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Mexico uncovers massive migrant smuggling ring using trucks

Jul. 22, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials said Monday they have uncovered an industrial-scale migrant smuggling ring using tractor-trailer rigs disguised as freight deliveries for major companies. President Andres Manuel López Obrador said authorities found a tractor-trailer disguised with the logo of...

The Latest: Iran's FM says UK ship was traveling unsafely

Jul. 22, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Iran's foreign minister says his country seized a British-flagged oil tanker last week because it was violating "international law on safe passage" in the Strait of Hormuz. Speaking Monday during a...

Mexico, US to launch plan against arms smuggling at border

Jul. 22, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Monday it has reached agreement with the United States for a joint operation to combat gun smuggling along the U.S. border after seeing a spike in the number of illegal firearms detected. Seizures of assault rifles in Mexico are up 122% so far this year....

Teen mom, newborn eye new life from Tijuana migrant shelter

Jul. 22, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The tiny, month-old boy slept soundly on the bottom bunk, seemingly undisturbed by the squealing Central American toddlers running by and a kitten leaping from the neighboring bed. About 25 people sleep in the cinderblock room crammed with seven bunkbeds at a Tijuana shelter...

5 shot dead, 6 wounded in Acapulco bar near beach

Jul. 21, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Gunmen killed five men and wounded six other people at a popular bar in Acapulco on Sunday, the latest in a string of violent incidents for the once-glamorous Pacific Coast resort city that has fallen on hard times. The Guerrero state prosecutor's office said the shootings took...

US notes advance in Mexican migration enforcement

Jul. 21, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged Sunday that Mexico has made progress on migration enforcement, while expressing hope that El Salvador can stem the tide of migrants north from that Central American country. Pompeo spent the morning with Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo...

Costa Rica officials say tainted alcohol kills at least 19

Jul. 21, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Costa Rican Health Ministry says it has confirmed 19 deaths from consumption of alcohol tainted with methanol. The ministry said in a Friday report that the investigation continues, but so far it has counted 14 men and five women who have died after drinking adulterated liquor since...

US hotels caught in fight over housing detained migrants

Jul. 21, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — There's a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels. Advocacy groups and unions are pressuring Marriott, MGM and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. For decades, the U.S. government has occasionally detained migrants in...

Some asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico help each other

Jul. 20, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Mexico (AP) — A small group of asylum seekers sit under a canopy on the side of a road leading into the United States, chatting to pass the time as a blazing desert sun pushes the heat into triple digits and fumes roll in from dozens of cars lined up to cross the U.S.-Mexico border....

Tennessee student dies in accident on Guatemala trip

Jul. 20, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A college-bound student in Tennessee was killed in an accident while on a trip to Guatemala. Carson-Newman University says Seth Washam died from an electrical short in a hotel swimming pool, according WATE-TV. His sister, Emma Washam, a junior at Carson-Newman, was injured in...