China has amassed more than 60,000 troops on India’s northern border, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said as he hit out at Beijing for its “bad behaviour” and the threats it poses to the Quad countries.

The foreign ministers from the Indo-Pacific nations known as the Quad group — the US, Japan, India and Australia — met in Tokyo on Tuesday in what was their first in-person talks since the coronavirus pandemic began.

The meeting took place in the backdrop of China’s aggressive military behaviour in the Indo-Pacific, South China Sea and along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

“The Indians are seeing 60,000 Chinese soldiers on their northern border,” Pompeo told The Guy Benson Show in an interview on Friday after his return from Tokyo wherein he attended the second Quad ministerial with his counterparts from India, Japan and Australia.

“I was with my

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A Border Patrol vehicle parked at an opening in the fence near Brownsville, Texas, Jan. 20, 2019.

A Border Patrol vehicle parked at an opening in the fence near Brownsville, Texas, Jan. 20, 2019.

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Two more construction contracts have been awarded to build the border wall in Webb County, together totaling 40 miles and a combined contract value of nearly half a billion dollars.

A contract for 27 miles was awarded to Fisher Sand & Gravel Co., for a contract value of $283,150,000. And another contract was awarded to Southwest Valley Constructors Co. to build 13 miles of barriers for a total contract value of $201,250,000, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Wednesday.

These contracts include a 30-foot steel bollard wall, all-weather roads, lighting, cameras and other technology. The government plans for construction to begin in September 2021.


This makes four construction contracts that the federal government

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So much for the positive economic and social change that the July 2018 election of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) was supposed to bring to Mexico. 

Two years into his administration, AMLO’s mismanagement has contributed to the Mexican economy being among those emerging markets hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, AMLO’s Trump-like pandemic denial has made his country the one with the world’s third-highest number of COVID mortalities.

The last thing that the United States needs is an economically and socially weak neighbor to the south of its border. However, barring a change of heart by AMLO that might prompt an abrupt policy U-turn, this is what we should be expecting from Mexico. This would especially be the case if there were to be a second wave in the U.S. pandemic or if the currently highly favorable international liquidity situation were soon to come to an

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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Wednesday told lawmakers that the makeup of those attempting to cross the border illegally has changed drastically in the last year — from family units to single adults coming for economic reasons.

“In 2019 it was mainly [unaccompanied children] as well as family units coming from the Northern Triangle,” Wolf told lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, referring to the countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

WOLF TAKES AIM AT ‘FABRICATED’ COMPLAINTS, REPORTS AT CONFIRMATION HEARING

“Today what we see are mainly single adults from Mexico, not exclusively but that is the highest percentage by far and… obviously that harkens back to the 1980s and 90s of seeing that same trend and flow,” he said. “And the vast, vast majority almost exclusively are coming here for economic reasons.”

The U.S. was hit by a major migration crisis last year that overwhelmed

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  • The UK faces motorway queues of up to 7,000 trucks after the Brexit transition period ends in January.
  • Michael Gove included this worst-case scenario warning in a stark letter to industry leaders on Tuesday.
  • Gove, the UK’s chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, warned that up to 70% of UK exporters faced not being ready to trade with the EU in less than four month’s time.
  • Boris Johnson’s UK government is building lorry parks and readying a traffic-management system in anticipation of delays at the border from January 1.
  • A new report has warned that the economic impact of leaving the EU without a free trade deal will be at least double that of the predicted impact of the coronavirus.
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A leaked letter reveals that Boris Johnson’s government fears that its

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Pedestrians are reflected in a window in front of a board displaying stock prices at the Australian Securities Exchange in Sydney

(Reuters) – Australian shares gained more than 1% on Wednesday, tracking an overnight tech-led rebound on Wall Street, while easing border restrictions due to dwindling COVID-19 cases in Queensland and New South Wales also helped boost investor sentiment.

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The S&P/ASX 200 index <.axjo> climbed 1.3% to 5,861.70 by 0030 GMT. The benchmark closed 0.7% lower on Tuesday.

Major Wall Street indexes Dow Jones Industrial Average <.dji>, S&P 500 <.spx wp_automatic_readability="2.5507114744172"> and Nasdaq <.ixic wp_automatic_readability="10.932867557716"> all finished the previous session on a stronger note, led by a jump in Amazon following a stock upgrade to “outperform” by brokerage Bernstein.

Back home, the state of Queensland said it would open its borders to parts of neighbouring New South Wales, the country’s most populous state, amid growing confidence that a second wave

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  • Mick Mulvaney became the first figure in the Trump administration to express concern over Boris Johnson’s contentious plan for Northern Ireland.
  • Trump’s envoy to the province — formerly his acting chief of staff — urged the UK not to reinstate a hard border “by accident.”
  • Johnson’s plan to break international law by disapplying parts of the UK’s Brexit deal with the EU infuriated Brussels and has prompted concern in Washington.
  • Joe Biden created shockwaves in the UK when he criticized the UK plan on Wednesday.
  • Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers have warned that there will be no US-UK free trade deal if Johnson’s government does not uphold the Northern Ireland protocol agreed with the EU.
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The Trump administration’s envoy to Northern Ireland has urged UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to let his controversial plans for the province result in a contentious hard

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  • Nearly 9,000 unaccompanied migrant children expelled from the United States under the coronavirus-related border ban, which has been in effect since March 20, authorities said on Friday.
  • More than 159,000 migrants had been kicked out since the emergency order — 8,800 of which were children traveling alone and 7,600 of whom were family members, according to a US Border Patrol official. 
  • The data was released as part of the administration’s appeal of a recent court ruling to stop housing migrant children in hotels.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Around 8,800 unaccompanied migrant children have been expelled from the United States under the Trump administration’s coronavirus-related border ban, according to court documents filed by the Justice Department on Friday.

Speaking at a court declaration on Friday, US Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz said more than 159,000 migrants had been expelled since the emergency order took effect on March

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BENGALURU, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Indian shares were flat on Friday, after an agreement to de-escalate tensions on the contested Indo-China border helped offset some impact from a selloff in U.S. tech stocks overnight, while investors awaited industry data.

The blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index rose 0.04% to 11,454.00, while the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex was up 0.02% to 38,846.68 by 0455 GMT. The indexes, which are less technology stocks driven than their global peers, closed more than 1.5% higher in the previous session.

The country will be releasing its industrial output data for July later in the day. A Reuters poll forecast a fourth straight month of decline.

India and China said on Thursday they had agreed to disengage troops on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore “peace” following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow.

“The disengagement process could be very gradual, which may keep market

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