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Donald Trump ends amnesty for 800,000 young immigrants

President Donald Trump scrapped an Obama-era programme that protects from deportation immigrants brought illegally into the United States as children, delaying implementation until March and giving a gridlocked Congress six months to decide the fate of almost 800,000 young people.

As the so-called Dreamers who have benefited from the five-year-old programme were plunged into uncertainty, business and religious leaders, mayors, governors, Democratic lawmakers, unions, civil liberties advocates and former Democratic President Barack Obama all condemned Trump’s move.

The action was announced not by Trump but by Jeff Sessions, his attorney-general, who called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme an unconstitutional overreach by Obama. There will be an “orderly, lawful wind-down,” Sessions said.

Trump later issued a written statement saying that “I do not favour punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognise that we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.”

He denounced Obama’s programme as an “amnesty-first approach” towards illegal immigrants and pressed his nationalist “America First” message, saying that despite concerns voiced by his critics about the fate of the Dreamers, “Above all else, we must remember that young Americans have dreams too.”


'Dreamer' died rescuing Houston flood victims

A volunteer rescuer who drowned trying to save others from the floods in Houston last week has been identified as a recipient of the immigration amnesty programme the Trump administration ended on Tuesday.

Alonso Guillen, 31, was a so-called "Dreamer" protected from deportation under the programme known as DACA. Guillen's body was recovered at the weekend, the latest victim of mega-storm Harvey whose death brought the toll from last week's historic flooding in southeast Texas to approximately 60.

"Alonso Guillen put the needs of others above his own safety and died while trying to rescue people in need," US Congressman Joaquin Castro said.


UN chief warns Myanmar violence could destabilise region

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to Myanmar authorities to end violence against Rohingya Muslims in the country's Rakhine state, warning of the risk of ethnic cleansing and regional destabilisation.

He also urged the Security Council to press for restraint and calm, sending the 15-member body a rare letter to express concern that the violence could spiral into a "humanitarian catastrophe with implications for peace and security that could continue to expand beyond Myanmar's borders."

Nearly 125,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state since the violence began on Aug 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base. The ensuing clashes and a military counter-offensive have killed at least 400 people.


Brazil police say Rio Olympics were bought in corrupt scheme

Brazilian officials said that the country's Olympics chief was the "lynchpin" in a plot to bribe the International Olympic Committee into awarding Rio de Janeiro last year's Games.

Brazilian police said in a statement they were probing "an international corruption scheme" aimed at "the buying of votes for the election of (Rio) by the International Olympic Committee as the venue for the 2016 Olympics."

Revealing a nine-month investigation spanning several countries and dubbed Unfair Play, police said Carlos Nuzman had been taken in for questioning and his house searched.


Meghan Markle on Prince Harry: 'We're in love'

American actress Meghan Markle has opened up about her relationship with British royal Prince Harry in a candid interview published on Tuesday, confirming the couple are "in love."

Markle, a star of US legal drama Suits, told Vanity Fair that she and the Prince dated for months before going public about their relationship last year.

"We're a couple. We're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time," she said. "This is for us. It's part of what makes it so special, that it's just ours. But we're happy. Personally, I love a great love story."