Germany is the first country inEurope, therefore, to allow parents to declare their children as ‘divers’ (diverse) from birth. The 2017 court case which brought the change was heard at the Karlsruhe constitutional court and concerned a complainant who had been proven to have no chromosomal sex from birth but was nevertheless registered female.
Low in 2018: Report:
The sentences were concentrated in only 14 states, led by Texas and Florida, which each had seven. The report notes that for the first time in the death penalty’s modern history, no county imposed more than one death sentence. And this October, Washington became the 20th state to abolish the practice entirely.
“America continued its long-term movement away from the death penalty in 2018,” said Robert Dunham, DPIC’s executive director. “Even in the face of inflammatory political rhetoric urging its expanded use, voters showed that the death penalty is no longer a political wedge issue. The reelection of governors who imposed death penalty moratoria, the replacement of hardline pro-death-penalty prosecutors with reformers, and Washington’s court decision striking down its death penalty suggest that we will see even greater erosion of the death penalty in the years ahead.”
In a move that will likely shock pro-immigration activists,Mexico‘s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and his administration have agreed to close the border between Mexico and Guatemala, largely to prevent more migrant caravans from crossing into Mexico’s southern states. According to The Washington Times, a Mexican Interior Minister told media that border security “is no longer an issue.”
“Do you know why it is no longer an issue? Because in five days this administration solved the issue, five days,” she continued. “The United States was impressed.”
Were Born Abroad:
In 2016, roughly 17 percent of professionals in 24 medical fields—from optometrists to chiropractors to veterinarians—were foreign-born, and almost 5 percent of them were not U.S. citizens, according to the analysis published this week in theJournal of the American Medical Association. The analysis could not distinguish between professionals trained in their country of origin and those trained in the United States.
The rates were even higher for the most educated providers. About one in five pharmacists, one in four dentists, and 29 percent of physicians—approaching one in three—were foreign-born.
That amount is well ahead of the money made in 2018 byTaylor Swift’s “Reputation” Tour ($345.1 million) and Jay-Zand Beyoncé’s “On the Run II” Tour ($254.1 million). WhileU2’s historic chart-topping “360” tour grossed $736.4 million, it took over two years to reach that mark.
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(John Kerry was the secretary of state from 2013 to 2017)
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Scientists tell us we must act now to avoid the ravages of climate change. The collision of facts and alternative facts has hurt America’s efforts to confront this existential crisis. Ever since Mr. Trump announced that he would pull America out of the Paris accord, those of us in the fight have worked to demonstrate that the American people are still in.
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