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WASHINGTON | US to keep about 4,000 troops at border through January

WASHINGTON — The number of U.S. active duty troops at the southern border will drop from 5,600 to about 4,000, and their deployment will be extended through the end of January, under a new request from Homeland Security, U.S. officials said Friday. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is traveling and has not yet approved the DHS … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US to keep about 4,000 troops at border through January

TIJUANA, Mexico | Migrants march toward US border in show of force

TIJUANA, Mexico — Several hundred Central American migrants have marched toward the international border crossing between Tijuana and California to pressure the U.S to hear their asylum claims. The migrants carried hand-painted American and Honduran flags and chanted: “We are not criminals! We are international workers!” A few dozen Mexican police with plastic riot shields … Continue reading TIJUANA, Mexico | Migrants march toward US border in show of force

TEHRAN, Iran | Over 170 hurt in magnitude 6.3 earthquake in western Iran

TEHRAN, Iran — A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck western Iran near its border with Iraq on Sunday night, injuring over 170 people and sending fearful residents running into the street, authorities said. The temblor hit near Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran’s Kermanshah province, which was the epicenter of an earthquake last year that killed over 600 … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Over 170 hurt in magnitude 6.3 earthquake in western Iran

PHOENIX | Some families split up at border still detained months later

PHOENIX  — Half a dozen families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border are still detained in Texas months after reuniting with their children. Immigrant advocates say the government has violated a longstanding legal agreement that bars it from detaining children past 20 days in unlicensed facilities like the South Texas Family Residential Center. The … Continue reading PHOENIX | Some families split up at border still detained months later

WASHINGTON | Mattis says he has extra authority to use military on border

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the White House has given him authority to use military troops to protect Customs and Border Protection personnel at the southwest border. This could, under certain circumstances, mean directing troops to temporarily detain migrants in the event of disorder or violence against border patrol agents. Mattis said Wednesday … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mattis says he has extra authority to use military on border

WASHINGTON | Pentagon says troops at US border to cost about $210 million

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is estimating the cost of the military’s mission on the U.S.-Mexico border will be about $210 million under current plans. The total includes about $72 million for the 5,900 active-duty troops providing support to Customs and Border Protection, plus $138 million so far for 2,100 National Guard troops who have been … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pentagon says troops at US border to cost about $210 million

TIJUANA, Mexico | Migrant caravan groups arrive by hundreds at US border

TIJUANA, Mexico  — Migrants in a caravan of Central Americans scrambled Wednesday to reach the U.S. border, arriving by the hundreds in Tijuana, while U.S. authorities across the border were readying razor wire security barriers. Mexican officials in Tijuana were struggling to deal with a group of 357 migrants who arrived aboard nine buses Tuesday … Continue reading TIJUANA, Mexico | Migrant caravan groups arrive by hundreds at US border

PHOENIX | Along border, a growing opposition to military deployment

PHOENIX  — Amy Juan drove two hours north from her remote community on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona to rally against the deployment of troops there. She’s one of many residents of the Southwest who oppose and are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s deployment of over 5,000 military troops to the border to fend … Continue reading PHOENIX | Along border, a growing opposition to military deployment

WASHINGTON | US immigration officials move to restrict asylum at border

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is seeking to deny asylum to migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. New regulations will block migrants from claiming asylum if they do not come to an official border crossing. They are intended to speed up rulings on asylum claims, instead of having migrants try to circumvent official crossings … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US immigration officials move to restrict asylum at border

WASHINGTON | Trump sends troops to border, an issue that fires up base

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is planning to dispatch at least 800 active duty troops to the southern border at the direction of a president who has sought to transform fears about immigration into electoral gains in the midterms as a caravan of thousands of migrants makes its way through Mexico. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump sends troops to border, an issue that fires up base

WASHINGTON | ‘Boogeyman’ Trump stokes fears in election closing arguments

WASHINGTON — Mob rule. A socialist takeover. Terrorists marching on the U.S. border. As President Donald Trump embraces the role of electoral boogeyman, he’s making closing arguments to midterm voters that increasingly resemble a Halloween horror story. The candidate who won the White House in part by harnessing many Americans’ anxieties is offering dire warnings … Continue reading WASHINGTON | ‘Boogeyman’ Trump stokes fears in election closing arguments

MOABI REGIONAL PARK, Calif. | 4 missing after boats collide, sink on Colorado River

MOABI REGIONAL PARK, Calif.  — Four people are missing after two boats crashed and sunk on the Colorado River, ejecting more than a dozen people who were on board, authorities said Sunday. A recreational boat carrying 10 people and another vessel with six people on board collided head-on Saturday night on a well-traveled stretch of … Continue reading MOABI REGIONAL PARK, Calif. | 4 missing after boats collide, sink on Colorado River

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador | El Salvador: 3 kids separated in US were abused at shelters

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Three minors from El Salvador separated from their parents after crossing the U.S. border were sexually abused in shelters in Arizona, Salvadoran officials said Thursday. Liduvina Magarin, deputy foreign relations minister for Salvadorans overseas, said authorities had received reports of the abuse of the children ages 12 to 17 by … Continue reading SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador | El Salvador: 3 kids separated in US were abused at shelters

LEADING OFF: Streaking Rays try to hand Red Sox 1st sweep

The surprising Rays go for their eighth straight victory when they try to become the first team to sweep Boston in a series this season. Tampa Bay is a season-high eight games over .500 at 69-61 and has allowed three or fewer runs in seven consecutive games. All-Star lefty Blake Snell (15-5, 2.07 ERA) pitches … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Streaking Rays try to hand Red Sox 1st sweep

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh | Myanmar crackdown splits Rohingya with little hope of return

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh — Forged over generations in villages in Myanmar, Rohingya communities are now held together in calls over crackling phone lines. “Mummy! Mummy!” 15-year-old Abdullah Razzaq shouted to his mother earlier this week in their once-a-week call, nearly a year after he and his brother, along with more than 700,000 other Rohingya Muslims, fled … Continue reading KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh | Myanmar crackdown splits Rohingya with little hope of return

LONDON | UK govt says ‘no-deal’ Brexit would mean red tape, expense

LONDON  — Businesses could face red tape at the border, customers could see higher credit card fees, patients could endure delays to medical treatment and there could even be a sperm shortage if Britain leaves the European Union next year without a deal, the U.K. government acknowledged Thursday. But Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative government … Continue reading LONDON | UK govt says ‘no-deal’ Brexit would mean red tape, expense

TUNIS, Tunisia | Tunisia vows to avenge 6 guard troops killed near border

TUNIS, Tunisia — At least six soldiers in Tunisia’s national guard were killed Sunday in an apparent attack by an armed group near the Algerian border, and the country’s interior minister vowed the dead would be avenged. A national guard spokesman, Col. Houssemeddine Jbabli, told The Associated Press that six national guard members were killed … Continue reading TUNIS, Tunisia | Tunisia vows to avenge 6 guard troops killed near border

JABER AS-SARHAN, Jordan | Syrian troops recapture vital border crossing with Jordan

JABER AS-SARHAN, Jordan — Syrian government forces recaptured a vital border crossing with Jordan on Friday and raised the national flag for the first time in years, restoring sovereignty over a key region and potentially reopening a gateway for Syrian exports to Arab countries. Weakened by a crushing government offensive backed by Russia and abandoned … Continue reading JABER AS-SARHAN, Jordan | Syrian troops recapture vital border crossing with Jordan

WASHINGTON | Separations at the border didn’t worry some Trump officials

WASHINGTON — The government’s top health official could barely conceal his discomfort. As Health and Human Services secretary, Alex Azar was responsible for caring for migrant children taken from their parents at the border.  Now a Democratic senator was asking him at a hearing whether his agency had a role in designing the Trump administration’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Separations at the border didn’t worry some Trump officials

JERUSALEM  | Israel delivers aid, medicine to Syrians fleeing to border

JERUSALEM  — Israel’s military says it’s delivered about 60 tons of humanitarian aid and medicine to thousands of displaced Syrians in the Golan Heights who flocked to the area, fleeing heavy bombardment by Syrian government forces. The development comes as airstrikes have pounded rebel-held areas in southwestern Syria. Israel has been sending aid across the … Continue reading JERUSALEM  | Israel delivers aid, medicine to Syrians fleeing to border

MCALLEN, Texas | Donations, volunteering surge at border asylum-seeker center

MCALLEN, Texas — One by one, around Father’s Day, the surge of Amazon boxes containing shirts, pants, underwear and many other items began arriving at an asylum-seeker rest center in the border town of McAllen, Texas. Included in the packages were notes of support. One read: “As someone who has a dad who would do … Continue reading MCALLEN, Texas | Donations, volunteering surge at border asylum-seeker center

McALLEN, Texas  | Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families

McALLEN, Texas  — Immigration enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border was plunged deeper into chaos over President Donald Trump’s reversal of a policy separating immigrant children from parents, causing uncertainty for both migrant families and the federal agencies in charge of prosecuting and detaining them. A senior Trump administration official said that about 500 of the … Continue reading McALLEN, Texas  | Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families

McALLEN, Texas | Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families

McALLEN, Texas — Immigration enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border was plunged deeper into chaos over President Donald Trump’s reversal of a policy separating immigrant children from parents, causing uncertainty for both migrant families and the federal agencies in charge of prosecuting and detaining them. A senior Trump administration official said that about 500 of the … Continue reading McALLEN, Texas | Confusion swirls on border after Trump reversal on families

SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea dismantles propaganda loudspeakers at border

SEOUL, South Korea —South Korea on Tuesday dismantled huge loudspeakers used to blare anti-Pyongyang broadcasts and K-pop songs from its border with North Korea, as the South’s president asked the United Nations to observe the North’s planned closing of its nuclear testing site. The dismantling of dozens of South Korean loudspeakers was in line with … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea dismantles propaganda loudspeakers at border

Breaking News – National Guard Troops Deploy to Southern U.S. Border

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary James N. Mattis last night authorized up to 4,000 National Guard troops to deploy to the U.S. border with Mexico to support the Department of Homeland Security border security mission there. National Guard troops began deploying after the announcement of the authorization. In a joint statement, Mattis and DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. … Continue reading Breaking News – National Guard Troops Deploy to Southern U.S. Border

Charges filed in Croatia after death of Afghan migrant girl

BELGRADE, Serbia /December 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) —  The family of a 6-year-old Afghan migrant girl killed by a train on the Serbia-Croatia border has filed charges against Croatian police for forcing them back over the frontier. The lawyer representing the Hussini family said Tuesday in Zagreb the charges were filed because the Croat border guards … Continue reading Charges filed in Croatia after death of Afghan migrant girl

The Latest: N Ireland party content with Brexit border deal

BRUSSELS/December 7, 2017 (AP) (STL.News) — The Latest on Brexit talks (all times local): 8:25 a.m. The Northern Ireland party that has been holding up a deal between the U.K. and the EU over the Irish border says it’s now satisfied with the agreement. The Democratic Unionist Party scuttled a deal at the last minute … Continue reading The Latest: N Ireland party content with Brexit border deal

Border arrests fall, deportations soar in Trump’s first year

WASHINGTON, DC/December 5, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Border Patrol arrests plunged to a 45-year low, but detentions by deportation officers away from the U.S.-Mexico border soared during President Donald Trump’s first months in office, as his efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration system took effect. In all, the Border Patrol made 310,531 arrests during the fiscal … Continue reading Border arrests fall, deportations soar in Trump’s first year