HONOLULU — Just hours before President Donald Trump's latest travel ban was to take full effect, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the revised order, saying the policy has the same problems as a previous version. HONOLULU — Just hours before President Donald Trump's latest travel ban was to take full effect, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the revised order, saying the policy has the same problems as a previous version. Chuang's ruling said the administration had "not shown that national security cannot be maintained without an unprecedented eight-country travel ban." Other courts that weighed the travel ban have cited Trump's comments about banning Muslims, including the 4th U.S. When Trump revised the ban, Hawaii challenged that version, too, and Watson agreed it discriminated on the basis of nationality and religion.
October 18, 2017 12:33 UTC
Migrants on a dinghy are rescued by "Save the Children" NGO crew from the ship Vos Hestia in the Mediterranean sea off Libya coastTRIPOLI - 18 October 2017: Libyan naval forces have successfully rescued 119 illegal migrants who were on board a rubber boat 30 miles north of Castelverde town, Libyan news agency reported Wednesday.The migrants included 10 women and two children, spokesman for the Libyan naval forces Ayoub Qasim said.The rescued persons, who had been about to drown, were taken to Tripoli naval base, where humanitarian and medical assistance were provided to them, he added.
October 18, 2017 12:22 UTC
A lawyer for Darren Debono had told MaltaToday his client terminated all trading commercial relationships with Ben Khalifa and put the company into dissolution. Both vessels were tracked close to the Libyan shore on multiple occasions in 2015. In 10 instances both vessels were detected alongside each other on the limits of Maltese territorial waters. Some of the ships sent out at sea with the fuel, would anchor 40 and 60 nautical miles off the Libyan coast, where they turn off the automated identification system, a tracking system. The report said that according to the Maltese authorities, the request was rejected owing to the situation in Libya.
October 18, 2017 12:03 UTC
Derrick Watson grants Hawaii's request to temporarily prevent federal enforcement of the most recent batch of restrictions, with just 'hours to spare' before implementationFederal judge blocks latest version of Trump travel ban, finding it discriminates on basis of nationality. It is one of the poorest countries in the area. American airports are not overwhelmed by Chadians arriving. You put all this together, and I fall back on incompetence”, said Campbell.Venezuela and North Korea were also added to the list. Although the Trump administration argued that both countries fail to share adequate information with the US, such restrictions may be referred to as official sanctions, rather than travel bans.The curbs placed on Venezuela only affect a small amount of government officials and their relatives.
October 18, 2017 10:52 UTC
A tribesman from Ajdabiya town who was reported missing three months ago has been found dead in Benghazi, his relatives say. 28-year-old Sofian Bu Staiya, from Magharba tribe, was found handcuffed in a landfill in Zeet Street in Benghazi with signs of torture and a gunshot to the head. His relatives said they managed to identify his body at Benghazi Medical Center after three months of abduction from Ajdabiya, some 213km southwest of Benghazi. Sofian Bu Staiya was a former member of Ibrahim Jodran-led Petroleum Facilities Guard. Read Also:More dead bodies found in BenghaziSeven civilians found dead in landfill in Benghazi
October 18, 2017 09:22 UTC
A Hawaii judge issued a freeze Tuesday on the newest version of US President Donald Trump's travel ban, which mainly affects the citizens of six Muslim-majority countries. The decision by Hawaii federal judge Derrick Watson -- which the White House signaled it would appeal -- marks the latest blow to Trump's long-running efforts to restrict entry of travelers from targeted countries into the United States. Watson said the third rendition of the travel ban -- covering people from six mainly Muslim countries, as well as North Korea and some officials from Venezuela -- could not be justified under law. The September decree removed Sudan from the list, but added Chad and North Korea for full bans and Venezuela for a ban limited to certain classes of officials. The White House quickly rejected his argument, calling it "dangerously flawed" and promising to fight the action.
October 17, 2017 21:11 UTC
A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked President Trump’s revised travel ban – just hours before it was expected to go into effect across the United States. Other courts are weighing challenges to the latest travel restrictions. Washington state, Massachusetts, California, Oregon, New York and Maryland have challenged the policy before U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle, who struck down Trump’s initial ban in January. When Trump revised the ban, state Attorney General Doug Chin changed the lawsuit to challenge that version. The judge’s order Tuesday prevents acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from implementing the latest travel ban.
October 17, 2017 20:37 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) — A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's latest bid to impose restrictions on citizens from several countries entering the United States, which had been set to take effect this week. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu had previously blocked Trump's last travel ban in March. In his ruling on Tuesday, Watson said Hawaii is likely to succeed in proving that Trump's latest travel ban violates federal immigration law. In announcing the newest travel restrictions, the White House had portrayed them as necessary consequences for countries that did not meet new requirements for vetting of immigrants and issuing of visas. The ACLU and other groups have filed separate challenges to Trump's policy in a Maryland federal court.
October 17, 2017 20:37 UTC
From there, refugees and migrants are being transferred by authorities to official detention centers where humanitarian agencies are providing lifesaving assistance. According to the UNHCR, Libyan authorities estimate that an additional 6,000 migrants and refugees are still being held by smugglers. If confirmed, this would bring the total number of refugees and migrants held in Sabratha to 20,500, including those in official detention centers. UNHCR has delivered more than 15 truckloads of relief items, including sleeping mats, mattresses, blankets, hygiene kits and winter jackets. "UNHCR colleagues on the front lines describe a picture of human suffering and abuse on a shocking scale.
October 17, 2017 20:26 UTC
The Central Security Force, best known as Nawasi Brigade, launched an attack on Tripoli Port Tuesday evening in an attempt to expel Brigade 50 which has been protecting it for years. Eyewitnesses said both sides exchanged heavy fire, causing panic among local residents and disrupting traffic in the area, which is very close to downtown Tripoli. Tanks and pickup trucks mounted with heavy machine guns were seen in Al-Shat Road heading towards the port. The fighting is seen by many people as a struggle for power, but Nawasi Brigade said in a brief statement that it’s fighting to expel an armed group from the port and hand it over to state authorities. Medical sources said two people were wounded in the clashes, which are still raging at the time of writing this news.
October 17, 2017 20:15 UTC
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson again struck down President Trump's travel ban despite changes made by the administration. (Photo: George F. Lee, AP)WASHINGTON — President Trump's third attempt to ban travel from several predominantly Muslim nations met the same fate Tuesday as the first two: It was blocked nationwide by a federal judge in Hawaii. But few people are affected by the ban in those countriesThe latest travel ban also has been challenged in federal court in Maryland, where oral arguments were held Monday. That's why U.S. District Judge James Robart blocked Trump's first attempt at a travel ban a week after it went into effect. That was also the argument used by Watson when he struck down Trump's second attempt at a travel ban in March.
October 17, 2017 19:18 UTC
It was the third set of travel restrictions issued by the president to be thwarted, in whole or in part, by the courts. Hawaii argued the updated ban was a continuation of Trump's campaign call for a ban on Muslims, despite the addition of two countries without a Muslim majority. Other courts that weighed the travel ban have cited Trump's comments about banning Muslims, including the 4th U.S. The judge said he would set an expedited hearing to determine whether the temporary restraining order blocking the ban should be extended. When Trump revised the ban, Hawaii challenged that version, too, and Watson agreed it discriminated on the basis of nationality and religion.
October 17, 2017 18:56 UTC
It’s unclear how -- or if -- Baghdadi plans to maintain or recapture ISIS' lost territory in Syria and Iraq. More fighters are expected to flow to Libya after the recent losses in Syria and Iraq. By June 2014, Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, also fell under ISIS control. ISIS’ days in Iraq and Syria appear numbered. The global message may have been a nod to ISIS' dwindling territory in Syria and Iraq.
October 17, 2017 18:02 UTC
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Slovenia's Prime Minister Miro Cerar - Press PhotoCAIRO – 17 October 2017: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry signed three memoranda of understanding in the fields of youth and sports, consumer protection, and cooperation between the Middle East News Agency and Slovenian News Agency as part of his visit to Slovenia on Tuesday.During the meeting, Shoukry expressed Egypt's great appreciation for the Egyptian-Slovenian relations and its pride that Cairo is the center of Slovenian diplomatic representation in Africa and Arab region. Shoukry also discussed ways to build more relations after the first presidential visit of the Slovenian President to Egypt in December 2016, the foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said.During the meeting, they discussed the program of water resources management in the Nile Basin and the Slovenians’ understanding of Egypt's concerns regarding the rules of international law governing the management of international rivers, Abu Zeid added.Shoukry reviewed the huge opportunities available for Slovenian investment, especially in the major national projects such as the development project of the Suez Canal. The development project of the Suez Canal aims to increase the volume of Slovenian investments in Egypt, which have now amounted to $77 million.Prime Minister Miro Cerar expressed his great appreciation for Egypt and its influential position in the Middle East. Cerar also expressed that he is looking forward to boosting the relations between the two countries in the coming period, especially by strengthening their cooperation frameworks in various fields.Abu Zeid concluded that the foreign ministry was also keen on reviewing Egypt's assessment of the situation in Libya, Syria and Iraq; and the efforts exerted by Egypt in finding political solutions for the crises in those countries.Moreover, the Slovenian foreign minister invited Shoukry to participate in the annual Bled Strategic Forum, which is held annually in Slovenia where politicians and foreign ministers from a large number of countries attend to discuss the current international challenges.
October 17, 2017 15:33 UTC