When ICE Hit Mississippi, Its Citizens Showed Up for Immigrant Families

The Mississippi immigration raid detained hundreds and left children stranded on the first day of school. It also evoked a massive humanitarian response in a state not traditionally friendly to immigrants. When federal agents engineered the nation’s largest single-state immigration raid at multiple chicken processing plants in Mississippi, a scrappy network of immigrant activists knew their work was about to get much harder. Mississippi has never been a hotbed for immigration advocacy, despite a growing immigrant population working in its food processing and hospitality industries. The small band of migrant…

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Philadelphia suspect in custody after standoff with police

Six officers wounded in standoff that began after gunman shot police officers seeking to serve felony narcotics warrant. A gunman who opened fire on police as they were serving a drug warrant in Philadelphia, wounding six officers and triggering a standoff that extended into the night, is in police custody, authorities said. The standoff in the United States‘ Pennsylvania state, which began early on Thursday after the attacker opened fire on police officers seeking to serve a felony narcotics warrant, follows a string of mass shootings in California, Texas and Ohio,…

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Google staff warns against working with US border agencies

A letter signed by almost 400 people urges Google not to be involved in ‘human rights abuses’. More than 350 Google employees have written an open letter to the company, demanding Google does not work with the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) because of its treatment of migrants at the country’s southern border. The letter, written by 365 Google employees and 35 supporters on Wednesday, also demands the company not work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), accusing all three agencies of…

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Facebook admits it listened to user’s audio messages

The company have since said it has stopped doing this as privacy organizations raised concerns over the practice. Facebook has admitted it uses an external company to listen to audio messages sent between users in an attempt to improve its voice recognition systems. According to a report by Bloomberg, Facebook paid contractors to transcribe audio messages sent between users. Those contractors did not know who the audio was from and how Facebook obtained it. In response to the report, Facebook said users who had their audio transcribed confirmed this option…

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What an American Terrorist Looks Like

Despite racist and anti-immigrant scapegoating, data shows that most American terrorists are resentful White men inspired by White supremacist and misogynist rhetoric.   “Invasion.” President Trump has used that very word about immigration at the southern border 19 times at rallies since he took office, according to a recent USA Today analysis. And six tweets between October 2018 and June 2019 use the word “invasion” that way. An arrest affidavit for 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, the man charged in the Aug. 3 mass shooting in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart that…

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Trump rolls out measures against documented immigrants

New hardline policy targets documented immigrants who apply for government benefits such as food and housing. US President Donald Trump‘s administration has rolled out another new hardline policy aimed at migrants, this time documented immigrants who apply for government benefits such as food and housing. The new policy was announced after a series of raids arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in food processing plants in Mississippi. Although the government said is will pursue employers who hire such workers, none of the employers in the Mississippi raids has been arrested or…

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American financier Jeffrey Epstein commits suicide

Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, accused of trafficking underage girls for sex, has killed himself in cell in a Manhattan prison. Two weeks ago the 66-year-old was placed on suicide watch after he was found unconscious in his cell after he was denied bail. Epstein was accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls at homes in Florida and New York from 2002 to 2005. The FBI is opening an investigation into his death. Al Jazeera’s Shihab Rattansi reports from Washington, DC.

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Huawei unveils own operating system to compete with Android

Huawei said its HarmonyOS – or HongMeng – would ‘bring more harmony and convenience to the world’. Chinese telecom giant Huawei has unveiled its own operating system, as it faces the threat of losing access to Android systems amid escalating US-China trade tensions. Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s consumer business, told the company’s annual developer conference in the southern city of Dongguan on Friday that the new system – called HarmonyOS or HongMeng in Chinese – would “bring more harmony and convenience to the world”. The highly-anticipated software is considered…

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Months after IPO, Uber’s quarterly loss tops $5bn

The ride-sharing company racked up 100 million customers by July, but for every dollar brought in, it lost roughly $1.65 Uber Technologies Inc., in its financial report Thursday, failed to surpass analysts’ expectations in the way its hometown rival did the day before, sparking a selloff in after-hours trading. Uber’s second-quarter adjusted sales fell short of estimates, and it posted an eye-watering $5.24 billion net loss. Most of that loss was attributed to stock-based compensation associated with the initial public offering in May, a routine expense for newly public companies. The adjusted…

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Divided Under Trump: The Strange Death of American Civility

We investigate how the toxic partisan divisions of the Trump era have eroded civil norms vital for US democracy. Watch ‘Part 2: What does it mean to be American?’ above Watch ‘Part 1: Democrats vs Republicans’ below The United States seems more disunited than at any point in recent history – its politics so undermined by partisan divisions that consensus on almost anything is impossible to achieve. Toxic partisanship between Democrats and Republicans – the nation’s two main parties – has soared under President Donald Trump‘s administration – worsening since the…

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‘Do something’: Protests as Trump visits Dayton shooting victims

Protesters in Dayton urge US president to take action after a mass shooting that killed nine and wounded dozens more. Demonstrators chant as they protest the arrival of President Donald Trump outside Miami Valley Hospital [John Minchillo/AP] Scores of protesters have greeted US President Donald Trump as he arrived in the city of Dayton, Ohio, to visit survivors of a deadly mass shooting. The president and first lady Melania Trump began their visit on Wednesday at the Miami Valley Hospital where many of the victims of gun assault were treated. At…

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Monzo advises some 480,000 customers to change their PINs

The digital bank says it discovered that it had been recording some customers PINs in an insecure location. The digital bank Monzo has advised almost 480,000 customers to change their personal identification numbers (PINs) after discovering a security bug. In a statement on Monday, Monzo said it stored customer PINs in a “particularly secure” part of its systems and “tightly controlled” access to the information within the company. However, on Friday, the bank discovered that it had also been recording some customers’ PINs in encrypted log files, which its engineers…

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Can web-fuelled violence be stopped?

Shootings that killed dozens have been linked to radical hate manifestos posted online. From the weekend shootings in the United States to the mosque attacks in New Zealand, a number of murderous assaults have been linked to websites which allow hate and radical speech. The suspects are believed to have shared their manifestos before carrying out their attacks. They did not use browsers we all log in to every day – but a deeper, darker layer of the internet where you can hide your identity and location, as well as…

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Stocks rebound after worst day of 2019

Beijing’s moves to steady the yuan calm markets one day after Trump administration calls China a ‘currency manipulator’. It will be better tomorrow. Wall Street embraced that mantra, with United States stock markets moving higher on Tuesday following the worst trading day of the year on Monday. At closing, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had risen 311.78 points or 1.21 percent. The broader S&P 500 index was up 37.03 points or 1.3 percent, while the tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite Index rose 107.23 points or 1.39 percent by the end of trading.…

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Why isn’t the US dealing with the rising threat of white supremacy?

Despite growing white nationalist violence worldwide, US conservatives are pushing for antifa to be designated a “terrorist” group. Twenty people are dead in a weekend shooting at an El Paso Wal-Mart. The incident is being called one of the worst attacks on Latinos in US history. The suspected shooter is in police custody, and posted an anti-immigrant manifesto online before the attack. Authorities are charging him with “domestic terrorism .” Around the country, calls are growing for the US to starting taking white nationalism seriously. In July, FBI director Christopher…

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