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Five Hundred Immigrants Have Been Detained In US Holding Centers

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Nearly five hundred thousand immigrants have been detained at the border since the start of the year, resulting in dangerous overcrowding in US holding centers. Migrant families have been coming over the border in unprecedented numbers in recent months, reaching a peak in May, when eighty four thousand adults and children traveling together were apprehended.A nd the bodies of a father and nearly 2-year-old daughter from El Salvador were recovered from the Rio Grande on Monday, the Mexican newspaper La Jornada reported. The mother told the paper she watched her husband and child disappear in the strong current.

Authorities believe the four may have been dead for days before the bodies were discovered on Sunday in the Rio Grande Valley. No details were released on the victims’ relationship. It was the latest grim discovery of migrants who died while trying to cross the perilous desert and the swollen Rio Grande.

A total of 283 migrant deaths were recorded along the 2,000-mile border last year. The death toll so far this year was not immediately released. Three children and an adult from Honduras are believed to have died after their raft overturned on the Rio Grande in April. They had considered seeking asylum but were daunted by a long wait list to get into the US, according to a shelter official who met the family.

A 6-year-old immigrant from India was found dead in the triple-digit heat in Arizona this month, and seven people believed to be migrants died in June alone in irrigation canals that run alongside border barriers near El Paso. The total last year for such deaths in those canals was 11

Two babies, a toddler and a woman were found dead near the US-Mexican border, overcome by the sweltering heat in a glimpse of what could lie ahead this summer as record numbers of migrant families try to get into the United States. A law enforcement official close to the investigation told The Associated Press the four were overcome by the heat after fording the river. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero said that in past years, agents would be posted near canals and hear the cries of help from migrants. But they are doing other duties this year with so many immigrants showing up, some in poor health. “Unfortunately, because of the large influx of illegal aliens and agents having to be diverted to other duties, such as transporting, hospital escorts ... there are not a lot of agents readily available to hear these cries,” he said in a statement.

The Trump administration is also under siege from critics who believe it is taking too hard a line toward humanitarian volunteers who help border crossers by leaving jugs of water in the desert and providing medical assistance. The Justice Department prosecuted a volunteer with the aid group No More Deaths on conspiracy charges for providing two migrants with water, food and lodging last year. He faced up to 20 years in prison, but the case ended in a mistrial earlier this month when the jury deadlocked.

The immigrants who make it across the border and turn themselves in to authorities are experiencing their own problems and safety risks in government detention. Five children have died after being detained by the government since late last year, and dozens of youngsters were found last week in unsanitary conditions inside a Border Patrol station near El Paso. The government had transferred the majority of the children out of the facility by Monday.

Authorities say the weather is one factor in some of the recent deaths.
Higher-than-average snowfall in the Rocky Mountains is sending more water into the Rio Grande and adjacent canals, creating deceptively swift waters. Border agents say they are rescuing immigrants from the river on an almost daily basis.

During the last budget year, Customs and Border Protection rescue teams responded to more than 4,300 emergencies.The irrigation canals near El Paso look calm on the surface and easy to cross, but their V-shape creates a quick undertow, and it is difficult to climb out of them.“They don’t realize that once they get in there, their feet can get swept away. There’s a lot of obstacles, there’s debris in the canal, and there are headgates,” which can trap or stop people, said Capt. Kris Menendez, head of the El Paso County Water Rescue Team. The team was training near a headgate on June 11 when one of the firefighters spotted a body in the water. By the time they got in the water, there were two bodies — one a preschool-age girl, and the other a 30-year-old man.

The names of the four who died in the Rio Grande were not immediately released, and authorities were working to determine their country of origin. The bodies were found in or near a park that borders the river in the city of Mission, Hidalgo County sheriff’s Sgt. Frank Medrano said.

The FBI is leading the investigation because the park is on federal land. Medrano said the area is commonly used by migrants entering the country illegally. Customs and Border Protection agents have responded to 3,330 rescue emergencies since the start of the fiscal year Oct. 1. Those numbers typically spike in the coming months as triple-digit heat becomes the norm.


Viral Acharya, deputy governor of the R.B.I ( Reserve Bank of India), resigned six months before his term ends, Business Standard reported, citing him. Acharya, who was in charge of monetary policy, will return to New York University as an economics professor in August instead of February 2020.

Acharya took office at the RBI in January 2017 for a three-year term. His departure follows Urjit Patel’s sudden resignation in December last year amid rising tension between the central bank and the government about the RBI’s independence. Acharya, deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India, resigned six months before his term ends, Business Standard reported, citing him.

N.S. Vishwanathan, a deputy governor whose term is due to end in the first week of July, is likely to stay on for another term, the report said. Michael Patra, executive director at the RBI, and Sanjeev Sanyal, principal economic adviser at the Ministry of Finance, are among possible successors to Acharya, the report said.

A spokesman for the RBI said on Monday he was unaware of the development. Acharya didn’t immediately reply to a message from Bloomberg seeking comment. The rupee fell in offshore trading on the report. The dollar/rupee 1-month contract was up 0.1% to 69.98. Business Standard cited people it didn’t identify as saying Acharya handed in his resignation a few weeks before the RBI’s June monetary policy committee meeting. When asked for further comments, he said: ``A schoolteacher once told me: ‘When your work speaks for itself, do not interrupt.’”

United States Launches Cyber Attacks Against Iranian Missile Control Systems

United States launched cyber attacks against Iranian missile control systems and a spy network. The United States launched cyber attacks against Iranian missile control systems and a spy network this week after Tehran downed an American surveillance drone.

The United States  President, Donald Trump ordered a retaliatory military strike against Iran after the drone shootdown but then called it off, saying the response wouldn’t be “proportionate” and instead pledged new sanctions on the country. But after the drone’s downing, Trump secretly authorized US Cyber Command to carry out a retaliatory cyber attack on Iran, The Washington Post reported.

The attack crippled computers used to control rocket and missile launches, according to the Post, which cited people familiar with the matter. Yahoo cited two former intelligence officials as saying the US targeted a spying group responsible for tracking ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, where Washington has blamed Iran for two recent mine attacks on oil tankers.
Consequenty, the attack crippled computers used to control rocket and missile launches, according to the Post, which cited people familiar with the matter. Yahoo cited two former intelligence officials as saying the US targeted a spying group responsible for tracking ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, where Washington has blamed Iran for two recent mine attacks on oil tankers.

The Post said the strikes, which caused no casualties, had been planned for weeks and were first proposed as a response to the tanker attacks. US defense officials refused to confirm the reports. “As a matter of policy and for operational security, we do not discuss cyberspace operations, intelligence or planning,” Defense Department spokeswoman Heather Babb said

Tensions are high between the US and Iran once again following Trump’s move more than one year ago to leave a multinational accord curbing Iran’s nuclear ambition. His administration has instead imposed a robust slate of punitive economic sanctions designed to choke off Iranian oil sales and cripple its economy. On Saturday, Trump said the US would put “major” new sanctions on Iran next week.

Tehran said it shot down the US drone on Thursday after it violated Iranian airspace -- something Washington denies. Meanwhile, Iran has denied responsibility for the tanker attacks, and a top military official on Saturday pledged to “set fire to the interests of America and its allies” if the US attacks. These cyber attacks aren’t the first time the US and Iran have dueled online.

The Stuxnet virus, discovered in 2010, is believed to have been engineered by Israel and the US to damage nuclear facilities in Iran. And Tehran is believed to have stepped up its own cyber capabilities in the face of US efforts to isolate the Islamic republic.


At least fourteen people were killed and over fifty injured when a big tent supported by metal poles collapsed during a dust storm at Jasol in Rajasthan’s Barmer district on Sunday.

Barmer’s additional police superintendent, Khinv Singh Bhati, said around 300 people were sitting under the tent when it collapsed because of the dust storm. The injured were taken to nearby government and private hospitals. Some have been shifted to Jodhpur.

Barmer district collector Himanshu Gupta said the tent was erected for a religious programme -- Ram Katha (Lord Ram’s story). “Prima facie, it appears the 14 people died after the metal poles fell on them... Some people have also died due to electrocution after electricity cables snapped and fell on the poles,” said additional police superintendent Ratan Lal Bhargava. “However, a clear picture will emerge after the post-mortem.”

Disaster management and relief minister Bhanwar Lal Meghwal blamed the organisers for the tragedy. “There was negligence by the organisers. When they knew that weather has changed, rainfall and dust storm has started then why they did not they get the electricity supply switched off. The action would be taken against those responsible,” he said.

Further more, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted about the Barmer tent collapse. “Collapse of a pandaal in Rajasthan’s Barmer is unfortunate. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and I wish the injured a quick recovery,” Modi tweeted.

In the consequences of the above, Gehlot said he has directed the concerned officials to probe into the incident. “Officials have been directed to ensure that quick treatment is given to the injured and the family members of the injured should be provided help in every possible manner,” Gehlot tweeted.

Gehlot also announced an inquiry into the incident by jodhpur divisional commissioner BL Kothari and a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to next of kin of each of the deceased persons. A release from CM’s office said the injured will also be given a maximum compensation of Rs 2 lakh each. Also, Gehlot convened an emergency meeting at his office after the tragedy struck and ordered a probe into it. Teams of State Disaster Relief Force have been sent to Barmer from Jaipur, Ajmer, and Jodhpur, said Meghwal.

More over, the Chief minister Ashok Gehlot convened an emergency meeting at his office in the Secretariat after the tragedy and ordered an investigation. Teams of State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) have been sent to Barmer from Jaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur. Fourteen people were killed and more than 50 others injured when a tent of a religious program collapsed during a dust storm in Barmer’s Jasol village

The World's Largest Aircraft for Sale

Stratolaunch - largest airplane

Stratolaunch is the world’s largest aircraft by wingspan in auction for sale. The aircraft stretches 385 feet (117 meters). The airplane is powered by six jet engines salvaged from Boeing 747 aircraft.

Holding company Vulcan is seeking to sell Stratolaunch at $400 million, people familiar with the matter. Vulcan is the investment conglomerate of the late billionaire Paul Allen.

A Microsoft co-founder, Allen passed away last October following complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The hefty price tag includes ownership of the airplane as well as the intellectual property and facilities.

Allen’s vision of a massive flying airplane to launch rockets from the sky was at least partially fulfilled in April, when Stratolaunch flew for the first time after about eight years in development.

Based in the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, the giant airplane flew for more than two hours before landing after what was deemed a successful first flight.

Homophobia And Transphobia Have Been Made Crimes In Brazil

In Brazil homophobia and transphobia have been made crimes following the votes. Six of the Supreme Federal Tribunal’s 11 judges had already voted in favour of the measure in late May, giving the ruling a majority. The final justices voted Thursday for a tally of eight votes for and three against.

Not that alone racism was made a crime in Brazil in 1989 with prison sentences of up to five years. The court’s judges ruled that homophobia should be framed within the racism law until the country’s Congress approves legislation specifically dealing with LGBT discrimination.

The court’s judges have said the ruling was to address an omission that had left the LGBT community legally unprotected.

“In a discriminatory society like the one we live in, the homosexual is different and the transsexual is different. Every preconception is violence, but some impose more suffering than others,” said Justice Carmen Lucia.

Brazil’s Supreme Court officially made homophobia and transphobia crimes similar to racism on Thursday, with the final justices casting their votes, in a ruling that comes amid fears that the country’s far-right administration is seeking to roll back LGBT social gains.

Twitter Removes 4,779 Accounts Associated With Iranian Government


The microblogging platform Twitter has removed 4,779 accounts, it believes "are associated with or directly backed by the Iranian government." The US platform said it had taken the material off its network, but would make it available to researchers and investigators studying online threats.
Twitter  released a new archive of state-backed propaganda from accounts it has banned based in Iran, Russia, Spain and Venezuela. But Twitter, in a blog post by head of site integrity Yoel Roth, said "transparency is core to our mission" and vowed to fight "misleading, deceptive, and spammy behaviour".

Twitter has previously targeted alleged Russian bots, and this archive contains four more accounts that the firm believes are associated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA).

Technology firms have been accused of allowing political propagandists to use social media to hijack elections, poison online debate and smear their opponents.

The firm's third such archive, representing more than 30 million tweets and a terabyte of media data from just under 5,000 suspected accounts.

Most of these were found to be spreading news stories angled to support Iranian geopolitical interests or to be fake user profiles designed to manipulate online debate. A smaller sub-group, originating in Iran, exclusively "engaged with discussions related to Israel".

Mangoes Declared Surplus In Philippines


Over two millions mangoes ( Mangifera indica) kilogrammes have been declared abundant in Philippines following a high level of crop yield. Emmanuel Piñol uttered that "currently a surplus of about two million kilos of mangoes in Luzon" as he stated this from a reliable source.
Emmanuel Piñol said the last time stocks were this high was "after the El Niño of 2015 and 2016".
In this regard the prizes of mangoes have fallen due to high supply. Even in some areas mangoes are selling for as little as 20 pesos.

The country's agriculture secretary said the extra mangoes were the result of a "dry spell caused El Niño".

The El Niño phenomenon occurs naturally and has a major influence on weather patterns around the world.

The government has launched a marketing campaign in a bid to sell one million kilos of the fruit in June before they begin to rot.

Seven People Have Been Taken To Hospital in Washington DC Parade

Washington DC Parade Gun Scare

Seven people were taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries they sustained in the disturbance and a number of other people with minor injuries were treated at the scene in Washington DC Pride Parade after gun scare.

The Police, at the outset of the incident, received a report of a man with a gun at a park, Washington police Commander Guillermo Rivera told reporters.

The police did not find any evidence of shots fired, Rivera said.

People were injured at a gay pride parade in Washington on Saturday when some in the crowd ran to escape what they thought was gunfire, and a man was later arrested when police found a firearm near him, officials said.

"As the officers were going to that scene there was a crowd of people running away from it," Rivera said. "Some of the individuals in the crowd said that there was a man with a gun and that someone had fired shots."

Former Prime Minister Pavel Filip Takes Over After The Romoval Of President Dodon

The court on Sunday appointed former prime minister Pavel Filip take over after the romoval of President Dodon as interim president. He is a member of the Democratic Party, which is headed by Vladimir Plahotniuc, the country's de facto leader, who is opposed to the new government coalition.

Following the decision of Moldovan court has removed President Igor Dodon from his post after he refused to comply with its ruling to dissolve parliament following a months-long political stalemate.
The moves took place a day beyond the 90-day interval during which a new government has to be formed after elections, according to the Constitutional Court. The coalition claims the deadline is three months rather than 90 days.

Dodon had supported a new government that was formed on Saturday from a coalition of the pro-European Union ACUM alliance and the pro-Russia Socialist party. ACUM's Maia Sandu was elected prime minister.

President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka Has Summoned an Emergency Meeting

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President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka summoned an emergency cabinet meeting on Friday night to oppose a parliamentary select committee probe into the April 21 attacks that killed 258 people, including 45 foreigners and wounded nearly 500.

He has sacked the national intelligence chief and will not cooperate with a parliamentary investigation into security lapses before the Easter suicide bombings, officials said Saturday.

Chief of National Intelligence Sisira Mendis was sacked after testifying to the inquiry last week that the attacks could have been averted.

He also said the president had failed to hold regular security meetings to assess the threat from Islamic radicals who carried out the bombings on three hotels and three churches.

Sirisena's office did not give a reason for the sacking. Halfway through the testimony, the live telecast of the proceedings was stopped on the president's orders, official sources said.

Bhutan Repeals Law Criminalising Homosexuality
Bhutan's LGBT community celebrated Saturday after the tiny Himalayan kingdom's parliament became the world's latest to decriminalise homosexuality.

The lower house overwhelmingly voted late Friday to repeal two sections of the 2004 criminal code which made "unnatural sex" illegal.

"A lot of us cried," said Tashi Tsheten of Rainbow Bhutan that represents the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

"We are a small and marginalised community and when our rights are discussed in parliament, it makes us extremely happy," Tashi said.

The law had never been used, but Finance Minister Namgay Tshering, who submitted the recommendation to repeal sections 213 and 214 of the penal code, said they had become "a stain" on the country's reputation.

China to Curb Some Technology Exports to US
China is preparing to curb some technology exports to the United States, the chief editor of China's Global Times newspaper said on Saturday.

If enacted, the measures suggest Beijing would retaliate over U.S. restrictions imposed on Shenzhen-based Huawei Technologies Co Ltd due to what Washington said were national security issues.

In a tweet, the pro-CCP paper's editor-in-chief Hu Xijin said that China "is building a management mechanism to protect China's key technologies."

"This is a major step to improve its system and also a move to counter U.S. crackdown," he added. "Once taking effect, some technology exports to the U.S. will be subject to control."

Hu did not cite any named sources in his tweet. The Global times is not an official mouthpiece for the Communist Party though its views are believed to at times represent those of its leaders.

Tremor on the Richter Scale 6.6 Battered off Coast of El Salvador


A tremor on the Richter scale of 6.6 battered off coast of El Salvador on Thursday 30th May, 2019. According to the initial reports, there were no casualties and damages said Salvadoran authorities.

The quake struck around 40 kilometers south of San Salvador at a depth of 40 miles, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS) data.

However, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue an alert for the quake but the Salvadoran environment ministry issued one of its own, predicting sea level variations of up to 12 inches.

Moreso, the Education of  Ministry has canceled classes in the coastal areas. Coastal residents should avoid entering the water for four hours after the quake, the ministry said on Twitter.

Further more, the President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele tweeted on Twitter that the tremor was felt "throughout 100 percent of the country."

Consequently, no casualties or damage have been reported so far but police and firemen are fanning out across the country to evaluate the situation, said Civil Protection chief Jorge Melendez.

Pope Delivers His Speech In 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees

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Pope Francis has delivered his speech in the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees indicating that making decisions based on prejudice is signal to world moral decline.

In the speech delivered by Pope Francis a day after the European Parliament elections Pope Francis uttered that discriminations against migrants “is  an alarm bell warning of world's moral decline” which has eaten deep in developmental stages of fundamental right.

Pope Francis released his message on Monday for the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will be commemorated on September 29th.

Sequel to the content of the message, the officials responded that his Holiness message is not political but pastoral.
Further more,  Pope Francis said the presence of migrants in wealthy countries is instead an invitation “to recover some of those essential dimensions of our Christian existence and our humanity.”

Fire Breaks Out on the Cargo Ship in Thailand

A fire broke out on Saturday at 6.35 am (23:35 GMT Friday) on the cargo ship referred to KMTC Hong Kong in Thailand, which was moored to the port terminal and leaving at least 25 workers suffering from smoke inhalation and other injuries, officials said Saturday.

In the consequence of the above, a district around Laem Chabang deep-sea port in Chonburi province, located two hours south of capital Bangkok, has been declared a "danger zone", said port director Yuthana Mokkhao.

Further more, the district around Laem Chabang deep-sea port in Chonburi province, located two hours south of capital Bangkok, has been declared a "danger zone", said port director Yuthana Mokkhao.

Yuthana Mokkhao also said that people on the port were affected by smoke inhalation and hit by small shrapnel from the containers.

More so, at least 25 port workers suffered from minor injuries and irritation from the fire, said Sivaporn Buapong, chief of Chonburi province's Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

Great Detonation Occurs In Lyon Several People Have Been Injured

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A great detonation recently occurred in  Lyon, one of the cities in France and several people have been injured from the disaster. The incident occurred on Friday around  5:30 pm local time (11:30 am ET) on the corner of Victor Hugo road and Sala road.

The cause  for the fulmination is yet to be detected.

However, according to a reliable source, emergency responders have been deployed to assist the wounded people in the place where the incidence occured.

More so,  a spokesperson for the Police Nationale said  that the priority would be assisting the wounded, "regardless of if it was a car crash or a terrorist attack."

Further more, the Auvergne Rhone Alpes regional police said a number of people had been "lightly injured" and that the chief of police and prosecutor were on the scene according to their tweet on twitter.

Consequently, “The reasons for the explosions will be searched for later," the Police Nationale somewhat uttered.

May Offers MPs Withdrawal Agreement Passes

The United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May has now offered MPs referendum European Union withdrawal agreement passes. May has said MPs have "one last chance" to deliver Brexit, urging them to back what she said was a "new deal".

In this regard it means MPs will get a vote on whether to hold another referendum if they back the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill, she said

Jacob Rees-Mogg has described MPs deal on offer was "worse than before", while Zac Goldsmith said the bill was a "convoluted mess" and the prime minister - who has offered to quit once a Brexit agreement is approved by Parliament - should leave now.

The Labour called it was a "rehash" of existing plans and Tory Brexiteers took to social media to vent their anger.

The bill also contains new guarantees on workers' rights, environmental protections and the Northern Irish border as well a customs "compromise".

MPs have rejected the withdrawal agreement negotiated with the European Union  three times.

In what is seen as a last roll of the dice, Mrs May is now bringing the Withdrawal Agreement Bill - legislation required to bring the agreement into UK law - to Parliament in early June. If MPs reject the bill, she warned them a negotiated exit would be "dead in the water" and Brexit could be stopped.

Study Uncovers Two Metres Increase in Sea Level In Coming Century

Sea levels next century

Study has uncovered that there will be two metres increase in sea level in next century. The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said its 2013 Fifth Assessment Report that under current emissions trajectories -- a "business-as-usual" scenario known as RCP8.5 -- would likely rise by up to one metre by 2100.
In this regard, the global sea level geometrical increase by two metres will displace tens of millions of people by the end of the century, according to new projections that double the UN's benchmark estimates.

Further more, the vast ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica contain enough frozen water to lift the world's oceans dozens of metres. The expansion of water as oceans warm also contributes to sea level rise.

However, but predicting the rates at which they will melt as the planet heats is notoriously tricky.
That prediction has since been viewed as conservative, as the levels of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise year on year, and satellites showing accelerated rates of melt-off from massive ice sheets atop Antarctica and Greenland.

Kami R. Sherpa Sets Another Record for Mountain Climbers

Kami Rita Sherpa

Kami Rita Sherpa set another record for mountain climbers. He has climbed Mount Everest for twenty fourth times. He first climbed Mount Everest in 1994 and currently climbed 24th time in 2019.

Kami Rita Sherpa whose current age is  49 years , successfully scaled the world's tallest mountain named Mount Everest on 21st May, 2019. Sherpa  hails from Nepal

He has set a new Mount Everest record, making it to the top for the 24th time - with his second summit in only seven days.

It was his second record in seven days, having reached the summit for the 23rd time on 15 May and he has became a guide for international companies that organise climbing expeditions.

He says he has no plans to retire, and hopes to clock up more ascents in the years to come.

"I can climb for a few more years," he told before the 23rd attempt one week ago. "I am healthy - I can keep going until I am 60 years old. With oxygen it's no big deal."