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Archive for February 21, 2017

Newsline: North Korean envoy’s remarks seen as insult to Malaysia

North Korean Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol, who has been summoned by Wisma Putra, made another allegation that Malaysia and South Korea were colluding with a political motive. Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said in a press statement that the allegation was “a serious insult” to Malaysia as investigation into the murder of Kim Jong-nam had been carried out in accordance with the law in Malaysia. Anifah said Kang Chol’s press statement carried several allegations. These allegations were “culled from delusions, lies and half-truths” from which the ambassador concluded that “there could be someone else’s hand behind the investigation”, and that the “investigation by the Malaysian police is not for the clarification of the cause of the death and search of the suspect, but it is out of the political aim”. “When Foreign Affairs Ministrry summoned Kang, the Deputy Secretary-General for Bilateral Affairs emphasized that the police investigation had been done impartially without fear or favor. It was also conducted in compliance with Malaysian laws and regulations. Any allegation to the contrary is deeply insulting to Malaysia as the suggestion is that the Malaysian Government is colluding with a foreign government. Foreign Ministry summoned Kang for accusing the Malaysian government of “concealing information” after Kim Jong-nam’s death. Malaysia would be recalling its envoy in Pyongyang, Mohamad Nizam Mohamad to return home for consultation. Kang Chol, in an impromptu press conference held outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, accused Malaysia for a second time.

http://www.mysinchew.com/node/117010

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Newsline: Mexican consulates become welcome ally for anxious immigrants in US

First came the anxious calls in the days after the election of President Donald Trump. Now, people begin lining up before 8am and crowd the waiting rooms inside the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles. Mexican citizens come to renew passports that have been unused for more than a decade. They desperately ask lawyers if they can do anything to help them stay in the United States. They register their children for Mexican citizenship, just in case they are sent back and decide to move their whole family with them. When the consulate began to get reports of dozens of Mexicans being arrested by immigration officials last week, they immediately dispatched lawyers to the federal detention centre downtown. These are demanding times for the 50 Mexican consulates scattered throughout the United States. With Trump’s promise to crack down on immigrants living in the United States illegally and an executive order that vastly expands who is considered a priority for deportation, Mexicans living in the United States illegally are increasingly on edge. And consulates are moving quickly to help. As official representatives of the Mexican government in the United States, the consulates can provide legal guidance and resources for people and families dealing with immigration issues. Mexicans make up about half of the country’s 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. The relationship between Mexico and the United States is at its lowest point in years. Mexican officials say they are eager to keep families living in the United States together. There are economic concerns too: Mexicans living abroad send more than $25 billion back home, with most of the money coming from the United States, according to Mexico’s central bank.

http://gulfnews.com/news/americas/usa/mexican-consulates-become-welcome-ally-for-anxious-immigrants-1.1980392