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jordan, iraq reopen border crossing, vital to trade


karameh border crossing, jordan — jordan and iraq have reopened their only border crossing after a two-year closure, taking a step toward stabilizing an area devastated by islamic state group extremists and allowing for a resumption of vital trade.iraq closed the crossing after large areas, including the anbar border province, fell to is. the militants have since been pushed back in u.s.-backed offensives.on wednesday, senior officials from both sides attended an opening ceremony. they did not say when the first trucks would be crossing the border.the crossing is known in jordan as karameh and in iraq as turabil. it sits along a 900-kilometer (560-mile) trade route linking jordan's capital of amman and iraq's capital of baghdad.jordan's exports to iraq dropped by more than two-thirds from






expansion work closes busiest us-mexico border crossing


san diego (ap) — the busiest border crossing in the united states has officially closed for the weekend to travelers who normally drive through it daily to mexico.the san ysidro port of entry connecting san diego to tijuana closed at 3 a.m. saturday and will remain closed until noon monday for work on a $741 million expansion project.the expansion is believed to be the largest renovation of a crossing along the nearly 2,000-mile-long u.s.-mexico border. it has been in the works for years to ease congestion and boost cross-border commerce.authorities have warned that the closure for southbound traffic may cause a massive traffic jam and become a monumental headache for border businesses, workers, tourists.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.u.s. officials have advised






protesting greek farmers briefly block crossing to bulgaria


thessaloniki, greece — greek farmers angry at income cuts demanded by the country's bailout creditors have briefly blocked a border crossing to bulgaria, and are keeping a key crossing into macedonia shut for a second day.about 200 farmers closed off the promahonas crossing for nearly an hour, before freeing the road to traffic from both sides of the border tuesday.at evzoni — the busiest of the three border crossings to macedonia — dozens of trucks were lined up on both sides of the border as farmers kept up a blockade started monday.farmers also intermittently blocked roads in other parts of greece by parking tractors on the tarmac.many farmers have been hit in recent weeks with higher taxes on their income, land and fuel. the protests started last week.






myanmar: the perilous journey of rohingya refugees | myanmar


rohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the bangladesh-myanmar border in teknaf, bangladesh. [mohammad ponir hossain/reuters]rohingya refugees stand in an open place during heavy rain, as they are held by border guard bangladesh after illegally crossing the border, in teknaf, bangladesh. [mohammad ponir hossain/reuters]an exhausted rohingya helps an elderly family member and a child as they arrive at kutupalong refugee camp after crossing from myanmar to the bangladesh side of the border, in ukhia. the man said he lost several family members in myanmar. [bernat armangue/ap photo]a rohingya family reaches the bangladesh border after crossing a creek of the naf river on the border with myanmar, in cox's bazar's teknaf area. [bernat armangue/ap photo]rohingya refugees sit as t






homeland security chief says border will still be needed


washington — homeland security secretary john kelly says the sharp decline in people crossing the southern border illegally won't continue unless his agency gets the resources needed to secure the border.kelly says a wall in the right places, will do that job. he told a senate panel that the wall won't be from "sea to shining sea," but in places where border agents say it would be most effective.in his written testimony, kelly says that fewer than 12,500 people were caught crossing the mexican border illegally in march. it was the lowest monthly tally of arrests at the border in at least 17 years. the decline in arrests is a sign that fewer people are trying to cross the border illegally.






smuggled bengal tiger cub confiscated at border crossing


san diego (ap) — u.s. border officials have confiscated a bengal tiger cub after inspecting a car heading from mexico to california.the u.s. customs and border protection said in a news release thursday that the cub was found during a routine inspection of the car at about 1:30 a.m. wednesday at the otay mesa border crossing, southeast of downtown san diego.officials say the 18-year-old driver is a u.s. citizen and has been arrested.u.s. fish & wildlife service officials took custody of the cub and are working with the san diego zoo to care for it.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






homeland security chief says border will still be needed


washington (ap) — homeland security secretary john kelly says the sharp decline in people crossing the southern border illegally won’t continue unless his agency gets the resources needed to secure the border.kelly says a wall in the right places, will do that job. he told a senate panel that the wall won’t be from “sea to shining sea,” but in places where border agents say it would be most effective.in his written testimony, kelly says that fewer than 12,500 people were caught crossing the mexican border illegally in march. it was the lowest monthly tally of arrests at the border in at least 17 years. the decline in arrests is a sign that fewer people are trying to cross the border illegally.alicia a. caldwell






expansion work closes busiest us-mexico border crossing


san diego — people kicking off fall vacations in mexico this weekend won't be able to use the nation's busiest border crossing to get there.the northbound side of the san ysidro crossing connecting san diego to tijuana closed at 3 a.m. saturday and will remain closed until noon monday for work on a $741 million expansion project.the mexican side of the crossing, used by people traveling into the united states, will remain open.u.s. officials have been warning travelers for days to avoid driving to baja california until the crossing reopens. several large "road closed" signs were placed along interstate 5 early saturday morning as traffic was diverted off the freeway. those who do will be detoured east to the much smaller otay mesa crossing, and a massive traffic jam could be the result."do






pakistan shuts key border crossing in wake of shrine attack


islamabad — two pakistani officials say a second key chaman border crossing into afghanistan has been closed, halting trade supplies to the neighboring landlocked country.the border closure in pakistan's southwest baluchistan province comes after a suicide bombing at a sufi shrine in southern pakistan that killed 88 people. it was seen as a tactic to pressure kabul to act against militants who pakistan says have sanctuaries in afghanistan.the pakistani officials asked to remain anonymous because they are not authorized to brief the media on the record.earlier, pakistan closed a border crossing at torkham, which connects pakistan to afghanistan's nangarhar province.the islamic state says it was behind the shrine attack and pakistani security forces have launched nationwide operations that t






february marks fewest arrests at border in recent years


washington (ap) — arrests at the mexican border plummeted to the lowest monthly level in years during president donald trump’s first full month in office.the border patrol says about 23,500 people were arrested by the border patrol trying to cross the mexican border in february.in january, about 42,500 people were caught at the border. the february figures, which also include drops in the arrests of families and children crossing the border alone, are the lowest monthly tallies since at the least the start of the 2012 budget year.it’s unclear what prompted the steep declines. the number of people caught crossing the border illegally in the winter typically is lower than during the summer, though trump has also made clear he intends to take a hard line on illegal immigration.most read stori






pakistan reopens major afghanistan border crossing | news


pakistan announced it had reopened a major border crossing with afghanistan on saturday, more than three weeks after at least 15 people were killed when troops from both sides exchanged fire for several hours.the chaman crossing into afghanistan's kandahar province was reopened on "humanitarian grounds" after afghan officials submitted a request, according to a statement by the pakistani military.the move to reopen the crossing comes on the first day of the muslim fasting month of ramadan in pakistan.pakistan and afghanistan have agreed to maintain a ceasefire in the border town of chaman, where nine pakistanis and six afghans were killed on may 5, according to the statement.pakistan claims the violence began when afghan forces opened fire on census workers and troops escorting them. kabul






pakistan reopens major afghanistan border crossing | news


pakistan announced it had reopened a major border crossing with afghanistan on saturday, more than three weeks after at least 15 people were killed when troops from both sides exchanged fire for several hours.the chaman crossing into afghanistan's kandahar province was reopened on "humanitarian grounds" after afghan officials submitted a request, according to a statement by the pakistani military.the move to reopen the crossing comes on the first day of the muslim fasting month of ramadan in pakistan.pakistan and afghanistan have agreed to maintain a ceasefire in the border town of chaman, where nine pakistanis and six afghans were killed on may 5, according to the statement.pakistan claims the violence began when afghan forces opened fire on census workers and troops escorting them. kabul






mexico border crossing to reopen 12 hours ahead of schedule


san diego — u.s. officials expect to reopen freeway lanes to mexico at the busiest border crossing with the united states about 12 hours ahead of a scheduled 57-hour shutdown for southbound traffic.the u.s. general services administration announced sunday it will reopen four of five southbound lanes at the san ysidro border crossing at midnight instead of at noon on monday.one lane will remain closed for further construction to realign interstate 5 to feed into a renovated arrival point.detoured traffic into mexico was unusually light over the weekend as motorists heeded calls to avoid driving to tijuana from san diego.once the $741 million expansion is completed in 2019, there will be twice the number of lanes to handle the estimated 40,000 vehicles that pass through san ysidro on weekend






canada border patrol responds to surge in illegal crossings


burlington, vt. (ap) — in recent months, the number of people crossing illegally from the eastern u.s. to the quebec region in canada has surged, and canadian border officials have adjusted some patrols to better deal with the influx at popular spots, officials said last week.cpl. camille habel, spokesperson for the royal canadian mounted police in quebec, said the agency arrests individuals it believes have crossed into canada illegally.habel said the agency does not keep statistics on which u.s. states people are crossing illegally from, but she said roxham road near perry mills, new york, has been a popular entry point recently. a national public radio report highlighted this area last week, saying quebec has seen the highest influx of people seeking asylum in recent months.“it’s an are






crossing the irish border - bbc news


when brexit happens, the uk will suddenly have a major land border with the eu.the frontier is 310 miles (499km) long but can you always tell when you cross one of the 300 cross-border roads? one east-west road cuts across the border four times inside six miles.read our special brexit reportvideo journalist: peter hamill






mexico border crossing to reopen 12 hours ahead of schedule


san diego (ap) — u.s. officials expect to reopen freeway lanes to mexico at the busiest border crossing with the united states about 12 hours ahead of a scheduled 57-hour shutdown for southbound traffic.the u.s. general services administration announced sunday it will reopen four of five southbound lanes at the san ysidro border crossing at midnight instead of at noon on monday.one lane will remain closed for further construction to realign interstate 5 to feed into a renovated arrival point.detoured traffic into mexico was unusually light over the weekend as motorists heeded calls to avoid driving to tijuana from san diego.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.once the $741 million expansion is completed in 2019, there will be twice the number of lanes to handle the es






city awards $600k contract for middle crossing


menlo park awarded a contract this week for construction of a pedestrian crossing that will connect to a caltrain grade separation project now underway.the city council on tuesday night approved a $581,635 contract with engineering firm aecom to study and do early design work for a new pedestrian/bicycle crossing from where middle avenue ends at el camino real to burgess park. the city hasn’t yet decided whether the crossing will be an underpass or overpass.as much as $700,000 has been authorized for the study and design, including staff time and contingencies. a san mateo county transportation authority grant will cover $490,000 of that cost and the city will pick up the rest. the grant is funded by the county’s measure a half-cent transportation sales tax.the crossing was originally prop






pakistan: army kills 50 afghan forces in border fight


quetta, pakistan — the pakistani army says it has destroyed at least five afghan checkpoints near the border between the two countries, killing about 50 security forces.maj. gen. nadeem ahmad told reporters sunday at the chaman border crossing that two of his soldiers were also killed and another nine were wounded.the pakistani and afghan armies have been clashing at the border crossing in southwestern baluchistan province since friday.officials in islamabad say the fighting began after afghan security forces fired on pakistani census workers and the troops escorting them, killing nine civilians and wounding 42, including women and children.pakistan and afghanistan routinely accuse each other of providing sanctuaries to their enemy insurgents — which both sides deny.






heading to mexico? busiest u.s. crossing closing this weekend


san diego — the busiest border crossing in the united states will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to mexico.the closure between san diego and tijuana for work on a $741 million expansion project presents a monumental headache for border businesses, workers, tourists and christopher enjambre. his band, minor gems, plays gigs in tijuana.“it’s already hectic now, so … damn,” he said, shaking his head in disbelief. “it’s going to be crazy.”travelers have been enduring hours-long waits on the mexican side of the border to enter the u.s. with the constant addition of security measures since the sept. 11, 2001, attacks.frequent crossers, like enjambre, 28, of chula vista, south of downtown san diego, worry they will now face long lines on both sides, mak






a guide to protecting your data privacy when crossing the us border / boing boin


the electronic frontier foundation has just updated its 2011 guide to digital privacy at the u.s. border with an all new edition that covers the law, administrative rules, technological options and potential repercussions of crossing the us border while not undergoing the warrantless seizure and indefinite retention of all of your sensitive data -- in a guide that breaks out the different risks for us citizens, us permanent residents, and visitors to the usa. report this ad as i've previously noted, the law regarding what protections you have at the border is frustratingly unsettled, with grey zones on everything from being compelled to unlock a device to being compelled to turn over your passwords for social media and cloud services, and since the big online platforms are not designed wit






sunland park accelerates push for a new border crossing


will the city of sunland park’s old dream of a new international border crossing with mexico finally become reality? that’s what elected leaders and city officials wish to realize within the next two or three years.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netsunland park city hall“the whole concept of a port of entry is going to be vital for the economic growth and sustainability of sunland park,” bob gallagher, sunland park’s city manager, said in a phone interview.envisioned to handle both pedestrian and vehicular traffic, the new port of entry would provide easy access from mexico to the sunland park racetrack and casino, where a new hotel was recently opened, as well as a walking pathway for people desiring to visit relatives on either side of the border or simply pass a day in sunland park. on th






trump plans to deport anyone caught crossing southern border to mexico, regardle


buried deep in the trump administration’s plans to round up undocumented immigrants is a provision certain to enrage mexico — new authority for federal agents to deport anyone caught crossing the southern border to mexico, regardless of where they are from. if present immigration trends continue, that could mean the united states would push hundreds of…






homeland security chief backtracks on splitting families


homeland security secretary john kelly says parents and children caught crossing the mexican border illegally won't be separated unless the "situation at the time requires it."washington — homeland security secretary john kelly says parents and children caught crossing the mexican border illegally won’t be separated unless the “situation at the time requires it.”kelly said border agents could separate parents and children if, for instance, the mother is sick or addicted to drugs. but he said it won’t be routine.kelly’s comment to a senate committee appears to reverse earlier statements that his agency was considering separation as a deterrent to would-be border crossers, mostly from central america.in his written testimony, kelly said about 1,100 people traveling as families were caught tr






iraqi forces capture border crossing to syria from is


beirut (ap) — iraqi forces captured saturday a border crossing point to syria from the islamic state group, increasing pressure on the extremists and getting closer to meeting up with syrian troops and their allies who reached the border earlier this month for the first time in years.tribal forces and border police, supported by iraqi and u.s.-led coalition aircraft, took part in the operation to take the al-waleed crossing, the iraqi joint operations command said in a statement.al-waleed, in the far west of iraq, fell to the islamic state group in 2015, giving the militants full control of the iraq-syria border, which they vowed to erase as part of their ambition to build their caliphate.saturday’s push by iraqi troops came nearly three weeks after iraq’s paramilitary forces — mostly shii






israel reopens egypt crossing after security assessment


jerusalem — israel has reopened its border crossing to egypt's sinai peninsula shut over a week ago over intelligence warnings of possible attacks.israel's counterterrorism office said on friday the taba crossing is reopened but warned that the threat to israelis in sinai remains "severe, concrete and immediate."it recommended against visiting sinai now and advised those already there to "leave immediately."israel shut the border a day after militants in egypt bombed two churches earlier this month, killing dozens of christian worshippers during palm sunday ceremonies.earlier this week, the islamic state group claimed responsibility for an attack that killed a policeman and wounded at least three in sinai, near a tourist area along the red sea coast.sinai is popular with israeli tourists f






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border crossers, and the deadly desert that claims so many of them


thousands of migrants have died in the arizona desert after crossing the u.s.-mexico border illegally. pima county helps identify their remains.        






iraqi forces capture border crossing to syria from is


beirut — iraqi forces captured saturday a border crossing point to syria from the islamic state group, increasing pressure on the extremists and getting closer to meeting up with syrian troops and their allies who reached the border earlier this month for the first time in years.tribal forces and border police, supported by iraqi and u.s.-led coalition aircraft, took part in the operation to take the al-waleed crossing, the iraqi joint operations command said in a statement.al-waleed, in the far west of iraq, fell to the islamic state group in 2015, giving the militants full control of the iraq-syria border, which they vowed to erase as part of their ambition to build their caliphate.saturday's push by iraqi troops came nearly three weeks after iraq's paramilitary forces — mostly shiite fi






trump officials visit san diego border, blast sanctuary jurisdictions for not he


about 80 people gathered near the san ysidro border crossing friday morning to send a message to trump administration officials visiting san diego about the needs of border communities.attorney general jeff sessions and secretary john kelly toured san diego’s border and immigration detention on... (kate morrissey)






syria, iraq troops link at border for first time in years


beirut — syrian troops and allied militias met up with iraqi forces at one crossing point along their shared border sunday for the first time in years, in a step described as a major achievement by the syrian military in their fight against the islamic state group.the development came as the u.s. military confirmed that it had shot down a syrian air force fighter jet that had bombed local forces aligned with the americans in the fight against is, threatening to escalate tensions. the syrian su-22 was shot down near the town of tabqa, it said.the meeting with iraqi forces reported by pro-government media took place a day after iraqi forces captured a border crossing point with syria, al-waleed, from the is militants. it was not immediately clear if the syrian forces reached a new point alon






pakistan opens border crossing for ailing afghans to return


quetta, pakistan — a pakistani government official says authorities have made an exception for ailing afghans, allowing them to leave and return home through a key border crossing that was closed following a deadly exchange last week.pakistan and afghanistan traded gunfire at the chaman border last friday, leaving casualties on both sides, a rare escalation in tensions between the two neighbors.local official, qaiser khan, said on tuesday the border will remain closed for everyone except sick afghan nationals.pakistan said afghan forces opened fire on pakistani census workers at chaman, killing 11 people. afghanistan says the pakistanis started shooting first and that two soldiers and nine civilians died on the afghan side.pakistani and afghan experts are now jointly surveying villages in






egypt temporarily reopens gaza's rafah crossing | palestine news


egypt has temporarily reopened the rafah border crossing, in one direction, to allow hundreds of stranded palestinians to return to the gaza strip, according to officials.the rafah border, the only crossing to gaza bypassing israel, opened for three days starting on saturday, allowing people in but not out."egyptian authorities reopened the rafah crossing for three days only, from saturday until monday, and only in one direction to allow those stranded on the egyptian side to return home," palestinian officials said in a statement, describing the move as a "humanitarian" gesture. read more: egypt's siege on gaza - 'rafah opens only for the dead' gaza's border authority also said that more than 20,000 palestinians, "who are considered humanitarian cases", are stuck in the strip in desperate






egypt temporarily reopens gaza's rafah crossing | palestine news


egypt has temporarily reopened the rafah border crossing, in one direction, to allow hundreds of stranded palestinians to return to the gaza strip, according to officials.the rafah border, the only crossing from gaza bypassing israel, opened for three days starting on saturday, allowing people in but not out."egyptian authorities reopened the rafah crossing for three days only, from saturday until monday, and only in one direction to allow those stranded on the egyptian side to return home," palestinian officials said in a statement, describing the move as a "humanitarian" gesture. read more: egypt's siege on gaza - 'rafah opens only for the dead' gaza's border authority also said that more than 20,000 palestinians, "who are considered humanitarian cases", are stuck in the strip in despera






tough court on immigration serves as model for trump plans


del rio, texas — one by one, the mexican men stood in the jury box, shackles rattling as they fidgeted slightly and pleaded guilty to crossing the u.s. border illegally.they had come for better jobs, many to earn more money to help raise their children, their defense lawyer told a federal magistrate in a quiet west texas courtroom about 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of the mexican border. the magistrate, collis white, warned that a guilty plea would mean jail time and they couldn't return to the united states legally for years. speaking in spanish, each of the 15 men said they understood. they faced up to six months in jail, but most were sentenced to just a few days.they had the misfortune of landing in america's toughest courthouse for people who cross the border illegally. in other juris






syria, iraq troops link at border for first time in years


beirut (ap) — syrian troops and allied militias met up with iraqi forces at one crossing point along their shared border sunday for the first time in years, in a step described as a major achievement by the syrian military in their fight against the islamic state group.the development reported by pro-government media sunday comes a day after iraqi forces captured a border crossing point with syria, al-waleed, from the is militants. it was not immediately clear if the syrian forces reached a new point along their border with iraq or whether it was the iraqi forces that had moved northeast of their newly captured point.the u.s.-led coalition said it was aware of the iraqi forces’ maneuvers along the border, which highlight baghdad’s resolve to fight is. the maneuvers have no impact on the u.






egypt temporarily re-opens gaza's rafah crossing | palestine news


egypt has temporarily reopened the rafah border crossing, in one direction, to allow hundreds of stranded palestinians to return to the gaza strip, according to officials.the rafah border, the only crossing from gaza bypassing israel, opened for three days starting on saturday, allowing people in but not out."egyptian authorities reopened the rafah crossing for three days only, from saturday until monday, and only in one direction to allow those stranded on the egyptian side to return home," palestinian officials said in a statement, describing the move as a "humanitarian" gesture. read more: egypt's siege on gaza - 'rafah opens only for the dead' gaza's border authority also said that more than 20,000 palestinians, "who are considered humanitarian cases", are stuck in the strip in despera






syria, iraq troops link at border for first time in years


beirut — syrian troops and allied militias met up with iraqi forces at one crossing point along their shared border sunday for the first time in years, in a step described as a major achievement by the syrian military in their fight against the islamic state group.the development reported by pro-government media sunday comes a day after iraqi forces captured a border crossing point with syria, al-waleed, from the is militants. it was not immediately clear if the syrian forces reached a new point along their border with iraq or whether it was the iraqi forces that had moved northeast of their newly captured point.the u.s.-led coalition said it was aware of the iraqi forces' maneuvers along the border, which highlight baghdad's resolve to fight is. the maneuvers have no impact on the u.s. pr