The US Lays Barbed Wire At The Border As Migrant Caravan Draws Closer
Hundreds of Central American migrants planning to seek asylum in the United States moved toward the country’s border with Mexico on Tuesday as U.S. military reinforced security measures, laying barbed wire and erecting barricades.
TIJUANA: Hundreds of Central American migrants planning to seek asylum in the United States moved toward the country’s border with Mexico on Tuesday as U.S. military reinforced security measures, laying barbed wire and erecting barricades. Some 400 migrants who broke away from the main caravan in Mexico City arrived in the border city of Tijuana on Tuesday by bus, according to a Reuters witness. Larger groups are expected to arrive in the coming days, human rights organizations said.
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he would travel to the border area on Wednesday, his first visit since the military announced that over 7,000 U.S. troops would go to the area as the caravan of mostly Hondurans has made its way through Mexico.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement that it would close lanes at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa crossings from Tijuana to allow the Department of Defense to install barbed wire and position barricades and fencing. Tijuana, in the Mexican state of Baja California, is at the westerly end of the border, around 17 miles (38km) from San Diego, California.
Iran Executes ‘Sultan of Coins’ Convicted of Hoarding Two Tons of Gold
Iran executed the so-called “Sultan of Coins” and his accomplice on Wednesday for hoarding gold coins and other hard currency, signaling zero tolerance as it tries to shore up its currency in the face of an economic crisis.
State TV reported that Vahid Mazloumin and his accomplice, Mohammad Ismail Ghasemi, were hanged early Wednesday. They were convicted of manipulating coin and hard currency markets through illegal and unauthorized deals as well as smuggling. An unspecified number of other accomplices went to prison. Iranians have stocked up on gold coins and other safe-haven investments as the local currency have plummeted in recent months amid renewed U.S. sanctions following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal in May.
Israeli Defense Minister Resigns in Protest Over Gaza Ceasefire
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced his resignation on Wednesday and called for early elections because of his opposition to a ceasefire deal between Israel and Gaza that brought an end to the worst fighting since the 2014 war.
Calling the ceasefire “giving in to terror,” the hard-line leader of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party said at an afternoon news conference in Jerusalem: “We are buying quiet for a short time at a very high price for long-term security.”
“From my perspective, what happened yesterday — the ceasefire yesterday — with all of the arrangements with Hamas, is giving in to terror. There is no other understanding. There is no other meaning. This is giving in to terror.”
Judgment day for Brexit as Theresa May awaits Cabinet verdict
British Prime Minister Theresa May was facing a pivotal moment of her leadership Wednesday as members of her divided Cabinet prepared to deliver their verdict on the draft Brexit deal hammered out with the European Union.
Ministers were gathering in Downing Street for a crucial meeting at which May will learn whether she has done enough to persuade them to back her, in the face of a clamor of dissent from opponents of the deal. May and her top aides spent much of Tuesday evening in a succession of one-on-one meetings with Cabinet members, in an intensive effort to sell the deal to skeptical ministers. As ministers trooped into Downing Street, opponents of the deal — many within her own party — urged them to kill it off.
A sign of the peril faced by May came at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons when one of her own MPs, Peter Bone, accused her of “not delivering the Brexit people voted for.” In a moment of high drama, Bone said May would “lose the support of many Conservative MPs and millions of voters across the country.”
Russia jammed GPS during major NATO military exercise with US troops
The Russian military jammed GPS signals during a major NATO military exercise in Norway that involved thousands of US and NATO troops, the alliance said Wednesday, citing the Norwegian government.
The NATO exercise, Trident Juncture, concluded Sunday and involved some 50,000 personnel. It was labeled the alliance’s largest exercise since the Cold War. Non-NATO members Finland and Sweden also participated in the exercise.
A spokesperson for the Norwegian ministry of defense acknowledged the jamming to CNN, which it said took place between October 16 and November 7, and said it would defer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on further questions to Russian authorities.