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U.S. To Deport Ohio Man Charged With Hiding Role In Bosnia Massacre

An Ohio man accused of serving with a paramilitary police unit that participated in the 1995 Serbian massacre of 8,000 Muslim Bosnians will be deported under a plea deal reached Thursday in federal court, Reuters reports. The U.S. government last year accused Oliver Dragic, of Akron, Ohio, of failing to disclose that he served in a special unit in Bosnia and fraudulently gaining entry to the United States as a refugee in 1998, claiming to be a victim of the war. Dragic, 42, is the latest of several men in northern Ohio who prosecutors have charged in recent years with …read more

US Congress Passes Emergency Spending Bill

Congress has passed an emergency spending bill to fund the federal government for two more weeks, avoiding a partial shutdown that would have taken effect Friday night.

Thursday’s 235-193 vote in the House split mainly along party lines. The Senate later passed the bill 81-14 and sent it to President Donald Trump for his signature.

The stopgap spending measure will give congressional leaders a couple more weeks of breathing room to work with the White House and produce a final spending bill for the rest of the fiscal year.

Before Thursday’s votes, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and …read more

FBI Says Its Support for Anti-corruption Unit Abides by Ukrainian Law

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is challenging suggestions of illegal conduct in an undercover sting operation targeting allegedly corrupt government officials in Kyiv, which the FBI conducted in concert with the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU).

The United States and European Union have provided logistical support and training for NABU investigators tasked with ferreting out government graft in the Eastern European country. The support is part of the financial and diplomatic backing of the leadership that took power in Kyiv after the 2014 Maidan protests, which ousted the Kremlin-backed President Viktor Yanukovych.

But Ukraine’s top prosecutor says NABU investigators overstepped …read more

US State Department Issues Worldwide Caution for US Travelers

The U.S. State Department has issued a “worldwide caution” warning after President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the American embassy there.

“U.S. government facilities worldwide remain in a heightened state of alert,” the warning reads. “These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture. In those instances, U.S. embassies and consulates will make every effort to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.”

The warning went on to urge American citizens to be aware of local developments and remain in contact with U.S. embassies or consulates.

“As terrorist attacks, …read more