

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden has asked senior officials to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border and brief him on the government response to the influx of unaccompanied minors and steps to ensure their safety and care, a White House spokesman said on Thursday. Biden’s administration is facing criticism from......

New Zealand police arrest two for threat to mosques attacked in 2019

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(Reuters) – New Zealand police said on Thursday they have arrested two people following a threat made against the mosques that were the scene of mass murder by a white supremacist nearly two years ago. Police said an online threat was made earlier this week against the Al Noor mosque......

California crash victims suspected of being smuggled across U.S.-Mexico border

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 13 people killed in a Southern California highway crash were part of a group of nearly four dozen migrants suspected of slipping through a hole cut by human smugglers through a steel fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, federal officials said on Wednesday. Besides the dead......

U.N. special envoy on Myanmar says 38 killed on Wednesday

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NEW YORK, March 3 (Reuters) – United Nations special envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said 38 people had been killed in the Southeast Asian nation on Wednesday. Myanmar security forces opened fire on protests against military rule on Wednesday, a day after neighbouring countries called for restraint and offered......

No evidence U.S. Capitol rioters belong to antifa movement, FBI chief Wray testifies

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI Director Chris Wray on Tuesday debunked conspiracy theories promoted by right-wing supporters of former President Donald Trump, saying there was no evidence that leftist extremists disguised themselves as Trump supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol. In testimony to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Wray also told......

Biden administration to pay transportation, healthcare for families separated under Trump

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FILE PHOTO: Migrants stand in lines on the U.S. side of the Gateway International Bridge to be processed to seek asylum in the U.S., in Matamoros, Mexico February 26, 2021. REUTERS/Go Nakamura WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States could pay for transportation, healthcare, legal services, and career and educational services......

‘Inferior’ women: China counters Uighur criticism with explicit PR attacks

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China, under growing global pressure over its treatment of a Muslim minority in its far west, is mounting an unprecedented and aggressive campaign to push back, including explicit attacks on women who have made claims of abuse. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin holds pictures while speaking......

‘Inferior’ women: China counters Uighur criticism with explicit PR attacks

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China, under growing global pressure over its treatment of a Muslim minority in its far west, is mounting an unprecedented and aggressive campaign to push back, including explicit attacks on women who have made claims of abuse. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin holds pictures while speaking......

Lin says ‘not naming or shaming anyone’ after ‘coronavirus’ claim

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FILE PHOTO: May 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Jeremy Lin (17) passes the basketball during media day for the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Reuters) – Jeremy Lin said he would not name the person alleged to have called him......

James hits back at Ibrahimovic criticism of political activism

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FILE PHOTO: Feb 24, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) warms up before the game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports (Reuters) – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James on Friday fired back at......

Exclusive: Bangladesh under ‘no obligation’ to accept stranded Rohingya refugees -minister

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DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh is under “no obligation” to shelter 81 Rohingya Muslim refugees adrift for almost two weeks on the Andaman Sea and being assisted by neighbouring India, said Bangladesh foreign minister A.K. Abdul Momen. FILE PHOTO: Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A. K. Abdul Momen speaks during a meeting with......

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.N. rights chief decries violations in China’s Xinjiang, hopes for visit

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FILE PHOTO: U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks during a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Friday that China is restricting basic civil......

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