The United States Thursday warned Central American families to stop sending their unaccompanied children across the Mexican border into the United States, calling the trip dangerous and pointless. These children will not be granted residency, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in Nogales, Arizona as he visited a detention center housing 900 minors who came to America alone. There are no 'permisos' for your children who come to the US," Johnson said, referring to the coveted residency permits that are hoped for at the end of the journeys. Johnson said the United States is taking measures to boost ties mainly with Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
America’s reliance on secretive drone missile strikes against terror suspects has set a "dangerous precedent" that could be imitated by other countries and trigger wider wars around the world, former senior US officials said in a report Thursday. The ex-officials acknowledged that the robotic aircraft are a useful tool that is "here to stay," but urged President Barack Obama to lift the veil of secrecy that surrounds their use, introduce stricter rules for the strikes and take a hard look at whether the bombing raids were genuinely effective. "US practices set a dangerous precedent that may be seized upon by other states -- not all of which are likely to behave as scrupulously as US officials," it said.
Kenyan police have arrested the governor of the coastal Lamu district in connection with three recent massacres in which over 60 people were killed, officers said Thursday. Governor Issa Timamy was arrested late Wednesday in connection with killings last week over two consecutive nights in the town of Mpeketoni and a nearby village that claimed nearly 60 lives. "The governor is in custody," Kenya's Criminal Investigations Department chief Ndegwa Muhoro said, adding he was due in court Thursday. Despite an immediate claim of responsibility from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab for the Mpeketoni attack, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has blamed "local political networks" along with an "opportunist network of other criminal gangs".
Hillary Clinton sought to nuance her remark that she and ex-president husband Bill were "dead broke" when they left the White House, insisting she was not out of touch. The widely-anticipated 2016 Democratic presidential candidate earlier this month kicked off her book tour telling ABC television the Clintons left the White House "not only dead broke, but in debt." You know, it was not easy," said Clinton, a Yale-educated lawyer herself before entering public service.
As top Communist leaders gathered in Beijing, veteran Chinese political activist He Depu was obliged to leave town -- for an all-expenses-paid holiday to the tropical island of Hainan, complete with police escorts. He, 57, had not been charged with any crime, but officers took him 2,300 kilometres (1,400 miles) to Hainan for 10 days to ensure he was not in the capital for this year's annual meeting of China's legislature, he said. "We had a pretty good time, because a decent amount of money was spent on the trip, the local government paid for everything." In 2011 police and court staff announced they and her family were going on a trip to Hainan -- a place of internal exile for criminals, disgraced officials and renegade poets as early as the Tang dynasty of 618-907.
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama heads to Minneapolis on Thursday, the first stop in series of summer road trips where he will aim to spend a "day in the life" of an ordinary American and convince voters that the White House understands their challenges. Obama will have lunch with a woman named Rebekah - the White House has not provided her full name - who wrote to him earlier this year. The trip is also aimed at reconnecting Obama with Democrats ahead of midterm elections where Republicans stand a good chance of taking control of the Senate, jeopardizing the chance to accomplish goals for his last two years in office. Obama's job approval ratings have slid to 41 percent, Gallup said on Tuesday, with voters concerned about the economy and with the way the White House has handled the insurgency in Iraq.
A scene of carnage in World War I, the small Belgian town of Ypres is a warning written in blood for EU leaders Thursday of what happens when statesmen fail to preserve the peace. Now a bustling, busy place, Ypres and its proud medieval cloth hall were reduced to rubble by incessant German shelling. The symbolic centrepiece of Thursday's EU summit, hosted by European Council head Herman Van Rompuy, is the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, the imposing monument which honours the dead of the armies of the British empire "who stood here ... and who have no known grave." "It will be a moving ceremony because we are here testifying what Europe is -- a project of peace, a project of solidarity, a project of cooperation," Van Rompuy said recently.