Trump administration expected to announce plan to detain migrant children longer: ABC

The Trump administration is expected to announce new rules that would allow the government to detain families with children crossing the U.S. border longer, according to ABC News, citing two government officials it said were familiar with the plan. The announcement may come as soon as Wednesday, ABC said. A decades-old legal settlement called the …

Britain extremely concerned by reports HK consulate worker held in China

Britain said on Tuesday it was “extremely concerned” by reports that a staff member at the consulate in its former colony of Hong Kong had been detained in mainland China. Simon Cheng did not return to work on Aug. 9 after visiting the neighboring mainland city of Shenzhen the previous day, Hong Kong news website …

Trump administration expected to announce plan to detain migrant children longer: ABC

The Trump administration is expected to announce new rules that would allow the government to detain families with children crossing the U.S. border longer, according to ABC News, citing two government officials it said were familiar with the plan. The announcement may come as soon as Wednesday, ABC said. A decades-old legal settlement called the …

College football notebook: Clemson’s Lawrence tops preseason All-America team

Clemson sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence, a Heisman Trophy favorite entering the 2019 season, headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team, which was released Tuesday. Aug 2, 2019; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) runs drills during the first practice of fall camp at the Clemson Indoor Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. …

Australia says it will join U.S.-led defense effort in Strait of Hormuz

Australia will join the United States in a coalition of countries protecting oil tankers and cargo ships from threats posed by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday. “This destabilizing behavior is a threat to Australia’s interests in the region,” Morrison told a news conference in Canberra. “The government …

Philadelphia police commissioner abruptly resigns

Philadelphia’s police commissioner resigned on Tuesday over what the city mayor said was his department’s failure to address accusations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination in the ranks. Commissioner Richard Ross, who joined the Philadelphia police force in 1989, tendered his resignation after serving for two years in the department’s top job, Mayor Jim Kenney …

Wife of ex-president of Honduras convicted in corruption case

A Honduran court convicted the wife of former President Porfirio Lobo on graft charges, including siphoning funds from programs designed to help poor children, a judicial official said on Tuesday. Rosa Elena Bonilla was found guilty of diverting some 18.3 million Honduran lempiras ($779,000) in public funds plus international donations that were originally earmarked for …

Trump cancels Denmark visit over after rebuff over Greenland

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called off a visit to Denmark scheduled for early September after the country’s prime minister rebuffed his idea of purchasing Greenland. FILE PHOTO: Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Kim Kielsen, Premier of Greenland, attend a press conference in Nuuk, Greenland August 19, 2019. Ritzau Scanpix/Mads Claus Rasmussen via …

Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell loses appeal against sex abuse convictions, remains in jail

Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell lost an appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys and will remain in prison for at least another three years, an Australian court ruled on Wednesday. George Pell arrives at the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, August 21, 2019. AAP Images/Erik Anderson via …