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Mexican authorities have arrested the owner of an elementary school that was destroyed in 2017 in a 7.1.earthquake, killing 19 children and seven adults.

Authorities say the fatalities likely could have been avoided if illegal construction work had not been performed at the school in 2010, reported multiple news outlets. Police said that the owner of the school building illegally had an apartment built over the part of the structure that experienced the most damage in the earthquake.

The owner, Mónica García Villegas, had been in hiding — missing court dates, eluding police — until Saturday, when authorities received an email tipping them off to her whereabouts.

“We arrested her,” said Mexico City Attorney General Ernestina Godoy at a press conference over the weekend. “The crime is [involuntary] manslaughter.”

Godoy attributed the arrest to a reward of 5 million pesos ($263,000) that authorities announced in late-April for information leading to García Villegas’ whereabouts. The tip line received information from 16 tipsters suggesting locations in at least six different states.

“We went to all of them,” Godoy said.

The collapse of the Enrique Rebsamen school came to symbolize the corruption and impunity that plague Mexican construction. Garcia Villegas is accused of having her apartment built using fraudulent permits, among other things. Infobae.com reports that the construction of her apartment compromised the structural integrity of the building, causing some damage during the work on the addition.

Overhead view of buildings damaged in the September 2017 earthquake at the Enrique Rebsamen School, where 26 people were killed when the buildings collapsed, in Mexico City. 

Overhead view of buildings damaged in the September 2017 earthquake at the Enrique Rebsamen School, where 26 people were killed when the buildings collapsed, in Mexico City.  (AP)

The search for survivors at Rebsamen captured the attention of people worldwide amid reports shortly after the quake that a girl was purportedly trapped alive in the school’s rubble. Authorities later announced that the girl never existed.

Godoy said there are still arrest warrants out for two construction overseers who authorized the additions at the school, despite insufficient steel or other supports to sustain the extra weight.

The earthquake killed 228 people in the capital and 141 others in nearby states.

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Judge Esperanza Medrano Ortiz ordered Garcia Villegas held under police custody until a court hearing on Thursday, reported Mexico News Daily.

“I’m innocent, I didn’t kill those children,” Garcia Villegas said. “I would never allow such a situation for my students.”

But relatives of the children who died expressed anger, and stood outside the courthouse yelling “Mónica, murderer!” and holding signs that said, “How do you feel having taken away so many lives?”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mexican authorities have arrested the owner of an elementary school that was destroyed in 2017 in a 7.1.earthquake, killing 19 children and seven adults.

Authorities say the fatalities likely could have been avoided if illegal construction work had not been performed at the school in 2010, reported multiple news outlets. Police said that the owner of the school building illegally had an apartment built over the part of the structure that experienced the most damage in the earthquake.

The owner, Mónica García Villegas, had been in hiding — missing court dates, eluding police — until Saturday, when authorities received an email tipping them off to her whereabouts.

“We arrested her,” said Mexico City Attorney General Ernestina Godoy at a press conference over the weekend. “The crime is [involuntary] manslaughter.”

Godoy attributed the arrest to a reward of 5 million pesos ($263,000) that authorities announced in late-April for information leading to García Villegas’ whereabouts. The tip line received information from 16 tipsters suggesting locations in at least six different states.

“We went to all of them,” Godoy said.

The collapse of the Enrique Rebsamen school came to symbolize the corruption and impunity that plague Mexican construction. Garcia Villegas is accused of having her apartment built using fraudulent permits, among other things. Infobae.com reports that the construction of her apartment compromised the structural integrity of the building, causing some damage during the work on the addition.

Overhead view of buildings damaged in the September 2017 earthquake at the Enrique Rebsamen School, where 26 people were killed when the buildings collapsed, in Mexico City. 

Overhead view of buildings damaged in the September 2017 earthquake at the Enrique Rebsamen School, where 26 people were killed when the buildings collapsed, in Mexico City.  (AP)

The search for survivors at Rebsamen captured the attention of people worldwide amid reports shortly after the quake that a girl was purportedly trapped alive in the school’s rubble. Authorities later announced that the girl never existed.

Godoy said there are still arrest warrants out for two construction overseers who authorized the additions at the school, despite insufficient steel or other supports to sustain the extra weight.

The earthquake killed 228 people in the capital and 141 others in nearby states.

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Judge Esperanza Medrano Ortiz ordered Garcia Villegas held under police custody until a court hearing on Thursday, reported Mexico News Daily.

“I’m innocent, I didn’t kill those children,” Garcia Villegas said. “I would never allow such a situation for my students.”

But relatives of the children who died expressed anger, and stood outside the courthouse yelling “Mónica, murderer!” and holding signs that said, “How do you feel having taken away so many lives?”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Students at Tehran University demonstrated on Monday against the Iranian institution’s policy of coercing women to wear hijabs.

The headscarf – or hijab – is required in public for all women in Iran. Those who violate the rules are usually sentenced to two months in prison or less and fined around $25.

The Center for Human Rights in Iran, or CHR, said on its website that the catalyst for the protest was the university’s deployment of “female agents” on campus to enforce the “Hijab and Chastity Program.”

CHR said that the agents, also referred to as “morality police,” are volunteers who operate under the auspices of Iran’s military Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and that “its members are often seen harassing and beating people at public places.”

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The protesters, who included men as well as women, briefly scuffled with another group of Tehran University students who support the country’s conservative dress code.

“Forcing and compelling a certain kind of clothing on students is a flagrant affront against their privacy, a blatant violation of their human rights, and an outright injustice toward female students,” the National Council of Student Guilds said in a statement that CHR published.

“Such confrontations will only cause tension on campus and shut the doors of reason at a time when universities need to be a place of calm and coexistence among everyone with different ideologies and lifestyles,” added the statement.

The Islamic Republic News Service, or ISNA, said that a university official unsuccessfully tried to address the anti-hijab protesters.

Tehran University Vice President Majid Sarsangi said that there were no agents on campus looking to enforce the wearing of hijabs.

One student, Majid Dorri, tweeted that the agents physically assaulted the protesters, keeping them from reading a statement against forcing the wearing of the hijab.

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“You had to see the frustration on the faces of those who disrupted the gathering,” tweeted Dorri, whose post was translated on the CHR website, “and hear the sound of solidarity among the students in the university which is, and has always been, louder than dictatorship.”

Human Rights Watch says that Iranian authorities have prosecuted at least half a dozen activists who engaged in peaceful opposition to mandatory hijab laws.

One activist, Vida Mohavedi, was sentenced to a year in prison for removing her hijab in protest, HRW noted.

HRW, like many other organizations that opposed mandatory hijab laws, said that it is not opposed to the head covering, but to laws that force people to dress a certain way.

“Human Rights Watch has opposed France’s blanket ban on full-face veils, as well as the ban on Islamic headscarves and other visible religious symbols in state schools, as a violation of human rights,” the organization’s website says.

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“It is time for Iranian authorities to recognize that women in Iran and elsewhere are free to dress as they please,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “This includes deciding whether to wear a headscarf or not, no matter what those in power think.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A member of Argentina’s Congress was shot, and his friend killed, when two men who apparently were lying in wait in a car attacked them as they went for their daily walk Thursday.

The congressman, Héctor Olivares, was seriously injured and said to be in critical condition. His friend, provincial official Miguel Marcelo Yadón, who was walking with Olivares at about 7 a.m. local time near the congressional building in Buenos Aires, was shot several times and died from his injuries.

It was one of the most brazen political attacks in the South American country since it returned to democracy in 1983.

Olivares, 61, is being treated for gunshot wounds that pierced his abdomen and affected vital organs.

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Hector Olivares attends a congressional commission session, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Hector Olivares attends a congressional commission session, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP)

Yadón, 58, was a coordinator who worked in the fiduciary of La Rioja’s federal electric transportation system. Yadón and Olivares, who reportedly were friends since they were teenagers, were shot at least six times.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri said doctors were trying to save Olivares’ life and he expressed condolences to Yadón’s family.

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“We’re moved by this attack,” Macri said in a televised address. “We’re praying for Héctor’s life … We will do everything to find out what happened and find out who is guilty of this.”

As Macri spoke, authorities wearing white jumpsuits collected evidence at the crime scene.

We’re praying for Héctor’s life … We will do everything to find out what happened and find out who is guilty of this.

— Argentine President Mauricio Macri

Local media initially reported that Yadón and Olivares had been shot from a moving vehicle, but a surveillance video of the shooting released by the security ministry showed a parked car waiting for them. As the men walk by, they’re seen being shot at close range. Yadón collapses on the sidewalk, while an injured Olivares tries to get up and holds up his arms in a desperate cry for help.

A burly man in the driver’s seat then steps out of the car and paces. Another man also steps out and walks away calmly. When a police officer arrives on the scene, the car drives away slowly.

Security Minister Patricia Bullrich said the shooting “confirms the presence of mafias in our country.”

Evidence tent markers dot the crime scene where lawmaker Hector Olivares was seriously injured and another man was killed after they were shot at from a parked car near Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, May 9, 2019. 

Evidence tent markers dot the crime scene where lawmaker Hector Olivares was seriously injured and another man was killed after they were shot at from a parked car near Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, May 9, 2019.  (AP)

“Yadón was killed from a car that was waiting for him,” Bullrich said in a press conference. “They shoot the main target, which was Yadón; they achieve his murder and having the opportunity to murder Olivares, they decide not to kill him.”

Bullrich said authorities found the car used in the crime and have identified the suspects, but she said the motive has not been confirmed and is still being investigated.

Local TV broadcast images late Thursday of federal police officers escorting a man suspected of having links to the attack from his apartment into a police car. His face was covered by a hood, and authorities did not release any other details.

Olivares belongs to the Radical Civic Union party of the ruling government coalition and is also part of the transportation committee in the lower house. Before he was shot, he had been discussing a bill against hooliganism in Argentine soccer, which produces some of the world’s best players but is plagued by entrenched corruption and violence.

“If it does turn out the judicial investigations show there is a connection to politically motivated violence then we can definitely say that we’re facing a very grave institutional event,” Olivares’ spokesman, Ulises Bencina, told The Associated Press.

Another spokesman, Hector Lencinas, was quoted in the Buenos Aires Times as saying: “We never received any threats of any type in the office. It’s an open office where everyone is welcomed. [Olivares] was very calm.”

Attacks on politicians are unusual in Argentina, a country of about 44 million people, where the news usually centers on an ongoing economic crisis.

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Politicians said the attack was the first of its kind since a brutal seven-year dictatorship from 1976-1983, during which thousands were killed, including some lawmakers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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President Trump, who in recent days pardoned a former U.S. soldier convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner, is taking a broad look at veterans jailed for battlefield crimes and considering granting more of them similar relief.

Roughly 24 veterans are awaiting trial for combat zone actions, five are locked up at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., and many others have completed jail sentences, said David Gurfein, the chairman of United American Patriots, a nonprofit that advocates for veterans prosecuted for battlefield crimes.

Gurfein told Fox News that United American Patriots has provided details about those cases to Trump in response to a question he raised in a meeting with a congressman recently about how many veterans have been prosecuted and convicted for crimes in war zones.

“We are sending our warriors into some of the most dangerous environments we could possibly imagine,” Gurfein told Fox News. “They engage our nation’s enemies, yet we’re judging them by our domestic standards, as if it were happening here, on Main Street, U.S.A.”

On Monday, Trump pardoned Michael Behenna, who was convicted in 2009 of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone in the 2008 killing of Ali Mansur Mohamed, an unarmed Iraqi prisoner.

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Behenna said he acted in self-defense when the man reached for Behenna’s handgun, but the Army said the argument didn’t hold up because Behenna was pointing his weapon at the prisoner.

Clint Lorance

Clint Lorance (Lorance family)

Behenna admitted during his trial that instead of taking the prisoner home as he was ordered, he took the man to a railroad culvert, stripped him, then questioned him at gunpoint about a roadside bombing that had killed two members of Behenna’s platoon.

A military appeals court in 2012 found that jury instructions on self-defense were incorrect, and that prosecutors had failed to tell the defense of a crime scene expert who supported the claim of self-defense. Still, the court said the errors were harmless and did not affect the outcome of the trial.

“What I was told by President Trump … was that I received a pardon because of the prosecutorial misconduct that happened during the trial,” Behenna said at a Wednesday press conference in Oklahoma, his home state.

The White House said in an announcement about the pardon: “Mr. Behenna’s case has attracted broad support from the military, Oklahoma elected officials, and the public. … U.S. Army’s highest appellate court noted concern about how the trial court had handled Mr. Behenna’s claim of self-defense…Thirty-seven generals and admirals, along with a former inspector general of the Department of Defense, signed a brief in support of Mr. Behenna’s self-defense claim.”

“In light of these facts, Mr. Behenna is entirely deserving of this grant of executive clemency.”

Gurfein said that veterans who have completed jail sentences “still have the stigma of being a convict, the stigma of having committed murder — even when they were wrongly accused and convicted — hanging over their head.”

Trump is said to be paying particular attention to a pardon request he has received on behalf of Army First Lt. Clint Lorance, who is serving a 20-year sentence in Leavenworth for ordering his men to shoot two suspected Taliban scouts in Afghanistan back in 2012.

Lorance’s attorney, John Maher, wrote a letter to Trump last year that said, “Of all the requests before you, this case stands out because the evidence shows that Clint is not guilty – he is innocent.”

Maher told Fox News on Thursday that he has learned that Trump has been inquiring about Lorance’s pardon request and the circumstances of his case.

Efforts by Fox News to get a comment from the White House were unsuccessful Thursday.

Maher, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, said that the prosecution withheld crucial evidence – fingerprints and DNA – that would have proved that the men killed by his client’s platoon were not innocent civilians, but rather were involved with explosives that killed Americans.

“The Army made a serious mistake,” said Maher, who filed a lawsuit in December on Lorance’s behalf in federal court contending that his client did not receive a fair trial and asking the judge to disapprove the findings and the sentence.

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“They’re in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous situation where a wrong decision could end up in dismemberment,” Maher said. “These aren’t academic murders, these aren’t people who in the U.S. would become recidivists. If they don’t get it perfect [in the heat of battle], we’re going to cast a long shadow of prison over their lives?”

Some organizations have fought pardon efforts, arguing that the battlefield actions were overzealous and worthy of punishment.

After the White House announced Behenna’s pardon, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) blasted the decision.

“This pardon is a presidential endorsement of a murder that violated the military’s own code of justice,” Hina Shamsi, the ACLU’s national security project director, said in a statement quoted in The Hill. “The military appeals court found Behenna disobeyed orders, became the aggressor against his prisoner and had no justification for killing a naked, unarmed Iraqi man in the desert, away from an actual battlefield. Trump, as commander in chief, and top military leaders should prevent war crimes, not endorse or excuse them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner says that the city is moving toward the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of drugs,  on the grounds that often medical treatment – and not criminal charges – is the right solution.

On “Fox & Friends” Thursday, host Brian Kilmeade asked if Philadelphia puts the plan in place, becoming the first city in the nation with such a policy, would it be the right approach, or would it amount to “a free pass on possession, too easy on crime?”

Luke Niforators, chief of staff at the non-profit Smart Approaches to Marijana, or SMART, told Kilmeade he saw more harm than good in the Philadelphia plan.

“Obviously we don’t want to give people records,” Niforators said. “But by the same token, having these policies make drug use seem like it’s no big deal and is sending the wrong message to our country and [younger] generation.”

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“These policies say…this is more of a medical, not really a criminal, problem. They are missing the point. It’s not either/or, we can do both,” Niforators said. “There are the drug courts. We have ways to address treatment and drug issues medically while also discouraging use and having our criminal laws.”

In a recent interview with “Axios on HBO,” Krasner said that diverting people found with small amounts of drugs to treatment or community service rather than jail ultimately would be the most fair and beneficial approach for both the user and the rest of society. In 2014, Philadelphia became the first major city in the nation to pass an ordinance allowing people with less than 30 grams, which is less an ounce, of marijuana to get just a $25 ticket.

“We are talking about people who are using drugs,” Krasner said. “The vast majority of them suffering from addiction. I do not see value in convicting people like that.”

Michael C. Barnes, chairman of the not-for-profit Center for U.S. Policy, and former counsel in the White House drug policy office under President George W. Bush, agrees with Krasner.

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“This is not just decriminalization, this program would be pre-arrest diversion for people who are nonviolent or who have mental health or substance abuse disorders,” Barnes said on “Fox & Friends.” “What this means is cops on the street who actually know mental illness and substance abuse better than anybody else…have the discretion, based on their experience, to divert somebody to treatment. The crime remains the same….if it were somebody who has also committed some violent crime or is not in need of treatment.”

“We still reserve the right to file charges and sent the person to the criminal justice system,” Barnes said.

Niforators, however, remained unconvinced.

“Obviously we should have [treatment] programs,” Niforators said. “The concern on the other side…is that if we don’t have some sort of stick in place, people are going to think that drug use is no big deal…Sending a message that this is just a medical problem is not the right way to go. We have to let the public know that [drug use] should be discouraged.”

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Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations said on Monday that Iran is sponsoring terrorism in the Middle East.

“When we hear the words coming from Tehran, threatening the U.S., threatening Israel, it shows that they’re panicking because the sanctions are working,” said Ambassador Danny Danon on “America’s Newsroom.”

“But we are committed,” Danon said. “We are committed to fighting terrorism, to fighting the proxies of Iran in our region.”

He condemned Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group, saying it is responsible for instability and violence in the area.

“Hamas is using the funds that they get from the international community to dig tunnels and to produce rockets against Israel,” Danon said, adding that the militant group is causing suffering to Palestinians.

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies and have fought three wars and numerous smaller battles since the militant group seized Gaza from Western-backed Palestinian forces in 2007.

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In the latest fighting, which erupted over the weekend, Palestinian militants fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, while the Israeli military responded with airstrikes on some 350 militant targets inside Gaza, including weapons storage, attack tunnels and rocket launching and production facilities.

Danon expressed gratitude for support from the Trump administration, but he assailed European officials.

“European countries called on us to show restraint,” he said. “What do they expect from us? If, God forbid, you would have hundreds of rockets flying into a European capital, what would have been their reaction?”

Smoke rises from an explosion after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Sunday, May 5, 2019. The Israeli military said Sunday it had responded to 450 rockets fired from Gaza with over 250 airstrikes against the besieged Palestinian enclave. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Smoke rises from an explosion after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Sunday, May 5, 2019. The Israeli military said Sunday it had responded to 450 rockets fired from Gaza with over 250 airstrikes against the besieged Palestinian enclave. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

The intense fighting over the past two days came to a halt early Monday and residents on both sides went back to their daily routines. Schools and roads had been closed, and Israelis had been urged to remain indoors and near bomb shelters as intense rocket fire pounded the area.

The Israeli military lifted protective restrictions on residents in the south on Monday, while Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group reported a cease-fire deal had been reached to end the deadliest fighting between the two sides since a 2014 war.

The escalation in recent days killed 25 on the Gaza side, both militants and civilians, while on the Israeli side four civilians were killed by incoming fire.

The Jihad militant group, which Israel accused of instigating the latest violence, confirmed that a “mutual and concurrent” truce had been brokered by Egypt. Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said Egyptian mediators, along with officials from Qatar and the U.N., helped reach the deal. He said Hamas could still use “different pressuring tools” to get Israel to ease a crippling blockade of Gaza.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah says he’s putting a hold on condemning to death people who violate new Shariah laws that call for capital punishment for those found guilty of gay sex and adultery.

The sultan made his announcement Sunday in a speech for Ramadan. It is widely seen as a move prompted by intense international criticism over the new laws, which say those found guilty of gay sex can be stoned to death or whipped. Adulterers risk death by stoning too, while thieves face amputation of a right hand on their first offense and a left foot on their second. The new laws apply to children and foreigners, even if they are not Muslim.

After Brunei implemented the news laws early last month, celebrities, including Elton John and George Clooney, intensified the spotlight on them by boycotting hotels in the U.S. owned by the Dorchester Collection group, which a Brunei-owned investment agency runs.

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Several international banks, including J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs, said they were banning employees from staying at the hotels as a protest against Brunei’s new laws.

The United Nations has called the laws implemented April 3 “draconian” while the U.S. and several other countries have urged Brunei to halt the plans.

In a statement shortly after the implementation, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the new laws “stipulate the death penalty for offenses such as rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims, robbery, and insult or defamation of the Prophet Mohammad, among others.”

Bachelet added: “It introduces public flogging as a punishment for abortion, and amputation for theft. It also criminalizes exposing Muslim children to the beliefs and practices of any religion other than Islam.”

Even before 2014, homosexuality was already punishable in Brunei by a jail term of up to 10 years. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said Sunday he was aware of the “many questions and misperceptions” over the penalties provided for under new sections of Brunei’s Shariah Penal Code, but stressed that there should be no fear.

Brunei has had a “de facto moratorium” on capital punishment for more than two decades and “this will also be applied to cases under the [Shariah laws] which provides a wider scope for remission,” he said.

“We are conscious of the fact that misperceptions may cause apprehension. However, we believe that once these have been cleared, the merit of the law will be evident,” the sultan said. Sultan Hassanal said Brunei will also ratify the U.N. Convention Against Torture to show its commitment to human rights.

“Both the common law and the Shariah law aim to ensure peace and harmony of the country. They are also crucial in protecting the morality and decency of the public as well as respecting the privacy of individuals,” he added.

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In an immediate reaction, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland on Monday hailed the moratorium on the death penalty but also urged Brunei to revoke other harsh punishments such as the amputations and floggings. Brunei is a member of the Commonwealth.

Sultan Hassanal instituted the Shariah Penal Code in 2014 to bolster the influence of Islam in the oil-rich monarchy of around 430,000 people, two-thirds of whom are Muslim. There has been no vocal opposition to the new penalties in Brunei, where the sultan rules as head of state with full executive authority. Public criticism of his policies is extremely rare in the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former Education Secretary William Bennett said Monday that Hillary Clinton needs to move on from her defeat in the 2016 presidential election.

“You gotta know when to hold ‘em, you gotta know when to fold ‘em,” Bennett said on “Fox & Friends.” “She really has to give this up.”

Bennett was referring to Clinton’s remark Saturday night in Los Angeles – where she appeared with her husband, Bill, as part of their “Evening with the Clintons” tour – in which she suggested that she should have been president.

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“I think it’s also critical to understand that,” Clinton said, “as I’ve been telling candidates who have come to see me, you can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you.”

Clinton made similar remarks in an MSNBC interview on Wednesday. In the interview, she said foreign influence in an election could mean victory for the wrong candidate.

Clinton won the popular vote in her 2016 campaign against Trump by about 3 million votes, but lost the electoral college 304 to 227.

Bennett recalled when Trump was asked in 2016 if he would concede if he lost the election, and the Republican nominee said he’d think about it.

“Well, Hillary had trouble conceding,” said Bennett, who was education secretary in the Reagan administration, “Now we’re two years later, two-and-half years later, [and she’s] still having trouble.”

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“She really has to give this up,” Bennett added. “It’s like watching a pitcher come back who’s way past his prime. She keeps coming [back].”

A new edition of the book “Obama: The Call of History,” by New York Times White House reporter Peter Baker reveals that former President Barack Obama and his aides saw Clinton’s “soulless” campaign in 2016 as a key reason for her defeat, according to The Daily Mail, which published excerpts.

Baker wrote that Obama and his camp saw Clinton as “the one who could not translate his strong record and healthy economy into a winning message.”

“Never mind that Trump essentially ran the same playbook against Clinton that Obama did eight years earlier, portraying her as a corrupt exemplar of the status quo,” Baker wrote, “She brought many of her troubles on herself. No one forced her to underestimate the danger in the Midwest states of Wisconsin and Michigan. No one forced her to set up a private email server that would come back to haunt her. No one forced her to take hundreds of thousands of dollars from Goldman Sachs and other pillars of Wall Street for speeches. No one forced her to run a scripted, soulless campaign that tested eighty-five slogans before coming up with ‘Stronger Together.’”

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A retired CIA officer was downsizing and decided to sell some of his vast collection of ties on eBay.

One person was particularly taken with an American flag-themed tie that Marc Johnson posted for sale.

“I used to wear it on the 4th of July, but I’ve been downsizing so I decided to sell it,” Johnson said.

When Johnson, who lives in Arlington, Va., was getting ready to ship it to the winning bidder, Jaques Campher of Ohio, he noticed that it had some stains on it.

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“So I ‘fess up to the winning bidder and tell him I’ll give him a discount if he still wants the tie,” Johnson said on Twitter.

Campher responded that the stains were no problem if he could get them out himself. He told Johnson he’d been on a serious search for the perfect patriotic American tie because he wanted to wear it proudly on a special day – the day he was taking the oath to become a U.S. citizen.

Johnson said Campher’s pride and excitement about becoming a U.S. citizen touched him, and prompted him to want to give the South African native the tie as a gift.

“I was like . . . I can’t charge him for this,” Johnson told The Washington Post.

“I thought about it for a second and just decided to send him the tie gratis,” Johnson tweeted. ” . . . I wanted him to have the tie with my congratulations on becoming a citizen.”

Campher told the Post that Johnson’s gesture moved him.

“I cannot explain how I feel about that. It is a warm feeling.”

Campher sent Johnson a photo of himself at the citizenship ceremony wearing the tie. Johnson posted it on Twitter after getting Campher’s permission.

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“He responded with sincere thanks, telling me he was raised by his grandparents in South Africa, and they taught him to always make sure to be frugal and repair rather than replace,” Johnson said on Twitter. “He assured me he would treasure the tie for years to come. . . . I patted myself on the back for a good deed and moved on. I had more or less forgotten about it. Until a few minutes ago.”

Campher told the Post that he was pleasantly surprised by all the supportive and well-wishing comments Johnson’s tweets generated of his new-found buddy’s search for the perfect American tie.

“The people are wonderful, the country is wonderful,” said Campher.  “I want my daughter to grow up in this wonderful country.”

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