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Witness: El Chapo bribed former Mexican president

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 1/16/19, 12:05 pm

Mexican drug cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman paid a $100 million bribe to the former president of Mexico, a Colombian drug trafficker testified in court on Tuesday. Alex Cifuentes told the New York courtroom at Guzman’s trial for murder and drug conspiracy that the kingpin successfully bribed President Enrique Peña Nieto to call off a manhunt in 2012. The money allegedly changed hands after Peña Nieto was elected but before he took office. A spokesman for the former president, who left office in 2018, called the claim “false and defamatory.”

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Associated Press/Photo by Moises Castillo

Another migrant caravan heads north

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/16/19, 11:25 am

A new caravan of about 500 Honduran migrants crossed into Guatemala on Tuesday night on its way to the United States. Many of the migrants are fleeing gang violence and poverty in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Honduran media reported that officials made the migrants show required travel documentation.

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Associated Press/Photo by Moises Castillo

Lead us not into frustration

Compassion | Caravan activist group accused of adding to the misery of migrants
by Alyssa Jackson
Posted 1/09/19, 02:19 pm

As Christmas approached, Guatemala City resident Adelaida Gonzalez, 37, was one of 8,500 migrants waiting at the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico. Gonzalez and her 15-year-old son were part of the latest migrant caravan, but she now regrets not staying in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas and taking the work government authorities offered there: “We were never told along the way that it would be this hard.”

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