Afghan family detained by Ice in Los Angeles to be released, lawyer says

Immigration authorities agreed to release family of five on Monday, after they were taken into custody at airport on their way to relocate in Washington state

An Afghan family of five who traveled to the United States on special visas and were detained by immigration officials at the Los Angeles airport will be released on Monday, one of their lawyers said.

The mother, father and their three young sons, including a baby, arrived at Los Angeles international airport on Thursday for a connecting flight to Washington state, where they planned to resettle. Instead, they were detained by US immigration officials.

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Trump issues new travel ban

Got a minute? New ban exempts Iraqi citizens … but retains bar on refugees … advocacy groups see ‘merely cosmetic’ changes … vow court fight … and everything else today in US politics. By Tom McCarthy

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Donald Trump signed a new travel ban Monday, after a January attempt foundered. The new ban removes Iraq from a list of banned countries of origin, does not apply to green card holders and does not mention exceptions for Christians.

What’s new about this ban?

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But the new ban contained “merely cosmetic” changes, said Grace Meng of Human Rights Watch, adding: “President Trump still seems to believe you can determine who’s a terrorist by knowing which country a man, woman or child is from.”

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Former Guantánamo Bay inmate was killed in US airstrike in Yemen

Yasir al-Silmi died in strike on 2 March that was a part of a campaign against al-Qaida, though he was not considered a ‘high-value’ target according to Pentagon

A former Guantánamo Bay inmate was killed in a US airstrike in Yemen last week, as part of a stepped-up campaign against al-Qaida in the Arabian peninsula, the Pentagon has announced.

“We can confirm the death of a former Guantánamo Bay detainee, Yasir al-Silmi,” Navy Capt Jeff Davis said on Monday.

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Megan Rapinoe says she will respect US Soccer policy for national anthem

  • Midfielder knelt in protest ahead of two national team games last year
  • Rapinoe says she plans to respect new bylaw requiring players to stand

Megan Rapinoe says she will respect a new US Soccer Federation policy that says national team players “shall stand respectfully” during national anthems.

The policy was approved last month but came to light Saturday before the US women’s national team lost to England in a SheBelieves Cup match. A Fox Soccer analyst posted an image of the rule on Twitter.

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Verizon offers pre-paid FiOS service plans

Verizon announced on Monday that it is making its FiOS fiber-optic data, voice and television package available as a pre-paid service. That means you won't need to submit to a credit check, pay a deposit fee or even leave a credit card number to get…