Democrats pass plan to reopen U.S. government without funding for border wall

On their first day in the majority, U.S. House Democrats on Thursday night passed a plan to reopen the government without funding U.S. President Donald Trump’s promised border wall. The largely party-line votes came after Trump made a surprise appearance at the White House briefing room Thursday afternoon pledging to keep up the fight for his signature campaign promise. House ...

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How creating a podcast won parole for a California prisoner

In California, prison inmates typically are granted parole by doing good deeds or showing they have been rehabilitated by becoming pastors, drug counsellors or youth advocates. For Walter (Earlonne) Woods, the path to freedom was podcasting. Woods, 47, was recently released from San Quentin State Prison after Gov. Jerry Brown commuted his 31-years-to-life sentence for attempted armed robbery. Brown cited Woods’ ...

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U.S. border agents fire tear gas at migrants in Mexico

U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who tried to breach the border fence in Tijuana. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement later Tuesday that the gas was used to target rock throwers apart from the migrants who were trying to cross. “No agents ...

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Kim Jong-un warns he’ll seek a ‘new path’ if U.S. continues to demand unilateral action from North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Tuesday that his resolve for complete denuclearization remains unchanged but he may have to seek a “new path” if the United States continues to demand unilateral action from his country. In his New Year’s address, Kim said there would be faster progress on denuclearization if the United States takes corresponding action. He ...

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China’s disappeared: Some of the people who vanished at the hands of the Chinese state in 2018

It’s not uncommon for individuals who speak out against the government to disappear in China, but the scope of the “disappeared” has expanded since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2013. Not only dissidents and activists, but also high-level officials, Marxists, foreigners and even a movie star — people who never publicly opposed the ruling Communist Party — have ...

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