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Iraqi cleric Sadr joins supreme leader at Iran ceremony

Iraqi cleric Sadr joins supreme leader at Iran ceremonyPowerful Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr joined Iran’s supreme leader during a rare visit to Tehran to mark the Shiite holy day of Ashura, state media reported Wednesday. The office of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued pictures of Sadr flanked by Khamenei on one side, and the commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Major General Qasem Soleimani, on the other.



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Senator Graham, close Trump ally, joins opponents to planned U.S. foreign aid cuts

Senator Graham, close Trump ally, joins opponents to planned U.S. foreign aid cutsSenator Lindsey Graham and Representative Hal Rogers urged President Donald Trump on Friday to drop planned “sweeping and indiscriminate” foreign aid cuts, joining a chorus of lawmakers opposing what they consider a bid to sidestep Trump’s own budget deal. Trump administration officials have said they are reviewing State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development spending with an eye to using a budget process known as “rescission” to slash some $ 4.3 billion in aid spending, defying Congress, which passed legislation – signed into law by Trump – backing such spending. “Not only do these cuts have the potential to undermine significant national security and anti-terrorism efforts of our diplomats and international partners overseas, but we fear such a rescission package could complicate the ability of the Administration and Congress to work constructively on future appropriations deals,” the two lawmakers said in a letter to Trump.



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UPDATE 1-Canadian air force joins search for fugitive murder suspects in remote area

UPDATE 1-Canadian air force joins search for fugitive murder suspects in remote areaCanada’s air force has been called in to a tiny community in northern Manitoba, where two teens suspected of three murders were thought to have been last seen, police said on Monday, as the chase entered a second week. Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, were believed to have been seen on Sunday outside York Landing, a First Nations community of less than 500 people, 90 km (56 miles) south of Gillam, Manitoba, where search efforts were previously concentrated. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Manitoba posted on Twitter that they have not been able to substantiate the tip “after a thorough & exhaustive search,” but that resources will remain in the York Landing and Gillum areas.



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Canadian air force joins hunt for teen murder suspects

Canadian air force joins hunt for teen murder suspectsThe Royal Canadian Air Force has joined the hunt for two fugitive teens suspected of triple murder, officials said Saturday, backing up a vast search operation unfolding in Manitoba’s remote northeast. The suspects, identified as Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, have been on the run for more than a week. Authorities say they believe the two are behind the killings of 23-year-old Australian Lucas Fowler and his 24-year-old American girlfriend, Chynna Deese, as well as of Leonard Dyck, a 64-year-old Canadian.



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Arizona Dem. Joins Republicans in Effort to Expedite Deportation of Migrants with Invalid Asylum Claims

Arizona Dem. Joins Republicans in Effort to Expedite Deportation of Migrants with Invalid Asylum ClaimsSenator Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.) has joined a bipartisan group of nine colleagues proposing a pilot program that would expedite the deportation of migrants who make invalid asylum claims.The senators outlined the Operation Safe Return program, which would allow the deportation of migrants within 15 days if their asylum claims are not credible, in a letter sent to acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan on Wednesday.“We write to urge you to use authorities in use as of June 30, 2019, to implement Operation Safe Return, a pilot program to rapidly, accurately, and fairly determine those families who have crossed the southern border that clearly do not have a valid legal claim and safely return them to their home countries,” the senators wrote. “Through this program, we expect that we can meet our commitments to humanitarian protections while ensuring proper efficiency, timeliness, order, and fairness in the credible fear screening process.”Sinema and Republican senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin led the effort to develop the program in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis that has arisen at border-detention facilities in recent months due to overcrowding.The freshman Arizona Democrat began devising the program after realizing that the Trump administration's proposed solutions, which involve rewriting asylum laws and doing away with the Flores consent decree, were inadequate, according to the Arizona Republic.“This pilot program would apply to families who aren't claiming 'credible fear,' which of course is the first threshold in seeking asylum,” she said. “If someone says 'I left my country because I can't make a living,' [or] 'it's hard to take care of my family' — that's what we call an economic migrant.”“I just felt those weren't the right answers," Sinema added. “We wanted to solve the problem. We wanted to protect the asylum process for valid applicants . . . and we want to respect the Flores decision,” which limits to just 20 days the length of time that a migrant minor can be held in federal custody.Under the current system, asylum-seekers typically wait months or even years for their hearing, which as many as 90 percent of them fail to appear for, according to a recent pilot program that tracked asylum-seekers. Under Sinema's proposal, migrants would receive an expedited hearing and would be immediately deported if they failed to meet the “credible fear” standard established under U.S. immigration law.Sinema and Johnson are joined by Republican senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso of Wyoming, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Rob Portman of Ohio, and John Cornyn of Texas, as well as Democratic senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Doug Jones of Alabama. The group plans to meet with McAleenan in the coming weeks to explain the program in further detail.



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AOC joins Bernie in backing voting rights for prisoners

AOC joins Bernie in backing voting rights for prisonersRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backs 2020 candidate Bernie Sanders's support for prison voting rights.



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Ocasio-Cortez joins criticism of Fox News after '3 Mexican countries' on-air gaffe

Ocasio-Cortez joins criticism of Fox News after '3 Mexican countries' on-air gaffeOcasio-Cortez joined a chorus of social media critics who tore into Fox News an error onscreen that said Trump had cut "aid to 3 Mexican countries."



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The Latest: Slain teen's mother joins supporters at vigil

The Latest: Slain teen's mother joins supporters at vigilRANKIN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the acquittal of an ex-East Pittsburgh police officer's fatal shooting of a teen (all times local):



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FBI joins criminal probe into Boeing 737 Max 8 safety certification in wake of crashes

FBI joins criminal probe into Boeing 737 Max 8 safety certification in wake of crashesThe FBI has joined the widening criminal probe into how Boeing's 737 Max 8 jets were deemed as safe in the months before two of them crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia,



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Activist ValueAct Joins BlueMountain's Push to Revamp PG&E’s Board

Activist ValueAct Joins BlueMountain's Push to Revamp PG&E’s BoardBlueMountain, a PG&E shareholder that pushed to keep PG&E out of bankruptcy, launched a proxy fight to replace its board in the days prior to the company’s Chapter 11 filing in January and has been seeking support from other investors. On Friday, ValueAct Chief Executive Officer Jeff Ubben stepped forward to say one of his funds has taken a position in the company, and BlueMountain named him as one of its 13 nominations for the board. In joining the campaign, Ubben said in an interview that PG&E “needs a restart to gain the trust of stakeholders.” ValueAct Spring Fund has bought 1 million shares of PG&E, according to BlueMountain’s open letter to PG&E shareholders.



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