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Father of Guatemalan girl who died in US custody has 'no complaints' about her treatment, consul says

Guatemalan girl well fed before deathThe father of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died after being detained by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said he has "no complaints about how Border Patrol agents treated him and his daughter," Guatemalan Consul Tekandi Paniagua told CNN on Saturday.

The consul said the father, Nery Gilberto Caal, told him agents did everything they possibly could to help his daughter, Jakelin Caal Maquin, after she became sick on a a bus. The bus traveled from the Antelope Wells port of entry in New Mexico to a Border Patrol station in Lordsburg, New Mexico, about 90 minutes away.
She died December 8 in a hospital in El Paso, Texas, authorities said. The cause of death has not been determined.

France admits torture during Algeria's war of independence

France admits toturing Algerians in 1954 war for independenceFrance  acknowledged for the first time it was responsible for systematic torture during the Algerian war of independence in the mid-1950s.

President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that Maurice Audin, a communist pro-independence activist who disappeared in 1957, "died under torture stemming from the system instigated while Algeria was part of France."

Macron, who paid a visit to Audin's widow on Thursday, was also set to announce "the opening of archives on the subject of disappeared civilians and soldiers, both French and Algerian."

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Trump blasts NFL players for kneeling at preseason games

Trump blasts NFL preseason playersPresident Donald Trump blasted NFL players on Friday morning for protesting during the national anthem at preseason games, accusing them of being "unable to define" what they are protesting and suggesting the athletes should instead "be happy" and "be cool."

"The NFL players are at it again - taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the national anthem. Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their “outrage” at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love," Trump said in a tweet.

Trump's tweets came after some football players kneeled or showed other signs of protest during the national anthem at several preseason NFL games Thursday night.

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Oklahoma Governor Signs ‘Anti-LGBT’ Adoption Law

Anti-LGBT adoption law signed by Oklahoma GovernorOklahoma’s Republican governor, Mary Fallin, has signed into law a bill allowing adoption and foster care agencies to reject prospective parents on “religious” and “moral” grounds—a move critics say legalizes discrimination against LGBT and non-Christian parents.

The law, approved by lawmakers earlier this month, could affect any prospective parents to whom a child-welfare agency has religious objections, including interfaith couples, single parents, and even married couples in which one person has previously been divorced.

TVNL Comment: Religious doctrine is slowly, but very surely creeping into American legislation.  Wake up, people.

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Gina Haspel hearing: 9/11 'mastermind' asks to share information

Gina Haspel grilled by Senators

The self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks has asked for permission to share information about Gina Haspel, nominee for CIA director, at her confirmation hearing.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is held at Guantanamo Bay, has asked a judge if he can share six paragraphs of information, the New York Times says.

Mr Mohammed was tortured by the CIA following his capture in 2003.

Ms Haspel is facing a grilling from senators at the hearing.

Her nomination has faced opposition over her role at a secret CIA prison in Thailand where detainees were waterboarded in 2002.

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North Korea frees US prisoners before Trump-Kim summit

N Korea releases US prisoners

North Korea released three US citizens from prison following a visit to Pyongyang by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in advance of an historic meeting between both countries' leaders.

The three Americans appear in "good health", US President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Trump added the time and date for the future meeting between himself and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had been "set".

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More than 700 children taken from their parents at US border in 6 months period

More than 700 children detained at the borderThe Department of Homeland Security has separated more than 700 children from immigrants claiming to be their parents at the border since October, The New York Times reports. More than 100 of those children were reportedly under the age of 4 at the time of the separation.

The Trump administration has repeatedly proposed implementing a strict separation policy at the border to deter immigration, but officials at the Department of Homeland Security have denied that such a policy is in place.

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