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Iran Rebuffs Negotiations as American Is Detained

Morad Tahbaz's arrest puts increased pressure on Trump administration

(Newser) - An American-Iranian man was among a group of environmentalists detained in Iran last month during efforts to foil a protest, bringing the number of US citizens held in the country to at least five, family members and human rights groups say. Morad Tahbaz of the Persian Heritage Wildlife Association—which... More »

Judge Booted for Not Being US Citizen Is Now a Citizen

But can Texas' Young Min Burkett get her old job back?

(Newser) - A judge in Texas who was put on unpaid leave in May after officials discovered she wasn't a US citizen has become a citizen. Corpus Christi Municipal Court Judge Young Min Burkett was sworn in as a citizen on Friday, which makes her eligible to vote and serve as... More »

N. Korea Detains 2nd American Professor

Kim Hak Song also worked for Pyongyang University of Science and Technology

(Newser) - North Korea has announced it detained another American citizen over unspecified hostile acts against the country, reports the AP . North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said Sunday that Kim Hak Song had worked for the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology before he was held on Saturday. KCNA... More »

Latest Salvo: N. Korea Detains a 3rd American

Korean-American university professor detained as he tried to fly out of Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea has detained a US citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held there, reports the AP . Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained Saturday as he was trying to leave the country from Pyongyang's international... More »

Iran Arrests 80-Year-Old Dad of American Captive

Baquer Namazi arrested Monday in Tehran, wife says

(Newser) - The last confirmed American prisoner held in Iran now has company in the form of his own dad. US-Iranian national Baquer Namazi, 80, was arrested in Tehran on Monday, his wife writes on Facebook , per CNN . He's the father of businessman Siamak Namazi, who was detained in October but... More »

5 US Citizens Stuck in Starving Syrian Town

Officials say 44 truckloads of aid delivered to Madaya

(Newser) - At least five US citizens are among those suffering in the Syrian town of Madaya, where UN convoys have arrived with much-needed food. "Right now, my kids are starving from hunger," the wife of a 43-year-old naturalized US citizen, who left Pennsylvania in 2006 to start an apple... More »

Feds Can Kill US Citizens: DOJ Memo

Leaked document has loose definition of requirements for drone strike

(Newser) - It is legal for the American government to order the killing of an American citizen if a "high-level" official decides that the person is a senior member of al-Qaeda or an associated group who poses "an imminent threat of violent attack" against the US, according to a Justice... More »

North Korea: Yes, We Have US Citizen

Kenneth Bae accused of unspecified crimes

(Newser) - North Korea said today that an American citizen has been detained after confessing to unspecified crimes, confirming earlier reports about his arrest . The American was identified as Pae Jun Ho in a brief dispatch issued by the state-run Korean Central News Agency; US and South Korea media said Pae is... More »

US Issues Global Security Alert

New report advises caution just about everywhere

(Newser) - The US has issued a fresh version of its worldwide safety caution to citizens abroad, making it clear that it's a pretty dangerous world out there. Terrorists are planning attacks "in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East," the statement warns, listing possible targets... More »

Obama: 'We Have to Remain a Nation of Immigrants'

President calls for immigration reform at citizenship ceremony

(Newser) - President Barack Obama marked the Fourth of July by welcoming two dozen US service members as newly-sworn American citizens, saying the contributions they have already made dramatize the need for Washington to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. "Just as we remain a nation of laws, we have to remain a... More »

To Kill Immigration, Just Keep Making America Suck

We're not exactly the 'land of opportunity' these days: Alex Pareene

(Newser) - President Obama's plan to offer immunity to many young illegal immigrants "presents a quandary for the conservative movement," writes Alex Pareene on Salon : While most conservatives are opposed to immigration (yes, some of them are even opposed to the legal kind), they also recognize that they need... More »

Holder to Explain Legality of US Killing Its Own Citizens

The case of Anwar al-Awlaki figures heavily in AG's speech

(Newser) - In a major national security speech today, Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to finally offer a more detailed rationale for the legality of killing of US citizens abroad, the Washington Post reports. Though Holder may not address Anwar al-Awlaki by name, the alleged al-Qaeda operative killed in an airstrike... More »

Another American Killed in Strike on Anwar al-Awlaki

Editor of 'Inspire' magazine killed as well

(Newser) - Anwar al-Awlaki wasn't the only American jihadist killed in a drone attack today . The airstrike also killed Samir Khan , a 20-something of Pakistani descent from North Carolina, Yemen's Defense Ministry tells the AP . Khan was the creator of "Inspire," al-Qaeda's English-language online magazine . In its... More »

Superman Renounces US Citizenship

But he'll go on representing the same values on a global scale

(Newser) - OK, so technically he's an alien, but really, what's more American than Superman? Heck, even his outfit is red and blue. But after years of fighting for "truth, justice, and the American way," the Man of Steel announced he's going to renounce his US citizenship... More »

N. Korea Confirms American Being Held

Pyongyang 'plans to use missionary as bargaining chip'

(Newser) - North Korea has confirmed that it has been holding an American citizen in detention since last November, the AP reports, and is preparing to bring charges against him. Pyongyang names the man as Jun Young Su, and says he was arrested for committing a crime against the country and he... More »

US to Citizens in Egypt: Leave

Flurry of countries look to get their nationals out

(Newser) - Americans in Egypt should leave the country ASAP, said the US Embassy in Cairo today, joining a flurry of nations to call for their citizens to flee as Egypt enters its sixth day of protests. The move comes, notes the AP, as Egyptians and foreigners alike clog Egypt's waning number... More »

Officials: Teen Hitman Is US Citizen

It was 'kill or be killed,' says boy who worked for Mexican drug cartel

(Newser) - A 14-year-old hitman who has admitted to slitting the throats of at least four people for a Mexican drug cartel boss is an American citizen, authorities have revealed. The teen, reportedly carrying a San Diego birth certificate, was arrested in central Mexico recently as he was about to fly to... More »

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