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489 illegal immigrants with detainers released in North Carolina: report

489 illegal immigrants with detainers released in North Carolina: reportA new report claims 489 illegal immigrants with detainers were released across North Carolina over the past 10 months. Judge Andrew Napolitano reacts.



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Iran oil tanker at centre of diplomatic row with UK 'goes dark' off Syria after being released by Gibraltar

Iran oil tanker at centre of diplomatic row with UK 'goes dark' off Syria after being released by GibraltarThe tanker at the centre of a diplomatic row between Iran and Britain “went dark” yesterday night off the coast of Syria, where it is suspected she may be delivering a controversial cargo of Iranian crude oil.  The Adrian Darya 1, formally named Grace 1, would be doing so in breach of an agreement made to secure its release and threatens to become a major political embarrassment for the UK. The vessel was detained by British Royal Marine commandos off Gibraltar on July 4 as it was believed to be en route to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. Two weeks later, Iran in retaliation seized British-flagged Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz leading into the Gulf. Gibraltar released the Adrian Darya on August 15 after receiving formal written assurances from Tehran that the ship would not discharge its 2.1 million barrels of oil in Syria. The Stena has not been released. An aerial view shows a speedboat of Iran's Revolutionary Guard moving around the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz  Credit: AP Iran changed the Grace 1’s name and sold the oil, though it did not disclose the buyer. Since then it has been sailing around the Mediterranean with its load, continually changing its destination port. The US Treasury Department blacklisted the tanker on Friday, citing intelligence it was planning to deliver its crude to Syria. US Coast Guardsmen with Maritime Security Response Team East, Advanced Interdiction Team Detachment 1, during a training exercise in the Gulf Credit: Reuters Washington warned any state against assisting the ship, saying it would consider that support for a terrorist organisation, namely, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, prompting Greece to deny the Adrian permission to dock. According to TankerTrackers.com, which uses satellite tracking to record shipping movements, the vessel sent its last signal giving its position in international waters heading north towards Syria at 5.53pm local time on Monday. "It's now safe to assume she's in Syria's territorial waters," TankerTrackers.com tweeted. It is now thought to be sitting off the coast of Tartus awaiting a ship-to-ship transfer via one of a handful of Iranian-linked tankers in the region, also currently with no Automatic Identification System signals active.  It is not against international law for a ship to turn her AIS off, but it is often done to try to get around sanctions. Lloyd’s List Intelligence suggested two possible smaller vessels that may be involved in any transfer. Silvia 1, an Iran-flagged tanker, turned off its transponder on August 29 having entered the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal. While Stark I, a 159,681 dwt, Iran-flagged crude tanker, took a similar route, also dropping off communication late on August 30.  “The fact that Adrian Darya 1 is currently skirting the Syrian coast with its AIS offline, awaiting what the US intelligence services expect to be an imminent ship-to-ship transfer, which will ultimately see its cargo end up in Syria, is politically embarrassing for almost everyone except Iran,” said Richard Meade, managing editor of Lloyd’s List Intelligence. View of the Iranian oil tanker, formerly named Grace 1, anchored off Gibraltar Credit: REX The oil delivery could undermine European efforts to broker US-Iran talks. The UK, which has been pulled in opposing directions by European and American allies, has been trying to keep a diplomatic track with Tehran despite rising tensions. President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the nuclear deal with Tehran last year, leaving EU signatories scrambling to keep it alive.  An Iranian government spokesman said on Tuesday it will "take a strong step" away from its 2015 nuclear accord if Europe cannot offer the country new terms by a deadline at the end of this week, as top Iranian diplomats travelled to France and Russia for last-minute talks. Should the Adrian offload as expected, it will raise questions as to whether the Islamic republic is acting in good faith.



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Woman who killed boyfriend during sex game released on parole after 18 years

Woman who killed boyfriend during sex game released on parole after 18 yearsAnastazia Schmid was a free woman Tuesday more than 18 years after she stabbed her boyfriend, Tony Heathcote, 39 times during a consensual sex game.



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Iran says it has sold oil from tanker released by Gibraltar

Iran says it has sold oil from tanker released by GibraltarIran has sold the oil from a tanker released by Gibraltar after weeks in the custody of British Royal Marines and the vessel’s owner will decide on its next destination, IRIB news agency quoted an Iranian government spokesman as saying on Monday. Separately, Tehran – embroiled in a spiralling confrontation with Washington over U.S. sanctions meant to strangle Iranian oil exports – announced that it had deployed a naval destroyer with cruise missiles to help secure Iranian ships. The Iranian government spokesman did not identify the recipient of the oil carried by the Adrian Darya tanker.



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UPDATE 1-Iran says it has sold oil from tanker released by Gibraltar

UPDATE 1-Iran says it has sold oil from tanker released by GibraltarIran has sold the oil from a tanker released by Gibraltar after weeks in the custody of British Royal Marines and the vessel’s owner will decide on its next destination, IRIB news agency quoted an Iranian government spokesman as saying on Monday. Separately, Tehran – embroiled in a spiralling confrontation with Washington over U.S. sanctions meant to strangle Iranian oil exports – announced that it had deployed a naval destroyer with cruise missiles to help secure Iranian ships. The Iranian government spokesman did not identify the recipient of the oil carried by the Adrian Darya tanker.



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Russian opposition leader Navalny released from jail

Russian opposition leader Navalny released from jailRussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released on Friday after spending a month in jail for calling for an unsanctioned protest. Navalny, along with several opposition activists, has led a protest movement earlier this summer against Russian election authorities’ decision to bar nearly two dozen independent candidates from running for the Moscow city legislature in the Sept. 8 election. One of these rallies was the largest anti-government protest that Moscow had seen in eight years.



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The Latest: Accuser at center of released files speaks out

The Latest: Accuser at center of released files speaks outThe Jeffrey Epstein accuser who filed a since-settled lawsuit against Epstein’s ex-girlfriend says she’s grateful he will never harm anyone again, but is angry there will be no chance he answers for his conduct. Virginia Giuffre tells The New York Times that her husband woke her up early in Australia to share the news that the wealthy financier died Saturday morning in an apparent suicide. The records contain graphic allegations against Epstein, as well as the transcript of a 2016 deposition of Epstein in which he repeatedly refused to answer questions to avoid incriminating himself.



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Epstein files unsealed: Thousands of accusers' documents have been released from the defamation suit against his ex-girlfriend and alleged 'madam'

Epstein files unsealed: Thousands of accusers' documents have been released from the defamation suit against his ex-girlfriend and alleged 'madam'Unsealed court documents from the Giuffre v. Maxwell defamation suit in Florida reveal thousands of documents concerning Epstein's sex crimes.



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ICE released 300 of the 680 detained in raids at Mississippi food processing plants

ICE released 300 of the 680 detained in raids at Mississippi food processing plantsU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 680 people at food processing plants in small towns near Jackson, Mississippi, on Wednesday.



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US warned Sweden of 'negative consequences' if A$AP Rocky were not released from jail for trial

US warned Sweden of 'negative consequences' if A$  AP Rocky were not released from jail for trialA U.S. presidential envoy warned of "potentially negative consequences" to U.S.-Swedish relations if rapper A$ AP Rocky were not released from prison, according to reports.



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