News in the Humanosphere: Mexican authorities discover 112 migrants in back of truck

A man says goodbye to his partner through the U.S.-Mexico border fence, which deportees cross to return to their home country. (Nina Robinson, BBC World Service/Flickr)

Mexican authorities discovered 112 migrants, including four babies, huddled alive in the back of a truck as it traveled along a highway in the country’s south, the attorney general’s office said. The truck, which officials said had ventilation and water for the passengers, was intercepted on a highway that connects the southern states of Chiapas and neighboring Tabasco and the driver was arrested. Every year, thousands of migrants, mostly Central Americans, escaping from poverty and violence, make their way north through Mexico in hopes of reaching the United States. (Reuters http://reut.rs/2si9QUH)

A deadly weekend in the Mediterranean…According to the Italian Coast Guard, eight corpses have been recovered so far and at least 52 people are feared missing from two incidents involving large numbers of people on flimsy dinghies off the coast of Libya on Saturday. More than 2,500 people have been rescued in over a dozen search-and-rescue efforts coordinated by the Italian Coast Guard on Saturday and Sunday.  (UNHCR http://bit.ly/2sicREx)

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Jordan’s army said its border guards killed five people who were approaching its frontier from Tanf, a Syrian desert town where U.S. special forces training rebels are based. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2srzPJ3)

President Rodrigo Duterte said he did not seek support from Washington to end the siege of a southern Philippines town by Islamist militants, a day after the United States said it was providing assistance at the request of the government. (VOA http://bit.ly/2srZS2J)

Iran has sent at least four cargo planes of food and will continue to send more to Qatar after its biggest suppliers cut ties with the import-dependent country, according to Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi. (VOA http://bit.ly/2srXkBD)

More than 150,000 children are missing out on school as violence and attacks against civilian populations continue in the Greater Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (UNICEF http://bit.ly/2scnJ62)

President Michel Temer is fighting new allegations that his administration turned Brazil’s spy services on a supreme court justice investigating him for corruption, the latest in a series of accusations that threaten to cut short his tenure. (AP http://bit.ly/2srslWe)

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Climate Change Will Cause 250,000 Additional Deaths Per Year. Here’s How It Will Kill US (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/2rfAUnn)

The Best And Worst Places To Be A Kid (NPR Goats and Soda http://n.pr/2r8zB5n)

The “New Way of Working”: Bridging aid’s funding divide (IRIN http://bit.ly/2r8ArPJ)

Enhancing climate change development programs in Uganda (ODI http://bit.ly/2r8HwzP)

More Plastic than Fish or How Politicians Help Ocean Destruction (IPS http://bit.ly/2r8u5zJ)

A Promise To Her Newborn Daughter: No More Female Genital Mutilation (NPR Goats and Soda http://n.pr/2ta7UcZ)

Eyeing Beijing’s backwater, China sees next megacity as a game-changer (CSM http://bit.ly/2scjeIG)

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