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'Affirmative action for the rich:' How the privileged legally game the college admissions process

'Affirmative action for the rich:' How the privileged legally game the college admissions processWealthy and influential parents often routinely use their privilege to game the college admissions process. And it's perfectly legal.



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India slams Pakistan action against militants

India slams Pakistan action against militantsIndia said Saturday that its army is on a “strict vigil” for new attacks from Pakistan and renewed warnings to its neighbour to take concrete action against militant groups. An Indian foreign ministry spokesman responded with scepticism to reports of scores of militants being rounded up in Pakistan this week. Islamabad was in “a state of denial” over its support for groups accused of staging attacks in India, the spokesman, Raveesh Kumar, said at a specially convened media briefing.



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In call with Pakistan's Khan, UK's May urges action on terrorist groups

In call with Pakistan's Khan, UK's May urges action on terrorist groupsBritish Prime Minister Theresa May emphasized the importance of Pakistan taking action against all terrorist groups in a call with Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday, May’s office said. India and Pakistan came to the brink of war this week as tensions escalated following a suicide car bombing that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir. India accusing Pakistan of harboring the Jaish-e Mohammad group behind the attack, which Islamabad denied.



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EU warns against military action in Venezuela as Mike Pence and Juan Guaido meet at emergency summit

EU warns against military action in Venezuela as Mike Pence and Juan Guaido meet at emergency summitThe European Union on Monday urged the United States and Latin American powers against launching a military intervention to oust the regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.  Venezuela's self-declared “interim president” Juan Guaido met with Mike Pence and Latin American leaders in neighbouring Colombia, to discuss the next steps in the crisis after a weekend of violence. Mr Guaido, arriving in Bogota on Sunday night ahead of the meeting of the Lima Group, called on the international community to consider "all measures to free" Venezuela. The meeting was the first time that Mr Guaido, who declared himself president a month ago, has travelled abroad to meet other world leaders, and he was received as a head of state, with the red carpet rolled out. Mr Guaido and President Donald Trump have repeatedly said that all options are open. Mr Pence was expected to announce on Monday night that they had decided to increase the sanctions on Nicolas Maduro, the embattled president of Venezuela. Ahead of the meeting four Venezuelan officials were added to the already extensive list of sanctioned individuals. On Monday he also called on Latin American allies to ramp up pressure on Caracas by transferring Venezuelan overseas assets to Mr Guaido. A spokesman for Federica Mogherini, the EU diplomatic chief, urged those gathered in Bogota to stop short of declaring war. "We must avoid a military intervention," said Maja Kocijancic. "What is explicitly quite clear, from our point of view, is that we need a peaceful political and democratic and Venezuelan-owned resolution of this crisis. "This obviously excludes the use of force." On Monday night Brazil definitively ruled out permitting military intervention from their territory, with the vice president saying it would not be allowed. Hours later Venezuela's government issued a statement accusing the US and the Lima Group countries of conducting "a ferocious campaign to oust" Maduro by trampling on basic international human rights. The statement also rejected Pence's announcements, accusing him of attempting "to give orders so that other countries join the vulgar plundering" that Washington is pursuing against Venezuela's assets. Venezuelan security forces clash with supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on the Venezuelan side f the Francisco de Paula Santander International Bridge Credit: RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP Four people were killed and 300 injured in a bloody standoff on Venezuela’s borders with Colombia and Brazil, as Mr Guaido tried unsuccessfully to get humanitarian aid into the country. The aid convoys were abandoned by early afternoon on Saturday, with one truck laden with supplies going up in flames. Running battles took place throughout Saturday and Sunday, with frequent bloody skirmishes between Mr Maduro’s heavily-armed security forces and pro-Guaido youngsters, throwing rocks and quickly-improvised Molotov cocktails. At least 160 military officials have crossed over into Colombia and pledged allegiance to Mr Guaido, the Colombian migration service said on Sunday night. Many said they rejected the orders to fire on their own countrymen, and knew that the aid was desperately needed. Mr Pence said on Monday that the United States was preparing an additional $ 56 million (£43m) in humanitarian aid, adding after the meeting that they were exploring different avenues for getting it into Venezuela. He urged Latin American countries to take financial measures against Mr Maduro’s government, in particular PDVSA – the state-owned oil company. “We call on all Lima Group nations to immediately freeze the assets of PDVSA,” he said. “Secondly, transfer ownership of Venezuelan assets in your country from Maduro’s henchmen to President Guaido’s government.” The four sanctioned Venezuelans were the governors of Zulia, Apure, Vargas and Carabobo state. Rafael Alejandro Lacava, the governor of Carabobo and ally of Mr Maduro, goes by the nickname “Dracula” in reference to his habit of doing late-night street patrols.



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Thrill seekers: Hanoi tours offer visitors taste of summit action

Thrill seekers: Hanoi tours offer visitors taste of summit actionWhen Lee Parry heard that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump would meet in Hanoi, he knew he wanted to be part of the action and soon booked a trip. The trip to the Vietnamese capital is not exactly a daring one, but a chance for visitors to be part of the flurry surrounding Trump and Kim’s second meeting this week. “It’s a lot better than seeing it on Twitter or Facebook,” said Parry, 36, a British student living in China.



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Sex abuse survivors say Vatican summit must deliver action

Sex abuse survivors say Vatican summit must deliver actionVATICAN CITY (AP) — Roman Catholics who were sexually abused by clergy are insisting that decisive actions to confront the decades-long problem of pedophile priests and church cover-ups must come out of an upcoming Vatican summit.



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Sex abuse survivors say Vatican summit must deliver action

Sex abuse survivors say Vatican summit must deliver actionVATICAN CITY (AP) — Roman Catholics who were sexually abused by clergy are insisting that decisive actions to confront the decades-long problem of pedophile priests and church cover-ups must come out of an upcoming Vatican summit.



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Democratic lawmakers say U.S. military action in Venezuela 'not an option'

Democratic lawmakers say U.S. military action in Venezuela 'not an option'The Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot Engel, expressed concern about Trump’s hints that military action was an option in Venezuela, where President Nicolas Maduro is under intense international pressure to step aside and the country’s economy is in chaos. “I do worry about the president’s saber rattling, his hints that U.S. military intervention remains an option. The head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Juan Guaido, invoked a constitutional provision to assume the presidency three weeks ago, arguing that Maduro’s re-election last year was a sham.



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House panel plans action on gun background check bill next week

House panel plans action on gun background check bill next weekThe panel will mark up the bill, known as the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, on Feb. 13 and send it to the House floor for a vote, committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told a news conference. “It’s finally time for action in Congress,” Nadler said. “This bill will close the loopholes that have allowed felons, domestic violence abusers and other prohibited persons to purchase guns through private sales.” The bill would require background checks for all firearm sales and most firearm transfers.



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Senator Kamala Harris immortalized in action figure

Senator Kamala Harris immortalized in action figureFCTRY unveils Senator Kamala Harris's very own plastic action figure as she enters the 2020 U.S. presidential race. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).



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