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William and Kate star in Kiwi April Fools’ gags

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st April 2014

William and Kate star in Kiwi April Fools’ gags WELLINGTON- The impending royal visit by Prince William, his wife Kate and their baby son George provided ample fodder for April Fool’s Day pranksters in New Zealand and Australia on Tuesday. Coach firm Inter City said the British royals had decided to use a humble bus for part of their tour of New Zealand next...


White House Kerry to speak to Lavrov again about Ukraine

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st April 2014

White House Kerry to speak to Lavrov again about Ukraine WASHINGTON: The White House said on Monday that Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had agreed to speak again about ways to resolve the crisis in Ukraine but that no date for such a conversation had been set. Kerry and Lavrov spoke by phone about the issue earlier on Monday,...


World Trade Center stunts trigger security concerns

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th March 2014

World Trade Center stunts trigger security concerns NEW YORK- A team of daredevil parachutists and a lone teenager have triggered fears about lax security at New York’s rebuilt World Trade Center, an emblem of the city’s resilience and renewal after the horrors of 9/11. Within the space of a fortnight, revelations of repeated security breaches at what should be one of the...


Obama meets Pope to discuss inequality

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th March 2014

Obama meets Pope to discuss inequality US President Barack Obama held a historic first meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday to discuss a shared agenda of fighting global inequality despite wide differences over issues like gay rights and contraception. Obama told Francis he was a “great admirer” at the start of their talks at the Vatican, which political observers said could...


US Navy deploys ‘black box’ locator after Malaysia plane leads

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th March 2014

US Navy deploys ‘black box’ locator after Malaysia plane leads TOKYO: The US Navy said Monday it was sending a black box locator to an area of the southern Indian Ocean being scoured for the missing Malaysian jet, following a cluster of weekend debris sightings. The navy called the move a “precautionary measure” in case those sightings confirm the location of the aircraft which disappeared...


US man executed in Florida for burning two women alive

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st March 2014

US man executed in Florida for burning two women alive WASHINGTON: A US man was executed Thursday in Florida, where he was convicted of beating two female coworkers with hammers before burning them alive. Robert Henry, 55, died by lethal injection at 6:16 pm (2216 GMT) after 25 years on death row, the Florida Department of Corrections said. Henry was sentenced to death for the...


Obama expands sanctions, threatens Russian economy

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th March 2014

Obama expands sanctions, threatens Russian economy WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s inner circle and a “crony bank” for Russia’s elite Thursday, while threatening to target Russia’s broader economy over the Ukraine crisis. “Russia must know that further escalation will only isolate it further from the international community,” Obama said at the White House. Even as US...


Bin Laden son-in-law tells US trial of 9/11 cave chat

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th March 2014

Bin Laden son-in-law tells US trial of 9/11 cave chat NEW YORK- Osama Bin Laden claimed responsibility for masterminding 9/11 on the night of the attacks, his son-in-law said Wednesday as he unexpectedly testified at his federal trial in New York on terror charges. Suleiman Abu Ghaith, who married bin Laden’s daughter Fatima, recounted a dramatic meeting with the jubilant Al-Qaeda chief in an Afghanistan...


Sentence for Pakistani doctor still unjust, says US

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th March 2014

Sentence for Pakistani doctor still unjust, says US WASHINGTON: The United States says the 10-year sentence reduction for the doctor said to have helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden is a positive step but that his jail term is still unjust. A Pakistani judicial official Saturday reduced Shakil Afridi´s sentence from 33 years to 23 years. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki...


Obama says Crimean referendum not to be recognized

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th March 2014

Obama says Crimean referendum not to be recognized WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that the Crimean referendum which “violates the Ukrainian constitution and occurred under duress of Russian military intervention,” and “would never be recognized by the United States and the international community”. In a telephonic call  with Putin , Obama also warned that the U.S is...


White House defends IMF push in Ukraine aid

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th March 2014

White House defends IMF push in Ukraine aid WASHINGTON: The White House has defended its decision to attach an IMF reform bid to a $1 billion aid bill for Ukraine, which has angered some Republicans and slowed the measure’s passage in Congress. The bill has cleared a Senate committee but will not come up in the Senate until after next week’s recess, and...


Mexico uncovers tunnel for smuggling migrants into US

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th March 2014

Mexico uncovers tunnel for smuggling migrants into US MEXICO CITY: Mexican authorities in the border city of Tijuana found a tunnel designed to smuggle people without documentation into the United States, the government said Thursday. Three suspected people-traffickers were arrested, a statement from the National Migration Institute said. It gave no details on the size of the secret underground passage. Police acted on...


US farmer dies again… this time for real

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th March 2014

US farmer dies again… this time for real WASHINGTON:  A Mississippi farmer who made global headlines two weeks ago when he woke up in a body bag at a funeral home died on Thursday aged 78, local media said. Walter “Snowball” Williams passed away in the early hours, the Clarion-Ledger newspaper in the state capital Jackson reported. “Well, they came and got him...


US Airways plane blows tire on takeoff, passengers evacuated

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th March 2014

US Airways plane blows tire on takeoff, passengers evacuated WASHINGTON: A US Airways plane blew a tire during takeoff late Thursday from Philadelphia’s airport, though officials reported no serious injuries. The airline said the pilot of Flight 1702 aborted takeoff for Fort Lauderdale due to the tire problem. “Passengers were safely evacuated & we are reaccommodating passengers on a new aircraft, scheduled to depart...


Four dead, 63 hurt as NY buildings collapse

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th March 2014

Four dead, 63 hurt as NY buildings collapse NEW YORK- A major explosion caused by a gas leak flattened two Manhattan apartment buildings in a fireball Wednesday, killing at least four people and injuring 63 others. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident “a tragedy of the worst kind” and his office said nine residents from the two collapsed buildings were...


Russian troops in Ukraine threaten regional peace: US

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd March 2014

Russian troops in Ukraine threaten regional peace: US WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday told Moscow it was risking regional peace and security by deploying troops to Ukraine and warned of deep damage US-Russia ties. “Unless immediate and concrete steps are taken by Russia to deescalate tensions, the effect on US-Russian relations and on Russia’s international standing will be profound,” Kerry said in...


Obama warns Afghan president of full troop withdrawal

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th February 2014

Obama warns Afghan president of full troop withdrawal WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama told Hamid Karzai on Tuesday that he is now planning for a full US troop withdrawal because of the Afghan leader’s repeated refusal to sign a security pact. But in a rare telephone call with President Karzai, Obama also held out the possibility of agreeing a post-2014 training and anti-terror mission...


Kerry calls for ‘transatlantic renaissance’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st February 2014

Kerry calls for ‘transatlantic renaissance’ US Secretary of State John Kerry called Saturday for a “transatlantic renaissance” in which the United States and Europe jointly tackle shared threats, from wars and poverty to climate change. “In order to meet today’s challenges both near and far, America needs a strong Europe, and Europe needs a committed, engaged America,” Kerry told a...


Obama presidential library search kicks off

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st February 2014

Obama presidential library search kicks off WASHINGTON: The formal process to build a library housing President Barack Obama´s presidential records and artifacts began Friday with the formation of a new foundation, launched by top supporters with Obama´s blessing, that will develop and build the monument to his legacy. The nonprofit Barack H. Obama Foundation will be led by Marty Nesbitt, a...


Verdict day for Knox in fresh murder appeal

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 30th January 2014

Verdict day for Knox in fresh murder appeal FLORENCE, Italy- Italian judges will decide Thursday whether to uphold or overturn American Amanda Knox’s conviction for the savage murder of her British housemate, in the case’s fourth verdict in six years. Knox and former lover Raffaele Sollecito spent four years in prison for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, before being freed on appeal...


Troops may remain in Afghanistan beyond war: Obama

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 29th January 2014

Troops may remain in Afghanistan beyond war: Obama WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama says a small US military force may remain in Afghanistan next year, but he´s promising to declare an end to the 12-year war there at the end of 2014. Obama said during his State of the Union speech Tuesday that Afghanistan will take responsibility for its own future after the end...


Obama threatens to veto new Iran sanctions bill

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 29th January 2014

Obama threatens to veto new Iran sanctions bill WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to veto any new bill by lawmakers to impose new sanctions against Iran in the middle of delicate negotiations to rein in its nuclear program. “The sanctions that we put in place helped make this opportunity possible. But let me be clear: if this Congress sends me...


Freezing US storm threatens south

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 29th January 2014

Freezing US storm threatens south MIAMI: A freezing winter storm that has already sent temperatures plunging on much of the US east coast was Tuesday threatening usually balmy Florida, forecasters warned. Just weeks after a “polar vortex” brought some of the coldest weather in decades to the eastern half of the United States, parts of the country are again in...


Mutual trust must for enduring Pakistan-US strategic partnership: Sartaj

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 27th January 2014

Mutual trust must for enduring Pakistan-US strategic partnership: Sartaj WASHINGTON: National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz on Monday underscored the need for building trust to foster a an enduring strategic partnership between Pakistan and the United States as he addressed the opening session of the Strategic Dialogue with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Welcoming the Pakistani delegation of the resumed strategic...


Afghan drawdown to zero by end of Obama’s term

By: Sumaira Alwani, Uploaded: 22nd January 2014

Afghan drawdown to zero by end of Obama’s term WASHINGTON: U.S. military leaders have presented the White House with a plan that would keep 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but then start drawing the force down to nearly zero by the end of President Barack Obama’s term, according to senior officials. The request reflects a far shorter time frame for a U.S....


Kerry approves Iran sanctions relief

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 20th January 2014

Kerry approves Iran sanctions relief WASHIUNGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday approved a waiver to ease sanctions on Iran, after the Islamic republic began to impose curbs on its suspect nuclear program. “Iran has begun to take concrete and verifiable steps to halt its nuclear program,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, adding it was “an unprecedented...


 
 
 



 
 
 



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