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US Transfers 10 Guantanamo Bay Detainees

Carla Babb VOA NEWS - PENTAGON — Oman's state news agency said 10 Yemeni detainees from the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, arrived in Oman on Thursday for a "temporary stay" in response to a request from the United States. A defense official had told VOA the 10 detainees would be sent to the Middle East on Thursday. The mass transfer — one of the largest for the Obama administration — will raise the number of detainees transferred out of the camp to 14. Officials have told VOA the administration is looking to transfer three more detainees later this…
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Islamic State Claims Deadly Jakarta Attack

VOA News - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Thursday's coordinated bomb and gun attack in the Indonesian capital that left seven people dead, including all five attackers. The Islamic State-linked Aamaq News Agency said the attack in an upscale neighborhood in central Jakarta "targeted foreign nationals and security forces charged with protecting them." Earlier, Indonesian national police spokesman Anton Charliyan said an IS-affiliated group was likely behind the assault, and that the attackers were likely trying to imitate the recent Paris terror attacks. The violence began with a series of explosions midmorning in an area near an upscale…
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Some Muslims Say US More Islamic Than Many Muslim Countries

Bernard Shusman NEW YORK—In early December, 2015, Muslims and their beliefs become the hottest, most incendiary topic in the presidential election campaign. “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of all Muslims entering the United States,” announced Republican candidate and frontrunner Trump, making his position and thinking about Muslims very clear. Trump went on to talk briefly about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, asserting that Muslims want jihad against the United States. "We have no choice, we have no choice,” he ruminated. His position set off a tidal wave in the Republican party, splitting the its position…
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Piden TPS para centroamericanos indocumentados

Un nuevo reporte reveló que más de 750 mil centroamericanos indocumentados se podrían beneficiar de una extensión del Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS, por sus siglas en inglés). El reporte avala una serie de peticiones que van desde organizaciones comunitarias hasta precandidatos a la presidencia y líderes en el Congreso, que consideran necesario otorgar el TPS al grupo de centroamericanos que están siendo afectados por las recientes redadas realizadas por el departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS). Todos coinciden en que se deben frenar las redadas y extender el TPS porque es un beneficio que protege a personas que huyen de…
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Migrantes cubanos varados en Costa Rica parten hacia EE.UU.

Un grupo de 180 cubanos salieron de Costa Rica en un vuelo hacia El Salvador, como parte de un programa designado para ayudar a los migrantes que quieren viajar a Estados Unidos. El grupo estuvo varado en Costa Rica por más de un mes después que Nicaragua cerró sus fronteras diciendo que Costa Rica había creado una crisis humanitaria al emitir visas de tránsito a más de cubanos. Una vez en El Salvador abordarán autobuses que los trasladarán a la frontera de Guatemala con México. El ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Costa Rica, Manuel González, dijo el martes que la…
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Turkey’s Kurds Accuse EU of Turning Blind Eye

Jamie Dettmer Turkey’s military says it has killed 307 Kurdish separatists in recent weeks in counter-terrorism operations in southeastern Turkey, but the toll has also been great on civilians.  Rights groups say 162 civilians, including 32 children, have been killed since August in districts where the military has imposed 24-hour curfews. Rights group Amnesty International has urged Turkish authorities to lift indefinite 24-hour curfews that have been in effect since mid-December in the Sur district of Diyarbakir province and the towns of Cizre and Silopi in Sırnak province, as well as intermittent curfews on other mainly Kurdish towns. “The body…
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Kerry Announces Expansion of US Refugee Program

STATE DEPARTMENT—The has announced plans to expand its refugee admissions program, with a goal of providing more assistance to Central Americans. Secretary of State John Kerry announced the expansion, on Wednesday, as he outlined foreign policy goals for the year. In a speech at National Defense University, Kerry said the new provisions would offer legal and safe alternatives to people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Many people from these countries, said Kerry, had been “tempted” to begin dangerous journeys that made them “easy prey” for human smugglers and traffickers. "The refugee crisis is not just a Syrian problem, nor…
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Turkey Makes Arrest in Connection With Istanbul Bombing

VOA News A Turkish official said Wednesday authorities had arrested one person in connection with the suicide bombing Tuesday in Istanbul that killed 10 people. Interior Minister Efkan Ala said the detention happened late Tuesday, but did not give any further details on the suspect's identity or possible role in the attack. Ala also said the bomber was not on a list of people wanted by Turkey. Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin that at least eight Germans were among the dead and nine among the injured. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, who traveled to Istanbul…
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Belgian Prosecutors Identify Safe Houses Used by Paris Attackers

VOA News Belgian prosecutors say they have identified three homes that were used as safe houses by suspects believed to have carried out the November 13 terror attacks in Paris. Prosecutors said Wednesday that they have found houses in the city of Charleroi, the village of Auvelais, and a previously identified apartment in the Schaerbeek neighborhood of Brussels. Authorities think all three places were used to prepare the Paris attacks. The Schaerbeek place is believed to have been used to make suicide belts. The Belgian prosecutor's office said Wednesday that all three places were rented under false names and paid…
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Sweden Asks Ecuador’s Permission to Interview Wikileaks Founder

VOA News Swedish prosecutors have asked Ecuador's permission to interview Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, over allegations of rape. The Swedish Prosecution Authority announced the move Wednesday, saying it is "not possible to estimate" when an answer might be given. Assange has been living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over the rape charges. From Sweden, Assange could be extradited to the United States to be tried for the online publication of classified information, in one of the largest information leaks in history.
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