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Saudi forces kill 8 in shootout in mostly Shiite town

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Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry says eight alleged terrorists have been killed in a shootout with security forces in the predominantly Shiite eastern region of Qatif.

The ministry says security forces launched a raid Saturday on the island of Tarot off the coast of the kingdom’s oil-rich Eastern Province. The statement describes the group as a “terrorist cell” and accuses them of planning to attack vital installations and security targets.

The Interior Ministry says security forces only opened fire after they were shot at.

Videos posted on social media by residents of Tarot on Saturday showed black smoke rising from residential buildings and the sound of heavy gunfire.

The shootout comes just weeks after Saudi Arabia beheaded 34 Shiites in a mass execution that was criticized by human rights groups.

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Lebanon’s former Maronite Christian patriarch Sfeir dies

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Lebanon’s Maronite Christian church says its former patriarch, Cardinal Nasrallah Butros Sfeir, has died after several days in hospital. He was 98.

Sfeir, an outspoken and feisty personality, served as spiritual leader of Lebanon’s largest Christian community through some of the worst days of the 1975-90 civil war.

He then played a key role in shaping the country’s postwar politics as one of the most prominent Christian leaders in the mostly Muslim region.

The former patriarch passed away early Sunday at a Beirut hospital. The church issued a statement saying “The Maronite church is orphaned and Lebanon is in sadness.”

Cardinal Bechara Rai, who succeed Sfeir in 2011, called on churches to ring their bells and hold prayers for the late leader.

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Australian prime minister bares self in campaign launch

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Australia’s prime minister has officially launched his conservative coalition’s campaign less than a week before an election in an extraordinarily personal presentation.

Scott Morrison is his government’s third prime minister in the administration’s six years in office and still remains relatively unknown to many Australians. He is asking them for a third three-year term when they vote on Saturday next week.

The coalition’s launch in the city of Melbourne on Sunday included recorded interviews with Morrison family members that covered his wife Jenny’s diagnosis with endometriosis and their 14-year failed battle to conceive through IVF before having their two daughters naturally.

Morrison also outlined government policies including support for first-home buyers.

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Sri Lanka Catholics hold 1st Sunday Mass since attacks

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The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has held the first regular Sunday Mass since the Easter suicide bombings of churches and hotels killed more than 250 people.

Military forces and police armed with assault rifles are patrolling the streets leading to churches and standing guard outside the compounds. Everyone entering is required to produce identity cards and is body searched.

Parking is banned near the churches and officials have requested worshippers to bring along only minimum baggage.

Seven suicide bombers struck two Catholic and one Protestant church and three luxury hotels. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks, carried out by a local radicalized Muslim group.

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Voting in Indian elections reaches next-to-last phase

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Indians are voting in the next-to-last round of 6-week-long national elections, marked by a highly acrimonious campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi flaying the opposition Congress party rival Rahul Gandhi for the country’s ills.

Sunday’s voting in 59 constituencies, including seven in the Indian capital, will complete polling for 483 of 543 seats in the lower house of Parliament. The voting for the remaining 60 seats will be held on May 19.

Votes will be counted on May 23.

Turnout in the first five phases averaged 67%, nearly the same as in 2014 elections that brought Modi to power.

Opinion polls say Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party continues to be the front-runner, but it is likely to return with a lesser number of 282 seats.

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Duterte allies seek to dominate Philippine midterm polls

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s name is not on the ballot but Monday’s midterm elections are seen as a crucial referendum on his rise to power with a brutal crackdown on illegal drugs, unorthodox style and contentious embrace of China.

Nearly 62 million Filipinos have registered to choose among 43,500 candidates vying for about 18,000 congressional and local posts in one of Asia’s most rambunctious democracies.

The most crucial race is for 12 seats in the 24-member Senate, which Duterte wants to fill with allies to bolster his legislative agenda. That includes the return of the death penalty, lowering the age for criminal liability of child offenders and revising the country’s 1987 constitution primarily to allow a shift to a federal form of government, a proposal some critics fear may be a cover to remove term limits.

Opposition aspirants consider the Senate the last bastion of checks and balances given the solid dominance of Duterte’s loyalists in the lower House of Representatives. Last year, opposition senators moved to block proposed bills they feared would undermine civil liberties.

Duterte’s politics and key programs, including his drive against illegal drugs that has left more than 5,200 mostly urban poor suspects dead, have been scrutinized on the campaign trail and defended by close allies running for the Senate, led by his former national police chief Roland dela Rosa, who first enforced the crackdown when the president took office in mid-2016.

Aside from the drug killings, Duterte’s gutter language and what nationalists say is a policy of appeasement toward China that may undermine Philippine territorial claims in the South China Sea, have also been hounded by protests and criticism.

“This is very much a referendum on his three years of very disruptive yet very popular presidency,” Manila-based analyst Richard Heydarian said. “Are we going to affirm or are we going to reject the 2016 elections? Was that an aberration and historical accident that we have to fix, or is this actually the beginning of the kind of new era or new normal?”

A May 3-6 survey by independent pollster Pulse Asia showed 11 of Duterte-backed senatorial candidates and four other aspirants in the winning circle, including only one from the opposition. The survey of 1,800 respondents had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

Duterte himself remains hugely popular, topping ratings surveys with about 70 percent approval.

While the election survey strongly indicated a favorable outcome for Duterte, there was a probability that the result could still change given the considerable number of undecided voters and narrow leads of some candidates.

Divided, cash-strapped and without a unified leader, opposition aspirants are fighting an uphill battle to capture the few number of Senate seats they need to stymie any hostile legislation. Many Filipinos seem more open to authoritarianism due to past failures of liberal leaders, Heydarian said. Such a mindset has helped the family of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos to make a political comeback.

Among many dirt-poor Filipinos, however, the concern is day-to-day survival.

“Martial law is scary but we’re more afraid of dying in hunger,” Arturo Veles, a jobless father of six, told The Associated Press.

Wiping away tears, Veles spoke outside his family’s shanty in the humid squalor atop Smokey Mountain, a long-closed dumpsite in Manila’s Tondo slum that remains a symbol of the country’s appalling poverty. His asthma-stricken wife, Agnes, said that not one congressional candidate had treaded the fly-strewn and trash-littered path to their cluster of crumbling huts, probably because of the smell and filth.

Arturo Veles said the poor always suffer the most, indicating he and his wife would not vote for administration candidates. “They only see the poor, those using and selling drugs. That’s the only thing they see, not the depth of our poverty.”

Village guard Jose Mondejar, who lives in a Tondo community heavily festooned with elections streamers and posters, said Duterte’s anti-crime campaign has reduced daytime robberies by drug addicts of passing cargo trucks by about 70 percent in his neighborhood.

“Criminals once even opened fire on our village hall because we were cracking down on them,” he said. “Now you can walk around here without being pestered. Duterte’s campaign has worked.”

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Human trafficking victims mostly underage children from within the US

Every year more than 40 million people are forced into the world of human trafficking, someone’s sons and daughters trapped in this modern-day slavery.

It’s everyday Americans who are the most common victims of human trafficking, with some as young as 10 years old being traded or sold for forced labor and sexual exploitation.

Trafficking is a persistent problem in the United States and across the globe. While awareness has been raised in recent years, most are unaware of how widespread the problem is. Occurring everywhere from major cities to idyllic rural communities, trafficking traps people in a dark, insidious criminal world.

“Five men came in and it went from a Friday night to a Sunday morning — constantly. There was no sleep or break or anything it was just constantly being attacked by these men, and they kept giving me drugs and giving me liquor. And they just kept me hopped up.” 

— “C,” human trafficking survivor

The Investigative Unit at Fox News has spent the past several months examining this growing issue, and the findings are shocking. Those who are sold into this forced life are often people from within the U.S.

The “average person seems to think it’s a foreign national who’s come from really far away. That they’re smuggled in illegally. But the truth of the matter is in the years that I’ve worked with survivors of trafficking, over 90 percent are U.S. citizens,” Andrea Powell, founding president ofthe advocacy group Karana Rising, told Fox News during a recent interview in Washington, D.C.

“She [the victim] is lured by someone pretending to be a father figure or more accurately usually a boyfriend or sort of a combination of both,” Powell adds. “I’ve worked with over a thousand survivors of trafficking and I can think of two or three fathers who were involved in the lives of their daughters before they were trafficked.”

Fox News interview a number of sex trafficking survivors and nearly all of them had a similar story.

“[I was a] 15-year-old girl with alcohol and drug issues who just thought she’d faced death. So, he picked me out,” Said “C,” who asked that her name be withheld. She recalled how she got forced into the dark world of sex work when she was just a young teenager from a broken home.

“We actually met on a video game. And ended up chatting. And I think he just knew by the way I talked and how I presented myself to something he was a little different because he kept prodding questions about where was I and if I was OK. And you know he made it seem like he really cared about me. So eventually I started opening up.”

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“C” who asked that her identity be withheld, recalled in a recent interview how she was forced into sex work when she was just a young teenager from a broken home.

C says that the man eventually picked her up and took her across the country on his trucking runs. At first, everything seemed normal about the new friendship between them.

“We were in North Carolina, actually, he took me out for dinner and he got me really drunk and when we got back to the hotel he told me that it would mean a lot to him if I would make his friends happy.”

“Five men came in and it went from a Friday night to a Sunday morning — constantly. There was no sleep or break or anything it was just constantly being attacked by these men, and they kept giving me drugs and giving me liquor. And they just kept me hopped up.”

C’s tale is all too common. Thousands of young women in the U.S. are preyed upon by someone promising them the world.

Kylee Gregg, 18, an advocate and former trafficking victim from Toledo, Ohio, said she was just 10 when she was befriended by a couple who seemingly wanted to help her escape an abusive mother.

“I was more or less on my own and I was befriended by this boy a few years older than me and he saw that I didn’t really always have a place to sleep or didn’t always have food because my mother was in the habit of kicking me out,” Gregg said to Fox News, “And he said well you come with me and I can give you someplace to sleep, some food. And so his family, they kind of got me to trust them. And then once I trusted them, they revealed their true nature, which was that they were a sex trafficking ring.”

Gregg recalls being trapped in this dark underworld for nearly four years.

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18-year-old Kylee Gregg of Toledo, Ohio, is a former trafficking victim and advocate who was just 10 when she was befriended by a couple who seemingly wanted to help her escape an abusive mother. Instead, she was trafficked by the couple for nearly four years.

“It was a living hell. I was on different substances and different drugs depending on the day,” she says. “I had to have an illegal abortion when I was 11. That was performed on me by another girl who was in the trafficking ring. She was 13, and she had already had a legal abortion herself earlier in her life.”

Gregg is now attending college and works with advocacy groups to help bring awareness to trafficking by sharing her story.

“It was awful. It is like really terrible. And I feel like it’s something that a lot of people think doesn’t happen here. [That] it doesn’t happen in their neighborhoods and it does.”

William Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, says that it’s the most vulnerable who are preyed upon — and it often happens in plain sight.

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The assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, William Sweeney, says that it’s the most vulnerable that are preyed upon — and it often happens in plain sight. His field office operates a human trafficking task force in conjunction with the New York City Police Department.

“It’s often targeting the most vulnerable in society, people that you might walk by every day– whether you go through a transit hub, whether you’re at a hotel, and something that doesn’t capture your attention right off the bat,” Sweeney said in a recent interview with Fox Report anchor Jon Scott.

If you are being trafficked or suspect that someone you know is being trafficked contact The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or CYBERTIPLINE.ORG.

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Remains of 34 found at clandestine sites in western Mexico

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Mexican authorities have discovered the remains of at least 34 people at two separate properties in the western state of Jalisco.

State Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solis said Saturday that two of the bodies have already been identified, and that excavations continue.

In four raids, officials found stolen vehicles as well as tactical equipment. At one location, forensic teams can only work at most 30 minutes at a time due to caustic substances, Solis said.

The state is home to Jalisco New Generation Cartel, one of the most powerful and brazen criminal groups in Mexico. The cartel once shot down a Mexican military helicopter with a rocket launcher.

Some 40,000 people have gone missing since the start of Mexico’s drug war in 2006, and clandestine mass graves dot the countryside.

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Cuban gay rights groups hold unauthorized march in Havana

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Gay rights activists using social media organized an unauthorized march down eight blocks of one of Havana’s main thoroughfares before they were stopped by police.

The march Saturday afternoon was the second by a non-governmental organization in Cuba in slightly more than a month. That’s highly unusual in a country where the only legal civil society groups are de-facto arms of the Communist government.

A handful of marchers were arrested when they attempted to push through a massive police presence and continue from the Prado boulevard onto the Malecon, the capital’s famous seaside promenade.

The march was organized largely using Cuba’s new mobile internet, with gay-rights activists and groups of friends calling for a march over Facebook and WhatsApp after the government-run gay rights organization cancelled a Saturday march.

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3 gunmen open fire at hotel in SW Pakistan, killing guard

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Pakistani officials say three insurgents armed with rifles and grenades have attacked a hotel in the southwestern coastal town of Gwadar, triggering a shootout in which one hotel guard was killed.

In a statement, the military said the attack on the Pearl Continental hotel took place Saturday and that all the guests were safely evacuated.

A Baluch separatist group, the Baluch Liberation army, claimed responsibility in a statement.

The hotel is located near the port at Gwadar, which was built by Pakistan with China’s help in recent years.

Gwadar lies about 700 kilometers (435 miles) southwest of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. The region has been the scene of a low-level insurgency by separatists who demand a greater share of the province’s natural gas and mineral resources.

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