Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Widow Of U.S. Hostage Lashes Out At Obama Policy Toward Captives

By Hannah Allam, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — The wife of an American hostage who was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in Pakistan blames his al-Qaida captors for the death, but she also lashed out Thursday at what she called “inconsistent and disappointing” assistance from the Obama administration during an ordeal of more than three years.

The criticism from the wife of 73-year-old development expert Warren Weinstein, who along with Italian hostage Giovanni Lo Porto was killed in a U.S. strike on an al-Qaida compound in January, adds to a chorus of protests from families who claim the U.S.…

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White House: Two Al-Qaeda Hostages Killed In U.S. Operation

Washington (AFP) — The White House said Thursday that a U.S. operation in January against an Al Qaeda compound near the Afghan-Pakistan border killed one American and one Italian hostage, along with an American member of the jihadist group.

Another American, Al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn, was killed, “likely in a separate U.S. government counterterrorism operation.”

“No words can fully express our regret over this terrible tragedy,” the White House said, revealing the previously classified finding. The president “takes full responsibility for these operations.”

U.S. President Barack Obama expressed his profound regrets to their families.

“We will identify the lessons that can be learned from this tragedy and any changes that should be made.…

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Companies Labor To Get Visas For Skilled Foreign Professionals

By Mila Koumpilova, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS)

MINNEAPOLIS — William Dinauer, president of laser maker LasX Industries, had no doubts about hiring Chinese-born Yahui Zhang this year.

She has a doctorate in industrial engineering and experience working for a larger device manufacturer. She was open to the posted salary, geared toward a candidate with a bachelor’s degree. Dinauer’s only misgiving: Can he keep her?

At the first opportunity, White Bear Lake, Minnesotta-based LasX recently applied for a three-year H-1B visa for Zhang — the most common type of work visa for college-educated professionals. Dinauer knew the company had to move fast.…

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