Muslim Immigrant Joins California Lieutenant Governor Race A Pakistani-born doctor announced Wednesday that he was joining the 2018 race for lieutenant governor on a platform of saving Obamacare, providing free community college education and fighting what he termed "Donald Trump's hate."
"I am a proud Muslim and I love America," Dr. Asif Mahmood said at a news conference in front of the downtown federal building that houses a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office.
"President Trump continues to...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:11:02 -0400 Qatar Denies Violating Labor Law by Blocking Migrants From Leaving Qatar on Thursday denied it was violating a new labor law by blocking migrants from leaving the country, saying it was committed to enforcing reforms to improve the rights of millions of foreign workers.
A new law making it easier for migrants to change jobs and leave the oil-rich Gulf state — where many of them have been recruited to build soccer stadiums ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup — came into effect in December.
But rights groups say the new law is not being enforced and that...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:56:42 -0400 Study: Solar Wind Turned Mars into Dry, Cold Planet Particles blasting out from the sun stripped away what was once a thick, Earth-like atmosphere on Mars, leaving behind a dry and cold world inhospitable to life, researchers said in a study released Thursday.
About 4 billion years ago when life was starting on Earth, Mars also had a dense atmosphere, which kept the planet warm and wet, according to the study in this week's issue of the journal Science.
Over time, energized particles in the solar wind stripped off Mars'...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:46:38 -0400 US Imposes Sanctions on IS Leaders From Southeast Asia U.S. Treasury authorities on Thursday sanctioned two prominent Southeast Asian leaders of Islamic State in charge of recruiting and laundering money from bases in Iraq and Syria.
Muhammad Bahrun Naim Anggih Tamtomo, an Indonesian national, and Muhammad Wanndy Bin Mohamed Jedi, originally from Malaysia, were added to the Specially Designated Global Terrorists list for providing financial and operational support for IS in both countries and funneling money through Southeast Asia to recruit...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:20:06 -0400 Twitter Eases 140-character Limit in Replies Twitter has found more creative ways to ease its 140-character limit without officially raising it.
Now, the company says that when you reply to someone - or to a group - usernames will no longer count toward those 140 characters. This will be especially helpful with group conversations, where replying to two, three or more users at a time could be especially difficult with the character constraints.
When users reply, the names of the people they are replying to will be on...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:05:50 -0400 White House Quiet on Report Two Trump Officials are Nunes’ Sources The Trump administration has declined to comment on a report that two White House officials reportedly provided the leader of a congressional investigation with intelligence that showed members of the Trump presidential transition team were caught up in incidental foreign surveillance by U.S. spy agencies.
The New York Times newspaper reports the White House "sources" are Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a senior director at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, an attorney at...
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:23:23 EST In Baghdad, UN chief Guterres pledges solidarity with Iraqi government and people On what he called a “visit of solidarity” with Iraq, Secretary-General António Guterres today welcomed the commitment of the country’s leaders to civilian protection and national dialogue, and pledged the ongoing support of the United Nations as the Government seeks to bolster aid delivery to needy populations and rebuild Iraq institutions.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:18:29 EST UN agriculture agency takes step to help rice farmers bolster production Concerned about global rice production and eradicating hunger around the world, the United Nations agricultural agency today announced that it has teamed up with an international research institute to enhance rice farming and make it more adaptable to climate change.
China: First Step Towards Adoption of a New Civil Code (Mar. 30, 2017) On March 15, 2017, the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) passed the General Provisions of the Civil Law. (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Minfa Zongze [General Provisions of the Civil Law of the PRC], NPC website; General Provisions of the Civil Law, CHINA LAW TRANSLATE (Mar. 15, 2017).) […]
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:30:19 +0000 Turkey: Court Rules that Child Can Be Exempted from Compulsory Religious Classes (Mar. 30, 2017) It was reported on March 15, 2017, that a court in Turkey’s southern province of Antalya had issued a decision stating that “compulsory religion classes are ‘openly against the law.’” The ruling was in response to a complaint filed by an atheist family seeking to have their child, “E.D.,” exempted from compulsory […]
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:30:39 +0000 Burma: 2017 Union Tax Law Passed (Mar. 30, 2017) The legislature of Burma (also known as Myanmar) passed the Union Tax Law 2017 (UTL) on March 1, 2017; it will come into force on April 1, 2017. (Suet Yen Loo, Myanmar: Union Tax Law 2017 Adopted, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Mar. 27, 2017), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database (IBFD); Law Draft […]
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:30:40 +0000 Italy: Measures to Fight Against Illegal Immigration Bolstered (Mar. 29, 2017) On February 18, 2017, new legislation on the fight against illegal immigration entered into effect in Italy. (Decree Law No. 13 of February 17, 2017, Urgent Provisions for the Acceleration of International Protection Procedures and for the Fight Against Illegal Immigration (D.L. No. 13), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) More Efficient Handling of Non-EU […]
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:30:56 +0000 Netherlands: Legislation to Allow More Testing of Driverless Vehicles (Mar. 29, 2017) On February 24, 2017, the Dutch Cabinet approved a bill that removes legal restrictions and makes it possible for manufacturers to carry out much more extensive testing of self-driving vehicles, without the physical presence of the driver in the vehicle. (Self-Driving Vehicles to Hit the Roads, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment […]
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:03:58 GMT 'You may as well kill us' The BBC's Vikas Pandey visits a community of butchers affected by the crackdown on meat shops.
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Pentagon responds to criticism over civilian deaths in Mosul blast WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday said it would soon release a video showing Islamic State militants herding civilians into a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul and then firing from it, the U.S. military's latest response to an outcry over a separate explosion thought to have killed scores of civilians.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:15:41 -0400 U.S. priority on Syria no longer focused on 'getting Assad out': Haley NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States' diplomatic policy on Syria for now is no longer focused on making the war-torn country's president, Bashar al-Assad, leave power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday, in a departure from the Obama administration's initial and public stance on Assad's fate.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:21:54 -0400 Venezuela's Maduro decried as 'dictator' after Congress annulled CARACAS (Reuters) - Opposition leaders branded Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro a "dictator" on Thursday after the Supreme Court took over the functions of Congress and pushed a lengthy political standoff to new heights.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:01:53 -0400 China's Xi to meet Trump for the first time next week WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold their first face-to-face talks next week, a highly anticipated meeting between leaders at odds over trade, China's strategic ambitions, and how to deal with North Korea's weapons programs.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:59:22 -0400 Israeli cabinet approves first West Bank settlement in 20 years JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's security cabinet on Thursday approved the building of the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in two decades, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu negotiates with Washington on a possible curb on settlement activity.
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