Category Archives: Middle East

Trump administration says US to accept just 30,000 refugees in 2019 - a third of the historic average

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that the United States would cap the number of refugees allowed into the country at 30,000 for the 2019 fiscal year, a sharp drop from a limit of 45,000 it set for 2018. “We proposed resettling up to 30,000 refugees under the new refugee ceiling as well as processing more than 280,000 asylum seekers,” Mr Pompeo said in an announcement at the State Department. “These expansive figures continue the United States’ long-standing record as the most generous nation in the world when it comes to protection-based immigration and assistance,” he said. …read more

Pope meets with US church leaders over clergy sex abuse

Pope meets with US church leaders over clergy sex abuse

Pope Francis met with US bishops and cardinals on Thursday to discuss the Vatican’s response to a new wave of devastating claims of sexual abuse by clergy. The pope met Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who leads the US Conference of Bishops, and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who advises the pope on sex abuse issues. DiNardo’s deputy Jose Horacio Gomez and general secretary Brian Bransfield also attended the closed-door meeting.

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Trump, under pressure to honor McCain, orders flags to half-staff

Trump, under pressure to honor McCain, orders flags to half-staff

Donald Trump bowed to pressure Monday to honor the late John McCain, ordering that flags be lowered to half-staff across the country, as the late senator fired a parting shot at the president in a farewell message to the United States. Trump’s about-face came after he found himself mired in controversy over his rather conspicuous failure to pay tribute to McCain, who died Saturday at 81 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. When veterans’ groups launched appeals for a more fitting salute to McCain, a Navy veteran who was imprisoned for more than five years in Vietnam, …read more

Trump, under pressure to honor McCain, orders flags to half-staff

Trump, under pressure to honor McCain, orders flags to half-staff

Donald Trump bowed to pressure Monday to honor the late John McCain, ordering that flags be lowered to half-staff across the country, as the late senator fired a parting shot at the president in a farewell message to the United States. Trump’s about-face came after he found himself mired in controversy over his rather conspicuous failure to pay tribute to McCain, who died Saturday at 81 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. When veterans’ groups launched appeals for a more fitting salute to McCain, a Navy veteran who was imprisoned for more than five years in Vietnam, …read more

Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert are thirsty for that secret Trump tape

That secret recording between Trump and former lawyer Michael Cohen has been played relentlessly over the past 24 hours. You can count on late night hosts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon to give a fresh spin on the tape, opening with the story in both their monologues. SEE ALSO: ‘The Late Show’ has its own version of the secret Trump-Cohen tape As many gleefully pointed out on Twitter, Trump’s “Get me a Coke, please,” comment proved to be the best thing about the tape. “That is great product placement,” Colbert quipped, before launching into a parody of the Nixon White …read more

Pakistan's Imran Khan declares victory as rivals cry foul

Pakistan's Imran Khan declares victory as rivals cry foul

By Idrees Ali and Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan declared victory on Thursday in a divisive general election, and said he was ready to lead the nuclear-armed nation despite a long delay in ballot counting and allegations of vote-rigging from his main opponents. Supporters of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who accuse Khan of colluding with the still powerful army, said the vote count was rigged in what it termed an assault on democracy in a country with a history of military rule. Oxford-educated Khan, in the past a fierce …read more

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