Parts of Asia are slipping into the hands of organized crime

(CNN)Southeast Asia is no stranger to organized crime. Transnational organized crime groups now control multibillion-dollar “industries” and wield unprecedented influence. It is not a stretch to say that parts of the region are at risk of a takeover. Key criminal industries include human trafficking, as well as smuggling of wildlife…

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Congo health workers face violence as Ebola virus spreads

(CNN)The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to rise as violence hampers health workers’ efforts to battle the virus. On Friday evening, an armed group tried to attack UN peacekeepers in the city of Beni in North Kivu province — the epicenter of…

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Trudeau says Canada has heard Khashoggi recordings

(CNN)Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that agents in his country have listened to audio recordings related to Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month. “We continue to be engaged with our allies on the investigation into accountability for…

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President Trump to announce support for criminal justice overhaul proposal

(CNN)President Donald Trump is expected to throw his support behind bipartisan criminal justice legislation during an event at the White House on Wednesday, two sources close to the process said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to order a whip count later this week, and has pledged to bring…

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ABC News: Michelle Obama ‘stopped even trying to smile’ at Trump inauguration

Washington (CNN)Former first lady Michelle Obama wrote that she was unable to put on a happy face and smile during President Donald Trump’s inauguration in her new book, according to ABC News. The Washington Post previously noted that Obama wrote she would “never forgive” Trump for promoting the false “birther”…

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