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The Honduran migrant caravan, now counting nearly 7,500 members, travels north; violence between two religious groups in Nigeria kills 55.
The caravan continues its journey north
- Thousands of Central American migrants have crossed the Mexico border and are continuing the trek north toward the United States, despite repeated threats from President Donald Trump against both the migrants and the nations they are leaving behind. [NPR / Colin Dwyer]
- In a series of tweets Monday morning, Trump called for a national emergency, saying he has ordered US Border Patrol and the military to take action. He also wrote that the government will substantially reduce the amount of foreign aid given to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. [Twitter / Donald J. Trump]
- By some estimates, the crowd of migrants traveling along with the caravan has reached nearly 7,500 people, made up of mostly Honduran and Guatemalan natives. [ABC News / Matt Gutman and Bill Hutchinson]
- Mexican authorities stated that people entering the country illegally could face apprehension and deportation. They added that more than 1,000 migrants officially applied for refugee status in Mexico over the past three days. [CNN / Maegan Vazquez]
- Tens of thousands of Central Americans have migrated to the US in the past to flee violence and poverty. While most caravans, often with smaller headcounts, have passed unnoticed, Trump has seized the opportunity to fire up an anti-illegal immigration campaign shortly before the midterm elections. [NYT / Maya Averbuch and Kirk Semple]
Nigeria’s religious divide leads to more killings
- Communal violence that erupted between Muslim and Christian youths in Kaduna, Nigeria, over the past few days has left 55 dead and drawn criticism from Nigeria’s president. [Africa News]
- Local police authorities said 22 people were arrested because of the clashes in the Kasuwan Magani area. The government imposed a 24-hour curfew on Sunday and deployed a special police force to restore calm. [Reuters / Garba Muhammad]
- Ethnic and religious differences between Nigeria’s majority-Muslim north and largely Christian south have led to several deadly tensions in the past few years. More than 1,300 people have also been killed over land disputes and competition for the nation’s scarce resources. [NYT]
- President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the violence and stated that “no culture and religion support the disregard for the sanctity of life,” according to a spokesperson. Security has become a key campaign issue for Buhari’s campaign ahead of the February 2019 election, when he’ll seek a second term. [BBC]
- Fresh off his Best Director and Best Picture Oscar wins for The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro announced he’ll direct Pinocchio for Netflix in his animated feature film debut. [Variety / Brent Lang]
- Uber Technologies Inc. may take to the skies within the next three years; the company is developing a fleet of food-delivery drones. [WSJ / Greg Bensinger and Andy Pasztor]
- The Titanic II (yes, you read that right) is set to make its maiden two-week voyage in 2022, retracing the route of the original ship 110 years after it sank in the Atlantic Ocean. [USA Today / Jayme Deerwester]
- A “headless chicken monster” that’s been roaming the Southern Ocean has finally been captured on film with the help of new underwater camera technology. [Geek / Stephanie Mlot]
“You wouldn’t let your grandparents pick your playlist. Why would you let them pick your representative who’s going to determine your future?” [In a video for ATTN, former President Barack Obama rebuts people’s common excuses not to vote / Twitter]
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Author: Stavros Agorakis