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Jul 20, 2014

Kerry makes most explicit U.S. case against Russia over Malaysia jet downing

WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) – Secretary of State John
Kerry on Sunday laid out what he said was overwhelming evidence
of Russian complicity in the downing of a Malaysian airliner in
eastern Ukraine as he made the U.S. case against Moscow in the
most emphatic and explicit terms yet.

In a blitz of U.S. morning news shows, Kerry demanded that
Russia take responsibility for actions of allied separatists
suspected of shooting down the passenger plane and he expressed
disgust over the rebels’ “grotesque” mishandling of victims’
bodies at the crash site.

Jun 29, 2014

Libyan suspect pleads not guilty in Benghazi attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Libyan militia leader pleaded not guilty in a U.S. federal court on Saturday to a terrorism charge in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

Ahmed Abu Khatallah was transferred to the U.S. District Court in Washington on Saturday morning from a Navy warship where he had been held since his June 15 capture by U.S. special operations forces in Libya.

Jun 28, 2014

Libyan suspected in Benghazi attack now in U.S. federal custody

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Libyan militia leader suspected in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi that killed four Americans was in federal custody on Saturday morning, the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington said.

Ahmed Abu Khatallah was taken to a federal court in Washington from a Navy warship where he had been held since his June 15 capture, U.S. media said.

Jun 26, 2014

China cyber crime cooperation stalls after U.S. hacking charges

WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) – Fledging cooperation between
the United States and China on fighting cyber crime has ground
to a halt since the recent U.S. indictment of Chinese military
officials on hacking charges, a senior U.S. security official
said on Thursday.

At the same time, there has been no decline in Chinese
hackers’ efforts to break into U.S. networks, the official said.

Jun 19, 2014

Democrats seek asylum process for children fleeing to U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The thousands of children fleeing drug violence and poverty in Central America could qualify for asylum in the United States and should have the right to make that case, Democratic lawmakers said on Thursday.

The United States is grappling with a surge of children arriving illegally, opening military bases to house the detained youths and working with the governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to keep them from leaving home.

Jun 9, 2014

Bergdahl describes harsh treatment, solitary confinement – U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl suffered harsh treatment at the hands of his Taliban captors, including long periods of solitary confinement, according to U.S. military officials who also said the soldier was struggling emotionally and had not yet called his parents.

Bergdahl, released in Afghanistan on May 31 in exchange for five Taliban detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison, is being treated at the U.S. Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

Jun 8, 2014

Bergdahl held in solitary confinement for weeks: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was held in solitary confinement for long periods during five years in Taliban captivity, according to a U.S. military official who also said the soldier suffers skin and gum ailments, emotional distress and has not yet spoken to his parents.

Bergdahl, who was released on May 31 to American forces in exchange for five Taliban detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison, is being treated at the U.S. Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

Jun 4, 2014

U.S. criticizes Rwanda over disappearances, press freedom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States expressed deep concern on Wednesday over the arrest and disappearance of dozens of Rwandans over the last two months, including people held up to two months without being charged or allowed to communicate with their families.

The State Department also cited “credible reports” that journalists have been threatened in the central African country and that the government has suspended a call-in news radio program.

May 29, 2014

Homeland Security promises review of criminal immigrant releases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he would review the release last year of tens of thousands of immigrants with criminal records after lawmakers grilled him on deportation issues on Thursday.

House of Representatives Republicans highlighted their differences with Democrats at a Judiciary Committee hearing days after President Barack Obama delayed a deportation review to give Congress more time to agree on immigration reform.

May 23, 2014

New U.S. homeland security chief steps out of Pentagon shadows into spotlight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When anti-war activists projected a movie about drones onto the brick front of Jeh Johnson’s home in November, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become homeland security secretary did not try to pull the plug.

Instead, the former Pentagon top lawyer slipped out a back door and approached Codepink, asking, “Would you like to talk?” In March, Johnson kept his promise to meet with the protest group, which questioned counterterror operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.