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Rights groups fight Canada government's defense of solitary confinement

By Anna Mehler Paperny

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian law allows for prolonged, indefinite solitary confinement that hurts vulnerable people most and that is why it must be struck down, lawyers for civil liberties groups argued this week, as they accused the government of backing away from its avowed goal of pursuing prison reform. 393 more words

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Trump: North Korea 'total denuclearization' started; officials see no new moves

By David Brunnstrom and James Oliphant

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday North Korea was blowing up four of its big test sites and that a process of “total denuclearization … has already started,” but officials said there was no such evidence since a landmark summit last week. 837 more words

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Conservative U.S. commentator Charles Krauthammer dies

By Bill Trott

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer, who gave up a psychiatric career to become one of the leading conservative political commentators in the U.S. 690 more words

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U.S. bombs Syrian army position near Tanf: pro-Assad commander

AMMAN (Reuters) – A Syrian army officer was killed in a U.S strike on a Syrian army outpost near a U.S. base close to the Iraqi-Syrian border, a commander in the regional alliance supporting President Bashar al-Assad told Reuters. 196 more words

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Chinese city says sorry for mocking resident over dust complaint: paper

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The environmental protection bureau in the southwestern Chinese city of Zigong has been forced to apologize after insulting a resident who complained about dust pollution at a construction site, the official China Daily reported on Friday. 149 more words

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Mexico presidential campaigns ramp up spend on online ads

By Suman Naishadham and Christine Murray

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s presidential candidates have declared spending 159 million pesos ($7.8 million) so far on web advertising including Facebook, YouTube and online media, more than a quarter of their campaign spend, the National Electoral Institute (INE) said. 404 more words

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Yemen's Houthis indicate willingness to hand over port to U.N.: sources

By Yara Bayoumy, Warren Strobel and Jonathan Landay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis have indicated they would be willing to hand over management of Hodeidah port to the United Nations, a potential breakthrough in a conflict that has caused the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, sources familiar with the efforts said. 657 more words

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