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Judge says forcing waits in Mexico to seek asylum is illegal


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In virus-hit 'ghost town', stranded Thai student waits for help

In virus-hit 'ghost town', stranded Thai student waits for helpWhen Thai medical student Badeephak Kaosala dares to leave his rented apartment in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, he puts on a mask, gloves, a hat and layers of clothing to try to avoid infection with the coronavirus that has the city on lockdown. “Anywhere you go, you are always self-conscious of touching someone or you always have to keep in mind that you have to keep a distance from the person you’re walking next to – when he sneezes, when he coughs, even when he breathes,” said the 23-year-old student at Wuhan’s Tongji Medical College. The Thai government has put a military plane on standby for a possible evacuation of its citizens, but Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday they do not yet have Beijing’s permission for the airlift.



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Who’s In Charge Here? The President Waits for Instructions from Saudi Arabia

Who’s In Charge Here? The President Waits for Instructions from Saudi ArabiaThe president of the United States can’t say who attacked the oil fields in Saudi Arabia last week or why. But the president can announce across his Twitter feed that Prime Mohammed bin Salman will tell our military what to do about it:> Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019The president’s effusive support for the Saudi regime reads like a caricature of what critics of our Middle Eastern foreign policy would say of it. For years we’ve been working to advance the argument that the United States is too solicitous of the interests of the House of Saud, and then the president just tweets it out.Confused yet? We’ve been here before, and recently. Back in May, U.S. naval assets were moved into the Gulf region. This was announced by former national-security adviser John Bolton in a tweet and a memo, without a press conference. Military news portal Defense One asked for clarification: “If there was a threat, what is it? And why would the White House claim it is ‘deploying’ a ship already underway in the region? Is this just political bluster?”But why be confused? When the world’s superpower is waiting to hear Saudi Arabia’s commands, you can bet the answer will be something like John McCain’s reprise of that pop classic: Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran.On Fox News yesterday, host Bret Baier had on anti-war Democrat and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard to discuss the latest doings in the Middle East. The segment is worth watching. Gabbard had criticized President Trump, accusing him of trying to “pimp out” the U.S. military to Mohammed bin Salman. Baier tries to press her into a corner, making her choose between Saudi Arabia and Iran, even saying she sounded like a “fan of Iran.” Gabbard gamely refuses the choice, saying she is “on the side of the United States” and noting that Saudi Arabia’s government and its elite funds, appeases, and occasionally controls al-Qaeda. She’s right.She’s more than right. Saudi Arabia sponsors demotic Sunni radicalism throughout the Middle East, which has extended human conflict and contributed to the waves of refugees heading into Europe. Once in Europe, these refugees turn to mosques, funded by the Saudis, that preach a far more radical version of Islamism than what they had back in their home country. If in the past few years you ever stumbled on one of those confusing videos of various actors in the Syrian civil war using materiel provided by the U.S. Department of Defense to fire on others in the Syrian civil war who were using materiel provided by the CIA, well, you can thank Saudi Arabia for that too.One of the reasons that Donald Trump says that he’ll wait for instructions from Saudi Arabia is that he and the political class wouldn’t dare consult with the American people. When our relationship to the Saudis is explained, there are halting gestures at history, and a vague threat that somehow the Saudi royal family is better than any alternative regime. Saudi Arabia’s bone-saw, cholera-epidemic foreign policy doesn’t exactly inspire Americans to cry out to their government to support our gallant allies in the Peninsula. Americans like to be told they are fighting for nations with similar values — friends of freedom. American reporters who, until recently, attended “ideas conferences” in Riyadh used to burble credulously about how the country was modernizing under its new leadership. And yet Saudi Arabia will happily torture and behead a kid who was accepted to one of our universities because he attended a pro-democracy protest.Shia Islam is not going away anytime soon. And so the United States has no conceivable interest in taking such a strong side in the ongoing religious cold war roiling the dar al-Islam. We need to stop Saudi Arabia from outsourcing all the costs of its foreign policy to the United States and our allies in Europe. The president needs to be swiftly reminded that the people through the representatives are those who declare that the United States is at war with other sovereign nations, not Prince Bone Saw.



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Animal native to South American rainforests waits outside Florida man’s front door then barges in and repeatedly charges him

Animal native to South American rainforests waits outside Florida man’s front door then barges in and repeatedly charges himAn animal native to South America’s rainforests has attacked a man after invading his second-floor Florida apartment.The kinkajou – often known as a honey bear – ran into the home, in Lake Worth Beach, through an open door and launched itself at Michael Litersky’s legs, inflicting bites and scratches.



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Honduras mother waits 8 years for lost migrant son to return

Honduras mother waits 8 years for lost migrant son to returnSAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Haydee Posadas had waited eight years for her son to come home. On the last night of her long vigil, she was too agitated to sleep.



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Honduras mother waits for migrant son missing en route to US

Honduras mother waits for migrant son missing en route to USSAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Haydee Posadas had waited eight years for her son to come home. On the last night of her long vigil, she was too agitated to sleep.



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Advance guard of caravan reaches U.S. border — and waits

Advance guard of caravan reaches U.S. border — and waitsA woman and child are detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents as they sit between two border structures located on the U.S. side, seen from Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 15, 2018. It is unknown if the two are members of a migrant caravan, but migrants from a first of three caravans continue to arrive by the hundreds in Tijuana. Migrants traveling through Mexico as part of highly publicized—and highly politicized— caravans finally began to arrive in Tijuana by the hundreds last week, reaching what many hope will be the last stop on a long and arduous pilgrimage that began in Honduras more than a month ago.



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Afghanistan waits for Taliban response to truce offer

Afghanistan waits for Taliban response to truce offerAfghanistan was waiting Monday for a Taliban response to President Ashraf Ghani’s suggestion of a three-month ceasefire, an offer welcomed by the United States and NATO after 17 years of war. Ghani unveiled the government’s latest gambit during an Independence Day address late Sunday, saying security forces would observe the truce beginning this week — but only if the Taliban reciprocated. The move followed an extraordinarily violent week in Afghanistan that saw that Taliban storm the provincial capital of Ghazni — just a two hour drive from Kabul — and press the fight against security forces across the country, resulting in hundreds of deaths.



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Deep beneath the Pacific, another active Hawaiian volcano waits to emerge

Deep beneath the Pacific, another active Hawaiian volcano waits to emergeAs Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues to spew lava into neighborhoods and eject foreboding plumes of dark ash into the sky, a nearby underwater volcano named Lo‘ihi patiently waits to rise above the surface.  Like all Hawaiian volcanoes, dead and alive, Lo‘ihi has grown steadily from the depths of the Pacific Ocean as lava spews from it and quickly cools, slowly adding more mass to the underwater mountain. If Lo‘ihi keeps erupting lava, gradually building up its surface area, the active volcano could very well become Hawaii's next Big Island volcano. It's also possible that the volcano could even start its own, brand new Hawaiian island.  SEE ALSO: An astronaut saw Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupting from space. And he took a picture. "There's every reason to believe this will be the latest chapter in this story going back millions of years," George Bergantz, a volcanologist at the University of Washington, said in an interview.  Volcano scientists, including those at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), consider Lo‘ihi to be an active volcano, because it has erupted in recent history.  The USGS lists Lo‘ihi as having a "very low" threat potential, as it's more than 3,000 feet beneath the Pacific. The red pin marks the summit of the Lō‘ihi seamount.Image: Google Maps"It's definitely an active or potentially active volcano," Erik Klemetti, a volcanologist at Denison University, said in an interview. "But it's hard to be there at the right time to see it [an eruption] happen." In 1996, Lo‘ihi experienced "a pretty significant eruption," Michael Poland, of the USGS's Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, said in an interview. Poland noted that the dramatic, undersea eruption collapsed a portion of the seamount's summit.  Although no one directly witnessed the eruption — as that would mean waiting in a deep-sea submersible at a reasonable distance away — scientists still knew about it. Lo‘ihi sits on the side of the Big Island, so the strong earthquakes that typically accompany eruptions were picked up by Hawaii's seismic monitoring instruments.  "It was one of the most energetic earthquake swarms that we had ever seen in Hawaii," Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, an associate professor of geology at Western Washington University, said in an interview.  Caplan-Auerbach spent a couple years directly studying Lo‘ihi, floating above it in a research vessel and once even taking a submersible down to the volcano.  A deep-sea ocean observatory placed atop Lō‘ihi.Image: NOAA/NOAA Undersea research program"I was hoping to see something," she said, but it appears that since the dramatic 1996 eruption, Lo‘ihi has quieted down — for now. The year after the quake, scientists placed a large, refrigerator-sized "submarine volcano observatory" on Lo‘ihi's summit, connected to shore by a long circuit. It soon stopped working but still provided Caplan-Auerbach and other scientists with months of valuable data. "We saw very little, which was weird," she said. "It was probably the end of a fairly active period." What will become of Lo‘ihi? Each of the Hawaiian islands is composed of at least one volcano.  The Big Island is made up of five, some of which, like 12,000-foot high Moana Loa, are massive, gently-sloping mountains.  "As Moana Loa is today, Lo‘ihi may one day be," Bergantz said, but noted that this isn't, of course, a sure thing. This seamount still has a lot of erupting to do to even breach the surface.  No one has any real idea how long it might take for Lo‘ihi to emerge, but the USGS estimates that if Lo‘ihi continues to layer lava on its summit and flanks at the rate of about 16.5 feet every 1,000 years, the volcano will emerge in some 200,000 years.  The view of Mauna Loa from the top of snow-peaked Mauna Kea, another Big Island volcano.Image: Getty Images/Mint Images RMCaplan-Auerbach has a similar estimate but said that we don't really know how quickly the mountain will grow. Scientists first started monitoring it in the 1970s. "For geologists, this is crazy short," she said. "So we’ll have to wait and see if it does anything exciting." There has been some small quaking activity down there, in around 2000, 2004, and again last year, Caplan-Auerbach said. So perhaps Lo‘ihi is due for some more truly eruptive activity. However, the 1996 didn't help Lo‘ihi's island ambitions any. "The last thing it did was shrink," said Caplan-Auerbach said, referring the the summit collapse in 1996. "It's got to kick into gear if it wants to get into island mode." "Don’t buy property there." WATCH: Exploring volcanoes with robots: a day in the life of Carolyn Parcheta  



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Capitol Hill Nervously Waits For The Next Big Sexual Harassment Scandal

Capitol Hill Nervously Waits For The Next Big Sexual Harassment ScandalWASHINGTON ― The atmosphere is tense on Capitol Hill, as members of Congress and their staff anxiously await more sexual harassment revelations in their ranks.



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