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Hundreds of New Yorkers from refugee, immigrant, religious, and advocacy communities staged a march in observance of World Refugee Day. Marchers laid out 85 pairs of shoes representing 85,000 refugees not allowed into the U.S. in 2018; carried life-size orange rafts symbolizing refugee ocean crossings; and read the names of refugees who have died in transit.
A South Korean court has ruled against the killing of dogs for meat, in what has been described by animal rights groups as a milestone towards a national ban on serving the animals for human consumption. An estimated one million dogs are believed to be eaten annually in South Korea, where the practice historically has been fuelled by a belief that it aids virility. Younger Koreans, however, are generally opposed to it, and pressure is building on the government to outlaw the raising of dogs to be killed for food. A city court in Bucheon, a satellite city of the capital, Seoul, has now convicted the owner of a dog farm for killing animals without a proper reason and violating building and hygiene regulations. The ruling, which imposed a 3 million won (£2,000) fine, was made in April but only made public this week. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy rescued a puppy from a dog farm in February Credit: Ahn Young-joon/AP The complaint had been initially brought against the farmer by animal rights group, Care. The group’s lawyer told AFP that the verdict that killing dogs for their meat was illegal was “very significant.” The precedent “paved the way for outlawing dog meat consumption entirely,” she added, revealing that Care intends to file complaints against “many more” dog farmers. The convicted man has reportedly waived his right to appeal, but the association of dog farms branded the court’s decision “outrageous”. They have pledged to fight the campaign against them “to the end.” The dog meat industry is facing a battle on multiple fronts. Ahead of the Winter Olympics, the government launched a crackdown citing hygiene and animal protection laws, conscious that the serving of dog meat would likely shock foreign visitors. Growing domestic opposition to the consumption of dogs led to the introduction in early May of a legislative bill that would remove the legal basis for factory-style mass breeding of canines. The draft law, tabled in the National Assembly by a member of the centre right Bareunmirae party, aims to close down the dog meat industry. An activist rescues a dog at the Yulin dog meat festival in China Credit: AFP/AFP Although dog meat cannot be traded through major distribution channels like other livestock, it is still legal to breed dogs to sell their meat as long as the animals are not killed in open areas or in front of each other. In nearby China, where the consumption of dog meat, although controversial, is also a legal common practice, residents of the southern city of Yulin defended the eating of dogs to celebrate the summer solstice on Thursday. Yulin’s annual ten-day lychee and dog meat festival has become a flashpoint for activists who regularly try to pressure organisers to cancel the event, and who have raided slaughterhouses and intercepted truckloads of dogs. Animal rights groups highlight videos of dogs caught with wire lassos and cruelly beaten to death with metal rods. Their protests have been rejected by festival-goers. "Yulin's so-called lychee and dog meat festival is just a popular custom of ours. Popular customs themselves cannot be right or wrong," Yulin resident Wang Yue told Reuters. "Those scenes of bloody dog slaughter that you see online, I want to say that the killing of any animal will be bloody. I hope people can look at this objectively."
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada plans to carry out its first execution in 12 years using a never-before-tried combination of drugs that drew a court challenge over concerns that a convicted murderer could suffer during the lethal injection.
NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been removed from public ministry and faces further punishment over "credible" allegations that he sexually abused a teenager while a priest in New York more than 40 years ago, the church announced Wednesday.
President Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is refusing to apologize for his reaction to the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was reportedly separated from her mother after crossing the border illegally.
It costs more than double the amount to detain children separated from their families at the US-Mexico border in tent cities than keeping the whole family together, a new report has revealed. It costs $775 (£586) per night, per child, to be detained in the new tent cities facilities, NBC News reported, citing Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials. The higher costs for the newly-separated children are due to new construction of these tent cities, air conditioning for the facilities, certified medical workers, labour for the facilities, food, water, and other supplies which had to be procured quickly.
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ori Lewis GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Several dozen rockets and mortar bombs launched at Israel by Palestinians in Gaza, and Israeli air strikes on the enclave's dominant Hamas militant group, raised the heat along the border on Wednesday. "I don't intend to detail the actions we plan on Gaza," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech to graduating military officers that was aired on national radio.
Christine, a foster mother in Michigan who has been taking in unaccompanied migrant children since 2016, shares her experiences taking care of children who are being separated from their parents at the border.
Italy’s new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has pledged to conduct a census of the nomadic Roma people and drive out those lacking valid residence permits, escalating the anti-immigrant attitude he rode to power.
President Trump’s controversial child separation policy is being carried out with the help of private businesses who have received millions of dollars in government contracts to help run the shelters where young migrants are being held away from their parents.
Bill Ford Jr., the great-grandson of the American carmaker's founder, stood in front of thousands Tuesday in Detroit, with an abandoned train station in the background, and entwined the company's future with that of the dilapidated building behind him. "This station is a symbol," Ford declared. The once proud building has faded, but is poised for much the same renewal that Detroit residents and businesses hope will mark the Motor City's post-recession, post-bankruptcy renaissance.
By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea could start the process of handing over the remains of troops, including Americans, missing from the Korean War within the next few days, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said North Korea would hand over the remains to United Nations Command in South Korea, and they would then be transferred to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. One official said "a sizable number" of remains were expected to be handed over, but declined to give a specific number given the unpredictability of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
It’s a week before an election, and the firebrand candidate takes the podium to speak to a small, private crowd of loyal supporters. Turkey is holding snap elections on June 24, and in the run-up, Erdoğan’s stump speeches have grown more and more Trumpian. Like the American president, Erdoğan fashions himself as populist representative of the common man facing down an array of corrupt elites.
The Trump administration now says it’s ready to impose tariffs on up to $450 billion dollars worth of goods from China —which could increase the price you pay on everything from electronics to clothing.
Jake Monty, a former member of Donald Trump's National Hispanic Advisory Council, said it’s troubling to see the Trump administration let the fate of undocumented immigrants be determined by a political agenda.