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Exclusive: With more immigrant children in detention, HHS cuts funds for other programs — like cancer research

Exclusive: With more immigrant children in detention, HHS cuts funds for other programs — like cancer researchThe government is diverting millions of dollars from programs including the CDC and the National Institutes of Health.



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U.S. sanctions Russian, Chinese tech firms over funds for North Korea

U.S. sanctions Russian, Chinese tech firms over funds for North KoreaWASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on a China-based tech firm, its North Korean CEO and a Russian subsidiary, accusing them of moving illicit funding to North Korea in violation of U.S. sanctions. The new sanctions target China-based Yanbian Silverstar Network Technology Co, its North Korean chief executive Jong Song Hwa, and a Russian-based sister company, Volasys Silver Star, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement. “These actions are intended to stop the flow of illicit revenue to North Korea from overseas information technology workers disguising their true identities and hiding behind front companies, aliases, and third-party nationals,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.



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Couple Who Raised $400,000 For Homeless Vet Accused Of Mishandling Funds

Couple Who Raised $  400,000 For Homeless Vet Accused Of Mishandling FundsA GoFundMe account that raised close to a half-million dollars for a homeless



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Couple ordered to turn over funds raised for homeless man

Couple ordered to turn over funds raised for homeless manMOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A couple who raised more than $ 400,000 for a homeless man after he used his last $ 20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia must now turn over what's left of the cash.



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Palestinian refugees angry and dismayed at U.S. for halting funds to U.N. agency

Palestinian refugees angry and dismayed at U.S. for halting funds to U.N. agencyThe U.S. announcement on Friday that it will no longer support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has deepened a cash crisis at the agency, and heightened tensions with the Palestinian leadership. Most are descendants of the roughly 700,000 Palestinians who were driven out of their homes or fled the fighting in the 1948 war that led to Israel’s creation.



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US will 'cut all funds to UN agency for Palestinian refugees'

US will 'cut all funds to UN agency for Palestinian refugees'The US is reportedly preparing to slash all funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, prompting outrage from Palestinians and warnings that the move could spark unrest in region.   The Trump administration is expected to announce in coming weeks that it is ending all aid for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which supports Palestinian refugees in the occupied West Bank and Gaza as well as neighbouring countries. The US is the single largest donor to UNRWA, giving around $ 350 million (£254 million) per year, and the cuts may force the agency to pare back education and medical services for 5 million Palestinians.  The White House is also expected to announce that it is abandoning the traditional definition of a Palestinian refugee and will only recognise around 500,000 Palestinians as having actual refugee status.  Taken together, the moves would represent a dramatic shift in US policy on one of the most sensitive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The changes closely align with the goals of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, to close down UNRWA and take the question of refugees off the negotiating table in future peace talks with Palestinians.    Benjamin Netanyahu believes UNRWA sets back the peace process Credit: Ronen Zvulun/Pool via AP The Palestinian Authority warned that destabilising UNRWA would “create unimaginable suffering and would destabilise the entire region”.    UNRWA was created in 1949 to support the 750,000 Palestinians displaced from their homes in what is today Israel by the fighting between Jewish and Arab forces. The displaced people settled in refugee camps in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.  The agency recognises the descendants of the original 750,000 as also being refugees, meaning their current number stands at more than 5 million.  Palestinians insist the refugees have “the right of return” and must be allowed to go back to their pre-1948 lands under any peace deal. Israel has always opposed this because a large-scale return would drastically shift Israel’s demographic make up.  Mr Netanyahu argues the refugees are used as a political pawn by Arab leaders, who have encouraged them to hold on to false hopes of one day returning to Israel. He believes UNRWA perpetuates this idea and therefore makes the conflict harder to solve.  Jared Kushner (right) also favours "disrupting" UNRWA Credit: Photo by Israel Press Office /Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Leaked emails from Jared Kushner, Mr Trump’s son-in-law and point man on Israel-Palestinian issues, show a similar thinking. “This [agency] perpetuates a status quo, is corrupt, inefficient and doesn’t help peace,” Mr Kushner wrote, according to emails published by Foreign Policy. The US announced an initial cut to UNRWA funding earlier this year and the agency has already begun laying off some staff. Crowds stormed an UNRWA compound in Gaza in protest at the cuts.  Former US and Israeli officials have warned that bigger cuts will weaken both the Palestinian Authority and the government of Jordan, which relies on UNRWA to give services to 2 million Palestinians living in its territory.  Israel has close security cooperation with both Jordan and the Palestinians and the prospect of either collapsing is a major concern for Israel’s military.   Peter Lerner, a retired Israeli officer who served as the army’s spokesman, warned that “hardballing the Palestinians into submission is likely to blow up on Israel’s doorstep”.   Ex-Israeli officials have warned that instability could benefit Hamas and other militant groups Credit: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa “Will this doctrine bring peace, or will more, and potentially escalated, violence prevail? After all, in our region, poverty has been a breeding ground for radical recruitment, violence, and terrorism,” he wrote in an article for Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper. European governments have signaled they will boost funding for UNRWA to make up some of the shortfall and the agency also hopes to extract more money from Saudi Arabia and other wealthy Arab governments. 



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Germany to boost funds for Palestinians after U.S. cut

Germany to boost funds for Palestinians after U.S. cutThe German government has pledged to significantly increase its funding for the U.N. agency that supports Palestinian refugees after the United States cut its aid. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the funding crisis for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) was fueling uncertainty. Germany had already provided 81 million euros ($ 94 million) in aid for UNWRA this year, he said, and was preparing to increase its contribution.



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Asks Why U.S. Funds 'Unlimited War' But Not 'Medicare For All'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Asks Why U.S. Funds 'Unlimited War' But Not 'Medicare For All'Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued Wednesday that Congress seems to have no money



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Oklahoma's striking teachers seek more funds, Republicans say they are done

Oklahoma's striking teachers seek more funds, Republicans say they are doneA strike by Oklahoma educators demanding more school funding extended to a 10th day on Wednesday, as the state’s Republican leaders warned they planned no further increases after approving $ 450 million in new revenue to boost teacher pay. Schools in the state’s largest metro areas serving hundreds of thousands of students remained closed the day after Republican Governor Mary Fallin signed into law two bills that raised taxes but fell short of the teachers’ demand for $ 150 million above what had already been approved. “The governor and lawmakers keep closing the door on revenue options when Oklahomans are asking for a better path forward,” said Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, the state’s largest union for teachers, with about 40,000 members.



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6 Fired At Howard University For Misconduct Involving Need-Based Tuition Funds

6 Fired At Howard University For Misconduct Involving Need-Based Tuition FundsHoward University President Wayne Frederick confirmed Wednesday that financial



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