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 In this June 22, 2016, file photo, Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, background, and San Diego in San Diego. U.S. President Donald Trump will direct the Homeland Security Department to start building a wall at the Mexican border. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)

White House unleashes federal agents against illegal immigrants

- The Washington Times

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly officially unleashed federal agents this week to begin arresting and deporting more illegal immigrants, unshackling the handcuffs the Obama administration had imposed and putting millions of people in the country without authorization at risk.

This militant photo released by Ninawa State, a media arm of the Islamic State terror group on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 shows Abu Zakariya al-Britani, suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week who was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release. The Islamic State group identified the bomber as Abu Zakariya al-Britani and two British security officials also confirmed the man featured in the Islamic State group video was a 50-year-old formerly Briton formerly known as Ronald Fiddler and as Jamal al-Harith. (Ninawa State via AP)

Abu Zakariya al-Britani, Iraqi suicide bomber, was ex-Gitmo detainee

- Associated Press

A suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq this week was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release, raising questions about the ability of security services to track the whereabouts of potential terrorists.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shougu speaks during a meeting with senior military officials in Moscow, Russia, in this Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, file photo. Shoigu told lawmakers on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, that the sweeping military modernization program will continue at a high pace this year. Amid tensions with the West, the Kremlin has continued to spend big on new weapons despite Russia's economic downturn. (Balashova Olga/Defence Ministry Pool Photo via AP, file)

Planes, tanks, ships: Russian military gets massive upgrade

- Associated Press

The Russian military received a sweeping array of new weapons last year, including 41 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the wide-ranging military modernization will continue this year, the defense minister said Wednesday.

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has little backup for a delicate diplomatic Mexico mission on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Tillerson alone at the top as key State Department jobs remain unfilled

- The Washington Times

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson heads to Mexico City for a delicate diplomatic mission Wednesday, but he is going at a moment of tremendous uncertainty back at the office, where more than dozen key assistant secretary positions are still without even a proposed nominee from the White House.

Luis Almagro, secretary-general of the Organization of American States, will travel to Cuba on Wednesday to receive a pro-democracy award. (Associated Press)

New secretary-general rattles members of OAS

Former Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro has created an exceptionally bold profile in less than two years as head of the traditionally somnolent Organization of American States, one that will grow even more controversial when he travels to Cuba on Wednesday to accept an award from a pro-democracy group that has long clashed with the Castro communist regime in Havana.

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U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, left, and Guatemala's Foreign Minister Carlos Morales give a joint press conference at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Kelly is in Guatemala for a two day official visit. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

DHS chief tells Guatemalans US won't have mass deportations

- Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said Wednesday on a visit to Guatemala that there won't be mass deportations by the Unites States, but he strongly discouraged any Guatemalans from considering the journey north.

Analysis: As China ups heat on NKorea, US faces questions

- Associated Press

China's surprising suspension of North Korean coal imports puts pressure not only on Pyongyang, but also on President Donald Trump. The question for him: Should the U.S. respond with new North Korea negotiations?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is seen at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. President Donald Trump is sending his Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to Mexico on a fence-mending mission made all the more challenging by the actual fence he wants to build on the southern border. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Trump sends top aides to Mexico amid deep strains with US

- Associated Press

President Donald Trump dispatched his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico on Wednesday on a fence-mending mission complicated by the actual fence he wants to build on the southern border. Mexico's government signaled it was in no mood to be lectured by the new U.S. administration.

Oklahoma Senate panel approves REAL ID compliance measure

- Associated Press

Members of an Oklahoma Senate panel on Wednesday criticized the costs of bringing the state's drivers licenses into compliance with a federal anti-terrorism law before deciding to send the proposal to the floor for a final vote.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection boat carrying U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan travels down the Rio Grande Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 south of Mission, Texas. Ryan and Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, toured the Texas border with Mexico by air and boat, as well as U.S. Border Patrol facilities in the area. (Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor via AP)

House speaker gets firsthand look at US-Mexico border

Associated Press

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan visited the Rio Grande valley on Wednesday for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall.

Turkey military allows Islamic headscarves for officers

- Associated Press

Turkey's military has changed its regulations to allow female officers to wear headscarves while on duty, defense officials said Wednesday, removing a ban on Islamic-style head coverings at an establishment that once was considered a bastion of secularism.