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  • Report finds faults in US housing effort in Haiti

    An effort by Washington to build housing for Haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake has fallen short and exceeded costs, a U.S. government report said Tuesday.


  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who heads the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee overseeing the USAID spending in Afghanistan, told The Washington Times that he first learned of the fund during a heated exchange with the agency's top official in the region last week and immediately thought, "Something here doesn't smell right." (Associated Press)

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz questions $175 million USAID 'slush fund' for Afghans

    The chairman of a key House oversight panel is calling for an investigation into what he says looks like a $175 million "slush fund" set up by the U.S. Agency for International Development to entice Afghan government officials into embracing Western-style reforms.


  • FILE - In this Nov. 27, 2012 file photo provided by U.S. lawyer James L. Berenthal, jailed American Alan Gross poses for a photo during a visit by Rabbi Elie Abadie and Berenthal at Finlay military hospital in Havana, Cuba. Gross, a U.S. government subcontractor imprisoned in Cuba, released a statement through his lawyer Tuesday, April 8, 2014, saying he began fasting to protest his treatment by the governments of Cuba and the United States. (AP Photo/James L. Berenthal, File)

    American imprisoned in Cuba begins hunger strike

    An American who has been imprisoned in Cuba for more than four years after illegally setting up Internet access on the island is on a hunger strike, according to a statement his lawyer released Tuesday.


  • 'Cuban Twitter' a new hurdle for bloggers, exiles

    The revelation that a U.S. government-funded program set up a cellphone-based social network in Cuba is likely to pose new challenges for independent bloggers and exile groups that work to increase access to technology.


  • US secretly created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest

    In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba's communist government.


  • White House defends 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest

    The Obama administration on Thursday defended its creation of a Twitter-like Cuban communications network to undermine the communist government, declaring the secret program was "invested and debated" by Congress and wasn't a covert operation that required White House approval.


  • In this Wednesday, March 5, 2014 photo, prominent Afghan women’s rights activist Wazhma Frogh stands next to pictures of female Afghan police officers she trains, in her office in Kabul, Afghanistan. A gender and development specialist and human rights activist, Frogh says her experience characterizes the women’s rights movement in her country- after 12 years, billions of dollars and countless words emanating from the West commiserating with Afghan women, the successes are fragile, the changes superficial and vulnerable.  (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    USAID: Afghan qualifty of life improves amid U.S. intervention

    Afghanistan has made great social and economic progress since U.S. troops, U.S. money and U.S. aid workers invaded a dozen years ago.


  • Survivors wait in line for relief goods on a flooded road at typhoon-ravaged Tacloban in central Philippines on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

    Debris, destruction in Philippines slow flow of aid

    Food, water and medical supplies trickled into hard-hit areas of the Philippines on Tuesday, as the U.S. dispatched an aircraft carrier group to lend aid and the U.N. appealed for $301 million in emergency assistance to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed at least 2,000 people.


  • FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2013, file photo Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pauses during a joint press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. American and NATO supply routes to Afghanistan are open in Pakistan. Controversial U.S. drone strikes are down. The U.S. and Pakistan recently announced the restart of their "strategic dialogue" after a long pause. And Sharif is traveling to Washington for talks and a meeting Wednesday, Oct. 23, with President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)

    U.S. releases $1.6 billion aid package to Pakistan

    The U.S. has quietly decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers.


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