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Thousands celebrate solstice at Stonehenge


What is the summer solstice? The Earth is actually the furthest it gets from the sun all year a couple of weeks after the northern hemisphere's summer solstice , on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 12:46 p.m. Today, June 21, is summer solstice and in the United Kingdom, the exact time of the solstice is 11.07am. On this day, the sun is completely perpendicular to cancer (23.5 degrees north) and the opposite occurs in the southern hemisphere, where the length of the day is shorter and the night is ... Read More »

Erdogan confirms Turkey-US patrols in Syria's Manbij


In a statement released on its Twitter account, the military said the patrols were being conducted independent of each other along the line between Manbij and the area of which Turkey seized control in its "Euphrates Shield" operation. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed on a road map for reduced tensions in the city earlier this month. Read More »

Israeli ex-minister detained on suspicion of spying for Iran


When he tried to enter Equatorial Guinea last month, he was denied entry due to his criminal past and transferred to Israel. He was arrested during a visit to Equatorial Guinea in May and extradited to Israel, where he was indicted. A statement from Segev's lawyers said that most details of the charges were under a state-imposed blackout. The police statement released said that there was still a "gag order on further details of the case", though additional details have surfaced, including ... Read More »

Trump Signs Executive Order to Stop Family Separations at Border


Under the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy introduced earlier this year, immigrant families who cross the border illegally are separated, with parents facing federal prosecution on illegal entry charges and children placed into the care of the Department of Health and Human Services. Read More »

Pot growers refuse to let go of dream after Kilauea volcano erupts


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. The Hawai'i Community Foundation (HCF) has established the Hawai'i Island Volcano Recovery Fund to assist with recovery efforts in support of the communities affected by the Kilauea volcanic eruption. Read More »

New Zealand Prime Minister enters hospital for birth of first child


Following the birth, the government will be led by Winston Peters, 73, for six weeks. Her expected due date was June 17. "Her and Clarke have my best wishes for this special experience". The couple have yet to reveal the baby's gender, but Ms Ardern was gifted the name Waru at Ratana celebrations and the name Waimirirangi was offered at Waitangi Day celebrations if the baby was a girl. Read More »

Tropical showers in the forecast


Showers and storms are ongoing and have been through the overnight to our south and east, with activity trying to get going locally as well. Showers and storms are dominating all aspects of your weather for Wednesday, and are keeping temps pretty cool because of it. Read More »

Donald Trump's immigration policy 'wrong' and images 'deeply disturbing', says Theresa May

The government has faced a storm of criticism over images of some of those children being kept in cages. "The pictures of children held cages are deeply disturbing", May said, via CNN's Jeff Zelany . "This is not something that we agree with, this is not the United Kingdom's approach", May said. But she said Mr Trump's visit next month should go ahead to ensure "shared interests" could be discussed. Read More »

Russia calls out US 'cynicism' for rights council pullout


Washington withdrew on Tuesday, condemning the "hypocrisy" of council members and an alleged "unrelenting bias" against Israel. "The only thing worse than a council that does nearly nothing to protect human rights is a council that covers for human rights abuses and is therefore an obstacle to progress and an impediment to change". Read More »

NYT Nixes Audio Of Stephen Miller Interview From Podcast After WH Asked


Stephen Miller , Trinity '07 and President Donald Trump's senior policy advisor , was "instrumental" in the decision to enforce a policy that separates immigrant children from their parents, according to the New York Times . "After the original story was published, producers of " The Daily " planned to talk with the reporter and use audio excerpts from the Miller interview", the paper continued. Read More »

To prosecute migrants, 'you have to take the children away'

House GOP leaders still don't have the votes - and even if they get them, the bill has no pathway to passage in the Senate. Why are these bills being called on Thursday? The Republican president also wants immigration laws to be toughened under any such legislation. Read More »

Recording of Children Crying Adds to Anger over US Policy


Texan Congresswoman Sheila Lee told CNN she had been to the border and witnessed the "cries and screams of these little ones", as well as mothers saying they feared they would never see their children again. On Tuesday, Politico explicitly backed the former US attorneys by stating that "there is no law requiring families be separated at the border, only a policy established by the Trump administration that could just as easily be rescinded". Read More »

Trump aide becomes latest to leave White House

He planned and executed the longest and one of the most historic foreign trips ever made by a president, and he did it all perfectly. "There is so much push-back, so much pressure, that it will very likely force him to do something". Bush. "I'll be doing something that's somewhat preemptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation I'm sure". Hagin, who led the advance team for President Trump's historic summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, will join the private sector upon his ... Read More »

Southgate Tube: Man Arrested Following Explosion Which Left Five People Injured


The explosion believed to be caused by a faulty drill battery was reported at the Southgate tube station Tuesday evening, causing flames to shoot 6 feet high, Sky News reported. Not necessarily running or panicking, but moving quickly", he said. ALSO READ: Seven soldiers injured in a vehicle bomb. London Ambulance Service said two people were taken to hospital and three others were treated at the scene. Read More »

UN chief warns Gaza is close 'to the brink of war'


The Israeli military said its aircraft struck a vehicle early Sunday belonging to someone who sent burning kites into Israel from Gaza. The predawn airstrikes came just a day after the previous Israeli five successive airstrikes on launchers of arson balloons and kites as well as military facilities in Gaza. Read More »

Hogan Pulling Maryland National Guard From U.S. Border


U.S. Rep. Richard Neal , a Springfield Democrat and co-sponsor of the House bill , slammed the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" approach to immigration as "cruel and inhumane" and called for legislative action. Calling the process an "administrative monstrosity", Cambria explained that the ultimate goal of separating parents and children is deportation of both parent and child, while generating money in the meantime. Read More »

At least 166 missing after ferry sinks in Indonesia


So far, four bodies have been found and another 18 people rescued, according to the local disaster agency, as the search turned to recovering the bodies of victims - including those still trapped inside the sunken boat. "We floated in the water for an hour before we were rescued". Nearly 180 passengers are missing after a ferry sank into the depths of a volcanic lake in Indonesia, police said Wednesday, almost tripling initial estimates - but the search-and-rescue agency cautioned it was ... Read More »

'They have stormed the airport': Yemen's war intensifies in Hodeidah


Saudi Arabia accuses its regional arch rival Iran of smuggling arms to the rebels through the port, a charge Tehran denies. It also citied a report from the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen to the UN Security Council, which said that the Saudi-led military coalition attacks in Yemen "may amount to war crimes", and that Malaysian military personnel were working alongside France, Britain, and the United States at the coalition's joint headquarters in Riyadh to coordinate the war against the ... Read More »

Taliban kill 30 Afghan security personnel days after ceasefire


Abdul Aziz Bek, head of the Badghis provincial council, said one military base was targeted, in the district of Balamerghab. The government said it would continue to observe a unilateral ceasefire. The government also called a ceasefire for the holiday and Taliban fighters headed into cities across the country over the weekend as both sides celebrated the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Read More »

UK Man Jordan Easton Dead After His 'Stab-Proof' Vest Fails


A 22-year-old United Kingdom man is dead, and a quote from the local assistant coroner sums up the sad and freakish tale: "While in the kitchen, he took hold a knife to demonstrate it was stab-proof and sadly realized it wasn't the case". Details of the death were revealed during an inquest held at the Teesside Coroners' Court, as police had launched an investigation after the stabbing, the Sun reported. Read More »

Distraught child migrants heard in audio published by ProPublica

Immigrants arrested near the southwestern border are taken to processing centers where officials refer some to federal court to be prosecuted under the US criminal entry statute. Trump's immigration standoff comes as he escalates his nationalist trade moves, imposing new tariffs on imports and threating more. "They could stop it". Read More »

Gaza Terror Rockets Target Southern Israel, IDF Responds


The Israeli military said Palestinians fired about 45 rockets and mortars at Israel. "They may look like toys but I can assure they are not toys, they are weapons meant to kill and to inflict damage", Conricus said. An explosion is seen from the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip after an airstrike by Israeli forces in response to dozens of rocket attacks by Palestinian terrorist groups from the coastal enclave on June 20, 2018. Read More »

Spain to bring back free healthcare for migrants


The passengers were greeted by more than 2,300 Red Cross volunteers and other humanitarian workers, including police, doctors and translators. Valencia emergency official Jorge Suarez said some of the migrants were in a state of shock. Read More »

Iran welcomes extension of ceasefire in Afghanistan


Men and women gathered around the soldiers and Taliban fighters and urged them to keep their weapons holstered before they hugged each other. The IS group, which was not part of the truce, had claimed an even deadlier blast near the city a day earlier. Read More »

Taliban, Afghan security forces hug during Eid ceasefire


President Ashraf Ghani also urged the Taliban to extend their three-day ceasefire which is due to end Sunday. Aidilfitri is one of Islam's most significant holidays, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, and is typically celebrated by feasting and gift-giving by Muslims all over the world. Read More »

What's happening at the USA border

But Trump has defended his policy by tweeting: " If you don't have Borders, you don't have a Country! ". In a courtroom near the Rio Grande, lawyer Efren Olivares and his team with the Texas Civil Rights Project frantically scribble down children's names, birthdates and other details from handcuffed men and women waiting for court to begin. Read More »

Today in Trump's Prison Camps for Children - Blogtown


The head of the United Nation's human rights organization is comparing Trump's family separation policy to child abuse . which it clearly, clearly is. "But at the end of the day we're a country of laws", Marshall said. "The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn't tell me he was going to recuse himself.I would have quickly picked someone else". Read More »

Australian nun who angered Duterte wins deportation case


In its order, the BI dismissed the Australian nun's arguments that the bureau forfeited her visa without due process and that allegations that she engaged in political activities were not backed with solid evidence. "This Office can not sanction BI's resort to a visa forfeiture procedure, and [the Bureau's] orders against [Fox] which result therefrom". A spokeswoman for Sr Fox said there was still a case to be pursued against the deportation order even though the revoking of her missionary ... Read More »

Children Separated From Parents At Us Border Sob, Wail Desperately


So far, Congress has approved little funding for the barrier, keeping Trump from meeting one of his signature vows of the 2016 presidential campaign. Orrin Hatch of Utah, wrote the Trump administration asking it to pause the separation of immigrant families until Congress comes up with a solution. Read More »

Colombia election: 'A huge step for Colombian democracy'


Ivan Duque, a law-and-order disciple of a powerful former president, won Sunday's vote with a commanding 12-point lead over rival Gustavo Petro, a former rebel and ex-Bogota mayor. Petro led a groundbreaking campaign a decade ago to expose criminal ties between Uribe's allies and far-right paramilitary groups. Critics fear such changes could kill the already-deteriorating peace process, sparking a new wave of violence at a time when deaths in post-conflict zones are already jumping again. Read More »

Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide


For the fourth consecutive year, Turkey has hosted more refugees than any other country in the world, a new United Nations report released Tuesday said . Asylum seekers still awaiting the outcome of their claims to refugee status also rose by around 300,000. At the end of last year, there were 642,700 asylum seekers in the United States, a rise of 44 per cent over the previous year. Read More »