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“We Are And Always Will Be A Nation Of Immigrants” — The US president took steps to allow millions of immigrants to remain in the country without fear of deportation. He has authorized increased resources for border security, and set priority of removing "felons, not families."

US will not review rescue operations after hostages’ deaths, says Hagel — The US will not be reviewing its operations to free US citizens held by militants following the deaths of an American and South African, the defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, has said. The rescue operation by special forces was launched on Saturday after the US military concluded that American Luke Somers was in imminent danger.

US defends Yemen al-Qaida raid that led to deaths of two hostages — US officials have defended the commando raid in south Yemen that led to the deaths of two hostages, saying they did not know the soon-to-be-freed South African teacher Pierre Korkie was being held at the site they attacked. Korkie and American photojournalist, Luke Somers, were killed during the raid in the early hours on Saturday.

Democrats officially ousted from Deep South after Louisiana Senate runoff loss — Republican Representative Bill Cassidy has denied Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana a fourth term, calling his Senate victory "the exclamation point" on midterm elections that put Republicans in charge on Capitol Hill for President Barack Obama's last two years in office.

Yachting: TNZ campaign sailing into a swell of cooling enthusiasm — It will be fascinating to see whether the event or events Team New Zealand might bring to Auckland under the banner of the America's Cup are enough to plunge the Government's hand - New Zealand Herald

MILLION PENSIONERS TO GET 87p PENSION RISE — A million low income pensioners will get a rise in their state pension benefits of just 87p a week in April 2015. That is less than a third of the £2.85 a week increase in the basic state pension.

Obama to meet Prince William at the White House - and reporters can wear sneakers — Buckingham Palace will relax its strict dress code for journalists covering the royal family when Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, meets Barack Obama at the White House next week. American journalists reacted with surprise and consternation last month after circulation of the Palace's strict dress code, which warns that "casually dressed members of the media will be turned away" from royal engagements in the UK and abroad.

Jeremy Thorpe, M.P. Accused in Scandal, Dies at 85 — Jeremy Thorpe, a charismatic British politician who briefly revived the fortunes of his country's Liberal Party before his political career was destroyed by a scandal involving allegations of a homosexual relationship and of a murder conspiracy to keep it quiet, died on Thursday. He was 85.

'Chaotic and dangerous' Cleveland police shamed in withering government report — The Cleveland police department under fire over the recent fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy has engaged in "excessive and unreasonable force" in hundreds of other cases, according to a withering report by the Justice Department that lists examples of officers firing at people who pose no threat and striking them on the head with their weapons.

Obama under pressure over response to police killings after Eric Garner decision — President Barack Obama and New York mayor Bill de Blasio will join forces to improve relations between police and minority communities, the White House announced on Thursday, after the two leaders discussed protests surrounding the death of Eric Garner.
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Dec 19, 2014

@RobertsDan Spotted at Obama's end of year presser... back row, glasses, white hair, Guardian seat. Pic v @jonkarl:

Dec 18, 2014

RT @moody: Rand Paul: "In the end, I think opening up Cuba is probably a good idea."…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @nathanisacynic: Reading this utterly staggering book on undercover policing in the UK by @robevansgdn and @PaulLewis Essential

Dec 17, 2014

Live in Washington? The band These Quiet Colours (they're super + singer happens to be my wife) playing DC9 on Jan 8…

Dec 16, 2014

Jimmy Mubenga and Ian Tomlinson. Inquests say they were unlawfully killed. Yet criminal trials say guards/cops not guilty of manslaughter.

Dec 16, 2014

RT @PJPrest: Just a couple of weeks left to enter at - exceptional awards for exceptional journalists......

Dec 15, 2014

RT @AP: New Yorkers will no longer be able to pierce their pets or give them tats following new ban.

Dec 15, 2014

Worth reading @felixsalmon on which digital media are swimming fastest - and which are most likely to sink.…

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