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California AG issues guidelines to protect undocumented students from ICE

 California Attorney General Xavier Becerra California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Friday issued guidelines for public schools to protect undocumented immigrants on campus from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

The guide provides recommendations for how to respond to information requests regarding immigration status; a warrant or court order regarding immigration enforcement; immigration agents requesting access to school grounds; hate crimes related to national origin; and the detention of a student's family member.

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Israel ends deportation policy affecting African migrants

Israel scraps deportation of AfricansIsrael announced Monday the cancellation of a policy by which it would deport African migrants to African countries -- sending them instead to Western countries.

The Israeli government said it reached a deal to scrap the contentious plan after it met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

About 38,000 migrants were originally given the option of indefinite imprisonment in Israel, or $3,500 and a plane ticket to their home countries -- or to Rwanda or Uganda, countries with which Israel arranged an agreement to take migrants.

Most of the migrants are seeking asylum and currently live in camps near Tel Aviv while doing menial work in Israeli cities.

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US blocks UNSC statement on Israel's use of force on Land Day

Land Day deaths probe by UN stopped by US

The United States has blocked a draft statement by the United Nations Security Council that called for an investigation into the killing of 17 unarmed Palestinian protesters near the Gaza Strip's eastern border.

The statement, which was proposed by Kuwait, demanded an "independent and transparent investigation" under international law into the bloody events on Friday's Land Day protests.

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Court: Trump administration can't block immigrant teens from obtaining abortions

Dept. of health and Human servicesA federal court in Washington told the Trump administration Friday the government can't interfere with the ability of pregnant teens in the country illegally and being held in federal custody to obtain abortions.

The court issued an order Friday evening barring the government from "interfering with or obstructing" pregnant immigrant children in federal custody from accessing abortion counseling or abortions, among other things, while a lawsuit proceeds.

Lawyers for the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for sheltering children who illegally enter the country unaccompanied by a parent, had said the department has a policy of "refusing to facilitate" abortions.

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Israeli forces kill 10 Palestinians on Land Day

Israael kills 10 Palestinians on Land Day

At least ten Palestinians have been killed and hundreds of others wounded by Israeli forces as thousands marched near Gaza's border with Israel in a major demonstration marking the 42nd anniversary of Land Day.

Mohammed Najjar, 25, was shot in the stomach in a clash east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, while Mahmoud Muammar, 38, and Mohammed Abu Omar, 22, were both shot dead in Rafah, the Palestinian health ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Update: 12:20 ET: THe number of Palestinian dead has risen to 13.

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'Attacks and killings': human rights activists at growing risk, study claims

Human rights activists being attacked and killed

Human rights defenders who challenge big corporations are being killed, assaulted, harassed and suppressed in growing numbers, researchers have claimed.

A survey by the Business and Human Rights Resource Center recorded a 34% global rise in attacks against human rights activists last year, including 120 alleged murders and hundreds of other cases involving threats, assaults and intimidation. The number of incidents were found to have risen sharply, with 388 attacks recorded in 2017 compared with 290 the previous year.

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Forced to marry her rapist at 11, woman finally changes Florida marriage law

Forced to marry rapist at 11, woman gets childmarriage outlawed in FLA woman who was 11 when she was forced to marry her rapist has worked for six years to ban child marriages in Florida. On Friday, she was hailed as a hero after the Legislature passed a bill prohibiting marriage for anyone under 17.

State lawmakers have repeatedly cited Sherry Johnson as an inspiration to change the law. She watched in the House gallery as the bill passed the House on a 109-1 vote, then stood as representatives turned to face her and applauded.

“My heart is happy,” she said afterward. “My goal was to protect our children and I feel like my mission has been accomplished. This is not about me. I survived.”

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