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Obama gave CIA flexibility for drone strikes in Pakistan

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th April 2015

Obama gave CIA flexibility for drone strikes in Pakistan NEW YORK: President Barack Obama “secretly” approved a waiver to the rules for the U.S. drone programme that gave the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) more flexibility in Pakistan than anywhere else to strike suspected militants, a major American newspaper reported Monday. Citing current and former U.S. officials, The Wall Street Journal said the rules —...


Kerry hails ’good news’ over ’fast-track’ trade power

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd April 2015

Kerry hails ’good news’ over ’fast-track’ trade power WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday hailed as “good news” initial backing from US lawmakers for a bill to give President Barack Obama “fast-track” authority to negotiate a huge Pacific trade deal. If the draft legislation, approved by a Senate panel late Wednesday, is passed by the full Congress it would help move “forward...


Death toll from FARC attack in Colombia rises to 11 soldiers

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th April 2015

Death toll from FARC attack in Colombia rises to 11 soldiers BOGOTA: The death toll from an attack blamed on Colombia’s leftist FARC guerrillas has risen to 11 soldiers after another died of his wounds, the army said Thursday. The nighttime attack Tuesday in the western rebel bastion of Cauca — the latest setback for the two-year-old peace process aimed at ending the five-decade conflict —...


New York protesters demand $15 minimum wage

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th April 2015

New York protesters demand $15 minimum wage New York: Thousands of demonstrators, including many fast-food workers, protested in New York on Wednesday demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour to escape poverty in America´s largest city. Fast-food workers held strikes in more than 230 American cities, joined by airport, construction and child care staff, as well as people working in education,...


Ten Colombia soldiers killed in apparent FARC attack

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th April 2015

Ten Colombia soldiers killed in apparent FARC attack BOGOTA: Ten soldiers were killed and 17 injured in western Colombia Wednesday, in a dawn attack on an army garrison that officials blamed on leftist FARC guerrillas. The attack occurred in a small town in Cauca province, governor  Temistocles Ortega told Blu radio, adding that four of the injured soldiers are in serious condition. The...


Obama, Castro discuss ties, to meet at summit as detente takes hold

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th April 2015

Obama, Castro discuss ties, to meet at summit as detente takes hold PANAMA CITY: U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro have talked by telephone about restoring diplomatic ties and will meet informally at a summit this weekend as they seek to set aside decades of hostility between two Cold War enemies. The historic rapprochement is set to dominate the Summit of the Americas meeting...


Obama, Castro to share stage at summit as detente takes hold

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th April 2015

Obama, Castro to share stage at summit as detente takes hold PANAMA: U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will share the same stage on Friday in an encounter rich with symbolism as their countries set aside decades of mistrust and attempt to restore diplomatic relations. The rapprochement is set to dominate the Summit of the Americas meeting, held in Panama, less than four months after...


Obama lands in Jamaica in first US presidential visit since 1982

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th April 2015

Obama lands in Jamaica in first US presidential visit since 1982 KINGSTON: US President Barack Obama landed in Jamaica late Wednesday, becoming the first sitting US president to set foot on the island since 1982. Obama is in the country to meet with a regional block of Caribbean nations and possibly offer them an alternative to cheap Venezuelan oil amid a spat with Caracas. He heads...


Rally planned after white South Carolina police officer kills black man

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 8th April 2015

Rally planned after white South Carolina police officer kills black man CHARLESTON: Activists planned to protest in South Carolina on Wednesday after a white police officer was caught on video fatally shooting a 50-year-old black man in the back as he ran away following a traffic stop. The officer has been charged with murder and the FBI and U.S. Justice Department are investigating the shooting, the...


US cop charged with murder over shooting black man

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 8th April 2015

US cop charged with murder over shooting black man WASHINGTON: Police in the US state of South Carolina charged an officer Tuesday with murder after video showed him apparently gunning down a fleeing black man, the latest in a string of shootings of unarmed black men that have raised allegations of police racism. South Carolina state police arrested Officer Michael Slager and charged him...


Obama, Castro will have chance to meet: White House

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th April 2015

Obama, Castro will have chance to meet: White House WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro will have an opportunity for an historic face-to-face meeting at the Summit of the Americas this week, a senior White House official told AFP Monday. “There will be time for the leaders of Cuba and the United States to meet,” said Ricardo Zuniga, the National Security...


US urges citizens to flee Yemen by sea

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th April 2015

US urges citizens to flee Yemen by sea WASHINGTON: The United States admitted Monday that it has no immediate plans to rescue its nationals stranded in war-torn Yemen and urged them to flee the raging conflict by sea. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf could not tell reporters how many American civilians are thought to be caught up in the conflict, as citizens of...


U.S. reports 14 air strikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd April 2015

U.S. reports 14 air strikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies conducted 14 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq since Tuesday, according to a U.S. military statement on Wednesday. Seven air raids were conducted in Syria on targets near Kobani and Al Hasakah during a 24-hour period to Wednesday morning, the statement said. In Iraq,...


One dead, 16 injured in Mexico oil rig fire: official

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st April 2015

One dead, 16 injured in Mexico oil rig fire: official MEXICO CITY:  A fire erupted on an offshore oil platform of Mexico’s Pemex energy firm on Wednesday, killing at least one worker, injuring 16 and forcing 300 to be evacuated, officials said. Two Pemex officials confirmed the casualties after the company reported on Twitter that eight firefighting vessels were battling the early morning blaze on...


Kerry says working into the night on ‘tricky’ Iran issues

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 31st March 2015

Kerry says working into the night on ‘tricky’ Iran issues LAUSANNE: US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he and his global counterparts were going to work deep into the night seeking to resolve the remaining “tricky issues” as a deadline loomed within hours. “There still remain some difficult issues,” Kerry told a CNN reporter as he walked in his luxury lakeside hotel in...


One dead, one hurt as men try to ram U.S. spy agency gates: reports

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 30th March 2015

One dead, one hurt as men try to ram U.S. spy agency gates: reports WASHINGTON: Guards shot one man dead and seriously wounded a second when they tried to ram a vehicle into the entrance gate at the Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters of the National Security Agency on Monday, news reports said. Federal law enforcement officials told Reuters that two people in a car tried to ram the spy...


Twelve hurt in New York building collapse, blaze

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th March 2015

Twelve hurt in New York building collapse, blaze NEW YORK: Twelve people were hurt Thursday when a New York building collapsed and a large blaze tore through a second property, which was also in danger of falling down, the fire department said. Three of the injured were in a critical condition as a result of the emergency just after 3:00 pm in Manhattan’s...


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...


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