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Pentagon: 2 of 3 Immigrants in US Military Program Go On to Serve

Two-thirds of immigrants recruited by the military under a program targeting medical specialists and language specialists pass their security screening and go on to serve in the U.S. armed forces, according to the Pentagon.

“Two of three MAVNI applicants, on average, make it through,” Pentagon spokesman Air Force Major Carla Gleason told VOA on Wednesday, using an acronym for the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program. This acceptance rate does not include the hundreds of immigrants still waiting to pass their security clearances.

The 2-to-1 ratio of accepted MAVNI recruits is about the same as that of American recruits who …read more

Pompeo, Kushner to Tackle Migration, Border Security on Mexican Visit

Senior officials from U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration are set to embark on the first talks with Mexico President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his team, days after the leftist won a landslide election to a six-year term.

On Friday, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen start talks with counterparts in Mexico City.

In his first trip to Mexico as the top U.S. diplomat, “Secretary Pompeo will reaffirm the U.S. partnership with Mexico to combat transnational criminal organizations,” address the opioid epidemic, discuss “efforts to enhance …read more

A 100-rapper Fortnite Rap Battle Royale now exists — and it’s glorious

How has no one thought of this before? Dan Bull, one of YouTube‘s foremost rappers just dropped his latest video about gaming. It’s about Fortnite, it’s got a fun beat, and it stars 100 rappers from across the site. And yeah, it’s as much of a treat as it sounds. 100 players in a Fortnite battle royale match, 100 rappers in the rap battle — the inspiration is obvious, and it’s a truly impressive crossover. Watch the whole, eleven-minute flow here: I have a feeling viewers of this battle will be divided into two camps: Either you’re tired of Fortnite …read more

A Look at Euro-Russian Energy Deal Opposed by Trump

President Donald Trump’s criticism of Germany’s involvement in a natural gas pipeline deal with Russia launched a tense two days of NATO meetings in Brussels — but it also may have set the tone for the U.S. leader’s highly anticipated summit with his Russian counterpart Monday in Helsinki.

In a taut exchange with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday, Trump said Nord Stream 2 — an offshore pipeline that would deliver gas to Germany directly from Russia via the Baltic Sea — leaves the Western military alliance’s largest and wealthiest European member “totally controlled” by and “captive to” Russia.

“We’re supposed to …read more