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Trump admin lays out new approach to illegal immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump the presidential candidate made no secret of his desire to crack down on illegal immigration, but once elected, he repeatedly offered varying interpretations of just how tough he would be in the White House. Now a pair of enforcement memos from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly lay bare exactly what the Trump administration plans to do and how many of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally will be targeted for deportation. The short answer: a lot. A look at some of what the policy memos say the government will do. --- SEND IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE CROSSED THE BORDER ILLEGALLY TO MEXICO - EVEN IF THEY'RE NOT MEXICAN A border security memo calls for the use of a long-standing but obscure U.S.


Mexicans weigh the daunting prospect of deportee camps
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could be popping up along their northern border under the Trump administration's plan to start deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the U.S. illegally through this country. Previous U.S. policy called for only Mexican citizens to be sent to Mexico. Migrants known as "OTMs" - Other Than Mexicans - got flown back to their homelands. Now, under a sweeping rewrite of enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, migrants might be dumped over the border into a violence-plagued land where they have no ties while their asylum claims or deportation proceedings are heard in the United States.


10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. US TAKES STRICTER IMMIGRATION STANCE A pair of Homeland Security memos lay bare how many of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally will be targeted for deportation. The short answer: a lot. 2. HOW MALAYSIA SAYS KILLING WAS CARRIED OUT The women suspected of fatally poisoning the North Korean leader's half brother were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals, then wipe them on his face, police say. The North Korean embassy ridicules the police account. 3. ACCOUNTABILITY URGED AHEAD OF FRESH ROUND OF SYRIAN PEACE TALKS After a litany of horrors, some are pushing for the creation of a Syrian court to prevent war criminals from escaping with impunity.


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Police: Suspects in N. Korean death coated hands with poison
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The two women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals and then wipe them on his face, police in Malaysia said Wednesday, announcing they were seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack. But the North Korean Embassy ridiculed the police account of Kim Jong Nam's death at a Malaysian airport, demanding the immediate release of the two "innocent women." If the toxins had been on their hands "then how is it possible that these female suspects could still be alive?" demanded a statement from North Korea's embassy in Kuala Lumpur.


US shutting down Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers' plan to close a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp that's been around for more than six months isn't likely to be the demise of on-the-ground opposition in North Dakota. Wednesday's deadline for the protesters to leave also may not spell the end of the heavy law enforcement presence near where the Dallas-based developer is finishing the last big section of the pipeline, which will carry oil from North Dakota through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois. The protest camp is on federal land in southern North Dakota between the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the pipeline route.


Iraqi Shiite militias push to take villages west of Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up mainly of Shiite militiamen, have launched a new push to capture villages west of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants. The forces' spokesman, Ahmed al-Asadi, said on Wednesday that the villages are located southwest of the town of Tal Afar, still held by the Islamic State group. He didn't provide details but the move by the umbrella group of mostly Shiite militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces is likely coordinated with government effort to recapture western part of Mosul from IS. Iraqi government forces this week took a hilltop area overlooking the Mosul city airport.


Iraqi suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detainee
LONDON (AP) - A suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release, raising questions about the ability of security services to track the whereabouts of potential terrorists. The Islamic State group identified the bomber as Abu Zakariya al-Britani, and two British security officials also confirmed the man was a 50-year-old Briton formerly known as Ronald Fiddler and as Jamal al-Harith. He was one of 16 men paid a total of 10 million pounds (now worth $12.4 million) in compensation in 2010, when the British government settled a lawsuit alleging its intelligence agencies were complicit in the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, according to the officials.


New hope for Yazidi women raped and tortured by IS fighters
DOHUK, Iraq (AP) - It's been less than two weeks since Perwin Ali Baku escaped the Islamic State group, after more than two years in captivity, bought and sold from fighter to fighter and carted from Iraq to Syria and then back again. When a door slams, the 23-year-old Yazidi woman flashes back to her captors locking away her 3-year-old daughter, captured with her, to torment her. When she hears a loud voice, she cringes at the thought of them barking orders. "I don't feel right," she said, sitting on a mattress on the floor of her father-in-law's small canvas-topped Quonset hut in a northern Iraq refugee camp.


GOP members of Congress face Trump foes at town halls
BLACKSTONE, Va. (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. David Brat, who rode voter anger to a historic political upset nearly three years ago, was on the receiving end of constituent angst about the Trump administration as he held a town hall in Virginia. Protesters and supporters crowded a restaurant conference room in Blackstone where Brat fielded questions for about hour Tuesday. He was loudly heckled and booed when he defended President Donald Trump and his policies on health care and immigration, with the occasional cheer from supporters of his positions on gun rights and fewer regulations. The former economics professor said he enjoyed the feisty give and take.


Video shows Harrison Ford wrongly flying over airliner
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Video released Tuesday shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a Southern California airport. The 45 seconds of soundless video show the 74-year-old "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" star's potentially serious mishap at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. In it, an American Airlines 737 is taxiing slowly. Then Ford's yellow, single-engine Aviat Husky suddenly zooms in from the right of the frame, flying low over the airliner and casting its shadow down the middle of the bigger plane before landing on the taxiway.