Human rights advocates have been up in arms over Abrams' appointment to the post because of his checkered past in Latin America.
Senate leaders agree to vote on duelling proposals this week to reopen shuttered federal agencies. The Republican plan is a trade-off: Trump's border wall funding in exchange for temporary protection from deportation for some immigrants.
Thousands of migrants are seeking to apply for asylum in the United States at the border town. As their fate remains uncertain, some say they are willing to settle down in Mexico, while others are determined to move on.
The caravan of migrants making its way through Mexico to the US became a major talking point for candidates and their stumpers during the US midterm campaigns.
The word 'migrant caravan' is used to describe a group of thousand of Central American migrants on their way to the United States. The term plays down their need.
US President Donald Trump says he'll start cutting aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador over their inability to stop citizens from migrating to the US. A caravan of thousands is currently making its way through Mexico towards the US border.
IPCC says limiting global warming to 1.5 Celsius above pre-industrial levels could reduce the number of people exposed to climate risks and poverty by up to several hundred million by 2050. But can poorer nations afford it?
The expulsion of a United Nations human rights team comes two days after they published a critical report blaming the the government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega for violent repression of opposition protests.
Kenya has set a small, but great, example of how governments on the African continent can empower women to realise the immense potential of agriculture on the continent.
The UN documented human rights violations against protesters, including the disproportionate use of force and extrajudicial killings by the police, disappearances, arbitrary detentions, and torture and sexual violence in internment centres.
Turkey and the US have several shared interests, but the fact is that Turkey does not see itself as a 'junior partner' in the relationship anymore - and that means that when the US pushes, Turkey won't bend.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is facing the biggest challenge to his leadership since returning to power in 2007. More than 280 people have been killed since April, but he has so far resisted demands to resign and hold early elections.
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