5 dead after van carrying immigrants crashes during Border Patrol chase

June 17 (UPI) — A van carrying 12 undocumented immigrants in Texas near the border with Mexico crashed during a pursuit with police and border agents, killing five, officials confirmed on Sunday.

The incident occurred in Big Wells, Texas, about 50 miles from the Mexico-U.S. border. According to KSAT-TV, Border Patrol agents attempted to pull the van over, but the driver did not do so. Dimmit County Sheriff deputies also pursued the van, which was allegedly going more than 100 mph when the driver lost control and caused it to tip over.

Four people were dead when emergency responders arrived. A fifth died later at a nearby hospital. All of the deceased were immigrants. Their names or countries of origins were not released as of Sunday night.

The driver and a person in the passenger seat were U.S. citizens. They both suffered injuries and are in custody.

The surviving immigrants have also been detained.

Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said the fatal crash demonstrates the need for increased border security.

“We’ve seen this many, many times, in not only this county but other counties along the border,” Boyd said, according to CNN. “It’s a problem…This is, I think, a perfect example of why our borders need to be secure.”

“I think we need a wall, in my opinion,” Boyd added. “If it can be built, I think it needs to be built. But along with that, there needs to be cameras. There needs to be sensors.”

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Man charged with child abuse after five drugged girls found with him in Mississippi cemetery

The girls, aged between 11 and 16, were in foster care in Mobile, Alabama, The Sun Herald reported. Police say the suspect, Jordan McClain, drove there from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, after striking up an online relationship with one of the girls.

The minors were given Xanax and marijuana by McClain during the journey back to Mississippi, according to authorities, who were alerted to the incident after the group appeared intoxicated on a beach.

Police later located McCain and the girls in a nearby cemetery. Officers found two of the girls unconscious. They were taken to a hospital, where they were treated and returned to the custody of their foster carers.

McCain now faces three counts of felony child abuse causing serious bodily harm. He was  originally arrested on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, but these charges were upgraded to felony child abuse during the course of the investigation.

An $8,400 bond was set for each charge, making the total bond amount $25,200. McClain is being held at Jackson County Adult Detention Center.

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U.S. Open: Brooks Koepka wins second straight title

June 17 (UPI) — Brooks Koepka shined on the U.S. Open stage for the second consecutive year, becoming only the seventh golfer ever to win back-to-back titles at the prestigious event after closing with a 2-under-68 Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

Koepka, a year removed from winning the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in 2017, is the fourth golfer since World War II to win two U.S. Open titles before turning 30, joining Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Jack Nicklaus, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

“The U.S. Open just takes so much discipline,” Koepka told reporters. “You have got to be a great putter and just kind of let things roll off your back. I enjoy the test. I enjoy being pushed to the limit. Sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that’s what I enjoy.”

Koepka’s discipline, along with the entire field, was tested throughout the event. According to ESPN Stats & Info, there were 397 double bogeys or worse at the 2018 U.S. Open. That’s 101 more than at any other PGA Tour event this year (Honda Classic, 296).

Tommy Fleetwood’s final-round flurry almost culminated in a tournament victory, but the Englishman fell short by one stroke after carding a 7-under-par on Sunday for the silver medal. Fleetwood became just the sixth player to shoot 63 in a U.S. Open.

American Dustin Johnson was even on the final day of play and finished in third place at 3-over-par. Patrick Reed (4-over-par) and Tony Finau (5-over-par) rounded out the top five at the U.S. Open, respectively.

Rickie Fowler finished strong by carding a 5-under-68 Sunday, but ended up with a share of 20th place at 11-over-par. Phil Mickelson (+16) finished in a tie for 48th.

Jordan Spieth (9-over-par), Rory McIlroy (10-over-par) and Tiger Woods (10-over-par) failed to make the cut.

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Hundreds killed and thousands flee as Saudi-led forces bomb Yemeni port to ‘liberate’ it

Over 4,000 families have fled the city since June 1, according to the latest report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs  that describes people losing their entire livelihood after airstrikes destroyed their farms.

“The air attacks were extremely heavy and violent back there, hitting humans, trees and houses – everything,” one of the displaced Yemenis told RT’s Ruptly video agency.

“A lot of people died – children and seniors” in the shelling of Hodeidah by the Saudi-led forces, another civilian added.

On Friday, AP reported that the number of casualties from the first three days of the operation stood at more than 280 people. But the death toll is feared to have grown as the coalition, which is seeking to reinstall the ousted government, continued to bomb Hodeidah on Saturday and Sunday, despite initial pledges to limit their bombing to the airport area, in what they call a “military and humanitarian operation” to “liberate the port of Hodeidah in western Yemen”.

On Saturday, the coalition announced that its backing has allowed the forces loyal to ousted Yemeni President Mansour Hadi to gain control of the airport outside Hodeidah.

“The military operations to liberate the city of Hodeida will not be stopped until we secure the city and its strategic port and that won’t last too long,” Sadek Dawad, the spokesman for the Republic Guards, told AP.

The Houthi rebels have denied the claims of the Saudi-led coalition, with Ahmed Taresh, who is in charge of Hodeida airport, telling SABA news agency that the facility has been completely destroyed by the airstrikes, but has not been surrendered to the enemy.

Ruptly footage from the outskirts of Hodeidah had shown plumes of black smoke coming from the airport, with sounds of explosion and intense fighting in the background.

The attempt by Sweden to pass a motion at the UN Security Council calling to end the fighting at Hodeidah was rejected on Friday, the US and UK blocking it. Both countries support the Saudi-led coalition and have faced harsh criticism for selling the weapons that are used against Yemeni civilians.

The Red Sea port of Hodeidah is of vital importance; it’s the main distribution point for humanitarian and commercial supplies arriving in Yemen, which is going through a massive humanitarian crisis. Riyadh and its allies have repeatedly tried to blockade the docks, saying that it was being used by Iran to smuggle arms to the Houthis.

Prior to the start of the coalition’s siege on Wednesday, the UN said that an attack on the densely populated port city may cost up to 250,000 civilian lives. It also warned that the operation could leave millions of Yemenis without the “food and basic supplies needed to prevent famine and a recurrence of a cholera epidemic.”

On Sunday, UN special envoy Martin Griffiths arrived in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, in an attempt to broker a diplomatic solution to the crisis. The talks have been at “an advanced stage” for the United Nations to take over the administration of the port of Hodeidah, Lise Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator, said. Griffiths is expected to report to the UN Security Council on the results of the negotiations on Monday.

The Arab coalition has been waging a brutal military campaign in Yemen since March 2015, in an attempt to restore president Hadi to power. Three years of Saudi-led bombardment and a blockade of Yemen has led to a catastrophic situation in the country, with 22 million people, or 80 percent of the population, in need of humanitarian aid, while more than half of the country is left without basic medical services.

More than 5,500 people have been killed and over 9,000 injured as of the end of 2017, according to the UN, with Riyadh and its allies accused of indiscriminate bombings of civilian infrastructure in the country.

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Reverend Al Sharpton says Trump is an 'embarrassment' to America and emboldens the far right

Famed for his rousing rhetoric, flamboyant persona, and oratory prowess, Reverend Al Sharpton is one of America’s most influential civil rights leaders. 

The Baptist minister, who was a White House advisor to former president Barack Obama, pulls no punches and is a tenacious critic of race relations in the US. 

The talk show host, who has his own radio show Keepin’ it Real, has argued the Trump presidency has emboldened the far right in the country and has described the US president as an “embarrassment” to America.

“I think that Trump represents a backlash of the eight years of President Obama and has given every dog whistle or racial signal to the worst elements in American society,” he told The Independent in a wide-ranging interview.

“He is trying to turn back the clock on voting rights, on health care, and on people’s civil rights and liberties. We are determined that while he can turn back the clock, he will not turn back time.”

Sharpton argued Trump’s divisive and incendiary rhetoric – which has seen the world leader accused of sexism and racism – has inspired the so-called “alt-right” movement in the US to become increasingly brazen in their discourse.

“Trump has emboldened the far right to come out with a lot of racism, xenophobia, and homophobia,” he said. “I think that it is an opportunity for those in the progressive and civil rights community to mobilise because they have taken the covers off and are very blatantly expressing themselves.” 

“When you have the president of the United States making a moral equivalence between neo-Nazis – saying there are ‘some good people there’ – and comparing them to people protesting against confederate statues which represent slavery then they become emboldened because they have the imprimatur of the Oval Office.” 

This is a reference to a white supremacist rally which took place in Charlottesville last summer and saw neo-Nazis, KKK members and alt-right supporters clash with anti-fascists. A woman was left dead after a 20-year-old man, who officials say had Nazi sympathies, ploughed his car into a crowd of peaceful anti-fascist demonstrators.

Trump prompted anger in the wake of the deadly violence for drawing a moral parity between white supremacists and anti-fascists, saying counter-protesters were as violent as the far-right and the alt-right groups included some “very fine” people. 

“It’s embarrassing to have to explain to people in the UK and the rest of the world why we have a president who tweets the most ridiculous and the most divisive stuff,” Sharpton said. “He has lowered the dignity of the office.”

The campaigner, who spoke at Oxford Union and addressed 200 local black elected officials and politicians to discuss gun violence and the War on Drugs in the House of Commons during his visit to the UK this week, argued the rise of Trump was being mirrored in Europe. 

Sharpton sought to draw parallels between dispossessed Brexit voters and Trump supporters who both feel spurned by globalisation and misunderstood by the respective Washington and Westminster elite.

“It is complemented by what we see in Italy, what we see with Brexit here. This isolationism and this nationalism. It runs contrary to the globalisation of finance and the globalisation of technology – we now live in one world where you cannot stifle communication or finance and you need to learn and deal with diversity around the globe. Trump is a symbol of them trying to hold onto a world that has passed.”

He argued Trump was exacerbating rather than tackling police brutality in the US – referring to the time the billionaire property developer appeared to endorse police violence in a speech given to law enforcement officials in Long Island, New York, last August. 

“Trump has forthrightly said that he is on the police side. He told the police in one speech, ‘don’t even be kind when you are arresting people’. This is embracing that physical police overreaction,” Sharpton said.

Mr Trump went so far as suggesting officers should not protect suspects’ heads when they are pushing them into vehicles during the speech last summer.

“And when you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon – you just see them thrown in, rough – I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice’,” Trump said.

The president added: “Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody – don’t hit their head. I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’” The speech prompted loud applause and laughter from the crowd of officers.

Sharpton, who was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the US presidential election back in 2004, was more positive about race relations when discussing last month’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Nevertheless, he argued it was important not to get fixated with symbolism and also to look for the tangible consequences of Harry’s decision to marry a mixed race woman.

“I think it is great symbolism. I was very moved by it but I want to see the policies rise to the symbol,” he said. “I think it gave a lot of hope to young blacks – especially in Britain. But again it cannot end with just the wedding ceremony. We need to have a marriage in academia and in government here of inclusion and not just be satisfied with the symbol.”

Sharpton highlighted parallels between race relations in the UK and the US – saying both countries were united by their struggle to deal with “white male authority”.

“Although it manifests itself differently, [Britain and America] basically operate on the same premise that white male authority should not be questioned. That is a notion that is outdated and cannot survive with the globalisation of the world as we know it.”

He argued Trump’s approach immigration was reminiscent of the Windrush scandal in the UK.

“When you have a president that identifies Mexicans as rapists and talks about building a wall and then the Windrush generation scandal pushing people out, it is the same general mood that must be resisted.”

“I want to see why we see a lack of diversity and how we heal it and how we come together,” he said. “It is good for everyone, it is not only good for blacks. You need that to deal with the upsurge of knife incidents in this country. If you have community and law enforcement working together that protects everyone. It is not just diversity for black empowerment, it is diversity for everyone’s interests.”

Figures released by London’s Metropolitan Police this month showed that in the year to March there has been a 23 per cent increase in gun crime and a 21 per cent rise in knife crime.

Crimes involving knives and sharp instruments across England and Wales are at their highest level since 2011, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Sharpton also told The Independent Oxford University lacked racial diversity – saying the prestigious institution has an “exclusionary admissions strategy”.

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