UK to accept 260 unaccompanied minors

French President Emmanuel Macron and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May hold a press conference at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, west of London. Britain will take in 260 unaccompanied migrant children from France under a deal struck at a summit between the two countries. (AFP)
Updated 19 January 2018
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UK to accept 260 unaccompanied minors

LONDON: Britain will take in 260 unaccompanied migrant children from France under a deal struck at a summit between Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, the British government said on Friday.
Britain had previously agreed to take in a total of 480 unaccompanied minors from France, and had taken in 220 of them, but then imposed new admission criteria.
“We have agreed to amend the eligibility date on an exceptional basis to ensure we can transfer the circa 260 remaining unaccompanied children,” Home Secretary Amber Rudd said in a statement.
Opposition Labour politician Alf Dubs, who had pushed Britain into taking in unaccompanied young migrants, had proposed that Britain take in 3,000 children.
Britain had earlier set a cut-off date, saying it would only accept unaccompanied minors who had arrived in Europe before March 20, 2016. It said that date had now been extended to January 18, 2018.
“The government has not agreed to any new obligations to take more unaccompanied children from Europe,” Rudd said, adding that the agreement with France “will help ensure migrant camps do not re-form.”
Britain and France will “jointly work upstream in source and transit countries to discourage migrants who do not have any lawful basis for doing so from making the dangerous journey to northern France,” she said.
May hosted Macron for a summit on Thursday where the two agreed on a new border treaty under which Britain will pay an extra £44.5 (50 million euros, $62 million) to fund tighter security in Calais.


Trump space force — a real need but hazy planning

Updated 11 min 27 sec ago
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Trump space force — a real need but hazy planning

  • The Pentagon is expected to have enough details by early next year to include a Space Force plan in its 2020 budget request

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has demanded that Pentagon create a new military service, a Space Force to assure “American dominance in space.” And with that demand, Trump has injected urgency into the debate over the best way to protect US interests in space, both military and commercial.
But his approach has left many struggling to understand basics such as what a Space Force would do and how much it might cost.
The Pentagon is expected to have enough details by early next year to include a Space Force plan in its 2020 budget request.
The idea has taken on a life of its own at Trump’s rallies. That’s partly due to his conflating of the nation’s civilian space program with the military’s separate role of providing space-based navigation and communications satellites.