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US sheriff ‘targeted Hispanics’

15 December 2011 Last updated at 23:51 GMT Joe Arpaio is said to have helped shape the US debate over illegal immigration A lawman known for his tough stance on immigration has routinely discriminated against Hispanics, according to a federal investigation. A US Department of Justice report found Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office had flouted […]

Bradley Manning deserves a medal | Glenn Greenwald

After 17 months of pre-trial imprisonment, Bradley Manning, the 23-year-old US army private and accused WikiLeaks source, is finally going to see the inside of a courtroom. This Friday, on an army base in Maryland, the preliminary stage of his military trial will start. He is accused of leaking to the whistleblowing site hundreds of […]

Undercover police spied on protesters at Occupy LA

Undercover police officers infiltrated Occupy LA’s tent city last month to spy on people suspected of stockpiling human waste and crude weapons for resisting an eventual eviction, police and city government sources have said. Authorities said the covert surveillance was not aimed at anti-Wall Street activists exercising their constitutional right to freedom of expression but […]

US politics live: Eric Holder faces ‘Fast and Furious’ questions in Congress

1.20pm: Virginia Tech is in lock-down after shots were heard near the campus: Virginia Tech says a police officer has been shot, and a possible second victim has been reported at a parking lot near the campus. Authorities are seeking a suspect. A campus-wide alert tells students and faculty to stay inside and lock doors. […]

Randy Babbitt, US aviation chief, resigns over drink driving charge

Randy Babbitt, the chief of America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), resigned on Tuesday over a drunken driving charge. Babbitt, 65, had been placed on a leave of absence as officials pondered how to handle the fallout from the weekend arrest of a man who is arguably the world’s most senior air safety regulator. He was […]

Gay rights must be criterion for US aid allocations, instructs Obama

President Barack Obama has instructed officials to consider how countries treat their gay and lesbian populations when making decisions about allocating foreign aid. In the first US government strategy to deal with human rights abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens abroad, a presidential memorandum issued on Tuesday instructs agencies to use foreign […]

Federal Aviation Administration suspends chief over drunken driving

Randy Babbitt, the chief of America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has been suspended after his arrest on charges of drunken driving. Babbitt has been placed on a leave of absence as officials decide how to handle the situation involving a man who is arguably the world’s most senior air safety regulator. Babbitt, 65, was charged […]

Egypt to free three US students

24 November 2011 Last updated at 18:30 GMT Images of the three students were broadcast on Egyptian national television A court in Egypt has ordered the release of three US students accused of taking part in the protests in Cairo, officials there say. Derrick Sweeney and Gregory Porter, both 19, and Luke Gates, 21, were […]

Destruction of Occupy Wall Street ‘People’s Library’ draws ire

When police seized an estimated 5,000 books from Occupy Wall Street‘s “People’s Library” during the eviction of the camp at Zuccotti Park on 15 November, it drew condemnation from a host of writers and organisations, including the American Library Association and author Salman Rushdie. The staff of Michael Bloomberg, the New York mayor who ordered […]

Justice department sues Utah over immigration law

The US justice department has filed a lawsuit challenging Utah‘s immigration enforcement law, arguing that it usurps federal authority and could potentially lead to the harassment and detention of American citizens and authorised visitors. “The federal government has the ultimate authority to enforce federal immigration laws and the constitution does not permit a patchwork of […]