While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 4

A Cuban mother seeking asylum is comforted by her daughter while waiting on the Mexican side of the Brownsville-Matamoros International Bridge after being denied entry by US Customs and Border Protection officers near Brownsville, Texas, US.
A Cuban mother seeking asylum is comforted by her daughter while waiting on the Mexican side of the Brownsville-Matamoros International Bridge after being denied entry by US Customs and Border Protection officers near Brownsville, Texas, US.PHOTO: REUTERS

US gives some migrants faced with removal choice on children: NBC News

The Trump administration is giving some parents who were separated from their children after entering the United States illegally the option of either being deported with their youngsters or without them, NBC News reported

A form laying out the two options is being given to parents who have received final removal orders from the US government and are covered by a lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement filed earlier this year, said NBC News, which posted a copy of the form online.

It was unclear how many people were being given the form or whether it was being given to parents who had a pending asylum request.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Iraqi murder suspect also raped 11-year old girl, say German prosecutors

An Iraqi man suspected of the rape and killing of a 14-year-old German girl is also under investigation for raping an 11-year-old German girl in a refugee shelter in the town of Wiesbaden, prosecutors said.

The 20-year-old identified as Ali Bashar is suspected of raping the girl in March and sexually assaulting her again in May with a 14-year-old Afghan, the public prosecutor's office in Wiesbaden said.

Police arrested the Afghan suspect who originally was known to German authorities as a witness in the murder case of the 14-year-old, Susanna Feldman.

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Airline seat sizes don't need regulation for safety, aviation watchdog says

If that airline seat is a tad snug for your burgeoning backside or the distance between rows makes you claustrophobic and fearful that a bit of reclining could crush your knees, blame it on the money-hungry airline.

That's the message from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which said as emphatically as skillfully-fashioned legal jargon can describe on Tuesday, that squeezing expanding bottoms into shrinking airline seats is not its problem.

The FAA did so despite a demand for federal regulation of seat size, a lawsuit brought by the consumer group Flyers Rights, and a judge's order that the agency reconsider its position.

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World Cup: England beat Colombia on penalties to reach last eight

England finally ended their penalties curse when they beat Colombia 4-3 in a shootout after drawing their World Cup last-16 clash 1-1 following extra time after the South Americans equalised in the 93rd minute.

England had previously lost all three World Cup shootouts and three of four in the European Championship but prevailed on Tuesday, when Mateus Uribe and Carlos Bacca failed to convert, leaving Eric Dier to win the game for England.

It was the first time Colombia had been involved in a World Cup shootout and they took first blood when Jordan Henderson missed his spot kick - but for once fortune smiled on England.

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Tennis: Nadal kills curse of 100 club at Wimbledon

World number one Rafael Nadal breezed into the Wimbledon second round with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win over Israel's Dudi Sela as the Spaniard returned to action for the first time since claiming his 11th French Open title.

Nadal, the Wimbledon champion in 2008 and 2010, also managed to avoid falling victim to a player ranked outside the world top 100 for what would have been the fifth time in his last six visits to the All England Club.

Nadal, the 17-time major winner, has not got past the fourth round since finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2011.

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