Trump Administration Defends Travel Ban in U.S. Supreme Court Brief

By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK, Aug 10 – President Donald Trump’s administration reiterated arguments defending its temporary travel ban in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, repeatedly citing the executive’s broad powers to exclude foreigners from the United States. The travel ban barring refugees and people from six Muslim-majority nations was signed

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U.K.’s Top Judge Says Government Must Provide Legal Clarity on Brexit

LONDON, Aug 8 – Britain’s most senior judge has said the government needs to spell out how British courts should interpret rulings from the European Court of Justice after Brexit. Currently Britain must abide by ECJ judgements but Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has said that Britain will leave its jurisdiction after Brexit. Britain has

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Iran’s Rouhani Presents New Ministers to Parliament

LONDON, Aug 8 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani presented his cabinet to parliament for a vote of confidence on Tuesday, keeping in place the chief architect of Tehran’s nuclear accord with global powers. In his first term, Rouhani championed an agreement with the United States and five other powers in 2015 that led to the

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Google Fires Employee Behind Anti-Diversity Memo

Aug 7 – Alphabet Inc’s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo that ascribed gender inequality in the technology industry to biological differences. James Damore, the engineer who wrote the memo, confirmed his dismissal saying that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes,” in an email to Reuters on Monday. Damore

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No More “Heroes” as Turkish Coup Suspects Get Court Uniforms

ANKARA, Aug 6 – Terrorist or coup suspects in Turkish courts will be made to wear special uniforms when they appear in court, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday after a defendant showed up for trial last month with a T-shirt that said “Hero” on it. Erdogan, who said last month that suspects in the

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Syrian Army Takes Last Daesh-Held Town in Homs

BEIRUT, Aug 6 – Syrian government and allied forces have taken the last major town in Homs province from Daesh, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday, as the army advances toward militant strongholds in the east of the country. The town of al-Sukhna lies some 50 km (30 miles) northeast of the

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U.K. Ready to Pay Up to 40 bln Euros to Leave EU

By David Milliken LONDON, Aug 5 – Britain is prepared to pay up to 40 billion euros ($47 billion) as part of a deal to leave the European Union, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported, citing three unnamed sources familiar with Britain’s negotiating strategy. The European Union has floated a figure of 60 billion euros and

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Refugees from Lebanon Camps Arrive at Edge of Syrian Rebel Zone

BEIRUT, Aug 3 – Buses carrying Syrians who left Lebanon after a ceasefire between Hezbollah and Nusra militants on Thursday started crossing into the rebel-held zone where they will settle, a Hezbollah military media unit reported. About 7,000 Syrians, including Nusra militants and refugees, left the Arsal district on the border between Lebanon and Syria

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Qatar Approves Law Allowing Some Foreigners Permanent Residency

DUBAI, Aug 3 – Qatar plans to allow some expatriates to obtain permanent residency, state news agency QNA reported, in the first move of its kind among Gulf Arab states that rely heavily on foreign labour. A draft law approved at a cabinet meeting will allow permanent residence to the children of Qatari women married

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Staying Alive: WhatsApp Finds New Uses in Conflict Zones

By Inna Lazareva YAOUNDE, Aug 3 – These days, the word on the street in war-torn Syria is that hospitals are best avoided – even if you’re injured. “Sometimes we hear that people feel the home is safer than the hospital,” said Mohamed Elamein, an information officer at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Gaziantep,

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