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Minority Arabs in Israel object to cameras at polling centers

Minority Arabs in Israel object to cameras at polling centersUMM AL-FAHM, Israel (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party sent monitors equipped with body cameras to a number of polling stations with Arab constituents on election day in Israel on Tuesday, and Arab politicians condemned the move as voter intimidation. Asked about the use of cameras in polling stations, Israeli police said there had been “a number of suspected irregularities” in the north, where many Israeli Arabs – who comprise 21 percent of the population – live. Netanyahu, head of the right-wing Likud party who opinion polls showed was neck-and-neck with a centrist rival, defended the filming, saying that cameras should be posted openly at voting stations everywhere to ensure “a valid vote”.



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Border Patrol Releases Migrants, Citing Lack of Space in Detention Centers

Border Patrol Releases Migrants, Citing Lack of Space in Detention CentersU.S. Customs and Border Patrol on Tuesday released 50 migrants recently detained at the border near Mcallen, Texas due to a lack of space in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers they would otherwise be sent to while awaiting their asylum hearings.CPB officials told the Los Angeles Times that the migrants released Tuesday represent just the first wave of a group of hundreds whom they will be forced to release in the coming days due to a lack of resources.Border Patrol spokesman Carlos Diaz said the 50 migrants were given notices to appear in court and released to local charities after their processing center in McAllen was overwhelmed by the number of migrants arriving each day.“It is a crisis,” an unnamed CPB official told the Times. “It’s not a self-proclaimed crisis.”The unnamed official's assessment of the situation at the border echoes those of President Trump and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who have raised alarms in recent months about the particular challenges posed by the high numbers of Central American families arriving at the border every day.“In February, we saw a 30 percent jump over the previous month, with agents apprehending or encountering nearly 75,000 aliens,” Nielsen told the House Committee on Homeland Security earlier this month. “This is an 80 percent increase over the same time last year. And I can report today that CBP is forecasting the problem will get even worse this spring as the weather warms up.”“Over 60 percent of the current flow are family units and unaccompanied alien children, and 60 percent are non-Mexican,” she added, likely referencing the provision in U.S. immigration law that requires asylum-seekers native to non-contiguous countries be allowed to remain in the U.S. while their asylum applications are adjudicated.



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Italy proposes African migrant centers to halt immigrant tide

Italy proposes African migrant centers to halt immigrant tideBy Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Italy called on Monday for migrant centers to be set up in Africa to stop a tide of asylum-seekers fleeing toward western Europe, as Rome raised pressure on its European Union partners to take a much tougher approach to immigration. The new Italian government has closed its ports to charity ships operating in the Mediterranean, saying the EU must share the burden of disembarking the hundreds of migrants who are plucked from waters each month, mostly off the Libyan coast. Italy, which lies close to Libya, has taken in 650,000 boat migrants since 2014.



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Migrant Children Report Physical, Verbal Abuse In At Least 3 Federal Detention Centers

Migrant Children Report Physical, Verbal Abuse In At Least 3 Federal Detention CentersMigrant children as young as 11 years old have reported suffering physical and



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Migrant Children Drugged Without Consent At Government Centers, Court Documents Show

Migrant Children Drugged Without Consent At Government Centers, Court Documents ShowStaff working on the behalf of the Office of Refugee Resettlement are



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U.S. centers force migrant children to take drugs: lawsuit

U.S. centers force migrant children to take drugs: lawsuit(Reuters) – Immigrant children are being routinely and forcibly given a range of psychotropic drugs at U.S. government-funded youth shelters to manage their trauma after being detained and in some cases separated from parents, according to a lawsuit. Children held at facilities such as the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas are almost certain to be administered the drugs, irrespective of their condition, and without their parents’ consent, according to the lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles-based Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law. The Shiloh center, which specializes in services for children and youths with behavioral and emotional problems, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.



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'Black Panther' Success Will Help Fund Boys & Girls Clubs' STEM Centers

'Black Panther' Success Will Help Fund Boys & Girls Clubs' STEM CentersJust as the advanced fictional nation of Wakanda revealed its technology to the world in “Black Panther,” Disney is helping the Boys & Girls Clubs of America introduce advanced tech to America’s youth. BGCA’s STEM Centers of Innovation give kids the chance to learn from advanced technologies like 3D printers, robotics and high-definition video production equipment.



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U.S. says strategy on North Korea centers on sanctions, open to talks

U.S. says strategy on North Korea centers on sanctions, open to talksBy Phil Stewart and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration said on Wednesday it aimed to push North Korea into dismantling its nuclear and missile programs through tougher international sanctions and diplomatic pressure, and remained open to negotiations to bring that about. The U.S. stance, which appeared to signal a willingness to exhaust non-military avenues despite repeated warnings that “all options are on the table,” came in a statement following an unusual White House-hosted briefing for the entire U.S. Senate followed by a briefing to the House of Representatives. Graphic – Carl Vinson strike group: tmsnrt.rs/2pqOMWA Graphic – North Korea’s nuclear program: tmsnrt.rs/2n0gd92 The statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats described North Korea as “an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority.” North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threat is perhaps the most serious security challenge confronting President Donald Trump, who has vowed to prevent North Korea from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile – a capability experts say Pyongyang could have some time after 2020.



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Pope likens migrant holding centers to 'concentration camps'

Pope likens migrant holding centers to 'concentration camps'By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged governments on Saturday to get migrants and refugees out of holding centers, saying many had become “concentration camps”. During a visit to a Rome basilica, where he met migrants, Francis told of his trip to a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos last year. Islamists had slit the throat of the man’s Christian wife because she refused to throw her crucifix on the ground.



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Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers

Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centersJERUSALEM (AP) — A 19-year-old American-Israeli Jew was arrested Thursday as the prime suspect in a wave of bomb threats against U.S. Jewish community centers, a startling turn in a case that had stoked fears of rising anti-Semitism in the United States.



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