US quietly releases $1.6B to Pakistan in military, financial aid 19 Oct 2013 The Obama administration is quietly releasing more than $1.6 billion in frozen military and financial assistance to Pakistan, ahead of the prime minister’s visit to the White House this week. The Associated Press reported on Saturday that Congress has given the green light to dispersing most of the money, which should start moving in early 2014. On Wednesday, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will meet with President Obama and Vice President Biden at the White House. Obama will try to convince Pakistani leaders to play a supportive role in neighboring Afghanistan once American troops begin to pull out of the country after 2014. [Instead of cutting food stamps, why not end the US Coalition of the Bribed? The US bribes Pakistan to ‘turn the other way’ while CIA carry out targeted killings with drones! We’re going to stand by and watch Paul Ryan and Barack Obama slash ‘entitlements’ — while we pay one country (Pakistan) to pretend to execute US foreign policy in *another* country (Afghanistan)? This is insane don’t you think?]
Pakistan tells U.N. at least 400 civilians killed by drone strikes 18 Oct 2013 Pakistan has confirmed that of some 2,200 people killed by drone strikes in the past decade, at least 400 were civilians and an additional 200 victims were deemed “probable non-combatants,” a U.N. human rights investigator said on Friday. Ben Emmerson, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism, also urged the United States to release its own data on the number of civilian casualties caused by its drone strikes. Emmerson said Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry told him it had recorded at least 330 drone strikes in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan’s region bordering Afghanistan, since 2004
Land mine left over from Iran-Iraq war explodes, injures 7 children 20 Oct 2013 An explosion from a land mine left over from the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war has injured seven children in western Iran, the Mehr News Agency reported on Saturday. The incident took place in the city of Marivan in Kurdistan Province on Friday while children were playing with the mine, Marivan’s governor general, Abdollah Rashidi, told the Mehr.
Australian military investigating whether training exercise using explosives may have started Lithgow blaze 19 Oct 2013 Australia’s military is investigating whether a training exercise using explosives may have started one of the huge bush fires burning in the state of New South Wales. The exercise took place at a base near the town of Lithgow in the Blue Mountains region on Wednesday. It was the same day that a massive bush fire – which is still burning – began. About 200 homes have been destroyed in dozens of fires which have been burning for several days
Second LAX airport worker arrested in dry ice bomb incidents 18 Oct 2013 A second ground service employee was arrested Friday in connection with dry ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport earlier this week, Los Angeles police said. Miguel Angel Iniguez, a ground services supervisor, was arrested while working at LAX on suspicion of possession of a destructive device in connection with the dry ice bombing incidents, Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. He works for Servisair and was the supervisor of Dicarlo Bennett, who was arrested earlier this week and charged in connection with two dry ice bombs that exploded in Terminal 2 and in a tarmac area at Tom Bradley International Terminal
Cheney had heart device partially disabled to prevent a terrorist from sending a fatal shock 19 Oct 2013 Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he once feared that terrorists could use the electrical device that had been implanted near his heart to kill him and had his doctor disable its wireless function. In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Cheney says doctors replaced an implanted defibrillator near his heart in 2007. Cheney says that he and his doctor, cardiologist Jonathan Reiner, turned off the device’s wireless function in case a terrorist tried to send his heart a fatal shock.
FYI: USCIS recently began transferring some casework from the National Benefits Center to the Nebraska, Texas and California Service Centers to balance overall operational workload. The affected casework includes the following form:
- I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, filed by U.S. citizens for their eligible immediate relative (spouse, child, or parent).