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The Trump administration has stopped cooperating with UN investigators over potential human rights violations occurring inside America, in a move that delivers a major blow to vulnerable US communities and sends a dangerous signal to authoritarian regimes around the world, our Ed Pilkington reports.

Quietly and unnoticed, the state department has ceased to respond to official complaints from UN special rapporteurs, the network of independent experts who act as global watchdogs on fundamental issues such as poverty, migration, freedom of expression and justice. There has been no response to any such formal query since 7 May 2018, with at least 13 requests going unanswered.

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The Wall Street Journal editorial board published a column Friday calling recent comments by Donald Trump about US allies and Russian militarism a “mockery”, “slander”, “reprehensible”, and “utterly false”.

The comments from Trump came during a cabinet meeting Wednesday in which Trump first demeaned troop commitments from other nations in a diatribe about the US not being taken advantage of by other world governments.

Here’s the thing — because mentioned India: India is there. Russia is there. Russia used to be the Soviet Union. Afghanistan made it Russia, because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan. Russia. So you take a look at other countries. Pakistan is there; they should be fighting. But Russia should be fighting.

“The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there.”

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