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WASHINGTON — Civil and human rights groups on Wednesday criticized the White House’s immigration policies for inflicting “cruelty on Black, Brown and Indigenous immigrant communities,” according to a letter sent by the organizations to President Joe Biden. “We fear that commitments made on the campaign trail ... are being shredded before our eyes,” said the letter, which was signed by the ...

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WASHINGTON — As Democrats consider legislation to respond to a new Texas state ban on abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy, they have lost the support of one of the few remaining Republicans who support abortion rights. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Tuesday she opposes the Democrats’ bill, which would prohibit states from enacting restrictions on abortion through fetal viability. ...

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NEW YORK — President Joe Biden tried to extend his global honeymoon with the international community during his first speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, promising “relentless diplomacy” now that the United States has “turned the page” on the war in Afghanistan. In a speech that asserted the world was at the beginning of a “decisive decade,” Biden urged countries to cooperate with one ...

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WASHINGTON — It is difficult to imagine a more inopportune moment for Joe Biden to debut on the largest world stage of his presidential term. Biden goes before the annual United Nations General Assembly this week on a mission to restore credibility and trust in the U.S. as a reliable global partner following a series of disparate crises from the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, to France and ...

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Expanding access to COVID-19 vaccines and confronting the rising dangers of climate change will dominate a weeklong United Nations gathering in New York that’s taking place in person after going all-virtual in 2020. More than 100 world leaders are expected for the annual U.N. General Assembly, a sharp change from last year when the world struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic without ...

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DEL RIO, Texas — A week after Haitian migrant Junior Desterville, 30, and his family had made it all the way from Chile to the burgeoning migrant camp here on the U.S. banks of the Rio Grande, the dark-haired mechanic set back out to the Mexican side early Sunday to buy food for his hungry wife and 4-year old daughter, Nayalla. By noon, Desterville, garbed in a blue T-shirt and black shorts, ...

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WASHINGTON — A key Senate advisor on Sunday said existing rules will not allow Democrats to include a pathway to citizenship for up to 8 million immigrants as part of their upcoming social safety net bill, a significant setback for Democrats, President Biden and so-called Dreamers, immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Democrats are next expected to pitch a back-up plan that ...

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LOS ANGELES — A new study has found that 1 in 3 people who survived COVID-19 suffer from long COVID. The study of Long Beach residents published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday found that these long COVID patients reported at least one symptom of COVID-19 two months after first testing positive for the coronavirus. There were higher rates of long COVID among ...

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration Thursday was fielding acute anger from a rival, China, and one of its closest allies, France, over a pact that will help Australia develop nuclear-powered submarines. The nuclear deal, which also includes the United Kingdom, was announced by President Joe Biden on Wednesday and immediately threatened to aggravate tensions with Beijing and potentially ...

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WASHINGTON — The United States will arm Australia with nuclear submarine technology as part of a new defense partnership announced Wednesday, one of many steps President Joe Biden is taking to strengthen alliances as a bulwark against China. The agreement includes the United Kingdom, and it will also involve closer cooperation on cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. The centerpiece, ...