Here are the top stories you need to know about today.
According to Church Leaders, amid news of dangerous, unsanitary conditions at migrant detention facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border, Christians are lending a hand while advocating for more humane treatment. For churches along the border, the crisis isn’t new. Carlos Navarro, senior pastor of West Brownsville Baptist Church in Texas, has ministered to migrants for 25 years. When other emergency shelters filled up this spring, Navarro and his congregants converted half of their building into a respite center. Migrant families who’ve been released by federal authorities receive physical and spiritual care at the church. In two months, they’ve served more than 1,600 people. Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, expressed gratitude for the churches and groups providing meals and compassion along the border. Other denominations are also taking an active stance, conducting advocacy work and meeting immigrants’ basic needs. The General Board of Global Ministries for the United Methodist Church has declared Sunday, June 30 as A Sunday of Solidarity for Suffering Children.
According to Church Leaders, a recent attack on a Dogon village in Mali resulted in the deaths of multiple men, women, and children. While accounts differ as to whether the number of people who died was around 40 or closer to 100, Open Doors USA reports that all who died were Christians. A survivor said, “About 50 heavily armed men arrived on motorbikes and pickups. They first surrounded the village and then attacked. Anyone who tried to escape was killed. No one was spared — women, children, or the elderly.” Multiple incidents of violence have occurred between ethnic Fulani and Dogon in Mali over the past months and years. The Dogon are farmers, while the Fulani are predominatly Muslim, semi-nomadic herders, and the BBC believes that the conflict has both racial and religious motivations.
According to the AP, With wide grins and a historic handshake, President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un met at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone on Sunday and agreed to revive talks on the pariah nation’s nuclear program. Trump, pressing his bid for a legacy-defining deal, became the first sitting American leader to step into North Korea. What was intended to be an impromptu exchange of pleasantries turned into a 50-minute meeting, another historic first in the yearlong rapprochement between the two technically warring nations. It marked a return to face-to-face contact between the leaders after talks broke down during a summit in Vietnam in February. Significant doubts remain, though, about the future of the negotiations and the North’s willingness to give up its stockpile of nuclear weapons.
According to Law & Crime, A suspect is in custody in the disappearance and death of 23-year-old MacKenzie Lueck, who was last seen on June 17. 31-year-old Ayoola Ajayi has been charged with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice and desecration of a body. Salt Lake City police made the announcement on Friday afternoon. Ajayi was the man previously identified only as a person of interest in this case. Ajayi’s LinkedIn identified him as a Utah State University grad, an IT specialist in the U.S. Army from 2014-2016, and a senior technical support analyst at Dell.
According to the AP, The Trump administration has agreed to postpone implementing a rule allowing medical workers to decline performing abortions or other treatments on moral or religious grounds while the so-called “conscience” rule is challenged in a California court. The rule was supposed to take effect on July 22 but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its opponents in a California lawsuit mutually agreed Friday to delay a final ruling on the matter until Nov. 22. The agency called it the “most efficient way to adjudicate” the rule.
According to the AP, In the desert of western Libya, hundreds of African migrants were held for months in a hangar filled with maggot-covered garbage and sewage. They shared a couple of buckets of water between them and barely survived on one meal a day. More than 20 died from disease and hunger. The migrants and their advocates accused U.N. aid agencies of turning a blind eye or responding too slowly to their plight. The U.N refugee agency, or UNHCR, denies it’s been unresponsive, saying it has been unable to access parts of the facility, run by one of Libya’s many militias. The commander in charge of the facility denied there was any lack of access.
According to Reuters, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said police were working around the clock after four people were murdered in a bloody 28-hour period for Britain’s capital, including a heavily pregnant woman who was stabbed to death. 26-year-old Kelly Mary Fauvrelle was around eight months pregnant when she died in the early hours of Saturday morning in south London. The baby was delivered and remains in a critical condition. A 29-year-old man is in police custody. In three separate incidents, two men died from stab wounds and a third following a fight, as the wave of violent murders that has gripped the capital continued. Five people have been arrested.
According to Reuters, Cory Booker sent the message loud and clear on Saturday evening that “Kamala Harris doesn’t have anything to prove.’ The senator posted a tweet in reply to a New York Times story about a tweet that Donald Trump Jr. shared during the Democratic debate this week. In that tweet, right-wing personality Ali Alexander had posted, “Kamala Harris is implying she is descended from American Black Slaves She’s not. She comes from Jamaican Slave Owners. That’s fine. But she’s not an American Black.” Trump Jr. shared Alexander’s tweet, adding “Is this true?” during Thursday’s debate. He later deleted the tweet.
According to Reuters, U.S. candidates running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday criticized President Donald Trump’s latest overture to North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, saying the leaders’ meeting lacked substance and elevated a ruthless dictator. A number of Democrats vying to replace Trump in the White House said talks should have followed intense preparations and substantive progress by North Korea on the nuclear issue. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote on Twitter, “Our President shouldn’t be squandering American influence on photo ops and exchanging love letters with a ruthless dictator.” Senator Amy Klobuchar said the U.S. needed to go into talks armed with a clear mission and clear goals. She said, “It is not as easy as just going and bringing a hot dish over the fence to the dictator next door.”
According to the AP, Prosecutors who dropped charges against eight people in the Flint, MI, water scandal explained their decision in a public forum Fon riday night, telling frustrated, shocked and saddened residents they must look at hundreds of mobile devices and millions of documents that a previous investigative team never reviewed. Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy spoke to about 100 residents at a union hall in the city, two weeks after dismissing charges against the former state health director and other officials. The three-year probe has started over, and charges could be refiled.
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