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News Wrap: Trump administration won’t meet court deadline to reunite youngest migrant children

In our news wrap Monday, the Trump administration says it will not meet Tuesday’s court-ordered deadline to reunite 102 migrant children under the age of 5 with their parents. A Justice Department lawyer told a federal judge that the administration only expects to reunite some 50 children by tomorrow. Also, eight boys have now been rescued from a cave in Thailand after being trapped since June.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news, the Trump administration confirmed that it will not meet tomorrow's deadline to return 102 migrant children under the age of 5 to their parents. Instead, the Justice Department told a federal judge in San Diego that about half that number may be reunited. Older children must be reunited with their families by July the 26th.

    In Thailand, four more boys were brought out of a cave today, making eight rescued over two days. They'd been trapped by flooding since June 23.

    Four other boys and their soccer coach remain underground, as John Irvine of Independent Television News, reports.

  • John Irvine:

    Ambulances have become guiding lights here, with the sight of one trundling down the track from the cave confirming they are a boy closer to completing a great escape.

    It's no wonder the Thais are smiling. Overconfidence is now as big a worry as anything here. Today's goal was to emulate the success of yesterday, when four were freed before a halt was called because resources were spent.

    During the 15-hour break before the resumption of the rescue mission here today, fresh oxygen tanks were placed in the cave system, guide ropes tightened, and, crucially, the all-star team of rescue divers had a chance to get some rest before round two.

    And so they got down to it again this morning. Dozens of divers entered the cave system to line the route out, and then meet the needs of each individual boy and his guide as they passed through.

    Now in hospital, all the rescued boys remain officially anonymous, out of sensitivity toward the families of those still trapped. So, instead of names, they have numbers. Today saw 5, 6, 7, and 8 driven to a landing zone and then airlifted to that hospital in the nearest town, Chiang Rai.

    After the trials and tragedy of last week, the last two days have been a stunning success. Tonight, against the odds, those in peril have been whittled down to five.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    That report from John Irvine of Independent Television News.

    President Trump says he believes North Korea will give up nuclear weapons, as promised. This after the North accused the U.S. of making — quote — "gangster-like demands."

    On Twitter today, Mr. Trump referenced his summit with North Korea's leader, and said, "I have confidence that Kim Jong-un will honor the contract we signed and, even more importantly, our handshake." But he suggested China may be trying to derail the effort to retaliate for U.S. tariffs.

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in today to a new term, with broad new powers. He entered the Parliament flanked by ceremonial guards before taking the oath of office. It came as Turkey's Central Bank moved to give Erdogan greater control over monetary policy. He also named his son-in-law treasury and finance minister.

    Government forces in Syria closed in today on the last rebel strongholds in the southwestern part of the country. The rebels were under heavy fire from Syrian guns and Russian airstrikes. Russian officials said more than 90 towns in the region have joined a truce. As a result, thousands of refugees have begun returning home.

    The death toll from flooding in Western Japan has reached 114. Rescuers were still digging through debris and mud today after days of heavy rain, especially around Hiroshima. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled an overseas trip to oversee the effort.

  • Shinzo Abe (through translator):

    The number of the dead and missing from these historically torrential rains has reached over 100, and serious damage has been caused. There are still many people missing. We are increasing the number of self-defense forces to 73,000 members, who are doing their utmost to rescue and assist locals.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Several million people have been forced to escape the rising water, while some 11,000 households have no power.

    Across the American West, fire crews report progress on containing a wave of wildfires. In California, they have been gaining ground against a fire that killed one person and scorched 55 square miles along the Oregon border. A fire three times that size, in Colorado, is now mostly contained.

    There's word the Trump administration tried in vain to block an international endorsement of breast-feeding. The New York Times reports that the U.S. threatened members of the World Health Assembly with trade sanctions and cuts in military aid. President Trump called the story fake news. He said the U.S. opposed curbs on infant formula, not breast-feeding.

    Starbucks is giving up plastic straws over the next two years, in a bid to cut waste and pollution. The coffee chain says that it will transition to biodegradable straws and specially designed lids. It's the largest food and beverage company yet to make that move.

    On Wall Street, stocks rallied on hopes for strong second-quarter earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 320 points to close at 24776. The Nasdaq rose 67, and the S&P 500 added 24.

    And Catholic bishops across the Philippines called today for a national day of prayer, after President Rodrigo Duterte said God is stupid. The fiery leader also said in recent days that he'd resign if anyone can prove there is a God. The bishops say they will pray for mercy for those who commit blasphemy.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour," how the next Supreme Court justice could shape the nation's laws; the U.S. representative to NATO ahead of what promises to be a tense summit with European allies; turmoil in the U.K. — top politicians quit as disagreements over Brexit mount; and much more.

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