Trump to Sign Immigration Directive Revamping Asylum System

WASHINGTON—President Trump is expected to sign a directive this week that will make official his plans to revamp the U.S. asylum system, part of his broader push to crack down on undocumented migrants entering the U.S. illegally. Mr. Trump is expected to sign the directive as early as Friday morning, before leaving on a trip…

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Pussy Riot’s Pyotr Verzilov: No criminal justice system in Russia

This interview took place on September 10 at Basmanny Court in Moscow and September 11 at a cafe nearby the court. Verzilov fell ill late on September 11. Pussy Riot believes Verzilov was poisoned. He remains hospitalised. Moscow, Russia – Sitting in the corridor of Basmanny Court, Pyotr Verzilov, “a member of Pussy riot” as…

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Pitfalls in the global trade system call for bold reforms

The global trade system created in the aftermath of World War II has expanded economic prosperity, lifted millions out of poverty and contributed to global stability. But it hasn’t kept up with the emergence of new major trading countries, advances in technology or new types of trade barriers. The big picture: A growing number of…

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Japan to Spend Billions on U.S. Missile-Defense System

TOKYO—Japan is set to pay $2.1 billion for a new U.S. missile-defense system, one of its largest military acquisitions, as pressure from President Trump accelerates Tokyo’s spending on American military hardware. Japan is already among the biggest global buyers of U.S. arms, ranking alongside countries in the Middle East in recent years with purchases of…

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South Sudan’s internally displaced create own system of justice

Juba, South Sudan – Squatting on a thin black mattress, Nyawech Both Nien rubs her scarred arm, still bruised after a mass brawl over water, the most basic need inside this camp for internally displaced people (IDPs). “I’d put three jerry cans to keep my place in the line, but the water came very late that…

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Amazon Offers Retailers Discounts to Adopt Payment System

Amazon.com Inc. is offering to pass along the discounts it gets on credit-card fees to other retailers if they use its online payments service, according to people with knowledge of the matter, in a new threat to PayPal Holdings Inc. and card-issuing banks.  The move shows Amazon is willing to sacrifice the profitability of its…

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