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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.

Obama on family and work policy -- if France can, why can't we?

President Barack Obama on Monday lamented that America was on its "lonesome" as the only developed nation not to offer paid maternity leave, as he called for a new family-friendly 21st Century workplace. Obama headlined a "Working Families Summit" in Washington and flexed his presidential powers to direct government agencies to adopt more flexible workplace practices to allow parents to manage home and professional commitments. If France can figure this out, we can figure it out," Obama said, calling for a new approach to maternity and family leave, and early childhood education. "There is only one developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave," Obama told a supportive crowd at a Washington hotel.

Canada justice lawyers fell for phishing emails

Lawyers at Canada's justice department were fooled into providing confidential information by responding to phishing emails far more than average Internet users, according to security test results released Monday. According to Canadian government figures, 156 million phishing emails are sent worldwide on a daily basis. No government information was at risk in the "controlled exercise designed to inform and educate employees on issues surrounding cyber security," department spokeswoman Carole Saindon told AFP.

Russia demands Twitter block 'extremist' accounts

Russia's media watchdog on Monday demanded US-based microblogging service Twitter block several "extremist" accounts as the Kremlin continues to tighten its control over the Internet. Agency head Alexander Zharov earlier in the day met with Twitter's public policy chief Colin Crowell a month after Moscow threatened to block the service if it did not comply with new stringent rules. Zharov gave Crowell "detailed information about 12 accounts whose content has been identified as extremist" and is now expecting Twitter to delete or block them, the agency said in a statement.

Court releases memo justifying drone strike on US cleric

A New York court on Monday released an edited version of a secret government memo legally justifying a drone attack that killed a US citizen, radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, in Yemen in 2011. The federal appeals court released the document following a lawsuit from The New York Times and American Civil Liberties Union demanding to know the basis for the killing of three Americans. So-called "targeted killings" are the leading tactic in the US war on suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, but activists say the assassination program is too secret and lacks legal limits. Awlaki's teenage son, Abdul Rahman, was killed in a separate US drone strike in Yemen in October 2011.

Democratic lawmakers propose lawyers for immigrant children

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. lawmakers announced legislation on Monday that would provide lawyers for thousands of undocumented minors streaming across the border into the United States, saying forcing children to face deportation proceedings alone goes against fundamental American values. "It is a fantasy to believe that they have a fair shot in immigration proceedings without counsel," New York U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries told a news conference. Jeffries and the other House of Representatives Democrats introducing the bill said as many as 40 to 50 percent of the undocumented children would have legitimate claims to remain in the United States under current law, citing studies by the United Nations and other agencies. They also said their bill could save some $2 billion a year because timely immigration proceedings would eliminate the need to house thousands of children for months at a time.

IRS head to face another flogging over lost emails

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of a rare evening hearing, a House panel has asked IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to address a series of technical questions about the agency's email system and its policy for retaining official documents.

When the Right to Vote Wasn’t a Right

The new PBS documentary ‘Freedom Summer’ lays bare a Deep South world where African Americans risked jobs, homes, and their lives for the right to vote.

Kerry to Iraq leaders: sharing power is critical

BAGHDAD (AP) — America's top diplomat said Monday that leaders of Iraq's factions must keep their commitments to seat a new parliament next week, before a Sunni insurgency sweeps away hopes for a lasting peace.

Obama says US should offer 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.

VA challenged on handling of whistleblower charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top federal investigator has identified "a troubling pattern of deficient patient care" at Veterans Affairs facilities around the country that she says were pointed out by whistleblowers but downplayed by the department.

Court releases memo justifying drone strike on US cleric

A New York court on Monday released an edited version of a US government memo legally justifying a drone attack that targeted and killed an American in Yemen in 2011. Radical US-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was targeted and killed in the drone attack in September of that year. Dual Pakistani-US citizen Samir Khan died in the same attack. Awlaki's teenage son, Abdul Rahman, was killed in a separate US drone strike in Yemen in October 2011.

Justices rebuff NJ's effort on sports betting

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a ban on sports gambling in New Jersey, rebuffing an attempt to bring betting on professional and college sporting events to Atlantic City casinos and the state's racetracks.

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.

Iraq offers legal assurances to US advisers in Iraq

Iraq has offered legal guarantees to shield US special forces operatives sent to the country as advisers to help its forces battle Sunni radicals who have seized tracts of territory. The White House said Monday that the guarantee had been provided by the Iraqis in a diplomatic note to Washington. The failure of Iraq's parliament to endorse a Status of Forces deal with Washington led to the complete exodus of all American troops from Iraq at the end of 2011. Many of Obama's political opponents say their exit fostered a power vacuum which the Sunni group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has exploited in a rapid advance across the country.

Court mostly backs US effort to cut greenhouse gases

The Supreme Court on Monday nibbled away at President Barack Obama's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions but broadly upheld the effort to fight climate change. Responding to a lawsuit by energy businesses, the top US court took issue with one root argument of the Obama administration -- that the Environmental Protection Agency has the power under the landmark Clean Air Act to restrict the greenhouse gases blamed for climate change.

Iraq’s ‘Sunni war of liberation’

What looked like a blitz by Islamic extremists was actually a broader, long-planned sectarian counteroffensive that now threatens to trap the U.S. in the middle of a civil war.