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U.S., Mexico Announce Water Agreement

The governments of the United States and Mexico have announced an agreement to ensure water gets to areas devastated by an Easter Sunday earthquake.

The Red Cross Bans Christmas
Steve Doughty

Christmas has been banned by the UK Red Cross from its 430 fund-raising shops. Staff have been ordered to take down decorations and to remove any other signs of the Christian festival because they could offend Moslems.

New Mexico Guv May Pardon Billy the Kid
Dennis Carroll

Billy the Kid, the Wild West outlaw who is reputed to have killed 21 men and whose exploits have been widely chronicled in U.S. popular culture, is under consideration for a pardon.

Craigslist Pulls Prostitution Ads in Canada
CBC News

Craigslist appears to have pulled prostitution advertisements from its Canadian websites after months of pressure from federal and provincial politicians.

Senate Passes DADT Repeal, Sending Bill to Obama For His Signature
Faiz Shakir

By a 65-31 vote, the US Senate acted to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the policy banning gays from openly serving in the military.

Obama's Weekly Address: National Security Over Politics on START
The White House Blog

President Obama urges the Senate to heed the calls from Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, every living Republican Secretary of State, our NATO allies, and the leadership of the military: ratify the New START Treaty with Russia.

Veterans For Peace Protest War Outside White House
The Real News Network

Ray McGovern, Daniel Ellsberg and Chris Hedges amongst dozens of protesters arrested outside White House.

A US Supreme Court Case of Tit Fo Tat
Ria Patel

The tagline: “I (heart) boobies!”, used in context to breast cancer awareness has been reportedly termed as sexually charged double entendre.

US, Mexico Commission Meets on Border Violence
Associated Press

A joint U.S.-Mexico committee met for the first time this week to address border management issues and border violence.

WikiLeaks Founder Holds Press Conference
Fox News

Julian Assange discusses investigations in Sweden and the U.S.

Congress' Job Approval Rating Worst in Gallup History
Jeffrey M. Jones

Americans' assessment of Congress has hit a new low, with 13% saying they approve of the way Congress is handling its job. The 83% disapproval rating is also the worst Gallup has measured in more than 30 years of tracking congressional job performance.

Brazil's Silva Sees Record Approval Rating
Associated Press

razil's president is seeing record approval ratings with just over two weeks left before he leaves office.

US Congressman Calls for Deportation Moratorium
Catherine A. Traywick

As a floundering Congress repeatedly impedes the passage of widely supported immigration measures like the DREAM Act, reform advocates are refocusing their efforts and calling on President Barack Obama to declare a moratorium on deportations.

Drug Cartel Leaders Extradited from Mexico Face Charges in San Diego
Amy Isackson

Mexico has extradited 15 people wanted for crimes in the United States. Twelve are charged with federal drug crimes and three face state charges for violent crimes.

WikiLeaks: Peruvian Army Connected to Drug Trafficking

A March 2009 U.S. diplomatic cable from Lima written by then U.S. Ambassador to Peru, P. Michael McKinley, to Washington D.C. and released by the WikiLeaks whistle-blower website, chronicles a long history of Peruvian military involvement in drug trafficking in the Andean nation.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repealed by US House Again
Associated Press

For the second time this year the House voted to dismantle the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, giving the Senate a final shot in the waning days of this Congress at changing a law requiring thousands of uniformed gays to hide their sexual identity.

Soldier Suspected of WikiLeaks Mistreated, Tortured
Marcus Baram

Detained U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning‘s supporters went public with their concerns about the harsh conditions of his imprisonment — he has no access to exercise or even a pillow and bedsheets during his solitary confinement — only after their complaints to the military over several months went unheeded.

Warrant Needed to Snoop on Your Emails, US Court Finally Rules
Daniel Tencer

After many years of legal uncertainty, a federal appeals court has finally declared that emails have the same Fourth Amendment protections as regular mail and telephone calls.

Holding Onto Hope for a Pardon of the 'Cuban Five'
Patricia Grogg

After exhausting the legal appeals process in the United States, family members and human rights groups in Cuba are calling for a solidarity campaign to convince President Barack Obama to pardon the five Cuban agents who have spent the last 12 years in U.S. prisons.

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Granted Bail
The Real News Network

Channel 4: Julian Assange granted conditional bail but remains in custody after what his lawyer says is a "vindictive campaign" by Swedish prosecutors.

Fighting Drug Cartels in Guatemala
Jennifer Griffin

While Mexico touts the killing as another drug kingpin taken care of, Guatemala, Mexico’s neighbor to the south, is worried about what this success might mean for its own safety.

Nigeria Considering $250 Million Halliburton Offer to Keep Cheney Out of Prison

Nigeria’s anti-corruption police said on Tuesday it may drop bribery charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and oil services firm Halliburton after the company offered to pay a fine.

Marijuana-Legalization Push Gets Voice on Capitol Hill
Rob Hotakainen

The cannabis industry has flexed its muscles in 15 states where it's legal to smoke marijuana for medical purposes. Now the industry is ready to go to work in Washington.

In Austria, It's Pronounced 'Fooking'
Iva Skoch

It's safe to say that Lord Focko had no idea the village named after him would one day become a sanctuary for English-speaking sex tourists.

Robles-Mero Beyond Repair
Mark Alvarez

US immigration is a complex issue about which we are all somewhat misinformed and confused. What is not forgivable is the reckless approach of Robles and Mero after too little study.

WikiLeaks Reveals How Shell Infiltrated Nigeria
The Real News Network

Al Jazeera: The petrol giant Shell has thoroughly infiltrated the Nigerian government, newly leaked WikiLeaks documents show.

Cartels Targeting Pickups
Jason Buch

The Ford F-Series is the most popular truck in South Texas, and its Super Duty models happen to be the pickup favored by drug traffickers across the Rio Grande.

Border Patrol Resumes Release of Illegal Immigrants from Arizona at Texas-Mexico Border
Brandi Grissom

U.S. Border Patrol buses loaded with undocumented immigrants are set to begin rolling into Texas from Arizona again this week, Gov. Rick Perry's office said last week. And he's not happy about it.

Obama Lays Out US-Mexico Border Strategy
Foon Rhee

The Obama administration today is laying out a sweeping plan to deal with the deteriorating security at the border with Mexico, which is being breached by drug cartel gangs bringing horrific violence to the United States.

U.S. Leadership Ratings Suffer in Latin America - Approval Still Up From Bush Era
Jenny Marlar

U.S. leadership approval fell significantly in half of the 18 Latin American countries Gallup surveyed in 2010, taking the largest hits in Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, and Honduras.

Top Gun Dealers for Mexican Cartels are in Texas: Report
Agence France-Presse

Eight out of the 12 top US gun dealers whose products fuel Mexico's drug violence are located in the state of Texas, The Washington Post reported.

American States People Are Fleeing
Jenna Goudreau

New York, Illinois and Louisiana are expected to lose more residents than they gain this year.

New Lawsuit Targets Dioceses in LA, Mexico
Associated Press

A man who claims he was molested years ago by a Mexican priest in a Los Angeles rectory has sued the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and a Mexican cardinal.

Cops Guilty in Post-Katrina Shooting. Can Verdict Help New Orleans Heal?
Patrik Jonsson

The conviction of three New Orleans police officers Thursday, for the shooting and subsequent coverup of the death of Henry Glover in the chaotic days after hurricane Katrina in 2005, marks a victory for federal agencies working for more than a year to root out corruption and lawlessness within the city police department.

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