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Trump set to meet with officials on Afghanistan, amid concerns over withdrawal plans

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President Trump is set to meet Friday with top security officials on the way forward on Afghanistan, possibly moving toward a phased withdrawal – something critics warn could lead to the Taliban taking hold of the country once again.

Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is back in the U.S. from his negotiations with the Taliban in Qatar, talks he has described as “productive.” The two sides have been discussing an agreement in which the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, in return for the Taliban promising to ensure that Afghanistan does not become a haven for terrorists and Al Qaeda.

US PREPARING TO WITHDRAW THOUSANDS OF TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN AS PART OF PROPOSED TALIBAN DEAL

The meeting, to be held in Bedminster, New Jersey, is scheduled for the afternoon and is expected to be attended by a number of Cabinet officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, sources told Fox News.

The Washington Post reports that the proposed plan could cut the number of troops in the country from approximately 14,000 to 8-9,000 – which would be nearly the same as when Trump entered office in 2017.

However, a senior administration official told reporters that the meeting was “routine.”

Trump announced a 4,000-troop increase in August 2017, as part of an effort to break the stalemate in the country. Trump ran his 2016 campaign partly on a platform of bringing troops home from foreign conflicts.

“Well, I don’t want to say if they can be trusted or not,” Trump said earlier this month when asked if the Taliban can be trusted. “Look, history, I would say, is not so good, but they don’t like us much either.  But we’ve brought them down; we’ve brought the number of soldiers down very substantially. They’re coming down. We are talking to them.  We have a lot of advantages making a deal with us. “

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The U.S. has pressed for a cease-fire and a framework for inter-Afghan talks, but so far the insurgents have refused to recognize the Afghan government, dismissing it as a U.S. puppet.

But there are fears that such a deal would hand the country over to the Taliban. The group has staged attacks on a near-daily basis since the negotiations began, targeting mainly troops and government officials, but which have also killed civilians.

“To trust the Taliban to control Al Qaeda, ISIS-K, and other radical Islamist groups present in Afghanistan – as a replacement for a US counter-terrorism force – would be a bigger mistake than Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a statement.

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The U.S. invaded the country in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and plunged the country into an 18-year involvement – the longest in U.S. history. It has killed more than 2,000 American troops, injured more than 20,000 and cost nearly a trillion dollars since 2001.

The Taliban are at their strongest since the U.S.-led invasion toppled their five-year government in 2001 after the group had harbored Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden.

Fox News’ John Roberts, Rich Edson, Jon Decker, Matt Leach and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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ICE offices, workers hit by wave of violence and threats: ‘We know where all your children live’

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) workers are facing a rapidly escalating series of threats, including protesters menacing their children and shots being fired at their offices, amid a rising tide of anti-ICE rhetoric from the left fueled by congressional Democrats, media voices and presidential hopefuls.

Footage published Tuesday by Breitbart News shows protesters in Florida from groups such as Never Again Action and Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward County threatening workers and former employees of the GEO Group, a private contractor used by ICE.

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One protester threatened the family of GEO Group’s former general counsel, John Bulfin.

“We know where all your children live throughout the country … John Bulfin you have kids in [bleeped out], you have kids in [bleeped out],” the protester yelled. “We know everything about you and you won’t just be seeing us here.”

“We know where you sleep at night,” another protester shouted. “We know what kind of dog food you buy your dogs.”

“We’re not actually joking,” the protester said before shouting the location of where Bulfin lives. “John Bulfin you go to [bleeped out], you go to church on [bleeped out], you live on [bleeped out] the road. We are not joking.”

Another can be heard yelling: “When immigrant bodies are under attack, what do we do?”

“Fight back,” other protesters responded.

Breitbart reports that the footage was taken a day before shots were fired early Tuesday at an ICE office and GEO Group office in San Antonio, Texas, in what the FBI has called a “targeted attack.”

The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. at an ICE building where two floors house administrative and executive offices, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The outlet reported another shooting occurred at a separate facility where an ICE contractor is located.

“All of the shots that we have found are on the floors where ICE had offices,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Combs said. “This is no question a very targeted attack. It’s not a secret facility, you can go online, it’s [the address is] out there. So they did some research, they knew what floors ICE was on, they knew what buildings they were and they hit those.”

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services acting Director Ken Cuccinelli tweeted out pictures of the bullet holes.

The incidents are the latest escalation in anti-ICE sentiment that has shifted from calls to abolish the agency and claims that it is “caging children” to threats and violence within the space of a year.

Last month, a man was killed by Washington state authorities when he threw incendiary devices at both an immigration center and nearby propane tanks. In Colorado, protesters demonstrating outside an ICE facility replaced the American flag with the Mexican flag. Also last month, protesters were arrested after trying to storm an ICE building in Washington, D.C.

Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday that people need to tone down “dangerous” rhetoric that demonizes ICE officials.

FBI INVESTIGATING SHOOTING AT ICE OFFICE IN SAN ANTONIO AS ‘TARGETED ATTACK’

“The environment where we’re demonizing our law enforcement for doing their jobs and enforcing the law on the books is concerning,” he said. “It can be dangerous and it can result in people taking action that are not supported by facts that are not in response to anything inappropriate that the men and women of ICE are doing and we’ve got to tone that down.”

In an op-ed for Fox News Wednesday, Former ICE Director Thomas Homan said that he had to deal with death threats when he was in charge of the agency and had to receive round-the-clock armed protection for weeks.

He also noted increasingly heated rhetoric from elected Democrats and presidential hopefuls about the work ICE does.

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“In addition to the threats of violence, we see elected officials at the local, state and national level calling the Border Patrol, ICE and anyone that enforces our immigration law Nazis, racists, and obscene names,” he wrote.

He also asked where the outrage was from Democrats, who recently have partly blamed President Trump for creating anti-immigrant sentiment that encouraged the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

“Here’s the bottom line: Hate is hate, terrorism is terrorism, and murder is murder. Politicians who condemn attacks on themselves and institutions and policies they support have an obligation to condemn such attacks on their opponents just as vigorously.”

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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William Barr ‘appalled’ by Jeffrey Epstein death, says questions ‘must be answered’

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Attorney General William Barr said Saturday that he is “appalled” by the death of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein – and said that he has spoken to the Department of Justice’s inspector general about opening a probe into the circumstances surrounding the apparent suicide.

“I was appalled to learn that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead early this morning from an apparent suicide while in federal custody. Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered. In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I have consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death.”

JEFFREY EPSTEIN DEAD FROM APPARENT SUICIDE IN MANHATTAN JAIL CELL

Epstein, who is accused of sex trafficking minors, was found unresponsive inside his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City around 6:30 a.m. Life-saving measures were initiated immediately by responding staff. He was transported to the New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital and was dead on arrival, officials said.

The New York City medical examiner’s office told Fox News that an autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death. But the death comes two weeks after the 66-year-old was placed on suicide watch after being found injured in his cell. Epstein was in his own cell at the time of his death and was no longer on suicide watch, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier, multiple outlets reported that Barr was “livid” at learning of Epstein’s death

His death sparked calls for answers from across the political spectrum. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted that “we need answers, and lots of them.” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said in Iowa that the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death should be “reviewed.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted he agreed with AOC.

“Chairman @RepJerryNadler should prioritize a Judiciary investigation into how Jeffrey Epstein died in federal custody (in Nadler’s own neighborhood!) over the Kavanaugh confirmation (which already happened), and the Russia hoax (which never happened),” Gaetz said.

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said that it was “inexcusable” that Epstein was not under constant suicide watch: “These victims deserved to face their serial abuser in court,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said that the Federal Bureau of Prisons “must provide answers on what systemic failures of the MCC Manhattan or criminal acts allowed this coward to deny justice to his victims.”

Epstein was arrested on July 6 over the alleged sexual abuse of dozens of young girls in his Upper East Side townhouse and his waterfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005

Epstein allegedly created and maintained a “vast network” and operation from 2002 “up to and including” at least 2005 that enabled him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls” in addition to paying victims to recruit other girls. Prosecutors said that victims would be escorted to a room with a massage table where they would perform massages on Epstein.

At the time of Epstein’s arrest, prosecutors said they found a trove of pictures of nude and seminude young women and girls at his $77 million Manhattan mansion. They also say additional victims have come forward since the arrest.

He had pleaded not guilty and faced up to 45 years in prison if convicted.

His death also comes a day after thousands of documents were unsealed Friday in connection with a defamation cause against his alleged recruiter that revealed dozens of high-profile names including former Maine Sen. George Mitchell and ex-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. Both men called the allegations false.

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Meanwhile, included in the hundreds of pages of documents were pages of flight logs from Epstein’s private jet. Prominent individuals who had traveled on the jet, according to those records, included Bill Gates, who flew once, former President Bill Clinton and aide Doug Band, who flew four times, President Trump, who flew once in 1997 from Palm Beach to New York, Colombian President Andres Pastrana, Dershowitz, Hyatt Hotels Chairman Tom Pritzker, Brunel, and model and talent agent Naomi Campbell, among others.

Fox News’ Bryan Llenas, Lissa Kaplan, Jason Donner, Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump says he received ‘small apology’ from Kim Jong Un for missile tests

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President Trump said Saturday that he had received a “small apology” from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for testing short-range missiles — while appearing to side with him on what he called “ridiculous and expensive” joint exercises conducted by the U.S. and South Korea.

“In a letter to me sent by Kim Jong Un, he stated, very nicely, that he would like to meet and start negotiations as soon as the joint U.S./South Korea joint exercise are over,” Trump tweeted. “It was a long letter, much of it complaining about the ridiculous and expensive exercises.”

NORTH KOREA AGAIN FIRES PROJECTILES INTO SEA OF JAPAN, OFFICIALS SAY

He went on to say that he is looking forward to meeting with him soon.

“It was also a small apology for testing the short range missiles, and that this testing would stop when the exercises end. I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un in the not too distant future!” he said. “A nuclear free North Korea will lead to one of the most successful countries in the world!”

Trump’s tweet comes as the isolated country continued, as Trump indicated, to continue to test short-range missiles on Saturday. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missiles were fired from the North’s east coast and landed in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

Pyongyang has claimed that the U.S.-South Korea exercises force it to “develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defense.”

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Trump has made unprecedented efforts to resolve the crisis in the Peninsula, shifting dramatically from warnings of “fire and fury” for North Korea if it continued to defy the international community in 2017 to two friendly summits in 2018 and 2019. He said on Friday that he received a “beautiful” three-page letter from Kim and predicted more talks.

However, this year talks have stalled on the question of Pyongyang’s denuclearization. Seoul and Washington have scaled down exercises since the first talks in 2018, but North Korea has continued to insist that even those violate agreements between Trump and Kim.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump administration seeks to break up immigration judges’ union

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The Trump administration announced Friday that it is petitioning to decertify the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) — a move that, if successful, could give the administration more control over where judges are sent and how many cases they’re expected to handle.

A Department of Justice spokesperson said the department is submitting a petition to the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to look at whether the NAIJ’s certification of representation should be revoked, as it claims the judges meet the statutory definition of “management officials.”

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A management official is defined as “any individual employed by an agency in a position the duties and responsibilities of which require or authorize the individual to formulate, determine, or influence the policies of the agency.” Such officials cannot be part of a bargaining unit like a union.

“The role and importance of immigration judges in meeting the Department’s mission and determining or influencing its immigration policies have greatly evolved over the past several years,” a DOJ spokesperson said. “In recognition of that evolution, including changes in the law, the Department of Justice believes appropriate action is necessary to update [the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s] workforce relations in conformity with the law and to continue to further the Department’s mission.”

The union is a voluntary association but is frequently vocal about the issues facing its members, often opposing some of the policies and demands placed on them. The U.S. is facing a significant backlog of cases as it has seen tens of thousands of migrants, many of them family units, crossing the border and claiming asylum in recent months.

NAIJ President Ashley Tabaddor said last month that the a judge can typically have as many as 5,000 cases on their docket, and criticized “surreal decisions” by the DOJ, including the demand that they complete more than 700 cases a year.

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“So even in the last few months and — so in the last fiscal year, we have now been facing quotas and deadlines on judges, something that you would never do to a judge because you would not place a judge’s financial interest into the mix of his or her decision when it comes to a case,” she said in an interview with National Public Radio.

Tabaddor told Fox News in an email Friday that while the NAIJ has not been formally notified, “it appears that the DOJ is repeating their previous unsuccessful effort before the FLRA to disband the union based on the same set of unfounded claims.”

The petition is being submitted to the regional office of the FLRA, where both sides will make their cases. According to a DOJ spokesman, an investigation will be conducted and the department will submit its arguments in support of its petition. The regional director could issue a decision, or could decide a hearing is necessary to reach a conclusion.

Should the administration be successful in decertifying the union, it would not give the administration a say over the decisions that judges make, but it would allow further supervision over work schedules, where judges are sent and the number of cases judges can complete every year.

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The administration has called for a number of measures to combat the migration crisis, including more immigration judges as well as fixes to “loopholes” that limit how long family units can be held in detention. In March, the DOJ said it was aiming to hire more than 100 new immigration judges and support staff, including hundreds of, “attorneys, judicial law clerks, legal assistants and administrative support staff, including interpreters.”

The goal would be to have 659 immigration judges in place by sometime in 2020, officials said in the budget request.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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NYPD union rips de Blasio over Eric Garner cop case, warns police department is ‘frozen’

The New York Police Department union on Friday tore into Mayor Bill de Blasio over his handling of the case of the officer charged in the 2014 death of Eric Garner — accusing him of creating a “chilling effect.”

“Over the last number of years since this mayor walked into City Hall, I’ve stood at this podium and said [de Blasio’s] decisions will have a chilling effect on New York City police officers,” a furious New York City Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch told reporters Friday. “Well, the criminal advocates have gotten what they want — the police department is frozen.”

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The union, which represents the 24,000 rank-and-file of New York’s Finest, has had a tense relationship with the left-wing mayor, particularly in relation to de Blasio’s comments about policing and race. But that has deteriorated even further with his handling of the Garner case and Friday’s decision by a NYPD judge to recommend the officer involved be fired.

Garner died in 2014 after his arrest for the sale of untaxed cigarettes. After Garner refused to be handcuffed, Officer Daniel Pantaleo took him down using what prosecutors said was a banned chokehold. The officer’s attorney argued the hold used an approved “seat belt” technique.

Garner died of cardiac arrest and video of him saying “I can’t breathe” during the confrontation before passing out went viral. It became a rallying cry for the “Black Lives Matter” movement, with activists using the incident as a example of alleged racist discrimination by police. (Garner was black; Pantaleo is white.)

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A grand jury declined to indict Pantaleo, and last month the Justice Department ruled against the Civil Rights Division’s recommendation that charges be brought against him. But on Friday, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado recommended Pantaleo be fired.

The case now goes to Police Commissioner James O’Neill, who will decide later this month whether to accept the recommendation.

De Blasio, who is running for president, angered officers when he commented on the pending case during Wednesday’s Democratic primary debate, when he promised the Garner family would get “justice.”

“I know the Garner family,” de Blasio said at the debate in Detroit. “They’ve gone through extraordinary pain. They are waiting for justice and are going to get justice. There’s finally going to be justice.”

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De Blasio was surrounded by other Democrats demanding Pantaleo be fired, and was interrupted by protesters demanding the same.

“How dare the mayor say it was a clean process. How dare the mayor say ‘I didn’t give my opinion, I didn’t talk to anyone,’” Lynch said, before addressing de Blasio. “You didn’t have to talk to anyone, you’re talking to the cameras, you talked to the nation the other day and you said justice will be served for that family and you sent your message to the judge advocate.”

Approximately 20 police officers followed de Blasio to Detroit, where they protested over pay, alleging that they are paid on average 30 percent less than other police forces in the region.

“Can’t run the city, can’t run the country,” the officers chanted outside the site of the debate.

But it is what cops see as de Blasio’s failure to back his officers that has angered the union the most. On Friday, Lynch said de Blasio has lost the confidence of the force and “brought the police department to the gutter.”

He also warned officers that the case shows they won’t have the backing of City Hall if they are put in a situation where they have to put their hands on an alleged perpetrator.

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“Don’t believe when they give you that story in the academy, ‘let’s get out there and do it for the gipper’ because they’re not going to back you,” he said. “The gipper’s not going to be there, the mayor’s not going to be there.”

“Is the police commissioner going to be there?” he asked. “We’ll find out.”

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Federal judge strikes down Trump asylum ban on migrants who illegally cross border

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President Trump’s push to limit the number of asylum seekers flooding across the border suffered another defeat in the courts on Friday, when a federal judge ruled that the government cannot stop migrants from claiming asylum in the U.S., even if they have crossed the border illegally.

The decision concerned a policy announced by Trump in November that bars migrants who entered the U.S. across the southern border from being eligible for asylum unless they presented themselves at a port of entry. Trump has said he was acting in response to caravans of migrants making their way to the border.

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But the policy was temporarily blocked last year by a federal appeals court, which said it was inconsistent with federal law and was an attempt to bypass Congress. The Supreme Court later blocked the immediate enforcement of the policy in a 5-4 decision in December.

On Friday, Judge Randolph Moss said that the president had determined that the influx of migrants across the border poses a “particular problem for the national interest,” but Moss ruled that the assessment “is neither sufficient to override a statutory mandate permitting all aliens present in the United States to apply for asylum” whether or not they arrived at a designated port of entry.

The judge was referring to the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which defines who may apply for asylum, and says that any one physically present in the U.S. may do so regardless of whether or not they entered via a designated port of entry.

The case was brought by 19 asylum seekers from Central America, who entered the U.S. between ports of entry and claimed that the president’s restrictions were illegal on a number of counts — including that it is inconsistent with the INA.

According to the ruling, the government argued that while the INA says that illegal immigrants may “apply” for asylum, the rule does not stop them from applying but instead makes them “ineligible” for asylum. Judge Moss dismissed this argument as a distinction without a difference.

“As a matter of common usage, no one would draw a meaningful distinction, for example, between a rule providing that children may not apply for a driver’s license and one providing that children are not eligible to receive a driver’s license,” he wrote. “Both locutions mean the same thing.”

“The Rule’s direction that ‘an alien shall be ineligible for asylum’ if the alien entered the United States outside a designated port of entry is not ‘compatible’ with the congressional mandate that all aliens present in the United States may ‘apply’ for asylum, regardless of whether they entered the United States at a designated port of entry,” he said.

The case is one of a number of challenges to the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on migrants coming across the border and claiming asylum. The administration has said it is trying to cut down on magnets that act as a pull force for migrants, including rules that limit how long family units can be held in detention.

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Last month Trump announced a “safe third country” deal with Guatemala that would requires migrants who cross into the country to apply for asylum there instead of at the U.S. border. However, that too faces court challenges in both Guatemala and the U.S.

Also last month, a California federal judge blocked a rule that would require migrants to first apply in one of the countries they cross on their way to the U.S. — with certain exceptions. The rule is targeted at tens of thousands of Central Americans who cross Mexico each month trying to enter the U.S.

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The policy follows the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols, commonly referred to as the “remain in Mexico” policy. Under that policy, asylum seekers were often told to go back to Mexico to await hearings, rather than be allowed to remain in the U.S.

But those restrictions have seen fierce opposition not only in the courts, but in Congress, where Democrats have decried the efforts as cruel and inhumane.

Fox News’ Bill Mears, Ronn Blitzer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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UN Palestinian refugee agency reels over allegations of sexual misconduct, nepotism

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A U.N. Palestinian refugee agency is reeling from allegations of sexual misconduct and abuses of authority involving the agency chief and other senior management figures — the latest controversy for the embattled agency that the U.S. withdrew funding from last year

The U.N. has launched an investigation via its internal watchdog into the allegations. The report, which was obtained by the Associated Press and was written by the agency’s ethics office, alleges that senior management figures including UNRWA’s commissioner-general Pierre Krahenbuhl, “have engaged in sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority.”

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The report alleges that an “inner circle,” involving Krahenbuhl, his deputy Sandra Mitchell, Chief of Staff Hakam Shawan and senior adviser Maria Mohammedi had ignored the usual decision-making processes and sidelined other directors and staff.

According to the AP, the report stated that Krahenbuhl had started a relationship with Mohammadi in late 2014 having been appointed to his position in March of that same year. The report stated that the relationship between the two “went beyond the professional,“ leading to “a toxic environment”, which caused, “frequent embarrassment.”

The report alleges these acts were carried out “for personal gain, to suppress legitimate dissent, and to otherwise achieve their personal objectives, jeopardizing the credibility and interests of the agency.”

On Thursday the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed a new deputy commissioner general, Christian Saunders, who took the place of Sandra Mitchell who resigned last month while denying all allegations against her in the report.

Speaking to the press, Thursday, Guterres said he would wait for the results of the inquiry and would “act accordingly,” once they are known.

Reached for comment about the latest scandal a State Department official told Fox News: “Our concerns about UNWRA go well beyond allegations about the conduct of individual UNWRA officials, although these are also of concern.”

“As we have said, our primary concern is that UNWRA’s fundamental business model is broken.  The current UNWRA model has simply and clearly proved unsustainable.”

Asked if UNRWA’s chief Krahenbuhl should resign, a U.N. diplomat said “it would help.”

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Sen, James Risch, R-Idaho, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations who had successfully pushed for the publication of a report that showed how UNRWA school textbooks funded by the U.S. were full of anti-Semitic incitement, told Fox News in an email: “I already had concerns about UNRWA activities, including their use of biased textbooks.”

He continued: “This latest news is very concerning and the UN should conduct a full investigation into these very serious allegations. I’m glad that US dollars are not currently being used to support this organization. It is inexcusable for a humanitarian organization to waste resources in this manner.”

The Trump administration cut off nearly $300 million in annual funding to UNRWA last year.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley reacted to the reports by tweeting: “This is exactly why we stopped their funding.”

Peter Anthony Gallo, an international lawyer and former investigator for the UN’s own watchdog, the OIOS, told Fox News that he was not surprised by the allegations.

“[They] do not surprise me in the slightest; there is nothing unusual in them and they could just as easily have come from any one of a number of Organizations in the UN system because they reflect the management culture of disregard for the staff, disregard for the rules and a general air of entitlement and impunity,” he said.

Gallo who himself was a whistleblower at the U.N. and now director of, “Hear their Cries,” a group that reports on sexual abuse and exploitation around the world and at the UN.

“The problem is that U.N. agencies control their own investigative functions and deal with disciplinary matters internally. The result is that instead of being a means of addressing misconduct and wrongdoing, the “internal justice” system is more of a tool for intimidating any staff members who dare to report misconduct by senior staff, such as by Krahenbuhl and his cronies.

Following reports that both Switzerland and the Netherlands suspended their funding to UNRWA, Israel’s United Nations Ambassador Danny Danon called upon all of the international to suspend funding.

“The report reveals alarming, but not surprising, findings. In addition to propagating false information about its refugee population, UNRWA has in recent years worked to redirect world funds to continue this corruption industry that has served its leadership. The international community, which generously finances UNRWA, must immediately suspend the budgets assigned to the agency.” Danon said.

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“The aid money should be gradually transferred to the UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees), instead of helping the UNRWA leadership continue engaging in a series of ethical offenses, “Ambassador Danon said.

Meanwhile, a statement from the Palestinian Authority’s office of foreign affairs expressed, “deep regret,” that some countries had suspended aid to UNRWA, adding that, “We call on all to refrain from politicization of such humanitarian assistance,” the statement said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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GOP rep calls on FBI chief to add Antifa to list of extremist ideologies, says it tries to silence Americans

A Republican congressman on Thursday wrote to the FBI requesting it add Antifa to a list of extremist ideologies under a new category of “Anti-1st Amendment Extremists” — adding to a growing number of Republicans demanding action against the violent left-wing group.

“Antifa employs violence to coerce Americans into silence,” Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind, said in a supplementary statement. “As a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, I am intimately familiar with the tactics of terrorist groups and how they employ fear/violence to silence political enemies. To my great surprise, we are witnessing similar style tactics right here in our country. The FBI must take this threat seriously.”

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Republican calls to deal with Antifa have increased recently after journalist Andy Ngo was assaulted at an Antifa rally in Portland in June. Last month, a 69-year-old man firebombed an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center before being shot by police. He declared “I am Antifa” in his manifesto, while Banks notes that a Seattle “antifascist” group called him a martyr.

In the letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Banks cites instances in which Antifa circulated a list of ICE workers last year, as well as other examples of “criminal and dangerous” activity by the group.

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He tells Wray that while the FBI does not keep a public list of domestic terror organizations, it does keep a list of extremist ideologies that can fuel domestic terrorism and suggests the FBI add a new subsection to include Antifa — called “Anti-1st Amendment Extremists.”

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“Antifa often describes itself as a ‘counter protest’ organization with the stated goal of suppressing fascist speech, political demonstrations and media,” he writes in the letter. “Conveniently, Antifa has redefined fascism to include anyone who disagrees with their opaque political agenda.”

“What that agenda is exactly by design — their central aim is to silence any and all moderate and conservative politics or ideologies.”

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Banks’ push comes after Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, introduced a resolution in the Senate that would designate Antifa as a domestic terrorist organization. President Trump this week backed the push against the group — whom he described as “gutless radical left wing wack jobs.”

“Consideration is being given to declaring ANTIFA, the gutless Radical Left Wack Jobs who go around hitting (only non-fighters) people over the heads with baseball bats, a major Organization of Terror (along with MS-13 & others). Would make it easier for police to do their job!” Trump tweeted.

Fox News’ Joshua Nelson contributed to this report.

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AOC’s once-radical campaign agenda now embraced by 2020 Democrats

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DETROIT — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was not in Motor City for this week’s Democratic primary debates  — but she was there in spirit.

A year after the former bartender shot to prominence with an upset primary win over establishment Democrat Joe Crowley, many of her hard-left campaign planks are now gospel among top 2020 hopefuls.

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“We must have and adopt a Green New Deal,” Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., declared Wednesday night in Detroit.

And support for “Medicare-for-all” has become a virtual litmus test with the base. Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., adamantly defended the policy at Tuesday night’s debate amid attacks from lower-polling, more moderate primary rivals.

The single-payer health care plan has been pushed by Sanders for years — long before AOC became a household acronym. But Ocasio-Cortez helped popularize the policy once embraced by a select few. In fact, her original campaign site is plastered with policies that, in 2018, were mostly on the fringes of the party — from abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to health care for all. Today, they’re mainstream.

“Improved and Expanded Medicare-for-all is the ethical, logical, and affordable path to ensuring no person goes without dignified healthcare,” her campaign website said. “Medicare-for-all will reduce the existing costs of healthcare (and make Medicare cheaper, too!) by allowing all people in the US to buy into a universal healthcare system.”

Other platforms included “housing as a human right,” a call to abolish ICE, higher education for all, gun control, “a peace economy” and the end to private prisons. Notably, her site called her making public colleges tuition-free, and a one-time student debt cancellation. Warren and Sanders both are pitching sweeping student loan forgiveness programs in the 2020 campaign, while Sanders continues to push for making public colleges tuition-free.

Further, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., backs a federal jobs guarantee, another plank that AOC’s campaign site endorsed on the basis that “anyone who is willing and able to work shouldn’t struggle to find employment.”

“A Federal Jobs Guarantee would create a baseline standard for employment that includes a $15 minimum wage (pegged to inflation), full healthcare, and child and sick leave for all,” the site said.

Ocasio-Cortez has also been a leading proponent of the Green New Deal — a massive government-led overhaul of the economy meant to transform America into a zero-emissions country while also encompassing jobs guarantees, free housing and a wealth of other democratic socialist goodies.

“It’s time to shift course and implement a Green New Deal – a transformation that implements structural changes to our political and financial systems in order to alter the trajectory of our environment,” her campaign website said.

This year, a resolution calling for the Green New Deal was sponsored by several top 2020 candidates, including Harris.

On Tuesday, Sanders and Warren were unapologetic in their support of not only the Green New Deal, but also Medicare-for-all, abolishing private insurance, health care for illegal immigrants and decriminalizing illegal border crossings.

On Wednesday, candidates including Harris, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Housing Secretary Julian Castro all staked out similar positions — and took aim at the more centrist former Vice President Joe Biden when he opposed such far-left policies.

The debate followed a trend set at the prior round of debates last month, in which candidates rose their hands almost unanimously to provide health care to illegal immigrants. Republicans could barely believe their candor, with President Trump declaring the moment “the end of the race.”

A number of other candidates went on to raise their hands for a question asking whether they would decriminalize illegal border crossings.

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A number of the more moderate candidates — such as Biden, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper — have pushed back. On Tuesday, Delaney accused Warren and Sanders of engaging in “fairy tale economics” while others warned that, in the Midwest, such policies catered to deep blue coastal districts would fail.

But even the moderates appeared to concede that some form of universal health care was necessary, even if they didn’t agree with scrapping private health care.

“We can create a universal health care system to give everyone basic health care for free, and I have a proposal to do it,” Delaney said. “But we don’t have to go around and be the party of subtraction, and telling half the country, who has private health insurance, that their health insurance is illegal.”

Moderates also called for a transfer of American energy to renewals, as the Green New Deal demands, even if they disagreed with the time frame or the method on how to achieve it.

In a sign that the moderate wing — polling in single digits save for Biden — will struggle, Warren shot back at Delaney with one of the zingers of the night.

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“I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for. I don’t get it,” she said to wild applause.

On Wednesday, Castro scolded Biden for his opposition to decriminalizing illegal border crossings: “It looks like one of us has learned the lessons of the past and one of us hasn’t.”

Ocasio-Cortez weighed in on Tuesday by tweeting her thoughts from the sidelines, and was apparently not pleased with those trying to stake out a more moderate position on health care.

“Medicare for All is single-payer healthcare. That’s it. That’s the policy,” she tweeted.

She was also not pleased with the denigration by moderates of the Green New Deal, after Hickenlooper called the inclusion of a federal jobs guarantee program a “distraction.”

“Calling the consideration of working people in climate policy a ‘distraction’ is what is truly unsustainable + unrealistic,” she said.

The dive to the AOC side of the political spectrum has left some members of the field pessimistic about the party’s 2020 chances.

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“I’m worried about a few things we talked about tonight,” Ryan told Fox News on Tuesday after the debate. “I mean I like bold, I like moving in that direction but we’ve got to be very smart on how we do that and we can get there — I’m for everybody having health care, I’m for reducing college costs, I’m for reducing student debt.”

“I just think if our nominee is going to be saying ‘we need to take away private health insurance’ then we’re going to have a real problem,” he said. “I think we’ll lose 48 states and I’m trying to figure out the two we’re going to win.”

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