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Duterte Tells Troops ‘You Can Arrest Any Person’

(AP) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is telling troops fighting Muslim militants for the control of southern Marawi city to use martial law powers to defeat the Islamic State group-linked extremists. Duterte said in a Friday speech to the troops in Illigan, near Marawi on southern Mindanao island, “you can arrest any person, search any […]

Trump Travel Ban Showdown Headed For Supreme Court

(AP) – Donald Trump’s administration is pledging a Supreme Court showdown over his travel ban. That’s after a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against it that the ban “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.” Citing the president’s duty to protect the country from terrorism, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that the Justice […]

Was Montana’s Wild House Race A Trump Test? Not So Much

(AP) – Republican Greg Gianforte’s win in Montana’s special election hinged on flaws in both the two major party candidates. Gianforte’s weaknesses were most apparent Wednesday night when he was charged with misdemeanor assault for throwing a reporter to the ground. He apologized Thursday after polls closed. The majority of voters had already cast ballots […]

Lawyer Says Kushner Willing To Cooperate With Investigators

(AP) – A lawyer for President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser says Jared Kushner is willing to cooperate with federal investigators looking into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. News media report that the FBI is investigating meetings Kushner had in December with Russian officials. In a statement issued Thursday, attorney Jamie Gorelick (gaw-REH’-lihk) […]

Sri Lankan Sex Ring In Haiti Reveals Cracks In UN System

(AP) – An AP investigation has found that the U.N. deployed thousands of Sri Lankan peacekeepers despite concerns over the country’s human rights record. Sri Lanka refuses to allow independent investigations into alleged civil war atrocities. It only recently said it investigated fewer than two dozen of the 134 peacekeepers implicated in a Haiti child […]

Tusk Predicts ‘Most Challenging’ G-7 In Years

(AP) – The chairman of the European Union’s council says there is “no doubt that this will be the most challenging G-7 summit in years.” President Donald Trump’s positions on the hot-button issues of climate change, trade and migration stand in contrast to many European leaders. And they threaten to throw a summit of the […]