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Dems are just playing games. House Republicans postponed a vote Thursday on an immigration bill after House leaders said they did not have enough support from their own party to pass the measure. One group representing 300 families said it had so far managed to locate only two children. The House Republican immigration effort is imperiled by stubborn differences between conservative and moderate factions - and by the president's running commentary about a bill he only ever half-heartedly ...
  • Hundreds of United Methodist Clergy file church charges against Jeff Sessions

    Hundreds of United Methodist Clergy file church charges against Jeff Sessions

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    They accuse him of child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination and "dissemination of doctrines contrary to the established standards of doctrines" of the United Methodist Church. According to the letter, Sessions is a member of the Ashland Place United Methodist Church in Mobile, Ala., and a member of the Clarendon United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Va.
  • Migrants: UNHCR, record 68.5 mn forced to flee in 2017

    Migrants: UNHCR, record 68.5 mn forced to flee in 2017

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    Due to wars, violence and persecution, 68.5 million people were forced to flee their homes by the end of 2017 - a record high and a trend that has continued for five years. Turkey remained the world's leading refugee hosting country in terms of absolute numbers, with a population of 3.5 million refugees, mainly Syrians. "When so few asylum seekers are arriving Europe and the USA, we have the responsibility to increase our support to less rich countries that are now hosting a large number of ...
  • First lady Melania Trump visits detained immigrant children

    First lady Melania Trump visits detained immigrant children

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    The green, hooded military jacket had the words written graffiti-style on the back. Trump was wearing the jacket again when she returned to Washington and got off the plane. She visited a schoolroom at Upbring and chatted with about 20 young girls and boys who had school folders on their desks. In a Thursday afternoon tweet, the president agreed that there was a message, and said it was aimed at one of Trump's favorite targets, the " fake news media ".
  • President Donald Trump signs order to halt migrant family separations

    President Donald Trump signs order to halt migrant family separations

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    James Madara writes in a letter . But he added that the policy "continues to be a zero tolerance ..." During the meeting, the AMA heard from delegates who said the administration's policy "will do great harm to children and their parents or caregivers, who felt compelled to make a risky and uncertain journey because of safety concerns in their own countries".
  • Yemeni officials say fighting rages around Hodeida airport

    Yemeni officials say fighting rages around Hodeida airport

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    Military sources say they have taken most of the airport, following heavy fighting with the rebels and thanks to air support from a Saudi-led alliance. No civilian casualties have yet been confirmed in the battle for Hodeida but at least 216 combatants have been killed in the week of fighting so far.
  • Williams: 5 Things To Know About XXXTentacion’s Alleged Murderer

    Williams: 5 Things To Know About XXXTentacion’s Alleged Murderer

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    An initial police investigation reportedly confirmed that two black males shot the rapper. Two days after the murder of XXXTentacion , Florida's Broward County police officials have made an arrest. Williams was arrested on several charges, including first-degree murder. Court records show that Williams has previously faced charges of grand theft auto, domestic violence, cocaine possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
  • South Korea, US to announce suspension of major military drills

    South Korea, US to announce suspension of major military drills

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    Yes, a "detailed plan" exists. "The leaders will exchange views on regional problems, first of all, on the situation on the Korean Peninsula". A Pentagon statement confirmed the suspension and added that there would be a meeting between the secretaries of defence and state as well as Trump's national security adviser on the issue this week.
  • Broward County deputies arrest suspect in death of XXXTentacion

    Broward County deputies arrest suspect in death of XXXTentacion

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    Police took 22-year-old Dedrick D. Williams into custody on Wednesday evening on suspicion of first-degree murder , both outlets reported , citing local police. "I was glad I didn't stay next to him because there was all that 4-wheeler noise going on down there". "The Soundcloud rap star scored a No. 1 album earlier this year with his disc, titled "?" as well as a top-10 song, "Sad!" But much of his brief career was mired in controversy.
  • Kim, Xi agree on resolution of key issues

    Kim, Xi agree on resolution of key issues

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    Mr. Kim and Mr. Xi assessed the historic meeting Mr. Kim had with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore last week and exchanged opinions on ways to resolve the issue of denuclearisation, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said . The remains of some USA soldiers were last returned in 2007, when then-New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson visited Pyongyang. "North Korea could take part in bilateral [economic] cooperation between Russian Federation and South Korea should a peace regime ...
  • Melania Trump wears ‘I really don't care' jacket before visiting migrant children

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    One girl said she had been at the shelter for two months. The jacket worn while the first lady was getting on the plane is sold by Zara and retails for $39. Trump had said only Congress could fix the problem and he specifically pointed a finger at Democrats. Attorney General Jeff Sessions slammed critics who faulted the policy for dividing families who illegally cross the U.S.
  • Family separations will persist under Trump’s order

    Family separations will persist under Trump’s order

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    But a 1997 landmark settlement known as the Flores agreement that generally bars the government from keeping children in immigration detention for more than 20 days remains in place. Her official statement added: 'Her goals are to thank law enforcement and social services providers for their hard work, lend support and hear more on how the administration can build upon the already existing efforts to reunite children with their families'.
  • Pres. Trump holds rally in Duluth

    Pres. Trump holds rally in Duluth

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    Andy Harris, Maryland Republican, blamed Democrats, saying they should have been willing to vote for a bill that will legalize more than 1 million illegal immigrants. While economists wince and farmers brace for blowback, the crowd cheered when tariffs were mentioned on Wednesday. Trump brought Stauber to the stage and offered an enthusiastic endorsement.
  • Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died at 46

    Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died at 46

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    By 1979, Patterson had founded the Gorilla Foundation and moved it to the Santa Cruz Mountains. In 2004, Koko used American Sign Language to communicate that her mouth hurt and used a pain scale of 1 to 10 to show how badly it hurt, according to an AP news story.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron scolds teenager for calling him by nickname

    French President Emmanuel Macron scolds teenager for calling him by nickname

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    The teenager sang a line from socialist anthem "The Internationale" - apparently taking a dig at former investment banker Macron's business-generating policies - before breezing: "How's it going, Manu?" French president Emmanuel Macron was elected in a sweep of glory back in 2017 but his popularity has been on a steady decrease ever since then.
  • XXXTentacion Murder Suspect Arrested

    XXXTentacion Murder Suspect Arrested

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    He was booked on charges including first degree murder , probation violation for theft of a vehicle and driving without a valid license. Broward County investigators are zeroing in on a picture posted on Instagram by another Florida rapper, Soldier Kidd, in which he is shown with a gun on his waistband next to a plate of fried shrimp and french fries in his lap.
  • Trump announces he will sign an executive action to end family separation

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    What does the executive order say? The president says his administration is trying to balance rigorous enforcement of USA immigration laws and pursue its policy of maintaining family unity. "Reunification is always the ultimate goal of those entrusted with the care of [unaccompanied children], and the administration is working towards that for those [unaccompanied children] now in HHS custody".
  • No Signs Yet of North Korean Denuclearization

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    President Trump is continuing to hail his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a win for the United States, but says media coverage of the meeting is "almost treasonous". North Korea's news agency KCNA quoted Xi as saying relations between China and North Korea had entered a new stage of development. Over the course of this two-day visit, Kim and Xi exchanged vows of friendship and promises of economic cooperation, in a carefully choreographed display of amity that ...
  • Israel responds to explosive kites with Gaza strikes

    Israel responds to explosive kites with Gaza strikes

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    Guterres also warned that actions by Hamas and other militant groups not only risk Palestinian and Israeli lives but "efforts to restore dignity and the prospects of a livable future for Palestinians in Gaza". The territory has been controlled by Hamas for more than a decade, during which it has fought three wars against Israel. The IDF said that it treats the incident as terrorist acts and will continue to retaliate against such threats from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilians.
  • Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46

    Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46

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    The western lowland gorilla was selected as an infant by animal psychologist Dr. Francine "Penny" Patterson , who developed a language research project created to teach a modified form of American Sign Language, known as "Gorilla Sign Language" or GSL.
  • 630 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean disembark in Spain

    630 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean disembark in Spain

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    Carmen Moreno, a doctor and Red Cross volunteer who helped look after the migrants after they disembarked, said they were "very excited and hopeful". After its rejection, Italy agreed to send its coast guard vessel Dattilo and the Orione naval ship to escort Aquarius to Spain. A migrant rescue boat turned away by Italy and Malta arrived at the Spanish port of Valencia on Sunday, ending a gruelling voyage which has made it a symbol of Europe's failure to agree on immigration.
  • TIME Magazine Cover Features President Trump with Sobbing Migrant Child

    TIME Magazine Cover Features President Trump with Sobbing Migrant Child

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    Children are being essentially kidnapped. And the separation from their parents is traumatic enough to be likened to torture . And you just know Trump will see that cover and love it, because it makes him look big and tall. border has held up a big, glaring mirror to America's moral character. "This one was tough for me". "I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated".
  • Trump Signs Order to End Family Separation Policy

    Trump Signs Order to End Family Separation Policy

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    The inaction sparked global outrage, including criticism from Pope Francis and opposition from world leaders. While the US President was vague in his pledge to "sign something", various US media reported an executive order had been drafted by Justice and Homeland Security to temporarily stop the controversial practice.
  • Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara Netanyahu charged with fraud

    Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara Netanyahu charged with fraud

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara, has been indicted for aggregated fraud and breach of trust over the misuse of public funds at their official residence . In one case, the prime minister and his family are suspected of receiving one million shekels worth of luxury cigars, champagne and jewellery from wealthy individuals in exchange for financial or personal favours.
  • US House of Representatives to vote on immigration bill

    US House of Representatives to vote on immigration bill

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    Estimates put that number at about 2,300 children since zero tolerance began. That's just what he did. Bowing to pressure from the tech industry and politicians , President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he plans to stop the separation of immigrant families at the US-Mexico border.
  • June 21 will have longest daytime, shortest night of 2018

    June 21 will have longest daytime, shortest night of 2018

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    Revellers participate in the summer solstice gathering at Stonehenge , Salisbury (EPA/WILL OLIVER). On the first day of summer, the north pole is at its maximum tilt toward the sun, and the sun reaches its highest point in the sky all year, causing more light to reach the northern hemisphere.
  • Turkish, US units begin patrols near northern Syria's…

    Turkish, US units begin patrols near northern Syria's…

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    The Turkish Army says its forces have begun patrolling the outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij. Maj. Gen. Felix Gedney, deputy coalition commander, said on Twitter that patrols outside of Manbij "are meant to prevent clashes between forces operating in the area" and to ensure ongoing focus on defeating ISIS.
  • Israeli Former Government Minister Arrested on Suspicion of Spying for Iran

    Israeli Former Government Minister Arrested on Suspicion of Spying for Iran

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently accused Iran of seeking to build an atomic bomb despite a six-power accord quit by US President Donald Trump. Officials said he'd been an intelligence operative for Tehran since 2012, when Iranian Intelligence embassy officials in Nigeria contacted him. Upon landing in Israel Segev was arrested by the Shin Bet and Israel Police on suspicion that he had been in touch with Iranian intelligence agents.
  • Israel retaliates after Hamas fires dozens of rockets from Gaza

    Israel retaliates after Hamas fires dozens of rockets from Gaza

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    Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem told CNN that the rockets were a response to previous Israeli shelling. Around 45 rockets were fired overnight from Gaza towards Israel, the army said in a statement. Conricus wouldn't elaborate on open-fire regulations regarding the kite and balloon threats but said those who launch such devices "are engaged in hostile activity".
  • House to Vote on Broad Immigration Bill Thursday, Ryan Says

    House to Vote on Broad Immigration Bill Thursday, Ryan Says

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    However, the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy of prosecuting all illegal border crossings has caused an increased number of these separations. First lady Melania Trump encouraged Trump to act on his own if Congress wasn't able to, a White House official said. He also rallied for his followers to stand up and speak out against the president's controversial immigration policy.
  • 'Quit separating the kids!' Trump faces Democratic rage on immigration

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    Last month, the Trump administration enacted its "zero tolerance" policy , under which almost everyone crossing the border without authorization is charged with a federal misdemeanor. But I am working on something - it never ends!" he wrote. Families would remain in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, rather than having minors shifted to care under the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues to ooze lava

    Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues to ooze lava

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    According to reporter Mileka Lincoln , the footage has not been altered in any way and experts are still trying to work out how fast the lava flow is actually travelling. But residents say perhaps Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes , is trying to make amends for the havoc created by the eruption. The aid will provide residents with shelter, unemployment, trauma, and legal assistance.
  • Dreamworld staff in witness box at inquest

    Dreamworld staff in witness box at inquest

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    The inquest heard that the ride had broken down twice that day, but was repaired and reset. Less than an hour later, the pump stopped working a third time, resulting in the water level near the unloading point of the ride to drop so rafts were no longer buoyant but were sitting on maintenance rails.
  • New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern in hospital for birth

    New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern in hospital for birth

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    Her due date was Sunday 17 June. Her partner, Clarke Gayford, hosts a fishing documentary series, but will give that up to be a stay-at-home dad. The PM's office says there will be no further formal announcements from the Prime Minister's office till Ardern and Gayford announce the birth of their baby.
  • Search on for dozens missing ferry sinking

    Search on for dozens missing ferry sinking

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    A night-time search and rescue effort is underway after a ferry carrying about 80 passengers sank Monday in a popular lake on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, killing at least one person. The scenic lake, with an area of about 1,145 square km (450 square miles), has an island in the middle where tourists visit, from which ferries run back and forth.
  • Russian Federation calls out U.S. ‘cynicism’ for rights council pullout

    Russian Federation calls out U.S. ‘cynicism’ for rights council pullout

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    Slovenian ambassador Vojislav Suc, who now holds the council's rotating presidency and has been pushing a faltering reform drive, described the Geneva-based chamber as the best place to trigger action on risky rights crises. "The US has once again dealt a powerful blow to its own human rights protection reputation showing disregard for both the Human Rights Council and the United Nations and the bodies it includes in general", she said.
  • Lackluster so far, tropical disturbance still forecast to bring substantial rain

    Lackluster so far, tropical disturbance still forecast to bring substantial rain

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    The radar imagery through the morning has, for the most part, been disappointing. Showers and storms have returned to East Texas today and are likely to continue this afternoon. If you can stay out of these heavy, training bands of showers and storms, the rainfall should come at manageable rates. Even with this area of low pressure over land, ample tropical moisture is expected to flow over Southeast and Central Texas.
  • US President Donald Trump digs in heels on disturbing immigration policy

    US President Donald Trump digs in heels on disturbing immigration policy

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    More than 2,300 minors were separated from their parents at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to the Department of Homeland Security. In fact , it is new and a near blanket policy in practice and intention. The policies included detaining immigrants in remote locations where it was hard for them to retain legal counsel. "It was put on back many years ago, and I think very seriously that they need very firmly to say enough is enough".
  • Texas deputy arrested on allegation of child sexual…

    Texas deputy arrested on allegation of child sexual…

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    Nunez, a 10-year veteran of the sheriff's office, is charged with "super aggravated sexual assault of a child". Bexar County's sheriff nevertheless urged undocumented immigrants to come forward if they are a victim of a crime. Senate Bill 4 went into effect this year after months of legal wrangling. Nunez was arrested early Sunday morning, according to jail records. He faces a minimum of 25 years in jail if convicted.