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Smugglers Send First Caravan of African Migrants to U.S.

The first caravan of African migrants arrived at the U.S. border on May 31, spotlighting the risk that millions of Asians and Africans will follow the Central Americans’ catch-and-release pathway into the U.S. labor market.

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North Korea: ‘Human Defect’ John Bolton Has Mental Deformity

North Korea’s Foreign Affairs Ministry hurled a tirade of personal insults at National Security Adviser John Bolton in remarks published Monday, dismissing his complaints that Pyongyang had violated U.N. Security Council limits on weapons testing by asserting that those limits were “illegal.”

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton joins President Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a bilateral meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House April 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. On the 70th anniversary of NATO, Trump and Stoltenberg discussed the trans-Atlantic alliance's successes and its …

Sri Lanka Focuses on Protecting Muslims After Easter Church Jihad

Authorities continued imposing curfews Wednesday night in Sri Lanka after a wave of largely Sinhalese Buddhist led vandalism on Muslim businesses and mosques prompted a nationwide law enforcement effort to protect the nation’s Muslim minority.

Sri Lankan police stand guard as school students return to classes as schools re-open across the country after the Easter attacks in Colombo on May 6, 2019. - The head of Sri Lanka's Catholic Church appealed for calm on May 6 after sporadic violence between Christian and Muslims north of …

Sri Lanka Expels 200 Islamic Clerics After Easter Jihad

Sri Lanka’s Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena revealed Sunday that the country had deported 200 Islamic clerics in the wake of the Easter Sunday jihadist attacks against Christians over concerns they had the potential to radicalize locals.

In this picture taken on April 25, 2019, Sri Lankan Muslim men pray at the National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) mosque in Kattankudy. - Zahran Hashim's sword-wielding zealotry fuelled fears in the sleepy east coast town of Kattankudy long before the cleric became Sri Lanka's most wanted man over the horrific …

Philippines: Duterte Threatens to Declare War on Canada over Trash Dump

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to “declare war” on Canada in remarks Tuesday, claiming he would personally sail across the Pacific and dump tons of trash onto the nation if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not agree to take back the garbage it had imported to the island nation.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) talks to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) before the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / AFP …

Sri Lanka Mulls Burqa Ban as Easter Jihad Death Toll Rises to 321

Sri Lanka may be considering joining a growing number of governments in banning the burqa, an Islamic head covering that leaves no part of a woman’s body visible, local media reported Tuesday in the aftermath of the series of suspected jihadist bombings targeting Christians on Easter Sunday.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - FEBRUARY 20: A Turkish girl stands in a crowd of women wearing burqas during the Shia holy day Ashura February 20, 2005 in Istanbul, Turkey. Ashura is a Shia Muslim holy day, celebrated as the most important day of the longer Muharram festival. The Ashura festival commemorates …

U.S.: Pakistani Officials Help Muslims Force Christian Women into Marriage

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) published a report Tuesday accusing South East Asian nations of systematically failing to protect their populations’ religious rights, noting that “state officials” in Pakistan often shield criminals forcing Christian or Hindu women into a Muslim marriage.

A Pakistani worker shouts anti U.S. slogans during a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 as part of widespread anger across the Muslim world about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The banner at bottom reads, "'immediately hang the cursed man indulged in insulting the Prophet," while …

Duterte Tells Philippines: ‘Kill Bishops,’ ‘90% of Priests Are Gay’

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte used the occasion of an award ceremony for “Child-friendly Municipalities and Cities” on Wednesday to call on his population to “kill bishops” for being “good for nothing.” On Friday, at a labor event, Duterte disparaged priests as being “90 percent gay.”

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