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Pentagon outlines Tenant Bill of Rights for troops, families

Pentagon outlines Tenant Bill of Rights for troops, families

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March 7 (UPI) -- All four military branches of the U.S. Department of Defense put together a joint Tenant Bill of Rights designed to prevent substandard housing and clarify rights for service members and their families. The document was released on Wednesday night, one day before a hearing Thursday for the service chiefs before the Senate Armed Services Committee amid reports of housing problems. "It is intended to increase the accountability of privatized housing companies by putting more oversight authority in the hands of local military leaders," according to a Pentagon statement released Wednesday night. "All three service secretaries have seen firsthand and reviewed problems in housing units, and the Tenant Bill of Rights is intended to help remedy them by both protecting and empowe...
US child migrants: 2,000 separated from families in six weeks

US child migrants: 2,000 separated from families in six weeks

World
Almost 2,000 migrant children were separated from their families at the US border over six weeks, officials say.Following a Trump administration crackdown on illegal border crossings from Mexico, adults are being detained, meaning the children with them are removed from their care.The issue is causing a growing political storm in the US.On Thursday Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible to defend the "zero tolerance" approach.It means that those entering the US irregularly are criminally prosecuted, a change to a long-standing policy of charging most of those crossing for the first time with a misdemeanour offence.As the adults are being charged with a crime and detained, the children that travel with them are being separ...
Families of Japan abductees express hope after Korea summit

Families of Japan abductees express hope after Korea summit

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April 27 (UPI) -- The families of Japanese abductees who are still officially recognized in Tokyo say they are hopeful about being reunited with their relatives on Friday, according to a Japanese press report.The families watched the Inter-Korea Summit and cautiously welcomed engagement between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Kyodo News reported Friday.Sakie Yokota, 82, mother of abductee Megumi Yokota, said she hoped the situation will improve as North Korea moves away from provocations.Yokota also said she will watch "how things will unfold" because of past experiences with North Korea reneging on meetings regarding the abduction issue.Ahead of the summit, Moon had told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he would raise the issue of abducted Japanese nati...
Families plead with IS to leave bloody Mosul

Families plead with IS to leave bloody Mosul

World
It is hard to appreciate how dreadful Mosul's old city has become.Families are being torn apart here and there is nothing that can be done to stop it. They are being murdered for just trying to live.On the edge of the old city a disused shop is an emergency room. Injured civilians targeted by Islamic State as they try to escape the fighting and the starvation are brought here.The walking survivors trudge their way up the road to safety carrying what they can.In the dilapidated shop doctors, foreign medics and volunteers struggle to deal with the influx of injured people.Video:Iraqi special forces battle on in MosulThey are ferried here on the bonnets of humvees and in the backs of trucks. They are bundled inside. On beds the medics get to work. The floor is awash with blood.The moaning and...