Mexico foreign minister says national guard to deploy to southern border

Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard speaks to reporters after a meeting between U.S. and Mexican officials on immigration and trade at the State Department in Washington, U.S., June 6, 2019. (REUTERS)
Updated 07 June 2019
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Mexico foreign minister says national guard to deploy to southern border

  • Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on Mexican imports starting next week if Mexico does not do more to contain the migrant flows

WASHINGTON: Mexico will deploy its national guard to its southern border with Guatemala, the Mexican foreign minister said on Thursday, as part of the country’s bid to stem Central American migration that has drawn US President Donald Trump’s ire.
“We have explained that there are 6,000 men and that they will be deployed there,” Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters in televised remarks as he left a meeting with US officials in Washington.
Ebrard added that Mexico’s talks with the United States about migration will continue on Friday. Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on Mexican imports starting next week if Mexico does not do more to contain the migrant flows.


Pakistan’s northwest tribal areas hold 1st local polls

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Pakistan’s northwest tribal areas hold 1st local polls

  • Some 2.8 million voters are registered for Saturday’s elections
  • Pakistan claims to have cleared the tribal areas of militants in a series of military operations in recent years

PESHAWAR: Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas are holding their first-ever provincial elections, in a region along the Afghan border that was once a stronghold for the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and other militant groups.
The seven tribal districts were merged last year into the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Before that, the tribal areas were federally administered, and residents could only vote in the national assembly.
Sohail Khan, a spokesman for the provincial election body, said 285 candidates, including two women, are running for sixteen seats.
Some 2.8 million voters are registered for Saturday’s elections, which opened at 8 a.m. local time amid heightened security.
Pakistan claims to have cleared the tribal areas of militants in a series of military operations in recent years, but the region still sees occasional attacks.