Migrants

At least 58 dead after boat carrying migrants capsizes off Mauritania

At least 58 people died and dozens more were forced to swim to shore after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the coast of Mauritania, per the AP.

Why it matters: The drownings are one of this year's deadliest disasters among people attempting to make the perilous journey to Europe. The boat was carrying at least 150 people — including women and children — from Gambia and was en route to Spain’s Canary Islands.

Go deeper: 39 people found dead in truck container in southern England

Record number of migrant children held in U.S custody in 2019

People protest holding children in custody.
People protest holding children in custody in September in New York City. Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

New government data shows that the U.S. government held 69,550 migrant children in custody in 2019, a 42% increase from fiscal year 2018, the AP reports.

Why it matters: UN researchers report that the U.S. detained more children than any other country in the world this year.