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  • Guantánamo for US citizens? Senate bill raises questions

    The National Defense Authorization Act passed by the Senate this week could allow the US military to detain American citizens indefinitely. Civil libertarians are alarmed, and President Obama says he might veto it.

  • Be careful how you talk about illegal immigration, GOP official says (VIDEO)

    Monitor Breakfast Be careful how you talk about illegal immigration, GOP official says (VIDEO)

    Illegal immigration is a key issue facing 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls. Former Senator Norm Coleman told reporters Tuesday that debating the issue is a good thing, but the tone of the debate is hurting Republican candidates.

  • Holiday shopping online: How to avoid the '12 cyber scams of Christmas'

    Holiday shopping online: How to avoid the '12 cyber scams of Christmas'

    With more Americans turning to the Internet for more of their holiday shopping needs, good cybersecurity is vital to avoid a raft of scams – from promises of "free iPads" to "holiday screensavers" that install malware on your computer. To shop safely, it's wise to avoid what might be called the "12 cyber scams of Christmas." They include:

  • CIA arrests in Iran? Allegations point to smoldering covert war with US.

    CIA arrests in Iran? Allegations point to smoldering covert war with US.

    CIA arrests were perhaps Iranians working as informants for Western intelligence services. Iranian officials this week announced the arrests of a dozen spies.

  • Supercommittee triggers automatic budget cuts. What now?

    On the Economy Supercommittee triggers automatic budget cuts. What now?

    The automatic cuts triggered by the Congressional supercommittee's failure to come up with a budget plan will be evenly split between defense and non-defense. But some members of Congress are trying to spare the defense budget. 

  • GOP debate: all but Ron Paul want Patriot Act extended

    GOP debate: all but Ron Paul want Patriot Act extended

    GOP debate touches on Patriot Act, which most Republican candidates agreed should be extended.

  • Herman Cain receives Secret Service protection

    Herman Cain receives Secret Service protection

    Herman Cain became the first Republican presidential candidate to receive Secret Service protection. There have been threats against Cain, although the nature of the threats is unclear.

  • Tunnel-detection technology at US-Mexico border: Is it worth the effort?

    Latin America Monitor Tunnel-detection technology at US-Mexico border: Is it worth the effort?

    The US government is researching use of robots, microgravity sensors, and other high-tech tools to find smuggling tunnels under the US-Mexico border. But police work may be the most effective tool.

  • Four reasons why illegal immigration across the US-Mexico border has dropped

    Four reasons why illegal immigration across the US-Mexico border has dropped

    From 1970 to 2010, more than 10 million Mexicans migrated to the US. Now, after decades of rising numbers immigrating to the US, a new demographic trend is playing out: illegal immigration is waning. The Department of Homeland Security said in a 2010 report that the number of immigrants residing unauthorized in the US, 62 percent of whom come from Mexico, has declined from a peak of 11.8 million in January of 2007 to 10.8 million in January of 2010. US Customs and Border Protection also released data showing that the number of those arrested trying to cross the border illegally is is down sharply – by 58 percent since fiscal year 2006. The Pew Hispanic Center, using Mexican government data, estimates that the number of Mexicans annually leaving Mexico for the US declined by 60 percent from 2006 to 2010. Many dispute the reason why. Here are four factors that play a role.

  • In Pictures Diwali: Hindu festival of lights

    An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier lights a candle inside a bunker for Diwali, the annual Hindu festival of lights, at the India-Bangladesh border on the outskirts of Agartala, India, on Oct. 26. For Diwali, Hindus light lamps to signify the victory of good over evil. New clothes are worn; gifts, traditionally of sweets, are given; and prayers are offered to goddess the Lakshmi.