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Trump erupts after Supreme Court rejects 2020 census citizenship question: 'USA! USA! USA!'

Trump erupts after Supreme Court rejects 2020 census citizenship question: 'USA! USA! USA!'Donald Trump has erupted with anger after his administration ended its effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 US census. The White House and Justice Department said it would begin printing forms without the contentious query, despite the US president saying last week he would attempt to indefinitely delay the census until the query was added.It came after a Supreme Court ruling on 27 June faulted the administration for its original attempt to include it.“A very sad time for America when the Supreme Court of the United States won’t allow a question of ‘Is this person a Citizen of the United States?’ to be asked on the 2020 Census! Going on for a long time” Mr Trump tweeted late on Tuesday. “I have asked the Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice to do whatever is necessary to bring this most vital of questions, and this very important case, to a successful conclusion. USA! USA! USA!”> …..United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter. Can anyone really believe that as a great Country, we are not able the ask whether or not someone is a Citizen. Only in America!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) > > June 27, 2019Mr Trump’s suggestion the question could still appear on the census contrasted with commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, who said he would “respect” the ruling despite disagreeing with it. “The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question. My focus, and that of the bureau and the entire department, is to conduct a complete and accurate census," Mr Ross said.Although the Supreme Court left open the possibility of the administration adding the question, there was little time left for the government to come up with a new rationale.The government had said in court filings that it needed to finalise the details of the questionnaire by the end of June.Critics have called the citizenship question a Republican ploy to scare immigrants into not taking part in the population count and engineer an undercount in Democratic-leaning areas with high immigrant and Latino populations. That would benefit non-Hispanic whites and help Mr Trump's fellow Republicans gain seats in the US House of Representatives and state legislatures, the critics said.“In light of the Supreme Court's ruling, the Trump administration had no choice but to proceed with printing the 2020 census forms without a citizenship question,” said Dale Ho, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, which had fought the Trump administration in court."Everyone in America counts in the census, and today's decision means we all will."The Trump administration had told the courts its rationale for adding the question was to better enforce a law that protects the voting rights of racial minorities. Critics called that rationale a pretext, with the Supreme Court's majority embracing that theory.The court's 5-4 ruling, which saw conservative chief justice John Roberts join the court's four liberals in the majority, ultimately proved decisive.“While the Trump Administration may have attempted to politicise the census and punish cities and states across the nation, justice prevailed, and the census will continue to remain a tool for obtaining an accurate count of our population,” said New York attorney general Letitia James, who also challenged the question.The census is used to allot seats in the US House of Representatives and distribute some $ 800bn (£637bn) in federal funds. Opponents have said the citizenship question would instil fear in immigrant households that the information would be shared with law enforcement, deterring them from taking part.Citizenship status has not been asked of all households since the 1950 census. Since then, it was included only on questionnaires sent to a smaller subset of the population.Manhattan-based US district judge Jesse Furman ruled on 15 January the Commerce Department's decision to add the question violated the Administrative Procedure Act. Federal judges in Maryland and California also have issued rulings to block the question.Mr Furman said the evidence showed that Mr Ross had concealed his true motives for adding the citizenship question and that he and his aides had convinced the Justice Department to request it.Evidence surfaced in May that the challengers said showed the administration's plan to add a citizenship question was intended to discriminate against racial minorities.Additional reporting by Reuters



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Sri Lanka police hunt 140 after Easter bombings as shooting erupts in east

Sri Lanka police hunt 140 after Easter bombings as shooting erupts in eastMuslims in Sri Lanka were urged to pray at home after the State Intelligence Services warned of possible car bomb attacks, amid fears of retaliatory violence. Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told reporters he had seen a leaked internal security document warning of further attacks on churches and there would be no Catholic masses this Sunday anywhere on the island. The streets of Colombo were deserted on Friday evening, with many people leaving offices early amid tight security after the suicide bombing attacks on three churches and four hotels that also wounded about 500 people.



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Alert level raised after Mexico volcano erupts

Alert level raised after Mexico volcano eruptsMexican authorities on Thursday raised the alert level for the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City after the latest eruption on Tuesday spewed steam and gas into the air and burning fragments onto the ground up to two kilometers away. Rough cut (no reporter narration).



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The Latest: Fresh fighting erupts between India, Pakistan

The Latest: Fresh fighting erupts between India, PakistanISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on escalating India-Pakistan tensions (all times local):



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Trump erupts over explosive Michael Cohen testimony calling president a 'racist conman'

Trump erupts over explosive Michael Cohen testimony calling president a 'racist conman'Donald Trump has responded angrily to reports his former lawyer will testify that he is a racist conman, claiming Michael Cohen’s allegations are an attempt to reduce his prison time. The president’s former attorney is expected to tell the House oversight committee on Wednesday he is a “racist, a conman and a cheat” and that he was negotiating a business deal in Russia on his client’s behalf during the 2016 presidential election. Mr Trump’s claim Cohen was merely “one of many lawyers” – an apparent attempt to distance himself from the 52-year-old – is in stark contrast to a 2012 tweet in which he described Mr Cohen as his EVP (executive vice president).



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Fighting erupts between rival insurgent groups in Syria

Fighting erupts between rival insurgent groups in SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — Clashes broke out between two powerful insurgent groups in northern Syria on Tuesday, leaving up to seven people dead in the most serious fighting in months in the last major rebel stronghold in the country.



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Indonesia tsunami: At least 222 dead and 843 injured after Anak Krakatau volcano erupts 

Indonesia tsunami: At least 222 dead and 843 injured after Anak Krakatau volcano erupts More than 200 people have died and 843 injured after a tsunami of up to ten feet high struck the Southeast Asian nation of Indonesia on Saturday night at the end of a year of multiple and devastating natural disasters.  The tsunami’s waves struck beaches along the Sunda Strait without warning at about 9.30pm local time on Saturday, collapsing homes and hotels, crushing vehicles and ships, toppling electricity poles and sweeping victims out to sea.  Tragically it hit several popular tourist destinations during peak holiday season, catching many holidaymakers off guard as no tsunami alarms had been triggered and there had been no earthquake to warn that a wave may be on the way.  The authorities have now warned that the coastline should be avoided over the next few days due to fears that it could happen again.  Officials say the tsunami, which occurred between the islands of Java and Sumatra, in the strait linking the Indian Ocean and Java Sea, may have been caused by undersea landslides after the Anak Krakatau volcano erupted 24 minutes earlier.   Krakatoa eruption – map The catastrophe may have been worsened by an abnormal tidal surge due to a full moon, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the natural disaster agency spokesman said. Throughout the day Mr Nugroho posted images of coastal communities reduced to piles of wreckage by the power of the fast-moving water.  Aid agencies were quick to deploy to the area, located just a few hours drive from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. The roads were challenging but passable, Aulia Arriani, a spokesperson for the Indonesian Red Cross told the Telegraph.  “We are still waiting for the casualty numbers but the last one we had was 222. I’m afraid the death toll will rise as we have information of some 30 or more people who are still missing and there is still a lot of debris and collapsed buildings in the disaster area,” she said.  “Our challenge is to find the missing and to evacuate the people who are still trapped. In the first phase of emergency response we will be evacuating people for the next two to three days.”  Indonesia tsunami after eruption – in pictures Ms Arriani added that local hospitals and clinics had been flooded with casualties and dead bodies. “People in the disaster are need food, drinking water, tarpaulins and medical help,” she said.  Many victims were caught unawares by the tsunami while they enjoyed a holiday weekend in one of the popular local beach resorts. The worst-affected area was the Pandeglang region of Java’s Banten province, which encompasses Ujung Kulon National Park. Dramatic video posted on social media showed the terrifying moment a wall of water struck a beachfront concert being performed in a marquis by the Indonesian pop band “Seventeen” at the Tanjung Lesung resort on the western tip of Java.  Screams of shock can be heard from the audience as the stage suddenly lurches forward, hurling the band and its equipment onto dancing fans. How the tsunami was caused Several band members were confirmed dead on Sunday, and the wife of lead vocalist Riefian Fajarsyah, who should have been celebrating her 26th birthday was still missing, along with many others. Among the tourists on the beach were employees of state utility company PLN and civil servants from the Youth and Sports Ministry.  “We saw hundreds of people who were watching a music event disappear under the wave,” Nono, a tourist from Bekasi, West Java, told the Antara news agency. Nono said that he and his family were in a prayer room when he heard a loud rumble and people outside screaming for help.   Bodies of victims recovered along Carita beach are placed in body bags  Credit: AFP As the family ran outside, they were also struck by the water, catapulting his son Alif, 10, several metres away. They told their tale of survival while being treated for cuts at a community health centre on Sunday.  Another tourist, Oystein Lund Anderson, from Norway, wrote on Facebook of how he and his wife and son had also had a narrow escape.  He described how he was taking photos of the volcano when the tsunami slammed into the shore.  "I had to run, as the wave passed the beach and landed 15-20m inland," he wrote. "Next wave entered the hotel area where I was staying and drowned cars on the road behind it. Managed to evacuate with my family to higher ground trough forest paths and villages, where we are taken care of by the locals. We’re unharmed, thankfully."  & this is the view (+the sound��) from north-side/Sumatera of ��krakatoa-eruptions..�������� (Dec22nd2018; 0522pm) cc @Salicinas7@Astro_Alex ;) pic.twitter.com/5HR7YXEzJ0— Du2nZizouEffenberg (@DudunZizou) December 22, 2018 As local and government aid agencies rushed to the area to help with the search and rescue operation, bringing supplies of food and shelter, international organisations were also preparing to assist.  "An Oxfam assessment team is going out to the Strait today to gather more information about what has happened and what we can do,” said Oxfam Australia’s humanitarian manager, Meg Quartermaine “Oxfam is planning assessments to help to understand the scale of the disaster and to determine what sort of response may be required, if requested.” However, bad weather – with rain forecast over the next few days – and the fear of further deadly water surges may hamper the aid efforts. Cars are covered by debris at an area ravaged by a tsunami in Carita, Indonesia Credit: AP Indonesia, home to 260 million people, has had a particularly tough year even for a disaster-prone country. The vast archipelago of more than 17,000 islands lies along the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.  More than 100 people died when an earthquake flattened the tourist island of Lombok near Bali in August, and in September, more than 2,500 people were killed by an earthquake and tsunami that hit the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi, east of Borneo. The latest tragedy appears to have been sparked by the Anak Krakatau volcano, some 124 miles southwest of Jakarta, which has been erupting since June.  Known as the “Child of Krakatoa”, the volcanic island was formed after one of the largest, most devastating eruptions in recorded history, when Krakatoa blew in 1883, killing more than 30,000 people, plunging the region into darkness and causing a global temperature drop.     



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Twitter Erupts Over Donald Trump's Low Oil Price 'Thank You' To Saudi Arabia

Twitter Erupts Over Donald Trump's Low Oil Price 'Thank You' To Saudi ArabiaPresident Donald Trump sparked an immediate backlash on Twitter early



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Thousands evacuated as Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts

Thousands evacuated as Guatemala's Fuego volcano eruptsNearly 4,000 people were evacuated on Monday from areas around Guatemala’s Fuego volcano, which began violently erupting overnight, the country’s disaster agency Conred said. The volcano spewed out dangerous flows of fast-moving clouds of hot ash, lava and gas early Monday and more than 2,000 people had taken refuge in shelters so far, officials from the agency told reporters. More dangerous flows of hot ash and lava could be expelled, said Juan Pablo Oliva, the head of the country’s seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute Insivumeh.



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Michelle Obama surprises students at former high school, room erupts with joy

Michelle Obama surprises students at former high school, room erupts with joyFormer first lady Michelle Obama visited a dance class at her old high school Whitney Young Magnet High School for an ABC News special for her new memoir 'Becoming' with ABC News' Robin Roberts.



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