A harrowing photo of a Salvadoran migrant and his young daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border became the focus on Wednesday of a U.S. political debate over President Donald Trump’s asylum policies. The picture of Oscar Alberto Martinez, 25, and his 24-month-old daughter Angie Valeria put a renewed focus on the plight of refugees and migrants who are mostly from Central America.
The family of an Australian man reportedly detained in North Korea say they have not heard from him since Tuesday, but that they have not received confirmation that he has been arrested by the repressive regime. Reports emerged on Thursday that Alek Sigley, a 29-year-old living and studying in Pyongyang, had been arrested in North Korea. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed it was providing consular support to the man’s family, and was “urgently seeking clarification” about Sigley’s whereabouts.
Boeing Co. and federal regulators said they have identified a new software problem on the 737 MAX, further delaying the process of returning the troubled jet to service. The new issue involves software that is separate from changes to the aircraft’s faulty flight-control system called MCAS, according to people familiar with the matter. An FAA spokesman said the agency is following a thorough process and has no timeline for allowing the 737 MAX to return to service.
Three women have accused Gambia’s ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, of carrying out a series of rapes and sexual assaults while in power, according to Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International, a group that advocates for crime victims. The accusations first came to light Tuesday in a New York Times interview with one of the former president’s alleged victims. Jammeh has not responded to efforts to reach him.
Ten Democrats have clashed in the first TV debate of the race to oust President Donald Trump from the White House. The eventual Democratic White House nominee will be crowned at the party convention in July next year, before the presidential election in November. Ten other Democrats in the crowded field, including Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, will battle on Thursday night.