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Morning Briefing: June 21, 2018 THURSDAY

21/06/2018 News desk

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know to start your day with our daily briefing, compiled by Zoya Thomas.

Trump signs immigration order ending family separation

In a sudden reversal, President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order that he says will keep together immigrant families who have been detained at the US border, while also retaining his administration’s so-called “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” Trump said from the Oval Office. “At the same time, we are keeping a very powerful border, but it continues to be zero tolerance.” Since the policy was implemented, over 2,000 children have been separated from adults. (Time)

EU Withdrawal Bill clears Parliament as peers back down 

Theresa May's flagship Brexit bill cleared its final parliamentary hurdle on Wednesday following a major Commons victory for the government. The Prime Minister avoided a backbench rebellion with an eleventh hour concession to pro-EU Tories over a so-called “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal. The Department for Exiting the EU said it marked a "crucial step" in the UK preparations for leaving the bloc. (Evening Standard)

Number of elderly cancer patients 'set to soar'

The number of older cancer patients will rocket in the next two decades, experts have predicted. Cancer Research UK said the number of older people diagnosed with cancer each year could rise by 80% by 2035. It reported that 130,000 British people over the age of 75 currently get cancer each year. By 2035 this would soar to 234,000, largely due to an ageing population, the charity predicted. (The Telegraph)

Ronaldo delivers again as Portugal down Morocco 

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal against Morocco © AFP Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal against Morocco Cristiano Ronaldo followed up his opening game heroics at the World Cup with the only goal in a 1-0 win for Portugal against Morocco as the European champions edged closer to the last 16. The Real Madrid star struck in the fourth minute in Moscow to surpass Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas as Europe's all-time leading scorer with 85 international goals. (AFP) Meanwhile, here's a look at what you may have missed on day seven. (Read Sport)

In Depth: The couples not having kids for the sake of the planet

Gwynn Mackellen was 26 when she decided to get sterilised. It took the recycling consultant, who is based in California, five years to find an appropriate doctor under the public health plan she was on. In 2012, she succeeded. “I always knew I didn’t want kids, for environmental reasons,” she says. Mackellen identifies as an antinatalist, a philosophical movement based around the tenet that it’s cruel to bring sentient lives, doomed to suffering and to causing suffering, into the world. (The Guardian)

Video of the day: Scientists just solved a decades-old mystery about the moon

After several lunar meteorites were found in a North African desert, the mystery of whether the moon has water may have been solved. (Buzz60)

On this day:

In this June 21, 1970 file photo, Brazil's Pele, center, is hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates after Brazil won the World Cup soccer final against Italy, 4-1, in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, Mexico. © AP In this June 21, 1970 file photo, Brazil's Pele, center, is hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates after Brazil won the World Cup soccer final against Italy, 4-1, in Mexico City's Estadio Azteca, Mexico. 1970: Mexico City's Azteca Stadium is filled to the brim as Brazil and Italy meet in football's World Cup final. The game will pass into legend, in part for superstar Pelé's magnificent athleticism, and team captain Carlos Alberto's final goal, considered by many the greatest of all time. (Bing)

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