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.”

Who is exempt?

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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…

White House does not know if alleged surveillance of Trump was by wiretap

President had claimed – without evidence – that Obama tapped his phones and press secretary cites ‘substantial reporting’ to warrant congressional investigation

The White House has admitted that Donald Trump does not know what type of surveillance he is alleging he was put under by Barack Obama, despite a tweet on Saturday explicitly saying his phone was tapped.

Sean Spicer, the president’s press secretary, argued that there is “substantial reporting” to show the issue merits congressional investigation, but did not identify Trump’s sources.

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State of the Environment report: bright spots, but much more to do | Josh Frydenberg

Australia has made solid progress in many areas covered by the five-yearly report, but population pressures, invasive species and climate change still present huge challenges

First established in 1996 and occurring every five years, the State of the Environment report is prepared by independent authors and provides a report card across nine thematic areas – the Antarctic environment, atmosphere, biodiversity, built environment, coasts, heritage, inland waters, land and the marine environment.

The report will this year for the first time be available in an interactive digital format, expanding its reach and ensuring greater use and engagement from the academic and broader community.

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