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Nearly 2 Million Homes, Businesses Still Without Power After East Coast Storm

Nearly 2 million households and businesses remained without power Saturday on the U.S. East Coast after a heavy storm system brought rain, snow and hurricane-force winds to states from Maine, where the governor declared a state of emergency, all the way to North Carolina.

Seven deaths were reported as a result of trees falling during the storm, in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Maine Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency on Saturday, as did the governors of Virginia and Maryland a day earlier. The declaration gives those states access to federal funds to help with storm …read more

Trump Administration Strikes Multiple Deportation Deals; What’s in Them?

The Trump administration reports it has succeeded in reducing the number of countries that refuse to accept citizens deported from the United States.

The administration says more than a dozen countries have been removed from the “recalcitrant” list. That opens the path for deportations to begin for some of the roughly 100,000 people from recalcitrant nations who have final orders of removal.

There are few details available for many of these deportation deals, raising questions about what’s in them.

Afghan denials

In Afghanistan’s case, immigration authorities in Kabul deny there has been any deportation deal struck, despite the Trump administration’s claims.

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Refugees …read more

US, European Leaders Warn ‘No Impunity’ for Toxic Gas Attacks in Syria

The United States and European powers are vowing a “firm response” to those responsible for recent alleged toxic gas attacks in Syria’s eastern Ghouta, where hundreds of civilians have died in recent weeks.

Their warning came as the United Nations’ human rights chief said Friday that the slaughter of civilians in Ghouta and elsewhere were “likely war crimes and potentially crimes against humanity.”

In a telephone conversation Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “must be held accountable,” a German chancellery statement said.

“This applies both to the Assad regime’s deployment …read more

Clashes in Kyiv As Police Raid Protest Camp, Detain 100

Police in Kyiv, Ukraine, moved in to dismantle a protest camp near the national parliament building Saturday, detaining about 100 protesters amid clashes. The camp was set up by supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili, who are demanding that Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko resign. …read more