David Agren Special to USA Today Published 6:11 PM EDT Oct 17, 2018 MEXICO CITY — The government of Mexico dispatched two 727 Boeing planes filled with federal police officers to its southern border with Guatemala on Wednesday to intercept a caravan of Central American migrants who are trying to reach the U.S. border. The Interior and Foreign Relations ministries said in a joint statement that any migrant in the caravan without proper immigration papers would be arrested and "returned to their country of origin." Those with proper documents or wishing to apply for asylum would be allowed to enter Mexico. The caravan of migrants set out last week from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, which has long been one of the hemisphere's most violent cities with a murder rate ranking among the highest in the world. The group of migrants has swelled to an estimated 4,000 people even as President Donald Trump has condemned them and threatened to cut aid to Honduras if their … [Read more...] about Mexico sends federal police to stop caravan of U.S.-bound migrants
Federal kidnapping laws
MONTEZUMA, Iowa – The disappearance of a well-liked college student from America's heartland had touched many people since she vanished one month ago while out for a run. But the stunning news that a Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally has allegedly confessed to kidnapping and murdering her thrust the case into the middle of the contentious immigration debate and midterm elections. President Donald Trump seized on the man's arrest in the death of Mollie Tibbetts on Tuesday to call the nation's immigration laws "a disgrace" that will only be fixed by electing more Republicans. Iowa's Republican governor, facing a tough re-election challenge in November, blasted an immigration system that "allowed a predator like this to live in our community." And Iowa's two GOP U.S. senators called the death a tragedy that "could have been prevented." Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of the 20-year-old Tibbetts, whose July 18 … [Read more...] about Politicians target immigration law after arrest in death of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts
Tommy Robinson has been jailed for 13 months for breaking contempt of court laws with a Facebook Live video. His sentence can be revealed for the first time after The Independent and Leeds Live fought a reporting restriction put on the case at Leeds Crown Court. Robinson, whose real name was listed on court documents as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was arrested outside the court on Friday. He admitted committing contempt of court by publishing information that could prejudice an ongoing trial. The 35-year-old was already subject to a suspended sentence for committing contempt during a rape trial in Canterbury last year, and had been told that if he fell foul of the law again he would go to prison. UK news in pictures 50 show all UK news in pictures 1/50 People enjoy the hot weather on Bournemouth Beach during bank holiday Monday in Dorset. PA 2/50 Chris Ashton of the Barbarians scores against England at Twickenham. Getty 3/50 Lightning strikes over the city of … [Read more...] about Tommy Robinson jailed after breaking contempt of court laws with Facebook Live video
OVER 100 of the 270 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria were released last year but many are still missing. The girls had been kept prisoner for three years after being snatched from a school in the north-eastern town of Chibok in April 2014. Government ministers confirmed the girls were finally freed on Saturday 6 May 2017 in exchange for five high-ranking Boko Haram prisoners. The mass kidnap of around 270 girls caused international outrage and sparked the hashtag #bringbackourgirls - which was supported by then-First Lady Michelle Obama. More than 50 escaped soon after being kidnapped, but 220 of the girls, all snatched from the same school, remained in captivity. A military source said the girls were rescued from Banki near the Cameroon border to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state where the insurgency started. When were the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped? On the night of 14 April 2014 around 300 schoolgirls were captured at gunpoint by Boko Haram … [Read more...] about When were the Chibok schoolgirls released, why did Boko Haram kidnap them and what was the Bring Back Our Girls campaign?
Ukrainian counterintelligence officers from the SBU Security Service have thwarted an attempt of Russian special services to kidnap a Russian citizen with the help of local criminals. The SBU press center on Monday said a Russian in 2014 moved to Ukraine in a sign of disagreement with the Kremlin's aggressive policy. Russian special services hired a group of residents of Kharkiv region, led by a former police officer, to bring him back to Russia. "To steal a Russian citizen at his place of residence and transfer him to a designated place in Kharkiv region, the ringleader of the attackers hired representatives of local criminals for $23,000. The next part of the plan was to drug the Russian using sleeping pills and transport him across the state border of Ukraine to the territory of Russia for transfer to representatives of the special services of the Russian Federation," the SBU said, adding that SBU agents and National Police operatives intervened. Law enforcers detained all … [Read more...] about Russian agents attempt to kidnap Russian citizen in Ukraine critical of Kremlin – SBU