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We’re covering an intensifying battle over President Trump’s immigration policies, secret sales to Huawei and sexual assault allegations from a beauty queen.

U.S. immigration debate heats up

The Trump administration is moving more than 100 children back to a shelter in Texas that was criticized for holding migrant children in filthy, overcrowded conditions without access to showers, clean clothes or sufficient food.

The poor conditions were uncovered by lawyers who visited the facility this month, prompting widespread public fury and a transfer of almost all the children to another facility.

But border officials on Tuesday disputed lawyers’ accounts of the poor conditions and said that the children were sent back after overcrowding there was alleviated.

Turmoil in D.C.: The acting head of Customs and Border Protection announced his resignation amid the public outcry. His replacement is an immigration hard-liner who called for mass deportations.

What’s next? House Democrats pressed ahead with plans to vote later today on $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid to address the plight of migrants at the southern border. Some Democrats, however, worry that the money would be used to further enable President Trump’s crackdown at the border.

Beauty queen accuses Gambia’s former president of rape

Five years ago, an 18-year-old Fatou Jallow won Gambia’s top beauty pageant. She was then summoned to the statehouse where she claims the president, Yahya Jammeh, raped her.

Ms. Jallow is the first to accuse the president of sexual assault at a time when Gambia is trying to reckon with Mr. Jammeh’s brutal 22-year rule.

Background: Mr. Jammeh, who once said he would rule Gambia for a billion years, has been criticized for gross violations of human rights. People he deemed enemies were killed, journalists were jailed and tortured, and migrants fleeing the country were gunned down.

He was voted out in 2017 and now the country, under a new president, is starting to collect testimonies to create a record of his atrocities.

Details: Ms. Jallow said she was too scared to tell anyone about her encounter with the president. She has since managed to flee the country and gain asylum in Canada.

Quotable: “This is one layer of atrocities in many,” said a lawyer with Human Rights Watch. “The bigger picture is, is this guy going to get away with this, or can they hold him to account for all the bad things he did?”

U.S. companies continue sales to Huawei

A number of American technology companies are still selling components and chips to Huawei, despite a U.S. ban, said four people with knowledge of the sales, adding that the sales are probably in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

The U.S. companies are essentially taking advantage of the fact that products manufactured overseas aren’t always considered American-made, underscoring the difficulty of trying to manipulate global supply chains.

Reminder: The U.S. Commerce Department blocked sales of American technology to Huawei in May over national security concerns, turning the Chinese telecom giant’s status into a flash point in trade tensions.

Response: The Trump administration has been aware of the sales to Huawei but unsure of how to respond.

Iran and U.S. in waiting game

President Trump warned that any act of aggression from Iran would be met with “overwhelming force” and “obliteration.”

His comments, posted on Twitter, came in response to a slight earlier in the day from President Hassan Rouhani, who dismissed the latest round of sanctions as pointless and described the White House as “mentally handicapped.”

The new sanctions, analysts said, are largely symbolic and unlikely to have much of an effect. The war of words underscores that the leaders remain locked in a standoff.

Reminder: Relations between Iran and the U.S. worsened in recent weeks after attacks on oil tankers and an American surveillance drone, which the White House has blamed on Tehran.

The Trump administration has also accused Iran of developing nuclear weapons, which international experts have disputed.

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Tricky clicks

Research released this week finds that many online retailers use so-called dark patterns to influence shoppers, including messages that tell them just how much other (nonexistent) users are saving.

The report comes as lawmakers discuss regulating technology companies, but cracking down on the practice could be difficult.

Here’s what else is happening

India: Videos of a Muslim man being beaten repeatedly for 12 hours by a Hindu mob were circulated widely online. The man died later in police custody, underscoring the intensifying tensions between the majority Hindu population and the Muslim minority.

Guantánamo Bay: A confessed Qaeda agent, Majid Khan, is seeking time off his sentence as compensation for being tortured in secret C.I.A. prisons in a legal case that could hold the U.S. government responsible for its interrogation program after Sept. 11.

Turkey: Days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s preferred candidate lost a mayoral election in Istanbul, three potentially significant trials scheduled for this week are seen as a sign of efforts to crack down on the opposition.

President Trump: He again denied sexually assaulting a columnist for Elle magazine more than 20 years ago, resorting to an old insult, saying “she’s not my type.”

Pakistan: A top official banned in Parliament the use of the phrase “selected prime minister” — spoken as a criticism of Prime Minister Imran Khan, whose victory last year is seen by some as engineered by the military — sparking a new debate on the ban itself.

Snapshot: Above, Michael Jackson’s mausoleum in California where fans are paying tribute to the pop star on the 10th anniversary of his death. His legacy remains largely intact, our reporters found, even after two men recently accused him of years of sexual abuse in the HBO documentary.

Women’s World Cup: China was knocked out by Italy and Japan was defeated by the Netherlands.

What we’re reading: This article in the Verge. “The company behind Jibo, designed to be a friendly little digital companion (it even looks a little like Wall-E), is taking the robot offline soon,” writes Alexandria Symonds, a senior staff editor. “This is an unexpectedly touching exploration of how its users — including kids who have come to think of Jibo as part of the family — are dealing with its impending demise.”

Now, a break from the news

Cook: With a slow cooker, chipotle-honey chicken tacos may be the easiest tacos you ever make.

Watch: Jim Jarmusch discusses a scene from “The Dead Don’t Die,” which he wrote and directed, featuring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny and Carol Kane.

Read: Reviewing Julie Satow’s “The Plaza,” Tina Brown dishes on those who made and lost fortunes and reputations at the storied hotel.

Listen: We collected eight podcasts about spirituality and religion, from Christian sermons and Muslim slice-of-life stories to skeptical undercover investigations.

Smarter Living: Friends and unmarried couples make up a growing segment of the housing market. Here are four questions to ask before you sign the purchase papers, including how you’ll divide the costs. You should also discuss what it will be like to actually live in the house together. A lawyer and mediator advises, “Very few people are self-aware enough to know how they’ll behave as co-owners.”

We also have tips for how misfits can better navigate the office environment.

And now for the Back Story on …

The history of women’s soccer

As the world turns its attention to the Women’s World Cup, it’s worth remembering some history.

FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, has decreed that a 1971 contest between France and the Netherlands was the first official women’s international match. (It was no such thing: England and Scotland had played much earlier, in the late 1800s.)

The historical revisionism is only the latest in a long line of snubs against women’s soccer, which, after a brief surge in popularity during World War I, was actually banned in many countries.

In 1921, England’s Football Association, claiming the game was unsuitable for women, required clubs to “refuse the use of their grounds for such matches” — a policy that was not officially overturned until 1971. In Brazil, the women’s game was banned until 1981.

Back on that chilly Saturday night in 1971, France defeated the Netherlands 4-0 as about 1,000 spectators watched the French midfielder Jocelyne Ratignier dazzle with a hat trick. But one of the team’s best players missed the game to work her shift at a grocery store.

A correction: Tuesday’s Morning Briefing misstated the day that China played Italy and Japan faced the Netherlands in the Women’s World Cup. It was Tuesday, not Wednesday.

That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

— Alisha

Thank you
To Mark Josephson and Eleanor Stanford for the break from the news. Adam Pasick, the editorial director of newsletters, wrote today’s Back Story. You can reach the team at [email protected]

P.S.
• We’re listening to “The Daily.” Our latest episode is about the fading likelihood that Democrats will pursue impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
• Here’s our Mini Crossword, and a clue: Renewable energy type (5 letters). You can find all our puzzles here.
• Allison McCann, a visual journalist for The Times, has contributed to our coverage of the Women’s World Cup. She’s also a former professional soccer player.

Alisha Haridasani Gupta writes the Morning Briefing. @alisha__g

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