UN votes to help Iraq collect evidence against Islamic State

By Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — U.N. investigators will help Iraq collect evidence to build potential war crimes cases against Islamic State extremists, under a resolution the Security Council approved Thursday. Iraq, council members and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney portrayed the measure as a key step toward bringing the Islamic State group to justice for atrocities committed since its bloody rise a few years ago. But the advocacy group Human Rights Watch faulted the Security Council for not extending the investigation to abuses by Iraqi and other forces fighting the IS militants. The council voted unanimously to ask the U.N. to establish an investigative team to… Read More

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KRUGMAN: Jimmy Kimmel has ‘done more homework on health than any Republican senator’

Paul Krugman on Thursday charged Republicans have not done their homework on healthcare. The Nobel winning economist and New York Times columnist tweeted Thursday that late-night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel knows more about the current healthcare debate than GOP lawmakers. “Think about what it means that Jimmy Kimmel has evidently done more homework on health than any Republican senator over the past 8 years,” Krugman said. Kimmel has been waging a war against Republicans for months over their attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and is now battling one of the latest bill’s authors, Sen. Bill Cassidy. The host pointed out that the bill undermines protections for… Read More

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Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees: A history of persecution

Rohingya from Myanmar make their way in an alley at an unregistered refugee camp in Teknaf (Credit: AP Photo/A.M. Ahad) Some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims, a religious and ethnic minority community in Myanmar, have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since August this year. The United Nations has called the Rohingya the world’s most persecuted minority group and described the atrocities by Myanmar’s authorities as “ethnic cleansing,” whereby one group removes another ethnic or religious community through violence. But the persecution of the Rohingya is not new. My research on the Rohingya Muslim experience in Myanmar shows that this pattern of persecution goes back to 1948 — the year when the country achieved… Read More

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Betsy DeVos finds an ingenious way to avoid a private jet controversy

(Credit: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) Don’t worry, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos isn’t using taxpayer dollars to shuttle her around the country. Unlike Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, she’s the one paying to fly around in a private jet. After the Associated Press reported that DeVos was using private jets when visiting schools, her press secretary Liz Hill sent a statement to the wire service explaining that “the secretary neither seeks, nor accepts, any reimbursement for her flights, nor for any additional official travel-related expenses, such as lodging and per diem, even though she is entitled to such reimbursement under government travel regulations.”… Read More

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Proposed R-Line cuts in Aurora to be aired at public meeting Thursday night

The future of the R-Line in Aurora is on the docket Thursday night, as officials from the city and Regional Transportation District will hold a public meeting on RTD’s proposal to reduce light rail service. The 6 p.m. public meeting at the Aurora Municipal Center comes a little less than a month before the RTD board is expected to vote to reduce R-Line service between Florida Station in Aurora and Lincoln Station in Lone Tree. RTD light-rail ridership The following numbers reflect the daily average of boardings per hour Monday through Thursday from January through May. *R-Line data is from August. Source: Regional Transportation District The agency is proposing an… Read More

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