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New immigration order coming ... US says UN HRC has 'obsession with Israel' ... Shell, ExxonMobil ordered to pay quake victims

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 1, 2017 at 4:46 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new immigration order removes Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban. It also no longer singles out Syrian refugees for an indefinite ban. That's what four U.S. officials are saying about the new executive order that Trump could sign in the coming days.

BERLIN (AP) — The United States is calling on the U.N. Human Rights Council to drop what the U.S. calls its "obsession with Israel." In a speech before the Geneva-based council, U.S. envoy Erin Barclay said the United States' commitment to human rights "is stronger than ever." But she says, "Regrettably, too many of the actions of this council do not support these universal principles. Indeed, they contradict them."

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two suicide bombings claimed by the Taliban have struck the Afghan capital, Kabul, today. The Interior Ministry says one bomber targeted the gates of a police station in western Kabul as part of a coordinated attack and that a gun battle between police and an unknown number of armed attackers was ongoing. One person was killed and at least 37 were wounded.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court says an energy company jointly owned by Shell and ExxonMobil is liable for the psychological suffering of residents in the north of the country whose homes have been damaged by small earthquakes caused by gas drilling. In a ruling today, a court in the northern city of Assen held the Netherlands Petroleum Company liable for so-called "immaterial damages" suffered by residents and ordered the company to pay them compensation.

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LONDON (AP) — Another scandal has hit Uber. CEO Travis Kalanick (KAL'-uh-nihk) has been caught on tape arguing with an Uber driver about fares. When the driver argues that Kalanick is lowering fares, Kalanick lashes back, saying: "some people don't like to take responsibility for their own s---. They blame everything in their life on somebody else." Last month, Uber had to respond to accusations of sexual harassment in the workplace.

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