Some polling sites saw lines in Tarrant County Tuesday, but there have been no major issues reported.
Some polling sites saw lines in Tarrant County Tuesday, but there have been no major issues reported.
Turkey on Friday rejected a call by the European Parliament for sanctions against Ankara over President Tayyip Erdogan's recent visit to the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in north Cyprus, calling the demand "disconnected from the realities". On Thursday, the European Union's parliament agreed a non-binding resolution in support of EU member Cyprus urging EU leaders to "take action and impose tough sanctions" against Turkey, a move likely to bolster support for France's push for sanctions on Ankara at an EU summit next month.
British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert arrived back in Australia on Friday and will soon reunite with her family after more than two years in an Iranian prison. Moore-Gilbert was met by public health officials and members of the Australian Defense Force after leaving her plane at Canberra Airport, less than 24 hours after being released from prison in Iran. Foreign Minister Marise Payne has said Moore-Gilbert, 33, will have to undergo quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — They threw her new cellphone on the roof of the station house and placed nails under the wheels of her pickup truck. It was too much for Timika Ingram to bear. “It caused me pain, sleepless nights, suffering, anxiety,” said Ingram, whose four years as a firefighter in North Carolina amounted to a collection of indignities.
Alexei Navalny urged the EU to hit Russian oligarchs spending their fortunes in Europe with sanctions rather than targeting the officials responsible for his poisoning. The Kremlin critic narrowly escaped death after he was attacked with the nerve agent Novichok in August. He accused Vladimir Putin of ordering his murder. “The European Union should target the money and Russian oligarchs," Mr Navalny told the European Parliament in Brussels, “these sanctions would be very popular inside of Russia.” Europe had to treat the oligarchs as “bunch of criminals temporarily in power" rather than be the playground of Mr Putin’s allies, Mr Navalny said. He warned the Russian president would try to rig next year’s elections. The opposition leader said the Kremlin would never take EU sanctions seriously as long as the yachts of Russia’s super-rich were moored in European cities such as Barcelona and Monaco. “They just think that they are playing the European Union because they [the EU] are afraid of deploying real sanctions against real money,” he said. The EU hit six senior Russian officials with sanctions in October after the chemical weapon attack on Mr Navalny, who is recovering in Germany after collapsing on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk. He spent three weeks in a medically induced coma. “Unfortunately I will not be the last one, who is poisoned, or killed or treated in this way," he said. Mr Navalny said the travel ban and asset freezes would make little difference to the “colonels” who carried out the attack. They rarely travel outside Russia and didn’t have property or bank accounts in Europe, he said. Germany, which holds the rotating Presidency of the EU, hopes to get agreement on a “European Magnitsky Act” by the end of the year. It could enter into force in January. It would allow the EU to quickly impose sanctions on individuals suspected of human rights violations regardless of where the offence took place in the world.
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Thirteen Australian special forces soldiers face dismissal because of their connection to alleged unlawful killings in Afghanistan, according to Australia's head of Army on Friday. An independent report published last week revealed that Australian soldiers killed 39 unarmed civilians and prisoners in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016. Australian Lieutenant General Rick Burr on Friday did not identify the soldiers being dismissed, but he said they were not part of the 19 current and former soldiers who face possible criminal charges for the alleged killings. "At this time, 13 individuals have been issued administrative action notices in relation to the Afghanistan inquiry. At this point in time, no individuals have been separated from the Australian Defence Force. Administrative action includes receiving a notice proposing to terminate the individual's service." Burr said the 13 soldiers that face dismissal have two weeks to respond to the notice. "We are all holding ourselves to account as an organisation, and we'll work through this in a proper way." Last week's report revealed that senior commandos may have forced junior soldiers to kill defenceless captives in order to prepare them for combat. This alleged practice is called 'blooding.' The inquiry examined more than 20,000 documents and 25,000 images, and interviewed over 400 witnesses under oath. Australia's most senior military official apologised to Afghanistan last week after the release of the report.
Joe Biden needs to do something about the Department of Homeland Security.There will be no shortage of items competing for attention on the president-elect's agenda when he takes office in January. Dealing with the pandemic and the economy are the top items, obviously, because they constitute an emergency, but there is also the question of trying to undo the considerable damage President Trump has done to the government itself during his four years in office.The problems of DHS fall in the latter category.Even before Trump was inaugurated, the department all-too-often proved indifferent (at best) to human rights and civil liberties, but over the last year it has shown itself ripe for abuse by an authoritarian-minded president. Biden probably won't be that kind of president — certainly, not to the degree that Trump has been. But DHS needs reform, not just a nicer person at the top of the organizational chart.This was most clearly demonstrated during the summer of "Black Lives Matter" protests nationwide, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Stymied by opposition to using the military to put down the demonstrations, Trump instead sent DHS agents into the streets of Portland, Oregon, to snatch up protesters — driving around in unmarked cars and camouflage uniforms, grabbing people without explaining why they were being arrested — and used aircraft to surveil BLM protests nationwide in places like Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Dayton, Ohio."The deployment of drones and officers to surveil protests is a gross abuse of authority and is particularly chilling when used against Americans who are protesting law enforcement brutality," House Democrats said in a June letter to Chad Wolf, the DHS's acting secretary.Even before this summer's demonstrations, though, the Trump administration was using agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a DHS agency, to keep tabs on protesters opposed to the president's immigration policies. Under Wolf, the department withheld a report on a Russian disinformation effort against Biden's campaign, and sidelined attempts to address white nationalist threats to the country. As I wrote in July, U.S. Customs and Border Protection — also a DHS agency — has a yearslong history of corruption, racism, and a casual toleration for the deaths of undocumented migrants.There is also reason to believe DHS is just not that good at its job. The Brennan Center for Justice has pointed out that legislative criticism of the department's effectiveness go back at least to 2012, when a Senate subcommittee found DHS "often produced irrelevant, useless, or inappropriate intelligence" about threats to national security.And we haven't even mentioned the kids in cages, yet. Or the hundreds of migrant children who have been separated from their parents, who cannot be located.The department is a mess, in other words, a stain on the American conscience.It will be useful not to have people like Stephen Miller in government, no longer influencing the president to govern with cruelty. And Biden's nominee to lead DHS, Alejandro Mayorkas, has been welcomed by immigration advocates. That's the good news.But DHS' problems are too widespread and enduring — and presidential terms are so short — that it isn't enough to rely on a personnel change. Structural reform is needed.Because the department has been so bad for so long, there is no shortage of ideas on how to fix it. The Center for American Progress, for example, issued a report in September recommending reforms that included budget cuts for ICE and CPB, new restrictions on the jurisdiction and authority of DHS agents, and increasing the power of oversight bodies to investigate abuses — and the power to rectify them. In May, the Center for New American Security also advocated improved oversight of the department. Some critics have called for the department to be abolished altogether. And why not? The department has only existed since 2003, created in the first fear-driven years after 9/11. What can be made can be unmade.That probably won't happen, if for no other reason than politicians don't want to be seen literally voting against "homeland security," no matter what the details of that vote would actually mean. The issue is just too easily demagogued. But reform should be possible, and is necessary. The Department of Homeland Security, as it currently exists, has revealed itself to be a danger to traditional American freedoms, a tool easily used by a wannabe strongman. Best to act now, before that tool gets into the wrong hands again.More stories from theweek.com 5 witheringly funny cartoons about Trump's sort-of concession South Korean intelligence believes North Korea is nervous about dealing with Biden administration Iranian scientist suspected of leading nuclear weapons program shot and killed
A Canadian police officer stationed at the Vancouver airport who rejected a plan to arrest Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on the plane she arrived on two years ago, on Friday testified that at the time he told other police officers the best course was to allow border agents to interrogate Meng before arresting her. The testimony from Ross Lundie, a sergeant with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Vancouver International Airport detachment, came at the end of two weeks of witness cross-examination in Meng's U.S. extradition case. Meng, 48, was arrested on a U.S. warrant on charges of bank fraud for allegedly misleading HSBC about Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's business dealings in Iran, causing the bank to break U.S. sanctions.
America's great experiment in "remote learning" during the pandemic has proved disastrous for many children as the first figures from one of its largest school districts showed an explosion in failing grades, and a widening gulf between thriving and struggling pupils. Unlike in the UK, thousands of schools across the United States have still not reopened, having been closed since March. Children from age five up are instead being taught on computer screens at home. Many will end up missing an entire academic year of in-person schooling. An internal report from Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia, just outside Washington DC, which has 188,000 pupils, was released this week following a Freedom of Information request by a local parent. It confirmed what many families around the country had feared for months. Among children aged 11 to 18 there was an 83 per cent jump in those with two or more 'F' grades, in the first quarter of the 2020-21 academic year, which has just ended. The younger the age group the worse it was. For those aged 11 to 13 the increase was 300 per cent. Among girls in that age group it was 600 per cent. For children with special needs the jump in failing grades was 111 per cent. And for those with English as a second language, it was 106 per cent.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday he expects more than half of Canadians to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by next September after he came under criticism for saying Canadians won’t be among the first to get doses. Trudeau said earlier this week Canada will have to wait for a vaccine because the first ones are likely to be given to citizens of the countries they are made in. Opposition parties criticized Trudeau for not ensuring Canadians get priority access to vaccines.
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Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen broke down on Thursday when visiting a mink farmer who lost his herd following the government's order this month to cull all 17 million mink in the country to curb the spread of coronavirus. Frederiksen has faced opposition calls to resign and a vote of no confidence in parliament after an order by the government in early November, which it later admitted was illegal, to cull the country's entire mink population. The order was given after authorities found COVID-19 outbreaks at hundreds of mink farms, including a new strain of the virus, suspected of being able to compromise the efficacy of vaccines.
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The Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have rounded up hundreds of suspected street gang members as part of a U.S.-backed effort known as “Operation Regional Shield.” The attorney general’s office in El Salvador has taken the lead, reporting that it obtained arrest warrants for 1,152 suspects, of whom 572 had been arrested by Friday. The U.S. Department of Justice noted that authorities in El Salvador and Honduras arrested three dozen suspected immigrant traffickers.
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