Midterm Election Security, Border Patrol Exercise, Cameroon Kidnapping Search, China-U.S. Security

Midterm Election Security, Border Patrol Exercise, kidnapped students freed, and more
  • ​U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said they had not seen any significant security breaches affecting votes around the country as Tuesday's midterm elections came to a close, Axios reports. A Department of Homeland Security official said early Wednesday morning that the agency was "not aware of any cybersecurity-related compromises of election infrastructure." However, DHS officials declined to comment in detail throughout Tuesday on any misinformation operations aimed at the elections. 

  • U.S. border patrol officials on Tuesday abruptly canceled a crowd control exercise it had planned for Election Day near a Hispanic neighborhood along the Texas-Mexico border a half a mile from a polling place. The event, which had been scheduled for noon ET, drew sharp criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union and others that said the timing seemed to be aimed at trying to intimidate Hispanic voters, ABC News reports. The Trump administration and border officials in Texas rejected the allegation.

  • In Cameroon, 78 students kidnapped from a boarding school have been freed, officials said on Wednesday. The 78 students and 3 others were seized early on Sunday in the region's capital, Bamenda.  A driver was also released, but the school's principal and teacher were still being held, the BBC reports. The government and English-speaking separatists have accused each other of orchestrating the kidnapping.

  • The United States and China will hold a delayed top-level security dialogue on Friday, the latest sign of a thaw in relations, as China's vice president said Beijing was willing to talk with Washington to resolve their bitter trade dispute, Reuters reports. The resumption of high-level dialogue, marked by a phone call last week between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, comes ahead of an expected meeting between the two at the G20 summit in Argentina starting in late November.