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SAN FRANCISCO -- "We remain deeply concerned that California's sanctuary laws continue to undermine public safety and cause preventable crimes by restricting law enforcement cooperation and allowing public safety threats back into the community to reoffend."

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement voiced "deep concern" about California's sanctuary law after a local police officer was killed by an undocumented immigrant last Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday.

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WASHINGTON -- "Our members put their lives on the line to keep our country safe," said J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees. "Requiring them to work without pay is nothing short of inhumane."

The federal employee union sued the Trump administration on Monday over the ongoing partial government shutdown, claiming that it is illegal for agencies to force employees to work without pay.

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PYONGYANG -- "I am always ready to sit down again with the U.S. president at any time and will make efforts to produce an outcome that the international community would welcome."

Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, said Tuesday that he would push forward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and was ready to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump at any time.

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RAMALLAH -- "Jerusalem will remain the eternal capital of the Palestinian state, as the late President Yasser Arafat said that a Palestinian child will raise the flag of Palestine on the walls, minarets and churches of Jerusalem."

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday evening lit a torch marking the 54th anniversary of the launch of the Palestinian liberation revolution and Fatah movement's establishment in West Bank's Ramallah city. He reiterated that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Palestinian state and it is not for sale. Enditem

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