13,000 migrants abandoned
Algeria has abandoned more than 13,000 migrants in the Sahara Desert over the past 14 months, expelling them without food or water and forcing them to walk for hours or even days. They include pregnant women and children. The Associated Press interviewed over two dozen survivors of the deportations in Niger. Nearly all said they saw fellow migrants collapse during the walk, where temperatures reach up to 118 degrees. They never saw the missing migrants again. The lucky make it within a few hours to the nearest village across borders in Niger and, more recently, Mali. But many wander for days. Algeria denies mistreating the migrants.
Suicide blast kills 8 police
An Afghan official says a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a base in eastern Afghanistan, killing eight police. Fared Dehqan, spokesman for the provincial police chief in Kunar province, said four other police were wounded in Monday’s attack. He said the bomber was able to enter the base and detonate his payload among the security forces. An investigation has been launched into the apparent security breach. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Kunar, but the Taliban are active in the province.
Search continues in cave
Electricians are extending a power line into a flooded cave in northern Thailand to help the search and rescue efforts for 12 boys and their soccer coach stranded three nights in the sprawling caverns and cut off by rising water. Rescuers led by elite navy divers were forced to suspend their search Monday night due to flooding but were to resume Tuesday. The boys, ages 11-15, and their 25-year-old coach were believed to have entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province late Saturday afternoon.
Coca cultivation rises
The amount of land where peasants and drug traffickers harvest the plant used to make cocaine has surged to a record high in Colombia, a White House report released Monday concludes, a boom that could further test historically close relations with the United States. Annual data for 2017 say coca cultivation rose 11 percent to 516,450 acres, a level unseen in more than two decades of record keeping and $10 billion in U.S. counternarcotics work. Estimated cocaine production increased 19 percent to 921 metric tons.
Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires
World news briefs: Algeria strands 13,000 migrants in the Sahara