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Migrants killed in crash

A truck packed with Central American migrants on Thursday swerved off a highway in the south, leaving at least 25 dead and 32 injured, officials said. The accident happened in Chiapas State, which borders Guatemala, the state attorney general’s office said in a statement. The 3 tonne truck ran off the road and overturned, it added. The truck involved in this accident was carrying an estimated 80 people, Isidro Hernandez of the local Red Cross said. Some who were not injured might have fled. The fatalities include at least one minor, Hernandez added.


Secret list tracked advocates

Authorities created a secret database of journalists and campaigners linked to a caravan of Central Americans who tried to enter the US last year from Mexico, NBC reported. In some cases, authorities flagged their passports for alerts, the San Diego, California, affiliate of NBC said. It cited documents leaked to it by a source in the Department of Homeland Security. It said the documents list people to be screened at the US-Mexico border. They included 10 journalists, seven of them US citizens, a US lawyer and 47 people who were labeled as organizers, instigators or with “unknown” roles.


Expedition looks for tribe

A government agency has sent off a rare and high-risk expedition hoping to contact a small, isolated group in the Amazon and reunite its members with some of their relatives, saying that the move is necessary to avoid bloodshed in an area near the border with Peru. A team of nearly two dozen sponsored by the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) headed up the Coari River over the weekend looking for the group of at least 22 people, who are members of the widespread Korubo indigenous community in Amazonas State. The army, police and Ministry of Health are backing the initiative, which could take weeks. Brazilian law says that contact with isolated tribes can be used only as a last resort to preserve their lives. Bruno Pereira, FUNAI’s coordinator for isolated indigenous peoples, said that the objective is to ease tensions between a group of Korubos and a group of indigenous Matis who live about 20km away. The Matis contacted the Korubos in 2013, initially in a friendly manner, but the next year there was a deadly clash between the groups, FUNAI said. The Matis have repeatedly requested an intervention because they believe the Korubos will want revenge soon, Pereira said.

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