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Mexico opens new probe into 43 missing students MEXICO CITY: Mexico has created a special unit to investigate the disappearance of 43 students last year, yielding to longstanding demands of irate parents who dismiss the government version of what happened.Prosecutors say municipal police in the southern town of Iguala abducted the students and handed them over to a drug gang, which killed them and incinerated their bodies at a landfill in September last year.But independent experts have said there was no scientific proof that the students were incinerated at the landfill. They urged prosecutors to seek new lines of investigation.Parents of the students have long been demanding a new investigation into a case that rocked a country painfully accustomed to drug-related violence. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will oversee the new investigative unit.Parents of the students had been camping out near the presidential complex since Thursday to demand a new probe.Attorney General Arely Gomez met them Monday ...

US repatriates 108 Cuban migrants MIAMI: The United States has repatriated 108 Cuban migrants who were picked up at sea in recent days trying to reach American shores in unseaworthy vessels, the US Coast Guard said Monday.The migrants were in seven rustic craft intercepted in the Florida Strait, a treacherous, shark-infested body of water that lies between Cuba and the United States, the Coast Guard said.They were returned to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba on Sunday in two Coast Guard patrol ...
White House to update governors on refugees in their states PARIS: The White House said on Monday that it will provide more frequent updates to governors on the Syrian refugees resettled in their states.Spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House will also share more information with governors on the security process used to vet refugees before they are resettled in the United States.More than half of all U.S. governors, mainly Republicans, have raised concerns about accepting Syrian refugees since the attacks in Paris on Nov. ...
White House says Obama does not envision scenario for short-term budget PARIS: The White House said on Monday that President Barack Obama does not envision a scenario where he would need to sign a short-term extension for government funding.White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Congress has had ample time to reach a long-term budget agreement by the Dec. 11 deadline. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
US tightens visa waiver program in wake of Paris attacks WASHINGTON: The White House announced a series of changes to the U.S. visa waiver program on Monday to add more screening for travelers from 38 countries around the world allowed to enter the United States without visas.The accelerated changes were prompted by the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris by Islamic State militants, which have heightened security concerns among Americans.The Department of Homeland Security will immediately collect more information from travelers about past visits to "countries ...
Obama says 'enough is enough' after latest US shooting WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama denounced America's epidemic of gun violence Saturday after yet another deadly shooting, saying "enough is enough.""We have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough," Obama said in a statement, revealing that the shooter in Colorado Springs who killed three people and wounded nine Friday had used a military-style assault rifle.Copyright AFP ...
Gunman kills three at US family planning center COLORADO SPRINGS: A gunman opened fire at a prominent family planning center in Colorado, killing three people and wounding several in a standoff that dragged on for five hours before he surrendered.A usually busy area of snow-covered Colorado Springs was placed on lockdown into the early evening, just a day after millions of Americans celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday, in the latest incident to shed a damning light on the United States' gun culture.Mayor John Suthers ...


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