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Mississippi police unconstitutionally jailed people for unpaid fines, Justice Department says (

A Mississippi police department in one of the nation’s poorest counties unconstitutionally jailed people for unpaid fines without first assessing whether they could afford to pay them, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday....

Under the right conditions, Canada open to sending noncombat troops to Ukraine, Defence Minister Bill Blair says (

In an interview with the Star, Blair said the idea was discussed this week in Paris but Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of “tragic” consequences for countries that send combat troops to support Kyiv....

E. Jean Carroll tells judge to reject Trump’s request to delay $83 million judgment, calling him the ‘least trustworthy of borrowers’ (

E. Jean Carroll said Donald Trump should not be given more time to post the $83.3 million she was awarded in her defamation trial against the former president, telling the judge that Trump is the “least trustworthy of borrowers.”...

Judge blocks Texas law that gives police broad powers to arrest migrants who illegally enter US (

A federal judge on Thursday blocked a new Texas law that gives police broad powers to arrest migrants suspected of illegally entering the U.S., dealing a victory to the Biden administration in its feud with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott over immigration enforcement....

Texas wildfires: Deadly fires torch 1 million acres, destroy thousands of cattle and keep raging out of control (

The catastrophic infernos ripping across the Texas Panhandle have killed at least one person and threaten to destroy more homes, cattle and livelihoods as the second-largest wildfire in state history engulfs more land every minute.

Exclusive: FDA finds problems at animal lab run by Musk’s brain implant company (

U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors found problems with record keeping and quality controls for animal experiments at Elon Musk’s Neuralink, less than a month after the startup said it was cleared to test its brain implants in humans, according to an agency report reviewed by Reuters....

North Korean factories making arms for Russia are ‘operating at full capacity,’ South Korea says (

North Korea’s munitions factories are “operating at full capacity” to produce weapons and shells for Russia, according to South Korea’s defense minister, as Moscow’s devastating war in Ukraine grinds into a third year....

French Senate approves a bill to make abortion a constitutional right (

France’s Senate on Wednesday adopted a bill to enshrine a woman’s right to an abortion in the constitution, clearing a key hurdle for legislation promised by President Emmanuel Macron in response to a rollback in abortion rights in the United States....

EPA awards $1 billion to clean up toxic waste in third cash infusion for Superfund program (

Twenty-five toxic waste sites in 15 states are to be cleaned up, and ongoing work at dozens of others will get a funding boost, as the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced a $1 billion infusion to the federal Superfund program....

Appellate judge refuses to halt Trump's $454 million fraud penalty while he appeals (

A New York appellate judge on Wednesday refused to halt collection of Donald Trump’s $454 million civil fraud penalty while he appeals, rejecting the former president’s request that he be allowed to post a bond covering just a fraction of what he owes....

Closer to China than to the Japanese mainland, these idyllic islands confront the prospect of war (

At the first blare of air raid sirens, the people milling about in a grassy park barely stirred. Five-year-old Tae Sano clung to her mother’s hand. Some of the people around her, all wearing bright-yellow bibs, took a few uncertain steps. But the only real urgency came from a man in a blue uniform, jogging through the confused...

EU watchdog wants new search and rescue rules after hundreds of migrants drown off Greece (

The European Union’s administrative watchdog called Wednesday for a change to Europe’s search and rescue rules following an inquiry into last year’s sinking of a rusty fishing boat, the Adriana, carrying hundreds of migrants while traveling from Libya to Italy....

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From another article with a little more context:

When 600 people die on a summer’s night in the Mediterranean, their journey known of, or witnessed for many hours and at various times by an EU agency, the maritime authorities of two EU countries, by civil society activists and by multiple private ships and boats – a journey and a drowning effectively in plain sight – there is one obvious question: “How did that happen?”

Our inquiry found that for most of the period between the sighting of the Adriana and its capsizing, Frontex had to stand ineffectually by, due to the absence of authorisation by the Greek authorities to do more. The agency is legally obliged to follow the orders and directions of the coordinating national authority.

According to documents inspected by my office, repeated calls offering assistance from the Warsaw-based agency [Frontex] to the Greek rescue and coordination centre went unanswered. A Frontex drone, on offer to assist with the Adriana, was diverted by the Greek authorities to another incident.

When Frontex was finally allowed to return to the site of the Adriana, the boat had capsized, with many hundreds of people already dead.…/600-people-drowning-eu-deters-m…

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