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6/18/2018

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein is urging the US government to halt its practice of separating migrant children from their parents at the border. "The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable," he warns.

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6/18/2018

United Nations envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths is reportedly in talks with Houthi leaders, pushing them to cease fighting and hand over control of the Yemeni port of Hodeidah to UN officials. A Saudi-led military coalition has threatened to seize the port -- through which 70% of the country's humanitarian aid arrives -- from Houthi militias.

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6/18/2018

An upcoming visit to Bangladesh by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim is likely to include time at Rohingya refugee camps in the country, sources say. The World Bank may offer funds to help Bangladesh support the over 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled there from Myanmar.

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6/18/2018

Poverty in the Philippines is driving more and more people to subject young children to online sex trafficking to support their families, reports UNICEF. Lotta Sylwander, the country's UNICEF director, warns that online trafficking can often lead to offline physical exploitation and child trafficking.

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6/18/2018

Individuals around the globe have the power to make lifestyle choices that will drive sustainability, says United Nations Under-Secretary General Monique Barbut, who is executive secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. Barbut urges people to make World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought a day to review personal progress toward sustainability.

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6/18/2018

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging Taliban leaders to match an extended cease-fire announced by Afghan officials this past weekend, but the Taliban has said it will not extend the agreement. A suicide bomb in Jalalabad left at least 10 people dead Sunday as the cease-fire ended.

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6/18/2018

Republicans and Democrats are speaking out against the practice of separating families at the US-Mexico border. However, lawmakers do not agree on an immigration solution that would stop the policy and have invited President Donald Trump to Capitol Hill to discuss it.

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6/18/2018

A year to the day after being shot at a GOP baseball practice, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., took the field to start the Congressional Baseball Game at second base. Scalise made an improbable play to get the first batter out, stayed in for one more batter and then watched the rest of the game from the dugout.

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6/18/2018

Many Defense Department officials were likely caught off guard by President Donald Trump's announcement that he was calling off joint military exercises with South Korea, defense experts say. Pentagon sources, however, say Defense Secretary James Mattis had been consulted about the decision.

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6/18/2018

Engineers with the Idaho Army Reserve and Army National Guard trained together last week in Boise on a live-fire M58 Mine Clearing Line Charge. "Joint training such as this is beneficial to all combat engineers because we share the wartime mission of supporting armored brigade combat teams," said Lt. Col. Lee Rubel, commander, 116th Brigade Engineer Battalion.

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