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ICE Begins Freeing More Mothers, Children From Immigrant Detention

ICE detentionsThe Obama administration is making good on its promise to limit the detention of immigrant families by beginning to release women and children seeking asylum or other relief in the U.S.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun reviewing the cases of families being held at its detention centers and will release some women and children while they pursue approval to remain in the U.S., a spokesman said Monday.


Rights group video: Israeli soldier shot fleeing Palestinian

IDF shoots fleeing teenAn Israeli human rights group released a video Sunday that purports to show a high-ranking Israeli officer fatally shooting a fleeing Palestinian teenager who had thrown a rock at his vehicle, smashing its windshield.

The surveillance camera footage appears to undercut earlier claims by the military that the officer, Col. Israel Shomer, a brigade commander, opened fire on July 3 because his life was in danger.


Israel releases Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan

Hunger striker released by IsraelIsrael has released a Palestinian prisoner who staged a 56-day hunger strike that brought him near death in a protest against the controversial procedure that allows detainees to be held indefinitely without charge.

Khader Adnan was greeted to a hero’s welcome in his village near Jenin, in the northern West Bank, that included fireworks, songs and flags for Islamic Jihad, the militant movement to which Israel says he belongs. Residents wore shirts depicting Adnan’s picture.


Private prison forced immigrants to work under threat of solitary, suit alleges

Denver private prisonerImmigrants who were detained at a suburban Denver facility while they awaited deportation proceedings are suing the private company that held them, alleging they were paid $1 a day to do janitorial work, sometimes under threat of solitary confinement.

They scrubbed toilets, mopped and swept floors, did laundry and prepared and served meals, among other duties, according to attorneys who filed the lawsuit in October on behalf of nine current and former detainees.


Pope Francis Seeks forgiveness for church's crimes against ‘native people’

Pope apologizes Pope Francis cast himself as the spiritual and political leader of the world's oppressed on Thursday evening with a remarkable mea culpa for the sins and crimes of the Catholic Church against the indigenous peoples during the colonial conquest of the Americas.

Francis “humbly” begged forgiveness at a gathering of indigenous leaders in Bolivia in the presence of Bolivia's first-ever indigenous president, Evo Morales, the climactic high of Francis' weeklong South American tour.


Judge pushes to speed up release of force feeding videos at Guantánamo Bay

Forced feeding at GuantanamoA federal judge appears ready to defy the Obama administration and accelerate the release of potentially inflammatory videotapes depicting the force-feeding of detainees at Guantánamo Bay.

Judge Gladys Kessler has accused the administration of launching baseless legal challenges to delay or minimize the impact of a court-ordered release of videotapes showing what lawyers who have viewed them say is brutal and shocking treatment.


Waiting to Die in Prison—for Selling a Couple of Bags of Pot

Life inprison for selling potIt's just after 9 p.m. near the corner of Fourth and Marshall, a poor part of Shreveport, Louisiana. A homeless man approaches a guy on the street and asks him what he's looking for. That guy, an undercover cop, says he wants "two dimes" and promises a $5 commission. And Fate Vincent Winslow, knowing that $5 buys a meal, if not a great one, agrees.

Minutes after he returns carrying two crumpled bags of marijuana, worth $10 each, he's in the backseat of a squad car. Three months later, Winslow is found guilty of selling a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance. Another three months and the sentence lands: life imprisonment at hard labor with no chance for parole.


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