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Texas deploys National Guard – Texas has begun sending National Guard members to the Mexico border. The response from Texas officials, comes three days after President Donald Trump called for militarizing the border (New York Times). A Guard spokesman said 250 personnel would be sent to patrol the area within the next 72 hours. Brigadier General Tracy Norris, commander of the Texas Army National Guard, said the deployment would begin meeting “the priorities of the governor and the president in securing our border.” (New York Times) Arizona is also planning to deploy 150 troops there next week. President Trump says he wants to send up to 4,000 National Guard members to secure the border with Mexico, until his proposed border wall is built.
Eastern Ghouta evacuation stalls – Activists and rescuers say at least 30 people have been killed in heavy air strikes on the last rebel-held town in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta region. State media said the strikes were retaliation for the shelling of nearby government-held areas by rebels from Jaysh al-Islam, which controls the region. They also said an evacuation agreement with the group had been put on hold.
Silva misses deadline – Brazil’s ex-president Luis Inácio Lula da Silva has missed a deadline to hand himself over to authorities after being ordered to start a 12-year prison term for corruption. The BBC reports that da Silva is holed up in a union building in his hometown, outside Sao Paulo. His lawyers are said to be negotiating the the 72-year-old’s surrender with police.
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- Facebook users who Mark Zuckerberg once referred to as “dumb fucks” in early 2004 are now facing up to the reality behind that insult. With admissions from the company that almost all its 2 billion users probably had their data harvested by “malicious actors,” and that 87 million – not 50 million – profiles were probably used by Cambridge Analytica, the business model powering Facebook is being laid bare. Read WikiTribune’s background analysis to the data mining saga.
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- “If the ice melts too much, water will bury the island. So, that’s when people have to move away.” That is how 9-year-old Izerman describes the impact of climate change on his home in the Marshall Islands. The low-lying island nation is home to more than 50,000 people — about half of them are under 18. He says he is learning to climb trees to prepare for when the big waves come. But he’s mostly worried about the idea of his family having to move away. In this interactive documentary from PBS Frontline, meet Izerman, Julia and Wilmer, three children whose homeland could become uninhabitable within their lifetime.
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