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International Criminal Court Allows Investigation Of U.S. Actions In Afghanistan

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The International Criminal Court has cleared the way for its prosecutor to investigate possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, including those allegedly committed by U.S. forces and the CIA.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted the decision, calling it a "breathtaking action by an unaccountable political institution, masquerading as a legal body."

"We're going to take all the appropriate actions to ensure that American citizens are not hauled before this political body to settle political vendettas," Pompeo said. The U.S. is not a party to the court in The Hague, Netherlands, and has long criticized it.

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Democrats gather for "Bloody Sunday" commemoration in Selma

Bloody Sunday, SalemDemocratic presidential candidates gathered Sunday in this crucible of the civil rights movement to appeal for black support in a town where demonstrators were once beaten for marching for the right to vote.

Two days before the crucial Super Tuesday vote, themes of fighting voter suppression, providing the poor with a way up and defeating President Donald Trump took center stage at events marking the 55th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” when white police attacked black marchers in Selma, Alabama.

Just hours after strong support by black voters in South Carolina lifted Joe Biden to his first primary victory, the former vice president was set to speak during the morning worship at historic Brown Chapel AME Church, where former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg also planned to talk. The two split the endorsements of leading black political groups in Alabama, one of 14 states voting on Tuesday.

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Greece pushes back migrants after Turkish border 'onslaught'

Greece pushes back migrans from TurkeyGreek police fired teargas to push back hundreds of stone-throwing migrants trying to cross over the border from Turkey on Saturday, as a crisis over Syria shifted onto the European Union’s doorstep.

Greece, which has tense relations with Turkey, accused Ankara of sending the migrants to the border post in an organized “onslaught” and said it would keep them out.

The EU said it was actively supporting Greece - and its neighbor Bulgaria, which also shares a border with Turkey - in protecting the bloc’s borders, but also sought to appease Ankara.

The crisis is the first big policy test for Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who was elected in July and promised a tougher stance on immigration.

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Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' immigration policy allowed to proceed temporarily

stay in Mexico allowed to proceed for nowA U.S. appeals court on Friday temporarily put on hold a decision to block one of President Donald Trump’s signature immigration policies that reined in a surge of migrants on the southern border, forcing tens of thousands to wait in Mexico.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a Trump administration request to pause its ruling from earlier on Friday, to allow the government to ask the Supreme Court to take up the issue.

If it took effect, the ruling would be a blow for Trump, who has declared the policy a success in reducing the flow of hundreds of thousands of people from Central America into the United States as he campaigns for a second term in office.

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UN chief says 'women's inequality should shame us all'

UN Chief: Women's inequality should shame us allUnited Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres argued passionately for women's equal rights across the globe in a speech to The New School in New York this week, calling for the end of “default male thinking.”

"This discrimination harms us all," he said. "Just as slavery and colonialism were a stain on previous centuries, women’s inequality should shame us all in the 21st. Because it is not only unacceptable; it is stupid.

"Only through the equal participation of women can we benefit from the intelligence, experience and insights of all of humanity," he continued. "Women’s equal participation is vital to stability, helps prevent conflict, and promotes sustainable, inclusive development."

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Turkey moves ahead with its threats to send refugees to EU

Turkey pushes migrants into EuropeHundreds of refugees and migrants in Turkey have begun heading for the country’s land and sea borders with Greece, buoyed by Turkish officials’ statements indicating they will not be hindered from crossing the frontier to head into Europe.

The move comes a day after a deadly Syrian airstrike that killed more than 30 Turkish troops in Idlib, Syria, where Turkey has been engaged since 2016.

WHO ARE THE REFUGEES OR MIGRANTS IN TURKEY?

Turkey currently hosts about 3.6 million Syrian refugees. In 2016, it agreed with the European Union to step up efforts to halt the flow of hundreds of thousands of refugees who headed from its shores into Greece in 2015, in return for funds to support the refugees.

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A Conservative Judge Just Slapped the Trump Administration’s Treatment of Poor People

a conservative judge slaps Trump's treatment of poorOver the past week, federal appellate courts dealt a one-two punch to the national conservative agenda. Taken together, they stand as a rare defense of low-income Americans to get affordable health care and exercise their right to vote.

While the Trump administration frequently trumpets the number of judges it has appointed to the federal bench over the past three years, these decisions are a reminder of the inherent independence of lifetime appointees to break sharply with partisan policymakers.

In the first case, Gresham v. Azar, Arkansas residents sued the Secretary of Health and Human Services for approving a pilot project purportedly aimed at “promoting the objectives of Medicaid” but which required recipients to work to qualify for the free health care.

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