Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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U.S. to leave UN human rights council

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/19/18, 02:39 pm

The Trump administration plans to announce Tuesday the United States’ departure from the United Nations Human Rights Council. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley threatened the withdrawal last year, complaining that the 47-member council was biased against Israel. She warned the United States would leave the council if it did not end its systematic scrutiny of Israel and alleged Israeli rights abuses against Palestinians.

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Liberal group to pay damages in defamation case

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/19/18, 11:12 am

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) must pay $3.4 million to British anti-extremism organization Quilliam for saying the group hated Muslims, according to a settlement announced Monday. The founder of Quilliam, Maajid Nawaz, is a self-described secular Muslim who works to challenge Islamic extremism. The SPLC, a U.S. nonprofit organization, included Quilliam in its Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists. Nawaz once was involved with extremist groups but changed his views and now works to combat both anti-Muslim prejudice and radical Islam.

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Supreme Court punts gerrymandering back to states

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/18/18, 01:14 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court issued rulings Monday resolving two state disputes over gerrymandering but leaving open questions about how states draw political districts. The justices unanimously ruled against Wisconsin Democrats who challenged legislative districts that gave Republicans a huge edge in the state legislature. The high court said the plaintiffs in that case failed to prove they had the right to sue on a statewide basis rather than challenge individual districts.

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