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FBI: Pakistani spy agency secretly lobbied U.S. lawmakers

Republicans and Democrats were the recipients of about $2 million in lobbying dollars secretly funneled into a U.S. nonprofit by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, U.S. law enforcement officials said in court documents filed Tuesday. Syed Ghulam Fai, who chaired the Kashmiri American Council, and Zaheer Ahmad, were arrested earlier today on…

Richard Cordray to lead consumer bureau instead of Elizabeth Warren: report

President Barack Obama will nominate former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, rather than Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, according to published reports. The Columbus Dispatch reported that Obama will make the announcement at a White House event on Monday. Fifty-two-year-old Cordray currently…

Refugees on rise and poor countries bear brunt: UNHCR

GENEVA (Reuters) – The number of people forced to flee their homes to escape war or abuse has risen to its highest for 15 years, with four out of five refugees in developing countries, the United Nations said on Monday. In all, there were 43.7 million displaced people worldwide at…

Granholm reportedly shortlisted to head consumer protection bureau

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is considering Federal Reserve Governor Sarah Raskin and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to head a new agency charged with protecting consumers of financial products, a source aware of the process said on Tuesday. The consumer protection body will have broad powers to rein…

U.S. drilling agency says no deal with BP

LONDON (Reuters) – The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said on Sunday it had not struck a deal with BP to allow the oil company to resume deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, refuting a press report. The Sunday Times newspaper had said BP was understood to have…

U.S. fines Delta Air $2 million over disabilities rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Transportation fined Delta Air Lines $2 million for violating federal rules on passengers with disabilities, it said on Thursday. The fine is the largest ever imposed against an airline in a non-safety related case. The agency said it had found many violations of…

Number of Internet users worldwide reaches 2 bln: UN

The number of Internet users worldwide has reached the two billion mark, the head of the UN’s telecommunications agency, Hamadoun Toure, said on Wednesday. The number of mobile phone subscriptions also reached the symbolic threshold of five billion, the secretary general of the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) told journalists.…

The BP oil spill saga: Where things stand now

The BP oil spill in the Gulf killed 11 workers in April, released nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and triggered multiple government investigations and an overhaul of the nation’s offshore drilling regulatory agency. Federal scientists estimated in August that between 53,000 and 62,000 barrels spilled…

Border Patrol sees spike in suicides

Suicides set off alarm bells at Border Patrol, which adopts new prevention measures After a bad day on the job as a Border Patrol agent, Eddie DeLaCruz went home and began discussing with his wife how to celebrate her upcoming birthday. Then he casually pressed his government-issued handgun under his…

First woman to head major US intelligence agency

Letitia Long to become first woman in charge of a major US intelligence agency The United States has had three female secretaries of state — but until now has never had a woman lead one of its 16 major intelligence agencies. Letitia A. Long is being elevated Monday to director…

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