June 27, 2018 / 12:27 PM / 2 months ago

Wednesday Morning Briefing

A federal judge barred the separation of immigrants from children, a high-ranking House Democrat was dealt a surprise defeat and a Reuters investigation looks into the shock troops who expelled the Rohingya from Myanmar.

A Honduran mother embraces her son on the Mexican side of the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge while waiting to seek asylum near Brownsville, Texas, U.S., June 26, 2018. Picture taken June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Highlights

A federal judge ruled that U.S. immigration agents could no longer separate immigrant parents and children caught crossing the border from Mexico illegally, and must reunite those families that had been split up in custody.

The Democratic Party’s insurgent left wing and Trump each claimed big victories yesterday, as voters in seven states selected the parties’ candidates for November’s midterm elections that will determine control of Congress. Representative Joseph Crowley lost his re-election bid in a stunning upset that highlighted the ideological battles at play in this year’s midterm elections. Crowley was defeated by 28-year-old challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a safely Democratic district in New York City.

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said he discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia and Moscow’s plan to expand its Nord Stream gas pipeline to Germany, which has irked Washington, in talks with U.S. Treasury and Energy Secretaries.

World

FILE PHOTO: Rohingya refugees arrive at the Bangladeshi side of the Naf River after crossing the border from Myanmar, in Palang Khali, Bangladesh, October 16, 2017.

On August 10, hundreds of battle-hardened soldiers famed for their brutal counter-insurgency campaigns against Myanmar's ethnic minorities were dispatched to Rakhine State. Their ensuing crackdown drove nearly 700,000 Rohingya into neighboring Bangladesh in what the United Nations called ''a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.''

The threat of collapse still loomed over Germany’s three-month old coalition government after crisis talks into the early hours failed to resolve a row over immigration between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Bavarian allies.

Human rights and North Korean defector groups in South Korea say they are struggling to raise money, cutting jobs and programs, and facing pressure to avoid criticism of Pyongyang as Seoul and Washington focus on diplomatic outreach to the isolated country.

Mexican presidential favorite Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is due to wrap up his election campaign in the country’s largest soccer stadium, fortified by a new opinion poll showing his already-commanding lead growing even further. See more on Mexico's election.

Breakingviews

Take a Lamborghini, a few movie stars and a dash of Bacardi, and infuse it all with the scent of cryptocurrency riches. With this cocktail, Italian film producer Andrea Iervolino hopes to revolutionize the entertainment industry. He’s building a social-media platform to take on the likes of Netflix and Facebook, and has raised $575 million through a private sale of tokens. The money was the easy part.

Business

German companies are so desperate to attract staff that they are falling over themselves to offer perks such as long holidays, shorter hours, flexible shifts and sabbaticals, even though employees here already work the fewest hours in the developed world. Read more about the World at Work.

As Beijing and Washington veer towards a full-blown trade war, American brands in China face what may be an even bigger threat: local rivals armed with innovative products and the Chinese government’s blessing.

Billionaire hedge fund manager William Ackman, whose investment assets have shrunk by more than half in the last three years, has made a second round of staff cuts and laid off three investor relations team members, two sources familiar with the matter said.

Reuters TV

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