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News Wrap: Trump administration rejects rules on detaining migrant children

In our news wrap Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security says it wants to detain migrant families together until their cases are resolved. That goes against the 1997 Flores agreement that requires migrant children be held in the least restrictive setting for a limited period. Also, a powerful earthquake rocked Northern Japan, killing at least nine people.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the days other news, Republicans and Democrats battled again over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his paper trail.

    A key focus was an e-mail from when he worked in the White House for President George W. Bush. In it, Kavanaugh suggested not all legal scholars view the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision as settled law.

    We will have a full report after the news summary.

    The Trump administration today disavowed longstanding rules on detaining migrant children. The 1997 Flores agreement requires that they be held in the least restrictive setting and generally for no more than 20 days.

    Instead, the Department of Homeland Security says that it wants to detain families together until their cases are resolved. Migrant advocates promise legal challenges.

    A powerful earthquake rocked Northern Japan early today, leaving at least nine people dead and hundreds injured. It shook the island of Hokkaido and knocked out power to three million homes.

    Ivor Bennett of Independent Television News reports.

  • Ivor Bennett:

    This was the moment the earthquake struck, in the middle of the night near Hokkaido's main airport, a force great enough to make planes look like flimsy models.

    Cities were suddenly plunged into darkness as the entire island lost power, an area roughly the size of Scotland and home to more than five million people.

    The worst of the damage was near the epicenter in the island's rural south, where entire hillsides collapsed. The earthquake triggered huge landslides, turning what was green to brown, the mounds of earth and fallen trees crushing the buildings beneath.

    One survivor explains how she didn't know what was happening, calling it unbelievable. Another says he would have been killed if the trees had broken through his house; 25,000 troops have been dispatched to help search for the dozens who are still missing, buried in what remains of their homes.

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that saving people's lives is the government's utmost priority in the face of yet another disaster. On Tuesday, the west of Japan was battered by winds over 100 miles an hour, the strongest typhoon to hit the country in a quarter of a century, destroying all in its path.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    That report from Ivor Bennett of Independent Television News.

    In Iraq, new violence broke out today in the southern city of Basra, the country's main oil hub. Three protesters were killed. The central provincial government building was set on fire, despite a newly imposed curfew. It came amid protests against unemployment and lack of public services. In all, 12 civilians have been killed in the unrest this month.

    There's been more bloodshed in Northern Afghanistan. Suspected Taliban fighters killed 19 security troops in separate attacks overnight. They came a day after two bombings in Kabul killed 21 and wounded 89. Islamic State militants are suspected in those attacks.

    The Supreme Court of India issued a milestone decision on gay rights today. It struck down part of a colonial era law that punish homosexual acts with up to 10 years in prison. India's LGBT community celebrated the court's decision ,which found sexual orientation cannot be used to justify discrimination.

  • Man (through translator):

    I have never faced this amount of happiness ever in my life. We didn't expect to see this day. But, finally, we have got justice. And, at this moment, I can't express anything else.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    The ruling in India could aid efforts to strike down similar laws in neighboring Bangladesh and Pakistan.

    Top South Korean officials say that North Korea's leader has reaffirmed his commitment to give up nuclear weapons. Kim Jong-un met with South Korean envoys yesterday in Pyongyang. They say that he told them he wants to denuclearize by the end of President Trump's first term.

    The officials also announced that Kim and South Korea's President Moon will hold their next summit starting September 18.

    Back in this country, the U.S. Justice Department has charged a North Korean man with a series of major cyber-attacks. Officials say that Park Jin Hyok was behind the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and last year's WannaCry ransomware campaign. North Korea allegedly ordered the hacks, but there is little chance that it would extradite Park.

    Firefighters in Northern California are battling a new fire near the Oregon state line. It broke out Wednesday and closed 45 miles of Interstate 5. Wind-driven flames as high as 300 feet forced truckers to abandon their rigs. By today, the fire had burned 23 square miles.

    Twitter announced today that it has banned permanently far-right figure Alex Jones and his program Infowars. The company says that Jones violated its policy against abusive behavior by posting video of his berating a CNN journalist. Jones specializes in conspiracy theories. He's also been suspended by other social media sites.

    Ford Motor Company today recalled some two million of its F-150 pickup trucks across North America. The seat belt assemblies can throw sparks and cause fires. The recall effects trucks from the last four model years.

    And on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 20 points to close near 25996. The Nasdaq fell 72 points and the S&P 500 slipped 10.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour", highlights from the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing; how companies in Wisconsin are filling jobs in a tight labor market; and remembering actor Burt Reynolds.

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