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Mexico finds 219 migrants stuffed in truck

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA CASAS, Mexico — Mexican authorities have discovered 219 migrants squeezed into a trailer truck in the southern state of Chiapas.

The Chiapas state government says in a statement that the driver and another person tried to bribe police who stopped the truck.

The statement Thursday said most of the migrants are from Central America but six are from Sri Lanka and four are Nepalese. Thirty-three are women and nine are minors.

The migrants were being deported Thursday.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants travel through Mexico each year in the hopes of reaching the United States.

Blackwater founder loses Somalia deal

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia's government decided Thursday to cancel an agreement with a private security company linked to the founder of Blackwater Worldwide to train Somali forces to go after pirates and insurgents, a senior official said.

Deputy Security Minister Ibrahim Mohamed Yarow told the Associated Press that the Cabinet, meeting behind closed doors, decided to end the agreement with Saracen International.

The AP reported last week that Erik Prince, whose former company Blackwater Worldwide became synonymous with the use of private U.S. security forces running amok in Iraq and Afghanistan, had quietly taken on a new role in the project to train troops in lawless Somalia.

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