Category: Americas

Obama Team Fears al-Shabab Could Duplicate Kenya Attack in U.S.

The United States is sending investigators to Nairobi, Kenya, to gather forensic information and details about the recent deadly attack in a shopping mall, citing concerns that the responsible terrorist group could try a similar assault on the U.S. homeland,…

As critical phase near, Obama stumps for healthcare law

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama visits a local college on Thursday to promote his signature healthcare program as it nears a critical enrollment phase, even as the law faces stiff political opposition and a wary public.

Operational world risk ratings review

RATINGS CHANGES There were changes to risk scores in 47 countries during the latest monthly updating cycle of the Risk Briefing model. These led to upgrades of the overall score in only 18 cases, but there were 17 downgrades. In…

Honduras Following El Salvador towards gang truce

SUMMARY On May 28th Honduras released a rare piece of good news, with the announcement that two of the country’s major criminal gangs, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Mara 18 (M-18), had agreed to a truce. The agreement was negotiated by…

Snowden claims online Obama expanded ‘abusive’ security programs

Washington (CNN) — A series of blog posts on Monday purportedly by Edward Snowden said he leaked classified details about U.S. surveillance programs because President Barack Obama worsened “abusive” practices instead of curtailing them as he promised as a candidate.

Female DNA Discovered on Bomb From Boston Marathon Attack

Genetic material from a female has been discovered on one or possibly both of the rudimentary explosive devices used in the Boston Marathon attacks, prompting the FBI to widen its search for possible co-conspirators in the attack that killed three…

Chavez dirty tricks? Venezuela prints a confusing ballot

CSMonitor: Ballots are already printed for Sunday’s election in Venezuela, but the opposition candidate’s photo is shown in at least four places where, if marked, the vote will not be counted for his party.