World 22 foreigners abducted from Mexican hotel
Migrant caravan broken up again in southern Mexico
HUIXTLA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican border agents and police broke up a caravan of hundreds of migrants Sunday who had set out from southernmost Mexico — the fourth such caravan officials have raided in recent days. The group of about 800 — largely Central Americans, Haitians, Venezuelans and Cubans — had spent then night at a basketball court near Huixtla, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) up the road from the border city of Tapachula where they had been kept awaiting processing by Mexican immigration officials.
Police in northern Mexico have found 38 people, including 22 Haitians and Cubans, who were abducted from a hotel, authorities have said.
The chief prosecutor of the northern state of San Luis Potosi said the victims were found alive on a roadside late Tuesday, apparently abandoned by their captors.
Prosecutor Federico Garza Herrera said the group included 16 Mexicans and 22 foreigners, among them three children and a pregnant woman.
It was not immediately clear whether the foreigners were asylum seekers or migrants. Initial reports suggested some were Venezuelans. Immigration authorities were checking their status in the country as authorities worked to prove the motivation behind the kidnapping.
Nigerian parents excited by return of 2 abducted schoolgirls
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The news this month that two Nigerian schoolgirls had made it to freedom, more than seven years after they were kidnapped by Boko Haram extremist rebels, has kindled new hope among parents whose daughters are still missing. Of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped from their school in Chibok in northeast Nigeria in April 2014, many of the girls have regained their freedom — 57 escaped in the hours following their abduction, 21 were released after negotiations brokered by the Red Cross and the Swiss Government in October 2016 and another 82 were freed in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects in May 2017. However, more than 100 are still missing.
The abduction took place at a hotel in the city of Matehuala early Tuesday.
Prosecutors said three SUVs carrying armed men arrived before dawn at the Hotel Sol y Luna and abducted the guests.
Some of the victims’ identification documents were found inside rooms. The abductors apparently also took the hotel’s guest log.
The abductees were later found by National Guard and police officers on a road outside Matehuala after a caller said a group of people were asking for help on the road.
Many asylum seekers and migrants hoping to reach the US face great danger on the way, with kidnappings, extortion, rape and even murders reported. Some are conscripted to work for drug cartels fighting over drug-trafficking routes.
As flights resume, plight of Afghan allies tests Biden's vow
WASHINGTON (AP) — Evacuation flights have resumed for Westerners, but thousands of at-risk Afghans who had helped the United States are still stranded in their homeland with the U.S. Embassy shuttered, all American diplomats and troops gone and the Taliban now in charge. With the United States and Taliban both insisting on travel documents that may no longer be possible to get in Afghanistan, the plight of those Afghans is testing President Joe Biden's promises not to leave America's allies behind. An evacuation flight out of Kabul on Thursday, run by the Gulf state of Qatar and the first of its kind since U.S.-led military evacuations ended Aug. 30, focused on U.S.
These people often bear the brunt of infighting between criminal groups, with gangs often charging smugglers a fee per person brought through their territory.
Rival gangs also sometimes simply hijack groups of asylum seekers and migrants from other traffickers.
In June, the New York-based Human Rights First organisation reported some 3,300 asylum seekers and migrants stranded in Mexico since January because of a US border policy have been kidnapped, raped, trafficked or assaulted.
The administration of President Joe Biden has used a health rule, citing the coronavirus pandemic, to turn away most people from the border. However, it has allowed unaccompanied minors to cross into the US.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration had sought to end the so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy created under former President Donald Trump, which requires individuals seeking asylum in the US to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed.
Attempts to end the programme were blocked by a district judge. The Biden administration’s appeal of the ruling to the US Supreme Court was unsuccessful.
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Over 300 years ago, Miguel Hidalgo announced Mexico's declaration of independence from Spain. However, it is far different from the United States.The day commemorates when Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo in 1810 made the cry for independence hours after midnight by giving a riveting speech in the town of Dolores and ringing the town’s church bells. The moment, which became known as the "Grito de Dolores, was the start of the 11-year Mexican War of Independence that resulted in Mexico gaining freedom from Spain after being under colonial rule for over 300 years.