The Daily Populous

Thursday September 13rd, 2018 evening edition

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A spokesman for the Mexican Embassy did not immediately respond Wednesday to a request for comment.

The plan, which has been debated internally for months, is part of a broader push by the Trump administration to redirect billions in foreign assistance to other priorities.

The administration has yet to spend nearly $3 billion in foreign aid, money allocated last year by Congress with broad bipartisan support.

Hundreds of millions of dollars meant to help stabilize Syria and support Palestinian schools and hospitals has already been redirected.

But it has long been frustrated that Congress provides billions for foreign aid while refusing to fund its immigration priorities.

The money will be transferred from the State Department to the Department of Homeland Security, and then sent to Mexico.

That led to the widely criticized practice of separating children from their parents at the border, which spurred a humanitarian and political crisis for Mr. Trump. »

Manhattan DA's office drops more than 3,000 open marijuana cases

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Wednesday dropped more than 3,000 open marijuana smoking and possession cases dating back to 1978, saying the action would serve justice and address racial disparities in the prosecution of marijuana offenses.

It does not apply to any cases where a defendant was convicted, or to more serious charges like selling marijuana.

Vance announced earlier this year that his office would no longer prosecute marijuana smoking and possession cases. »

UK mass surveillance programme violates human rights, European court rules

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The UK government’s mass surveillance programme violated human rights and had “no real safeguards”, the European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) has said in a landmark ruling.

Not enough protection was given to journalistic sources by the government’s mass information collection programme, violating the right to freedom of expression, it also said.

UK news in pictures 50 show all UK news in pictures 1/50 12 September 2018 Tottenham Hotspur and French National goalkeeper Hugo Lloris leaves Westminster Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty to drink driving. »

Poland says it will block any EU sanctions against Hungary

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WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland, the biggest former communist country in the European Union, said it will oppose any sanctions imposed by the bloc on fellow member Hungary, accused of floating EU rules on democracy.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban hold a joint news conference in Budapest, Hungary January 3, 2018.

“Actions aimed against member states serve only deepening divides in the EU, increasing citizens’ current lack of confidence to European institutions.”. »