Mail.com: Social issues https://www.mail.com/subjects/132-social-issues.html Mail.com - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Mail.com: Social issues https://s.uicdn.com/mailint/8.812.0/assets/mailcom_logo_rss.png https://www.mail.com/subjects/132-social-issues.html Report: Lebanon detains Iraqi allegedly spying for Israel https://www.mail.com/news/world/5209594-report-lebanon-detains-iraqi-allegedly-spying-isra.html BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's state-run news agency is reporting that security forces have detained an Iraqi citizen who was allegedly spying for Israel. The National News Agency said in the Saturday report that the Iraqi citizen confessed that he was recruited by an arm of the Israeli Defense Ministry to gather information about the Lebanese army and certain personalities in Leba... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:37:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/world/5209594-report-lebanon-detains-iraqi-allegedly-spying-isra.html 2017-05-20T14:37:00Z NAACP president to leave office as group undertakes changes https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5209086-naacp-president-to-leave-office-group-undertakes-c.html WASHINGTON (AP) — NAACP President Cornell William Brooks will not be returning as the leader of the nation's oldest civil rights organization after his contract expires this summer, officials said Friday. Brooks has been the NAACP's leader since 2014 but will not be kept on past June 30, the end of his current term. NAACP Board Chairman Leon W. Russell an... Sat, 20 May 2017 07:41:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5209086-naacp-president-to-leave-office-group-undertakes-c.html 2017-05-20T07:41:00Z In draft of speech, Trump using softer language about Islam https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5209078-draft-speech-trump-using-softer-language-islam.html WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will use his first visit to the Middle East to call for unity in the fight against radicalism in the Muslim world, casting the challenge as a "battle between good and evil" and urging Arab leaders to "drive out the terrorists from your places of worship," according to a draft of the speech obtained by The Associated Press. ... Sat, 20 May 2017 07:35:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5209078-draft-speech-trump-using-softer-language-islam.html 2017-05-20T07:35:00Z Gen. Lee the last Confederate statue removed in New Orleans https://www.mail.com/news/us/5209008-gen-lee-confederate-statue-removed-orleans.html NEW ORLEANS (AP) — They were among the city's oldest landmarks, as cemented to the landscape of New Orleans as the Superdome and St. Louis Cathedral: a stone obelisk heralding white supremacy and three statues of Confederate stalwarts. But after decades standing sentinel over this Southern city, the Confederate monuments are gone, amid a controversy that ... Sat, 20 May 2017 06:10:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/us/5209008-gen-lee-confederate-statue-removed-orleans.html 2017-05-20T06:10:00Z Colorado governor pardons felon to stave off deportation https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5208414-colorado-governor-pardons-felon-to-stave-deportati.html DENVER (AP) — Colorado's governor on Friday pardoned a Cuban immigrant for an armed robbery he committed 19 years ago in an effort stave off the man's deportation after immigration authorities detained him following a judge's ruling that he should no longer be imprisoned. The pardon from Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, was the latest twist in the saga... Sat, 20 May 2017 04:04:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5208414-colorado-governor-pardons-felon-to-stave-deportati.html 2017-05-20T04:04:00Z In New Orleans, Confederate monuments are gone _ Lee last https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5207078-orleans-confederate-monuments-_-lee.html NEW ORLEANS (AP) — They were among the city's oldest landmarks, as cemented to the landscape of New Orleans as the Superdome and St. Louis Cathedral: a stone obelisk heralding white supremacy and three statues of Confederate stalwarts. But after decades standing sentinel over this Southern city, the Confederate monuments are gone, amid a controversy that ... Sat, 20 May 2017 03:16:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5207078-orleans-confederate-monuments-_-lee.html 2017-05-20T03:16:00Z Wyclef Jean urges fans to support Haitian immigrants https://www.mail.com/entertainment/music/5208540-wyclef-jean-urges-fans-to-support-haitian-immigran.html MIAMI (AP) — Tying a bandanna printed with the red-and-blue Haitian flag around his head, Grammy-winning musician Wyclef Jean joked Friday that he hoped no Los Angeles police officers were watching and mistaking him again for a gang member. The former Fugees star said he had been wearing a similar bandanna when Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies stoppe... Sat, 20 May 2017 02:21:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/entertainment/music/5208540-wyclef-jean-urges-fans-to-support-haitian-immigran.html 2017-05-20T02:21:00Z The Latest: Victim of armed robbery calls pardon 'unjust' https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5208342-latest-victim-armed-robbery-calls-pardon-unjust.html DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a Cuban felon facing deportation after huge prison mix up (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Jason Kasperek, the assistant manager at a video store that Rene Lima-Marin and an accomplice robbed in 1998, said Lima-Marin should be back in prison. "I just think that it's scandalous how he used the s... Fri, 19 May 2017 23:32:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5208342-latest-victim-armed-robbery-calls-pardon-unjust.html 2017-05-19T23:32:00Z The Latest: Last Confederate monument removed in New Orleans https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5208554-latest-confederate-monument-removed-orleans.html NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the removal of Confederate-related monuments from New Orleans (all times local): 6 p.m. Workers in New Orleans have removed the last of four monuments to Confederate-era figures — a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. The statue was lifted from its pedestal early Friday evening, capping a da... Fri, 19 May 2017 23:06:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5208554-latest-confederate-monument-removed-orleans.html 2017-05-19T23:06:00Z Agency: Lone clerk sat on hundreds of unemployment appeals https://www.mail.com/news/us/5208462-agency-lone-clerk-sat-hundreds-unemployment-appeal.html PHOENIX (AP) — A lone clerk in the state's social services agency hid hundreds of unemployment denial appeals requests over more than three years to avoid work rather than filing them with the Arizona Court of Appeals, a state official has told the court. The missing cases finally came to light late last year when people started calling the Department of ... Fri, 19 May 2017 21:58:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/us/5208462-agency-lone-clerk-sat-hundreds-unemployment-appeal.html 2017-05-19T21:58:00Z Iowa to pay $6.5M to settle landmark sports bias lawsuits https://www.mail.com/news/us/5208094-iowa-to-pay-65m-to-settle-landmark-sports-bias-law.html IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, according to settlements their attorneys called historic Friday. Iowa will pay $2.33 million to Meyer and $1.49 million to Griesbaum to ... Fri, 19 May 2017 21:39:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/us/5208094-iowa-to-pay-65m-to-settle-landmark-sports-bias-law.html 2017-05-19T21:39:00Z NAACP president won't be returning as leader https://www.mail.com/scitech/news/5207950-naacp-president-wont-returning-leader.html WASHINGTON (AP) — NAACP President Cornell William Brooks will not be returning as the leader of the nation's oldest civil rights organization after his contract expires this summer, officials said Friday. Brooks has been the NAACP's leader since 2014 but will not be kept on past June 30, the end of his current term. NAACP Board Chairman Leon W. Russell an... Fri, 19 May 2017 21:33:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/scitech/news/5207950-naacp-president-wont-returning-leader.html 2017-05-19T21:33:00Z Judge: California cop behaved 'like a pimp' with teenager https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5208368-judge-california-cop-behaved-like-pimp-with-teenag.html HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — A disgraced California police officer at the heart of a police department sex scandal involving a teen prostitute behaved "like a pimp" with her, a judge said at hearing in which he ordered the former officer to be tried on a felony charge of obstruction of justice. Brian Bunton, who resigned from the Oakland Police Department in Ma... Fri, 19 May 2017 21:24:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5208368-judge-california-cop-behaved-like-pimp-with-teenag.html 2017-05-19T21:24:00Z Fox News fires Bob Beckel for racially insensitive remark https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/5207888-fox-news-fires-bob-beckel-racially-insensitive-rem.html NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel said Friday that it had fired liberal commentator Bob Beckel for making a racially insensitive remark to a black employee. Fox offered no details on the case, but a lawyer for the employee said Beckel had "stormed out" of his office Tuesday when the man, who is a technician, came to do work on his computer, saying he was leaving because the w... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:58:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/5207888-fox-news-fires-bob-beckel-racially-insensitive-rem.html 2017-05-19T18:58:00Z US deports Indonesian Christian who fled persecution https://www.mail.com/news/us/5208060-us-deports-indonesian-christian-who-fled-persecuti.html ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A Christian man who had been living in the United States for 16 years after fleeing religious persecution in Indonesia has been deported back to the country, immigration officials said. Arino Massie was deported to Indonesia on Thursday after being held at the Elizabeth Detention Center in New Jersey since last week, according to U.... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:54:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/us/5208060-us-deports-indonesian-christian-who-fled-persecuti.html 2017-05-19T18:54:00Z Trump leaves tumult at home, will visit Middle East, Europe https://www.mail.com/news/world/5205452-trump-leaves-tumult-home-will-visit-middle-east-eu.html WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's maiden international trip, a five-stop marathon across the Middle East and Europe, has long loomed as a crucial first test abroad for the chaos-courting president. That was before he fired his FBI director — and the chain reaction of scandal that followed. Now, with the eyes of the world upon him, the president w... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:07:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/world/5205452-trump-leaves-tumult-home-will-visit-middle-east-eu.html 2017-05-19T18:07:00Z 20,000 flee latest fighting in Central African Republic https://www.mail.com/news/world/5207928-20000-flee-latest-fighting-central-african-republi.html BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Gunmen looted humanitarian compounds as fighting gripped the Central African Republic town of Bria while more than 20,000 people have fled to a nearby U.N. peacekeeping base, authorities said Friday. Concerns are mounting that sectarian violence is again spiraling out of control in the country, even in places that p... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:04:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/world/5207928-20000-flee-latest-fighting-central-african-republi.html 2017-05-19T18:04:00Z Assange: Dropped Charges An Important Victory https://www.mail.com/news/world/5207672-assange-dropped-charges-victory.html WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says Sweden's decision to drop a rape investigation against him is "an important victory for me and for the U.N. human... Fri, 19 May 2017 16:52:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/world/5207672-assange-dropped-charges-victory.html 2017-05-19T16:52:00Z Church sign saying Muslims responsible for 9/11 draws ire https://www.mail.com/news/us/5207658-church-sign-muslims-responsible-911-draws-ire.html MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Church signs often display innocuous messages such as "God answers knee mail." But a small Presbyterian church in North Carolina is drawing criticism for its provocative signs, including one this week that reads "19 Muslim immigrants killed 2977 Americans, Sept. 11, 2001." The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2rzddlD) tha... Fri, 19 May 2017 16:40:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/us/5207658-church-sign-muslims-responsible-911-draws-ire.html 2017-05-19T16:40:00Z Illinois to change sex-abuse law with help of Hastert victim https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5207580-illinois-to-change-sex-abuse-law-with-help-hastert.html CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is set to eliminate the statute of limitations in child sex-abuse cases, a change prosecutors and a victim of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert called for after Hastert was imprisoned for violating banking laws while trying to silence a student he abused decades ago. The Illinois House unanimously approved the legislation Th... Fri, 19 May 2017 16:25:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5207580-illinois-to-change-sex-abuse-law-with-help-hastert.html 2017-05-19T16:25:00Z Roadside bomb kills 11; attacks kill 10 Afghan policeman https://www.mail.com/news/world/5207016-roadside-bomb-kills-11-attacks-kill-10-afghan-poli.html KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bombing killed 11 people in eastern Afghanistan on Friday as they were traveling to a wedding in the country's east, a local official said. Also Friday, five Afghan policemen were killed in fighting with the Taliban in eastern Kapisa province. Earlier, a policeman turned his rifle on his colleagues as they slept at an outpost in eastern N... Fri, 19 May 2017 13:16:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/world/5207016-roadside-bomb-kills-11-attacks-kill-10-afghan-poli.html 2017-05-19T13:16:00Z A look at Iran's presidential candidates https://www.mail.com/news/world/5206028-irans-presidential-candidates.html TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians head to the polls Friday to vote in the Islamic Republic's presidential election. The contest is largely seen as a referendum on the incumbent president's more moderate political stance, which helped pave the way for the country's nuclear deal with world powers. President Hassan Rouhani is widely seen as the front-runner after... Fri, 19 May 2017 07:13:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/world/5206028-irans-presidential-candidates.html 2017-05-19T07:13:00Z Statue of General Lee coming down in New Orleans on Friday https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5205852-statue-general-lee-coming-orleans-friday.html The city of New Orleans will take down a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Friday, completing the southern city's removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive. Unlike the first three statues, city officials plan to take Lee's statue down during the day, with Mayor Mitch Landrieu planning a major speech Friday a... Fri, 19 May 2017 03:23:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5205852-statue-general-lee-coming-orleans-friday.html 2017-05-19T03:23:00Z Man freed from prison faces possible deportation to Cuba https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5202580-man-freed-prison-faces-deportation-to-cuba.html DENVER (AP) — The detention of a Cuban immigrant set to rejoin his family after he was mistakenly released from prison, then put back, has raised questions about whether more people from the island nation will be deported from the United States now that relations between the two countries have thawed. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement took custody ... Fri, 19 May 2017 01:39:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5202580-man-freed-prison-faces-deportation-to-cuba.html 2017-05-19T01:39:00Z Roger Ailes' legacy: Transforming media and politics https://www.mail.com/entertainment/celebrity/5205224-roger-ailes-legacy-transforming-media-politics.html NEW YORK (AP) — Few media titans can claim a lasting legacy. They make their impact felt during stellar careers, and are honored and rewarded for it. Then, one way or another, they pass from the scene as other studio and network bosses, publishers and impresarios take their turns at wielding power and influence. This rule does not apply to Roger Ailes. Th... Fri, 19 May 2017 00:52:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/entertainment/celebrity/5205224-roger-ailes-legacy-transforming-media-politics.html 2017-05-19T00:52:00Z The Latest: Bill O'Reilly pays tribute to Ailes on podcast https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/5204230-latest-bill-oreilly-pays-tribute-to-ailes-podcast.html NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the death of media guru and political strategist Roger Ailes (all times local): 8 p.m. Bill O'Reilly is warmly remembering former Fox News Channel founder Roger Ailes, who died after a fall at his home on May 10. During a four-minute tribute on his podcast Thursday, O'Reilly praises Ailes... Fri, 19 May 2017 00:49:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/entertainment/movie/5204230-latest-bill-oreilly-pays-tribute-to-ailes-podcast.html 2017-05-19T00:49:00Z Black leaders to Tulsa: Act on pledges of racial harmony https://www.mail.com/news/us/5203032-black-leaders-to-tulsa-pledges-racial-harmony.html TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa community leaders say the acquittal of a white Oklahoma police officer who killed an unarmed black man ripped open a long-festering wound. From the mayor's office to schools and churches, race relations have been terrible in Oklahoma's second-largest city for well over a century. So black community leaders on T... Fri, 19 May 2017 00:43:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/us/5203032-black-leaders-to-tulsa-pledges-racial-harmony.html 2017-05-19T00:43:00Z Colombians seek probe of Chiquita execs for terror funding https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5205424-colombians-seek-probe-chiquita-execs-terror-fundin.html BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Human rights groups in Colombia are calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate executives from Chiquita Brands for alleged complicity in crimes against humanity as a result of payments made to paramilitary groups more than a decade ago. Chiquita in 2007 pleaded guilty in a case brought by the U.S. Justice Department... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:32:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/politics/5205424-colombians-seek-probe-chiquita-execs-terror-fundin.html 2017-05-18T22:32:00Z Family lawyer alleges Vegas officer misconduct in fatal case https://www.mail.com/news/us/5202584-family-lawyer-alleges-vegas-officer-misconduct-fat.html LAS VEGAS (AP) — Relatives of an unarmed man who died after a struggle with a police officer outside a Las Vegas casino want the officer fired and brought up on criminal charges for repeatedly using a stun gun and then placing the man in an unauthorized chokehold, an attorney for the family said Thursday. Las Vegas police should also stop using stun guns ... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:31:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/us/5202584-family-lawyer-alleges-vegas-officer-misconduct-fat.html 2017-05-18T22:31:00Z House passes bill targeting shootings of police https://www.mail.com/news/world/5205118-house-passes-bill-targeting-shootings-police.html WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved legislation Thursday that makes killing a state or local police officer an aggravating factor that juries and judges would consider in death penalty cases. Under current law, killing a federal law enforcement officer is already an aggravating factor in death penalty deliberations. The bill's supporters say it's important to apply that sta... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:22:00 GMT https://www.mail.com/news/world/5205118-house-passes-bill-targeting-shootings-police.html 2017-05-18T22:22:00Z