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Italy to deploy naval ships to Libya as migration crisis grows

Italy will deploy two military ships to Libya in an effort to deter illegal migration and human smuggling into Europe, the Italian government announced Wednesday.

Opposition activists arrested as Venezuelan crisis worsens

Think Progress
Two opposition leaders were taken from their homes by security forces following a controversial vote — mere hours after the United States slapped the country with sanctions directly targeting President Nicolás Maduro.

VPNs Banned in Russia

U.S. News
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law Sunday a ban that restricts the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies, known as anonymizers, which allow people to surf the web and access websites anonymously.

Pentagon Denies Knowledge of Cameroon Base Abuses -- Despite Being Aware of Reports of Torture

The Intercept
“To date, U.S. Africa Command has not received any reports of human rights abuses by Cameroonian forces at either of these locations.” This was the boilerplate from U.S. Africa Command.

LGBT Advocates of Color Say Fight Continues Under Trump

New York Observer

Organizers weigh in on the impact of the Trump presidency

White House says Trump was kidding about police mistreating suspects, but cops say ‘it doesn’t matter if he was joking’

Washington Post
Law enforcement officials continue to sharply criticize President Trump for his comments last week suggesting that officers should not “be too nice” with suspects in police custody.

Trump Follows Russia's Lead on LGBT Hostility

The Trump administration has made no pretense about its hostility to human rights since Donald Trump took office in January. Last week, in the span of a few hours, it administered a particularly nasty one-two punch against the LGBT community in particular.

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