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Border deal reached in attempt to avoid shutdown
Democratic and Republican negotiators in Washington have struck a deal on border security that they hope will avert another government shutdown. The tentative agreement, which allocates almost $1.4bn to fund the construction of 55 miles of fencing along the US-Mexico border, must now pass through Congress on its way to Donald Trump’s desk. It remains unclear whether the president will sign it, given his original demand was for $5.7bn to build a 215-mile concrete wall.
Immigrant cap. The agreement also reportedly includes a Democrat-demanded cap on the number of undocumented immigrants who can be held in US detention centres.
Trump and Beto O’Rourke hold competing border rallies
Trump descended on El Paso, Texas, for a rally on Monday, just moments after the shutdown deal was announced by negotiators in Washington. The president appeared oblivious to the agreement, assuring the crowd: “We’re going to build the wall anyways.” At a nearby protest rally, the potential Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told another crowd of thousands that El Paso was one of the safest cities in the US, “not because of walls but in spite of walls”.
‘Political theatre.’ California’s governor Gavin Newsom has said he will withdraw national guard troops from the border, calling the border crisis “manufactured” and adding: “We are not interested in participating in this political theatre.”
‘Inexplicable cruelty.’ Eight immigrant families who were split up under the Trump administration’s family separation policy are suing the US government for $6m each in damages, for “inexplicable cruelty”.
North and South Korea to launch joint Olympic bid
The two Koreas intend to submit a bid to co-host the 2032 Olympic Games, an event officials in Seoul say would “change the fate of the Korean peninsula”. Representatives from both countries are expected to present the plans at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland on Friday. Sports diplomacy has become a useful indicator of warming relations between North and South. Pyongyang sent a team to the Winter Olympics in South Korea last year, months before a historic summit between Kim Jong-un and the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in.
Moon shot. The two countries intend to send a combined team to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, while Moon has also suggested they bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup.
Experts demand Facebook curb anti-vaccination groups
Facebook is facing calls from health experts to tackle influential anti-vaccination groups on the site, where false information about the supposed dangers of life-saving vaccines often goes unchallenged. At least one such closed Facebook group has more than 150,000 members, who must be pre-approved, allowing administrators to exclude dissenting voices. A state of emergency was declared in Washington state last month, after 48 people contracted the measles, most of them under 10 and unvaccinated.
Philippines outbreak. At least 70 people in the Philippines, most of them children, have died in the last month as the result of a measles outbreak that has been blamed on vaccine fear-mongering.
Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, described Trump as an “idiot” while crowds in Tehran chanted: “Death to America” as hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the country’s Islamic Revolution.
At least 17 people are dead after a fire swept through a budget hotel in Delhi, India, raising fresh concerns about lax safety standards in the city’s building sector.
French police are investigating a spate of antisemitic acts in Paris, including the word Juden (German for Jews) being sprayed on the window of a bagel bakery, following a 74% rise in the number of antisemitic incidents in France last year.
A collection of wiggly shapes found in ancient rocks in Gabon, Africa, and dated at approximately 2.1bn years old, could represent the earliest fossilised evidence of organisms capable of moving themselves, scientists have said.
America’s nurses suffering a work ‘hangover’
Nurses and nursing advocates say dangerously low staffing levels have become the norm in the US healthcare system, with nurses facing burnout, high turnover and the fear of patient safety errors, as Michael Sainato reports.
Has Starbucks prepared Howard Schultz to be president?
The billionaire former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz faced attacks from Republicans and Democrats after suggesting he may run for president in 2020. Melanie Sevcenko asks whether his coffee business background makes him a good fit for the Oval Office.
How the rest of Europe views Brexit
The UK’s decision to leave the EU has baffled and bemused the rest of Europe, destroying its reputation for pragmatism and discipline. Guardian correspondents in seven countries ask how Brexit has changed the continent’s opinion of Britain.
Is Heineken really helping in Africa?
Heineken is proud of the economic and social benefits it brings to the continent where it brews much of its beer. But like many western companies, writes Olivier van Beemen, the Dutch drinks giant’s record in Africa is not entirely positive.
Despite the revelation that their Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, wore blackface in college, most black Virginians don’t want him to resign. That’s because a Republican alternative would be so much worse, says Theodore R Johnson.
Compared to the sort of racially discriminatory laws and executive actions that could lie ahead, black Virginians would much prefer a Democratic governor who wore blackface decades ago and expresses contrition today.
The world tennis No 1, Naomi Osaka, has parted ways with her coach, Sascha Bajin, just two weeks after winning the Australian Open and becoming the first Asian player ever to reach the top of the women’s or men’s rankings.
The Westminster Kennel Club dog show is the oldest continuously held sporting event in the US after the Kentucky Derby, and this week more than 600 dogs descended on New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania, across the street from the competition venue, Madison Square Garden. Bryan Armen Graham meets the hotel’s dedicated doggy concierge, Jerry Grymek.
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