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Mexicans seeking asylum becoming more prominent at U.S. border

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

As the Trump administration has all but stopped allowing Central American families to seek asylum in the U.S., Mexican parents and children are arriving in increasing numbers at the southern border and seeking asylum amid escalating cartel violence

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Brother of Honduran president convicted in drug conspiracy

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 1:47 p.m.

The brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was convicted Friday in a massive drug conspiracy case in New York City after prosecutors said he relied on “state sponsored drug trafficking” enabled by his brother.
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Officials: Blast at Afghan mosque kills 62 during prayers

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

An explosion rocked a mosque in eastern Afghanistan as dozens of people gathered for Friday prayers, causing the roof to collapse and killing 62 worshippers, provincial officials said. The attack underscored the record-high number of civilians dying in the country’s 18-year war.
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Mexican president defends retreat in face of cartel gunmen

Mexican security forces backed off an attempt to capture a son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman after finding themselves outgunned in a ferocious shootout with cartel enforcers that left at least eight people dead and more than 20 wounded, authorities said Friday.
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Venezuela wins seat on UN rights body despite opposition

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 5:11 p.m.

Venezuela won a contested election for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday despite a campaign by over 50 organizations and many countries opposed to Nicolas Maduro’s government and its rights record.
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Former Nazi SS guard, 93, goes on trial in Hamburg

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 2:37 p.m.

From his post as a teenage SS private in a watchtower in Nazi Germany’s Stutthof concentration camp, Bruno Dey could hear the screams of Jews dying in the gas chamber. And, Dey later told investigators, the carting of their lifeless bodies to the camp’s crematorium was a daily sight.
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UN: Afghan insurgents responsible for most 2019 casualties

Afghan civilians are dying in record numbers in the country’s increasingly brutal war, noting that more civilians died in July than in any previous one-month period since the U.N. began keeping statistics, according to a U.N. report released Thursday.
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Administration hails Turkish cease-fire; Kurds must vacate border area

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, 5:14 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that the U.S. and Turkey had agreed to a five-day cease-fire in northern Syria to allow for a Kurdish withdrawal from a security zone roughly 20 miles south of the Turkish border, in what appeared to be a significant embrace of Turkey’s position in the week-long conflict.
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9 dead as Guineans protest president’s bid to extend power

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019, 2:06 p.m.

At least nine people have been killed in three days of protests in Guinea against the president’s bid to extend his time in power, while hospitals are overwhelmed with scores of people wounded, a doctor told The Associated Press on Wednesday.