Alleged traffickers charged with forcing Thai women to US for sex

Another 21 alleged members of an international sex trafficking ring have been charged in the United States with forcing hundreds of Thai women to travel to the US to work as "modern sex slaves."

They join 17 members charged last October, three of whom have pleaded guilty.

The indictment, unsealed Thursday in St. Paul, Minnesota, details a scheme dating back to 2009, which denied the women their freedom until payment of bondage debts that were often as high as $60,000.

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Trump to create ‘war room’ in White House

 

Once President Trump wraps up an initial foreign trip that aides believe has gone very well, the Commander-in-Chief plans to strike quickly next week to beef up the White House staff with a “war room” aimed at taking the fight to the administration’s critics more aggressively, according to two advisers to the president.

The names of David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, two trusted hands from the Trump campaign, are being bantied about as possible additions to the White House staff.

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Six people are killed and eight more wounded in a ‘terrorist attack at a Quebec City mosque

Six people were killed and eight more injured after gunmen opened fire on them as they prayed in a mosque in Quebec City last night in an attack branded 'cowardly' and 'barbaric'.

Witnesses claimed the masked attackers shouted 'Allahu akbar' in what sounded like a Quebecois accent as they went on the rampage at the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center at around 8pm.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the mass killing as a 'terrorist attack on Muslims'.

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Trump’s travel ban discriminatory — Obama

 

A former US President, Barack Obama, has criticised President Donald Trump’s executive order to  curb immigration, backing protesters who have taken to the nation’s airports to express their displeasure.

Obama, in a statement on Monday by his spokesperson, Kevin Lewis, said Trump’s immigration policy was discriminatory.

“The (former) President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion,” CNN quoted Lewis as saying.

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I ‘absolutely’ suffered racism in office – Obama

 

Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama has disclosed that he ‘absolutely’ suffered racism in office, adding Americans’ ‘primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign’.

“The concept of race in America is not just genetic, otherwise the one-drop rule wouldn’t have made sense”.

“It’s cultural. It’s this notion of a people who look different than the mainstream, suffering terrible oppression.

“But somehow being able to make out of that a music and a language and a faith and a patriotism,” Obama said, in a special looking back on his legacy with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.

“I think there’s a reason why attitudes about my presidency among whites in Northern states are very different from whites in Southern states.

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Algerian blogger jailed over Facebook poem dies

A British-Algerian journalist died Sunday after having staged a hunger strike to protest a two-year jail term for offending Algeria’s president in a poem posted online, his lawyer said.

“I can confirm the death of the journalist Mohamed Tamalt in Bab el-Oued hospital after a hunger strike of more than three months and a three-month coma” that followed, Amine Sidhoum said on Facebook.

The prison service, in a statement said Tamalt had died of a lung infection for which he was receiving treatment since it was detected on December 4.

Tamalt, a dual national, launched the hunger strike in protest after his arrest near his parents’ house in the capital Algiers on June 27.

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