A dual Iranian-American citizen who was imprisoned in northern Iran for roughly a year has filed a federal racketeering lawsuit against the Iranian government and several top officials in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who he holds responsible for his unjust arrest and detention.
A Turkish court on Wednesday rejected appeals from President Trump and other high-level U.S. officials to release Andrew Brunson, an American pastor of a small Protestant Christian church whose prosecution and imprisonment has exacerbated tensions between the United States and Turkey.
Organizers of a measure to overturn a 12-cent gas tax in California are expanding their campaign to shine a spotlight on government waste and abuse in transportation spending in the Golden State, an effort they hope will boost GOP turn-out efforts in the fall’s elections.
Two Democratic candidates in competitive California House races were publicly trying to distance themselves from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) even as they walked into a D.C. fundraiser she was headlining last week.
Advocates for a group of nearly 90 Christian and other religious-minority refugees from Iran are praising a ruling by a federal judge in California earlier this week that forces the Trump administration to reconsider their asylum requests after issuing a blanket denial of all of them earlier this year.
The FBI agent who exchanged anti-Trump texts including a missive that “we’ll stop” his election and discussed an “insurance policy” against a Trump presidency, denied doing anything wrong professionally before a hearing called by Republican lawmakers who argue that his bias irrevocably tainted the agency’s Russia investigation.
Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.) is requesting a State Department inspector-general investigation into a controversial case involving charges that a mainly U.S.-funded United Nations agency created to fight corruption in Guatemala colluded with Russia to prosecute a Russian family that says it fled after refusing extortion attempts by Russian government cronies.
The Trump administration on Tuesday shifted away from its “zero-tolerance” policy of detaining all immigrants who cross into the country illegally as it worked to reunite families to satisfy a court order.
The Chinese government has released Liu Xia, the widow of world-renowned poet and political prisoner Liu Xiaobo, from house arrest after renewed international pressure from human rights activists.
She departed Beijing overnight and is traveling to Berlin, according to her attorney, Jared Genser, who credited President Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, “and so many others in the international community who helped make today possible.”
The mayor of the small Orange County city at the center of the anti-sanctuary movement predicted that the Supreme Court would ultimately determine whether California can prevent local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.