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A migrant from Ethiopia relaxes on his bed at the Albergue Para Migrantes El Buen Samaritano as he waits to have his number on a waiting list that is months long to be called to have an initial interview with an United States asylum officer. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

African migrants are coming to the U.S.-Mexico border in unprecedented numbers, the AP reports.

Driving the news: In one week, border officials in Texas and Maine have reported stopping more than 500 African migrants fleeing economic hardship and human rights abuses. In 2018, only 211 African migrants were detained along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • The migrants flew to Central America from various African countries and trekked by foot for months to get to the the border.
  • Immigrants approaching Texas were mostly from the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon and Angola.
  • Customs and Border Protection, who are used to encountering Spanish-speaking migrants, have been surprised to see the swell in numbers, according to the AP.

Go deeper: What happens when a migrant child crosses the border

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U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

Updated 7 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.