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Jun 26, 2019
Although the U.S and Mexico recently started working together to control the influx at the border, the deaths of migrants haven't been prevented. Since people in Central American regions continuously face challenges that put them at risk, many of them decide to cross the U.S-Mexico border in search of a better life. Oscar Martinez thought the same when he grabbed his daughter and attempted to cross the Rio Grande so they could reach the border, but unfortunately, they didn't make it. This week, patrol agents found their floating bodies at the river's bank, and now, many governments have started begging their citizens to stop risking their lives by attempting to migrate illegally.
Jun 26, 2019
Fatou Jallow and another woman have accused former president Yahya Jammeh of sexual assaulting them while he was in office. After the women went public, Jammeh's political party APRC released a statement saying the allegations had been made-up. Moreover, an APRC leader added that the former president wouldn't be wasting his time by reacting to the claims and smear campaigns. Later on, Jallow said she would be waiting to meet Jammeh in the courtroom where he would face charges for the crime he committed. Although the former Gambian president, who now lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea, was recently asked for comment, the media hasn't received a response.
Jun 26, 2019
A charity vessel boarded with 42 migrants has entered Italian waters despite the government's order to stay away. After spending days in Italian outskirts, the captain of the ship decided to lead the vessel full of migrants into Italian marine territory on Wednesday. Later today, the captain revealed he had disobeyed the Italian government because the situation aboard his ship kept worsening every day and that taking the decision had been a matter of life or death. As of now, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini hasn't issued comments on the matter, but many expect he will address the situation in the next few days.
Jun 26, 2019
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the president of Mexico, recently said that Mexican authorities at the US-Mexico border wouldn't arrest illegal migrants. Around 15,000 Mexican troops have been deployed to the northern border and ordered to cooperate with US agents to control the flow of immigrants that are trying to cross illegally. However, after a photograph showing two heavily armed Mexican agents detaining three women went viral, the president made the remarks. In a recent press conference, the politician addressed the picture and said that such order was never issued and that he's going to look into the situation because authorities aren't supposed to be arresting migrants.
Jun 26, 2019
It has been confirmed that France's Emmanuel Macron committed to having talks with Iran's Hassan Rouhani. Over the past few weeks, the relations between Iran and the US have turned more tense after Trump started accusing Rouhani of the recent oil tankers attacks. Last week, the French president decided to weigh in this dispute by sending his most trusted advisor and Middle East expert to Iran. Now, it has been revealed that Macron and Rouhani spoke via phone call on Tuesday, as part of France's initiative to bring peace between those nations. Nevertheless, not much information is known about Macron's intentions because neither president gave further details regarding their discussion.
Jun 26, 2019
Spanish authorities recently arrested a Brazilian Air Force member for carrying three bags full of cocaine inside a military plane. Before Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro was expected to arrive in Seville, a Brazilian Air Force officer arrived carrying the bags with cocaine. After Spanish authorities searched his plane and detained him, the Brazilian Air Force released a statement confirming his arrest. Now that the Spanish military police started looking into the case, Bolsonaro has ordered his defense minister and soldiers to cooperate with the authorities.
Jun 26, 2019
Democrats in the House of Representatives in the U.S. have passed a bill approving $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid for migrants at the southern border. Due to the recent deaths and the scandal over the detained children, lawmakers decided to toughen up the bill which will see that the money won't be spent in migration raids, detention beds, nor the border wall. Now, this bill is expected to hit a rough patch at the Senate because it will be fighting alongside another bill with fewer controls that Republicans might end up favoring.
Jun 26, 2019
A government-organized parade to commemorate the nation's independence day ended up in a tragedy. Thousands were expected to attend the celebration that commenced early on July 26 at the main stadium in Madagascar's capital. Since there was only a small door opened for attendees to come into the place, people became agitated, causing a stampede. When authorities managed to get the situation under control, 15 people had already died, and 75 others had to be rushed to the hospital because of their injuries. Defense Minister General Richard Rakotonirina released a statement saying that the cause of the stampede was still unknown.
Jun 26, 2019
The French government has decided to cancel school due to the heat wave that is now affecting most regions in the nation. Since Monday, numerous cities across France and Spain have been hit by strong heat waves of up to 40C. Experts have already come out to voice their concern about this event, warning that temperatures in Spain could reach 45C on Friday while Germany and Italy will remain below 40C. Although the French government already took several drastic measures like shutting down schools momentarily, it also urged citizens and tourists to avoid driving cars and use public transportation to decrease heat levels.
Jun 26, 2019
Nicaraguan officials caught four suspected IS members after they crossed the border from Costa Rica. Just a few days ago, U.S authorities warned that four IS members of Egyptian and Iraqi descent were running across Central American in an attempt to get to the U.S. Fortunately, Nicaraguan agents found the four men just in time when they were trying to cross into Nicaragua through an unauthorized path. That same night, the men were sent back to Costa Rica where they remain in custody while waiting to be deported to their home countries.
Jun 25, 2019
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani recently said that Washington's latest sanctions were useless. Over the past month, tensions between Iran and the U.S have risen since Trump started blaming Iran for the attacks to oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Earlier today, Trump imposed several more sanctions on Iran, and afterward, Rouhani responded that the sanctions were useless and that the White House was mentally retarded. Moreover, the Iranian president later added that Trump had never contacted him for peaceful negotiations, and accused the U.S of lying about wanting to repair their relations.
Jun 25, 2019
Authorities found four bodies belonging to three young children and a woman in her 20s close to the US-Mexico border. Although many reports have revealed how migrants usually die due to lack of water, hypothermia, or heat strokes on their way through the border, authorities claimed that discovering these bodies was extremely unusual. Afterward, Hidalgo County Sheriff J. E. Guerra posted on social media that finding bodies of teenagers and adults was common, but that finding infants and toddlers was something that shocked everyone. After post mortem evaluations, officials determined the victims had died from dehydration and heat exposure, and that their country of origin and identities were still unknown.
Jun 25, 2019
Almost 40 Bangladeshi migrants that were trapped on a boat for three weeks in Tunisia's territorial waters have been forced to return to their home country. On May 31, the Bangladeshi were among the 75 migrants that were rescued by the Maridive 601 vessel and were forced to stay at sea for 20 more days. After an agent from the International Organization for Migration visited the migrants' ship, he assured the Bangladeshi wished to be returned to their home country. However, when their relatives spoke to the media, they reassured the migrants were forced to return to Bangladesh, or their food, water, and medicine would be taken away.
Jun 25, 2019
Drone images have shown how a World War II bomb left a 10-meter wide and 4-meter deep crater in a German field. During the early hours of Sunday, neighbors woke up frightened when they heard the blast and felt the tremor that the bomb caused. Once the dust had settled, and the site was safe to check, German authorities made their way into the field to begin the investigations. Afterward, bomb disposal experts announced that the bomb was indeed from World War II and explained that it was probably dropped by a plane back then.
Jun 25, 2019
In less than six months, ten different American tourists have died in the Dominican Republic. The latest victim was a 56-years-old New Yorker named Vittorio Caruso who was vacationing on the island after having retired from work. Reportedly, Caruso had been receiving medical treatment since June 11, and it wasn't until June 17 that his family allegedly received a call explaining how sick Caruso was. However, only minutes after the first call, Caruso's family received a second one telling that he had died. Now, the FBI is investigating the numerous American deaths that have taken place in the Dominican Republic in the last couple of months.
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