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House passes border crisis bill; Obama vows to act alone WASHINGTON: The US Congress has passed two measures to stem the flow of Central American children into the United States despite the strong objections of President Barack Obama, who vowed to address the crisis unilaterally.The Republican-controlled House of Representatives late Friday approved allocating $694 million (517 million euros) to deal with the influx of minors into the United States from Mexico. The measure was approved 223-189.The amount is much less than the $3.7 billion Obama requested to ease what he has called an "urgent humanitarian situation."The House measure would increase funding for the Border Patrol and the National Guard, increase the number of immigration judges, and change a 2008 anti-trafficking law so the child migrants can be whisked home without deportation hearings.House speaker John Boehner described the measure as "a responsible bill" that will "help secure our border and ensure the safe and swift return of these children to their ...

Hurricane Iselle forms in the Pacific: US forecasters MIAMI: Hurricane Iselle formed in the Pacific far off the northwestern coast of Mexico and is heading west away from land, the US National Hurricane Center said Friday.Packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kilometers per hour), the storm was located some 1,270 miles (2,040 kilometers) west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, the Miami-based center said in its 0300 GMT bulletin.Iselle is moving in a west-northwesterly direction at around 12 ...
House passes border crisis bill as Obama vows to act alone WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives passed a bill Friday to fund the child migrant crisis on the southwest US border hours after President Barack Obama vowed to act alone to tackle the problem.The measure, passed by a vote of 223 to 189 in the Republican-dominated chamber, would provide $694 million to deal with the influx. But it falls far short of $3.7 billion Obama had requested to ease what he has called an "urgent ...
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 ...
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 ...


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