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Watch: West Sacramento mayor talks about his Filipino roots in exclusive EBC Hawaii Bureau interview

  (Eagle News) — In this interview by EBC Hawaii correspondent Alfred Acenas, United States West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon talked about his Filipino roots and revealed how his great-great grandparents came from the Philippines through Hawaii. Cabaldon was one of the more than 220 mayors of the US who attended the 87th annual meeting of the US Conference of Mayors at the Hilton Hawaii Village in Honolulu. The event which ran from June 28 […]

US House votes to condemn Trump’s ‘racist comments’

    by Jerome Cartillier    WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US House of Representatives formally condemned Donald Trump on Tuesday for xenophobic attacks on four minority Democratic lawmakers and hostile language targeting immigrants, as the president pushed back at accusations of racism. Top Republican leaders rallied around Trump, but four members of the president’s party voted with the 235 Democrats to condemn him for “racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and […]

US hopes N.Korea talks go ahead despite Pyongyang threat

    by Kang Jin-kyu WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States said Tuesday it hoped to hold denuclearization talks with North Korea, despite a warning from Pyongyang that US-South Korean military exercises could affect their planned resumption. The North had earlier Tuesday hinted that it could even reconsider its moratorium on nuclear testing over next month’s drills, which have been held for years but were scaled down to facilitate dialogue with Pyongyang. It […]

No charges against NY police in choking death of black man

    by Thomas Urbain    NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A New York police officer accused of placing a 43-year-old black man in a banned choke hold just before his death in 2014 will not face federal charges, the government said, in a decision slammed by the victim’s family as an “insult.” The move effectively closed the five-year-old case that fueled national “Black Lives Matter” protests calling for police to be held accountable […]

El Chapo expected to get life sentence from US judge

by Laura BONILLA CAL NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — After a dramatic decades-long run as one of the world’s most notorious druglords, there is little suspense about what will happen in a New York courtroom on Wednesday: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is expected to be sentenced to life in prison. The hearing is more or less a formality: Guzman, the 62-year-old former leader of the Sinaloa cartel, was convicted in February of crimes spanning […]

Worsening world hunger affects 821 million: UN

by Philippe RATER UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — More than 821 million people suffered from hunger worldwide last year, the United Nations reported Monday — the third year in a row that the number has risen. After decades of decline, malnutrition began to increase in 2015, mainly because of climate change and war. Reversing the trend is one of the 2030 targets of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals which aim to improve the planet […]

Twitter revamps website in bid to mimic mobile app

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — Twitter on Monday began rolling out an overhauled version of its website, making it more similar to the mobile version of the one-to-many messaging platform. The revamp to the Twitter page accessible on computer web browsers comes as the San Francisco-based company seeks to ramp up engagement while managing abusive content. “We are starting to roll out a new — a refreshed and updated website that is faster, easier to navigate […]

Mexico rejects new US asylum restrictions

  MEXICO CITY (AFP) — Mexico on Monday rejected new asylum restrictions sought by US President Donald Trump to stem the flow of undocumented migrants trying to cross the neighbors’ shared border. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico would not become a dumping ground for asylum seekers rejected by the US, adding that his country would at the same time respect its obligation not to return refugees to danger zones. The move announced by the […]

White House moves to block asylum for migrants crossing Mexico

By Paul Handley Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFP) — The Trump administration moved Monday to declare most migrants who cross the US southern border after passing through Mexico ineligible for asylum. A new rule redefining asylum eligibility — to take effect on Tuesday — is the latest attempt to stem the flow of undocumented migrants into the country, and comes amid White House frustration at Congress’s failure to toughen immigration laws. “The United States is […]

NY mayor criticized for being on campaign trail during blackout

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — New York Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Bill de Blasio found himself under fire Sunday — notably from the state’s governor — for being out of town when a major blackout hit the city because he was campaigning in Iowa. The hours-long blackout on Saturday night, which plunged Times Square into darkness and brought subways to a halt, affected more than 70,000 customers on Manhattan’s West Side. The power […]

Storm Barry takes aim at Louisiana, could roar ashore as hurricane

  by Michael Mathes Agence France Presse PORT SULPHUR, United States (AFP) — Millions of residents in Louisiana on Friday braced for impact from Tropical Storm Barry, which is threatening the southern US state and its largest city New Orleans with potentially disastrous rainfall and flooding. Authorities ramped up evacuations, airlines cancelled flights and flood gates slammed shut as the National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast the strengthening storm would reach hurricane status Saturday and roar […]

Trump declares state of emergency as storm bears down on New Orleans

  NEW ORLEANS, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Barry bears down on New Orleans, as the southern city braces for extreme winds over the weekend. The weather system is expected to reach hurricane strength Friday or early Saturday when it nears Louisiana’s coast, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), and has already caused major flooding in the low-lying city. Trump on Thursday […]