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Fiji suspends police commissioner, ends China policing agreement

Al Jazeera | 27 Jan 2023

Fiji’s new government has suspended the police commissioner and signalled the end of a controversial policing agreement with China. Elections last year saw the Pacific island nation’s first change of government in 16 years when Sitiveni Rabuka became prime minister on December 24 after a coalition of parties narrowly voted to install him as leader....

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U.S. arrests of Cuban, Haitian, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan migrants plummet

Yahoo Daily News | 26 Jan 2023

By Ted Hesson WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The number of migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border dropped off dramatically from December to January following new rules that expel them back to Mexico, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said. U.S. authorities encountered a daily average of just 115...

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Haiti's police cannot beat gangs without international force - U.N.

Reuters | 26 Jan 2023

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Haiti's police will not win a fight against criminal gangs without more international support, including the key deployment of a rapid action force, the United Nations envoy to the impoverished Caribbean country said on Wednesday. While it has been three months since U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres...

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Argentina sets high hopes on cannabis exports with budding new agency

Reuters | 26 Jan 2023

Jan 25 (Reuters) - Argentina on Wednesday launched the first working group of a new national agency to regularize and promote the country's nascent cannabis industry, which ministers hope will create new jobs and exports generating fresh income for the South American nation. "This opens the door for Argentina to start a new path in terms...

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Taiwan leader: War with China 'not an option'

The Manila Times | 25 Jan 2023

TAIPEI: Taiwan's leader Tsai Ing-wen told Pope Francis in a letter that war with China is "not an option" and said constructive interaction with Beijing, which claims the island as part of its territory, depends on respecting Taipei's democracy. Vatican City is the last European government to have diplomatic relations with...

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The Government Could Deport Children To Rwanda, Says Immigration Minister

Huffington Post | 25 Jan 2023

Children could be deported to Rwanda under government plans to deter migrants coming to Britain, the immigration minister has admitted. Robert Jenrick said on Wednesday that not to do so could make the UK a ”magnet” for people traffickers. Britain signed an agreement with Rwanda last year to send asylum seekers to Rwanda to have their claims...

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Migrant wreck off Libya kills eight with scores rescued-Red Crescent

FX Empire | 25 Jan 2023

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – At least eight people died after a boat crammed with scores of African migrants capsized off the Libyan coast, the local Red Crescent organisation said on Wednesday, adding that nearly 100 others had been rescued. Bodies washed ashore near the Libyan town of Castelverde 40km (25 miles) east of Tripoli after the boat sank on...

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Today in History: JAN 25, Jury convicts Charles Manson

Wtop | 25 Jan 2023

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2022. There are 340 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 25, 1945, the World War II Battle of the Bulge ended as German forces were pushed back to their original positions. On this date: In 1533, England’s King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife, Anne...

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Suspect in shootings at Half Moon Bay farms was employee

Korea Times | 25 Jan 2023

Law enforcement officers walk toward the scene of a mass shooting at Mountain Mushroom Farm in Half Moon Bay, California, Jan. 24. UPI-Yonhap An agricultural worker killed seven people in back-to-back shootings at two mushroom farms that had employed him in Northern California and the massacre is believed to be a ''workplace violence incident,''...

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'War' on the migrant crisis: Republicans claim cartels are WINNING the fight at the southern ...

The Daily Mail | 25 Jan 2023

Republicans declared a war at the southern border – and said the U.S. is losing the fight against cartels and human traffickers under the leadership of President Joe Biden. In a press conference Tuesday, a group of seven GOP lawmakers led by Representatives Ashley Hinson and Jim Banks vowed to hold the administration accountable for ignoring and...

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Caribbean Nations Call for US Gun Crackdown As Murder Rates Soar

InSight Crime | 24 Jan 2023

As American-made guns continue to be Caribbean gangs' primary source of weapons, heads of government are demanding that the US do more to rein in arms trafficking. Philip Davis, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, met with US Vice-President Kamala Harris on January 17 to discuss “the importanceof reducing the flow of guns illegally entering The Bahamas...

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UN warns gains in Haiti at risk without international force

Anadolu Agency | 24 Jan 2023

Recent improvements in Haiti's humanitarian situation are in jeopardy unless the Security Council approves of the deployment of an international force, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' envoy for Haiti warned Tuesday. Helen La Lime told the council that as Haiti marks the 13th anniversary of an earthquake that ravaged the capital and killed...

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Egyptian Economic Crisis Has Hit Syrian-Owned Businesses

GlobalResearch | 24 Jan 2023

When the US-NATO attack on Syria for regime change began in 2011, many Syrians began to leave the country for safer areas. After the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi won in a US manipulated election, many Syrians who were followers of the Muslim Brotherhood, packed up and left for Egypt. According to the 2018 Pew research center data,...

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396 Haitian migrants detained on 50-foot boat near Bahamas

Jamaica Observer | 24 Jan 2023

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The US Coast Guard has detained a boat carrying 396 Haitian migrants near the Bahamas in one of the biggest human smuggling incidents in the region, Bahamian officials said. The migrants were detained close to...

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Nearly 900 Million Worldwide Wanted to Migrate in 2021

Gallup | 24 Jan 2023

Story Highlights Decade-high 16% of adults wanted to migrate permanently in 2021 U.S. still most desired destination, but less attractive now than before 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The COVID-19 pandemic severely disrupted people’s mobility worldwide, but it didn’t stop them from wanting to move. In fact, Gallup surveys show that in the...

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UN chief insists on special armed forces as Haiti spirals

Federal News Radio | 24 Jan 2023

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.N. Secretary General António Guterres on Monday insisted on the deployment of an international specialized armed force to Haiti and called on governments to consider halting deportations as the country’s situation spirals. The recommendations were issued as part of a report on the U.N. Integrated Office in Haiti, with...

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Anguish as India’s Slumdog Millionaire slum faces wrecking ball

Al Jazeera | 24 Jan 2023

Mumbai, IndiaDharavi, the infamous slum depicted in the 2008 Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, is set for an expensive makeover. In November last year, Adani Realty, led by billionaire Gautam Adani, Asia’s richest man with an estimated worth of more than $130bn, won a bid to redevelop the Mumbai shantytown, whose blue tarpaulin-lined huts...

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What is the Bank of England looking at before rate decision?

FX Empire | 23 Jan 2023

By William Schomberg and Sumanta Sen LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England must decide next week how much higher it will raise borrowing costs as it tries to bear down on Britain’s double-digit inflation rate without adding too much stress to an economy already close to recession. BoE Governor Andrew Bailey said last week that inflation might have...

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Italy's PM eyes boost in strong energy ties with Algeria

Middle East Online | 23 Jan 2023

ALGIERS - Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni arrived Sunday in Algeria for a low-key two-day visit as the two nations look to build up a strategic partnership and Italy works to further wean itself off Russian energy with help from the gas-rich North African country. Algeria's state television announced Meloni's arrival with neither photos nor fanfare....

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Trump v Biden: how different are their policies on the US-Mexico border?

The Guardian | 22 Jan 2023

Biden’s immigration promises fall short as some of Trump’s policies remain in place – here’s what’s similar and what’s different Under Donald Trump, Americans were confronted with a near-constant onslaught of racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric and policy, especially regarding the US-Mexico border, as...