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Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds.<p>Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare …

Immigration

Syria war: Anti-IS strike 'kills many civilians'

<b>The US-led coalition says it "may have" carried out an air strike in an area of eastern Syria where scores of civilians were reportedly killed on Thursday.</b><p>Fifty-four people, including at least 28 civilians as well as Islamic State (IS) group militants, died in the strike on a village near the Iraqi …

Middle East

69 people die in election violence ahead of Sharif's return

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The deadliest attacks in Pakistan's troubled election campaign killed at least 132 people, including a candidate, on Friday just before the arrest of disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif upon his return to the country.<p>In the southwestern province of Baluchistan, a …

Pakistan

5 takeaways from FBI agent Peter Strzok's explosive congressional hearing

<b>WASHINGTON</b> — The cameras were on, and the theatrics were high.<p>In an explosive, hourslong congressional hearing Thursday, FBI agent Peter Strzok was …

Donald Trump

Mueller probe indicts 12 Russians for hacking Democrats in 2016

A dozen Russian military intelligence officers were indicted Friday on charges they hacked Democrats’ computers, stole their data and published those files to disrupt the 2016 election — the clearest connection to the Kremlin established so far by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s …

Donald Trump

Want to Chat with Your Colleagues? Don't Work in an Open Office

Open office plans are often touted by companies as a way to encourage interaction among employees, but in practice, open offices are often a lot less …

OpenOffice

Peanuts Are Making Their Final Departure From Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines—the commercial flying juggernaut that made peanuts an airplane staple 47 years ago—is now doing away with them for good. Starting …

Southwest Airlines

How Rich the U.S. Is Compared to the Rest of the World, Visualized

The U.S. is often called the richest country in the world. But how rich is it, really? A new infographic from How Much, spotted by Digg, explores the …

Infographics

A German Neo-Nazi Has Been Sentenced to Life for a String of Migrant Killings Over a Decade Ago

(MUNICH) — A German court found the main defendant guilty on Wednesday in a string of neo-Nazi killings more than a decade ago — a high-profile trial …

Rights & Freedoms

Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu Meet in Moscow to Discuss Iran-Syria Ties

(MOSCOW) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday for talks focusing on Iranian …

Middle East

Pizza Chain Papa John's Founder John Schnatter Resigns After Using a Racial Slur

Papa John’s says founder John Schnatter has resigned as chairman of the board.<p>The company made the announcement late Wednesday, hours after Schnatter …

Pizza

Alabama Moves to Limit Sheriffs From Pocketing Jail Food Money

Alabama’s governor has begun to cut off a gravy train for the state’s sheriffs: the unspent money for prisoners’ meals that the sheriffs have long been allowed to keep for themselves.<p>The practice, born of a bickered-over ambiguity in a state law, has let sheriffs pocket tax dollars that over the …

Republican Primaries

Kushner’s Firm Deepens Ties to Those With Business in Washington

Eighteen months into Jared Kushner’s White House tenure, his family’s real estate firm is deepening its financial relationships with institutions and individuals that have a lot riding on decisions made by the federal government.<p>In the latest example, an arm of Brookfield Asset Management is close …

Real Estate

Nevada Execution Is Blocked After Drugmaker Sues

Nevada’s execution of a man convicted of murder was halted on Wednesday, after the manufacturer of one of the drugs that was to be used in the lethal injection argued that the state had obtained its product illicitly.<p>A district court judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing Nevada …

Human Rights

India government is 'failing' to protect Taj Mahal

<b>India's Supreme Court has criticised the government for what it calls a "failure" to protect the Taj Mahal.</b><p>The court said both the federal and state government had shown "lethargy" in taking steps to tackle the monument's deteriorating condition.<p>The court comments came in response to a petition …

India

Joaquin Phoenix becomes the latest Joker in the pack

<b>Gladiator star Joaquin Phoenix is to play Batman's nemesis The Joker in a stand-alone film exploring the origins of the cackling comic book villain.</b><p>Co-written and directed by The Hangover director Todd Phillips, the currently untitled film is set to begin shooting in New York this …

Comic Books

Nigerian law student allowed to wear hijab at graduation ceremony

<b>A Nigerian law graduate has finally been called to the bar months after she was blocked from attending the ceremony for insisting on wearing a hijab.</b><p>The body in charge of admitting graduating law students had said Amasa Firdaus was breaking the dress code.<p>Ms Firdaus said her rights were being …

Law School

Uganda social media tax to be reviewed

<b>Uganda is reviewing its decision to impose taxes on the use of social media and on money transactions by mobile phone, following a public backlash.</b><p>Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda made the announcement soon after police broke up a protest against the taxes.<p>President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for …

Social Media

Killing rats could save coral reefs

<b>The much maligned rat is not a creature many would associate with coral reefs.</b><p>But scientists studying reefs on tropical islands say the animals directly threaten the survival of these ecosystems.<p>A team working on the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean found that invasive rats on the islands are a …

Coral Reefs

Robert Mapplethorpe: From suburbia to subversive gay icon

<b>Thirty years ago the controversial American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe had a major exhibition at the Whitney Museum in Manhattan. It contained several of his trademark explicit shots of nudes - and it was confirmation that despite or because of the controversy, he'd become a star of the art</b> …

Robert Mapplethorpe

Trump in UK: Pomp and protest as visit ignites culture war

<b>As the son of immigrants, Donald Trump has his own special relationship with the United Kingdom.</b><p>His mother, Mary MacLeod, was born and raised in the village of Tong, on the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis, on Scotland's wild and beautiful north-western fringe.<p>A less Trumpian upbringing is hard to …

Great Britain

Northern Ireland disorder sees cars hijacked and torched

<b>Vehicles have been stolen and torched in Northern Ireland during disorder linked to loyalist bonfires.</b><p>A suspected pipe bomb also exploded close to a police operation to remove a contentious bonfire site in Belfast.<p>It came as police warned that loyalist paramilitaries were planning to "orchestrate …

Northern Ireland

Ancient Humans Lived in China 2.1 Million Years Ago

The discovery of stone tools—the oldest ever found outside of Africa—dramatically shifts the story of hominin migration, researchers say.<p>For hundreds of thousands of years, small bands of ancient humans ranged across a sandy, hilly grassland. They survived on the mammals around them—perhaps hunting …

Anthropology

German Neo-Nazi Sentenced To Life For Murders

A German court has found a member of a neo-Nazi group guilty of 10 murders after a five-year trial and has sentenced her to life in prison. Nine of the victims were immigrants, and the prosecution said the killings were racially motivated.<p>Beate Zschaepe, 43, was the main defendant on trial for the …

Neo-nazism

FACT CHECK: Trump's Claims On NATO Spending

President Trump has been making plenty of claims about how much the U.S. contributes to NATO while portraying other members of the alliance as deadbeats. Here is some of what he has said and how those statements stand up to the facts.<p><b>The Claim</b><p>Sitting down to breakfast in Brussels just before the …

Geopolitics

Republicans Rally Behind Rep. Jim Jordan Amid Sex Abuse Investigation

House Republicans and outside conservative groups are rallying around Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan as he fights off allegations that he was aware that the Ohio State team doctor was sexually abusing wrestlers more than 20 years ago — back when Jordan was an assistant coach.<p>Personal scandals often end …

sexabuse

Nevada Postpones Planned Execution Using Fentanyl

Convicted murderer Scott Dozier has clearly and repeatedly stated that he wants to be executed.<p>The planned execution, using a three-drug cocktail, had been set for Wednesday evening at Ely State Prison in Nevada. Experts say it would be the first time the opioid fentanyl was used in a U.S. …

Death Row

British Man Poisoned By Novichok Has Regained Consciousness And Talked With Police

A British man who police believe was poisoned by the deadly nerve agent Novichok nearly two weeks ago, has regained consciousness and spoken with police.<p>Charlie Rowley became seriously ill on June 30 after he and his girlfriend Dawn Sturgess, were mysteriously exposed to Novichok. Sturgess, who was …

Nerve Agents

John Kerry rips Trump’s ‘disgraceful’ NATO speech

Former Secretary of State John Kerry issued a scathing statement about what he called a “disgraceful,” “disgusting” and downright “strange” …

Donald Trump

'I Just Think the Russians Have the Goods on This Guy': Retired Lt. Colonel Says Blackmail Explains Trump's Fondness for Putin

While many people have argued that President Donald Trump has some sort of nefarious connection to Russia and President Vladimir Putin by citing …

Russia