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DHS Chief Faces Senate Questions Over Trump Comments, Immigration Policy

In a wide-ranging hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a Senate committee she did not remember hearing President Donald Trump use vulgar language to describe Haiti and African countries during a meeting last week with lawmakers at the White House. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing follows a busy, often contentious week in immigration politics for the United States, with Republican and Democratic lawmakers sparring with each other and the president over potential reforms to the country’s immigration system. Notably, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin,…

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Trump Continues to Criticize Democrats Over DACA Demands

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized Democrat lawmakers Tuesday, saying their demands to include protections for young undocumented immigrants in a bill that would prevent a government shut-down this week would cost the military. “The Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security.The biggest loser will be our rapidly rebuilding Military, at a time we need it more than ever.We need a merit based system of immigration, and we need it now!No more dangerous Lottery,” Trump posted on Twitter. The White House-congressional talks about the…

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North Korea Mocks Trump’s ‘Nuclear Button’ Boast

North Korea has issued another salvo in the war of words with U.S. President Donald Trump, calling a recent boast about the size of his “nuclear button” as compared to Kim Jong Un’s as the “spasm of a lunatic.” The latest round of rhetorical tit-for-tat began with Kim warning in his New Year’s Day speech that the North’s nuclear arsenal is a “reality” and that he can launch a war with the push of a button on his desk. Trump responded with a mocking statement on Twitter, saying he, too,…

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Vancouver Talks Focus on Pressuring North Korea

The United States and Canada are hosting a meeting Tuesday in Vancouver focused on pressuring North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland are bringing together officials from about 20 nations to look at how to better implement sanctions and prevent North Korea from evading measures put in place by the United Nations. State Department Policy Planning Director Brian Hook said ahead of the meeting that leaders want to show there are diplomatic paths available to resolve the…

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California Couple Jailed for Allegedly Torturing Their Children

Two people are under arrest east of Los Angeles after police found 12 of their children allegedly held captive in their home in filthy conditions. The couple, David and Louise Turpin, are being held on $9 million bail while police investigate charges of torture and child endangerment. Police said they were alerted to the situation in the house in Perris, California, by a 17-year-old girl who escaped and called them on a cellphone. The officers say the teenager was so malnourished, she looked like a 10-year-old child. The other people…

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S. Africa Summons US Diplomat Over Trump’s Reported Vulgar Remarks

South Africa is the latest country to call in an American diplomat to explain U.S. President Donald Trump’s reported vulgar remarks about African and Haitian immigrants to the U.S. Trump stunned lawmakers in a recent White House meeting on immigration when, according to multiple reports, he asked, “Why are we having all these people from s—hole countries come here?” Trump reportedly said the U.S. should allow in more people from places such as Norway. Norway’s population is predominantly white. The populations of the African countries and Haiti are mostly black….

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Russia Does Not Support Trump Push to Alter Iran Nuclear Deal

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday that Russia does not support U.S. President Donald Trump’s calls to renegotiate the international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program. Trump said Friday he was waiving for the last time sanctions the U.S. agreed to lift under the 2015 deal, and that Congress and European partners had 120 days to come up with ways to fix what he called “disastrous flaws” in the agreement. Lavrov said Monday if Trump does go through with his threat to withdraw from the deal if no changes are…

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Americans Celebrate Slain Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Americans on Monday celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, honoring a man who embodied the U.S. civil rights movement and who understood that the success of the movement depended on its nonviolent principles. Every year on the third Monday in January, Americans honor the slain civil rights leader who in the 1950s and 1960s organized nonviolent protests against Southern segregation, the struggle for black equality and voting rights. Many around the country spend the holiday commemorating King’s tireless work to end racism by participating in community service projects. The U.S….

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Trump: ‘I am Not a Racist’

President Donald Trump denied he is a racist Sunday, three days after he reportedly referred to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa as coming from “s—hole” countries.” “I am the least racist person you will ever interview,” Trump responded to a reporter’s question at his Mar-a-Lago Florida resort. According to some in the room during a White House meeting on immigration, Trump asked why the U.S. is letting in immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa and said he wanted more from countries such as Norway. He also apparently…

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Palestinian President Abbas to Trump: Shame on You

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday President Donald Trump ought to be ashamed of himself for saying the Palestinians rejected peace talks. In a two-hour rebuke of Trump’s Palestinian policy, Abbas told the Palestinian Central Council — the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s decision-making body — he will no longer accept the U.S. as a peace mediator. “We can say no to anyone if things are related to our fate and our people, and now we have said no to Trump,” Abbas raged. “We told him the ‘deal of the century’ was…

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