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Fire devastates Honduras’ Caribbean resort island of Guanaja

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TEGUCIGALPA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – A huge fire destroyed or damaged more than 200 houses and businesses on the Honduran island of Guanaja on Saturday, forcing hundreds of residents to flee for safety and ravaging the tourism-dependent resort, relief authorities said. Dramatic video footage shared on social media showed rows......

Besieged by seaweed, Caribbean scrambles to make use of the stuff

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PUERTO MORELOS, Mexico Sept 29 (Reuters) – As the sun rises in Mexico’s Quintana Roo state, home to the white sandy beaches of Cancun and Tulum, Rear Admiral Alejandro Lopez Zenteno readies his sailors for another day of dragging rafts of brown seaweed to shore and out of view of......

Mexico to resume voluntary flights for migrants who want to return to Haiti

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Migrants from Haiti, who returned to the Mexican side of the border to avoid deportation, queue for breakfast at a shelter set by the National Migration Institute (INM) in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril MEXICO CITY, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Mexico’s government said on Sunday that it......

US migrant camp closed as Haitians migrants shunted far away

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DEL RIO, Texas, Sept 24 (Reuters) – An impromptu border camp has been emptied of thousands of Haitian migrants, a county judge in Texas said on Friday, as U.S. deportation flights and transport to Mexico has closed a chapter that has roiled U.S. politics over the past week. Val Verde......

CIA Vienna station chief removed amid ‘Havana syndrome’ criticism -Washington Post

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The CIA sign is seen onstage before the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama to speak following a meeting with his National Security Council at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The CIA has removed its Vienna station chief following criticism......

U.S. envoy resigns over expulsions to Haiti from Texas camp

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CIUDAD ACUNA, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. envoy to Haiti dramatically resigned on Thursday in a letter that excoriated Washington for deporting hundreds of migrants to the crisis-engulfed Caribbean nation from a border camp in recent days. The resignation was confirmed by a senior official at the U.S. State......

Some Haitians at U.S. border released, others deported as pressure builds on Biden

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CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Amid deteriorating conditions in migrant camps on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. authorities on Wednesday tried to deal with thousands of the mostly Haitian migrants that have gathered, releasing some in south Texas while deporting others on flights. Wade McMullen, an......

Prince Andrew is served sexual assault lawsuit in United States

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NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Andrew has been served with a sexual assault lawsuit in the United States by lawyers for a woman who says she was forced to have sex with him at the London home of a friend of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, court......

White House condemns border guard use of whip-like cord against Haitian migrants

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CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The White House on Monday criticized the use of horse reins to threaten Haitian migrants after images circulated of a U.S. border guard on horseback charging at migrants near a riverside camp in Texas. The mostly Haitian migrants in recent days have been......

White House: apparent use of whips on Haitian migrants not acceptable

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki takes questions during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The White House said on Monday that footage appearing to show border patrol agents using whips against Haitian migrants coming into......

U.S. removing migrants from Texas border camp, begins flights to Haiti

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DEL RIO, Texas/CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico, Sept 19 (Reuters) – U.S. border agents are removing groups of mostly Haitian migrants from a large makeshift camp they had set up after wading across the Rio Grande separating Mexico and the United States, as the first repatriation flight arrived in Haiti on Sunday.......

U.S. authorities accelerate removal of Haitians at U.S.-Mexico border

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CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico, Sept 18 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities moved some 2,000 people to other immigration processing stations on Friday from a Texas border town that has seen an influx of Haitian and other migrants, the Department of Homeland Security said on Saturday. Such transfers will continue “in order to......

Over 10,000 mostly Haitian migrants sleeping under Texas bridge, more expected

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CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Haitians made up most of the over 10,000 migrants sleeping on the ground and desperate for food in a squalid camp under a bridge in southern Texas on Friday, in a growing humanitarian and political challenge for U.S. President Joe Biden. The Haitians......

Thousands of migrants camp under Texas bridge, food scarce

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CIUDAD ACUÑA, MEXICO, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Ernesto, a 31-year-old Haitian migrant, waded knee-deep through the Rio Grande river that separates the United States and Mexico. He was not heading to the United States, though. He was leaving a migrant encampment in Del Rio, Texas, on Thursday to slip back......

Haiti PM fires prosecutor seeking charges against him in president’s killing

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HAVANA, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Tuesday replaced the chief public prosecutor who had been seeking charges against him as a suspect in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, plunging the country into a fresh political crisis. Moise was shot dead on July 7 when......

U.S. CDC warns against travel to Sri Lanka, Jamaica, and Brunei

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A general view of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday warned against travel to Sri Lanka, Jamaica and Brunei because of the rising......

Mexico condemns violent actions by migration agents caught on video

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Migrants and asylum seekers from Central America and the Caribbean walk in a caravan headed to the Mexican capital to apply for asylum and refugee status, on a highway near Escuintla, in Chiapas state, Mexico August 29, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Torres MEXICO CITY, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Mexico’s National Migration Institute......

Nigeria to partner with Bitt Inc to launch ‘eNaira’ digital currency

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ABUJA, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Nigeria will work with Bitt Inc as a technical partner in its bid to launch its own cryptocurrency, the “eNaira”, the Central Bank said on Monday. The Central Bank announced plans to launch its own digital currency later this year after Nigeria barred banks and......

Hundreds of migrants depart southern Mexico in caravan to protest slow asylum process

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Migrants from Central America, Haiti and Cuba queue outside the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (COMAR) to apply for asylum and refugee status in Mexico, in Tapachula, Mexico May 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Torres TAPACHULA, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers from Central America and the Caribbean......

Hurricane Ida hits Cuba’s Isle of Youth; U.S. Gulf Coast braces for hit

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A satellite image shows Tropical Storm Ida after forming in the Caribbean, about 75 miles (125 kilometers) north-northwest of Grand Cayman, August 27, 2021. NOAA/via REUTERS Aug 27 (Reuters) – Hurricane Ida barreled into Cuba on Friday and churned toward a weekend U.S. landfall along the Louisiana coast, prompting advance......

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