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North Korea expected to begin transferring remains of US troops soon

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Chinese officials have suggested that the summit deal was largely identical to the framework that they'd advocated in the first place, involving suspending war games for ending the nuclear program. The latter was the site of fierce fighting, and the remains of more than 2000 United States soldiers and Marines are believed to be missing there, United States military officials said at the time. Read More »

Koko the gorilla who 'mastered sign language' dies

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Koko was born Hanabi-ko (Japanese for "Fireworks Child") on July 4, 1971 at the San Francisco Zoo. In addition to mastering sign language, of which she knew over 1,000 signs (including the middle finger), Koko was also known for her love of kittens and cats. Read More »

Trump announces he will sign an executive action to end family separation

Shortly before she spoke, a VOA reporter at an immigration court hearing in Brownsville, Texas said prosecutors dropped misdemeanor charges against 17 migrants. TRUMP: "We're keeping families together, and this will solve that problem ". A compromise Republican bill addresses family separations, offering protections for some undocumented migrants and provides funding for Mr Trump's long-promised border wall. Read More »

Time Magazine Cover Features Trump And Migrant Toddler

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However, the order did not specify any solution for the 2,300 children who are reportedly being detained or bounced around the country without the parents who crossed the border with them. The images of children being separated from their parents and the uproar that has followed has been startling. "This one was tough for me". It was one of the most heartbreaking he's seen in years of photographing the border, he said . Read More »

Article image Palestinian killed by Israeli fire: Gaza ministry

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The press service of the IDF reported earlier that near the northeast border of the Gaza explosion, which wounded five of terrorists trying to plant an IED near the border fence. "If anyone thinks it will be possible to continue with the daily kites and fires, they are wrong", Liberman said during a tour of Israel Aerospace Industries, the country's primary aerospace manufacturer. Read More »

Rescue Ships Holding More Than 600 Migrants Reach Spain

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The 930-mile journey across the Mediterranean from Sicily to Valencia took almost a week. Far fewer have come to Spain , but the numbers are rising fast. An Italian ship helping transport the 630 migrants saved by the rescue boat Aquarius arrived at the Spanish port of Valencia on Sunday morning. "Spending time with people, listening to some of the torturous situations that they've been through, was really one of the most challenging parts of the entire operation". Read More »

Israeli PM Netanyahu's wife charged with fraud

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The prosecution also indicted Seidoff, the former Prime Minister's Office deputy director-general, on Thursday for the same offenses as Netanyahu, while adding the offense of falsifying documents and with a total fraud amount of NIS 393,000 (approximately $108,000). Read More »

June 21 will have longest daytime, shortest night of 2018

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Up to 25,000 people were expected to attend the overnight celebration of the longest day of the year at the World Heritage Site. The June solstice marks the official start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In Allentown, our solstice day is about 15 hours and 5 minutes long. June 21 marks the 2018 winter solstice for people south of the equator. In Canberra, Australia, the Winter Solstice Nude Charity Swim took place at Lake Burley Griffin on the shortest day of the year. Read More »

British PM May hopes lawmakers will back Brexit plan - spokesman

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Last week, Conservative backbenchers that do not agree with the "no deal is better than a bad deal" position reached a compromise with the government. But pro-EU legislators want to be able to send the government back to the negotiating table if they don't like the deal. "The meaningful vote is nothing to do with holding the government to account", Jacob Rees-Mogg, who leads a grouping of Anti-EU Conservative lawmakers, said after a speech in central London. Read More »

Turkish patrols in Manbij offer hope for homecoming

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Turkish army on Monday announced the start of patrols in the northern Syrian city of Manbij by the Turkish and USA troops. "We are patrolling on one side and they are patrolling on the other", defense spokesman Eric Pahon told VOA on Monday. Read More »

Trump to sign decree to end migrant family separations

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Protesters were galvanized to act after distressing photos and stories hit social media depicting children separated from their parents and sleeping in cages , crammed five in a room at repurposed Walmarts, or in so-called "tent cities" at costs reportedly exceeding what it would take to keep families together. Read More »

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern In Labour At Auckland Hospital

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Ms Ardern took office as New Zealand's third female prime minister past year and announced in January she was expecting a baby with her partner , television fishing show presenter Clarke Gayford. Further afield, Queen Elizabeth gave birth to two of her four children after ascending to the throne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. The baby's arrival means Ms Ardern becomes the world's first country leader, in modern times, to give birth while governing. Read More »

Trump's executive order only protects against family separation for 20 days

Meanwhile in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio toured a facility in East Harlem that houses children separated from their parents . "It's about keeping families together while at the same time making sure that we have a very powerful, very strong border", Trump said as he signed the order in a hastily arranged Oval Office gathering. Read More »

Dozens missing after ferry sinks in Indonesia's Lake Toba

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Local officials said dozens more passengers are still missing a day after the accident. "The search has started since around 7 this morning". Search and rescue workers are seen on a boat used in the search for passengers from the Sinar Bangun ferry that sank in Lake Toba in Simalungun, North Sumatra , Indonesia , June 19, 2018. Read More »

Greece, Macedonia Sign Deal Ending Name Dispute

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The definition of the country's language will remain "Macedonian", as Skopje insisted in the talks. Macedonian government spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's Cabinet approved the deal he reached last week and forwarded it for parliament's approval. Read More »

Nikki Haley Pummels UN Human Rights Council - Katie Pavlich

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The United States has announced it is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council saying the organisation is "not worthy of its name". "The world's most inhumane regimes continue to escape scrutiny, and the council continues politicizing and scapegoating of countries with positive human rights records in an attempt to distract from the abusers in their ranks". Read More »

18 - Rob's Monday (Tropical Moisture flow) Morning Forecast

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Showers and storms have returned to East Texas today and are likely to continue this afternoon. Most of this has been south and west of metro New Orleans today. We are beginning to see tropical moisture move into the ArkLaTex, and combined with the afternoon warm-up, we have seen several Sunday afternoon showers and thunderstorms south of I-20. Read More »

Recording of Children Crying Adds to Anger over US Policy

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said he's pushing a bill that would repeal the Flores settlement, which would allow the families to be detained longer than 20 days together in immigration detention. "Those are the only two options: Totally open borders or criminal prosecution for law breaking", he said. Meanwhile, their children are transferred into the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, which manages ... Read More »

Texas cop 'abused migrant girl and threatened to deport mum'

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Nunez has worked for the Bexar County sheriff's office for over a decade. A four-year old girl told her mother that Nunez touched her inappropriately and hurt her. Salazar said he believes the abuse went on for months, possibly years. Officials suspect there may be more victims related to Nunez who were affected. Read More »

Illinois Republicans in Congress break from Trump over border children

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Republicans thought they'd found a solution Tuesday to the separation of illegal immigrant families on the border, announcing plans to let the families stay together in Homeland Security detention facilities while they await deportation. But Democratic leaders have pushed back. Orrin Hatch , R-Utah, who sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him to suspend the policy immediately to give Congress time to address the issue. Read More »

Comey hits back at Clinton, won't apologize to her over email probe

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Peter Strzok already had been reassigned to the FBI's Human Resources Division after he was taken off special counsel Robert Mueller III's team, though the move last week effectively took him off even that assignment. Strzok, Page and the other Federal Bureau of Investigation employees found to have sent inappropriate texts on their work devices were referred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by the inspector general to consider whether they "violated the FBI's Offense Code of ... Read More »

Sessions: harsh migrant policy aims to end 'lawlessness'

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It came at the start of his address, as President Donald Trump's chief law enforcement officer accepted the association's lifetime achievement award. "Parents who entered illegally are, by definition, criminals", she said. He also said that the government is already spending $1 billion a year taking care of children who entered the country illegally, with families or unaccompanied. Read More »

Canadian senate passes marijuana bill but legalization delayed

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau . "We've just witnessed a historic vote for Canada", Senator Tony Dean said. In Newfoundland and Labrador, it will be available in Loblaws grocery stores. "A courageous move on the part of the government". Late last night the House passed an omnibus amendment to adjourn early that included an agreement to send the message about rejecting Senate amendments to the bill, back to the Upper Chamber. Read More »

Palestinian dies after being wounded near Gaza-Israel border

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Israel has been accused of using excessive force against the protesters, a charge the country's leaders have denied. The Islamic militant group Hamas , which rules Gaza, has led the protests. Israel had been using drones to intercept the kites, but Palestinians have had some success in bringing down the drones. The United Nations considers the expansion of settlements on land earmarked for a future Palestinian state to be illegal. Read More »

Trump Rallies House Republicans to Keep His Wish List in Immigration Bill

But they are running up against Trump's shifting views on specifics and his determination, according to advisers, not to look soft on his signature immigration issue, the border wall. "When you call the White House, there are no answers about strategy", he said. Maybe, it should have occurred to folks like Trump and Brooks that separating children from their families at the border was immoral, un-American, and un-Christian, since they both hold themselves out publicly as moral Christians. Read More »

Maddow Chokes Up Reporting on 'Tender Age' Shelters

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Struggling through tears, Maddow tries to speak but continues shaking her head, incapable of getting the words out. "I think I'm gonna have to hand this off", she admits - before handing over to fellow anchor Lawrence O'Donnell. "Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile". A newsreader broke down on live TV while trying to talk about the United States separating babies and toddlers from their parents at the border and sending them to institutions. Read More »