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Iran, South Korea, Chennai: Your Friday Briefing



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Good Morning.

We’re covering the latest escalation in the Strait of Hormuz, the prosecution of gay soldiers in South Korea and a deceivingly picturesque lake in Siberia.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency plans nationwide raids starting on Sunday to arrest thousands of undocumented migrants, according to current and former Homeland Security officials.

Details remain in flux, but the raids are expected to unfold over days in at least 10 major cities, targeting at least 2,000 immigrants who have been ordered deported but remain in the country. “Collateral” deportations of other migrants who happen to be on the scene may also occur.

Officials have said that agents are apprehensive about the possibility of arresting babies and young children. They also acknowledge that migrants may have moved or would be able to avoid arrest by simply not opening the door to ICE agents, who are not allowed to enter by force.

Background: The operation, backed by President Trump, was initially planned for last month but was postponed in part because of resistance among Homeland Security officials.

A British warship forced back three Iranian boats on Thursday that had sought to block a British tanker from passing through the Strait of Hormuz, Britain’s Defense Ministry said.

Bathe with the water that drips out of the air-conditioner or skip showers all together. Line up every day to fill neon plastic pots from a public tap. Rinse the rice, then use the water to wash the fish. Hand wash everything.

These are some of the water-saving hacks that the nearly five million residents of Chennai have adopted as their water sources — groundwater, reservoirs and lakes — have virtually dried up.

The Philippines: The U.N.’s top human rights body voted to investigate thousands of alleged extrajudicial killings linked to President Duterte’s war on drugs, as well as arbitrary arrests and the persecution of journalists and political opponents in the country.

Taiwan: President Tsai Ing-wen kicked off her trip to the U.S. with a stopover in New York, her first as the leader of the self-governing island. The trip risks infuriating China, which claims Taiwan as its territory.

President Trump: The president welcomed to the White House conservative social media figures to discuss what they believe is a concerted effort on major platforms to muffle their voices.

France: Lawmakers voted to impose a 3 percent tax on revenues for technology companies, targeting Facebook, Google, Amazon and others that focus on advertising and e-commerce. The Trump administration is investigating the move as a possible unfair trade practice, raising the possibility of a trade war if President Emmanuel Macron signs the tax into law, as expected.

Britain: People working for members of Parliament faced an “unacceptable risk of bullying and harassment,” including S.exual harassment, but often remained silent because complaining amounted to “career suicide,” according to a blistering new report that lifts the lid on the punishing hallways of the House of Commons.


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