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Dominican Republic to begin deporting Haitian immigrants

Dominican Republic dports HaitiansDominican Republic authorities were preparing on Wednesday to deport thousands of undocumented Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent, with a midnight deadline to register for official residency documents.

“If they aren’t registered, they will be repatriated,” said Gen. Rubén Paulino, who heads the country’s Immigration Department, adding that on Thursday the department and the military will begin patrolling neighborhoods with large immigrant populations.


Saudi-led strikes on Yemen convoy kill 31 civilians

Saudi bombs kill 31 civiliansSaudi-led airstrikes hit a convoy of civilians fleeing violence in southern Yemen on Wednesday, killing at least 31 people, medical officials said, making it among the deadliest single attacks since the air campaign against Shia rebels and their allies began nearly three months ago.

The two airstrikes hit a convoy of vehicles loaded with civilians, including women and children, who were fleeing north from the southern city of Aden, which has seen intense clashes in recent months.


Egypt court confirms ousted President Morsi's death sentence

MorsiAn Egyptian court on Tuesday confirmed the death sentence of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over the mass 2011 prison break that eventually brought him to power, making him the first leader in Egypt's modern history to potentially face execution.

While this is the first death sentence for Morsi, courts have handed out hundreds of similar sentences against Islamists in mass trials since his 2013 overthrow and a mass crackdown on dissent in Egypt.


Mexico Supreme Court continues to allow gay marriage as U.S. deliberates

Mexico SC allows gay marriageAs the U.S. Supreme Court weighs the issue of same-sex marriage, Mexico's high court keeps moving forward on the issue by allowing gay marriages there -- even without officially putting it on the law books.

Currently, laws in most Mexican states do not allow for gay couples to marry, yet members of the LGBT community have been doing just that for years, The New York Times reported Sunday.


Former Vatican ambassador faces child abuse trial

Vatican envoy faces child abuse chargesThe Vatican will try its former envoy to the Dominican Republic on child sex abuse and child pornography charges, it announced Monday.

Wesolowski, 66, is the highest-ranking Vatican official to be arrested on allegations of sexual abuse and the first to undergo a trial, which will begin July 11, at the Vatican. He has been under house arrest in the Vatican since September 2014, and could face six to 10 years imprisonment if found guilty. He will be tried by a Vatican criminal court.


Norwegian Insurance Giant Dumps 2 Firms Over West Bank Dealings

KLPA $35 billion Norwegian insurance firm has excluded two cement companies from its investment portfolio over their business in the West Bank.

KLP Kapitalforvaltning made the announcement that it would exclude Germany’s Heidelberg Cement and Mexico’s Cemex in a statement issued Thursday. Both firms have Israeli holdings.


At least 12 dead, tigers on loose in Georgian capital flooding

Georgia floodingAt least 12 people are reported to have died and a number of others were missing following flooding that destroyed enclosures at the zoo in Georgia's capital of Tbilisi, leaving animals including lions and tigers roaming the city.

Some of the animals that escaped — which also include bears and wolves — were captured or killed, and the search for those still on the loose continued Sunday, the news agency reported.

It said that heavy rainfall started late Saturday and turned the Vere, normally a small stream, into a "raging river."


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