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Asylum-Seeker Barred From Entering Australia Wins Its Richest Literary Prize

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Back in August, when Behrouz Boochani was speaking with NPR over the phone, the Kurdish-Iranian journalist said his debut book, written mostly with texts he sent from an Australian detention center, was meant “to make a challenge against this system, to tell the truth to people.” He wasn’t motivated by money.

On Thursday, his work earned him some money anyway.

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, which are among Australia’s most prestigious literary prizes, singled out Boochani’s No Friend But the ...

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Iraqi Has Returned To U.S. After ICE Deported Him Against Court Orders

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Muneer Subaihani at the airport in Baghdad on Tuesday, waiting to board the first of his flights back to the United States.

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Federal Appeals Court Blocks San Francisco Law On Ad Warnings For Sugary Drinks

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A federal appeals panel has blocked a San Francisco law requiring the beverage industry to post health warnings on advertisements for soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks.

In a unanimous ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law, approved by San Francisco voters in June 2015, is an unconstitutional infringement on commercial speech.

The ruling by an 11-member, or en banc, panel of the appellate court is a major victory for the beverage industry, retail groups and advertisers ...

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With Better Climate Data, A Push To Use It To Prepare For Climate Impacts

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Meteorological Electronics Technicians Christopher Bieschke and Kirk Wilson replace a wind sensor atop a 30-foot tower at an Oklahoma Mesonet station near Shawnee, Okla.

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Wrongfully Convicted And Jailed 38 Years, Fred Clay Gets $1 Million Payout

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At age 17, Fred Clay was sentenced to life in prison without parole. His conviction was thrown out nearly four decades later.

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Jury Awards Sen. Rand Paul More Than $580,000 In Damages In Attack By Neighbor

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, in September 2018 in Washington, D.C. He’s been awarded more than a half million dollars in damages after being injured in an assault by a neighbor.

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Police Say ‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett Attacked In Possible Hate Crime

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Jussie Smollett, seen speaking last month at an awards ceremony held in Los Angeles by Children’s Defense Fund California.

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Brazil Arrests 5 In Dam Collapse As Death Toll Rises To 65

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Cemetery workers prepare burial sites for the victims from the collapsed dam in Brumadinho, Brazil, on Tuesday.

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United States Warns Americans Not To Travel To Venezuela As Tensions Rise

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Venezuela’s top prosecutor, Tarek William Saab, talks to reporters in Caracas on Tuesday. He announced that Juan Guaidó, now President Nicolás Maduro’s most prominent opponent, is barred from leaving the country because of an investigation.

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Trump’s State Of The Union Rescheduled For Feb. 5 After New Pelosi Invite

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President Trump delivers the State of the Union address in January 2018 as Vice President Pence and then-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan look on in the chamber of the House of Representatives.

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Mueller Investigation ‘Close To Being Completed,’ Acting Attorney General Says

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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., Monday.

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Polar Vortex Hits The Midwest With Life-Threatening Cold Temperatures

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Commuters wait for a train as snow falls in Chicago. With a polar vortex hitting the Midwest, wind chills could dip to 55 degrees below zero in northern Illinois.

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