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Buy Canadian? Some considering boycott amid tariffs imposed by Donald Trump

18.06.2018 20:29

With the threat of a trade war with the United States looming, some are looking to adopt a strict buy Canadian approach.


Melania Trump and Laura Bush join debate over children separated from families at US-Mexico border

18.06.2018 20:11

Melania Trump waded into a debate over children being separated from their families at the Mexico border, saying the United States should "govern with heart". In a rare intervention the first lady's spokeswoman said she wanted Republicans and Democrats to work together to achieve "successful immigration reform". Her comments were taken by some as an implicit criticism of her husband's recently introduced "zero tolerance" policy at the border. A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the US-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas Credit: Getty It was also possible she was backing the president's recent claim that Democrats in Congress were responsible for the situation. Her remarks were followed by a strong statement from former first lady Laura Bush, who called the policy "cruel" and "immoral" and said "it breaks my heart." Melania Trump said she wants an end to children being separated from their families at the Mexico border Credit: CARLOS BARRIA/Reuters More than 2,000 children have been removed from their parents over the last six weeks since Jeff Sessions, the US attorney general, introduced the new approach. Under the policy adults are being detained and prosecuted with their children taken away and sent to separate shelters. Previously, many illegal immigrants were allowed to remain at liberty while they awaited proceedings. Children who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, rest in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas Credit: AP A spokeswoman for the first lady said: "Mrs Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws but also a country that governs with heart." A mural at a former Walmart where illegal immigrant boys are being held Credit: Reuters Mrs Trump, who immigrated to the United States legally from her native Slovenia, campaigns on behalf of children. The comments came amid a growing uproar over the detention of minors, including hundreds being held at a former Walmart superstore in Texas. On Monday night Hilary Clinton also condemned the situation, calling it a "humanitarian crisis".  What’s happening to families at the border right now is a humanitarian crisis. Every parent who has ever held a child in their arms, every human being with a sense of compassion and decency, should be outraged.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) 18 June 2018 Despite what this White House claims, separating families is not mandated by law. That is an outright lie, and it’s incumbent on all of us – journalists and citizens alike – to call it just that.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) 18 June 2018 Laura Bush writing a guest column for The Washington Post on Sunday compared the policy to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. "I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel," the wife of George W Bush wrote. She said "the US government "should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso." The US Border Patrol on Sunday allowed reporters to briefly visit the facility where it holds families arrested at the border. The cages in which people are held in cases of illegal entry into the United States Credit: AP Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets. One teenager told an advocate who visited that she was helping care for a young child she didn't know because the child's aunt was somewhere else in the facility. She said she had to show others in her cell how to change the girl's diaper. Behind the Shutter: US-Mexico border Mr Trump himself has also said he "hates to see separation of parents and children" and has accused Democrats of pursuing a "horrible and cruel legislative agenda". On Sunday Kellyanne Conway, his counsellor, tried to further distance the White House from responsibility.  Mrs Conway said: "As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who’s got a conscience, I will tell you that nobody likes this policy. "Congress passed the law that it is a crime to enter this country illegally. So if they don’t like that law, they should change it." Democrats and some Republicans in Congress also criticised the policy, blaming the White House. Illegal immigrant boys are allowed two phone calls a week at a shelter Credit: Reuters Susan Collins, a Republican senator from Maine, accused the White House of trying to send a message "that if you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you". She added: "That's traumatising to the children who are innocent victims and it is contrary to our values in this country." Democrats suggested Mr Trump was using the separation of families as a negotiating tool to secure funding for his proposed border wall in future immigration legislation. Adam Schiff, a Democrat congressman, said the administration was "using the grief, the tears, the pain of these kids as mortar to build the wall. It's an effort to extort a bill to their liking in the Congress". Mr Trump is due to meet with Republicans in Congress on Tuesday and there is expected to be a vote on an immigration bill next week. Steve Bannon, Mr Trump's former chief strategist, defended the separation of families at the border. He said: "We ran on a policy, very simply, stop mass illegal immigration and limit legal immigration, get our sovereignty back, and to help our workers. "And so he went to a zero tolerance policy. Zero tolerance, it's a crime to come across illegally, and children get separated."

S5Mark is a 'VPN' that is actually a rootkit in disguise, BitDefender says

18.06.2018 18:43

While a form of the Zacinlo rootkit has been active for several years, BitDefender said Monday that it has adopted a more sinister appearance: as an anonymous "VPN" service, S5Mark, that worms its way into Windows 10 systems and can send screenshots of whatever you're looking at to its control server.
While it's not clear how many systems have been infected in the wild, Bitdefender says that the majority of Zacinlo systems that have been attacked have been in the United States, and running Windows 10. Check out before downloading an untested version from a shady part of the web.


PACIFIC ? Google takes on Amazon ... in China

18.06.2018 18:17

What's Next: How Google's China investment explains the future: Google's $550 million investment in Chinese e-commerce firm, which will enable both companies to sell goods online across Southeast Asia, the United States and Europe, tells you three things about where we're headed:


Canada mulls auto firms aid in response to U.S. tariffs threat

18.06.2018 18:13

Canada is considering all options, including providing financial aid to the auto industry, to cope up with possible tariffs from the United States.


America Wasn't Tough Enough on China's ZTE—Here's How to Make It Right

18.06.2018 18:12

The Trump Administration has been better than its predecessors when it comes to Asia. The United States Commerce Department has granted Chinese telecom company, ZTE, a reprieve from a seven-year ban on using U.S.-made parts—a bad that was effectively a corporate death sentence. This is going to hurt ZTE—and China’s Communist Party (CCP).


Jimmy Kimmel and Ted Cruz Face Off in Basketball Match for Children's Hospital

18.06.2018 17:56

Jimmy Kimmel and Ted Cruz may not agree politically, but they do agree on supporting deserving causes. Over the weekend, the late-night host and United States Senator came together in...


South Korea, US agree to suspend joint military drills scheduled for August: Yonhap

18.06.2018 17:38

South Korea and the United States have agreed to delay a joint military exercise called the "Ulchi Freedom Guardian," South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday (June 19).


SKorea, US delay August military drills

18.06.2018 17:31

South Korea and the United States have agreed to delay a joint military exercise called the "Ulchi Freedom Guardian," South Korea's Yonhap news agency says.


Family separation: Evangelicals add their voices to opposition

18.06.2018 17:28

When Julie Frady planned to make a poster to protest the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” immigration policy last week, she wanted to find the perfect Bible verse to stand against it, she says, one nobody else would expect. Since she joined about 60 protesters who marched in front of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Delano, Kan., Thursday, more and more people across the United States, and from across its often-polarized political spectrum, have begun to express deep moral reservations at the logistical realities of the practice.


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