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Many migrants staying in US even as expulsion flights rise

Sep. 23, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — Three hours after being freed from a giant migrant camp under an international bridge, Mackenson Veillard stood outside a gas station and took stock of his sudden good fortune as he and his pregnant wife waited for a Greyhound bus to take them to a cousin in San...

WhatsApp, social posts helped lead Haitian migrants to Texas

Sep. 23, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — For the final leg of his journey from Chile to the United States, Haitian migrant Fabricio Jean followed detailed instructions sent to him via WhatsApp from his brother in New Jersey who had recently taken the route to the Texas border. His brother...

Feeling trapped, migrants' fears grow in Mexican border city

Sep. 22, 2021 22:59 PM EDT

CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico (AP) — After more than a week at this crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border, Haitian migrant Nelson Saintil felt like the walls were beginning to close in on him and his family. Saintil was along the banks of the Rio Grande on Wednesday morning with...

Biden taps Georgia's Smyre as Dominican Republic ambassador

Sep. 22, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated a key Georgia state lawmaker to become the United States ambassador to the Dominican Republic. State Rep. Calvin Smyre, a Black Democrat from Columbus first elected in 1974, must be confirmed by the Senate before...

6 bodies thought to be those of Mexican Indigenous men found

Sep. 22, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Investigators in northern Mexico said Wednesday they have found six sets of skeletal remains and are performing forensic tests to see if they are some of the 10 men from Mexico’s most persecuted Indigenous group who were abducted in mid-July. The...

Mexican government charges against academics criticized

Sep. 22, 2021 21:47 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico has so many drug lords to deal with that critics openly wondered Wednesday why the government has instead sought to lock up 31 academics, professors and scientists in the country’s harshest maximum security prison. The government of...

Alleged Mexican drug cartel boss charged in California

Sep. 22, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An alleged top lieutenant of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel has been accused of helping smuggle tons of methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin and other drugs into the United States, federal authorities said Wednesday. A 2018 indictment by a federal grand jury...

Honduras' president at U.N. denies ties to drug trafficking

Sep. 22, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a bizarre speech to the UN General Assembly, Honduras’ president defended his crimefighting chops and hinted that convicted drug traffickers testifying against him in the U.S. were doing so in exchange for favorable treatment. President Juan...

Biden taps two fundraisers, ex state rep as ambassadors

Sep. 22, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that's he's nominating two major Democratic fundraisers and a former Georgia state lawmaker to serve as ambassadors. Erik Ramanathan, chairman of the public health nonprofit organization Heluna Health and an...

Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opens Milan Fashion Week

Sep. 22, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opened Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday with her debut runway collection, a concrete success for a movement to promote diversity in Italian fashion just a year after launching. The Italian National Fashion Chamber tapped...