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April 1, 2017

Colombia landslide leaves over 150 dead in Putumayo province

Heavy rains cause several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment on to buildings and roads in provincial capital of Mocoa

A landslide in Colombia’s south-western border province of Putumayo has sent mud and debris crashing on to houses, killing at least 150 people and injuring scores more, officials have said. Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment on to buildings and roads in the provincial capital of Mocoa overnight.

“At this time we have removed 93 bodies. We have adults, women and infants,” police commander Col Omar Bonilla told Caracol, a radio station, on Saturday afternoon. The confirmed death toll continued to [...]

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March 29, 2017

The beauty pageant to build Trump’s border wall is beginning

Proposal deadline is first step in a process that combines three of the president’s most successful ventures: pageants, reality TV competitions and xenophobia

Next Wednesday marks the deadline for the hundreds of companies interested in building Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise – a “great, great wall” on the US-Mexico border – to submit concept papers detailing their proposals.

It is the first step in a process that promises to combine three of Trump’s most successful ventures: beauty pageants, reality TV competitions and xenophobia. [...]

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January 27, 2017

Trump-Mexico relations hit new low after 20% border wall tax mooted

  • Announcement follows Mexican president cancelling summit
  • Mexico is US’s third biggest trading partner after Canada and China

Relations between the US and Mexico appeared to be heading for crisis on Thursday after Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled a meeting with Donald Trump and the White House retaliated by suggesting a new 20% tax on imports from its southern neighbour to finance the construction of a border wall.

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January 25, 2017

Donald Trump to order Mexico wall in national security crackdown

US president due to sign off executive orders, including a temporary ban on refugees from the Middle East

Donald Trump is due to sign off a volley of executive orders on national security, including measures to start the construction of a wall on the Mexican border and the imposition of a ban on refugees from the Middle East.

The new US president is expected to sign orders setting out federal funding for the wall during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, two administration officials told the Associated Press.

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