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Georgia voting rights activists move to block a plan to close two-thirds of polling places in a majority black county

Voting rights activists in Georgia say they will launch a petition drive in an effort to collect enough signatures of registered voters to block a proposal to close more than two-thirds of polling precincts in a predominantly black county ahead of this fall’s general election.<p>The plan to shutter …

Rights & Freedoms

They came fearing for their lives. Now more are being denied asylum, lawyers say.

Yadira first noticed the man about a year ago, when she caught him staring at her from a police truck in her village in Honduras. A week later, the man made a pass at her and she rebuffed him. The next time she saw him, he threatened her with a gun, forced her into his car and took her to a motel, …

Immigration

Trump connects revoking Brennan's security clearance to Russia investigation

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump drew a connection in a new interview between his decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance with his involvement in the investigation into Russian election interference.<p>The comments, published in an interview in The Wall Street …

Donald Trump

Trump responds after hundreds of newspaper editorials criticize his attacks on the press

Hundreds of newspaper editorial boards across the country answered a nationwide call Thursday to express disdain for President Trump’s attacks on the news media, while some explained their decision not to do so. The same morning, the president tweeted that the “fake news media” are the “opposition …

Donald Trump

Unsafe levels of a weed killer chemical in oat products, report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Some types of oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars contain higher levels of a chemical found in the weed killer Roundup than what the Environmental Working Group considers safe, according to a report released Wednesday by the advocacy group.<p>Almost three-quarters of food samples …

Glyphosate

Hospitals scrap surgeries, Venezuelans forgo showers as taps run dry

CARACAS (Reuters) - At one of Caracas' biggest public hospitals, most bathrooms are closed. Patients fill jugs from a tiny tap on the ground floor that sometimes has a trickle of water. Operations are postponed or canceled.<p>The Central Venezuelan University hospital, once a Latin American leader, is …

Venezuela

Stephen Miller's Uncle Calls Him An 'Immigration Hypocrite' in a New Column

Stephen Miller, a senior advisor to President Donald Trump, has been branded an “immigration hypocrite” by his uncle, David S. Glosser, in a column …

Immigration

Election officials' concerns turn to information warfare as hackers gather in Vegas

<b>Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) —</b> As hackers sit down to break into dozens of voting machines here in Las Vegas this weekend, some state and local election officials that have flown in to witness the spectacle at one of the world's largest hacking conventions are becoming increasingly concerned about …

Cybersecurity

More than 100 seats that backed Brexit now want to remain in EU

More than 100 Westminster constituencies that voted to leave the EU have now switched their support to Remain, according to a stark new analysis seen by the <i>Observer</i>.<p>In findings that could have a significant impact on the parliamentary battle of Brexit later this year, the study concludes that most …

Boris Johnson

Ecuador Struggles to Cope as Venezuelans Flood Its Borders

Venezuelans fleeing insecurity at home are arriving by the thousands in Ecuador after crossing through neighboring Colombia, the latest wave in one of Latin America’s largest mass population movements in history.<p>Photos taken at the Rumichaca International Bridge, a border crossing between Colombia …

Red Cross

China Uighurs: One million held in political camps, UN told

<b>A UN human rights committee has heard there are credible reports that China is holding a million Uighurs in "counter-extremism centres".</b><p>Gay McDougall, a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, raised the claims at a two-day UN meeting on China.<p>She said she was …

Human Rights

'Extremely rare,' deadly infection shows up twice, raising questions

Two recent cases of a rare infection are raising awareness — and anxiety — about the risks of interacting with dogs and cats.<p>Sharon Larson of South Milwaukee died on June 23 at age 58, after her dog nipped her hand. Starting that same month, Greg Manteufel, 48, of nearby West Bend, Wisconsin, lost …

Public Health

The far right is struggling to contain Qanon after giving it life

The Qanon conspiracy theory that recently began to surface at President Donald Trump’s rallies has burst into the national consciousness, but some of the most conspiracy-friendly figures on the far right are pushing back against the theory — including the very ones that helped the theory gain …

Donald Trump

DeVos proposes rollback of for-profit college rule

The Trump administration plans to roll back another major Obama-era rule that was created to police the for-profit college industry, according to a …

Higher Education

People are donating their frequent flyer miles to reunite families separated at the US-Mexico border

<b>(CNN) —</b> Did you know you can donate your frequent flyer miles to help reunite families who were separated at the US-Mexico border?<p>After a viral tweet this week from a woman who donated her miles, people have now donated more than 7.3 million frequent flyer miles to a non-profit organization whose …

Frequent-flyer Programs

First Lady's Parents Become U.S. Citizens Thanks To 'Chain Migration'

First lady Melania Trump's Slovenian-born parents were sworn in as U.S. citizens Thursday, benefiting from a path to citizenship known as family-based immigration that the president and others have derisively dubbed "chain migration."<p>Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, attended a private …

Donald Trump

How bacteria can save children’s lives

A ground-breaking new project in Bangladesh could help reduce the life-long health problems that come from childhood malnourishment – by focusing on the gut.<p>For decades, undernourished infants across the world have been treated with a course of high-calorie, high-protein rich foods. The foods may …

Peer Review

Devin Nunes, in secretly recorded tape, tells donors GOP majority is necessary to protect Trump: ‘We’re the only ones’

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, appears to have moved from criticizing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to strategizing about how to blunt its impact should it imperil President Trump.<p>The most promising …

Donald Trump

How do you treat someone who doesn’t accept they’re ill?

Some people suffering psychoactive disorders such as schizophrenia have no idea they are ill – and refuse to seek treatment. But if they are not harming others, is it right to force them to seek treatment?<p>On 3 July 2014, Misty Mayo boarded a Greyhound bus bound for Los Angeles. Desperate to escape …

Mental Health

Guatemalan children reunited with deported parents after U.S. separation

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Nine Guatemalan children separated from their parents at the U.S. border under President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy were flown home on Tuesday and reunited with their deported families, Guatemala's government said.<p>Nazario Jacinto Carrillo, a farmer …

Immigration

Election experts say Kris Kobach's voter fraud claims are misleading

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Kris Kobach, the former vice-chair of President Donald Trump's now-disbanded commission on election integrity, and Maine's Democratic Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap have engaged in a public back and forth over the issue of voter fraud, with Kobach accusing Dunlap, a former …

Government

New South Wales drought now affects entire state

<b>Australia's most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), is now entirely in drought, officials have confirmed.</b><p>A dry winter has intensified what has been called the worst drought in living memory in parts of eastern Australia.<p>NSW produces about a quarter of Australia's agricultural output. It was …

Australia

Climate change: 'Hothouse Earth' risks even if CO2 emissions slashed

<b>It may sound like the title of a low budget sci-fi movie, but for planetary scientists, "Hothouse Earth" is a deadly serious concept.</b><p>Researchers believe we could soon cross a threshold leading to boiling hot temperatures and towering seas in the centuries to come.<p>Even if countries succeed in …

Climate Change

Giuliani preparing letter to Mueller expressing ‘real reluctance’ over obstruction questions

Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s lead attorney for the ongoing special counsel investigation, said Monday that Trump’s legal team is planning to send a letter to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III this week that will largely rebuff Mueller’s latest offer of a presidential interview that …

Donald Trump

Saudi Arabia is pulling thousands of students from Canada in an escalating human-rights feud

Saudi Arabia says it will withdraw all of its students studying in Canada in an intensifying rift between the two countries over the kingdom's human-rights record.<p>The Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau, a wing of the country's Ministry of Education, announced on its website Monday that all training and …

Human Rights

A new life for mother whose daughter was killed in Charlottesville

It’s not easy running a national social justice campaign when you live in a trailer and have to worry about things like a leaky roof.<p>But Susan Bro …

Rights & Freedoms

Immigrant ordered deported after Justice Department replaces judge

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Judge Steven Morley has overseen the immigration case of Reynaldo Castro-Tum for years. But last month when Castro-Tum was officially ordered deported, it wasn't Morley at the bench.<p>Instead, the Justice Department sent an assistant chief immigration judge from Washington to …

Immigration

Zimbabwean soldiers beating up opposition, rights group says

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean security forces and unidentified gunmen have beaten and harassed dozens of people in a crackdown on the political opposition following a disputed election, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, while a joint statement by the United States, European Union and others …

Africa

Funerals held for 3 Russian journalists killed in Africa

MOSCOW (AP) — Funerals have been held in Moscow for three Russian journalists who were killed during a reporting trip in Central African Republic.<p>Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguyev and Kirill Radchenko were shot last week while investigating a Russian military contractor and Russia's interests …

Central African Republic

Kenya, U.S. mark 20 years since al Qaeda's first major attack

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador joined a ceremony in Nairobi on Tuesday to commemorate 20 years since truck bombs hit the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 258 people and marking the start of al Qaeda's global campaign of violence.<p>Some 200 Kenyans and Americans, many of them …

Africa