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US ex-House Speaker indicted on federal charges

Ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert who has been indicted on federal charges.

Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, was charged on Thursday with lying to the F.B.I. and structuring cash withdrawals to avoid bank reporting requirements. Mr. Hastert, 73, a longtime Republican leader who served as speaker from 1999 until 2007 and now works as a lobbyist in Washington, was providing money to an unnamed person in order to “compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct” against that person, according to a federal indictment issued by the United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. The indictment says that Mr. Hastert, who was once a high school teacher and wrestling coach in a small Illinois town, paid … Continue reading

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US seeking to deport Bosnians over war crimes

U.S. marshals escort Azra Basic into the Federal Courthouse in Lexington on March 17, 2011 to appear on charges of committing war crimes against ethnic Serbs.

Immigration officials are moving to deport at least 150 Bosnians living in the United States who they believe took part in war crimes and “ethnic cleansing” during the bitter conflict that raged in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. In all, officials have identified about 300 immigrants who they believe concealed their involvement in wartime atrocities when they came to the United States as part of a wave of Bosnian war refugees fleeing the violence there. With more records from Bosnia becoming available, the officials said the number of suspects could eventually top 600. “The more we dig, the more documents we find,” said Michael MacQueen, an Immigration and Customs … Continue reading

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Tensions rise in Washington as ‘Bibi’ bypasses White House

There is no love lost between Israel

Tensions between the White House and Benjamin Netanyahu intensified Wednesday as top administration officials condemned the Israeli prime minister’s plan to address Congress next week, while Netanyahu accused six world powers, including the United States, of “giving up on their commitment” in negotiations to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The unusually public spat marked one of the lowest points in a relationship that has long bonded the two countries. Although the new round of recriminations reflected the frosty personal relations between President Obama and Netanyahu, it came at a critical juncture in multilateral talks designed to prevent Iran from using a civilian program to develop a nuclear weapon. … Continue reading

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Was the NYPD involved in Malcom X’s assasination?

Black Nationalist leader and Nation of Islam spokesman Malcolm X in Oxford with Eric Abrahams, right, the Student Union president, before addressing university students on the subject of extremism and liberty, 3rd December 1964.  (Photo by Keystone/Hulton)

50 years ago today, Malcolm X, one of the greatest leaders of Black America, and of all Africans period, was gunned down in a crime still shrouded in mystery to this very day. Was the NYPD (New York Police Department) involved or did police know about the impending murder and let it happen? And were some reporters, including Jimmy Breslin, tipped off that something was about to go down? On February 21 1965, El- Hajj Malik El-Shabazz [otherwise known as] Malcolm X, was assassinated in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. The official story is that Malcolm was killed because of his rift with the Nation of Islam and with the … Continue reading

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Political war in US as Republicans challenge Obama powers

US House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), turned down Obama

By Katie Zezima and Robert Costa The political war over President Obama’s controversial policy changes on deportation escalated Friday as the White House pledged to forcefully sell the overhauls to the American people, while many Republicans vowed to derail his efforts. Obama went to Nevada on Friday to begin what the White House described as a “very aggressive” effort to promote the changes but also to chide his Republican critics for opposing immigration reform. “We’re not a nation that kicks out strives and dreamers who want to earn their piece of the American dream,” Obama said. “We didn’t raise the Statue of Liberty with her back to the world. We … Continue reading

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Bush and Christie’s 2016 prospects kneecapped by Obama

US President Obama announcing executive action on immigration Thursday.

By Jon Terbush US President Barack Obama on Thursday announced his much-anticipated executive action on immigration, and in doing so he lobbed a grenade squarely into the 2016 Republican primary race. Obama’s order will reshape how the feds prioritize deportations of undocumented workers, shielding an estimated five million of them from being kicked out of the country. “We shall not oppress a stranger for we know the heart of a stranger — we were strangers once, too,” Obama said, quoting scripture. By moving ahead solo before the new Congress is sworn in, Obama ensured Republicans will finally have to address immigration reform next year — and on into 2016. This … Continue reading

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‘I hear you,’ Obama tells Americans after rout at the polls

US President barack Obama addresses the nation after a stinging rebuke from American voters. He told aides that he will

By David Nakamura and Juliet Eilperin After a stinging rebuke at the polls, President Obama vowed Wednesday to respond to the frustrations of the American electorate by using his final two years to forge compromises with newly empowered congressional Republicans and break the political gridlock that has defined Washington over the past several years. “I hear you,” Obama said at a White House news conference, a day after voters gave the GOP unilateral control over the legislative branch and dealt a blow to Obama’s agenda after six years in office. “Obviously, Republicans had a good night, and they deserve credit for running good campaigns,” the president said. But he emphasized … Continue reading

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Europe and the U.S. agree to escalate sanctions against Russia

Europe and the United States are determined to confront President Putin over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.

The United States and Europe put aside their differences and agreed Monday to sharply escalate economic sanctions against Russia in a set of coordinated actions driven by the conclusion that Moscow has taken a more direct role in the war in Ukraine. After months in which European leaders were hesitant to go as far as the Americans, the two sides settled on a package of measures that would target Russia’s financial, energy and defence sectors. In some cases, the Europeans may actually leapfrog beyond what the United States has done, forcing Washington to try to catch up. The agreement came during an unusual five-way video conference between President Obama and … Continue reading

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U.S. set to name first ambassador to Somalia in two decades

Wendy Sherman: "...decision a reflection both of our deepening relationship with the country and of our faith that better times are ahead."

President Barack Obama plans to nominate the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in more than two decades, a top State Department official says. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman called the decision “a reflection both of our deepening relationship with the country and of our faith that better times are ahead.” Sherman said the United States has no plans in the immediate future to open an embassy in Mogadishu, the Somali capital wracked by violence from al Qaeda-linked extremist group Al-Shabaab. Last month, the group launched a deadly attack on the nation’s parliament. The new ambassador would work out of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, with another dozen or so … Continue reading

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Obama reminds North Korea of U.S. ‘military might’

President Obama takes a closer look at North Korean gun posts in the demilitarised zone during his recent visit to South Korea.

President Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States did not use its military might to “impose things” on others, but that it would use that might if necessary to defend South Korea from any attack by the reclusive North. The North warned last month it would not rule out a “new form” of atomic test after the U.N. Security Council condemned Pyongyang’s launch of a mid-range ballistic missile into the sea east of the Korean peninsula. Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye presented a united front against North Korea at a joint news conference following their summit on Friday, warning that they would respond firmly to any “provocations” … Continue reading

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