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School children wearing masks get their hands sanitized and temperatures checked as they arrive to appear for state board examination during the coronavirus pandemic in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (AP Photo/R S Iyer)

The Latest: India reports biggest jump in virus cases again

May. 26, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India reports biggest jump in virus cases for 7th straight...

Judge demands ICE better explain why it won't release kids

May. 22, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday criticized the Trump administration's handling of detained immigrant children and families, ordering the government to give the court detailed information about its efforts to quickly release them in the wake of the coronavirus. U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee on...

A woman crosses an street that's empty due to a tight lockdown in Guatemala City, early Friday, May 15, 2020. The government decreed a three-day, nationwide lockdown starting Friday to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemala president fumes over infected deportees from US

May. 21, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala's president questioned his country's relationship with the United States, revealing frustration over the U.S. continuing to send deportees infected with COVID-19 to a country struggling to manage the crisis. “This of allies with the United States isn't true,”...

Death of 74-year-old in immigration jail is seen as suicide

May. 19, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A 74-year-old South Korean man died of apparent suicide at a U.S. immigration detention center after advocates said they unsuccessfully sought his release, citing a high risk of his being infected with the coronavirus. Choung Woong Ahn was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday at...

Civil rights groups sue ICE over Buffalo detention facility

May. 18, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Civil rights groups sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials Monday, saying the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility is failing to impose social distancing rules to protect individuals held on civil immigration charges during the coronavirus outbreak. The New York Civil...

Children of migrant workers from other states wait outside a railway station to catch a train to return to their hometowns, in Mumbai, India, Friday, May 15, 2020. The pandemic has exposed India's deep economic divide as millions of migrant workers have left Indian cities with luggage bags perched on their heads and children in their arms, walking down highways in desperate attempts to reach the countryside. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The Latest: India surpasses China in coronavirus cases

May. 16, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India surpasses China in coronavirus infection cases. ...

In this image provided by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, this March 24, 2020, photo, shows unapproved COVID-19 tests that were seized on March 22, 2020 from the DHL Express Consignment Facility at JFK Airport in the Queens borough of New York. Federal officials say the COVID-19 outbreak has unleashed a wave of fraud. An arm of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, has opened more than 300 cases in recent weeks that include counterfeit products and medicines as well as fake tests for the virus.  (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)

Virus unleashes wave of fraud in US amid fear and scarcity

May. 12, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 39-year-old former investment manager in Georgia was already facing federal charges that he robbed hundreds of retirees of their savings in a Ponzi scheme when the rapid spread of COVID-19 presented an opportunity. Christopher A. Parris started pitching himself as a broker of surgical...

In this Feb. 26, 2020 photo, provided by the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, defense attorney Brad Rideout, who represented two women arrested in a sex-trafficking sting, is interviewed at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism in Phoenix. A study by the Howard Center at Arizona State University has found that undercover agents from Homeland Security Investigations repeatedly paid for and engaged in sex acts with suspected sex trafficking victims.  (Molly Duerig/Howard Center for Investigative Journalism via AP)

Documents: Federal agents engaged in sex acts with victims

May. 11, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The women were forced to live and work in filth and near darkness, the federal agent said, surviving on only the tips they received from performing massages and sexual favors. Lon Weigand, deputy special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Arizona, described them as...

Detainees sue; Northwest immigration jail has positive test

May. 8, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials on Friday confirmed the first positive COVID-19 test at the Northwest detention center in Tacoma, in a detainee who had previously tested positive at another detention center and was being medically screened on arrival at the immigration jail. The development came just as immigrant...

FILE - In this June 9, 2017, file photo, a vehicle drives into the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego. Authorities say a 57-year-old person in immigration custody has died from complications related to the coronavirus, marking the first reported death from the virus among about 30,000 people in U.S. immigration custody. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat, File)

Advocates warn of more immigrant deaths without ICE action

May. 7, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — More people will die of the coronavirus in U.S. immigration custody unless the Trump administration rapidly improves conditions and releases more detainees, lawyers and advocates warned Thursday, following the first confirmed virus-related death of a detainee. A complaint sent to the...