Friday, December 15, 2017
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Clinton criticizes state voting laws

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Clinton criticizes state voting laws

Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton kicked off a series of speeches on Monday with a call to combat what she called an "assault on voting rights."

She spent most of her 45-minute talk to about 1,000 members of the American Bar Association assailing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a significant part of the Voting Rights Act and discussing racial discrimination at the polls.

The former secretary of state spoke after receiving the group's highest award for service to the law. She said her forthcoming speeches would look at national security and U.S. global leadership.

She said more than 80 bills were introduced in 31 states this year to restrict elections rights. She conceded that not all proposed bills were racially motivated. "But anyone who says that racial discrimination is not a problem in American elections must not be paying attention," she said.

Durham, N.C.

Restrictive voter ID bill signed by governor

One of the nation's most restrictive voter ID bills was signed into law Monday by North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

The new law requires voters to show government-issued ID cards, with polling places not allowed to accept college ID cards or out-of-state driver's licenses. The law also shortens early voting by a week; eliminates same-day voter registration; allows any registered voter to challenge another voter's eligibility; and ends popular pre-registration for high school students.

Republicans have said the law will combat voter fraud and restore integrity to voting. Civil rights groups and many independent analysts say it is an attempt to curb voting by blacks, students, the poor and other groups that tend to vote Democratic.

Egypt

Evictions of Morsi backers delayed again

Egypt's military-appointed government Monday again postponed its latest threats to clear camps in Cairo of tens of thousands of supporters of Mohammed Morsi, the ousted president, raising new questions about when and how the authorities might seek to end the standoff.

It was unclear why the government announced the threat Sunday night and then delayed it Monday. Newspapers speculated that the Interior Ministry was playing psychological games to demoralize the demonstrators.

Sudan reportedly arming Syrian rebels

Sudan, a country that has been under international arms embargoes and maintains close ties with a stalwart backer of the Syrian government, Iran, has been supplying arms to Syrian rebels, the New York Times reported Monday, citing unnamed Western officials and Syrian rebels.

The newspaper reported that Sudan's government sold Sudanese- and Chinese-made arms to Qatar, which arranged delivery through Turkey to the rebels. The shipments included antiaircraft missiles and newly manufactured small-arms cartridge.

Sudanese officials denied helping arm either side in the war.

Elsewhere

Washington: Work to refinish part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial where a disputed inscription was recently removed may not be done until after the 50th anniversary this month of the March on Washington, executive architect Ed Jackson Jr. said Monday.

Nigeria: Suspected Islamic militants gunned down 44 people at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, while 12 other civilians died in an attack in the same area, security agents said Monday.

Pine, Idaho: Firefighting planes dropped retardant and ground crews trailed water hoses Monday to keep a fast-moving and unpredictable wildfire from scorching homes in the remote Idaho hamlet of Pine, where residents have been evacuated.

Times wires

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