Trump's latest travel ban blocked one day before it takes effect

Trump's latest travel ban blocked one day before it takes effect

Judge Derrick Watson said the travel ban — Trump’s third version of the policy — “plainly discriminates based on nationality.” The President’s executive order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor: it lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be ‘detrimental to the interests of the United States,’” Watson wrote. The second version of the travel ban, issued in March, had barred residents of six Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. The new restrictions…

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What comes next for the devastated city — and for ISIS

What comes next for the devastated city — and for ISIS

American officials have not yet formally announced that the fight is won, but the developments mark a significant moment for the war on ISIS — and perhaps, in real tangible, conventional military terms, its end. Mosul in Iraq may have been the biggest population center the militants ever held, but Raqqa was the seat of ISIS’ power. It was the major city they took first in Syria, and where the terror group declared its capital. When the jihadists swung into the city in late 2013, it had been for decades…

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How 'Asia's world city' became a hotspot for cleaning North Korean money

How 'Asia's world city' became a hotspot for cleaning North Korean money

But camouflaged in the normalcy is a business that seemingly exists in name only. At least, Unaforte is supposed to be there. That is the address listed on its publicly available corporate filings provided to the Hong Kong government. When CNN visited the office, it found neither Unaforte nor its listed company secretary, Prolive Consultants Limited. Instead, room 2103 was home to a seemingly unrelated company: Cheerful Best Company Services. Only one man was there when CNN stopped by, and he said a representative for Prolive Consultants only comes by…

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Turnbull faces uphill battle convincing states to support new energy plan

Turnbull faces uphill battle convincing states to support new energy plan

Updated October 18, 2017 02:05:44 Video: This is how the Prime Minister is spruiking his new plan. (ABC News) Victoria, Queensland and South Australia look set to make the Prime Minister work hard if he wants them to support his new energy plan. Key points: The National Energy Guarantee would require electricity retailers to have a minimum amount of power constantly available The Energy Security Board says this could deliver an average saving of between $110 and $115 a year for a decade from 2020 Victoria’s Energy Minister says she’s…

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Spain's top court rules Catalonia's independence referendum illegal

Spain's top court rules Catalonia's independence referendum illegal

Posted October 18, 2017 01:23:41 Photo: Spain says it will put Catalonia under direct central rule if it does not abandon independence. (Supplied: Brietta Hague) Spain’s top court has officially ruled that Catalonia’s disputed independence referendum was illegal because a regional law that backed it was against the country’s constitution. Key points: Spain’s Constitutional Court said the referendum was unconstitutional Catalan leaders have been given until Thursday to renounce independence A spokesman said leaders will not be “giving in” to Spain The Catalan regional parliament passed the so-called “self-determination referendum…

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