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U.S. officials find 'sophisticated' smuggling tunnel on Mexican border

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent stands by for security at a tunnel spur that went off into a different direction, during mapping of the "Baja Metro Tunnel", which CBP says is the longest illicit cross-border tunnel ever discovered along the Southwest border, in Otay Mesa, California, U.S. November 13, 2019. Picture taken November 13, 2019. U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Handout via REUTERS. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. ... Full story

Opinion | Want a democracy? Stop making voting hard.

Even before the pandemic, voting in the United States was too difficult and vulnerable to foreign manipulation. Our electoral system has been infected by systemic racism and efforts to block younger, poorer and non-White voters, which is why House Democrats passed H.R. 1 (the “For the People” Act) last year to remedy many of those infirmities. The bill included anti-corruption and campaign finance elements, but the core of it was to protect and ... Full story

Mauritius oil spill: Cargo ship leaks fuel into protected areas

NAIROBI — On Thursday, 12 days after a large cargo ship got stuck on a reef off the coast of Mauritius, an island nation in the southern Indian Ocean, its hull was punctured and hundreds of tons of its fuel began spilling into a pristine lagoon. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. By Friday afternoon, local environmental organizations estimated that at least a quarter of the ship’s nearly 4,000 tons of thick, black fuel oil had seeped into ... Full story

At least 16 dead as Air India repatriation flight crashes on landing

KOZHIKODE, India (Reuters) - At least 16 people were killed and dozens injured when an Air India Express passenger plane repatriating Indians stranded by the COVID-19 pandemic overshot the runway in heavy rain near the southern city of Kozhikode, officials said. Rescue workers look for survivors after a passenger plane crashed when it overshot the runway at the Calicut International Airport in Karipur, in the southern state of Kerala, India, ... Full story

Biden camp taps Republican Trump foe Ana Navarro to rev up Latino voters

Ana Navarro says she voted Democrat for the first time in 2016 when she cast her ballot for Hillary Clinton. Full story

Democrats call for investigation of postmaster general over mail delays

Congressional Democrats on Friday called for an investigation of newly installed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over new cost-cutting measures at the agency that postal workers say have delayed mail delivery and ensnared ballots in recent primary elections. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. A letter signed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) and seven other Democrats urged ... Full story

Insured losses from Beirut blast seen around $3 billion: sources

LONDON (Reuters) - Insured losses from the Beirut port warehouse explosion are likely to total around $3 billion, similar to those from an explosion at the Chinese port of Tianjin in 2015, industry sources and analysts say. FILE PHOTO: A soldier stands at the devastated site of the explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020. Thibault Camus/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo. The blast on Tuesday, the biggest in Beirut’s history, killed ... Full story

Lebanon's battered economy dealt fresh blow after port blast hits 'Achilles heel'

AMMAN (Reuters) - Lebanon’s economy, already sinking before the explosion that knocked out its main port, could now shrink by double the rate previously forecast for this year, making it even harder to secure the financing the country needs to get back on its feet. FILE PHOTO: A view shows the damage at the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 7, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo. Economists say Tuesday’s blast, ... Full story

UN warns of Lebanon humanitarian crisis - BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption The explosion caused huge damage to the port and surrounding areas of Beirut. UN agencies have warned of a humanitarian crisis in Lebanon after Tuesday's devastating blast in Beirut. Lebanon was already suffering a major economic downturn before the explosion, which left at least 154 people dead, 5,000 injured and 300,000 homeless. The World Food Programme said the damage to Beirut's ... Full story

Lebanon mourns victims of Beirut blast, even as more dead are found

Joe Akiki, 23, called his mother Tuesday afternoon to tell her he was about to start a 24-hour shift at his job as an electrician at Beirut’s port. Three hours later, he shared to a group chat a video of a fire at the port. Then he went silent. Three days later, he was still missing. His distraught mother pleaded on Lebanese TV for his return. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. “I will keep on waiting because I know that Joe Akiki is ... Full story