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  • '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.


  • ** FILE ** A street vendor splashes water on his face to ease the discomfort from the tear gas fired by police during protests against President Michel Martelly's government, mainly about the higher cost of living in downtown of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. The protest happened on a national holiday known as Jean-Jacques Dessalines day, honoring one of the nation's founding fathers. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    U.S. Haiti aid effort faces delays, shortfalls: report

    Three years after an earthquake in Haiti that left 230,000 people dead, barely a third of U.S. promised aid has been given out and the aid effort faces ongoing challenges, a federal watchdog says.


  • The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse.

    Golden Hammer: IG says U.S. aid dollars unaccounted for in Afghan health program

    A U.S. government program to improve public health standards in Afghanistan might have misspent as much as $190 million thanks to a "high risk of waste, fraud and abuse," though poor recordkeeping makes it difficult to know how much might have been lost, federal investigators say.


  • Afghan policemen keep watch from atop city police headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, following the killing of an American adviser by an Afghan policewoman, according to a senior Afghan police official. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

    U.S. shells out millions for bum construction in Afghanistan: Report

    A $3 million U.S.-contracted schools project in Afghanistan remains grossly unfinished more than four years after the start of construction because the Army Corps of Engineers did not hold the contractor accountable for the work it has been paid to do, a new report by a U.S. government watchdog says.


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