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5 things to know for June 18: North Korea, Undocumented spouses, Summer heat, LGBTQ+ rights, Boeing

By Alexandra Banner, CNN

(CNN) — A US Secret Service member was robbed at gunpoint during President Joe Biden’s recent trip to California for a Hollywood fundraiser. Police say they have not found the suspect, who also stole the Secret Service member’s bag during the startling ordeal.

Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.

1. North Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin is making a rare trip to North Korea today as he deepens an anti-West bond with leader Kim Jong Un. It is Putin’s first trip to the country in more than two decades and the first time another world leader has been invited into the isolated capital of Pyongyang since the Covid-19 pandemic. The US, South Korea and other countries have accused North Korea of providing substantial military aid to Russia’s war effort in Ukraine, while observers have raised concerns that Moscow may be violating international sanctions to aid North Korea’s development of its nascent military satellite program. It also comes as tensions remain high on the Korean peninsula after Kim Jong Un scrapped a longstanding policy of seeking a peaceful reunification with South Korea.

2. Undocumented spouses

The Biden administration will announce an executive action today that will shield certain undocumented spouses and children of US citizens from deportation. The policy will provide legal status and protections for about 500,000 American families and roughly 50,000 noncitizen children of immigrants under the age of 21 whose parent is married to a US citizen, a senior administration official said. The move amounts to one of the federal government’s biggest relief programs for undocumented immigrants since the DACA program was announced in 2012. The action is aimed at appealing to key Latino constituencies in battleground states — including Arizona, Nevada and Georgia — that will be crucial for Biden’s chances to win a second term.

3. Summer heat

Around 270 million people in the US could see temperatures at or above 90 degrees this week as an intense heat wave ushers in the official start of summer on Thursday. Parts of the Midwest to the Northeast could endure the longest heat wave they’ve seen in decades, the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center said. Temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday will be the hottest days of the week for several metropolitan cities, and the surrounding days will only be slightly less brutal. Some areas, including Montpelier, Vermont; Syracuse, New York; and Pittsburgh, haven’t seen heat like this in about 30 years. Some affected areas have started to activate heat protocols, including cooling centers to help prevent heat-related illnesses.

4. LGBTQ+ rights

Thailand will become the first nation in Southeast Asia to legalize same-sex marriage after the kingdom’s Senate approved a marriage equality bill today, with supporters calling it a “monumental step forward for LGBTQ+ rights.” Thailand’s Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of passing the bill, with 130 lawmakers supporting the measure and four opposing it. The result of the vote means that Thailand will become only the third place in Asia to allow for marriage equality after Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage in 2019 and Nepal in 2023. Meanwhile, in the US, six states blocked the Biden administration’s new protections for LGBTQ+ students on Monday. The new rules require schools to protect students from all sex discrimination amid a recent spate of laws aimed at limiting the rights of LGBTQ+ Americans.

5. Boeing

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun plans to apologize for Boeing’s recent safety failures during Senate testimony today. It is just the latest congressional hearing this year about safety issues at Boeing but the first time Calhoun is testifying in his more than four years running the troubled company. The plane maker has been under intense scrutiny with numerous federal investigations and congressional hearings since a January 5 Alaska Air Boeing 737 Max flight had a door plug blow off, leaving a gaping hole in both the plane and Boeing’s reputation. Boeing has been ordered by the FAA to improve its safety issues before it can resume normal production, causing problems for airlines and higher ticket prices for passengers.


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