Haitians on Texas border undeterred by US plan to expel them

DEL RIO, Texas — Haitian migrants seeking to escape poverty, hunger and a feeling of hopelessness in their home country said they will not be deterred by U.S. plans to speedily send them back, as thousands of people remained encamped on the Texas border Saturday after crossing from Mexico. Scores of people waded back and forth across the Rio Grande on Saturday afternoon, re-entering Mexico to purchase water, food and diapers in Ciudad Acuña before returning to the Texas encampment under and near a bridge in the border city of Del Rio. Junior Jean, a 32-year-old man from Haiti, watched

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US steps up effort to unite families separated under Trump

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is expanding its effort to find and reunite migrant families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border under President Donald Trump as part of a zero-tolerance policy on illegal crossings. A federal task force is launching a new program Monday that officials say will expand efforts to find parents, many of whom are in remote Central American communities, and help them return to the United States, where they will get at least three years of legal residency and other assistance. “We recognize that we can’t make these families completely whole again,” said Michelle Brané, executive

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Afghanistan war unpopular amid chaotic pullout: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON — A significant majority of Americans doubt that the war in Afghanistan was worthwhile, even as the United States is more divided over President Joe Biden’s handling of foreign policy and national security, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Roughly two-thirds said they did not think America’s longest war was worth fighting, the poll shows. Meanwhile, 47% approve of Biden’s management of international affairs, while 52% approve of Biden on national security. The poll was conducted Aug. 12-16 as the two-decade war in Afghanistan ended with the Taliban returning to power and

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Europe urges unity on Taliban but is quiet on failed mission

LONDON — Like much of the world, European countries have looked on with dismay as two decades of a U.S-led Western campaign in Afghanistan collapsed within hours. Britain and other European nations say they will not recognize any government formed by the Taliban and want the West to work together on a common stance. But U.K. and European leaders have so far not spoken forcefully on Afghanistan, and their hands are tied in many ways: They have little leverage over the Taliban, and they are deeply reluctant to publicly criticize the withdrawal decision by the United States, their powerful NATO

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Bipartisan infrastructure bill set for final Senate passage

WASHINGTON — Overcoming skeptics, the Senate is poised to approve the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan Tuesday, with a growing coalition of Democrats and Republicans prepared to lift the first phase of President Joe Biden’s rebuilding agenda to passage. Final votes are expected around 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, and the bill would then go to the House. All told, some 70 senators appear poised to carry the bipartisan package to approval, a potentially robust tally of lawmakers eager to tap the billions in new spending for their states and to show voters back home they can deliver. Senate Majority Leader

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Vaccination form for federal workers adds penalties for lies

Federal employees who need to certify their vaccination status under a new policy instituted by President Joe Biden intended to encourage COVID-19 shots will false disciplinary action and potentially criminal prosecution if they lie on the form By ZEKE MILLER Associated Press August 6, 2021, 6:15 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WASHINGTON — Federal employees who need to certify their vaccination status under a new policy instituted by President Joe Biden intended to encourage COVID-19 shots will face disciplinary action and potentially criminal prosecution if they lie on the form. The Biden administration

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Thousands march in Hungary Pride parade to oppose LGBT law

Thousands of demonstrators marched in Hungary’s capital to voice their opposition to government measures seen as targeting LGBT people By JUSTIN SPIKE Associated Press July 24, 2021, 4:03 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BUDAPEST, Hungary — Rising anger over the policies of Hungary’s right-wing government filled the streets of the country’s capital on Saturday as thousands of LGBT supporters marched in the annual Budapest Pride parade. March organizers expected record crowds at the event, and called on participants to express their opposition to recent steps by populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government that

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US imposes new Cuba sanctions over human rights abuses

The Biden administration has unveiled new sanctions against a Cuban official and government entity it says was involved in human rights abuses during a government crackdown on protests on the island earlier this month By AAMER MADHANI and MATTHEW LEE Associated Press July 22, 2021, 6:48 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced new sanctions Thursday against a Cuban official and a government special brigade that it says was involved in human rights abuses during a government crackdown on protests on the island earlier this month. The Treasury Department’s

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Trump inaugural committee head accused of being UAE agent

The chair of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee was arrested Tuesday in California on charges alleging that he and others conspired to influence Trump’s foreign policy positions to benefit the United Arab Emirates ByThe Associated Press July 20, 2021, 7:25 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article NEW YORK — The chair of former President Donald Trump‘s 2017 inaugural committee was arrested Tuesday on charges alleging that he and others conspired to influence Trump’s foreign policy positions to benefit the United Arab Emirates. Thomas Joseph Barrack, 74, of Santa Monica, California, was among

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US, Afghan’s neighbors scramble to address Taliban surge

ISLAMABAD — A Taliban surge has put the insurgent force in control of key border posts, opened up fresh sources of revenue and rattled many of Afghanistan’s neighbors. In the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, a two-day regional meeting that begins Thursday was originally supposed to deal with “connectivity” in South and Central Asia, encouraging trade ties and transport issues. But it has morphed into a high-level gathering of senior U.S., Russian and EU officials that most certainly will be consumed with Afghanistan and the impact of the rapidly advancing Taliban. In recent weeks, the Taliban have gained control of key

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