In our news wrap Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 680 undocumented workers at Mississippi food plants. The raids were the largest in a decade, planned for months and involving 600 government agents. Also, 14 people were killed and nearly 150 wounded when a powerful car bomb exploded in Afghanistan’s Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility, despite ongoing peace talks.
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And in the day's other news: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 680 undocumented workers, mostly Latinos, at food plants in Mississippi. They were the largest such raids in at least 10 years and involved 600 government agents.
The operation targeted processing plants in half-a-dozen towns outside Jackson. ICE officials said it was planned months ago.
In Afghanistan, 14 people were killed and nearly 150 wounded when a powerful car bomb exploded in Kabul. The blast leveled buildings near a police station and shattered windows in houses and shops for blocks around. The wounded, most of them civilians, were rushed to hospitals. The Taliban claimed responsibility, even as it continues peace talks with U.S. diplomats.
Pakistan is expelling the ambassador from India and suspending cross-border trade in an escalating dispute over contested Kashmir. That's after India stripped its part of Kashmir of political autonomy. Today, hundreds returned to the streets in the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir, condemning New Delhi's decision.
Man (through translator):
This is a heinous conspiracy, and we strongly condemn it. It has been our demand since the beginning that Kashmir should become autonomous. We are protesting for this, and, God willing, we will continue to protest for this.
India's Hindu nationalist government is pressing for Muslim-majority Kashmir to be fully integrated with the rest of the country.
The United States and Turkey may be close to setting up a so-called safe zone in Northeastern Syria. Negotiators said today that they have agreed to form a joint operations center. That could head off a Turkish military invasion to clear the region of Syrian Kurdish forces. The Kurds are aligned with the U.S., but Turkey regards them as terrorists.
In Northwestern Syria, government forces have recaptured two villages in a renewed offensive on the last major rebel stronghold. The assault on Idlib province began in late April, but the Syrian military called a brief cease-fire over the weekend. In three months, airstrikes and shelling have displaced 400,000 people and killed more than 2,000 others.
Back in this country, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives moved today to make former White House counsel Don McGahn answer questions. In a federal lawsuit, the House Judiciary Committee demanded that McGahn obey a subpoena. It also rejected White House claims that he has legal immunity against testifying.
And on Wall Street, stocks plunged initially today amid new fears about the U.S.-China trade war, then battled their way back. By the end of the day, the trading day, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 22 points to close at 26007. It had been down nearly 600 at one point. The Nasdaq rose 29 points, and the S&P 500 added two.