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Gay man defends rights of LGBT migrants

A native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras’ second city, Mejia was a volunteer at a local NGO that aims to prevent sexually transmitted diseases by handing out condoms and providing information to young people.

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Huixtla, Mexico, Oct 25 (IANS) Many Central American migrants making their way to the United States border are attempting to escape an array the multitude of ills scourging their home countries, including discrimination against LGBT people

“I’m escaping poverty, crime, discrimination and everything,” Cesar, a 23-year-old gay man, told EFE. “There is no work or anything. No food. I think I’ve eaten more on this journey than back home.”

A native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras’ second city, Mejia was a volunteer at a local NGO that aims to prevent sexually transmitted diseases by handing out condoms and providing information to young people.

“That was my last job, although I was volunteering,” he said in Huixtla, where the group of more than 7,000 people will continue their journey toward the United States border, still some 2,000km away.

Back home, Cesar struggled to make ends meet, struggling to support his mother – who found herself out of a job at 62 when the factory where she worked closed – on his low salary.

He also said that he had been the victim of discrimination ever since he came out of the closet, particularly among his neighbourhood’s young gang members, who hurled insults at him as he walked past them on the street.

One time he was even beaten and he went to the police, but no action was taken, and three of his gay friends were murdered recently in Puerto Cortes.

To Cesar, the caravan means escaping poverty and violence, but he is not the only one who thinks that way.

Sitting on a sidewalk in Huixtla are four travel partners from El Salvador, two gay men and two transgender women.

Cesar fears that, now that his story has been covered by several media outlets, things could take a turn for the worse should he be deported and thrown back to his country.

His goal is to make it to the US, but he is afraid of being locked up or extradited to Honduras, where he decisively said he “cannot go back.”

Against all odds, the migrant caravan has traversed more than 700km across Central America and Southern Mexico in hopes of ultimately reaching the US border to have a shot at the American dream.

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US unemployment rate falls to 50-year low

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The U.S. unemployment rate fell in September to a new five-decade low of 3.5%, while employers added a modest 136,000 jobs.

The Labor Department says that despite the ultra-low unemployment rate, which was down from 3.7% in August, average hourly wages slipped by a penny. Hourly pay rose just 2.9% from a year earlier, lower than 3.4% at the beginning of the year.

Hiring has slowed this year as the U.S.-China trade war has intensified, global growth has slowed, and businesses have cut back on their investment spending. Still, hiring has averaged 157,000 in the past three months, enough to lower the unemployment rate over time.

The unemployment rate for Latinos fell to 3.9%, the lowest on records dating from 1973.

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Trump embarrassed by TV channel

As Trump was speaking to the media after meeting Zelensky to clarify his position, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace cut into it, saying: “We hate to do this but the President isn’t telling the truth.”

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New York, Sep 26 : US President Donald Trump was subjected to an embarrassment when the MSNBC news channel cut away from his press conference while he was speaking on the controversy surrounding him over the Ukrainian probe against former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump on Wednesday was addressing the press conference against the backdrop of impeachment proceedings announced against him by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following allegations that he put pressure on the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to order a probe against Biden whose family has business interests there.

The allegation against Trump came to light because of a whistleblower and a transcript of the conversation between him and Zelensky in July, which has become public.

As Trump was speaking to the media after meeting Zelensky to clarify his position, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace cut into it, saying: “We hate to do this but the President isn’t telling the truth.”

She added that Trump was trying to do it to deflect the attention from his impeachment.

According to the transcript of the telephonic conversation that has gone public, Trump is heard asking Zelensky to “do us a favour”, after the latter expresses gratitude for the military aid the US provided to his country.

Trump’s words of “do us a favour” is seen as a quid pro quo for the American military aid, because of which the impeachment proceedings have been announced.

After Wallace cut the press conference, her guest on the programme, justice and security analyst Matthew Miller, rebuked Trump for saying that Biden and his son had done wrong.

“This story has been looked at and thoroughly debunked by everyone involved,” Miller said, adding the real issue was whether Trump’s conduct is “impeachable”.

Trump is facing problem at a time when he is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly.

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Kim Jong-un receives ‘excellent’ letter from Trump

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Pyongyang, June 23 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has received a personal letter with “excellent” and “interesting” content from US President Donald Trump, Pyongyang’s state media said on Sunday.

“After reading the letter, the Supreme Leader of the Party, the state and the armed forces said with satisfaction that the letter is of excellent content,” the Korean Central News Agency said, referring to its leader.

“Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump, Kim Jong-un said that he would seriously contemplate the interesting content,” it added.

The KCNA did not disclose when and how the letter was delivered to Kim, reports Yonhap News Agency.

The letter appears to be in response to the one Kim sent to Trump recently in time for the anniversary of their first-ever summit in Singapore last June.

Trump had described Kim’s letter as “beautiful” and “very warm”. He also emphasized that the relationship between them remains strong and that “something will happen that’s going to be very positive”.

The exchange of correspondence between the leaders renewed hopes for a resumption of denuclearization talks which have stalled since the breakdown of their second summit in February.

The summit collapsed as Pyongyang wanted sanctions relief as a corresponding measure in exchange for dismantling its Yongbyon nuclear complex, while Washington insisted that sanctions should remain in place until the North completely gives up its nuclear weapons programme.

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