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Lauv’s “I Like Me Better” roars into the pop top 10 after a record 35 weeks

Jennica MaeLauv’s breakthrough hit “I Like Me Better” has just completed a very long road to the top.  After 35 weeks on Billboard‘s Pop Songs chart, it’s finally reached the top 10 — the longest climb to that region in the history of that chart.

“I Like Me Better,” which has also gone platinum and racked up over a billion streams worldwide, is actually Lauv’s second top 10 on that chart.  His first was the Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato hit “No Promises,” which he co-wrote under his birth name, Ari Leff.  You might think that “Ari Leff” is enough of a distinctive name that he wouldn’t have to have a stage name, but he’s got a good reason for going by the name “Lauv.”

“I mean the stage name — I always wanted it to be something that has meaning to me,” he tells ABC Radio. “So ‘Lauv’ means ‘lion’ in Latvian. My mom’s side of the family’s from Latvia and I would go there every summer growing up. And ‘Ari’ means lion [in Hebrew] [and] I’m a Leo.”

“I didn’t want the name to be random, but yeah…I kinda just wanted something that was like short and sweet that still felt connected to my identity,” he adds.

While Lauv thinks it’s “awesome” that he has family all over Latvia, and he chose a Latvian word for his stage name, he admits that he still can’t speak the language.

“At some point in my life, I gotta learn,” he tells ABC Radio. “My two older sisters, they learned, so I definitely feel kinda like the dumb little brother that doesn’t even know but, at some point, [I will], yeah.”

This fall, Lauv will alternate alternate headlining dates with stints opening for Ed Sheeran on his North American stadium tour.

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Rihanna reveals she’s recording new music

Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty ImagesRihanna has been focusing on her acting career lately, but fans who are worried that Ri-Ri had forgotten about her day job can rest easy: She says she’s in the process of recording.

“I actually am in the studio and working on new music,” she said while appearing on BBC America’s The Graham Norton Show.

On the show, Norton said his Twitter feed has been blowing up with people inquiring about Rihanna’s msuic career, and when he asked her about new music, she responded, “I know one of my fans got to you, Graham.”

Norton followed up, asking if she had a deadline to release hew new music. Rihanna obviously did not want to provide details, and responded, “They paid you well,” as the audience laughed. Norton persisted, asking “Will it be out for Christmas?”

The “Diamonds” singer responded, “You just have to wait and see.”

Rihanna’s most recent solo album was 2016’s Anti. Last year, she was featured on DJ Khaled’s triple platinum single “Wild Thoughts” with Bryson Tiller, as well as “Loyalty,” on Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning album DAMN. and “Lemon,” on N.E.R.D.’s No One Ever Really Dies album.

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Report: XXXTentacion shot and killed in Florida

Miami Dade County Corrections via Getty ImagesRapper XXXTentacion has been shot and killed in Broward County, Florida.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to ABC News that a call of a shooting in Deerfield Beach came in just before 4 p.m. ET on Monday and that an “adult male victim” was transported to the hospital.  At 5:39 p.m., the office tweeted that the “adult male victim” had died. TMZ reports that the victim is XXXTentacion.

The 20-year-old Soundcloud rap star, born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, scored a #1 album earlier this year with his disc, titled ?, as well as a top 10 song, “Sad!.”  His previous album, 17, reached #2 last year.  His songs have racked up nearly four billion on demand streams combined.

The rapper has a long history of legal problems and is currently facing more than a dozen felony charges, as well as allegations of domestic violence. He’s currently awaiting trail on those charges.

XXXTentacion has also caused controversy for his involvement in a variety of feuds with other artists, including Drake, and for social media scandals: He once posted a video showing him hanging himself, and a video of himself lynching a white child. 

At one point, Spin magazine called Onfroy “the most controversial man in rap.” Last month, Spotify removed XXXTentacion’s music from its curated playlists, but that decision was reversed on June 1.

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“The Bachelorette” recap: Becca is “p**sed” after she faces another Arie situation, sending five more men home

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Becca Kufrin was faced with another Arie situation in Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette when one suitor told her he was falling for her and then took it back, pushing Becca further down a tumultuous journey towards love. 

Before she faced the dramatic incident, Becca sat down with some of the guys prior to the first rose ceremony of the episode. During the cocktail hour, she gifted Jordan tight, gold shorts, which he got very excited about. 

“Becca might have my groin on her mind,” Jordan said, “and maybe she thinks it’s worth gold.”

His excitement was immediately depleted when his enemy, David, returned to the mansion from the hospital after falling out of bed. Despite some bruising, David looked great — even though Jordan said he looked like a “time warp.” Becca didn’t seem to mind David’s face because she gave him his rose early in the evening.

At the always-suspenseful ceremony, Becca decided to send home Ryan and Mike.

For the remaining bachelors, Becca announced that they will “switch it up a little bit” by taking a trip to the mountaintops of Utah. 

Once in the snowy town of Park City, Utah, Becca invited Garrett on a one-on-one date. They started their evening shopping while making goofy jokes and jumping on each other backs. Eventually, they kicked their date into high gear by going bobsledding. 

“That bobsled ride was fast,” Becca confessed, “but I feel like my feelings for Garrett right now are coming on quickly.”

At dinner, Garrett and Becca got even closer when he attempted to open up with her. He explained that he’s been married before but got divorced after just two months. Becca became apprehensive about moving forward with him, scared he will feel forced to marry her like he did with his first wife. 

Garrett explained that he is here for her and is looking for a true connection. Becca accepted his explanation and gave him the rose. But, the night wasn’t over yet. Next, they went to a local bar and danced in front of a large crowd as Granger Smith sang “Happens Like That.”

The romantic moment led Garrett to say, “This is the first time I’ve felt this kind of love between someone. It feels so uncontrollably good inside. I’ve fallen for her hard.”

The next day, Becca invited Jordan, Chris, Blake, Nick, John, Lincoln, Leo, David, Connor, Christon, Jason, Colton, and Jean Blanc on a group date where they were put to the test. 

She explained that she is looking for “the lumberjack to my lumberjill,” so she made the guys compete in Becca’s Big Lumberjack Bash, which consisted of lifting 400-pound pieces of wood, throwing an ax, and scaling a 30-foot pole. 

After the playful date, the group tried to impress Becca over dinner, but everything turned sour early in the evening. First, Colton wore his golden underwear Becca gave him, which angered a lot of the guys. Colton confronted Jordan about being disrespectful.

“I’ve lost all respect for you,” the former NFL player told Jordan. Seems Jordan can add Colton to the growing list of his enemies on the show. 

But, the evening really takes a turn for the worse when Jean Blanc sat down with Becca. During an uncomfortable talk, he explained that he was falling in love with her, which made Becca very confused. She told him it was way too early in their relationship and that she is not on the same page. 

When walking him out, Jean Blanc confessed that he didn’t mean what he said; he was only telling her what he thought she wanted to hear. Suddenly, Becca lost it. She was catapulted back to last season on The Bachelor when Arie asked her to marry him despite wanting another woman. So, she sent Jean Blanc packing and went off on the rest of the suitors. 

“I’m so p**sed,” she told the group. “I’m only asking for honesty from you guys. That’s all I want, and to not get that — I feel so disrespected, and I’m so upset with him. But, if anyone else can’t be honest with me from here on out, then I don’t want you here.”

She finished her rant by telling the guys she is going home and not giving anyone the date rose. It left a lot of the guys on edge, worried she will put her walls back up. 

The next day, Wills was tasked with the monumental task of taking Becca on a one-on-one date just as she was contemplating her fate in this journey. In fact, Becca started the date, crying to the camera, saying “I feel off right now.”

But, after riding around on snowmobiles, Becca confessed Wills was the perfect guy to help her get out of this rut.

“This is what I needed to today. It means a lot, especially, after last night. Yesterday derailed me but my journey for love is back on track,” she said. 

Wills even tried to relate with her on the idea of heartbreak. He explained that he often feels like he isn’t good enough because he found out the love of his life was cheating on him. At that moment, she gave him a rose. 

The next day, Chris Harrison told the guys that Becca didn’t want a cocktail hour this week and wanted to go straight to the rose ceremony because she knew exactly what she needed to do. 

“I learned so much with Arie,” she told Harrison. “I want to do things my way and this feels right.”

Finally, at the second rose ceremony of the episode, Becca sent home Nick and Christon. 

The journey doesn’t stop for the remaining 12 men, though. Next week, Becca announced she is taking them to Las Vegas. 

The bachelors who will take a trip to Sin City are:

Garrett, 29, a medical sales representative from Reno, Nevada
Wills, 29, a graphic designer from Los Angeles, California
Leo, 31, a stuntman from Studio City, California
Colton, 26, a former professional football player from Denver, Colorado
Blake, 28, a sales representative from Bailey, Colorado
Jason, 29, a senior corporate banker from Seattle, Washington
Connor, 25, a fitness coach from St. Petersburg, Florida
Lincoln, 26, an account sales executive from Los Angeles, California
John, 28, a software engineer from San Francisco, California
Chris R, 30, a sales trainer from Orlando, Florida
David, 25, a venture capitalist from Denver, Colorado
Jordan, 26, a male model from Crystal River, Florida

The Bachelorette airs Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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“Black Panther” and “Stranger Things” are the big winners at the MTV Movie & TV Awards

Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Black Panther and Stranger Things took home top honors at The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, held in Santa Monica, California on Saturday and airing on Tuesday night.

Black Panther won Best Movie honors, as well as Best Hero and Best Performance in a Movie trophies for its star, Chadwick Boseman.

While accepting Best Hero, Boseman introduced James Shaw Jr., who disarmed a man who opened fire at a Waffle House in Tennessee this past April, giving him the award.

For the second straight year, Stranger Things copped Best Show, as well as Best Actor in a Show for Millie Bobby Brown. The 14-year-old actress, who didn’t attend the Awards due to an injury suffered on the set of the show, used her pre-recorded speech to address to online bullying. Brown deleted her Twitter account on Thursday after she was being bullied online herself. Brown’s co-star Noah Schnapp also won for Most Frightened Performance. The show also took home an award for Best Musical Moment.

The highest honor at the MTV Movie Awards — The Generation Award — was given to Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt, who gave a shout out to his 5-year-old son Jack, “who will watch this someday.” He also ran down his “Nine Rules,” which included an apparent shot at President Donald Trump. “Strength and intelligence can be weapons,” he said, adding, “Do not wield them against the weak — that makes you a bully.”

Love, Simon‘s Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale won for Best Kiss. While accepting the award, Lonsdale, dressed in a gold top, white skirt and cream and gold “Prince” sequin coat, urged kids to be themselves, declared, “You can live your dreams and wear dresses, you can live your dreams and kiss the one that you love no matter what gender they are.”

Aside from handing out movie popcorn trophies, the event featured Chloe x Halle performing a medley of “The Kids Are Alright” and “Warrior” from their debut album, and Nick Jonas and Mustard performing their new single “Anywhere” for the first time in its entirety.

Presenters included Kim Kardashian West, Michael B. Jordan, Seth Rogen, Yara Shahidi, Zendaya, Common and Mandy Moore.

During her monologue, host Tiffany Haddish — who also won for Best Comedic Performance for Girls Trip –called 2018 “a year of firsts for black people,” noting she was the first black woman to host the MTV Movie & TV Awards, and Black Panther was the first African-American movie to make a billion dollars. She also roasted The KardashiansRiverdale, the Stranger Things kids and 13 Reasons Why. Haddish also delivered a version of Cardi B’s “Bodack Yellow,” reworked to describe her own life. In pre-recorded bits she spoofed Black PantherStar Wars and The Quiet Place.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Generation Award: Chris Pratt
Trailblazer Award: Lena Waithe
Best Movie: Black Panther
Best Show: Stranger Things
Best Kiss: Nick Robinson & Keiynan Lonsdale, Love Simon
Best Villain: Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
Best Reality Series: Keeping Up with the Kardashains
Best Performance in a Movie: Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Best Actor in a Show: Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Best Comedic Performance: Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
Best Hero: Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Best On-Screen Team: Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Chosen Jacobs, IT
Best Fight: Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman
Best Musical Moment: “Every Breath You Take”, Stranger Things
Best Music Documentary: Gaga: Five Foot Two
Most Frightened Performance: Noah Schnapp, Stranger Things
Scene Stealer: Madelaine Petsch, Riverdale

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Nick Jonas talks 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, hit “Jumanji” film

Universal(NEW YORK) — Nick Jonas is a nominee at Monday night’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, and he’s also performing on the show.

Jonas spoke to ABC News and says his nomination for his role in the hit movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle  is like “a cherry on top” of the whole experience of the exciting evening.

“I feel honored,” he said. “I’m nominated alongside my cast mates for [Best] On-Screen Team, and it’s great … it’s fun to be recognized for your work.”

While he says he doesn’t act and sing for the award shows, “when it happens, it’s kind of a cherry on top.”

“You do it for the art, or the fun of making a project like this,” he added.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” a sequel to the original 1995 film, starred Jonas, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. It was a massive hit, grossing over $962 million worldwide, and the young actor has some theories about why it did so well.

“It connected with all age groups,” he told ABC News. “They had a really good sense of the comedy for the adults but also moments for the kids. There was elements about it that were tipping the hat to the original … then a really fresh new concept: The body swap worked out great.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 6/18/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:

Final  Washington    5  N-Y Yankees   3
Final  N-Y Yankees   4  Washington    2
Final  Arizona       7  L-A Angels    4
Final  Cleveland   6  Chi White Sox   2
Final  Houston     5  Tampa Bay       4
Final  Texas       6  Kansas City     3
Final  Philadelphia   6  St. Louis       5, 10 Innings
Final  Pittsburgh     1  Milwaukee       0
Final  N-Y Mets      12  Colorado        2
Final  Miami          5  San Francisco   4
L-A Dodgers  at  Chi Cubs   8:05 p.m., postponed

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Firefighter from Massachusetts plays in US Open

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(BROCKTON, Mass.) — Brockton, Massachusetts firefighter Matt Parziale is not only a full time firefighter but a U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship golfer who gave his dad the greatest Father’s Day gift, playing in the U.S Open.

After winning the U.S. Mid-Amateur last October, Parziale earned his first U.S. Open start and is the first Mid-Amateur champion to receive a U.S. Open exemption. His win also earned him an invitation to the 2018 Masters but he missed the cut.

Firefighter Parziale played all 18 holes at Shinnecock Hill in New York on Father’s Day Sunday with his father Vic Parziale as his caddie. Both father and son are firefighters, although Vic is now retired and Matt is on leave as he plays the U.S. Open and a few other tournaments.

After the 18th hole on Sunday, Parziale learned his four-day, 16-over-par landed him in a tie with Luis Gagne, earning him a trophy for low amateur honors.

Matt Parziale is no stranger to golf — he played in college at Southeastern University in Florida and also won the 2017 Massachusetts Amateur at Charles River County Club.

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Mexican World Cup fans’ ‘massive jumps’ may have set off manmade earthquake

Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(MEXICO CITY) — Mexico’s upset World Cup victory over Germany was literally earthshaking.

Super-sensitive earthquake sensors registered seismic activity at two sites in Mexico City that coincided with what proved to be the winning goal by Mexico’s star player, Hirving Lazano, in that team’s 1-0 triumph over defending World Cup champion Germany on Sunday.

The Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Investigations described the tremor in a tweet as an “artificial” quake possibly set off by “massive jumps” of fans watching the live broadcast of the white-knuckle match in Mexico.

Lozano’s victorious strike came in at the 35-minute mark of the first half of the game at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, roughly the same time, 11:32 a.m. local time, that a quake registered 6,661 miles away in Mexico City, officials said.

The fan-generated shaker registered a magnitude 2, which would have been undetectable to the thousands of jubilant fans packed into Mexico City’s Zocalo Square but was enough to move the needles on the Richter scale, officials said.

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Over 550 guns seized from home of felon in Southern California

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department(AGUA DULCE, Calif.) — A tip from a neighbor about a man in possession of “a large number of guns” turned out to be an understatement. When Los Angeles County sheriffs showed up at the home with a warrant they found 432 guns at his house — and that was just the beginning of his arsenal.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Department of Justice announced the unbelievable cache of weapons on Monday after seizing the weapons last week.

Manuel Fernandez, 60, of Agua Dulce, California, was already a convicted felon and was taken into custody for being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of an assault rifle, a felon in possession of ammunition and possession of large capacity magazines.

The arsenal, when laid out by sheriffs, shows at least 57 handguns and row after row of rifles.

After seizing the 432 weapons at the suspect’s house, a second warrant was served at the home of a woman connected to Fernandez, where 30 illegal firearms were seized, according to the sheriff’s department. Officials said the woman was not home when the warrant was served and is still unaccounted for, though she could face charges in the future as well.

A day later, law enforcement officials further searched Fernandez’s home and found 91 more weapons hidden at the residence.

“Detectives also seized computers, cellphones, and hard drives from the residence believed to be involved in the illicit purchase of firearms by the suspect,” the sheriff’s department said in its release.

All told, authorities seized 553 weapons alleged to belong to Fernandez. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has been brought in to trace the origin of many of the weapons.

Fernandez was sentenced to 486 days in jail for an unspecified felony conviction in February 2017, but was released in August 2017, according to jail records.

He has been released on bail this time and is due in court on July 9.

Agua Dulce is locted in a rocky, mountainous region about 45 minutes north of Los Angeles.

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Audio recording emerges of ‘orchestra’ of crying children in migrant detention center

U.S. Customs and Border Protection(NEW YORK) — Young migrant children, fighting through tears, can be heard crying “Mami” and “Papa” in an eight-minute audio clip first obtained by ProPublica.

The children are believed to be between 4 and 10 years of age, and they’re crying because their parents have been detained elsewhere after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, according to an activist who provided the recording.

“Well, we have an orchestra here — what’s missing is a conductor,” said a male voice on the recording, someone believed to be a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

One of the children heard on the recording is a 6-year-old girl from El Salvador begging a consulate official to let her call her aunt. She repeats the digits and announces, through tears: “My mommy says that I’ll go with my aunt, and that she’ll come to pick me up there as quickly as possible.”

ProPublica caught up with the U.S.-based aunt — herself seeking asylum in the country — who confirmed that the little girl’s family paid $7,000 to a guide to smuggle them into Mexico and then the U.S.

The call she received from her niece rendered her powerless, she told ProPublica.

“Imagine getting a call from your 6-year-old niece,” she said. “She’s crying and begging me to go get her. She says, ‘I promise I’ll behave, but please get me out of here. I’m all alone.'”

ProPublica reported that the girl and the rest of the wailing children heard on the audio hadn’t been at the facility a full 24 hours “so their distress at having been separated from their parents was still raw.” And while some officials were doling out snacks, the outlet claimed that many children “were inconsolable.”

The recording was captured last week and given to Jennifer Harbury, a civil rights attorney who confirmed its authenticity to ABC News. She told ProPublica the person who made the recording was a client of hers who asked to remain anonymous because that person feared retribution. That person “heard the children’s weeping and crying, and was devastated by it.”

Government statistics indicate that, so far, nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May.

Melania Trump’s spokeswoman issued a statement after several days of images of crying children appearing on television and online saying that the first lady “hates to see children separated from their families,” and the president said on Friday: “I hate the children being taken away” before blaming those actions on Democrats and “their law.”

There is no such law.

“To a select few in the media, Congress and the advocacy community, I’d like to start with a message for you: This department will no longer stand by and watch you attack law enforcement for enforcing the laws passed by Congress,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Monday at the National Sheriffs’ Association in New Orleans. “We will not apologize for the job we do, for the job law enforcement does and for the job the American people expect us to do.”

Those comments came a day after she said on Twitter: “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has justified the fracturing of families by quoting The Bible.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, ‘To obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for His purposes,'” he said last week.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t directly defend Sessions’ quoting of the Bible, but suggested it’s religiously prudent to enforce the law.

“I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible,” Sanders said. “It’s a moral policy to follow and enforce the law.”

The president on Monday took a hardline on the border crisis during an announcement of a Space Force.

“The United States,” he said, “will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility.”

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Photographer details the emotional moment that created viral border photo of crying toddler

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Dozens of harrowing images have rippled across the country from the southern border in recent weeks, but one that has caught the attention of many shows a crying 2-year-old girl who looked on as her mother was searched by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

“These folks, they didn’t know what was about to happen” with the policy leading to the separation of families, photographer John Moore told ABC News. “They had no idea, and I did and that’s what made this different for me.”

Moore, a special correspondent and senior staff photographer for Getty Images, was doing a ride-along with a Customs and Border Patrol agent when they saw a group of roughly 20 mothers and children late on June 12, “gathered on a dirt road” in a part of the Rio Grande Valley called El Rincon.

They approached the group and the mother, whose name he did not learn, who was holding her young daughter in her arms.

Moore said that he saw the mother was breastfeeding her daughter “to keep her calm” and, later, one of the agents asked the mother to put her daughter down.

“Once the mother put her on the ground she started screaming immediately,” Moore said.

He told ABC News that he crouched to “[get] down on a child’s level” to take the photo.

“It was an emotional moment for me,” said Moore, who is a father of three himself.

Moore has been covering border issues for a decade now as a photojournalist and produced a book of a collection of photos called, “Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border.”

He said that he’s seen similar interactions between immigrants and border agents before, but the difference with this instance was that it happened with the backdrop of the recent zero-tolerance policy being enforced by the Trump administration. The policy stipulates the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refer all cases of illegal entry to be criminally prosecuted and, as a result, the parents are detained and because the children are not charged with a crime, they are not detained with the parents.

“What was different this time is I knew what would happen afterward,” he said.

He had a very brief chance to speak to the mother and she said that they had traveled from Honduras over the past month and that her daughter was 2 years old, Moore said.

Moore noted that the mother and child were together when they left with authorities and he didn’t see the pair formally separated, nor has he been able to confirm whether or not they were separated afterward, though the policy indicates that they would be held separately.

“All that happens behind closed doors… We’ll never see that,” he told ABC News.

The heartbreaking moment with the little girl wasn’t the only interaction that Moore said has left an emotional impression on him.

In the same group of women and children that night, Moore said there was a frightened boy who looked to be about 10 years old.

“I tried to calm him down as much as I could,” Moore said.

He told ABC News that he told the boy, in Spanish, “don’t worry, everything’s going to be OK,” but now he wishes he didn’t do that.

“Now, I regret saying that because I don’t know that everything is going to be OK,” Moore said. “I don’t know that at all.”

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Kim Jong Un makes third surprise visit to China in less than 3 months

Ministry of Communications and Information Singapore via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing Tuesday morning for his third visit to China in less than three months — just one week after his historic summit with President Donald Trump in Singapore.

Kim will likely meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and debrief him on the results of the his meeting with Trump.

The visit comes on the same day Washington and Seoul announced that they would suspend a joint military exercise in August, a move that will likely please the Chinese.

“We hope the visit will help deepen China-North Korea relations,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at his daily press briefing Tuesday. “[We hope the visit will] strengthen strategic communication between the two sides on major issues to promote peace and stability in the region.”

In a departure from his previous visits, Chinese state media announced that Kim would be visiting Beijing for two days just after he arrived in Beijing Tuesday morning, but offered no further details. On previous visits by North Korean leaders, including those of Kim’s father Kim Jong Il and grandfather Kim Il Sung, the news of the visits were not announced until after the they had left the country.

When asked why the visit was announced during Kim’s stay this time, Geng merely said that “specific circumstances around each visit have their own specific arrangements.”

Security measures were in full force around the Chinese capital as Kim’s motorcade was filmed by Reuters cameras speeding across town on Changan Avenue and entering the Diaoyutai Guesthouse compound, where he had stayed on his previous March visit. Screens were also erected outside the Great Hall of the People to block the view of the entrance from the street.

Kim previously met with Xi on two secret meetings in late March in Beijing and in early May in the coastal city of Dalian. Prior to the Singapore Summit, Trump had complained that the North Koreans’ attitude changed after Kim and Xi met in Dalian.

Beijing has long advocated a “dual suspension” or “freeze-for-freeze” approach — whereby North Korea halts its missile and nuclear testing and the U.S. and South Korea halt their joint military exercises — for the easing tension on the Korean Peninsula. Both Pyongyang and Beijing have long seen the joint drills as provocative.

In pledging to halt what Trump called the “wargames” during the Singapore Summit — even calling them “provocative” — the president appeared to have inadvertently given what Beijing had sought for a long time.

Meanwhile, South Korea Foreign Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk said Tuesday that South Korea welcomed Kim’s visit to China and said “the governments of South Korea and China shared the same strategic goal of completely denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.”

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Underwear hung around British politician’s offices after he blocks ‘upskirting’ ban

Arcaid/UIG via Getty Images(LONDON) — After a British legislator blocked a proposed bill to ban taking photos up women’s skirts without their knowledge, some protesters expressed their anger by hanging women’s underwear around his offices.

The proposed ban on “upskirting,” which is supported by Britain’s Conservative government, was blocked on Friday when Conservative Member of Parliament Christopher Chope objected as the bill was put forward in the House of Commons. The proposed law would have meant that someone taking a photo up a woman’s skirt without her consent could face up to two years in prison.

Lorna Rees, one of Chope’s constituents, tweeted a photo on Saturday of three pairs of underwear hanging on a red ribbon outside of the politician’s office in Dorset, England. “No one should be able to photo my pants unless I want them to” she handwrote on the underwear.

“Friday was desperately frustrating,” Rees wrote in a tweet. “I hope my anti-Chope constituency pant protest shows solidarity.”

On Monday, she tweeted another photo of three new pairs of underwear hung outside the MP’s constituency office.

“As the last ones were removed, I put a new set of bunting today,” Rees wrote.

A similar protest took place in the British parliament, where Chope’s office also was decorated with underwear.

After the bill was blocked on Friday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that she was “disappointed.”

“Upskirting is an invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed,” she wrote on Twitter. “I am disappointed the Bill didn’t make progress in the Commons today, and I want to see these measures pass through Parliament — with government support — soon.”

Chope has said that he backs the bill, but objected as a matter of principle because he believed it had to be properly debated.

“If a detailed bill is put before the house and it hasn’t had any debate then as a matter of principle, I block it without looking into the details of the bill because as a matter of principle, I don’t believe we should pass legislation which hasn’t been scrutinized,” he told LBC Radio, a London-based national talk radio station.

The bill was introduced by Wera Hobhouse, a Liberal Democrat, and was backed by the British government after months of campaigning by Gina Martin, an upskirting victim.

“By making upskirting a specific offense, we are sending a clear message that this behavior will not be tolerated, and that perpetrators will be properly punished,” Lucy Frazer, the British justice minister, said in a statement. “Our action builds on the tireless efforts of Wera Hobhouse, Gina Martin and other campaigners, and we will ensure this Bill becomes law.”

On Monday, the British Justice Ministry said that the government would draft and introduce a new upskirting bill as soon as possible.

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Over 30 killed after multiple bombs hit end-of-Ramadan celebration in Nigeria

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A terror attack in northeast Nigeria has left more than 30 dead and scores injured despite ongoing military efforts to restore peace in the region.

Multiple bombs went off during a celebration for the end of Ramadan over the weekend, and were reportedly followed by artillery strikes by the nation’s military.

The government has blamed six suicide bombers from the terror group Boko Haram for the attack Saturday in Damboa, in the state of Borno.

In addition to the dozens reported to have died, the injured included 11 severely wounded people who were evacuated from the area by the International Committee for the Red Cross, the humanitarian organization told ABC News.

Some witnesses told multiple local media outlets that the military airstrikes may have hit as many or more people than the bombs.

A local person who did not want to be named told Sahara Reporters that “many civilians were hit” when the military fired in retaliation.

Borno state is one of the worst-affected areas in conflict-ridden Nigeria. The United Nations says Damboa alone in Borno state currently hosts over 90,000 internally displaced people, many of whom live in refugee camps.

“The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s northeast that has spilled over into the Lake Chad region is one of the most severe in the world today, with 7.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2018 in the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, and 6.1 million targeted for humanitarian assistance,” the United Nations said in a statement to ABC News.

The U.N. says Damboa alone in Borno state currently hosts over 90,000 internally displaced people, many of whom live in refugee camps.

A military operation was launched May 1 to try and expel militants from Borno state. Then, hours after an army spokesman urged people to return to the area, saying it was “safe,” this latest bombing happened.

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, has been a target of terror attacks for many years. Boko Haram is one of the largest Islamist militant groups in Africa, with links to several other Islamist groups, including ISIS.

In March 2015, ISIS accepted a pledge of allegiance by Boko Haram and in August 2016, the group split into two factions: The Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) and JASDJ or Boko Haram.

Following Boko Haram’s pledge of allegiance to ISIS, the United States announced it would boost its military assistance to Nigeria.

“In addition to being the largest African oil producer, Nigeria’s economy is very dependent on its oil revenue, its stability is vital to regional security and U.S. economic interests,” according to a statement by the Council on Foreign Relations.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, whose won in part due to his vow to crush Boko Haram, will likely face scrutiny in the next elections in February 2019 over his ability to address security threats in the country.

The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate condemned the attack in Damboa by “suspected Boko Haram insurgents targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations,” and sent “condolences to the affected families, government and people of Nigeria.”

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