FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 file photo, United States Border Patrol agents stand by a vehicle near one of the…
FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2018, photo, U.S. Border Patrol agents stand by a vehicle near one of the border walls separating Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, in San Diego.

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Border declines
A spike in people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without authorization earlier this year has been reversed. Washington officials report a sixth consecutive month of declines in apprehensions in southwestern U.S. states. Apprehensions have fluctuated wildly during the Trump administration.

Returning from refuge
After a decade in exile, some Zimbabwean refugees recently returned to their home country from Botswana, where the government told them they could register for voluntary repatriation by the end of the year or be expelled. Some people say they are afraid to leave, however. One supporter of Zimbabwe's opposition said, "People might think that Zimbabwe, maybe, after the change of government, it has changed. But the government that is ruling is still the same government."

Fighting flu season
Amid heightened concerns for the health of migrants in U.S. custody, the Trump administration is rejecting an offer of free flu vaccinations from a group of physicians.

From the Feds
— A federal judge sentenced a New York man to more than 10 years in prison for his part in a scheme to extort Central American asylum-seekers traveling by bus in the United States, kidnapping them and refusing to release them until they or their families paid fees of more than $1,000.

— The newly named acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf traveled to Guatemala as the United States continues to implement controversial asylum accords with several Central American countries.