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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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U.S. rolls back protections for transgender prison inmates

Trump rolls back protections for trans prisonersThe Trump administration has rolled back protections for transgender prison inmates introduced under former President Barack Obama after some prisoners challenged the policies in court.

An inmate’s biological sex will now be used to make the initial decision as to where transgender prisoners are housed, instead of the gender to which they identify, according to a change in guidelines announced on Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

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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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Sessions: U.S. Will Separate Children From Parents Illegally Crossing Border

Sessions: US will separate children from parentsThe Trump administration plans to take a tougher approach to families that enter the U.S. illegally by separating parents from their children, instead of keeping them in detention together.

"If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday at a law enforcement conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. "If you don't like that, then don't smuggle children over our border."

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Trump administration moves to expel some 57,000 Hondurans

Bus carrying Honduran deporteesThe Trump administration said on Friday it will end temporary protections for immigrants in the United States from Honduras on Jan. 5, 2020, leaving potentially 57,000 people vulnerable to deportation.

It is the latest in a series of decisions by President Donald Trump to shut down temporary protected status (TPS) granted to immigrants after natural disasters or violent conflicts that would prevent them from safely returning to their home countries.

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Trump administration transfers its first detainee out of Gitmo

Gitmo prisoner transferred to Saudi Arabia by Trump

The Pentagon has sent a Guantanamo Bay detainee to his home country of Saudi Arabia, the first transfer out of the detention facility since President Trump took office.

The detainee, Ahmed al-Darbi, was transferred to Saudi Arabia pursuant to a plea agreement he made in 2014.

“The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

“In a February 2014 plea, al-Darbi pled guilty at a military commission.

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