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Rohingya still fear safety in Myanmar, repatriation unlikely

Members of at least 221 Rohingya Muslim families were interviewed Wednesday and Tuesday ahead of the repatriation that was scheduled to start Thursday. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government will not force the refugees to return and the repatriation will only happen if they are willing.
News >  Spokane

For young North Koreans, K-pop provides an awakening – and an inspiration to defect

The trend, fueled by growing cellphone ownership in North Korea and the country’s still buoyant border trade with China, has provoked a new clampdown by Pyongyang in the past year, according to reports on Daily NK, a defector-led news service with extensive links in the North. That followed Kim Jong Un’s 2018 vow to “crush bourgeois reactionary culture.”

News >  Spokane

Police credit poop-tracking dog tag with getting lost purse, belongings to pet owner

The mandatory tag requires Flynn and the building’s other pet owners to have their animals’ DNA collected and registered with the Tennessee-based company PooPrints. Then, if there is any unattended pet poop left on the building’s grounds, it can be tested and traced back through the registry to the proper resident, who then must pay fines starting at $350 for failing to pick up the poop.
News >  Spokane

As record numbers of fires burn in Amazon, Bolsonaro blames NGOs

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 8:05 p.m.

INPE, as the institute is known, recorded an 84% increase in fires in Brazil between 2018 and 2019, with well over half taking place in the Amazon rainforest. It was the highest level since records began 7 years ago. Speaking to reporters in Brasilia on Wednesday, the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that NGOs could be behind the fires, in an attempt to discredit him and to draw attention to the cuts in their funding. He offered no evidence for his claim.
News >  Business

Amazon’s strategy to win over congressional critics: Tours of its giant warehouses

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 8:24 p.m.

From the White House to the campaign trail for the Democratic presidential nomination, politicians have found a popular punching bag in Amazon, accusing the retail giant of paying subsistence wages to warehouse workers while dodging taxes. That’s one reason why Amazon has aggressively courted members of Congress to walk the floors of its vast warehouses.
News >  Nation

Trump moves to end limits on detention of migrant children

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 9:03 p.m.

The Trump administration is moving to formally terminate a federal court settlement restricting how long U.S. officials can detain migrant children with their parents and replace it with a new rule that could expand family detention and dramatically increase the time children spend in custody.
News >  Nation

U.S. military drone shot down over northern Yemen

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 1:21 p.m.

An American military drone was shot down in a rugged patch of northern Yemen, said U.S. officials and Yemeni rebels, immediately triggering accusations of Iranian involvement in a region where tensions between Washington and Tehran are growing.