The Senate voted 68-31 on Friday to approve the funding legislation without the contentious immigration provisions. In the House of Representatives, the bill was approved easily by a vote of 240-183.
The bill leaves intact President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration that Republicans have vowed to overturn.
Australian metadata bill: Internet and phone storage for two years ~ link ~ All this spying on the average citizen "to keep us safe from terrorism" is pure bullshit. It is all about fascism!!! Shameful to the max!!! Stirling
China supports Russia in the Ukraine Conflict ~ link ~ Before the First and Second World Wars, there was a formation of alliances organized. This is being repeated. Stirling
Qu Xing, China's ambassador to Belgium, said the Ukrainian crisis came about due to the ongoing “game”– a metaphor similar to that used by US geopolitical strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski, who referred to it as the “grand chessboard” – between Russia and the West, which has not abated despite, or because of, the collapse of the Soviet Union.
One hundred years to repair Gaza Strip: Oxfam says blockade remains and aid is almost non-existent ~ link ~
Reconstructing Gaza could take an entire century, if Israel doesn’t stop the siege, leading charity Oxfam warned. And that’s just the time frame for essential projects. The NGO’s regional director calls the situation “deplorable.”
A statement was issued by the group on Thursday, six months after the latest conflict, which saw Israel roll out Operation Protective Edge. That brought about eight weeks of bombardment, followed by a devastating ground assault.
Leonard Niemoy dies at 83 ~ link ~ link
US actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in the cult sci-fi series Star Trek, has died at the age of 83 in Los Angeles, his family has said. His son, Adam, said he died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday morning.
Biggest airplane in history begins construction - Will launch rockets into space ~ link ~