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This photo that spread like wildfire, depicting a 2-year-old girl crying as her mother — both asylum seekers from Honduras — was detained at the Texas border, was taken right before the pair was sent "to a processing center for possible separation," Getty photographer John Moore told BuzzFeed.

Photo: John Moore/Getty Images
  • Per BuzzFeed, the family rafted across the Rio Grande and stopped in McAllen, Texas.
  • Moore said of the families stopped on Tuesday in Texas: "Most of these families were scared, to various degrees. I doubt any of them had ever done anything like this before — flee their home countries with their children, traveling thousands of miles through dangerous conditions to seek political asylum in the United States, many arriving in the dead of night."
  • BuzzFeed reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not respond to comment about what has happened to the girl and her mother.

Update: The Washington Post reports that the mother and the girl have been located, and they were not separated after this photo was taken. They were detained together at a facility in McAllen, Texas.

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"I assume full responsibility," Duterte says of drug war

Rodrigo Duterte in 2017. Photo: Linus Escandor II/AFP via Getty Images

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday that he assumes full responsibility for a violent war on drugs that has killed thousands of people, Reuters reported.

Why it matters: Last month the International Criminal Court (ICC) formally authorized an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity during Duterte's war on drugs.

CDC approves boosters for Moderna and J&J and mix-and-match

Boxes containing vials of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Jon Cherry/Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's independent advisory panel voted unanimously to recommend booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine and allow people to mix-and-match doses.

The big picture: The agency aligns with the Food and Drug Administration authorization Wednesday night which said people could switch to whichever vaccine they wanted for their booster shot.

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Israel to approve new construction in West Bank settlements

Bennett (L) and Biden discussed the settlements issue. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty

Israel will approve the construction of 4,400 new homes in the West Bank next week: 3,10o in the Jewish settlements and 1,300 in Palestinian villages.

Why it matters: This will be the first time Israel has approved new settlement building since President Biden assumed office, and it's the first time since 2007 that it approves a significant number of new homes for Palestinians in "Area C" of the West Bank, which is controlled by Israel.