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Critic of Duterte's anti-drug crusade charged with receiving bribes from drug lords

Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima has been one of the harshest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte?s war on drugs. Now, she herself has been charged with receiving bribes from drug dealers. Senator de Lima has announced that she will submit to arrest and face the charges.

Meeting hate with love in St. Louis

After vandals damaged nearly 200 tombstones in a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis last weekend, it wasn?t only Jews who rose up to denounce the act of hate. Muslim groups helped raised more than $120,000 to repair the damage and offered a reward to catch those responsible. Some 2,000 people ? Jews, Christians, and Muslims ? helped clean up the mess.

CPAC dismisses Richard Spencer: How conservatives are severing alt-right ties

Richard Spencer, a white nationalist and a leader of the so-called "alt-right" movement, says he has been booted from the Conservative Police Action Committee (CPAC) by organizers who disagree with his views. A controversial figure, Spencer is credited with coining the term alt-right, which refers to a branch of the right-wing that has roots in white supremacy. Spencer has also addressed crowds where his cry of "Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!" was met with what looked like Nazi salutes.

What do those red Xs on Facebook mean?

Facebook users may have noticed a sudden proliferation of red Xs in their news feeds on Thursday, thanks to a campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking.

Behind raucous town halls, a return to messy roots of democracy?

Across the United States, Republican representatives have been enduring unruly "town hall" meetings, facing down angry questions from constituents unhappy with their handling of President Trump's new administration. Some GOP lawmakers have even canceled town hall appearances or opted for teleconferences in order to avoid the outpouring of protests. Town halls, especially in smaller districts, can be poorly attended, even dull events.

Museum or church? St. Isaac's becomes bone of contention in Russia

The immense, golden-domed St. Isaac's Cathedral dominates the skyline of historic St. Petersburg, occupies a special place in the hearts of its citizens, and is a main tourist attraction. It's been a state museum for 80-plus years, is a UNESCO heritage site, and receives 4 million paying visitors per year.

Where next for Putin and Trump?, China: storming the seas by stealth, Nigeria's forgotten violence, The world must take a stand, Peace can prevail in Cyprus

?The latest flare-up of violence in Eastern Ukraine ... is not about changing the status-quo or a warming-up for ... another major escalation,? writes Vladimir Frolov. ?It is an inescapable result of the fog of war, which the Minsk peace agreements [have] failed to completely stop.... [T]he Kremlin was quick to use the episode to remind the Trump administration that the Ukraine crisis demands the urgent attention of the superpowers.... It isn?t clear whether Moscow is interested in making the concessions that Trump seems to be expecting.... But Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview ... that Russia was prepared to ?walk her part of the road? towards better relations with the US.

In Somali diaspora, lessons for refugees ? and their host countries

For Casiman Abdullahi, Jan. 30 was a very good day. After four years, this was to be one of the very last steps in his application to leave South Africa, where he had been a victim of xenophobic violence, for the United States. Recommended: Think you know Africa?

This man has created a different kind of urban school for students of color

Should an urban school serving black and Hispanic students try to emulate schools for affluent white kids? In many struggling cities like Oakland, Calif., the answer has been no. That?s true in the regular public schools, where resources often don?t exist to replicate programs offered at high-income suburban or private schools, as well as among the crop of urban charter schools intent on making up for those resource deficits. Urban charter schools have been stereotyped as embracing a boot camp-like environment that elevates test prep and tough discipline, while playing down arts and athletics.

The logistical case for Trump's deportation plan ?and the legal case against it

When the Trump administration outlined its rationale this week for ramping up immigration enforcement, it cited the ?unacceptable? delays that currently plague the country?s immigration courts. The department?s resources are already ?significantly strained,? the DHS memo noted ?even as it outlined plans to deport and detain a far broader range of illegal immigrants than the Obama administration. The Trump administration has promised a ?surge? of immigration judges and asylum officers to handle the long-standing backlog, with additional plans to allocate billions for a massive border wall, new detention centers, and thousands of newly hired border and enforcement officers.

Pulling out of ICC would be unconstitutional, South African court rules

South Africa was poised to leave the International Criminal Court in October, making it the first state to withdraw from the human rights tribunal. On Wednesday, a South African court ruled that the government cannot pull South Africa from the ICC without parliamentary consent. Siding with the opposition Democratic Alliance party, High Court Judge Phineas Mojapelo told the government that its withdrawal notice was ?unconstitutional and invalid? without that consent, and ordered it to be torn up.

Why Trump inauguration singer wants a private meeting with the president

Jackie Evancho, the teenage singer who performed the national anthem at President Trump?s inauguration in January, is ?disappointed" with the president?s decision to roll back Obama-era guidelines on transgender bathroom rules in public schools. Take the quiz!

With explosion in upscale mall, terror attacks continue in Pakistan

A bomb detonated in an upscale shopping center in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Thursday has killed at least eight people and wounded 20 others, in the latest of a blitz of terror attacks to strike cities across the country. Since then, suicide bombers claiming affiliation with multiple Islamic groups have also struck a courthouse in northwestern Pakistan and a famed Sufi shrine in the southern province of Sindh, with the total death toll reaching well over 100. Recommended: How much do you know about Pakistan?

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