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1. Kirstjen Nielsen
Kirstjen Nielsen is out as the secretary of Homeland Security. Nielsen has been the face of President Trump's hardline immigration policies, but apparently she wasn't hardline enough for Trump on his signature issue. Nielsen didn't resign willingly, a source told CNN, with her resignation announcement coming after a tense meeting at the White House with the President. Nielsen's tenure at Homeland will probably best be remembered for her defense of the administration's zero-tolerance policy, which caused widespread outrage after hundreds of migrant children were separated from their parents. Trump named Kevin McAleenan, who is the US Customs and Border Protection commissioner, as Homeland Security's acting secretary. Nielsen is just the latest high-level departure from this administration. Keep up with all of the exits here.
2. Abducted American freed
Kimberly Sue Endicott is free this morning, after her dream trip to Uganda turned into a nightmare. Endicott and a guide were kidnapped by gunmen last week while they were on an excursion to see gorillas at a Ugandan national park. The armed gang demanded a ransom of $500,000, Ugandan police said. Security forces rescued Endicott and the guide, who were both unharmed, yesterday in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo. A ransom was paid to free them, a source told CNN.
There's been an uptick in violence in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, so the US is pulling troops out of the country. The troops -- who provide military support of diplomatic missions, counterterrorism activities and improving regional security -- are being temporarily relocated. US officials wouldn't say where these troops are being sent due to security reasons. The increase in violence comes from attacks by a renegade Libyan general who has launched an offensive against the country's UN-recognized government.
4. Burned Louisiana churches
Over an almost two-week span, three black churches in one rural parish have burned in suspicious fires. St. Mary Baptist Church, Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church have all burned since March 26 in St. Landry Parish, about 30 miles north of Lafayette. Officials call the blazes "suspicious" and have stepped up the law enforcement presence at other churches in the area. Black churches were often the targets of violence, including arson fires, during the civil rights era.
5. UK and tech companies
Social media companies could be held legally responsible for any violent content on their platforms under new rules proposed by the UK government. The rules, intended to make the internet safe for kids and other vulnerable groups, would force tech companies to scrub from their platforms any content that incites violence, encourages suicide or constitutes cyber-bullying. The government would block access to websites or apps that fail to comply and the senior managers of those tech companies could face civil fines and criminal liability. More details on the proposed rules will be available today in a government position paper. European countries have taken a more robust approach in trying to regulate tech companies than the US has.
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Just showing off
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