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Sub-Saharan migrants disembark in the Canary Islands after being rescued at sea on June 17, 2021. Photo: Europa Press via Getty Images

The Spanish coast guard rescued 45 migrants off the coast of one of Spain's Canary Islands on Sunday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Dangerous crossings from Africa to the islands' archipelago have been increasing exponentially the past few years, per Reuters.

  • More than 5,500 migrants have made the journey in 2021, "over twice as many as in the same period in 2020," according to Reuters.
  • From 2019 to 2020, there was an eightfold increase in migrant crossings to the islands.

The big picture: The 45 Sub-Saharan African migrants rescued Sunday included 24 women and eight children, per Reuters.

  • They were spotted by a larger ship about 38 miles off the coast of Gran Canaria.

Of note: Human Rights groups have criticized the conditions of migrant facilities in which many arriving to the Canary Islands must stay.

  • A November 2020 report by Human Rights Watch called on Spanish authorities to "immediately alleviate overcrowded and unsanitary conditions" in one of Gran Canaria's facilities.

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Photos reportedly show Border Patrol whipping at migrants from horseback

Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images

New photos reportedly show Border Patrol agents whipping at and charging their horses at migrants in Del Rio who were attempting to make their way to an encampment under the international bridge, where thousands of Haitian migrants have sought refuge trying to seek asylum.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Russell Contreras: The images of Border Patrol agents on horseback charging at Haitian migrants drew an emotional response online since the Border Patrol has a troubled and violent history against communities of color.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
2 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

A construction worker walks along a dirt road at the Avangrid Renewables La Joya wind farm in Encino, New Mexico, on Aug. 5, 2020. Photo: Cate Dingley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.

Updated 4 hours ago - World

Fatal stabbing of British MP David Amess declared a terrorist incident

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Authorities have declared the death of David Amess a terrorist incident, hours after the Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K. was fatally stabbed while meeting with local constituents in a church in eastern England on Friday.

The big picture: The Metropolitan Police has found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."

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