Victoria Barcelon

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After break, Senate to reconsider Patriot Act extension

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a …

Immigration to become more poisonous issue as EU backs quota system

It is one of the most toxic issues in European politics. And immigration is set to get more poisonous this week when Brussels throws its weight behind a new quota system that would share the load of immigrants more equitably, but bindingly, among the 28 countries.<p>The commission proposal, obtained …

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'I will not be silenced': fight for justice that gave Kenyan rape victims a voice

Photograph: RymerChilds<p>Charlotte Campbell-Stephen revisits the scene of her rape.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/5/12/1431394627286/cc281914-8ebf-4443-949a-4678fdd1ecb5-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: RymerChilds<p>Charlotte Campbell-Stephen revisits the scene of her …

Women Farmers Combat Land Degradation in Nagaland | Gender in Agriculture Partnership

<b>A UNDP partnership with the government of Nagaland has reduced soil erosion and increased vegetation cover on 30,000 hectares of land in 70 villages.</b> …

Thousands of Burmese migrants feared adrift at sea as south-east Asian governments refuse landing

Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand accused of playing “human ping pong" as Rohingya Muslims from Burma turned away<p>Thousands of refugees from ethnic fighting in <b>Burma</b> were stranded at sea on Thursday night in a new migrant crisis after being refused permission to land in Indonesia, Malaysia and …

China Has Reason to Be Worried About North Korea's Nukes

In the U.S., North Korea often feels more like of a punchline than a political threat. Coverage of the country skews heavily toward humor, whether …

Libyan general: EU military action regarding migrants would be 'unwise'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The head of the Libyan Army has rejected the possibility of cooperating with any EU military intervention in his country intended to stem the flow of undocumented migrants trying to reach Europe.<p>In an exclusive interview Friday with CNN's Becky Anderson, Libyan army head Gen. Khalifa Haftar …

Falling prices, rising threats cool interest in Kurdish oil

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The hall for the Irbil Oil and Gas Exhibition this week was crowded with company displays, executives and investors. But …

U.S. restarts refugee program for Iraqis

U.S. officials who process the applications returned to Baghdad last week after being evacuated a year ago.<p>A special U.S. refugee program for Iraqis is back up and running this month after being largely suspended almost a year ago due to growing insecurity in the Arab country, POLITICO has …

Arizona sheriff's re-election chances called into question

PHOENIX (AP) — Sheriff Joe Arpaio has remained politically invincible in his 22 years in office in Arizona, despite federal investigations and a …

White House to unveil boost to U.S.-Japan military ties during Abe visit

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> White House officials, previewing the upcoming state visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said Friday they don't expect any formal announcement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal during his time in Washington, citing tariffs on autos and beef as persisting …

U.S. may revamp overseas hostage-rescue program

The White House is considering revamping its overseas hostage-rescue program after CIA drone strikes that mistakenly killed an American and an Italian held captive by terrorists in Pakistan, the latest incident to reveal gaps in U.S. counter-terrorism efforts.<p>A key proposal would create an …

John Kerry urges Houthis to come to negotiating table | DW | 25.04.2015

US Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen to participate in UN-brokered negotiations to end violence ravaging the …

Portuguese media uproar over 'censorship' law proposal

Portuguese media are up in arms over a proposed law that would force them to submit their election coverage plans for approval by a committee or face a fine.<p>It comes at an awkward time as Saturday marks the 41st anniversary of the country’s revolution, which overthrew a regime that regularly …

Vladimir Putin’s ‘misinformation’ offensive prompts US to deploy its cold war propaganda tools

Pressure grows from Congress to counter slick Russian media that erodes support for Nato<p>Russia’s sprawling propaganda network may have failed to persuade much of the world that Ukraine is run by Nazis, that Crimea was annexed in a popular uprising and/or that Germany is a failed state. But the …

780,000 chemical weapons being destroyed in Colo.

PUEBLO, Colo. — Workers have begun destroying a massive stockpile of American chemical weapons stored at a former Army munitions depot near Colorado's ninth-largest city, blasting the artillery rounds open with explosives and neutralizing them with solvents.<p>Workers perform their slow, painstaking …

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Thousands march in South Korea anti-government protest

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of South Koreans marched in Seoul for the second straight day Saturday to protest government labor policies and …

Reports: Syria government loses stronghold in Idlib

Security units withdraw after Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib falls to Nusra Front and its allies, Syrian Observatory says.<p>Fighters of Syria's al-Qaeda affiliate and its allies have overrun the last major government-held city in the northwestern province of Idlib, according to the monitoring group.<p>The …

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Ousted Egyptian President Morsi sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection with protester deaths

An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison on charges linked to the killing of protesters in 2012.<p>The conviction, which can be appealed, and muted Islamist reaction following it underscore the dramatic downfall of Morsi, 63, and …

China and Pakistan to open $46bn 'economic corridor' | Business & Economy

China says it will invest some $46bn in Pakistan, providing Beijing with access to the Arabian Sea to increase its trade with Europe, the Middle East and Africa.<p>The improved relations between the two countries are being closley watched in New Delhi, with China set to provide Islamabad with eight …

FDA may crack down on junk homeopathic 'remedies'

Hearings to reconsider policy the FDA has had since 1988<p>The FDA is spending today and tomorrow asking for input on how to deal with homeopathic "remedies," concoctions with no proof they work that haven't faced the scrutiny of regular medicine.<p>"There is little evidence to support homeopathy as an …

Alabama woman leaves to join Islamic State in Syria

A spokesman for a Muslim couple in Alabama on Monday said their 20-year-old daughter fled a Birmingham suburb to join Islamic State militants in Syria after being recruited via the Internet.<p>Hassan Shibly spoke at the mosque on behalf of the parents of the young woman, whom he identified only as …

Oskar Gröning trial: Auschwitz survivors hope for 'closure'

Hedy Bohm, a Holocaust survivor, hopes for 'closure' from trial of 'bookkeeper of Auschwitz'<p>An Auschwitz survivor has spoken out about her hopes of achieving "closure" a day ahead of taking part in what may be the last ever trial over the crimes of the Holocaust.<p>Hedy Bohm has travelled to Germany …

Judge gives chimpanzees human rights for the first time (update)

New York justice briefly decrees two apes are covered by habeas corpus before changing her court order<p>For the first time in US history, a judge has decreed that a pair of chimpanzees held at a university research facility are covered by the same laws that govern the detention of humans, effectively …