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Child exploitation: DNA tests of migrants at US-Mexico border reveal 30% of minors unrelated to accompanying adults

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Migrant families recently released from detention arrive at a bus depot in McAllen, Texas, US, May 17, 2019.
DNA tests of migrant children arrested at the US-Mexico border with their families have revealed the minors were not related to the adults accompanying them, the US media have reported.

In a pilot program conducted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) DNA tests were being taken of immigrants who are suspected of arriving at America's southern border with children who were not theirs.

"There's been some concern about, 'Are they stepfathers or adopted fathers?'" an official involved in the system's temporary rollout told Washington Examiner. "Those were not the case. In these cases, they are misrepresented as family members."

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War on children: US sanctions on Venezuela threaten the lives of sick children

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Isabella's life is still at risk, because to ensure the successful result of a liver transplant, she needs very expensive medicines that her family can't pay for without government support. Venezuela, in turn, is not able to pay for her treatment because its funds are blocked in the United States.
Esther Yáñez Illescas - Isabella lives not knowing that her life depends on coloured pills. She is 21 months old, and her speech is clear only to those who look after her on a daily basis in the Italian hospital of Buenos Aires, deciding which pill she needs to take.

Isabella was born with a congenital disease and doctors immediately warned that she required a liver transplant to survive. Her parents, Douglas and Yelibeth, addressed the issue straight away: donor, funding, where, how and when the transplant will be performed.

It wasn't so difficult. Yelibeth was a match and could be her daughter's donor, and all the treatment was covered by the Simon Bolivar Foundation, a charity funded by the US subsidiary of Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA - Citgo.

The agreement between the Italian Hospital of Argentina and Venezuela has been in force since 2007, and 109 Venezuelan children have undergone organ transplants under this programme during this period. High-skilled specialists of the Italian hospital have been conducting transplantation surgeries for 12 years.

Douglas and Yelibeth left everything behind in Venezuela and in September 2018, without worrying about the political situation in the country, moved to the capital of Argentina. Their eldest son Abraham, who's 12 years old, went to school in Buenos Aires.

Comment: The arch hypocrisy of Washington knows no bounds - it demonizes other countries as human rights violators while simultaneously murdering children around the globe. But then what can one expect from a country which has little concern for the well-being of its own children?

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Palestinian family slams Israeli plea deal that allows 2015 arson attacker to dodge murder charges

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Remnants of the Dawabsheh home, where settlers killed a couple and their 18-month-old baby in July 2015
A Palestinian family has denounced a plea deal to clear an Israeli settler from murder charges in a 2015 arson attack in which a Palestinian baby and his parents were burned alive in the occupied West Bank.

Saad Dawabshe, 31, his wife, Reham, 27, and their 18-month-old son Ali were killed in the attack when settlers set on fire their home in the village of Duma in Nablus in July 2015.

Their firstborn son, then four-year-old Ahmad, was the sole survivor and sustained severe burns to over 60 percent of his body.

On Sunday, the Central District Court in Lod (known as al-Lydd to Palestinians) approved a plea deal between the settler's lawyers and the state prosecutor's office under which he was cleared of the murder conspiracy charges.



Russia goes after Nestle after discovery of GMO in its breakfast cereals

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Russia's consumer rights protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has filed an administrative violation case against Nestle Russia after finding genetically modified papaya in the company's instant cereals oatmeal porridge.

According to Rospotrebnadzor, the manufacturer knew about the non-compliance of its Bystrov brand ingredients with the mandatory requirements and did not inform the watchdog about that.

The violation case was initiated under the Article 37 of Russia's Federal Law on technical regulation which stipulates that manufacturer should inform the state control authority about any non-compliance "in accordance with its competence within ten days from the date of receipt of this information."

Media reported earlier that Rospotrebnadzor has removed the product from sale.

Comment: See also: Russian regulators take 'huge step' towards ridding country of dangerous GMO foods

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Transgender woman brutally attacked on video last month fatally shot in Dallas

A transgender woman seen brutally attacked in a widely circulated video last month was shot to death in Dallas over the weekend.

Muhlaysia Booker, 23, was found "lying face down" on a Dallas road early Saturday morning, police said, adding to a fast-growing number of homicides involving people who identify as transgender.

Officers with the Dallas Police Department said the slaying was the result "homicidal violence," but it stopped short of calling it a hate crime.

"We recognize that hate crimes, if you will, are a serious topic," Assistant Dallas Police Chief Avery Moore said at a press conference Sunday. "We at the Dallas Police Department take them serious."

A video of Booker drew national attention last month when it circulated online, showing a brutal beating by several men in the parking lot of an apartment complex as a crowd cheered.


Yulia Skripal's Moscow apartment being sold by a proxy, seeking new home for her dog

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Yulia Skripal gave a single press conference on May 23, 2018, before disappearing again.
Whereabouts of the Skripals remains a mystery. The intermediary is unnamed

Yulia Skripal selling her apartment in Moscow and is looking for a new owner for her dog. The daughter of the former GRU agent, poisoned in Great Britain, has already sold a car by proxy

TASS reports that Yulia Skripal, the daughter of the former GRU colonel Sergei Skrypal, poisoned in the UK, does not plan to return to Russia, has already sold a car in Moscow by proxy and is looking for a buyer for her apartment, as well as a new owner for her dog, Victoria Skripal, Sergei Skripal's niece told TASS.

Comment: Yulia appears to have become a victim of the 'fun and games' rife in her father's former profession. His part has morphed from patsy victim to stoke Russophobia, to possible participant in the construction of the fake dossier used in the attempted smear of President Trump. If that is true, it provides an incentive to remove him from the reach of investigations into the dossier. We may never get to know the particulars, but it seems the rest of Yulia's life is forever out of her hands.


Rabbi claims recent earthquake in Israel is sign of coming doomsday

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Hebrew numerology hints that the tremor felt in Israel this week marked the birth pang of the Messiah, the rabbi alleges after analysing some of the details of the quake, including its magnitude and the location of its epicentre.

A minor temblor that recently struck Israel could be the sign of the long-promised Messiah kicking in the planet's womb, believes Rabbi Yekutiel Fish, who is well-known for his apocalyptic prophecies.

An earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale was reported on Wednesday in Israel, which sits on a major fault line and where swarms of small tremors are the norm, especially in northern part of the country.

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New Facebook lawsuit suggests 'another Cambridge Analytica' has come to light

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, 10 May 2019.
Just a few hours after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the ways in which the company can become more accountable for the content published on its platform, and just a few days after Facebook's co-founder Chris Hughes slammed the company and its CEO for what they have become, the company quietly announced on Friday that another Cambridge Analytica may have come to light.

"Today Facebook filed a lawsuit in California state court against Rankwave, a South Korean data analytics company that ran apps on the Facebook platform," the company announced, under the heading "Enforcing Our Platform Policies."

TechCrunch obtained a copy of the lawsuit and said that it "centers around Rankwave offering to help businesses build a Facebook authorization step into their apps so they can pass all the user data to Rankwave, which then analyzes biographic and behavioral traits to supply user contact info and ad targeting assistance to the business."

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New Dehli: Group of women kidnap businessman accused of sexual abuse and demand ransom

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Indian police raided a home in New Delhi to rescue a wealthy businessman who was taken hostage by a group of women over alleged sexual abuse. Rape is a major problem in India, as well as the growing number of false accusations.

The managing director of a Mumbai-based marine engineering company was kidnapped during a business trip to the capital, police were informed on Friday. It was soon established via CCTV footage that the 64-year-old left his five-star hotel accompanied by two women and departed in a Hyundai Verna vehicle.

The abductors repeatedly called company officials, demanding ransom of 3 million rupees (US$42,600), using WhatsApp to conceal their identities, a police source told the Times of India.

Meanwhile, having identified the vehicle's license plates, the officers traced the address of the owner. The man was home and confessed to being part of the plot, saying that he was just seeking to make some easy cash. He apparently told police the place where the businessman was being held.


'Frustratingly cruel': Farmer fury grows over New Zealand government's climate change plans

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Andrew Hoggard said the targets send the message to farmers that New Zealand is prepared to give up on pastoral farming.
Condemnation of the Government's plans to address climate change is growing within the rural sector with claims stock would have to be culled to reach the proposed targets.

The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill will create a legally binding objective to limit global warming to no more than 1.5°C with a net zero carbon approach.

A specific target for biogenic methane has also been created with Climate Change Minister James Shaw saying the Government needed to work with the agriculture industry to manage emissions.

Comment: The war on meat continues under the guise of 'saving the planet'. The farmers should learn to code - there is no future in meat farming if the elites have their way: Veganism by gunpoint.

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