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Trump signs executive order to end separation of immigrant families

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WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump has backed down and abandoned his policy of separating immigrant families on the US-Mexico border on Wednesday, after images of children in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad.

“It’s about keeping families together while at the same time we’re going to have strong — very strong — borders, but we are going to keep the families together,” Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.”

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Trump signed an executive order requiring that immigrant families be detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally for as long as their criminal proceedings take. But that may violate a court settlement on how long children may be held, setting up a potential legal fight, unless Congress acts on the issue.

The Trump order also moves parents with children to the front of the line for immigration proceedings and asks the Department of Defence to help house them. But it does not end a 10-week-old ‘zero tolerance’ policy that calls for criminal prosecution of immigrants crossing the border illegally.

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6 men including hostel owner arrested over alleged rape of Russian tourist in Southern India

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NEW DELHI — Indian police have arrested six men including a hostel owner and a tourist guide on Thursday over the alleged gang rape of a 21-year-old Russian tourist in southern India, just a week after India’s tourism ministry launched a campaign aimed at persuading tourists that India was a safe place for women to visit.

The 21-year-old woman was found naked and unconscious on the floor of her hostel room early on Monday with bite marks on her face and arms earlier this week, media reports said. She is now being treated in hospital.

“Six men have been detained over the rape and drugging of the woman,” investigating officer Mangayar Karasi said.

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The woman, who was travelling on her own, had arrived in the town of Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu state, 190 kilometres from Chennai, on last Thursday.

Those in custody included the hostel manger and her tourist guide, who told police he found her on the floor hours after they had consensual sex, another investigator said.

Local and foreign tourists flock to Tiruvannamalai for its 9th-century Annamalaiyar Temple, one of the largest Hindu temple complexes spread over 25 acres.

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