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Clinton urges more aid for Africa drought

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged global donors on Wednesday to commit extra funds to help more than 10 million people in the Horn of Africa hit by the worst drought in 60 years. “The United States cannot solve the crisis in the Horn alone,” Clinton said, announcing an…

U.S. holding back Pakistan military aid

WASHINGTON — The United States is holding back some military aid to Pakistan, President Barack Obama’s chief of staff confirmed on Sunday, after a New York Times report said $800 million was being withheld. “They’ve taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the aid…

Missouri could become the next state to require drug testing of welfare applicants

Missouri could become the second state to require anyone applying for temporary government assistance to undergo drug screening if Democratic Governor Jay Nixon does not veto the legislation by July 14. The Missouri General Assembly passed House Bill 73 in May. The bill would require the Missouri Department of Social…

No plans to suspend military aid to Yemen: US

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said Tuesday there were no plans to suspend US military assistance to Yemen but urged a swift transition of power amid a wave of anti-regime protests. Asked at a news conference if the US administration was considering withholding military aid due to unrest and violence against…

US ready to help Libya’s insurgents

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States said Sunday it was prepared to offer “any kind of assistance” to Libyans seeking to overthrow the regime of strongman Moamer Kadhafi as they set up a transitional body. As forces opposed to the longest-serving Arab leader took control of several western Libyan towns,…

Bill Gates urges Washington not to cut foreign aid

WASHINGTON – Microsoft co-founder turned billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates urged a Washington bent on slashing spending to step up aid to the world’s poorest countries. “Looking at these issues as a businessman, I believe that investing in the world’s poorest people is the smartest way our government spends money,” Gates…

Waste in US Afghan aid seen at billions of dollars

WASHINGTON – Waste and fraud in U.S. efforts to rebuild Afghanistan while fighting al Qaeda and the Taliban may have cost taxpayers billions of dollars, a special investigator said on Monday. Arnold Fields, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said the cost of U.S. assistance funding diverted or squandered since…

1 in 8 households struggling with hunger: report

WASHINGTON — Some 17.4 million US households struggled to get enough food to eat last year because money was tight, the US Department of Agriculture said Monday. In more than a third of those households — around one in eight US homes — at least one person did not get…

US offers Pakistan $2 billion in military aid

The United States has made a new bid to improve its uneasy war partnership with Pakistan by offering a two-billion-dollar arms package but warned it will not tolerate human rights abuses. The five-year assistance plan satisfies a key request of Pakistan’s influential military, which assists the US military in Afghanistan…

Obama ramping up CIA infiltration of Pakistan: report

The United States is trying to expand a secret CIA operation designed to eliminate radical Islamic militants’ havens located in Pakistan near the Afghan border, The Wall Street Journal reported. Citing unnamed senior officials, the newspaper said that in recent weeks the administration of President Barack Obama had asked Pakistan…

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