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New Zealand gets new prime minister as Jacinda Ardern goes into labor


The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford have welcomed their first baby, a girl. Her partner, Clarke Gayford, hosts a fishing documentary series, but will give that up to be a stay-at-home dad. The couple announced the pregnancy to the public on 19 January. She's expected to briefly speak to reporters after the birth. The 37-year-old is New Zealand's third female prime minister and is set to become only the second world leader to bear a child while in office, ... Read More »

Trump to sign decree to end migrant family separations

Since early May, more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the U.S. -Mexico border illegally, as part of the administration's new immigration strategy, which prompted widespread outcry. It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision. Read More »

US Senate approves bill reinstating ban on ZTE


But in a blow to the Trump administration and its work with Chinese president Xi Jinping, the Senate has voted to amend the National Defense Authorization Act to reinstate sanctions on the company. The administration announced an agreement with ZTE earlier this month but has run into opposition in Congress. In addition to reversing the United States reversal on ZTE, the bill also calls for bans on government procurement of surveillance and telecom equipment made by five Chinese ... Read More »

U.S. Expected to Withdraw From UN’s Human Rights Council


Previous U.S. administrations have distanced themselves from Agenda Item 7, however, President Donald Trump has raised the prospect of withdrawing from the council altogether unless it is scrapped. The move comes one day after United Nations high commissioner for Human Rights condemned President Trump's zero-tolerance policy on migrants at the USA southern border, which has seen distraught children removed from their parents and put in detention centres. Read More »

United Nations says human rights are 'pillar' of its work


China now sits on the council and rights groups have repeatedly criticized Beijing for seeking to stifle criticism of its own conduct. "Israel is, as the saying goes, a canary in the mineshaft for the United States ", Bolton said. He added that despite some shortcomings, the Human Rights Council "has done some very good work, highlighting human rights abuses around the world, scrutinising and bringing facts to light which enable us to holding these countries to account". Read More »

Illinois Republicans in Congress break from Trump over border children

When asked if the issue will "tar" Republicans in the upcoming midterms, McConnell said , "it's not going to tar anybody, we're going to fix the problem". "So what I'm asking Congress to do is to give us a third option, which we have been requesting since past year, the legal authority to detain and promptly remove families together as a unit". Read More »

Two Koreas agree to field unified teams for Asian Games


In 1945, when American and ex-Soviet forces captured the Korean peninsula, Japanese rule over Korea ended and eventually South Korea took control of Dokdo islands. Russia and South Korea agreed in 2008 to lay gas pipelines through the North to bring Russian natural gas to the South. This year's exercise, which was planned for August, has been suspended, the Pentagon said on Monday. Read More »

Merkel says climate change is ‘a fact,’ laments US stance


The CSU exists only in Bavaria , while Merkel's less conservative CDU is in Germany's other 15 states. Addressing reporters in Berlin after her meeting, Merkel called the dispute "a very hard situation" but insisted that "the CDU and the CSU have the common goal of improving regulation of migration in our country". Read More »

Theresa May suffers setback as justice minister resigns over Brexit policy


Former Tory cabinet minister Dominic Grieve , who tried to broker a compromise between MPs and ministers, has warned a no-deal scenario could lead to a "national crisis". "Any compromise [amendment] would have to be tabled by Govt in Lords". Details of precisely what this will involve could emerge in the coming days when the EU Withdrawal bill is due to return to the House of Lords. Read More »

Texas Border Patrol Chase Ends in Crash, 5 Immigrants Killed


Several Central American children separated from parents at the southern USA border are heard desperately sobbing and wailing in a recording released Monday by transparency group ProPublica , some so hard they nearly can not breathe. The voices and faces of the Central American children separated from their parents at the USA border with Mexico are now emerging, lending a heart-rending human element to the debate over President Donald Trump's controversial "zero-tolerance policy" ... Read More »

1st boat of Aquarius convoy with 630 migrants docks in Spain


The migrants, majority from Africa, were welcomed by a team of more than 2,000 people, including 470 translators and 1,000 Red Cross volunteers who distributed basic items such as blankets, clothes and hygiene kits. Spanish officials plan to do a case-by-case analysis of the migrants' requests for asylum. The refusal by Italy and Malta to allow the Aquarius to dock has reignited a continentwide battle over how to handle immigration. Read More »

BJP quits government in Jammu and Kashmir, ends alliance with PDP


Ram Madhav who stitched the alliance now says only Governor's Rule is Tenable now. By going with the ideologically-divergent BJP, perceived also as being anti-Muslim, by a majority of the voters who strongly favoured the PDP for its pro-Kashmiri stance in the elections to pre-empt a sort of coup d'état. Read More »

3 dead in shooting at Swedish Internet cafe


A man reportedly open-fired an automatic weapon at a crowd that was celebrating the win of Swedish national soccer team at the 2018 World Cup . According to the paper, the victims were attacked as they left an internet cafe in the middle of the town. Read More »

Legalized Weed Just Months Away After Bill C-45 Officially Passes


Reports suggest that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may announce that date during a press conference at 4:30 p.m. ET. Earlier, Senators backed down on an amendment to the bill that would have recognized the authority of provincial governments to ban home cultivation of marijuana plants if they choose. Read More »

Sessions: Build a Wall to End 'Terrible Choice' of Separating Families


Both are frequent critics of President Donald Trump and have been outspoken on other immigration issues. "It deeply troubles me and burdens my heart that innocent immigrant children are being separated from their parents", he wrote. "Reports from Border Patrol detention centers, camps and DHS" Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities, including a former Walmart in Texas, revealed thousands of migrant children detained without access to their families. Read More »

'Womp womp': Corey Lewandowski on border separation of girl with Down's syndrome


On the cable news giant's evening newscast, former senior Democratic National Committee adviser Zac Petkanas began relating an anecdote of a "10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was taken from her mother and put in a cage". "Lots of Fake News today", Lewandowski tweeted Wednesday morning. In the last five weeks more than 2,300 children have reportedly been separated from their parents under the "zero tolerance" policy. Read More »

Melania Trump 'hates to see' families separated at border


As a result, hundreds of minors are now being housed in detention centres, and kept away from their parents - a policy which rights groups have criticised as unprecedented. "Don't wait until after the election because you are going to lose!" he tweeted . The administration put the policy in place and could easily end it after it has led to a spike in cases of split and distraught families. Read More »

Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 4 and knocks over walls


This picture shows a collapsed house following an natural disaster in Ibaraki City, north of Osaka prefecture on June 18, 2018. The disaster's victims included a nine-year-old girl and man in his 80s crushed by concrete walls. Many homes and buildings, including a major hospital, were temporarily without power, though electricity was restored at most places by midafternoon. Read More »

Trump on a Tear Over Immigration: Rips Dems, European Policies


Barletta served as mayor of Hazleton, a small coal-mining town in rural Pennsylvania, where he pushed for a 2006 law to crack down on unauthorized immigrants ; a federal court found the measure unconstitutional in 2010. "I mean, I hate to say it, that's the law and he's enforcing the law". Ted Cruz, said the process of separating families is 'inhumane'. But President Trump has defended the policy, officially announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on May 7. Read More »

White House Now Says Trump Will Support 'Moderate' Immigration Bill


But the administration has unsuccessfully pushed to overhaul President Barack Obama's health care law and has struggled to develop compromise legislation on immigration . Martha McSally, who is viewed as the GOP establishment's favorite in one of the top Senate races. "I think it's a very good compromise and this can make law". Read More »

Sarah Sanders responds to reports she's leaving White House, prays for 'discernment'


Karem launched a similar tirade against Sanders previous year when he said during a press briefing that he was exhausted of being "bullied" by attacks on the media by the Trump administration. It is a policy that the Trump administration implemented in April and could end at any time. "Don't you have any empathy for they go through?" American citizens are not allowed to take their children into detentions centers or prison. Read More »

'We will not apologize': Trump DHS chief defends immigration policy

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she wouldn't apologize for the Trump administration policy of separating immigrant children from parents who cross the USA border illegally, defying a torrent of criticism as the president continued to falsely blame Democrats for the controversy. Read More »

Justice Department IG investigating Comey memos after Federal Bureau of Investigation referral


FBI Agent Peter Strzok , who headed the Clinton & Russia investigations, texted to his lover Lisa Page , in the IG Report , that " we'll stop " candidate Trump from becoming President. "We found that, given the absence of exigent circumstances and the frequency with which the use of personal email occurred, Comey's use of a personal email account for unclassified Federal Bureau of Investigation business to be inconsistent with Department policy". Read More »

May defeats final Brexit challenges in parliament


David Davis, the Brexit secretary, said he could not accept any amendments to the Brexit bill that would "allow parliament to instruct government on what steps it should take" in the negotiations. Mr Grieve, who had talks on Thursday with ministers, said he could not understand why the change was made. Pro-EU Tories were quick to voice their anger. Read More »

23-foot-long python swallows woman whole


Comr. Agung Ramos Paretongan Sinaga said the 54-year-old housewife disappeared on Thursday night, the last night of Ramadhan, after she went to inspect her corn plantation around 1 kilometer away from her house. Suspecting that the snake has swallowed the victim, the residents killed it and carried out of the garden. In a similar occurrence, a man was also reportedly swallowed by a snake at a palm oil plantation in West Sulawesi in March 2017. Read More »

Bomber strikes gathering of mostly Taliban members celebrating cease-fire, official says


A spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangarhar, Attaullah Khogyani, confirmed a auto bomb was responsible for the blast in the town of Ghazi Aminullah Khan, on the main Torkham-Jalalabad road, and said dozens were wounded. Nangarhar Province is the main base of IS militants in Afghanistan . The Afghan Government made the first concession by declaring a week-long ceasefire leading up to Eid, and the Taliban responded by declaring a three-day cessation of hostilities at the end of ... Read More »

At Least 4 Feared Dead in Texas Border Crash


The crash Sunday morning on Highway 85 in Big Wells was the result of a chase that involved Border Patrol agents and Dimmit County deputies. This SUV was packed with undocumented immigrants as it crashed trying to escape border patrol. Dimmit County is directly north of Webb County and east of Maverick County, which border Mexico . "I think we need more boots on the ground, we need more patrol", Boyd said. Read More »