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Detaining children in tent cities costs more than double than keeping them with their families, reveals report

Detaining children in tent cities costs more than double than keeping them with their families, reveals reportIt costs more than double the amount to detain children separated from their families at the US-Mexico border in tent cities than keeping the whole family together, a new report has revealed. It costs $ 775 (£586) per night, per child, to be detained in the new tent cities facilities, NBC News reported, citing Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials. The higher costs for the newly-separated children are due to new construction of these tent cities, air conditioning for the facilities, certified medical workers, labour for the facilities, food, water, and other supplies which had to be procured quickly.



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Hundreds Protest In Cities Across U.S. Against Trump's Immigrant Family Separations

Hundreds Protest In Cities Across U.S. Against Trump's Immigrant Family SeparationsHundreds protested across the country on Thursday against the Trump



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Indian officials lament inaction of cities with world's worst air

Indian officials lament inaction of cities with world's worst airBy Neha Dasgupta and Krishna N. Das NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Only a handful of India’s 100 most polluted cities have drawn up plans to combat air pollution despite being asked to do so three years ago, senior government officials said on Wednesday after a damning report by the World Health Organisation. India is home to the world’s 14 most polluted cities, the WHO said, based on the amount of particulate matter under 2.5 micrograms found in every cubic meter of air. Environment ministry officials said the WHO’s findings were embarrassing but not surprising.



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Teachers are being priced out of high-rent cities, but a solution could be on the way

Teachers are being priced out of high-rent cities, but a solution could be on the waySan Francisco loses about 500 teachers every year—about 12.5% of its entire teaching staff —due to the soaring cost of housing.



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Vast network of hidden Maya cities discovered under Guatemala jungle  

Vast network of hidden Maya cities discovered under Guatemala jungle  A vast network of lost Maya cities discovered deep in the jungles of northern Guatemala could rewrite the history of the ancient civilisation, experts say. Researchers found more than 60,000 previously unknown structures including pyramids, royal tombs, palaces, roadways and defensive fortifications hidden deep beneath the dense rainforest canopy. Pioneering lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) laser scanning technology was used to map 800 square miles from the air, revealing a “treasure map” of the Maya ruins. The research, led by the PACUNAM Foundation -a Guatemalan non-profit heritage organisation - suggests an advanced civilisation of 10-15 million people lived in the region at its peak 1,200 years ago. “The lidar revealed an incredible number of new sites and structures,” Thomas Garrison, an archaeologist at Ithaca College told the Telegraph. “The vast majority of these 60,000+ new features are ruined mounds of Maya houses. However, there are also large new cities with pyramids and palaces in the data as well. “Perhaps more exciting are the more subtle features that we may have never found: causeways between sites that follow ridgelines and run for many kilometres, huge expanses of wetland agricultural fields that funneled water through dug out grids to provide food for this dense population, and, a preoccupation with warfare and defence, including complex fortresses, isolated refuges, and networks of watchtowers.” Maya civilization Stephen Houston, Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at Brown University, said the findings were “beyond stupendous”. “I think this is one of the greatest advances in over 150 years of Maya archaeology,” he said. “The lidar completely changes the way we see the Maya. For the first time I have seen unsuspected fortresses, entire cities, settlements that are now doubled or tripled in size”. The famous Maya site of Tikal is just a fraction of an immense hidden metropolis Credit: Wild Blue Media/Channel 4 Researchers believe the immense hidden metropolis extends far beyond the famous Maya site of Tikal, spreading across the country. Discoveries in the more remote areas of northern Guatemala reveal networks of roadways, complex systems of agriculture and water management. “This is sophisticated engineering of all available terrain that was carried out by a very advanced civilisation,” says Garrison.  Deep in the jungles of Guatemala, archaeologists have uncovered ground-breaking discoveries Credit: Wild Blue Media/Channel 4 Kathryn Reese-Taylor, a University of Calgary archaeologist and Maya specialist who has conducted surveys in the rainforest for 30 years, told the Telegraph such findings change “our perception of the Classic Maya at one fell swoop”. “In Guatemala, lidar was used to scan large swaths of what is arguably one of the most populated regions of the world during, what Europeans term, the Middle Ages,” she said. The Maya are known for their magnificent ancient cities that stand like sentinels in the dense jungles of Central America Credit: Wild Blue Media/Channel 4 “While archaeologists always suspected that the Maya had enormous interconnected cities, this lidar survey revealed a complex, interlocked network of cities, towns, villages, and hamlets, which was spread throughout a vast landscape that was completely modified by the Maya for agriculture, water management, transportation, resource exploitation, and other activities necessary to sustain large populations. No square metre was untouched.” Dr.Reese-Taylor adds that the research in Guatemala, along with lidar from Belize and Mexico, shows us that the Maya “were on the level of highly complex ancient civilisations in Europe, Asia and Africa”. 14 Maya ruins you must see in your lifetime “Their population density and civic achievements may have surpassed contemporaneous European societies,” she explains. “This is exciting because the rainforest is so dense, that the extent of the cities and the sale of modification, even in the countryside, was difficult to see.” She added the scale of the PACUNAM initiative is “extraordinary”, explaining: “Not only does it cover a region where many of the largest Maya cities were built, the sheer amount of area that was covered by the survey is enormous. “This collaboration of scholars from many different countries, no doubt, will advance Maya studies exponentially in the upcoming years.” A view over the Guatemalan rainforest  Credit: Getty Garrison believes many more lost cities will be found in the coming years. “What you are seeing is just phase one of a three-year program to document most of northern Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve,” he says. “This data will ensure that there is archaeological research in Guatemala for centuries to come.” The Maya civilisation collapsed in mysterious circumstances AD 900, the reason for their decline remains unclear. A Channel 4 documentary, the Lost Cities of the Maya: Revealed, will be aired on Sunday 11 February at 8pm. 



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Women's March Draws Massive Crowds In Cities Across The Nation

Women's March Draws Massive Crowds In Cities Across The NationWASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in cities across the nation on Saturday in a defiant stand against President Donald Trump, who today marks the anniversary of his inauguration amid a government shutdown.



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Three big US cities saw homicides decline last year

Three big US cities saw homicides decline last yearNew York, Chicago and Washington all experienced significant declines in homicides in 2017, though the murder rate rose in Baltimore, Maryland amid drug problems and lingering racial tensions. The homicide decline was dramatic in New York, which experienced 2,245 killings as recently as 1990 but just 286 in 2017 as of December 27, according to the New York Times. Chicago, which in 2016 suffered through its deadliest year in two decades with 754 killings, saw its murder total drop last year to 650, the largest year-to-year decline since 2004, the Chicago Tribune reported.



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These Cities Are Suing The Pentagon Over 'Deadly Gaps' In America's Gun-Check System

These Cities Are Suing The Pentagon Over 'Deadly Gaps' In America's Gun-Check SystemThe cities of New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco are suing the U.S. Department of Defense over its legal failure to report service member crimes to the FBI and national gun background check database, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.



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Acquittal Of Undocumented Immigrant In SF Killing Reignites Calls To End Sanctuary Cities

Acquittal Of Undocumented Immigrant In SF Killing Reignites Calls To End Sanctuary CitiesJose Ines Garcia Zarate, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, was found not guilty Thursday in the homicide of Kate Steinle, a case that has become a flashpoint for the right in calling for stricter immigration rules.



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In photos: The most Instagrammed cities of 2017

In photos: The most Instagrammed cities of 2017With 800 million users, Instagram has become one of the most powerful and influential social media services in the world. The photo-sharing app’s annual Year in Review report captures the zeitgeist of the year, from the top Instagram hashtags and most-liked posts to most Instagrammed cities of 2017.



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