* President’s team is negotiating with Mexico’s while he’s in Europe this week
* VP Mike Pence says there’s no deal yet even though Mexico offers to send troops to block migrant caravans from flooding northward toward the U.S.
* Trump threatens 5 per cent tariffs on Mexico’s exports to the U.S. if it doesn’t help block hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers from entering America
* U.S. wants authority to deport them and make them wait in the first ‘safe’ country they enter while the U.S. system crawls toward their asylum hearings
* Presently they’re held for a short time, given a distant hearing date and released; a majority don’t come back and disappear into the interior of the country
Mexico has offered to send up to 6,000 members of its national guard to secure its southern border with Guatemala, telling President Donald Trump’s negotiators that it’s willing to help contain flows of migrants heading northward to the U.S.
But a deal is still not ready, Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday. Pence led an initial round of negotiations in Washington on Wednesday, saying talks were positive but emphasizing the administration still wants Mexico to commit to working harder to combat illegal immigration.
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UAE says ‘sophisticated’ tanker attacks likely the work of a state actor.
Syria regime pummels jihadist-run Idlib as world stays mute.
Syrian air strikes kill civilians in besieged Idlib.
German FM travelling to Iran to salvage nuclear accord.
Iran failing as a nation, but U.S. could turn that around: Trump.
Trump says ‘fine’ if Iran wants to open talks.
UAE to present findings to UN on tanker attacks.
Trump presses UAE on alleged human rights abuses in Yemen.
Yemen’s Houthis claim seizing 20 positions in Saudi Arabia.
Israel cuts Gaza fishing zone after new fire balloons.
US praises Kazakhstan over Uighur rights.
Kazakhstan set to confirm veteran leader’s choice for president.
Russia and China sign deals worth US$20 billion as Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin’s growing friendship bears fruit.
‘America WON’T be great again!’ China’s top economists say ‘bully’ Washington is shooting itself in the foot and urge Beijing ‘not to be afraid of fighting’ the intensifying trade war.
North Korea suspends Mass Games after Kim Jong-un criticises performance.
Afghan peace marchers reappear safe after Taliban ‘discussions’.
China concern after Taiwan confirms US arms purchase request.
Pashtun movement leader: ‘Pakistani army is afraid of our popularity’.
Ex-junta leader elected Thailand’s new prime minister.
Eastern Libyan forces attack Tripoli airport for second night.
Malawi president accuses opposition of wanting to ‘overthrow govt by force’.
Algeria’s interim president calls for dialogue to prepare new elections.
Sudan’s pro-democracy protesters continue campaign to oust military as death toll climbs.
UN pulls staff from Sudan amid growing global concern.
African Union suspends Sudan over military crackdown.
Sudan’s Dagalo, feared Darfur militia chief at heart of crackdown.
Two Canadian women kidnapped at gunpoint in Kumasi, Ghana.
Doubts persist over Trump attendance at French G7 summit: French official.
D-Day at 75: Nations honor aging veterans, fallen comrades.
Allies mark 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Trump, Macron downplay differences over Iran.
D-Day anniversary: Putin says lack of invitation ‘not a problem’.
Vladimir Putin threatens to drop New START nuclear treaty.
Putin says Britain should forget Novichok ‘trivia’ and repair Russian relations (as he claims he wasn’t offended he wasn’t invited to D-Day celebrations because he had ‘plenty of other things to do’).
Danish PM resigns after left-wing Social Democrats triumph in polls.
Pope Francis to meet Vladimir Putin in Italy.
German ex-nurse and serial killer Niels Hoegel convicted of murdering 85 people.
Cocaine is on the rise in Europe, EU drug agency says.
Huawei CFO extradition hearing to begin in January 2020.
Mexico will reinforce its southern border to stem illegal immigration: minister.
US and Mexico: More talks, no deal yet to avert tariffs.
Mexican leader to visit US border Saturday amid trade row.
Neal vows to block Trump emergency declaration for tariffs on Mexico.
Trump calls Pelosi ‘Nervous Nancy’ as he mocks her hope that he ends up ‘in prison’ and blasts Robert Mueller for making ‘a fool out of himself,’ during interview at D-Day cemetery.
Pelosi tells Dems she wants to see Trump ‘in prison’.
Lima Group rejects Venezuela Maduro’s call for early legislative elections.
Pompeo says US tried & failed to unite Venezuelan opposition in leaked audio.
Putin says West ‘crazy’ for backing Venezuela’s Guaido.
Cuba’s support for Maduro ‘not negotiable’ despite US sanctions.
Argentina, Brazil say free trade accord with EU at hand.
TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR
Islamic State claims car bombs at Libya’s eastern forces camp in Derna.
Jihadists kill 11 regime forces in Syria’s northwest: monitor.
Iraq to identify remains from IS graves in Yazidi area.
World stocks, oil jump amid optimism over Mexican tariffs delay.
Trump to decide on $300 billion China tariffs after G20 meeting.
US economy reigns supreme but IMF warns of growing risks.
Trump threatens China with tariffs on further $300 billion of goods.
Fiat Chrysler ends merger talks with Renault.