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Bodies are still being recovered from a clandestine grave in Mexico's Veracruz state that a local prosecutor says could turn out to be the largest in the country. Jorge Winckler Ortiz, the state attorney general of Veracruz, says that at one large site, 250 skulls have been found, with more excavation to be done.

Winckler says the bodies are those of people murdered by gangs, with the complicity of the government. He added that officials had also deceived families who asked for help in identifying whether their missing loved ones might be in the graves.

The buses line up at the Invepi refugee camp in northern Uganda.

One after the other they drop off dozens of South Sudanese seeking refuge on this side of the border.

They come off carrying whatever possessions they still have: sometimes that means empty plastic jugs, sometimes it means chickens that provide food along the way. Many of the refugees are barefoot. When they've finished with their registration and vaccinations, some just sit there, staring into space.

In music, a coda is a passage that brings a musical composition to an end. This is the coda to a musical saga — the story of the Stradivarius violin that was stolen 37 years ago from my late father, violinist Roman Totenberg, and recovered in 2015.

That violin, made by Antonio Stradivari in 1734, was my father's "musical partner" for 38 years as he toured the world.

Immigration Ban 2.0 Protest

Mar 14, 2017

 

 

March 10, 2017 - Protesters marched from Dearborn and neighboring Southwest Detroit - a very short walk - to rally against the latest version of President Trump’s executive order restricting travel from predominantly Muslim countries. March organizer Adel Mozip of Dearborn and Detroit City Councilwoman Raquel Castaneda-Lopez spoke at the event at Detroit’s Patton Park.

 

 

Why Was That Band Deported?

Mar 13, 2017

Last Friday afternoon, a controversy erupted about the Italian post-punk band Soviet Soviet, who were denied entrance to the United States on Wednesday and detained overnight before being deported back to Italy.

A new report finds that the Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over a decade but would also leave 24 million more Americans uninsured during that same period.

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The Justice Department has asked for more time to respond to a congressional committee about any evidence that President Barack Obama ordered surveillance of then-candidate Donald Trump last year, as Trump has claimed.

Israel says it plans to build 2,500 more homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.

This is the second such announcement this week, after Israel approved permits for 560 units in East Jerusalem. President Trump, who took office on Friday, is widely expected to be more supportive of settlement expansion than his predecessor.

Israel's parliament has passed a law that retroactively legalizes almost 4,000 settler homes built unlawfully on private Palestinian land in the West Bank, a move that critics say is a massive blow to any future peace deal.

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After being stripped of her powers and removed from office on Friday, former South Korean President Park Geun-hye has left the presidential office and compound, the Blue House.

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A panel of federal judges ruled on Friday that three of Texas' congressional districts are illegal, violating the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. The panel found that Republicans had used race as a motivating factor in redistricting.

Judges Xavier Rodriguez and Orlando Garcia wrote the court's decision, which comes after a protracted and complex legal battle that began when the new districts were drawn in 2011, following the last census.

How Chance The Rapper Dominated The Political Discussion This Week

Mar 11, 2017
Charles Rex Arbogast

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel were back at each other’s throats again this week with some extra creative put-downs. And right in the middle of the their latest public spat? Grammy-award winner Chance the Rapper.

WBEZ’s political reporting duo Lauren Chooljian and Tony Arnold sat down with host Greta Johnsen to catch listeners up on just what happened and why it mattered.

Here are some highlights:

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'He Needs To Listen To Us.' Protesters Call On Trump To Respect Native Sovereignty

Mar 10, 2017

Members of American Indian tribes, indigenous communities and their supporters are demonstrating today in Washington, D.C., calling on the Trump administration to meet with tribal leaders and protesting the construction of the nearly complete Dakota Access Pipeline.

The protest is partly led by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has been battling the federal government for more than a year over an oil pipeline that members say endangers their drinking water and has destroyed sacred sites in North Dakota.

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A charter school teacher strike has been averted for the second time this year in Chicago.

The union at the Aspira Charter Network announced late Thursday that they reached a tentative agreement. A vote to ratify the contract by the 106 union members will take place sometime next week. Aspira runs four schools serving about 1,200 students on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

Earlier this week, the union set an official strike date of March 17, but also noted it had received what it called a “great” offer from management.

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