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Migrants walk with their luggage to a warehouse near the border that has been set up as. Photo: Ulf Mauder/picture alliance via Getty Images

The Belarusian government on Thursday cleared the camps at the border of Poland where hundreds of Middle Eastern migrants were attempting to enter Europe, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The move to clear the camp in Poland signals a possible decrease in tensions between the East and West following weeks of migrants who have massed at the border, Reuters notes.

  • Experts and Western officials say the Belarusian government manufactured a humanitarian crisis by flying in migrants and pushing them to illegally cross its borders into Poland and Lithuania.

The big picture: A spokesperson for Polish border guards told Reuters Thursday that the camps on the border in Western Belarus were completely empty and migrants were moved to a warehouse away from the border.

  • Iraq's Foreign Ministry said Thursday that 430 Iraqis had registered to return home on a repatriation flight, per the New York Times.
  • "There were no other such camps ... but there were groups appearing in other places trying to cross the border," the Polish spokesperson said, per Reuters. "We'll see what happens in the next hours."

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Biden to restart "Remain in Mexico" program

A Border Patrol officer begins processing a family after they crossed the Rio Grande into the U.S. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

The Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" program will resume Monday as long as Mexico officially approves the plan, as expected Thursday, U.S. administration officials told reporters.

Why it matters: President Biden has been forced by court order to restart the controversial program, which makes asylum seekers wait in Mexico for their U.S. court hearings. The administration is simultaneously seeking to end the program, again.

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IV drips — the kind you might get if you're rushed to the hospital — are trending as a spa treatment, thanks in part to endorsements by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Madonna.

Why it matters: Like other "wellness" trends with a whiff of medical imprimatur, IV nutrient drips can be harmless or mildly restorative — or go awry, particularly in the wrong hands.

U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.