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How Many More Americans Can Obama Kill?

If Obama wants to drone the Americans waging jihad in Iraq, he’ll need a new legal justification; the one drawn up in 2010 won’t work any more.

Obama says US should have paid maternity leave

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns.

Republican lawmaker slams U.S. IRS over emails in Tea Party affair

By Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of a congressional panel accused the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Monday of hiding a former official's emails related to a 2013 controversy involving IRS treatment of conservative groups. Representative Darrell Issa criticized what he called "obstruction by the IRS" over emails written by Lois Lerner that the committee wants for review. "I'm sick and tired of your game-playing in response to congressional oversight," Issa told IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who appeared before Issa's Republican-controlled committee in an unusual evening hearing. Koskinen, who was confirmed as IRS chief in December, said: "No one has been keeping this information from Congress." The controversy erupted in May last year over extra scrutiny applied by the IRS to applications from non-profit groups for tax-exempt status, including some groups aligned with the conservative Tea Party.

IRS head says no obstruction of Congress in probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the IRS said Monday his agency has provided Congress with hundreds of thousands of documents, brushing aside accusations that the IRS has obstructed investigations into the targeting of tea party and other political groups before the 2010 and 2012 elections.

Michelle Obama says will not go into politics after White House

By Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will not go into politics after leaving the White House, she said on Monday, dismissing rumors she might follow in the footsteps of predecessor Hillary Clinton and run for the Senate after her husband leaves office. At an event to promote family-friendly workplace policies, the wife of President Barack Obama was asked whether her next move would be political. It will be mission-based, service-focused,” Mrs. Obama told ABC newscaster Robin Roberts. Her comment may have been aimed at shutting down recent speculation that Mrs. Obama was mulling a future run for the U.S. Senate.

Outrage After Egypt Jails Journalists

Three Al Jazeera journalists have been jailed in Egypt on trumped-up charges of collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood. The network vows an international campaign for their release, and press freedom.

CNN launches research for drones in journalism

CNN said Monday it was launching a research project with the Georgia Institute of Technology on how drones could be used for newsgathering by media organizations. The research will evaluate the technology, personnel and safety needs to operate effectively and will share its findings with the Federal Aviation Administration, which is considering rules for unmanned aerial vehicles. "Our hope is that by working cooperatively to share knowledge, we can accelerate the process for CNN and other media organizations to safely integrate this new technology into their coverage plans," said David Vigilante, CNN senior vice president, in a statement. Georgia tech researcher Mike Heiges said drones "have a number of applications that benefit society, such as search and rescue, disaster response and agricultural mapping and crop assessment," and added that "we're excited to be engaging with CNN to study the newsgathering applications" for drones.

The Ebola Outbreak Is Just Getting Worse

The government of Guinea has failed to contain the virus—and now an ‘out of control’ outbreak has spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. We could be in for a long, hot summer.

Guinea-Bissau's new president pledges stability

Guinea-Bissau's new president Jose Mario Vaz on Monday vowed to fight poverty and bring stability to the impoverished west African nation as he was sworn into office. The 57-year-old is Guinea-Bissau's first elected leader since the army mutinied in 2012, plunging into chaos a state already in the grip of powerful cocaine cartels and beset by political violence. Standing before a crowd of 15,000 and leaders from across west Africa in the capital Bissau, Vaz pledged to work with other political groups to bring stability to the fragile nation of 1.6 million. Vaz, from the dominant African Party for the Independence of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC), won an overwhelming 62 percent of the vote against independent rival Nuno Gomes Nabiam in a May election.

Obama warns Putin of new 'costs' for Russian stance on Ukraine

US President Barack Obama on Monday warned Vladimir Putin that Russia would face new sanctions if it failed to both stop the flow of weapons into Ukraine and halt support for separatists. The White House said that Obama delivered the warning in a telephone call with the Russian leader, in which he called for "concrete actions" by Moscow to de-escalate the situation. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama used the call to drive home consistent US and Western warnings on Ukraine -- that Russia must stop supporting separatists in the east of the country and stop the flow of weapons across the border.

Car bomb explodes in Beirut suburb: security source

A car bomb, an apparent suicide attack, exploded in a southern suburb of Beirut populated mainly by Shiites, a security services source said early Tuesday. "It was a car bomb and there is a strong possibility that it was a suicide attack," the security source told AFP. The car bombing came three days after a suicide attack in the east of the country which left one person dead and 30 wounded. The area of south Beirut, a stronghold of Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah, has been the target of attacks for many months.

84 Year-Old Politician Turns to Hip-Hop

The octogenarian Congressman is facing a tough primary against younger opponents. No wonder he’s s willing to do just about anything to seem #real.

Palestinians unable to return to Syria camp despite truce

Convinced they would be able return to Yarmuk in southern Damascus after a truce and ceasefire, Palestinians went to the embattled camp's entrance Monday but their wait was in vain. Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have been laying siege to Yarmuk since last year. On Saturday evening, an agreement was struck under which rebel fighters were to vacate the camp, according to Anwar Abdel Hadi, political director of the Palestine Liberation Organisation in Syria.

US defends Poland alliance after leaked tape scandal

US-Polish ties are very solid, the State Department insisted Monday, refusing to be drawn into the row surrounding a secret recording of critical remarks attributed to Poland's top diplomat. I'm just not in a position to verify that," said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. A Polish magazine reported on Sunday it has audio recordings of Poland's foreign minister dismissing Warsaw's ties with the US as "worthless", the latest leak in a bugging scandal that has rocked the Polish government. In the latest recording, Wprost reported that Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski had said to former finance minister Jacek Rostowski: "You know the Polish-US alliance is worthless."

Egypt deals blow to Jazeera, champion of Arab Spring

Jail sentences against Al-Jazeera journalists Monday in Egypt have dealt a blow to the Qatari network that championed Arab Spring revolts which toppled autocratic regimes, analysts said. The pan-Arab news channel has come in for strong criticism in Egypt over its coverage seen as favourable to the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. Three of its journalists, including award-winning Australian Peter Greste, each got seven years in jail by a Cairo court, accused of supporting the blacklisted Brotherhood, a verdict condemned around the world. Eleven defendants tried in absentia, including one Dutch and two British journalists, were given 10-year sentences.

Anti-World Cup protests as Brazil play Cameroon

Brasília (AFP) - Activists burned a mock World Cup trophy Monday in protests called to demand more investment in health and education as Brazil played a clutch match against Cameroon. The protests in Brasilia, where the match was being played, and Sao Paulo, the cradle of Brazil's recent protest movement, drew relatively small crowds and did not descend into the violence that has at times marred similar demonstrations in the past. "I want to see a worker earn the same salary as Neymar," was one of the rallying cries for some 200 protesters in Brasilia who marched from a bus station to the stadium where the star striker was leading the team into its final Group A match. One group of protesters burned a replica of the gold World Cup trophy Brazil hope to win for a sixth time.

Tunisia begins voter registration for fresh elections

Tunisia began voter registration on Monday for heavily-delayed legislative and presidential elections due to take place later this year. The elections would consolidate the gains of an accord in January to end months of political crisis, which had blocked the democratic transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa and Chafik Sarsar, who heads the electoral organising commission, gave the order to begin the registration process at Tunis city hall, the government said. After months of negotiations, the electoral commission this month proposed that legislative polls take place on October 26 and the first round of the presidential poll on November 23, with the run-off on December 28.

US warns undocumented child migrants will be deported

US authorities have stressed that thousands of underage migrants rushing to make it into the United States, most of them from violent regions of Central America, will face deportation. Very few people get asylum in the United States," Esther Olivarria, an adviser to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, said Monday. The United States has seen a huge surge in young migrants fleeing gang violence and poverty in Central America, mostly Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.