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High school textbooks in Texas have blamed the Arab world for its conflict with Israel — and they will continue to do so following a review of the state’s public school curriculum.

The Texas State Board of Education voted on September 21 to keep a social studies requirement that high school students learn that “Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict” in the section on “the rise of independence movements in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia and reasons...

A white Texas school superintendent who posted online that "You can't count on a black quarterback" -- in reference to Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson -- has resigned.

In a letter on September 22 to the Onalaska Independent School District board, Lynn Redden said his comment posted earlier in the week on the Houston Chronicle's Facebook page was "wrong and inappropriate."

He also apologizes to Watson, who is black, and points out that Watson could have criticized him...

The US will allow no more than 30,000 refugees into the country in the coming year, down by a third from last year’s cap, the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has announced.

The latest cut reflects a victory by White House hardliners on immigration over both the state department and the Pentagon. When Donald Trump took office the ceiling on refugees the US was prepared to welcome each year was 110,000. Trump lowered that to 45,000, and significantly fewer were actually allowed in....

Three days after the Trump administration evicted the Palestine Liberation Organization from its offices in Washington, Jared Kushner defended the latest in a string of punitive actions against the Palestinians and insisted that none of them had diminished the chances of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians.

Speaking on Thursday, 25 years to the day after the Oslo peace accords were signed on the White House lawn not far from his West Wing office, Mr. Kushner said...

Cargill Meat Solutions will pay a total of $1.5 million to 138 Muslim workers who were fired after walking off the job in a dispute over prayer breaks at a Colorado meat-packing plant in 2015, the company said on September 14.

The dispute arose after the workers, mostly Somali immigrants, were dismissed after they staged a three-day walkout over what they said were insufficient prayer breaks at a plant in Fort Morgan, about 75 miles northeast of Denver.

The federal Equal...

Critics have burned Nike trainers and clothing in protest at Colin Kaepernick's appointment as the face of the brand's new advertising campaign.

The American football quarterback, 30, protested against racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the US national anthem.

In announcing the deal, Nike said he was "one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation".

But opponents took to social media, promising to destroy Nike products.

On Twitter...

A former Vatican ambassador to the U.S. said that he told Pope Francis in 2013 about allegations of sexual abuse against a prominent priest — and that Francis took no action. Now he is calling for Francis to step down.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano made the claims in a lengthy statement that concludes with a call for Francis' resignation: "In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church, he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero...

A mother's reunion with her young son following a four-month ICE separation turned to heartache when the traumatized boy appeared to not recognize her.

Video recorded by the ACLU shows little Sammy acting nervous and confused when his mother tried to comfort him at a Houston airport.

Sammy's father Ever Reyes-Mejia and the 3-year-old boy had come to the U.S. from violence-filled Honduras seeking asylum in April, according to the ACLU.

They were together in a Texas...

An immigrant mom desperate to stay in the Big Apple with her American citizen hubby and three young kids was just weeks from becoming a permanent resident but now fears she’ll get deported at any moment and torn from her family.

“I don’t feel safe,” said Karina Bailon, 32, of Queens, who has been married to a naturalized U.S. citizen for four years.

“Right now, I am afraid that I can be arrested at any time and be taken away from my children. It could happen anywhere.”

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The United States is cutting more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinians, the State Department said on Aug. 24 amid a deteriorating relationship with the Palestinian leadership.

A senior State Department official said without elaborating that the funds, originally planned for programs in the West Bank and Gaza, would address “high-priority projects elsewhere.”

“We have undertaken a review of U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority and in the West Bank and Gaza to...

More than 300 "predator priests" from six Catholic dioceses across eastern U.S. state Pennsylvania have been accused of sexually abusing over 1,000 child victims, according to a new grand jury report released Tuesday.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a news conference Tuesday that over 1,000 children victims were identifiable from the church's own records, and the grand jury believes there are more.

"We believe that the real number - of children whose records were...

The Florida man who invoked the "stand your ground" self-defense law after shooting a black man in a dispute over a parking space was charged Monday with manslaughter, officials said.

Michael Drejka, 48, was arrested Monday morning in the fatal July shooting of Markeis McGlockton in Clearwater, Florida -- an incident that was caught on video which sparked an uproar after its release.

The announcement that Drejka was charged with manslaughter provided McGlockton's family with...

A woman who police pulled over for drink driving and speeding tried to convince officers that she shouldn’t be arrested as she’s a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl."

Dashcam footage shows Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw appearing to slur her words with bloodshot eyes when police asked her to blow into a breathalyser in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Speaking to the arresting officer, the 32-year-old argued that she shouldn’t be sent to prison as she was a dancer, cheerleader and a...

Authorities in New Mexico have recovered the remains of a young boy inside the ramshackle compound where 11 other children were found alive but malnourished in a raid on the site last week, the Taos County sheriff said on Aug 8.

Positive identification by autopsy has yet to be made, but the remains were believed to be those of a 3-year-old boy whose disappearance from his home near Atlanta, Georgia, eventually led to Friday's search of the property, Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe told a news...

Immigrant children are being routinely and forcibly given a range of psychotropic drugs at U.S. government-funded youth shelters to manage their trauma after being detained and in some cases separated from parents, according to a lawsuit.

Children held at facilities such as the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas are almost certain to be administered the drugs, irrespective of their condition, and without their parents’ consent, according to the lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles-based...