The global stakes of Guatemala’s elections today

(CNN)Donald Trump would be wise to watch Guatemala’s run-off presidential election this weekend closely. Guatemala’s next president will be tasked with overseeing the final implementation of a controversial agreement reached between Trump and his Guatemalan counterpart, outgoing President Jimmy Morales, in late July. The deal has not yet been ratified by Guatemala. Labeled as a “safe third agreement” by the White House, the deal would commit Guatemala to extending asylum to migrants who seek it when moving through the country. It would also make some asylum-seekers who pass through Guatemala ineligible for protection in the US. (Read the deal itself here.) Critics say the preliminary arrangement endangers asylum seekers and may violate a court ruling stipulating that Morales cannot enter …

Six months on, Juan Guaid supporters hang on to fading hope in Venezuela

Fresh protests to mark half a year after he declared himself interim leader, but Nicols Maduro remains in power Sol Castro Snchez was a picture of elation as she took to the streets of Caracas in the days after Juan Guaid launched his dramatic bid to topple the retired professor enthused as she marched through Venezuelas capital with tens of thousands of jubilant protesters and a homemade placard that read: Enough is enough! We want them out! Six months later, that excitement and with it Castros conviction that change is nigh is fading. At that time, I felt you could reach out and you could grasp it, the 63-year-old caraquea admitted this week. I dont have that feeling any more. …

Mexican president calls El Chapos life sentence in US jail inhumane

Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador also vowed to bring down violence stemming from drug violence President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador of Mexico has called the jail conditions of drug lord after a judge sentenced him Lcreated a new militarized police force to bring down violence that has spiraled as cartels splinter and smaller groups fight for territory. Last year, violence cost a record 33,000 lives. Those numbers continued surging in the first six months of Lpez Obradors term in office, which began in December. When asked whether he expected violence to rise further over coming weeks following the sentencing of El Chapo, Lpez Obrador said: No, on the contrary. We think that bit by bit the number of criminal incidents will …

Air France could face trial over 2009 crash of Rio-Paris flight

Prosecutors say airline knew of problems with Airbus A330 plane that crashed, killing 228 people French prosecutors have recommended that Air France face trial for manslaughter and negligence over the 2009 The pilots were confused and unaware they had stalled the plane which was plummeting until seconds before it plunged into the ocean at around 200km/h.

Trump administration to continue deporting Venezuelans despite crisis

US as yet unwilling to grant temporary protected status but senators accuse Trump of having it both ways over Maduro The Trump administration has said it is not yet willing to grant temporary protected status to Venezuelans, meaning it will continue to deport people back to a country it says is being destroyed by a tyrant. The news comes amid a humanitarian crisis that could forcibly displace as many as killing thousands of its own citizens. In a Venezuela is now the leading country of origin for asylum336 Venezuelan citizens. At the same time the government is saying it needs to monitor the situation more, administration officials are calling the government of Maduro a thugocracy, and decrying the humanitarian situation …

Canadian minister dismisses suggestion to block Huawei CFOs extradition

Chrystia Freeland said move would set a dangerous precedent while Meng Wanzhou will challenge extradition request Canadas foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has dismissed a suggestion that Ottawa block the extradition of a top executive from Chinas Huawei to the US, saying it would set a dangerous precedent. Huaweis chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, Sangrily demanded Canada release Meng and detained two Canadians on spying charges. It has also blocked imports of Canadian canola seed and the prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has said he fears further retaliation. The Globe and Mail newspaper on Thursday said former Canadian prime minister Jean Chrtien had floated the idea of the government Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : …

All I have done, no credit! Enraged Trump defends US-Mexico migrant deal

President tweets ire at New York Times and opponents as agreement to avoid tariffs comes under scrutiny The Trump administration was forced to defend its immigration agreement with Mexico on Sunday, bringing the highest number of monthly apprehensions made by US authorities in the past 13 years. In the deal announced with in the joint declaration during secretive negotiations over the past six months. On Sunday, the president fired off a series of enraged tweets as he headed for a second day of golf at his course in Sterling, Virginia. Lamenting what he called another false report in the Failing New York Times, he wrote: If President Obama made the deals that I have made, both at the Border and …

3 myths about Mexico and migration, debunked

(CNN)US President Donald Trump says Mexico isn’t doing enough to stop immigration — and he’s threatening to saddle Mexican goods with tariffs as result. Reality: Deportations from Mexico have been on the rise in recent months, and the country has launched several new efforts in response to the situation. In the face of Trump’s threat, Mexican officials have been pressing hard in recent days to tout their efforts to step up immigration enforcement and using data to make their case. In a statement released Monday, Mexico’s government said authorities there have deported 80,537 people since December. That’s a 33% increase from the number of migrants Mexico deported in the previous six-month period (60,605 from June-November 2018) and a 54% increase …

Canadian volunteers scour river for missing Indigenous women

Drag the Red searches for human remains in the Red River as a report recently concluded Indigenous women face a genocide As a government inquiry compiled its landmark race-based genocide and laid out more than 200 policy recommendations for future action. But Smith and her team have no plans to end their work: tragedy continues to befall Indigenous families across the country. More than 130 Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been killed serial killer Robert Pickton in 1996. We have this attention now with the national inquiry, but how long is that going to last for? she asked. At the end of the day women are still going to go missing and are being murdered. Smiths work …

These are, we kid you not, actual questions people Google about Cinco de Mayo

(CNN)You know the old saying, “There’s no such thing as a stupid question?” When is Cinco de Mayo? Cinco = 5. de Mayo = of May. So, May 5. What is Cinco de Mayo in Spanish? Cinco de Mayo. When is Cinco de Mayo celebrated in Mexico? On Cinco de Mayo. When is Cinco de Mayo celebrated in the US? *Sigh. On Cinco de Mayo. When is Cinco de Mayo in Portland, Oregon? We’ve been through this already. When was the Cinco de Mayo war? There was no Cinco de Mayo war. The holiday celebrates Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It was a relatively minor battle — the French reclaimed Puebla a …