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Marco Rubio warns Venezuelan soldiers to let aid enter

Marco Rubio warns Venezuelan soldiers to let aid enterCUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio visited a border staging point for U.S. aid to Venezuela on Sunday and warned soldiers loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that it will be a "crime against humanity" if they block entry of the goods that are being channeled through Maduro's rivals.



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Violence in India as female worshipers break blockade to secretly enter one of India's holiest temples

Violence in India as female worshipers break blockade to secretly enter one of India's holiest templesTwo women made history by sneaking into one of India's holiest Hindu temples before dawn yesterday/WED in defiance of hardline activists blockading the shrine from female worshipers. The Sabarimala temple in southern Kerela has been at the centre of a highly politically charged stand-off after the Supreme court lifted a centuries-old ban on women of menstrual age from praying inside it. Violence erupted as news spread that the two women in their 40s had defied traditionalists, backed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), by entering the temple for the first time since the landmark court ruling. Police fired tear gas, stun grenades and used water cannon as clashes between rival groups erupted across the southern state of Kerala, local media reported. Several officers were reportedly injured. The two women entered the temple under police escort around 3.45am local time, and left undetected a short while later after offering prayers inside the shrine. Women on a previous attempt to breach a blockade surrounding a Hindu temple in the Indian state of Kerala, after the country's supreme court lifted a ban on women entering Credit: AFP/Getty “It is a fact that two women entered the shrine” state chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed, adding that police are bound to offer protection to anyone wanting to worship inside the temple. Bindu Ammini, 42, and Kanaka Durga, 44, had tried entering Sabarimala last month, but were forcibly turned back by Hindu activists committed to violently enforcing the ban, despite its revocation by India’s Supreme Court last September.  At the time the court had ruled that banning women of menstrual age-between 10 and 50 years-from entering Sabarimala was unconstitutional and an infringement of human rights and of equality of worship.   Immediately after the ruling protesters, with the support of the government, disregarded the court’s ruling and begun preventing women devotes from entering Sabarimala, even resorting to force. They maintained that age-old religious sentiments prevailed over judicial rulings and that preventing menstruating women from entering the shrine was essential to appease and protect Ayyappan, the temples deity who is depicted as a celibate yoga-practising god. Police protected the temple again in October, after clashing with devotees and arresting 2,000 people Credit:  REUTERS/Sivaram V/File Photo Devotees take a vow of celibacy for 41 days before undertaking the arduous trek to the Sabarimala temple in a bid to earn the deity’s blessings. Officials at the temple on Wednesday said the two women had left for 11-mile log uphill trek to Sabarimala around midnight, but instead of ascending the final 18 holy steps to the temple had entered the shrine stealthily through the staff gate. Video images circulating on WhatsApp reveal the two women dressed in black tunics entering the temple with their heads bowed as they rushed inside. “We arrived early in the morning and had a darshan (visitation of the idol) for a few minutes “ Ms Ammini told the BBC later. We left before protestors stopped us, she added.   After news of the two women entering Sabrimala became public, the temple authorities accused them of ‘defiling’ the shrine and closed it for an hour to ‘purify’ it before opening it up to receive male devotees.   Protestors block traffic and shout slogans reacting to reports of two women of menstruating age entering the Sabarimala temple Credit:  R S Iyer/ AP Local BJP leader Sreedharan Pillai, however, strongly criticised the temple entry by the two women, calling it a ‘conspiracy by Kerala’s atheist rulers to destroy Hindu temples’. He was referring to Kerala’s Marxist government that came to power in 2016. “The BJP will support all struggles against the destruction of (the Hindu) faith by the Communists” Mr Pillai told local television news channels. On New Years Day some five million women formed a 385-mile long ‘human chain’ across Kerala in support of gender equality and to protest against activists enforcing the ban on females entering Sabarimala despite the Supreme Court having overturned it. Women of all ages and from all wakes of life including lawyers, doctors, actors, authors, teachers, civil servants and even members of the LGBT community stood shoulder to shoulder for 15 minutes late in the afternoon in a show of female solidarity. Their protest ended with a pledge to ‘harness the power of enlightenment to insulate society against revanchist forces that sought to push Kerala back to the dark ages of casteism and discriminatory religious practices’. Meanwhile, in many traditional Hindu communities across India, menstruating females are considered unclean and unholy. This, in turn, results in restrictions and, in some cases outright bans, on women of child- bearing age from entering some temples and holy spots.



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Turkey will enter Syria's Manbij if U.S. doesn't remove YPG fighters, Erdogan says

Turkey will enter Syria's Manbij if U.S. doesn't remove YPG fighters, Erdogan saysTurkish forces will enter the Syrian town of Manbij if the United States does not remove YPG Kurdish fighters, and it will also target Kurdish-controlled areas further east, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. Erdogan said this week that Turkey would launch a new operation within days against the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish YPG militia which controls swathes of Syria’s northern border region, in what will be Turkey’s third military campaign in Syria in two years.



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Migrant Caravan Rests as a Second Group Tries to Enter Mexico

Migrant Caravan Rests as a Second Group Tries to Enter MexicoA second caravan clashed with Guatemalan and Mexican forces, with one killed



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Trump Says He Has No Proof 'Middle Easterners' Are Trying To Enter U.S.

Trump Says He Has No Proof 'Middle Easterners' Are Trying To Enter U.S.President Donald Trump on Tuesday admitted he had "no proof" that "unknown



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Arizona father accused of killing man who tried to enter teen daughter's restroom stall

Arizona father accused of killing man who tried to enter teen daughter's restroom stallA Phoenix father has been charged with murder for allegedly killing a man who was trying to get into his daughter's bathroom stall.



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Few Migrants From Caravan Allowed To Enter U.S., Apply For Asylum

Few Migrants From Caravan Allowed To Enter U.S., Apply For AsylumAfter being denied entry to the U.S. for more than 24 hours, eight migrants



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Kim Jong Un to become first North Korean leader to enter South Korea

Kim Jong Un to become first North Korean leader to enter South KoreaNorth Korea leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in may discuss scrapping Kim’s nuclear weapons.



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Kim Jong Un to become first North Korean leader to enter South Korea

Kim Jong Un to become first North Korean leader to enter South KoreaNorth Korea leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in may discuss scrapping Kim’s nuclear weapons.



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Chemical weapons inspectors enter Douma two weeks after attack

Chemical weapons inspectors enter Douma two weeks after attackChemical weapons inspectors collected samples from Syria's Douma on Saturday, two weeks after a suspected gas attack there followed by retaliatory strikes by Western powers on the Syrian government's chemical facilities. The site visit, confirmed by the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, would allow the agency to proceed with an independent investigation to determine what chemicals, if any, were used in the April 7 attack that medical workers said killed more than 40 people. Douma was the final target of the government's sweeping campaign to seize back control of the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus from rebels after seven years of revolt. Militants gave up the town days after the alleged attack. The US, France, and Britain blamed the President Bashar al-Assad's government for the attack, and struck suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities one week later. The Syrian government and its ally Russia denied responsibility for the attack. OPCW inspectors arrived in Damascus just hours before the April 15 strikes but were delayed from visiting the site until Saturday, leading Western officials and Syrian activists to accuse Russia and the Syrian government of staging a cover-up. Members of the Russian military police walking amid destruction in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma  Credit: OUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images "I won't find any hope in my heart until the Assad regime is held accountable and eradicated from government in Syria," said Bilal Abou Salah, a Douma media activist who left the town after the government takeover. He said he feared Russian and Syrian government personnel destroyed potential evidence in the two weeks since the alleged attack. The OPCW said in a statement that it visited "one of the sites" in Douma to collect samples for analysis at agency-designated laboratories, adding it would "consider future steps including another possible visit to Douma." It said the mission will draft a report based on the findings, "as well other information and materials collected by the team." The OPCW mission is not mandated to apportion to blame for the attack. Chemical sensors including a flame photometric detector and an ion mobility spectrometer are in the OPCW's toolkit Credit: JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images A UN security team had scouted Douma on Tuesday to see if it was safe for weapons inspectors to visit. The team came under small arms and explosives fire, leading the agency to delay its mission. Journalists visiting Douma the previous day, escorted by government minders, experienced no security issues. Russian ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the delays to the OPCW team were "unacceptable," in a statement Saturday. Douma is just minutes away from Damascus, where the OPCW team is based. Images emerging from Douma in the hours after the attack showed lifeless bodies collapsed in crowded rooms, some with foam around their noses and mouths.



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