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Anti-Trump rallies hit cities across US, #IAmAMuslimToo protest in Times Square

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People take part in an "I am Muslim Too" rally in Times Square Manhattan, New York
Protesters took to the streets of New York City's Times Square to take part in the #IAmAMuslimToo march, while separate anti-Trump demonstrations took place in other US cities.

The rallies are aimed at speaking out against President Donald Trump's recent travel ban on seven mainly-Muslim countries, and to highlight interfaith solidarity among the American population.

The so-called 'muslim travel ban' has faced widespread condemnation both at home and abroad and is currently embroiled in legal challenges across the United States with the president vowing to redraft the executive order as early as next week.


Trauma of war: The betrayal felt in East Ukraine will take decades to heal, locals say

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A woman on the site of a destroyed building, Donetsk.
As Ukraine marks the anniversary of the 2014 coup in Kiev that led to conflict in the east of the country, RT spoke to people in Donbass who see themselves as having been betrayed by their fellow countrymen.

Over 10,000 people have been killed in the bloody conflict in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, which started after the population there refused to accept the coup and proclaimed independence from Kiev.

"They consider us to be terrorists. You see, we are walking peacefully, like normal, simple people, why are we terrorists? They think we are, that's why they don't have any pity for us," one local man told RT's Murad Gazdiev.

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Indian student forced to strip in class for not finishing homework - reports

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A female teacher in India is under investigation after a family alleged their 14-year-old daughter was forced to strip in front of her 7th grade classmates as punishment for not completing her homework.

The incident occurred on Saturday in a private school in the town of Nathdwara in the western state of Rajasthan, and was only brought to light after the girl's brother, also a pupil at the school, told their parents about what happened, according to the Indian Express.


2 children saved, 22 people arrested for human trafficking during Detroit auto show

Undercover agents identify around 14-15 potential adult victims

Glitz and glamour stole the spotlight at the North American International Auto Show in downtown Detroit, but something sinister was going on under the hood.

A police investigation revealed a human trafficking operation during one of Detroit's most popular events.


Rogue border agents defy Trump policies

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Ignoring directives some agents are taking matters into their own hands.
Some border patrol stations have been slow to carry out President Donald Trump's immigration enforcement executive order and instead have continued former President Barack Obama's "catch-and-release" policies, according to a union official.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told LifeZette that he raised concerns Thursday with U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello. He said he is confident that issue soon will be corrected.

But Judd said as recently as Thursday, some border patrol stations were still releasing border-jumpers, often without even issuing notices to appear in immigration court hearings. Obama's policy was to release anyone claiming to have been living continuously in the United States since before Jan. 1, 2014, if they did not have criminal records or active warrants. "We're still walking people out the door," Judd said. "The catch-and-release policy is still in place in some sectors."

Judd said it was a minority of sectors that have been resisting Trump's new directives. He laid the blame at the feet of U.S. Border Patrol managers, not front-line officers. "This is not the administration's fault. This is Border Patrol's fault," he said. "It varies from sector to sector. Some sectors still are operating under the Obama administration's policies. And that's troubling ... It's just been very willy-nilly."

Comment: Given that US Border Patrol has essentially endorsed Trump and his policies, these implementation flaws are surprising. Is there more going on behind the scenes?


ICE: Hard numbers show that 75 percent of illegal immigrants we arrested have criminal records

Over the past couple of days, immigration enforcement agents have round up almost 700 illegal aliens—75 percent of which had criminal records. Rep. Nancy Pelosi disputed the claim, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement also confirmed the figure released by the Department of Homeland Security. IJ Review's Joe Perticone had more:

Comment: If these numbers are correct then, on the whole, it sure does put a crimp in the hugely politicized narrative that Trump's actions are somehow xenophobic, fascist, evil, etc.


Sweden jails "rebel" asylum seeker for life - turns out he helped murder 7 Syrian troops

Sakhanh's arrest came after footage emerged of him taking part in in the 2012 mass execution of seven government troops in Syria (he's pictured above left)
A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a Syrian man to life imprisonment for participation in the 2012 mass execution of seven government troops in Syria.

The Stockholm District Court ruled that 46-year-old refugee Haisam Omar Sakhanh joined the armed group Suleiman Company in early May 2012, and shot a person dead with an assault rifle.

Judge Tomas Zander said the victim, who was not identified, was shot dead along with six others 'under particularly cruel circumstances'.

The seven men who were shot were part of the Syrian regime who had been captured by the independent Islamist group, which was founded in 2011.

The Islamist armed group captured the men during an attack at the beginning of May 2012, and the seven were shot to death less than two days later, according to Stockholms Tingsratt.

In the years since the execution, it has been impossible to identify the victims.


Man dies in custody after breaching security at Honolulu Airport

A man in his 40s died Saturday morning after breaching a TSA security checkpoint at the Honolulu International Airport.

The incident happened just after 5:45 a.m. at the airport's commuter terminal, where Island Air and Mokulele Airlines operate.

State Department of Transportation officials said the suspect forced his way through the exit lane of the security checkpoint and gained access to an area where ticketed passengers were waiting to board.

The suspect managed to make it outside, to the Airport Operations Area, before he was placed in custody.

"Even after he was detained, there was still a struggle and the suspect remained combative," said Tim Sakahara, DOT spokesman. "And at that point is when he became unresponsive."

First responders performed CPR before transporting the suspect to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A male Securitas officer suffered head injuries in the process. He was also taken to the hospital for treatment.



Woman arrested for kidnapping over shame to Muslims

Woman described as a “Mexican Muslim” was arrested in west El Paso, suspected of kidnapping a woman who she said brought shame to the Muslim community, ..
A woman was arrested after she was accused of kidnapping a woman because her "lifestyle brought shame to the Muslim community and she should return to Libya," according to court documents.

Normal Juarez Taha, who is described as a "Mexican-Muslim" in court documents, was arrested at about 9:25 p.m. Tuesday by 12 FBI El Paso Division agents without incident at her home in the 200 block of Thunderbird Drive in West El Paso. She is accused of kidnapping the woman, referred to only as AFA in court documents, from the woman's home earlier in the week.

Taha, 35, is facing one count of kidnapping, which holds a maximum sentence of life in prison. She made her initial appearance in federal court Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Miguel A. Torres.

No bond was granted for Taha at the hearing due to a government motion claiming that bond should be denied because Taha has "strong ties to Mexico" and "presents a high risk of fleeing to avoid prosecution on this charge."


Montana officials fight alarming surge in meth use

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In this Sept. 2, 2010, file photo a Franklin County police officer counts pills containing pseudoephedrine during a raid of a suspected meth house in Gerald, Mo. Methamphetamines continue to make an alarming surge in Montana, as law enforcement, health officials and communities struggle to address the problem. Panelists at a drug summit convened Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, by the Montana Legislature said resources are being strained because of a widening prevalence of the drug.
Methamphetamines continue to make an alarming surge in Montana, as law enforcement, health officials and communities struggle to address the problem.

Panelists at a drug summit convened Saturday by the Montana Legislature said resources are being strained because of a widening prevalence of the drug.

While authorities attempt to stanch the flow of meth into the state from Mexican cartels, courts are burdened by a growing caseload of drug cases. Family services are also strained by drug-related cases that are tearing apart families. And drug clinics are struggling to serve an increasing population of meth users seeking to treat their addictions.

As meth use in Montana continues to rise, authorities are also bracing for a possible influx of heroin in an expansive rural state whose borders aren't easy to patrol.

"I've never seen it this bad before," said Bryan Lockerby with the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations. "The problem we're all trying to solve is like boiling the ocean, and we have people drowning in meth."

Comment: See also: The speed of hypocrisy: How America got hooked on legal meth