Donald Trump to ‘sign new Muslim ban this week’

Donald Trump to ‘sign new Muslim ban this week’

Donald Trump is expected to sign a new travel ban on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. A senior administration official told the news agency of the plans to roll out the fresh refugee and immigration executive order this week, but spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not authorised to discuss the plans publicly. The fresh travel ban was expected to be signed last week, but White House spokesman Sean Spicer claimed the President had delayed the order “to make sure that we execute this, it’s done in a manner that’s flawless”.

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Theresa May to cut school funding for first time since 1990s, IFS warns

Theresa May to cut school funding for first time since 1990s, IFS warns

The Government is to cut school funding per pupil for the first time since the mid 1990s, a new analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has determined. The respected think-tank calculated that real-terms terms spending on school pupils would drop by 6.5 per cent over the course of this parliament, with further education funding also set for significant decreases. The IFS said schools funding had been well protected for the last two decades but that further education has already been squeezed.

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The Democrats Have Chosen Defeat

The Democrats Have Chosen Defeat

It’s official. After a contentious election, the Democratic National Committee has chosen its next chairman, former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez. With Perez, the Democrats indicated they will be abandoning their extreme left-wing base and, in so doing, relegating themselves to being the party of entrenched, wealthy special interests and preferred minority groups… By Brandon J. Weichert.

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Inside the final days of the Standing Rock protest

Inside the final days of the Standing Rock protest

“Those small victories were always difficult to claim at Standing Rock because the terms of the protests were absolute — either the pipeline was built or it wasn’t — and I imagine that as people return to their homes or ship off to the next fight, they will have to find a more personal justification for the months they spent there.” By Jay Caspian Kang. (Feb. 21, 2017)

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China sees sharp decline in ivory smuggling in 2016

China sees sharp decline in ivory smuggling in 2016

Liu Dongsheng, deputy head of the SFA, made the remarks at the opening ceremony of a wildlife protection campaign, without specifying detailed numbers. China will stop commercial processing and sales of ivory by the end of this year. Last year, it imposed a three-year ban on ivory imports in an escalated fight against illegal trading of wild animals and plants. The number of illegal wildlife trade cases has been on the decline since last year, said Liu.

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Being gay in Latin America: Legal but deadly

Being gay in Latin America: Legal but deadly

On a February night in 2008, Luis Alberto Rojas Marin says, his life changed forever. At 26 years old, the Peruvian gay man was arrested by police officers while heading home shortly after midnight. Throughout the six hours he was in police custody, he says, he was stripped, raped with a baton and verbally abused by police officers before being let go. All of this, he says, because of his sexuality.

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