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White House defends immigration policy as outrage grows over children
Monday, June 18, 2018: 8:26 PM

By Lisa Lambert and Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration defended its hardline immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday as furor grew over the separation of immigrant parents and children, including video of youngsters sitting in concrete-floored cages. Democrats blasted such treatment as "barbaric," while a few of President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans also voiced concern as the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives moved toward voting later this week on two pieces of immigration-related legislation. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a Trump appointee, told reporters at a White House briefing that the administration was only strictly enforcing the law.

U.N. refugee boss concerned over U.S. separating children from families
Monday, June 18, 2018: 8:26 PM

The United Nations refugee agency is very concerned over the United States separating children of asylum seekers from their families, and has raised the issue with Washington, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said. In an interview with Reuters, Grandi said the Donald Trump administration has legitimate concerns over how to manage asylum applications, noting that the United States has the largest backlog of asylum cases in the world.

Honduras, El Salvador decry U.S. border separations impact on kids
Monday, June 18, 2018: 7:59 PM

By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Honduras called on Monday for the United States to stop separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S. border, while El Salvador warned that the policy puts children's health at risk and could cause psychosocial scars. El Salvador's foreign ministry said in a statement that the Trump administration's hardline policy of separating immigrant parents and children violated human rights and "strongly urged" for an end to the practice. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has responded to an increase in immigration from Central America with a "zero tolerance" migration policy that provides for the arrest of all adults caught trying to enter the United States illegally, including those seeking asylum.

Woman rescued after trapped in collapse building in New York
Monday, June 18, 2018: 7:00 PM

A woman was rescued after she was trapped in rubble when a vacant seven-story building partially collapsed onto smaller buildings in Poughkeepsie, New York, during a brief thunderstorm on Monday, the city's mayor said. The woman, who has not been identified, was conscious and alert after her lower body was pinned by heavy debris for more than four hours, City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison told the Poughkeepsie Journal newspaper. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed that the woman was rescued in a statement on Monday night.

Turkey indicts father of NBA's Kanter as terror group member: report
Monday, June 18, 2018: 6:30 PM

The indictment says the elder Kanter was contacted by 127 people with ties to exiled, U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose religious movement has been designated as a terrorist group by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan has accused Gulen of being behind a failed coup attempt in 2016, allegations Gulen has denied.