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US child migrants: Melania calls for end to Trump's separation policy

US child migrants: Melania calls for end to Trump's separation policy

World
US First Lady Melania Trump has called for an end to the policy of separating parents and children illegally entering the country from Mexico.Mrs Trump "believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart," her spokeswoman said.Her comments follow growing controversy over President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy. In a recent six-week period there were nearly 2,000 family separations.Adults who try to cross the border, many planning to seek asylum, are placed in custody and face criminal prosecution for illegal entry. As a result, hundreds of minors are now being housed in detention centres, and kept away from their parents - a policy which rights groups have criticised as unp...
RBI's June policy a close call, tone to remain hawkish: UBS

RBI's June policy a close call, tone to remain hawkish: UBS

Finance
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is expected to maintain the repo rate at 6 per cent in the ensuing policy review meeting next week, however, there is also a probability of a pre-emptive hike by 25 bps, says a UBS report. According to the global financial services major, the June policy review meeting is likely to be a close call, while the tone of the policy statement is expected to remain hawkish. "In its monetary policy review, scheduled for 4-6 June, we expect the MPC to maintain the repo rate at 6 per cent. However, we assign a 40 per cent probability that the MPC will pre-emptively hike rates by 25 bps in the meeting," Tanvee Gupta Jain, Economist, UBS Investment Bank said in a research note. In its first bi-monthly monetary policy for 2018-19, RBI left repo rate unchanged at 6...
Campaigners in court over NHS policy

Campaigners in court over NHS policy

Health
A judicial review by a group of campaigners challenging government health policy in England gets under way at the High Court later. The group, which was backed by Prof Stephen Hawking before his death, are fighting the creation of accountable care organisations (ACOs). These are to act as partnership bodies incorporating hospitals, community services and councils.Campaigners say it risks privatisation, but this is denied by ministers. NHS England wants hospitals and other trusts to work closely with GPs and social care services to look after more patients in their communities rather than in hospital. In some areas, these groups are developing into ACOs - or integrated care organisations as they are sometimes known - which will hold contracts to provide se...
AP analysis shows how Bill Gates influences education policy

AP analysis shows how Bill Gates influences education policy

Technology
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates saw an opportunity with a new federal education law that has widespread repercussions for American classrooms. His nonprofit Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $ 44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape new state education plans required under the 2015 law, according to an Associated Press analysis of its grants. The spending paid for research aligned with Gates' interests, led to friendly media coverage and had a role in helping write one state's new education system framework. The grants illustrate how strategic and immersive the Microsoft founder can be in pursuit of his education reform agenda, quietly wielding national influence over how schools operate. Gates' carefully curated web of influence is often ...
Policy on bullying eyed after 12-year-old hangs himself

Policy on bullying eyed after 12-year-old hangs himself

Health
Andy Leach was a silly 12-year-old boy with a contagious smile before relentless bullying pushed him to kill himself, his father says. "Everybody really enjoyed to be around Andy," and he had much to look forward to — he loved being a Boy Scout and hoped to play saxophone in the high school band, Matthew Leach told The Associated Press. "So when we found out he was being bullied in any capacity, we started trying to figure out what was going on." What exactly prompted Andy to hang himself in his garage after school March 6 remains a mystery. Key details are shrouded by privacy rules. Southaven Chief Steve Pirtle said he can't comment on the police investigation. School officials wouldn't respond in detail to AP questions. Leach gave investigators Andy's cellphone and laptop. He said Thurs