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Obama ready to act alone over border crisis funding WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama said on Friday he would seek to redeploy existing resources to tackle the child migrant crisis on the US border after Congress failed to approve additional funds to deal with the problem."I'm going to have to act alone, because we don't have enough resources," Obama said. "We've run out of money."Obama reiterated that the government required an urgent injection of funding to carry out basic functions at the border, which has been overwhelmed by the tide of young immigrants seeking to enter the United States illegally.Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has warned that Immigration and Customs Enforcement could run out of money by mid-August, leaving Border Patrol cash-strapped by September as a result. On July 8, Obama called on Congress to release an additional $3.7 billion to increase border security and hire additional immigration court judges. Republican lawmakers opposed the move, however, while a $2.7 billion ...

US evacuating two Americans sick with Ebola WASHINGTON: Two US citizens infected by the Ebola virus in West Africa will be evacuated back to the United States to be cared for in strict isolation in the coming days, the State Department said on Friday."The safety and security of US citizens is our paramount concern," deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said, confirming the State Department was facilitating the medical evacuation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."Every precaution is being taken to ...
US Senate confirms new Russia envoy WASHINGTON: The US Senate approved President Barack Obama's nominee for ambassador to Moscow Thursday, a quick confirmation amid a long backlog of would-be envoys awaiting a vote.John Tefft, a career diplomat specializing in Eastern Europe, fills a post that has been vacant during a period of high tension between the Kremlin and Washington.The approval comes only weeks after his nomination, amid the most challenging period in US-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War, ...
US lawmakers postpone recess to deal with immigration WASHINGTON: In a last-ditch effort to schedule a vote dealing with a influx of undocumented Central American children, the US House of Representatives postponed their summer recess Thursday.The move came after the Republican-controlled chamber scrapped a vote earlier in the day on a bill to provide $659 million in emergency aid for the humanitarian crisis at the border."We'll stay until we vote," said Republican Congressman Darrel Issa.US officials have said that almost 57,000 unaccompanied children ...
Nine hospitalized after US lightning strike LOS ANGELES: Nine people, including teenager, were taken to hospital Sunday following a lightning strike at bustling Venice Beach, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.LAFD spokeswoman Katherine Main told AFP two of the individuals were in critical condition but that it was unclear whether all nine were actually hit.The early afternoon incident occurred while there were isolated thunderstorms in the area and many people were at the beach, Main said.Eight of those taken to hospital ...
Mexico arrests 32 cops for alleged organized crime ties MORELIA: More than 30 police officers have been arrested in Mexico for alleged organized crime ties and possible involvement in the killing of fellow cops, authorities said Sunday.Those detained include a former top public safety chief from the town of Tarimbaro, an ex-commander of the same unit and 18 more active duty agents, a public safety source in the troubled state of Michoacan told AFP.Authorities are investigating whether those taken into custody were involved in ...
Americans infected with Ebola in Liberia outbreak WASHINGTON: Two Americans involved in the treatment of Ebola victims in Liberia have become infected with the West African epidemic, an aid agency said on Sunday.Samaritan's Purse, a Christian charity, said that its physician Kent Brantly was in stable condition and had been isolated at the group's Ebola treatment center at the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia.His symptoms included intermittent fever and body aches. Nancy Writebol, a missionary with the SIM Christian charity ...

 



 
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