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Journalist says he was wrongly detained under travel ban

Journalist detained wronglydA CNN editor and producer from Iraq says he was wrongly detained at Atlanta's airport because of the president's ban on entry for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

Mohammed Abdullah Tawfeeq, who has a green card, says in a federal lawsuit filed Monday in Atlanta that he was improperly detained and subjected to additional screening when he arrived Sunday from Iraq.

The lawsuit was filed against the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and the State Department.

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Vatican expands criticism of Trump's travel ban

Vatican crticizes travel banThe Vatican is criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policy, with a senior official voicing concern and the Vatican newspaper saying Trump's recourse to walls and travel bans is counterproductive to America's economic interest.

Archbishop Angelo Becciu, a top official in the Vatican's secretariat of state, was asked Wednesday about Trump's immigration policy.

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Israel evacuates settlers from illegal Amona outpost

Israel evacuates settlersIsrael evacuates settlers from illegal Amona outpost
Israeli police move to clear West Bank settlement as construction of 3,000 new settler homes announced elsewhere.

Hundreds of Israeli border police have entered a hardline Jewish settlement outpost in the West Bank Wednesday to evict its residents after a court ruled the homes were built on private Palestinian land.

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President Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch To The Supreme Court

Neil GorsuchPresident Trump has nominated conservative favorite Judge Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson has more on Gorsuch, who currently sits on the federal appeals court in Denver:

Gorsuch has a sterling legal pedigree. He clerked for two Supreme Court justices, Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. He also served as a clerk on the second most important appeals court in the country, in Washington D.C., for conservative Judge David Sentelle.

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White House walks back assertion military won't target US citizens overseas

SpicerWhite House walks back assertion military won't target US citizens overseas

The White House on Tuesday walked back its assertion that the military will never target U.S. citizens in overseas operations.   White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters earlier in the day that “no American citizen will ever be targeted” when asked whether the Trump administration would deliberately go after U.S.-born people with ties to extremists.

The statement represented a break with policy set under the Obama administration.

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State Department notice revoking visas under Trump order released

visas revokedThe Justice Department has publicly released a State Department notice from Friday revoking most visas for travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries in accordance with the executive order issued by President Donald Trump.

The notice "provisionally" canceling visas already issued to citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, was issued by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Edward J. Ramotowski.

The notice allows for waivers of the revocation "on a case-by-case basis."

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Boy Scouts will allow transgender boys to join

Boy Scouts allow transgender members- Two years after a controversial decision to allow openly gay troop leaders and employees to join the Boy Scouts of America, the organization announced Monday it will do the same for transgender young people as well.

The Boy Scouts of America will allow transgender youths to join local troops, the national organization announced Monday, ending a 100-year-old practice of determining eligibility for the group based on the gender listed on a birth certificate and bringing it into line with other youth-oriented groups in the country.

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SEAL, American Girl Die in First Trump-Era U.S. Military Raid

Yemen raid casualtiesIn what an official said was the first military raid carried out under President Donald Trump, two Americans were killed in Yemen on Sunday — one a member of SEAL Team 6 and the other the 8-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, the New Mexico-born al Qaeda leader who himself was killed in a U.S. strike five years ago.

The raid in southern Yemen, conducted by the supersecret Joint Special Operations Command, was intended to capture valuable intelligence, specifically computer equipment, according to a senior U.S. military official. Three al Qaeda leaders were killed, according to U.S. officials.

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K pardons thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

UK pardons gays imprisoned for their sexualityThe British government has passed a law granting posthumous pardons to thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished anti-homosexuality laws, and allowing those who are still alive to have their criminal records wiped clean.

The Ministry of Justice said Tuesday the pardons apply to men convicted for consensual same-sex relations before homosexuality was decriminalized several decades ago. Men living with convictions can apply to the government to have their names cleared.

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