Border crisis: US failure to respond to migration surge has created chaos

El Paso officials, aid workers and churches are scrambling to find shelter and legal counsel for a surge of Central American migrants US authorities failure to keep up with a steep increase in Central American families seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border has left El Paso aid workers, churches and city government scrambling to respond. After a sudden surge in arrivals, migrants have been crowded into hotels, churches and even held struggled to cope with the crush of families and unaccompanied minors. Because of limits on how long children can be held in detention, most families are now being released to pursue their claims in immigration courts, a process that can take years. Marissa Nuez, a volunteer coordinator at Las …

Brazil’s Bolsonaro ridiculed after tweeting explicit carnival video

Brazilian president tweeted pornographic clip reportedly filmed during carnival in apparent attempt to hit back at criticism Brazils far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has sparked outrage, disgust and ridicule after tweeting a pornographic video in an apparent attempt to hit back at criticism of his administration during this years carnival. Revellers across the country have used the annual street party as an opportunity to protest against their extremist leader who is notorious for his homophobic and racist remarks, and whose landslide election last year horrified progressive Brazilians. In the north-eastern town of Olinda, carnivalgoers reportedly showered a giant carnival doll of Bolsonaro with beer cans, blocks of ice and expletives. In Rio de Janeiro, members of one carnival group gathered outside …

Haiti protesters take the day to gather food and water as they prepare for more possible conflict

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN)Protesters in Haiti’s capital have taken the day to gather food, water and fuel, pressing pause on deadly demonstrations that have been calling for President Jovenel Moise’s resignation. Remnants of burning tires are scattered across the city. Rocks that once blocked roads have been pushed outside. Activist Daphne Valmond Bourgoin said the protesters’ frustration is “extremely high.” Saturday was just a “pause,” she said, until civilians can gather their basic needs. Throngs of civilians were waiting to grab jugs of water from the municipal trucks that have visited many neighborhoods, while others were getting their water from generous private residents, passing along what they have through hoses. Some grocery stores are still open — but food is too …

Canadian diplomats sue their government over mystery illness in Cuba

(CNN)Fourteen Canadian diplomats are suing their government over a mysterious and lingering illness that they and US diplomats seem to have developed while posted in Cuba’s capital. “The health, safety and security of our diplomatic staff and their families remain our priority,” said a statement last week. “The Canadian government continues to investigate the potential causes of the unusual health symptoms experienced by some Canadian diplomatic staff and their family members posted in Havana, Cuba. To date, no cause has been identified.” The statement said that after the last confirmed case of unusual health symptoms in November, a number of Canadian diplomatic staff in Cuba underwent additional medical testing. And in April, Canada pulled all nonessential staff and diplomats’ family …