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News Wrap: Malta accepts stranded migrant ship, ending standstill

In our news wrap Wednesday, Malta allowed a rescue ship to dock with more than 200 African migrants on board. An EU summit convenes tomorrow to focus on a long-term policy for handling migrants. Also, South Sudan’s warring parties agreed on a cease-fire, after five years of fighting that's created millions of refugees. The agreement takes effect in 72 hours.

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  • Amna Nawaz:

    In the day's other news, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted down a Republican immigration bill today, despite President Trump's appeal to save it. The measure, in part, called for a path to citizenship for young immigrants and barring separations of children from parents. Democrats uniformly opposed it.

    So did nearly half of the Republicans.

  • Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y.:

    This bill is anything but a compromise, it's anything but fair, and it's certainly not pro-family.

  • Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif.:

    I think it's important to recognize that it's going to take a bipartisan bill that both addresses border security, as well as a permanent fix for dreamers.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    It's unclear if Republicans can agree on a bill focused just on banning family separations.

    Last night, a federal judge in San Diego ordered the government to reunite immigrant families within 30 days. For children younger than 5, it's 14 days. We will explore the effects of the court ruling after the news summary.

    The island nation of Malta allowed a rescue ship to dock today with more than 200 African migrants on board. They'd been stranded in the Mediterranean Sea for six days, as Italy and Malta initially refused to take them.

    It's the latest spat in the European Union over migration. An E.U. summit convenes tomorrow to focus on a long-term policy for handling migrants.

    In South Sudan, warring parties agreed on a cease-fire, after five years of fighting that's created millions of refugees. The agreement takes affect in 72 hours. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the South Sudanese war. The last cease-fire broke down within just hours.

    President Trump says he will likely meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month. He said today the summit could come in Helsinki, Finland, or Vienna, Austria.

    Earlier, in Moscow, the U.S. national security adviser, John Bolton, said Mr. Trump will not be deterred by the Russia investigation.

  • John Bolton:

    I think the president determined that, despite the political noise in the United States, that direct communication between him and President Putin was in the interest of United States, in the interest of Russia, and in the interest of peace and security around the world.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    A formal announcement on the time and place of that Trump-Putin meeting is expected tomorrow.

    Back in this country, a man who allegedly drove into protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, will face federal hate crime charges; 21-year-old James Alex Fields was indicted today. He already faces state charges of murder and other crimes. One person was killed and dozens injured in the attack last year. They'd been demonstrating against the white nationalists.

    A white policeman in Pennsylvania was charged today with criminal homicide in the killing of Antwon Rose, an unarmed black teenager. Officials say East Pittsburgh Officer Michael Rosfeld shot Rose three times as the 17-year-old ran from a car wanted in a shooting. The district attorney says video corroborates witness accounts that Rose held out empty hands to show he had no gun.

  • Stephen A. Zappala Jr.:

    There was no weapon that would have created a risk to Officer Rosfeld. Based on that evidence, I find that Rosfeld's actions were intentional and they certainly brought about the result he was looking to accomplish. He wasn't acting to prevent death or serious bodily injury. You do not shoot somebody in the back if they are not a threat to you.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    Rosfeld initially said he thought he saw a gun in Rose's hand. He later recanted.

    The nominee for secretary of veteran affairs, Robert Wilkie, promised today he will do all he can to improve veterans' health care. At his confirmation hearing, Robert Wilkie said he doesn't support privatizing the VA system. He also said he will stand up to President Trump, if that's required.

    On Wall Street today, trade tensions with China undercut tech stocks, and dragged the broader market lower. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 165 points to close at 24117. The Nasdaq fell 116 points, 1.5 percent, and the S&P 500 slipped 23.

    Suddenly, there's a marijuana blowout sale going on in California. Legal dispensaries have slashed prices up to 50 percent before new testing rules take effect on Sunday. After that, shops will be forced to destroy pot that wasn't properly tested or packaged. The state legalized recreational marijuana in January.

    And Joe Jackson, patriarch of the musical Jackson family, died early today of cancer in Las Vegas. He was known as a fearsome figure who shaped his sons into the Jackson Five in 1969. Michael, the youngest, grew into a legendary solo performer, and their sister Janet also became a solo star. Joe Jackson later denied claims that he physically abused his children. He was 89 years old.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour," can the White House meet a tight deadline to reunite immigrant families?; what a major upset in New York's primary says about the Democratic Party; preserving Timbuktu's ancient manuscripts that al-Qaida nearly destroyed; and much more.

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