Melania Trump Wore a Jacket Saying ‘I Really Don’t Care’ on Her Way to Texas Shelters

Mrs. Trump, who traveled to Texas with Alex Azar, the health and human services secretary, was also scheduled to visit the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center, which had became a particular subject of scrutiny this week after a government video emerged showing families sitting in cages clutching mylar blankets. But her visit had to be cut short because of bad weather. A senior administration official, who insisted on anonymity, told reporters on the first lady’s plane that only six of the New Hope facility’s 55 children had been separated from…

Virginia probes abuses of migrant children at detention centre | News

Virginia’s governor ordered state officials on Thursday to investigate abuse claims by children at an immigration detention facility. Governor Ralph Northam announced the probe in a tweet hours after the reported allegations. Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention centre in the US state of Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cell, according to a report by the Associated Press (AP). The report also cited an adult who saw bruises…

Canadians love diversity, just not the change that comes with it: survey – National

Canadians are proud to live in an open, welcoming society and believe that diversity helps to strengthen the country’s economy, but they remain wary of new arrivals who refuse to integrate and request special accommodations. Those are some of the results of a government survey commissioned last winter by the Privy Council Office, the government body that supports Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office in Ottawa. The research indicates that more than two years after being elected on a platform that prioritized inclusion, increased immigration and diversity, the Liberals are paying…

Brexit: EU risks damaging its ability to compete with rest of world if it pushes London financial services away, Philip Hammond warns

Philip Hammond has warned the European Union it risks damaging its chances of competing with the rest of the world if it pushes London’s financial services away after Brexit. In a major speech the chancellor said both the UK and EU will be stronger if they stay “closely connected” when it comes to the City of London. Mr Hammond appeared to take a swipe at the protectionist instincts of US president Donald Trump at the annual Mansion House speech, and hit back at domestic Tory critics who suggest his department…

COMMENTARY: Pathetic Canadian cheapness is on full display again this week – National

Canadians are cheap. It’s ugly, it’s embarrassing, and we should get over it. But we won’t. Being cheap isn’t a new part of our national character. I wrote a column about it back in 2015, in fact. It was after a Conservative senator drew national ire for admittedly tone-deaf comments about airlines serving awful meals, including “ice cold Camembert with broken crackers.” The senator, Nancy Ruth, had been asked about the-then raging scandal over Senate expenses. She was specifically asked if she was worried she’d be caught up in it.…

Europe Set to Strike Back Against Trump Tariffs as Global Trade War Escalates

GOTEBORG, Sweden — The European Union is making good on its threats to retaliate against the Trump administration’s tariffs, moving to slap penalties on $3.2 billion of American products made by the president’s political base, like bourbon, motorcycles and orange juice. The European counterattack, a response to the administration’s measures on steel and aluminum imports, is expected to go into effect at midnight Brussels time and add another front to a trade war that has engulfed allies and adversaries around the world. China and Mexico have already struck back with…

Sign language fluent gorilla Koko dies at 46 | USA News

Koko, a western lowland gorilla said to have mastered American Sign Language, has died aged 46, the California institute which studied her said on Thursday. “The Gorilla Foundation is sad to announce the passing of our beloved Koko,” the research centre said in a statement, adding she passed away in her sleep. Koko was among a handful of primates who could communicate using sign language; others included Washoe, a female chimpanzee in Washington state, and Chantek, a male orangutan in Atlanta. Her keepers said she understood some spoken English, too.…

House Leaders Delay Vote on Legislation to Protect Young Immigrants

It would offer a six-year renewable legal status to Dreamers, who would be eligible for a new visa program that would offer green cards based on factors like education, employment and English proficiency. In turn, they could become citizens. To respond to children being separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy for crossing the border illegally, House Republicans added language to the bill intended to keep families together. Before Mr. Trump signed his executive order on Wednesday, Mr. Ryan promoted the compromise bill as providing a…

Romania ruling party chief convicted over fake jobs scandal | News

Romania‘s high court on Thursday sentenced the leader of the ruling left-wing Social Democrat party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, to three-and-a-half years in prison over a fake jobs scandal. The court’s decision can be appealed but is expected to weaken his ability to influence national politics. Dragnea, 55, who is not yet in custody, is widely acknowledged to be Romania’s most powerful politician and is thought to hold substantial sway over the government of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. Dragnea wasn’t able to become premier himself because of a two-year suspended prison…