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Trump ends refugee ban with order to review program for 11 countries

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Executive order ends 120-day suspension of refugee processing as White House refuses to name 11 countries facing 90-day review Donald Trump has signed an executive order ending his temporary ban on refugee admissions to the US, while calling for a 90-day review of the program for 11 countries his administration has deemed high risk. The president had previously suspended the processing of all refugees to the US for a period of 120 days as part of a previous executive order, issued in tandem with the his travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries. The 120-day window came to a close on […]

Trump commerce secretary’s business links with Putin family laid out in leaked files

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Wilbur Ross stands to profit from company run by Russians, some of whom are under US sanctions Donald Trumps commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, is doing business with Vladimir Putins son-in-law through a shipping venture in What are the Paradise Papers? video Peter Harrell, a senior state department official under Barack Obama, who worked on sanctions against Russia, said: Im frankly surprised. Maybe I shouldnt be, given that with this administration, there seems to be a Russian in every closet. Rosss press secretary, James Rockas, said in a statement that Rosss holding would not conflict with his government duties on trade […]

Hawaii judge blocks latest Trump travel ban with hours to spare

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Derrick Watson grants states request to temporarily prevent federal enforcement of the most recent batch of restrictions A judge in Hawaii has blocked the most recent restrictions affect citizens of

Donald Trump caps refugee admissions in 2018 to historic low

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Figure of 45,000 is lowest requested by a president in over three decades and less than half the 110,000 cap issued by Obama in 2016 Donald Trump intends to cap Americas annual refugee admissions at a historic low , marking the administrations latest crackdown on immigrants from some of the worlds most vulnerable groups. A US state department report seen by the Guardian shows that the administration has briefed Congress it will admit just 45,000 refugees in 2018, the lowest number requested by any president in over three decades and less than half the 110,000 cap issued in the last […]

Trump travel ban extended to blocks on North Korea, Venezuela and Chad

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Presidents proclamation may throw major hurdle in front of ongoing court challenges to ban which blocked travel from six majority-Muslim countries Donald Trump has announced new travel restrictions on visitors to the United States that will expand his controversial travel ban to eight countries. The new proclamation, which will come into effect on 18 October, will continue to target travellers from Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Iran, but also adds North Korea, Chad and Venezuela to the list of targeted countries. Sudan has been dropped from the administrations list of nations and Iraqi citizens will be subjected to additional scrutiny […]

White House ‘pressuring’ intelligence officials to find Iran in violation of nuclear deal

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Intelligence analysts, chastened by the experience of the 2003 Iraq war, are said to be resisting the pressure to come up with evidence of Iranian violations US intelligence officials are under pressure from the White House to produce a justification to declare Iran in violation of a 2015 nuclear agreement, in an echo of the politicisation of intelligence that led up to the Iraq invasion, according to former officials and analysts. The collapse of the tense standoff with North Korea. Intelligence analysts, chastened by the experience of the 2003 Iraq war, launched by the Bush administration on the basis of […]

Central America braces for return of US military-led foreign policy

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Trumps homeland security chief to lead meeting on regions economic and security issues, as experts say aid cuts and deportations could fuel instability Central America is bracing itself for a return to military-led US foreign policy amid rising fears that sweeping aid cuts and mass deportations could destabilise the region. Gen John Kelly, the US secretary of homeland security, will this week lead a high-level meeting on economic and security issues in Central America, where interlocking conflicts which killed tens of thousands and forcibly displaced millions. Kellys department has taken over the direction of security policy for every country north […]
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