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Salvadoran migrant Epigmenio Centeno and his sons, nine-year old Axel Jaret (left) and three-year old Steven Atonay, pose for a photograph outside the shelter House of the Migrant on June 19, 2018.
Salvadoran migrant Epigmenio Centeno and his sons, nine-year old Axel Jaret (left) and three-year old Steven Atonay, pose for a photograph outside the shelter House of the Migrant on June 19, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

Trump backs down, signs order to end family separations at US border

US President Donald Trump backed down on Wednesday (June 20) on an immigration policy that sparked outrage at home and abroad, signing an executive order to end the separation of children from their parents when immigrant families are caught crossing the US-Mexico border illegally. 

The order requires that immigrant families be detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally, although it was not immediately clear for how long.  It also moves parents with children to the front of the line for immigration proceedings.

The order does not end a “zero tolerance” policy that calls for criminal prosecution of immigrants crossing the border illegally. 


Unjustified medication shortened 456 lives in a British hospital, report says 

More than 450 patients died prematurely in a British hospital after they were given powerful painkillers with no medical justification, in what a damning report on Wednesday (June 20) found was a "disregard for human life".

Britain's prosecution service said it would examine whether criminal charges could be brought following the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in southern England.

An independent panel found that between 1989 and 2000, there was an institutionalised regime of prescribing and administering dangerous doses of opioids at the hospital which were not clinically necessary.


US airlines denounce Trump family separations

Two major US carriers said Wednesday (June 20) they had asked the US government to not use their planes to transport children separated from their families under the Trump administration's immigration policies.

Facing a deepening public outcry, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive action, ending his administration's policy of separating children from parents accused of illegally crossing the US border.

American Airlines said it had no knowledge that its planes had been used to implement Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy but that the government did not disclose information about passengers.


Janet Jackson reveals 'intense' battle with depression 

Janet Jackson has revealed that she suffered an "intense" battle with depression, which she linked to a childhood inferiority complex and societal racism and sexism.

In an essay in the latest issue of Essence, a magazine geared toward African American women, the 52-year-old pop superstar said that she has found joy after giving birth to her first child last year.

But the singer - who became a superstar in her 20s with her blending of hip-hop into pop music and her elaborately choreographed live shows - said that her 30s were "difficult years."


World Cup: Suarez sends Uruguay into last 16 with hosts Russia

Uruguay booked their place in the World Cup knockout stage along with Russia on Wednesday, as Luis Suarez scored the winner on his 100th international appearance in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Rostov-on-Don.

The South Americans take on the hosts in their final Group A match on June 25 with top spot on the line, while Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been eliminated after both suffered back-to-back defeats. Russia and Uruguay will face one of the top two from Group B in the last 16 - either Portugal, Spain or Iran.

The 31-year-old Suarez, whose previous two World Cups both ended in bans after his infamous 2010 handball against Ghana and bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini four years later, took advantage of a goalkeeping error by Mohammed Al-Owais to put Uruguay ahead midway through the first half.