Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday that the planned sale of the former presidential airplane, and other aircraft from the prior government, would help fund a new migration control deal struck last week with the United States.
Lopez Obrador said the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's sale price would start at $150 million, according to a United Nations evaluation.
"About how much this plan is going to cost, let me say, we have the budget," Lopez Obrador said at his regular daily news conference. "It would come out of what we're going to receive from the sale of the luxurious presidential plane."
Mexico says National Guard deployment to southern border starts Wednesday
Deployment of National Guard forces to Mexico's southern border was due to start on Wednesday and will advance quickly under the migration control deal signed last week with the United States, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday."Starting from today, and in the coming days, the deployment is going to progress rapidly," he said during the president's regular morning news conference.Mexico and the United States signed the deal on Friday, with Mexico agreeing to take steps to control the flow of people from Central America, including deploying 6,000 members of the country's National Guard across its border with Guatemala.The deal averted escalating import tariffs of 5% on Mexican goods, which U.S. President Donald Trump had vowed to impose unless Mexico did more to curb migration.
India favors Israel against Palestinian group at UN
In a rare move, India voted in favor of a Israeli motion at a United Nations forum to deny observer status to Shahed, a Palestinian organization based in Lebanon, earlier this month.According to the Israel’s Foreign Ministry, it had initiated a motion at the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) against a proposal made by Shahed to obtain observer status in the UN.The motion was approved with a 28-14 vote on June 6.Maya Kadosh, who is deputy chief of Israeli Mission in India, took to Twitter to thank India for its support.“Thank you #India for standing with @IsraelinUN and rejecting the request of terrorist organization “Shahed” to obtain the status of an observer in #UN. Together we will continue to act against terrorist organizations that intend to harm,” Maya tweeted late on Monday night.Shahed works on humanitarian issues. However, Israel recognizes it as a “terrorist organization”.Egypt, Jordan, Morocco to attend US-led Palestinian conferenceSyrian air defenses thwart Israeli missile attack in southern SyriaThis is the first time when India, which believed in two-state solution of the Israel-Palestine conflict, voted in favor of Israel.Besides India, the countries which supported the Israeli motion were the U.S., the U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Ghana, Norway, Netherlands, South Korea, Ukraine, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Eswatini, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malawai, Malta, Mexico, Paraguay, Philippines, Andora, Togo and Uruguay.The countries which voted against the motion were Turkey, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Sudan, Yemen, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Belarus, Angola, Morocco, China and Russia.Leaders arrive for SCO summit in BishkekIndia to evacuate thousands as cyclone nears west coast
Children descend into hard earth to dig for gold in Kenya
In a county in western Kenya, the gold trade is luring children to a bustling mining town where child labor is common, with children as young as eight working deep inside the hard earth in search of gold.Even as World Day Against Child Labor falls on Wednesday, children in the town of Migori dive deep into hundreds of tunnels lacking light, air, and warmth, the walls damp and musty, covered in moss and darkened by years of abuse. Only their footsteps can be heard echoing off the tunnel walls.Armed with pickaxes, they carry sand and rocks in basins from the mines in the hope of finding precious gold flakes and nuggets. Some basins are very heavy, forcing children to grind them along the dirt tunnel floors into an opening to start the sorting process.Looking from above, one can see dozens of children adding water to basins in search of gold. These children rarely see the inside of a classroom, as they spend most of their days here, and in fact their parents, guardians, and the wider community supports their difficult labor.World's 2nd largest HIV meeting begins in South AfricaPoor, tired, and skipping school“We’re very poor, we need money from wherever we can get it,” Mary Nseme from the nearby village of Nyatika told Anadolu Agency.“We know children aren’t supposed to work, but without them, we can’t eat, as most of us are old.”As June 12 marks World Day Against Child Labor, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the European Union say that more than 1.9 million children in Kenya -- one of sub-Saharan Africa’s top five economies -- are working. Numerous reports show the numbers of Kenyan child numbers are growing as poverty rates rise, especially in rural and poor urban households.A recent ILO fact sheet laments the millions of children age 5-17 working in Kenya, adding: “Only 3.2% of these children have attained a secondary school education and 12.7% have no formal schooling at all.”Trump flaunts 'secret' migration deal already revealed by MexicoSpeaking in Swahili, Diana Anyango told Anadolu Agency: “I started to do this work when I was 8 years, now I’m 14. I would love to go to school but my family says I have to work. I’m always in and out of school.”“When we leave this place … for me, my joints ache and I’m extremely tired,” said Milka Atieno, 13. “When it rains I get malaria because mosquitoes are all over.Telling how her family depends on her mine work, she added: “When I get specks of gold my family is very happy and I don’t work for a few days. We also eat chicken at home, which makes me happy.”Amnesty warns of ongoing 'war crimes' in Sudan’s DarfurThe children here are subjected to one of the worst forms of child labor, but as yet local authorities are doing little to address the situation.Elekiah Agola, the head teacher of Macalder Primary School, told Anadolu Agency that whenever she visits the mines, she sees some of her occasional-at-best students.“They don’t come to school, but they choose to work to fend for their families,” she explained.Attempts to reach local officials for comment went unanswered, but speaking to media on the issue, former Nyatike MP Edick Anyanga commented that the national government and the Education Ministry should help these children and their families to ensure that they stay in school.Envoy says Sudan talks to resume as strike suspended