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ACTED Admits IDPs have Legitimate Grievances After Demonstration During Haley Visit

JUBA —  An official with the French charity ACTED has confirmed that many internally displaced persons (IDPs) angry over not meeting U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, last week destroyed the agency’s office inside the camp. ACTED country director Robert Simpson said his staff has not been able to …

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As Trump Heads to E. Asia, Tillerson Takes More Forceful Tone Towards Beijing

STATE DEPARTMENT —  After what U.S. officials said was several months of deliberation among President Donald Trump’s national security team, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently took a rather strident tone towards China in a major speech that came just weeks before Trump’s first state visit to China. “The United …

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Opposition Journalists’ Trial Resumes in Turkey Amid Global Concern

ISTANBUL —  Turkey’s press freedom record is under international scrutiny with the resumption of the trial of journalists and executives of the Cumhuriyet newspaper, widely seen as the last mainstream newspaper critical of the president and his government. The case is part of an ongoing crackdown after last year’s failed …

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Thailand Revokes Passports of Ousted Prime Minister

Thailand says it has revoked the passports of ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled the country last month before facing sentencing in connection with a botched rice subsidy program. The Foreign Ministry says Yingluck carried two diplomatic passports and two personal ones. Yingluck was convicted by Thailand’s supreme court …

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Ousted Catalan Leader in Brussels as Spanish Prosecutors Seek Charges

Ousted Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont is expected to make a public appearance Tuesday in Brussels, a day after he traveled there while Spanish prosecutors announced plans to seek sedition, rebellion and embezzlement charges against Catalan leaders. Belgian lawyer Paul Bekaert told VRT television Monday Puigdemont was in Brussels and had …

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