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- Exclusive: Obama plan to 'Power Africa' gets off to a dim start
By Joe Brock JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the U.S. president's flagship project for Africa has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver 10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million households and businesses, according to its annual report. But the five-year plan has not yet delivered the power. ...
- Congress can block use of fees for immigration overhaul: memo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday. The memo from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service to Republican Senator Jeff Sessions could provide a boost to him and other conservatives who are pushing for a December budget confrontation with Obama to try to stop his executive order overhauling the U.S. immigration system. ...
- Tensions flare between Senate Democrats, White House
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that could pose challenges for the party in upcoming fights with Republicans over taxes, energy and immigration. In a high-profile speech on Tuesday dissecting Democrats' losses in this month's midterm elections, Charles Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, listed "a cascade of issues" botched by the White House, starting with Obama's push for healthcare reforms soon after he took office in 2009. ...
- U.N. investigators urge Obama to release CIA report
GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights investigators called on President Barack Obama to live up to principles preached by the United States around the world and release a long completed report on CIA interrogation methods. In an open letter issued in Geneva, the seven investigators and academic legal experts, said publication of the report by a Senate committee would be welcomed by victims of torture and their supporters everywhere. Among the signatories were the world body's special rapporteurs for torture and for freedom of expression. ...
- 'Burn this b---- down!' Michael Brown's stepfather criticized for reaction to grand jury decision
Michael Brown's stepfather is being criticized for inflammatory comments he made to a crowd of protesters shortly after learning of the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of his unarmed stepson.
- Videos show nationwide protests over Ferguson decision Monday night Witnesses shot many videos of the protests that erupted across the country Monday night after a grand jury decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.
- Chuck Hagel’s resignation: strategic pivot or sacrificial lamb? President Barack Obama’s acceptance yesterday of the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel left little doubt that the administration wants to turn a page on a foreign and national security policy mired in crisis and controversy. Less clear is the internal role that Hagel played in crises ranging from the Islamic State to Ebola and what policy change the White House hopes to telegraph by pressuring him to resign.
- Extremely rare for grand jury not to return indictment, statistics show The grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown was historic for many reasons, including the fiery protests that erupted in its wake. It was also historic in how rare it is for a grand jury not to return an indictment.
- Boehner: I'm ready to 'reappoint' members to special Benghazi panel in new Congress
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday evening announced that he is reappointing Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina to head the Select Committee on Benghazi next Congress. The problem, however, is that by doing so, Boehner named a chairman to a panel that does not yet exist. Because the Benghazi committee is select and not permanent or standing, the House will have to vote again to re-create it when Congress returns for a new session in January. Boehner’s statement did not mention that another vote would need to occur in order for Gowdy to have a panel to lead or for other Republicans to serve on it.
- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized Following Coronary Blockage
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized after doctors discovered a blockage in her left coronary artery.Ginsburg, 81, "experienced discomfort during routine exercise" on Tuesday evening, according to a statement from the Court.She underwent coronary catheterization procedure at MedStar Washington Center this morning.Despite being diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009, Ginsburg, appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, has never missed a day of oral arguments due to medical treatment. ...
- How Chuck Hagel's Resignation Might Affect ISIS Fight
Chuck Hagel’s departure as Defense Secretary will probably have a minimal impact on the administration’s three part strategy to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria that is expected to take years. Hagel had raised questions about the strategy’s lack of focus on the Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad, but not about the president’s decision that American troops sent to Iraq will not serve as combat troops.Online supporters of the Islamic terror group ISIS have taken to Twitter to cheer the resignation of Chuck Hagel, claiming it was ISIS that forced him out. ...
- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Step Down
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down, senior administration officials confirmed today to ABC News.Flanked by Hagel and Vice President Biden, President Obama announced the Secretary’s departure this morning from the White House's State Dining Room.“Chuck Hagel has been no ordinary Secretary of Defense: As the first enlisted combat veteran to serve in that position, he understands our men and women like few others ,” the president said. “He’s been in the dirt and he’s been in the mud. And that’s established a special bond. He sees himself in them, and they see themselves in him. ...
- Ginsburg back at home, expected at court next week
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned home after undergoing an operation to implant a heart stent to clear a blocked artery and is expected to hear oral arguments on Monday.
- Southern Democrats urge a return to party basics
ATLANTA (AP) — Southern Democrats are joining others in the party who say that a return to advocating to lift people out of economic hardship and emphasizing spending on education and public works will re-energize black voters and attract whites as well.
- Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 28, the 332nd day of 2014. There are 33 days left in the year.
- Justice sent home after heart stent implanted
- Full holiday menu for Obamas, plus 6 pies
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday's basics. He also continued a tradition of telephoning members of the armed forces to thank them for their service.
- Election ads were about issues, says 'Carolina Rising' chief 'Dark money' nonprofit spends millions backing candidate but says ads are about issues.
- Pro-McConnell nonprofit hit with IRS complaint A watchdog organization wants the IRS to investigate a nonprofit that spent millions backing Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.
- Court case pushed by think tank could leave uninsured out in the cold Supreme Court case backed by think tank hinges on single sentence in Affordable Care Act.
- MP Andrew Mitchell loses 'Plebgate' libel case
- Cameron vows benefits ban to curb EU migration
London (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron will promise to ban migrants from the European Union claiming welfare for their first four years in a drive to slash immigration, in a Friday speech.
- Seven arrested in New York in Ferguson protest
Police in New York on Thursday arrested seven protesters who tried to disrupt the massive Thanksgiving Day parade over the decision not to charge a Ferguson cop who shot dead an unarmed black teen. The demonstrators -- angry over this week's decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict the white officer over the August death of Michael Brown -- were detained for "disorderly conduct," a police spokeswoman told AFP. Activists had used the #stoptheparade hashtag on Twitter to gather support for Thursday's protest. In New York, 10 people had been arrested Tuesday during demonstrations that blocked bridges and tunnels in the Big Apple.
- Billionaire media mogul seeks to lead Quebec separatists
Media mogul Pierre Karl Peladeau announced Thursday he will seek the leadership of the Parti Quebecois, the standardbearer of a movement to split the province from the rest of Canada. Peladeau, 53, made the announcement in a speech to students at the University of Montreal. The majority shareholder of telecom giant Quebecor, which also controls 40 percent of newspapers and broadcast news in the mostly French-speaking province, only recently entered politics, winning a seat in Quebec's legislature in April. At the same time, he shocked many by revealing his support for Quebec independence.
- Four last copies of Magna Carta united for first time
London (AFP) - The British Library will bring together the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta for the first time in February as Britain celebrates the 800-year anniversary of the famous constitutional charter.
- New US police shooting in spotlight, calm in Ferguson
A video showing Cleveland police shooting dead a black youth raised new questions about US police treatment of young African Americans, as calm returned to the flashpoint town of Ferguson on the Thanksgiving holiday. Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis, had seen sometimes violent protests since Monday's explosive decision by a Missouri grand jury not to charge a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teen in August. The decision revived long-standing questions about how police, especially white officers, interact with African Americans -- questions asked again after the weekend shooting in Cleveland of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
- European lawmakers back Google break-up
The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly for the break-up of Google on Thursday in a largely symbolic vote that nevertheless cast another blow in the four-year standoff between Brussels and the US Internet giant. In a direct challenge to Google, MEPs assembled in Strasbourg approved a resolution calling on the EU to consider ordering search engines to separate their commercial services from their businesses. While Google is not directly mentioned in the proposal, the California-based search engine is clearly the target. The European Parliament has no power to launch the break-up of Google, but the move, introduced by two senior lawmakers, is a further indication that the mood towards the company in Europe has soured.
- Cameron under pressure as net migration to UK surges
London (AFP) - Net migration to Britain rose by more than 40 percent in the year to June, official data released Thursday showed, putting pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron to demand EU migrant curbs.
- Briton among 6 dead as Kabul blast hits embassy vehicle
Kabul (Afghanistan) (AFP) - A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-packed car into a British embassy vehicle in Kabul on Thursday, killing one Briton and five Afghans in the latest attack to highlight fragile security as NATO troops withdraw.
- Qaeda militants 'moved US hostage ahead of Yemen raid'
Al-Qaeda militants holding an American journalist in Yemen moved him and two other foreign hostages just days before a raid to free him, a Yemeni defence ministry website said. The journalist as well as a British national and a South African are among several hostages held by Al-Qaeda in the violence-wracked country, according to the ministry's 26Sep.net news website. On Tuesday, Yemeni special forces, said to have been backed by US commandos, raided an Al-Qaeda hideout in Hajr As-Saghir, in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, to free the captives. The ministry website reported late Wednesday that hours before the raid the militants moved the American journalist, the Briton and the South African.
- Ferguson crisis troubles Obama's careful race stance
Barack Obama's election as the United States' first black leader raised hopes that his presidency would serve as a platform for work to bridge the country's still dangerous racial divides. "We need to recognize that this is not just an issue for Ferguson, this is an issue for America," Obama said, as he cautiously addressed a crisis that has triggered coast-to-coast protest marches. He condemned the looting and arson that erupted after Monday's decision, but said he understood those who believe law enforcement treats black suspects like 18-year-old Michael Brown harshly. Distrust of Obama among white voters could have cost him the presidency had it not been for the surge in support among America's black and brown minorities that carried him to office.
- Thousands protest at US embassy in London over Ferguson case
- US 'horrified' by Syrian regime raids, slams Assad
The bombing Tuesday was the deadliest by President Bashar al-Assad's air force since Islamic State jihadists seized the city last year and declared it their capital. It was not clear how many Islamic States members were killed, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than half of the dead were civilians. The US State Department condemned the strikes, and said the regime had no value for human life. "We are horrified by the reports that the Assad regime's airstrikes yesterday in Raqa, Syria killed dozens of civilians and demolished residential areas," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement, released Wednesday.
- US police shot black boy after seconds on scene
US police officers shot dead a 12-year-old black boy carrying a replica gun within seconds of their patrol car arriving on the scene, a surveillance video released Wednesday showed. Tamir Rice died in hospital in the US city of Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday when two police officers, responding to a 911 emergency call, confronted him in a city park. A patrol car pulls up and an officer emerges from passenger side of the vehicle with his gun drawn, immediately shooting Rice as he walks toward the car. "Three commands were given to put up his hands," deputy police chief Edward Tomba told reporters.
- Scotland to be granted income tax autonomy
- Obama discusses immigration changes with Mexican president
The leaders of the United States and Mexico spoke Wednesday to discuss President Barack Obama's executive actions to overhaul aspects of America's immigration system. Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said they wanted their countries to "work together in Central America to help address the underlying factors driving migration from the region to Mexico and the United States and deter migrant smuggling, including the smuggling of unaccompanied children," the White House said in a statement.
- Canada to dress Ukrainian soldiers for winter warfare
Ottawa (AFP) - Canada's Defense Minister Rob Nicholson announced Wednesday the sending of winter coats, boots and gloves to dress 30,000 Ukrainian soldiers fighting pro-Moscow separatists in east Ukraine.
- British brothers jailed for Syria terror training
London (AFP) - Two British brothers who travelled to Syria with the intention of attending a militant training camp were jailed Wednesday, becoming the first to be sentenced for such offences in Britain.
- UN aid official Valerie Amos to step down
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The top UN official for humanitarian aid, Valerie Amos, who oversaw international relief efforts in Syria and other trouble spots, announced Wednesday she is stepping down.
- Haunted Falklands vet finds Argentine marine's family
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