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Trump’s asylum order already challenged in court

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/09/18, 05:25 pm

UPDATE: The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco against President Donald Trump’s order limiting asylum claims to immigrants who come to the country legally. The lawsuit claims the new rules violate the law and put families in danger. As expected, the legal challenge asks the judge to stop the new rules from going into effect while the lawsuit is pending.

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Bolsonaro takes Brazil to the right

International | Evangelicals may have played a major role in electing him president of the largest South American country
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/29/18, 12:25 pm

BRAZIL: “This government will be a defender of the constitution, democracy, and of truth,” said incoming President Jair Bolsonaro after winning Sunday’s election. “This is a promise not of the party, a vain promise of man, it is a promise to God.” The former congressman’s victory marked a hard pivot right after the largest country in South America was overwhelmed by scandals on the left.

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Afghanistan’s deadly fight for democracy

International | The United States says Afghan troops can handle the intensified violence
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/23/18, 03:34 pm

As Afghanistan wraps up a parliamentary vote marred by nearly 200 violent attacks and 50 deaths, U.S. officials insist the country can manage the violence and protect the democratic process.

Last weekend’s vote was the first to take place in war-torn Afghanistan since 2010. Afghan officials deployed about 70,000 police and soldiers to guard polling stations after the Taliban and Islamic State (ISIS) vowed to target voters.

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