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Judge blocks Trump's border asylum restriction, saying it was enacted illegally

Trump admin. proposes new asylum rules. A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Tuesday to stop enforcing an immigration rule that disqualifies most non-Mexican migrants from asylum at the U.S. southern border, saying the broad restriction was enacted unlawfully in the summer of 2019. Judge Timothy Kelly of the U.S. District Court in Washington said he moved to strike down the regulation, a joint effort by the Departments of Justice ... Full story

New York court sides with publisher of explosive book by President Trump?s niece Mary

A New York court on Wednesday lifted a temporary restraining order against the publication of a book by President Trump’s niece, enabling publisher Simon & Schuster to continue printing and distributing the explosive insider account by Mary L. Trump. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. President Trump’s brother, Robert, filed a petition last week asking that Mary Trump and the publisher be prevented from publishing the book, citing a ... Full story

How cartoons are chronicling the battle between mask wearers and Trump

Dave Whamond was in a shop the other day in his native Alberta, Canada, when — cartoonist that he is — he was struck by the visual scene surrounding him. “I was the only one wearing a mask in a store full of people,” Whamond says. “One person looked at me, shook their heads and chuckled to themselves. Of course, my glasses were fogging up so that didn’t help — still haven’t mastered that one. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. “I can see ... Full story

Coronavirus: Ireland sees rise in percentage of cases coming from international travel

There has been a significant increase in the percentage of Covid-19 cases in Ireland which have come from international travel, the country's health minister has said. Stephen Donnelly said that in the last few months, about 2% of new cases came from international travel and that had "gone up to 17% in the last week". He was talking about the issue of so-called travel airbridges. From Wednesday, EU borders will be reopened to 15 non-EU ... Full story

NOAA ‘Sharpiegate’ report dispute puts public release on hold

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross departs following a joint news conference between President Trump and Poland's President Andrzej Duda at the White House on June 24. (Reuters/Carlos Barria). The inspector general for the Commerce Department sent a memo to Secretary Wilbur Ross Wednesday evening expressing “deep concern” that the department is infringing on the office’s independence by preventing the release of a final report on the investigation ... Full story

Hagia Sophia: Turkey delays decision on turning site into mosque

Image caption The Hagia Sophia has huge significance as a religious and as a political symbol. A Turkish court has delayed a decision on whether the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul can be converted into a mosque. The Council of State - Turkey's highest administrative body - said it would make a ruling within 15 days, after a hearing lasting just 17 minutes. The 1,500 year old Unesco World Heritage site was originally a cathedral before becoming a ... Full story

End of lockdown fails to boost jobs market in Spain

(Reuters) - The end of the coronavirus lockdown in Spain failed to bring a surge in employment as government data showed that the 900,000 jobs lost at the pandemic’s peak had not been regained, while the tourism sector has not yet returned to regular activity. FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks walk on a crosswalk, as some Spanish provinces are allowed to ease lockdown restrictions during phase one, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ... Full story

Schools can reopen in the fall if bars and gyms close now - The Washington Post

Schools are not a luxury item — they are part of the bedrock of society. They not only educate children, they also feed many of them. They provide a safer environment than home for some kids, and they are a beating heart in many communities. Long school closures during the novel coronavirus pandemic have exacerbated existing inequalities: Children whose parents can invest in a computer and an expensive online learning program will fall behind ... Full story

Trump appears to back another round of stimulus checks, though jumbled remarks make plan unclear

President Trump appeared on Wednesday to back another round of stimulus payments to millions of Americans as part of a larger spending package, but his jumbled remarks make the White House’s position on the matter unclear. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. There are sharp divisions among Republicans about whether to approve a second round of $1,200 payments, and the president’s own aides haven’t reached a consensus. The first round of ... Full story

Proof That Positive Work Cultures Are More Productive

Too many companies bet on having a cut-throat, high-pressure, take-no-prisoners culture to drive their financial success. But a large and growing body of research on positive organizational psychology demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat environment harmful to productivity over time, but that a positive environment will lead to dramatic benefits for employers, employees, and the bottom line. Although there’s an assumption that stress and ... Full story