While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, June 22

US first lady Melania Trump walks through the facility after a round table discussion with doctors and social workers at the Upbring New Hope Childrens Center on June 21, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.
US first lady Melania Trump walks through the facility after a round table discussion with doctors and social workers at the Upbring New Hope Childrens Center on June 21, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. PHOTO: AFP

First lady Melania Trump visits detained immigrant children

Melania Trump on Thursday (June 21) went on a damage-control mission near the Texas border with Mexico, visiting children displaced by the country’s immigration crisis and showing a softer side than the hardline policies of her husband, US President Donald Trump. 

The first lady left the White House quietly in the morning and flew to Texas for the unannounced visit, a day after Trump signed an executive order keeping intact families who cross into the United States illegally from Mexico. 

Trump reversed his tough stance on separating families after days of outrage over the policy from at home and abroad. 

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'Heartbroken' father of designer Kate Spade dies at age 89

The father of fashion designer Kate Spade has died just over two weeks after the suicide of his daughter, the family said on Thursday (June 21).

Earl F. Brosnahan Jr., 89, had been in failing health and he was also "heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter," the Brosnahan family said in a statement.

Brosnahan, known to his family and friends as Frank, died on Wednesday (June 20) night at his home in Kansas City, Missouri. His family did not specify the cause of death.

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Outrage after escaped lion shot dead in Belgium

A lion escaped its enclosure at a Belgian zoo on Thursday (June 21) and was shot dead by police after attempts to sedate the animal failed, the zoo said, drawing sharp criticism from animal rights groups and politicians.

The lion managed to free itself from its enclosure at Planckendael Zoo north of Brussels early on Thursday and visitors and staff were immediately evacuated or told to stay indoors.

"After two attempts to sedate the lioness we had to put the animal to sleep with a shot," Planckendael Zoo said on Twitter.

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World Cup: Messi's Argentina on brink of exit as Croatia qualify for knockouts


Lionel Messi’s World Cup dream was left hanging by a thread as Croatia powered into the last 16 with a 3-0 rout of Argentina here Thursday (June 21). 

Second-half goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic sealed a deserved victory as a poor Argentina were left on the brink of a humiliating first round exit.  The Group D defeat means Argentina have just one point from two games, meaning they will probably have to beat Nigeria in their last game and hope other results go their way to avoid elimination. 

The result left Argentinian fans in tears inside the Nizhny Novgorod stadium, while Diego Maradona watched from the stands in stunned disbelief. 

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I'm not one of Wimbledon favourites, insists Djokovic


Novak Djokovic may have won Wimbledon three times, but the former world number one insists he isn't one of the favourites to land the All England Club crown this year.

Djokovic stepped up his Wimbledon preparations by sweeping into the Queen's Club quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-1 demolition of Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday (June 21).

The 31-year-old needed only 65 minutes to crush world number five Dimitrov and he will next face France's Adrian Mannarino after recording the 799th win of his career.

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