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US new-home sales surge in February

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th March 2015

US new-home sales surge in February WASHINGTON:  Sales of new single-family homes in the United States surged in February to a seven-year high, accelerating for the third consecutive month, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. New-home sales advanced 7.8 percent in February from January to an annual rate of 539,000 units. Most analysts had forecast a decline of 3.3 percent for the...


Obama to host Japan’s Abe for state visit in April: White House

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd March 2015

Obama to host Japan’s Abe for state visit in April: White House WASHINGTON: U.S. President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House for a state visit next month as part of Abe’s eight-day visit to the United States, officials said on Monday. Abe will go to the White House on April 28 for meetings with Obama on a range of economic...


Obama calls on Iran to immediately release detained Americans

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th March 2015

Obama calls on Iran to immediately release detained Americans WASHINGTON: U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday called on Iran’s government to immediately release three detained Americans – Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati and Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian – and to help find Robert Levinson, an American who disappeared in Iran eight years ago, the White House said. Obama made the statement in conjunction with...


U.S. ‘deeply disturbed’ by reports of chemical weapons in Syria: Kerry

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th March 2015

U.S. ‘deeply disturbed’ by reports of chemical weapons in Syria: Kerry WASHINGTON: The United States is deeply disturbed by reports that Syrian government forces attacked the town of Sarmin using chlorine as a weapon on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement on Thursday. “We are looking very closely into this matter and considering next steps,” he said. “While we cannot yet confirm...


US jobless claims steady

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th March 2015

US jobless claims steady WASHINGTON:  New claims for US unemployment insurance were little changed last week, appearing to settle back to last year’s level after a few sharply higher weeks, possibly related to severe weather. The Labor Department said Thursday that jobless claims, an indicator of the pace of layoffs, totaled 291,000 in the week to March 14, compared...


U.S. judge taps lead lawyers for Takata air bag cases

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th March 2015

U.S. judge taps lead lawyers for Takata air bag cases NEW YORK: Five plaintiffs’ lawyers, including high-profile attorney David Boies, were appointed by a federal judge on Tuesday to lead civil litigation against Takata Corp and several car manufacturers for injuries caused by allegedly faulty air bags. U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno, who is overseeing more than 85 lawsuits that have been consolidated in a...


Suspect charged in shooting of police officers in Ferguson, Missouri

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th March 2015

Suspect charged in shooting of police officers in Ferguson, Missouri FERGUSON: A 20-year-old man was charged on Sunday with first-degree assault in last week’s shooting of two policemen during a protest rally in Ferguson, Missouri, a crime that shocked a city that has been devastated by months of racial strife. The suspect, Jeffrey L. Williams, has admitted to firing the shots that wounded the officers...


Prosecution case in Boston bombing trial enters home stretch

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th March 2015

Prosecution case in Boston bombing trial enters home stretch BOSTON: The Boston Marathon bombing trial on Monday is due to turn to defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s final day before being arrested, when he was found hiding in a drydocked boat at the end of a massive police manhunt. Tsarnaev, 21, is accused of killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker...


U.S. appeals ruling on size of BP oil spill

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th March 2015

U.S. appeals ruling on size of BP oil spill WASHINGTON: The U.S. government is appealing a federal court ruling that reduced the potential penalty BP Plc must pay for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by almost $4 billion. The appeal, which was filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, challenges a January decision by U.S. District Court Judge Carl...


Kerry says unclear whether interim Iran deal within reach

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th March 2015

Kerry says unclear whether interim Iran deal within reach Egypt: On the eve of fresh talks with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said it was unclear whether an interim agreement over its nuclear power program was within reach. “I can’t tell you whether or not we can get a deal, whether we are close,” Kerry told a news conference on Saturday in...


Obama administration to start new group to advise on veterans issues

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th March 2015

Obama administration to start new group to advise on veterans issues WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s administration on Friday will announce the creation of a new advisory group made up of public officials and leaders from the private sector to advise on improvements to the government agency tasked with helping U.S. veterans. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald will announce the formation of the new...


One killed, two injured in Oklahoma medical helicopter crash

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th March 2015

One killed, two injured in Oklahoma medical helicopter crash Austin: One person was killed and two others injured when a medical helicopter with three aboard crashed about 65 miles south of Tulsa, officials said Friday. The aircraft, registered to EagleMed LLC, was believed to be carrying three employees when it went down around 11:25 p.m. Thursday near Eufala, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said in...


Obama declares Venezuela a threat to U.S. national security

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th March 2015

Obama declares Venezuela a threat to U.S. national security WASHINGTON: U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Monday declaring Venezuela a national security threat, sanctioning seven individuals and expressing concern about the Venezuelan government’s treatment of political opponents. “Venezuelan officials past and present who violate the human rights of Venezuelan citizens and engage in acts of public corruption will not be welcome...


Police officer shoots, kills black teen in Wisconsin

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th March 2015

Police officer shoots, kills black teen in Wisconsin WASHINGTON:  A police officer shot and killed a 19-year-old black youth who allegedly assaulted him in Madison, Wisconsin, the city’s police chief said Saturday. The incident Friday evening touched off protests in the Midwestern university city, and local media reported a heavy police presence in the area where the shooting occurred. It was the latest...


Airliner skids off La Guardia runway as winter storm hits US

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th March 2015

Airliner skids off La Guardia runway as winter storm hits US NEW YORK: An airliner skidded off a runway at New York’s La Guardia airport Thursday and slid to halt just yards from frigid waters, as a snow storm battered the US coast from Texas to Boston. Heavy snow was falling as Delta flight 1086 from Atlanta careered off the runway, ploughed up an embankment and...


Kerry, Iran FM in new nuclear talks

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 4th March 2015

Kerry, Iran FM in new nuclear talks MONTREUX, Switzerland: The US and Iran ignored a passionate plea from the Israeli prime minister to ditch their nuclear negotiations and launched a third straight day of talks Wednesday seeking a framework deal in a few weeks. US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif were back at the negotiating...


Michelle Obama to visit Japan, Cambodia

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd March 2015

Michelle Obama to visit Japan, Cambodia WASHINGTON:US First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Japan later this month, part of a drive to promote girls’ education around the world. The White House said Tuesday that Michelle Obama will visit Tokyo and the historic city of Kyoto from March 18 to 20 before moving on to Siem Reap, Cambodia, close to the...


Obama, European leaders to hold Ukraine crisis call: White House

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd March 2015

Obama, European leaders to hold Ukraine crisis call: White House WASHINGTON: The White House on Tuesday said President Barack Obama will hold a secure video conference with European leaders to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and other “global security issues.” Obama will confer with British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the European...


Top US official warns Israel tensions could last until 2016

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd March 2015

Top US official warns Israel tensions could last until 2016 PARIS: A top US official Tuesday warned that the current tensions between traditional allies US and Israel could last until the end of the Obama administration in 2016. “There are moments of significant agreement and then there are moments of tactical disagreement,” US deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken told French radio station Europe 1....


Kerry to meet Russia’s Lavrov for talks on Ukraine crisis

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd March 2015

Kerry to meet Russia’s Lavrov for talks on Ukraine crisis KIEV: Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Geneva for talks on the Ukraine crisis Monday, less than a week after accusing Moscow of lying to his face over the conflict. High stakes talks between Kiev and Moscow are also set to get under way Monday aimed at resolving...


Obama to host Afghan president on March 24

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st March 2015

Obama to host Afghan president on March 24 WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will host Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah, and key members of their unity government for meetings and a working lunch at the White House on March 24. “The two presidents will discuss a range of issues including security, economic development, and U.S. support to the Afghan-led reconciliation process,”...


Obama condemns killing of Russia’s Nemtsov

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th February 2015

Obama condemns killing of Russia’s Nemtsov WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the “brutal murder” of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, and called for a full investigation into the killing. “The United States condemns the brutal murder of Boris Nemtsov, and we call upon the Russian government to conduct a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation into the circumstances of...


US court denies request to move Boston bombings trial

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th February 2015

US court denies request to move Boston bombings trial WASHINGTON: A US court Friday denied a request by alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his trial to be moved out of the city, just days ahead of opening statements. A three-judge panel came down in a two-to-one split decision against the move. According to the ruling by the US Court of Appeals for...


US Congress averts Homeland Security shutdown

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th February 2015

US Congress averts Homeland Security shutdown WASHINGTON: US lawmakers narrowly avoided a Department of Homeland Security shutdown Friday at the 11th hour, but funded the agency only until March 6, forcing Congress to revisit the issue next week. House and Senate members scrambled to prevent the premier agency securing the United States against terror threats from running out of money at midnight,...


Nine dead after Missouri mass murder

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th February 2015

Nine dead after Missouri mass murder WASHINGTON:  Nine people are dead following a mass murder in rural Missouri in which the suspected gunman took his own life, police in the Midwestern state said Friday. With an investigation still underway, it appeared that seven people were shot and killed in four different residences in the small town of Tyrone. An eighth person,...


Guantanamo court holds closed session over U.S. military influence

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th February 2015

Guantanamo court holds closed session over U.S. military influence FORT MEADE, Md. U.S. military court at Guantanamo Bay met in closed session on Thursday as the judge assesses whether the head of the Guantanamo trials is exerting so much influence that a fair trial for accused al Qaeda extremists cannot be ensured. Thursday’s administrative scheduling session was part of pretrial proceedings for Abd al-Rahim...


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