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By: Associated Press
June 19, 2018 Updated: June 19, 2018 at 10:30 pm


Tribune News Service

International Budget for Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Updated at 0330 UTC (11:30 p.m. U.S. EDT Tuesday).

Additional news stories, including full U.S. coverage, appear on the MCT-NEWS-BJT and MCT-NEWSFEATURES-BJT.


^US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council<


The decision to leave the U.N. Human Rights Council was the latest multinational institution or accord that the administration has abandoned, sometimes upending years of U.S. policy. Critics were quick to cite the withdrawal as further evidence that under President Donald Trump, the United States is retreating from its position as the leading international advocate for human rights.

700 by Tracy Wilkinson in Washington. MOVED


^Republicans in Congress look for way out of border crisis as Trump publicly stands his ground<


Yet cracks appeared in the White House's hard line as well, as outrage against the policy grew amid continued media coverage of bedraggled children penned in austere government detention centers.

An administration official suggested the president might sign a narrow bill to address the issue, despite his public demands that any measure include $25 billion for his promised border wall and new limits on legal immigration.

1200 (with trims) by Noah Bierman and Eli Stokols in Washington. MOVED


^US officials likely lost track of nearly 6,000 unaccompanied migrant children<

IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN-UNACCOMPANIED:WA _ The Trump administration has likely lost track of nearly 6,000 unaccompanied migrant children, thousands more than lawmakers were alerted to last month, according to a McClatchy review of federal data.

Federal officials acknowledged last month that nearly 1,500 unaccompanied minors arrived on the southern border alone without their parents and were placed with sponsors who did not keep in touch with federal officials, but those numbers were only a snapshot of a three-month period during the last fiscal year.

1300 by Franco Ordonez and Anita Kumar in Washington. MOVED


^Ukrainian film director on hunger strike in a Russian prison casts dark cloud over World Cup<


Sentsov says that he's innocent and that the Kremlin is punishing him for peacefully protesting against Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, where he was born. On May 14, Sentsov started the hunger strike to prod Russia to release 64 Ukrainian political prisoners from Russian jails, including himself.

Tuesday was his 37th day without solid food, and Sentsov's deteriorating health is drawing unwanted international attention on Russia's human rights record when the Kremlin would rather the world focus on what so far has been a successful start of the FIFA tournament.

1000 (with trims) by Sabra Ayres and Tracy Wilkinson in Moscow. MOVED



^With latest China visit, North Korea's Kim can again play statesman and reassure Beijing he's an ally<

NKOREA-CHINA:LA _ Decades ago, former Chinese leader Mao Zedong described his country's relationship with North Korea as one of "lips and teeth" _ a loosely defined metaphor from an imperial era Mao used to define a close, yet different, relationship.

It perhaps remains an apt description of their relationship now.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's visit Tuesday to Chinese President Xi Jinping was his third in as many months and highlights that the countries remain tightly allied, even if for different reasons, analysts said.

900 by Don Lee and Matt Stiles in Beijing. MOVED



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^NKOREA-CHINA:BLO_< 300 by Bloomberg correspondents in Beijing. MOVED


^5 reported killed as violence flares up in Nicaragua<

NICARAGUA:DPA _ Five people were killed and dozens injured on Tuesday when Nicaraguan police and paramilitary gunmen took control of the protester stronghold of Masaya, attacking barricades erected by demonstrators, a human rights activist said.

"This has been a real massacre," Alvaro Leiva, director of the rights group Asociacion Nicaraguense Pro Derechos Humanos (ANPDH), told broadcaster Canal 15.

350 by Gabriela Selser in Managua, Nicaragua. MOVED

^Basra was once a jewel of a city. Now it's a symbol what's wrong in Iraq<

IRAQ-BASRA:LA _ The freshwater canals that once honeycombed through the city earned it the name the Venice of the East. Elegant walkways flanked the Shatt al Arab, the river cutting through the city. Legend has it that Sinbad the Sailor embarked on a journey from Basra's shores.

Given its rich history and location, Basra should be booming today.

But the canals, what's left of them, now are lined with trash and exude a miasma tinged with the scent of sewage. A stroll along the banks of the Shatt al Arab offers little more than glimpses of crumbling walkways and the rotting hulks of ships long abandoned.

Though it was left unscathed in the brutal four-year war against Islamic State, Basra is where the scars of Iraq's troubles are most apparent.

1450 by Nabih Bulos in Basra, Iraq. MOVED



^Trump planned to erect tent cities to house immigrants since the start of his presidency<

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION-TENTCITIES-ADV20:WA _ Since the earliest days of the Trump presidency, the administration has been preparing to erect tent cities to house immigrants who had come to the country illegally.

The Department of Homeland Security asked Congress for $95 million to erect tent cities in two locations in Texas to "detain all immigration violators," according to a budget document shared with McClatchy and provided to Congress in March 2017.

The so-called "soft-sided structure facilities in Tornillo and Donna, Texas" were to house immigrants _ possibly unaccompanied children or families _ after the United States saw a surge in the number of immigrants crossing its southern border during the Obama administration.

1000 (with trims) by Anita Kumar and Franco Ordonez in Washington. MOVED


^House immigration plan would allow families to be detained together<

^TRUMP-IMMIGRATION-FAMILIES:WA_< The Republican House compromise bill on immigration would end the family separation issue at the border _ but Democrats won't support it.

The bill mandates that the Department of Homeland Security hold any adult only charged with a misdemeanor who crossed the border with a child under age 18 with their child, at specific family detainment facilities.

It would apply to all past and future cases of family detention, so children already separated from their parents could be reunited. It would also approve funding for family detention centers.

650 by Kate Irby and Lesley Clark in Washington. MOVED


^Thousands of legal immigration slots would be slashed under House plan<

^TRUMP-IMMIGRATION-HOUSE:WA_< Tens of thousands of immigrants will be barred from entering the country under the compromise plan the House is about to consider.

About 560,000 total immigrant visas were issued in 2017, according to State Department statistics.

The House plan would switch 78,400 spots, currently reserved for visas for adult siblings and married children of U.S. citizens, to a merit-based visa system. Dreamers, those who entered the country illegally as children, could use that visa to eventually apply for citizenship.

It would also eliminate the annual 55,000 spots for the diversity visa lottery.

750 by Kate Irby in Washington. MOVED


^Mexico blasts US family separation policy as 'violation of human rights'<

^TRUMP-IMMIGRATION-MEXICO:LA_< The Mexican government on Tuesday condemned as "cruel and inhuman" the Trump administration policy of separating immigrant families detained on U.S. soil.

Only 1 percent of all cases of children separated from their families _ 21 cases _ involve Mexican nationals, said Luis Videgaray, Mexico's foreign secretary, in the country's first formal comments on the controversial policy.

650 by Patrick J. McDonnell in Mexico City. (Moved as an international story.) MOVED


^NY governor to sue over Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy<

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION-NEWYORK:NY _New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will sue the federal government over its policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the southern border, as more than 70 of those children have wound up in facilities in New York State _ with a federal source telling the New York Daily News the number of separated children here is even higher, 311.

"There's been a lot of talk about the morality of this practice but we also believe that this practice is illegal and we are intending to bring suit against the federal government," Cuomo said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon.

1050 (with trims) by Erin Durkin and Jillian Jorgensen in New York. MOVED


^Governors reject Trump call for border troops over child policy<

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION-GOVERNORS:BLO _ A bipartisan group of seven governors rejected President Donald Trump's request to send their states' National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border because they object to the administration's policy of separating minor children from asylum-seeking adults.

Democrats Andrew Cuomo of New York, Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, John Carney of Delaware and Dannel Malloy of Connecticut said they wouldn't send troops. Republican Charlie Baker of Massachusetts told The Boston Globe his state won't provide National Guard troops at the border over the separations. Democrat Ralph Northam of Virginia and Republican Larry Hogan of Maryland each went as far as pulling back crews that had been deployed to the Southwest.

In April, Trump directed the departments of Defense and Homeland Security to work with governors to deploy National Guard troops to the border region to assist in security. The deployments became politically charged in recent days by his "zero-tolerance" practice of splitting up families that enter the country illegally while seeking asylum.

350 by Terrence Dopp in Washington. MOVED


^Nelson, Wasserman Schultz blocked from entering immigrant children shelter in Florida<


U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Florida state Rep. Kionne McGhee tried to enter the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, a previously dormant youth center only recently reactivated by Health and Human Services. But with a gaggle of media looking on, the lawmakers were turned away.

1400 (with trims) by David Smiley, Brenda Medina, Alex Daugherty and Daniel Chang in Miami. MOVED



Also moving as:

IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN-FLORIDA:FL _ 650 by Skyler Swisher and Erika Pesantes in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED


^5 things to watch in House immigration debate this week<

HOUSE-IMMIGRATION-5THINGS:CON _ House Republicans this week will vote for the first time in their running eight-year majority on the divisive issue of legalizing certain undocumented immigrants.

The House is expected to hold Thursday votes on two immigration bills that address the legal status of so-called Dreamers, young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, as well as border security and enforcement.

1300 by Lindsey McPherson in Washington. MOVED



^Buyers tied to Russia, former Soviet republics paid $109 million cash for Trump properties<

RUSSIANS-TRUMP-PROPERTIES:WA _ Aleksandr Burman, a Ukrainian who engaged in a health care scheme that cost the federal government $26 million and was sentenced to a decade in prison, paid $725,000 cash for a condo at a Trump Tower I in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., in 2009.

Leonid Zeldovich, who has reportedly done extensive business in the Russian-annexed area of Crimea, bought four Trump units outright at a cost of more than $4.35 million, three of them in New York City between 2007 and 2010.

And Igor Romashov, who served as chairman of the board of Transoil, a Russian oil transport company subject to U.S. sanctions, paid $620,000 upfront for a unit at a building adorned with the future U.S. president's name in Sunny Isles Beach in 2010.

Buyers connected to Russia or former Soviet republics made 86 all-cash sales _ totaling nearly $109 million _ at 10 Trump-branded properties in South Florida and New York City, according to a new analysis shared with McClatchy. Many of them made purchases using shell companies designed to obscure their identities.

2550 (with trims) by Anita Kumar in Washington. MOVED


^Michael Cohen reportedly hires former US Attorney from Southern District in legal team shakeup<


Cohen added former U.S. Attorney Guy Petrillo to his defense team after parting ways with Stephen Ryan of McDermott Will & Emery, Vanity Fair reported Tuesday.

"(Petrillo is) a big upgrade from Ryan and one that he needed after being fleeced for million in attorney's fees," Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, told the New York Daily News Tuesday in response to the news.

550 by Nancy Dillon in New York. MOVED



^Disney's 'Moana' screened for migrant kids detained at border. Thanks for rubbing it in, America.<


Later, Moana sings "How Far I'll Go," and the words: "What's beyond that line? Will I cross that line?"

And in "I Am Moana," the "Hamilton" creator's lyrics remind the vulnerable young protagonist: "Sometimes the world seems against you/ The journey may leave a scar/ But scars can heal and reveal/ Just where you are."

I wonder if those lyrics held a particular and rather cruel meaning for the 10-to-17-year-old boys, mostly from Central America, watching "Moana" in Spanish earlier this month on a converted Walmart loading dock, now part of a migrant children's shelter in Brownsville, Texas.

1000 by Michael Phillips. MOVED


^Michael Jackson musical set to hit Broadway in 2020<


The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage announced Tuesday that they are developing a new jukebox musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson.

150 by Joe Dziemianowicz. MOVED


^Kevin Spacey's first film since sexual misconduct allegations hits theaters in August<


"Billionaire Boys Club," due out Aug. 17, was filmed before the accusations against the Oscar-winning actor hit, but its distributor, Vertical Entertainment, has decided to forge ahead and give it a limited theatrical run.

400 by Rachel DeSantis. MOVED


^George Takei says separation of migrant families at border is 'worse' than Japanese internment camps<


Takei, who lived with his family in an internment camp during World War II, wrote in an op-ed for Foreign Policy Tuesday that the current situation _ part of a "zero tolerance" policy that criminally prosecutes anyone caught entering the U.S. illegally _ is "worse" than what he experienced at age 5.

350 by Rachel DeSantis. MOVED


^'Jurassic World' and the entertainment industry's insistence that science will run amok<


In "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," the world reels in the aftermath of scientific hubris, specifically a disaster at a dinosaur theme park. Survivors must decide whether they will save the dinosaurs left on Isla Nublar or let them die off when a volcano erupts.

Of course, a little greed paired with scientific resources means not everything goes according to plan.

But the "Jurassic Park" films are just the latest in a long line of films and television shows parading the horrific results of science experiments gone awry. Here are a few of the others.

450 by Tracy Brown. MOVED



^Commentary: President Trump moves to triple his America First tax on US businesses and consumers<


The president announced late Monday that China had (unsurprisingly) refused to buckle in the face of his decision to slap tariffs on $50 billion worth of goods imported into the United States. Instead, China had retaliated with tariffs on $50 billion worth of U.S. exports, "threatening United States companies, workers, and farmers who have done nothing wrong," the administration said in a statement.

450 by Jon Healey. MOVED


^Commentary: The soccer world isn't doing enough to combat its homophobia and racism<


FIFA, the troubled organization that oversees world soccer, opened an investigation into reports that Mexico fans chanted the insult Sunday as German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer got ready for a goal kick (putting the ball back in play after it went out of bounds).

550 by Scott Martelle. MOVED




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