Apr 26, 2019

Over 1,000 migrants escape Mexican detention center

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Nearly 1,300 migrants escaped a detention center near the Mexico-Guatemala border over shortages of food and sleeping space, reports AP.

Why this matters: This recent breakout highlights the pressure that's been placed on the Mexican government following an influx of new arrivals, reports Reuters. Mexico has already returned 15,000 migrants during the past 30 days following threats from President Trump to close the border if the country didn't reign in the migrant caravans, per Reuters.

Details: The Siglo XXI detention center has capacity for less than 1,000 people, and had more than double that, per AP. Nearly 700 of the escaped migrants were captured and returned to the center by midday Friday. The migrants were heard chanting "We want food! We want out!" the AP reports.

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Big video game conference delayed amid coronavirus concerns

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Next month's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco became the latest tech event to be cancelled or postponed amid growing concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The big picture: A growing number of events are being scrapped, including Mobile World Congress and Facebook's F8 developer conference. Some, like the giant SXSW event in Austin, insist they are moving forward.

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Trump again nominates Rep. John Ratcliffe for intelligence chief

Ratcliffe at CPAC on Feb. 27. Photo: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

President Trump again nominated Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) as Director of National Intelligence (DNI), in a tweet on Friday.

Catch up quick: If confirmed, Ratcliffe would eventually replace Richard Grenell, a staunch defender of Trump and former U.S. ambassador to Germany who was installed as the acting DNI only a few weeks ago. Grenell would have had to leave the post on March 11 unless Trump formally nominated someone else to oversee the U.S. intelligence community, the New York Times reports.

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