Feb 4, 2018

Israel issuing deportation notices to thousands of African migrants

Hundreds of African asylum seekers at a protest in Jerusalem last year. Photo: GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli authorities on Sunday began serving deportation notices to thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese migrants and asylum seekers, telling them that they have 60 days to leave the country for an unnamed African country, The Associated Press reports.

The details: Israel has given the migrants until the end of March to leave or face jail time, while offering $3,500 payments and free airfare. The deportation plan "sparked an unexpected backlash from liberal Israelis and their American Jewish allies who say Israel — established in the wake of the Holocaust — should never be turning away those in need," per the AP.

The backdrop: Israel has long been cracking down on the influx of African migrants who entered illegally to escape war, economic hardship and persecution. Per The New York Times, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned they would endanger Israel's “existence as a Jewish and democratic state."

By the numbers: The U.N. High Commission for Refugees official recently said about 27,000 Eritreans and 7,700 Sudanese live in Israel and the country has only granted refugee status to 11 migrants since 2009.

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Sign of the times: A pro-Warren super PAC

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren at a rally in Nevada. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

A group of women progressives who back Sen. Elizabeth Warren has formed Persist PAC, a super PAC airing pro-Warren ads starting Wednesday in an effort to boost her performance ahead of Saturday's crucial Nevada caucuses, a spokesman told Axios.

Why it matters: Warren has spoken adamantly against the influence of unlimited spending and dark money in politics. But these supporters have concluded that before Warren can reform the system, she must win under the rules that exist — and that whether she likes it or not, their uncoordinated help may be needed to keep her viable through this weekend's contest and into South Carolina and Super Tuesday.

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Pentagon policy chief resigns amid reported discord with Trump

John Rood. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

John Rood, the Pentagon's top policy official, will resign from his post at the end of the month, CNN first reported and President Trump confirmed.

The state of play: CNN said Rood "was perceived as not embracing some of the changes in policy the White House and senior Pentagon officials wanted," such as peace talks in Afghanistan with the Taliban and a decision to cut back on military exercises with South Korea as the president courted North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

Coronavirus cases rise, as warnings of global pandemic grow

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

We may be "at the brink" of a global pandemic, warns a top U.S. public health official, as cases continue to spread despite containment efforts. Meanwhile, the global economy is being affected, including the tech manufacturing industry.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,000 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 136 new deaths since Tuesday.

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