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Problems in U.S. immigration court system are seemingly endless

The ability to have a legal advocate has always been deemed a luxury by the undocumented. Unless you have money to hire a lawyer (a rare circumstance for a border crosser, young or old), or can somehow find one of the Good Samaritans who will work pro bono, you go into the courtroom alone, up against a government prosecutor. More than 80 percent of immigrants in detention are unrepresented.... Read more»

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The ingenuity of Mexico's drug traffickers

The U.S. guards the border. The Mexican army patrols the streets. Yet the cartels keep coming up with new ways to get their drugs into the United States, including submarines, tanks and catapults.... Read more»1

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Netanyahu calls 1967 boundaries 'indefensible'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech Monday that Israel must be mindful of its security and therefore cannot return to the 1967 borders.... Read more»

Saudi woman arrested for driving

A Saudi woman was arrested—again—for driving her car, an act banned in the ultraconservative kingdom. Activists claim the authorities cracked down on Manal al-Sherif out of fear that her online campaign to encourage women to drive might gather steam.... Read more»

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French publish Strauss-Kahn accuser’s name and 'photos'

The French elite are outraged over what they see as American vulgarities surrounding the treatment of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief and putative 2012 presidential frontrunner, accused of raping a 32-year-old Sofitel chambermaid in Manhattan.... Read more»1

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DNA on maid's clothing matches Strauss-Kahn sample

DNA test results showed a match between traces of semen on a New York Sofitel hotel maid's shirt and a sample submitted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former director of the IMF who is accused of sexually assaulting her.... Read more»

It was an 'invisible Judgment Day'

Believers waited and waited for May 21, 2011: Judgment Day. Listening to the advice of radio host and preacher Harold Camping, they prepared for the day there would be a rapture and the believers would go to heaven, and the rest would be left to be killed off by natural disasters.... Read more»

Obama connects with Irish roots

The Irish people like to boast that no American president since Nixon has won re-election without visiting Ireland in the first term. In the footsteps of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, President Barack Obama came not just to find his Irish roots but perhaps to prepare the ground for his return to the White House.... Read more»

Yemen on the brink of civil war

More than ever, Yemen looks headed for civil war. Clashes erupted between anti-government tribesmen and loyalist military forces here on Monday, a day after Yemen’s embattled president backed out of a deal to transfer power.... Read more»

Mexico banker could be new IMF chief

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is the leading contender for the IMF's next leader, but Mexico thinks it has the "ideal candidate" for the post. The Mexican government is supporting the country's central bank boss, Agustin Carstens.... Read more»

U.S. steps up use of drones in Pakistan

In a region ruled by tribal law and allegiances that make it difficult for even a Pakistani from outside to travel freely, it is a Wild West where normal judicial and criminal laws don’t apply, and the United States is increasingly using drones to fight the war on terror.... Read more»

Guatemala: Tiny country with a big crime problem

A few strokes after 7 a.m. on a recent Friday, Jesus Alfonso sat in the photo department of El Periodico newspaper office, waiting for what in Guatemala has become the inevitable: a heinous crime. “Not just a murder. We don’t cover all the murders. We can’t. It has be more serious,” he said.... Read more»

New al-Qaeda leader linked to Daniel Pearl killing

A militant linked to the beheading of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002, Saif al-Adel, was recently appointed acting head of al-Qaeda, U.S. investigators said in a report.... Read more»

Burma's war told through a perpetrator's eyes

As a young man, Myo Myint belonged to a Burmese military unit that—among other atrocities— enslaved, raped and killed a female villager in the span of 24 hours. In the process of disavowing the army, however, he felt its cruelty full bore.... Read more»

Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility for naval base attack

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a weekend attack on a naval base in Karachi believed to be conducted in revenge for the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.... Read more»

Irish town awaits Obama visit

President Barack Obama lands in Ireland Monday to begin a week-long tour of Europe. Before he jumps into issues of politics and economic turmoil, he will make his first stop in Moneygall, a small village from where his ancestors hail.... Read more»1

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