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Canada detains hundreds of children for immigration violations, report finds

Canada detains hundreds of refugee children

Canada regularly detains hundreds of children who have run afoul of the country’s immigration laws – including some who are held in correctional facilities and even in solitary confinement, according to a new report calling for sweeping reforms to the practice.

Between 2010 and 2014, an average of 242 children were detained across Canada over immigration violations, according to the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto. Their report, released on Thursday, sheds light on these detentions, which range in length from days to several months, and calls for urgent reform to a Canadian practice that has attracted consistent criticism from the United Nations.


Turkey sacks 28,000 teachers over 'terrorism links'

Turkey sacks 28,000 teachersTurkish authorities have dismissed almost 28,000 teachers and suspended about 9,500 others over alleged links to "terrorism" as part of a crackdown following the failed military coup in July.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said the teachers had been expelled from the profession and investigations of suspended teachers were continuing.


Syrian truce receives new blows with deadly air strikes

Syrian truce violatedSyria's fragile ceasefire started to unravel on Sunday with the first aerial attacks on rebel-held neighbourhoods of Aleppo and a southern village in the deadliest day since the truce began.

The violations came as tensions between American and Russian brokers of the deal worsened following a deadly US strike on Syrian government forces.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said evening air strikes on Aleppo killed one woman and wounded others, though it could not identify who carried them out.


Pastor cuts Trump short during anti-Clinton speech in Flint

Trump stoppedby pastorThe pastor of a black church in Flint, Michigan, stopped Donald Trump on Wednesday in the midst of his remarks criticizing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, and said the Republican presidential nominee was not invited to talk about politics.

As Trump went after Clinton for her support of global trade deals, pastor Faith Green Timmons interrupted to tell Trump her church had not invited him to “give a political speech.”


Hillary Clinton releases list of endorsements from 95 retired generals, admirals

Hillary releases list of military endorsementsHillary Clinton on Wednesday unveiled a list of 95 retired generals and admirals endorsing her for president, one day after Republican candidate Donald Trump released a list of 88.

The former secretary of state's list include just six new names not previously announced. In its release unveiling the longer list, the Clinton campaign declared that Trump "lacks the knowledge, stability and values" to be commander in chief, and noted that 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney had the endorsements of 500 former military leaders.


Report: ISIS Buried Thousands in 72 Mass Graves

ISIS beried thousandsPeering through binoculars, the young man watched as Islamic State extremists gunned down the handcuffed men and then buried them with a waiting bulldozer. For six days he watched as IS filled one grave after another with his friends and neighbors.

The five graves arranged at the foot of Sinjar mountain hold the bodies of dozens of minority Yazidis killed in the Islamic State group's bloody onslaught in August 2014. They are a fraction of the mass graves Islamic State extremists have scattered across Iraq and Syria.


DOJ urges Supreme Court to leave rejection of N.C. voter ID law in place

NC voter ID lawThe Justice Department has filed a brief with the Supreme Court endorsing an appellate court's decision to strike down a restrictive new voter identification law in North Carolina.

The law, passed by the state's Republican-led majority and signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, requires voters to show one of several state photo IDs, most commonly a driver's license, before being granted access to the ballot. The law also reduced the length of early voting and the ability for someone to register to vote and cast an early ballot on the same day.



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