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U.S. customs agent arrested
for aiding an illegal entry

By the U.S. Department of Justice press staff

A special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations has been arrested on federal charges of helping a foreign national enter the United States without proper authorization.

Felix Cisneros, a 10-year veteran of the agency, was arrested Thursday afternoon pursuant to a criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors. The complaint was unsealed this morning, and Cisneros is scheduled to make his initial appearance this afternoon in United States District Court.

The complaint charges Cisneros with aiding and assisting an inadmissible alien to enter the United States, a felony offense that carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

The case against Cisneros is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General; and immigration’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, Cisneros took steps that allowed an inadmissible Mexican national to enter the United States. Cisneros allegedly acted at the behest of a local organized crime figure with business interests in México.

The alien, a legal permanent resident who, as a result of felony convictions, would have been barred from re-entering the United States was employed by the organized crime figure to negotiate with a Mexican company. The complaint alleges that the organized crime figure asked Cisneros in 2013 to help the alien return to the United States after a trip to México.

Cisneros allegedly helped the alien regain a passport that had been seized several months earlier when the alien had attempted to enter and had been paroled into the United States. The complaint further alleges that Cisneros facilitated the alien’s re-entry into the United States at Los Angeles International Airport.

Cisneros convinced officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to return the alien’s passport and re-admit him to the United States likely through deception, according to the affidavit.

Troubled negotiating marks
Republican health-care bill

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The future of President Donald Trump's agenda hung in the balance Thursday as Republicans endured a tortured day of negotiations up and down Pennsylvania Avenue, fighting up to the last minute to negotiate passage of a long-promised health care bill.

Just 61 days after Trump promised momentous political change as he was sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, House Republicans couldn't find agreement with each other on their signature campaign promise of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Trump put his skills as a deal-maker on the line, but failed to win over the conservative House Freedom Caucus and even alienated some moderates afraid for their political futures. His and Speaker Paul Ryan's failure to secure enough votes backed the once-unified Republican Party into a politically tricky corner that could be hard to escape, even if the bill does pass.

The White House says the House of Representatives will vote Friday morning on overhauling Obamacare, as Republicans strive to find more yes votes.

"This is one of those moments where you have got to say who you are really deep inside of you. Are you for President Trump and repealing and replacing Obamacare, or are you against President Trump and are you against repealing and replacing Obamacare? It's that simple," Rep. Bradley Byrne, a Republican from Alabama, said as he emerged from a late-afternoon emergency strategy meeting in Ryan's office after the House Freedom Caucus rejected the latest deal.

This week's turmoil could decimate the political capital of the Republican leadership, ruining plans for tax reform and major infrastructure spending, and throwing a shadow over a looming budget battle that could shut down the government.

Ryan scheduled the vote for the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, just weeks after introducing the legislation and before he could build consensus within his own party.

The House Freedom Caucus, a politically conservative group of House members, kept the bill from the votes required for passage, arguing that Trump and Ryan's proposal violates limited government principles by keeping too many key provisions of former President Barack Obama's health care plan.

"We're certainly trying to get to yes, but, indeed, we've made very reasonable requests and we're hopeful that those reasonable requests will be listened to and ultimately agreed to," Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows told reporters after a last-minute White House meeting to negotiate with Trump.

Trump has repeatedly warned caucus members they could lose big in 2018 midterm elections if they fail to act in support of his bill. But the president's concessions to the caucus alienated more moderate Republicans who fear the changes could doom the bill's chances in the Senate, ruining their own opportunities for re-election. Suddenly, Trump and Ryan found themselves facing a battle on two fronts within their own party.

House Democrats smelled blood in the water and a future political opportunity as they stood to the side, watching the events unfold.

State Department requests
more scrutiny in visa issues

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. State Department has asked American embassies and consulates around the world to identify certain groups that should get extra scrutiny when they apply for visas.

This directive also instructs U.S. posts overseas to review the social media accounts of visa applicants who are suspected of terrorist ties or of having been in Islamic State group-controlled areas.

The diplomatic cables sent by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson directed embassies to convene security and intelligence working groups to determine "a list of criteria identifying sets of post-applicant populations warranting increased scrutiny."

Even if the applicant otherwise qualifies for a visa, those identified as meeting the criteria would require additional scrutiny and possible denial.

It is the first evidence of the extreme vetting of foreigners entering the United States that President Donald Trump promised during his campaign.

Embassy officials must now scrutinize a broader pool of visa applicants to determine if they pose security risks to the United States, according to four cables sent between March 10 and March 17.

The directives quickly drew criticism from rights groups and others who've accused Trump of discriminating against Muslims through his now-suspended ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries.

Amnesty International on Thursday called for the department to publicize the guidance.

New anti-rotavirus vaccine
shows 67 percent cure rate

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new vaccine against rotavirus, a diarrheal disease that kills about 600 children a day, has been shown to have almost 67 percent efficacy in preventing the illness.

"This efficacy of about 70 percent is higher than any other vaccine in similar settings," said Dr. Emmanuel Baron, director of Epicentre, the research arm of Doctors Without Borders, which conducted the trial.

A clinical trial of 3,500 infants in the African country of Niger showed the efficacy of the new vaccine, known as BRV-PV, to be around 67 percent. Thirty-one cases of rotavirus were reported among children who got the vaccine, compared with 87 cases among those who received a placebo.

Details of the study and the vaccine's effectiveness were published in the “New England Journal of Medicine.”

"We saw actually three things," Baron said. "The first is that this vaccine is efficient. The second is that this vaccine is safe. And we also saw a good acceptability by the care providers and the families."

An estimated 450,000 young children and babies die each year of diarrheal diseases. One of them is rotavirus, which causes a severe infection of the gastrointestinal tract.

Experts say rotavirus is responsible for about 37 percent of deaths among children younger than 5 who succumb to diarrheal diseases each year, or about 215,000 deaths annually.

There are two existing vaccines, but Baron said they are not widely used, as they are relatively expensive and must be refrigerated. Refrigeration is an obstacle in many African countries where rotavirus is most pronounced because electricity there is unreliable.

Even when children are immunized with the older vaccines, Baron says, hundreds die each day around the world.

The new vaccine does not need refrigeration for up to six months, because it is mixed or reconstituted with liquid before it is given to children in a three-dose schedule, at 6, 10 and 14 weeks of age.

Initially, the BRV-PV is expected to cost $6 dollars for the three shots, a price that is expected to drop as the vaccine gains traction.

WikiLeaks releases report
saying CIA infects iPhones

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has technology capable of infecting factory fresh iPhones and has been bugging the devices since at least 2008, WikiLeaks claimed Thursday.

In a statement released on its website, the whistleblowing organization said the technology developed by the CIA’s Embedded Development Branch was designed to be physically installed onto new iPhones.

“It is likely that many CIA physical access attacks have infected the targeted organization's supply chain including by interdicting mail orders and other shipments [opening, infecting, and resending] leaving the United States or otherwise,” the statement read.
Another alleged CIA tool, exposed in the WikiLeaks release Thursday, has the ability to execute code from a USB stick while a Mac computer is still booting up, allowing a user to bypass firmware passwords and load the attack software.

Thursday’s release is the latest batch of documents published by WikiLeaks alleging to show espionage programs used by the U.S. spy agency. A previous WikiLeaks release purported to expose a massive hacking program employed by the CIA.

Among the revelations in the previous release came accusations that the CIA possesses a library of hacking malware employed by other states, including Russia, that it can use to leave behind false fingerprints to cover up its exploits and mislead investigators.

Somalia president begs
U.N. aid against famine

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Somalia's new president appealed to the international community Thursday to help his nation avert an approaching famine.

"Almost half of my people are facing acute food shortages and about 15 percent are facing famine," President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmajo, told the U.N. Security Council.

"I am truly saddened by this situation, as the Somali people are proud, generous, hardworking and truly resilient," he said via a video link from Nairobi. "They would have been the last to ask for assistance if they could somehow find a way to survive and beat their reality."

The president, who took office last month, said people walk for hours in search of food and water. Many livestock have died during a severe drought, taking both sustenance and livelihoods away from the population. Cholera is also on the rise and the rainy season is approaching.

Somalia knows too well the consequences of drought and famine; more than 260,000 people died in the last famine, which hit the country in 2011. Currently more than 6 million people need assistance, and an international appeal for $825 million is only 30 percent funded.

Farmajo noted that this time Somalia is equipped with a government willing to step up to deal with the situation. He noted that the prime minister named his Cabinet on Tuesday, and he said he was optimistic that the parliament would support it so work could begin to tackle the drought.

The food crisis is not the nascent government's only challenge.

The country is battling al-Shabab terrorists and working to build its own security forces.

A U.N.-approved African Union force of more than 22,000 troops and police has been the centerpiece of Somalia's security for a decade. The mission cannot remain in place forever, and officials are beginning to discuss the future.

The president also said he would seek a full lifting of the arms embargo against his country at the May meeting.

SpaceX close to launching
a brand new robot rocket

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A photo published on social media reveals Elon Musk’s SpaceX Corporation is close to fielding a rocket robot.

Marr posted the photo on Reddit where it was widely agreed to be a robot, and users on the site nicknamed it “Optimus Prime,” after a character from the movie Transformers.

The robot is expected to work on the drone ships, securing the first stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, which will land on the drone ships, Florida Today reports. The robot is expected to save the company money and increase safety.

Ricky Lim, of SpaceX, said that the robot is in a testing phase as a future capability. He added that the robot has not been officially named.

SpaceX has recovered eight first stages of Falcon 9 rockets, starting in 2015. Three of those stages landed on pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and five times on drone ships at sea.

SpaceX is expecting to launch another rocket from Kennedy Space Center in coming months. That mission is expected to be the first use of a used or flight tested Falcon 9 rocket.

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