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Mexico to pursue legal action after seven citizens killed in El Paso shooting

Mexico to pursue legal action after seven citizens killed in El Paso shootingForeign minister described the shooting as ‘an act of terrorism’ against Mexican-Americans and Mexican nationals in the US Mourners in Ciudad Juárez take part in a vigil after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas. Photograph: STRINGER/ReutersMexico has promised to explore pursuing terrorism charges in the US legal system over the shooting in El Paso, Texas, which claimed the lives of seven Mexican citizens and left seven more injured.The Mexican foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, also said Sunday that Mexico would try to take legal action against the person or firm who sold the assault weapon used in the Saturday slayings. The country will also pursue the possibility of extraditing the suspect to Mexico, Ebrard said.“We consider this an act of terrorism against the Mexican-American community and Mexican nationals in the United States,” Ebrard told reporters. “Mexico is outraged. But we aren’t proposing to meet hate with hate. We will act with reason and according to the law and with firmness.”A 21-year-old man is suspected of opening fire in a Walmart store in the US border city on Saturday, killing at least 20 people. Police in El Paso are examining a hate-riddled message on the website 8chan, posted around 20 minutes before Saturday’s attack, that stated: “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”El Paso is located on the US-Mexico border, opposite the Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez. Six of the victims in El Paso were Mexicans and another seven Mexicans were injured, including, Gloria Irma Márquez, a school teacher from Ciudad Juárez who crossed the border to shop Saturday and was killed in the gunfire, according to the newspaper Reforma.Mario de Alba, 45, travelled from Chihuahua state to shop in El Paso. He was shot in the back, according to the Associated Press. His wife, Olivia Mariscal, and 10-year-old daughter Erika were also wounded, but are recovering, according to relatives.The shooting in El Paso was just one of two to rock the United States over the weekend. A gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, in the early hours of Sunday morning, killing at least nine people.The spate of weekend shootings in the United States has caused indignation in Mexico – parts of which the US government warns citizens to avoid due to drug cartel violence.People gather in Juarez, Mexico, 3 August 2019, in a vigil for the Mexican nationals who were killed in an El Paso shopping-complex shooting. Photograph: Christian Chavez/APBut the shootout also triggered some uncomfortable self-reflection. It comes as Mexico endures waves of violence, including its own murder rate reaching record highs and frequent shootouts which claim multiple victims, but which generate little outrage outside the affected areas or get lost in a crowded news cycle.It also comes as Mexico cracks down on Central American migrants trying to transit the country on the way to the US border – even as it doggedly defends the rights of its own citizens living in the United States.“We’ve told ourselves that story for decades: we’re the victims in this (US-Mexico) relationship. And, in many ways, we have been,” said Carlos Bravo Regidor, a journalism professor in Mexico City.“With this new policy toward (migrating) Central Americans, the tables have turned and now Mexicans are the Americans to Central Americans.”The El Paso shootout prompted rare terse words on the US situation from Mexico’s foreign policy officials.“The intentionality of the attack against the Mexicans and the Latino community in El Paso is frightening. NO to hate speech. NO to xenophobic discourse,” tweeted Martha Bárcena, Mexico’s ambassador in Washington.The administration of president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, commonly called “Amlo”, has pushed for action on the flow of US guns into Mexico, which inevitably end up in the hands of cartel thugs. But Amlo has preferred not provoke Trump, even as Trump has badmouthed Mexico ahead of his re-election campaign and threatened Mexico with tariffs if migration through Mexico wasn’t stopped.“We don’t want to interfere in the affairs of other countries. We’re going to continue sticking to the principles of non-intervention,” Amlo told an audience Sunday.“Hugs, not bullets. That’s our posture,” he added, repeating a campaign slogan from his successful 2018 presidential campaign.



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Canada raises detained citizens with China

Canada raises detained citizens with ChinaCanada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Friday she had spoken to her Chinese counterpart in their first public meeting since the countries became embroiled in a diplomatic spat over two Canadians detained in China. Freeland told reporters she brought up the arrests of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor with Wang Yi during a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Thailand.



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Biden: Congress should immediately make 'Dreamers' citizens

Biden: Congress should immediately make 'Dreamers' citizensAhead of the first Democratic debates, Joe Biden is proposing that Congress grant immediate citizenship to more than 800,000 U.S. residents who were brought to the country illegally as children. The former vice president and Democratic polling leader introduced some of his immigration priorities Monday in a newspaper op-ed that blisters President Donald Trump for an “assault on the dignity” of the Latino community through policies and rhetoric designed to “scare voters” in 2020. Biden, who launched his 2020 campaign in April, calls for streamlining the asylum system for migrants and spending more on electronic security at borders instead of building Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.



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Mike Pompeo says 'several' US citizens killed in Sri Lanka attacks

Mike Pompeo says 'several' US citizens killed in Sri Lanka attacksThirty-six foreigners were thought to be among those killed in attacks that left nearly 300 people dead and 500 injuredSri Lanka bombings: stay up to date on our live blog A view of St Sebastian’s church damaged in blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday. Photograph: Chamila Karunarathne/AP Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday “several” US citizens died in a series of explosions in Sri Lanka that killed at least 290 people and left 500 injured. That toll was expected to rise. Thirty-six foreigners were reported to be among those killed in attacks that targeted churches and hotels and were thought to have been caused by suicide bombers. No group immediately claimed responsibility. Sri Lankan authorities have arrested 24 people. In a statement around noon US eastern time, Pompeo said: “While many details of the attacks are still emerging, we can confirm that several US citizens were among those killed. The US embassy is working tirelessly to provide all possible assistance to the American citizens affected by the attacks and their families.” The Sri Lankan foreign ministry said two US-UK dual nationals, three Britons, one Dutch national, three Indians, one Portuguese, three Danes and two Turks were among the dead. A spokesperson for the Sri Lankan national hospital said citizens of the US, Denmark, China, Japan, Pakistan, Morocco, India and Bangladesh were among casualties. Pompeo added: “The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning. Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security. “The United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wishes a quick recovery to all who were injured.” On Sunday morning, Donald Trump tweeted the message that “the United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!” The president’s first tweet on the subject was deleted after it misstated the reported death toll at the time, 138, as 138 million. Vice-president Mike Pence tweeted he and Trump were “monitoring the horrific attacks on those celebrating Easter in Sri Lanka”. “This atrocity is an attack on Christianity [and] religious freedom everywhere,” he wrote. “No one should ever be in fear in a house of worship.” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement: “We stand with the Sri Lankan government and people as they bring to justice the perpetrators of these despicable and senseless acts.”



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Kosovo repatriates 110 citizens from Syria

Kosovo repatriates 110 citizens from SyriaKosovo on Saturday repatriated 110 of its citizens from Syria, mostly mothers with their children having followed their partners who went to join jihadist groups in the war-torn country. The group also included four men suspected of having fought for the Islamic State group, who were charged upon arrival in Pristina with participating in a foreign conflict, chief prosecutor Aleksander Lumezi told reporters. Kosovo, whose population of 1.8 million is 90 percent Muslim, is one of the European countries with the proportionally biggest number of jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria.



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Saudi Arabia arrests activists supporting women's rights, including 2 US citizens

Saudi Arabia arrests activists supporting women's rights, including 2 US citizensThose arrested are writers and advocates who quietly supported greater social reforms and most had ties to a group of women’s rights activists currently on trial.



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UPDATE 3-Supporters of Saudi women activists detained, including two U.S. citizens -sources

UPDATE 3-Supporters of Saudi women activists detained, including two U.S. citizens -sourcesSaudi Arabia has arrested eight people, including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens, in an apparent crackdown on supporters of women activists whose trial has drawn Western condemnation, rights groups said on Friday. The U.S. nationals are journalist Salah al-Haidar, whose mother Aziza al-Yousef is among those on trial, and Bader al-Ibrahim, a doctor and author of a book about Shi’ite Muslim politics, the associate and London-based Saudi rights group ALQST said. An official from the U.S. State Department confirmed the arrest of two U.S. citizens and said it had “engaged the Saudi government in this regard,” without providing details.



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New Zealand citizens open to gun reform after massacre

New Zealand citizens open to gun reform after massacreCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand leader's promise of tightened gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings has been widely welcomed by a stunned population.



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US urges citizens not to travel to Venezuela due to safety

US urges citizens not to travel to Venezuela due to safetyThe United States on Tuesday urged its citizens to avoid all travel to crisis-torn Venezuela, citing risks of crime and arrest and the US embassy’s limited ability to assist. “Do not travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure and arbitrary arrest and detention of US citizens,” the State Department said in an updated travel advisory. “There are shortages of food, electricity, water, medicine and medical supplies throughout much of Venezuela,” it said.



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Afghanistan's President Assures Citizens Amid Report of U.S.-Taliban Peace Progress

Afghanistan's President Assures Citizens Amid Report of U.S.-Taliban Peace Progress'Our commitment is to provide peace and to prevent any possible disaster'



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