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Four Afghan Guantanamo detainees repatriated: Pentagon

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th December 2014

Four Afghan Guantanamo detainees repatriated: Pentagon WASHINGTON: Four detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay US military prison have been repatriated to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Saturday. The Department of Defence said that the Afghan men — Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani, and Mohammed Zahir — had been moved from the prison after a comprehensive review of their case. “As...


Jovial Obama paints picture of resurgent America

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th December 2014

Jovial Obama paints picture of resurgent America by Jérôme CARTILLIER WASHINGTON: – After a tough year capped by a bruising defeat for his Democrats in last month’s midterm elections, no one would blame President Barack Obama if he were a bit down. On Friday at his year-end press conference, he was anything but down. “I’m energized. I’m excited about the prospects for...


US issues worldwide travel alert

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th December 2014

US issues worldwide travel alert WASHINGTON:- The United States issued a worldwide travel alert Friday, warning Americans to be vigilant during the holiday period, especially in the wake of a deadly siege in Australia. Sydney this week saw a dramatic siege in a cafe that began Monday and left two hostages and a gunman dead. “The lone wolf attack in...


Obama warns N. Korea over Sony hack: ‘We will respond’

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Obama warns N. Korea over Sony hack: ‘We will respond’ by Susan STUMME WASHINGTON: – US President Barack Obama on Friday warned North Korea it would face retaliation for a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures over an irreverent film comedy that infuriated Pyongyang. Obama said the movie giant had “made a mistake” in canceling the Christmas Day release of “The Interview,” a madcap romp...


Obama signs sanctions law targeting Venezuelan officials

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th December 2014

Obama signs sanctions law targeting Venezuelan officials WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama signed a law on Thursday allowing sanctions against senior Venezuelan officials accused of violating the rights of protesters during anti-government demonstrations that rocked the country earlier this year. The text approved just over a week ago by both houses of Congress would freeze assets and deny visas to Venezuelan authorities responsible...


American jailed for 15 years for helping Al-Qaeda

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th December 2014

American jailed for 15 years for helping Al-Qaeda MIAMI: – A naturalized American was jailed for 15 years in Miami on Wednesday for conspiring to provide thousands of dollars to Al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Syria and Somalia, US justice officials said. Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed, 31, admitted to the court in July that he conspired to provide money and recruits to Al-Qaeda,...


US, Cuba announce historic thaw in ties

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th December 2014

US, Cuba announce historic thaw in ties by Dave Clark, Jérôme CARTILLIER WASHINGTON:- The United States and Cuba moved to end five decades of Cold War hostility Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties in a surprise breakthrough that would also ease a crippling US trade embargo. In the wake of a prisoner exchange, President Barack Obama said Washington was ready for a...


US Federal Reserve says can be ‘patient’ on rate rise

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th December 2014

US Federal Reserve says can be ‘patient’ on rate rise by Paul HANDLEY WASHINGTON: – The US Federal Reserve made no changes to its monetary policy Wednesday, saying it can remain “patient” before moving to raise interest rates and normalizing its easy-money stance. In a policy statement at the end of a two-day meeting, the Fed left in place expectations that it would begin raising...


Terror attack on Peshawar school shakes all people of conscience: Kerry

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th December 2014

Terror attack on Peshawar school shakes all people of conscience: Kerry WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry, while condemning the terrorist attack on Army Public School in Peshawar on Tuesday, said the killing of innocent schoolchildren had angered and shaken all people of conscience. “Wherever you live, wherever you are, those are our children, and this is the world’s loss.  This act of terror angers...


Newtown marks massacre anniversary with reflection

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th December 2014

Newtown marks massacre anniversary with reflection New York:A deeply scarred US town lowered flags to half mast and urged quiet reflection on the two-year anniversary Sunday of a school massacre that left 20 children and six adults dead. Officials in traumatised Newtown, Connecticut said a public ceremony would not be held, but instead asked people to mark the fateful day with...


Thousands demand justice in Washington over police killings

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th December 2014

Thousands demand justice in Washington over police killings WASHINGTON:  Thousands of people descended on Washington to demand justice Saturday for black men who have died at the hands of white police, the latest in weeks of demonstrations across the United States. The families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner were expected among the protesters in the heart of the US capital for the...


Man arrested in latest US school shooting

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th December 2014

Man arrested in latest US school shooting LOS ANGELES:  Police in the northwestern US state of Oregon arrested a man Saturday in connection with a shooting outside a high school that left three people injured. Friday’s shooting outside the school in Portland was believed to be gang-related and following a manhunt police stopped a vehicle and arrested a 22-year-old suspect. A handgun...


UN Security Council backs agreement for NATO to train Afghan forces

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th December 2014

UN Security Council backs agreement for NATO to train Afghan forces UNITED NATIONS: Amid ongoing violence in Afghanistan, the U.N. Security Council on Friday backed the new agreement for NATO to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces after its combat operations end on Dec 31. A resolution adopted unanimously by the council welcomes the new mission, named “Resolute Support,” and “underscores the importance of...


Deadline drama as US Senate bickers over spending bill

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 13th December 2014

Deadline drama as US Senate bickers over spending bill by Michael Mathes WASHINGTON: – US senators clashed Friday over a $1.1 trillion federal spending bill, forcing lawmakers to approve an extension of funds to avoid a government shutdown as Republicans delayed a final vote on the must-pass legislation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sought to move quickly on the spending measure. He and others...


Pacific storm triggers mudslides, floods in Southern California

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th December 2014

Pacific storm triggers mudslides, floods in Southern California LOS ANGELES: A Pacific storm pounded Southern California with heavy rain and high winds on Friday,triggering flash floods, a small tornado and mudslides that prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes, damaged dozens of others and disrupted passenger rail service along the coast. One person was found dead on Friday in a rain-swollen flood-control channel...


Son of murdered Canadian beer baron to stand trial

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th December 2014

Son of murdered Canadian beer baron to stand trial OTTAWA,A judge on Friday ordered the son of a murdered Canadian beer baron to stand trial for the 2011 killing, after a lengthy preliminary hearing to test the evidence against him. Dennis Oland, the 46-year-old son of Richard Oland, a former executive at family-owned Moosehead Breweries, was arrested last year. Moosehead is Canada’s oldest independent...


Qaeda blames Obama for Yemen hostage deaths

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th December 2014

Qaeda blames Obama for Yemen hostage deaths SANAA:- Al-Qaeda has blamed President Barack Obama for the deaths of a US journalist and a South African during a failed hostage rescue attempt, warning “the lives of all Americans are in danger”. “Obama made the wrong decision, and signed the death warrant” of American Luke Somers, who was killed along with South African teacher...


Obama: CIA torture ‘contrary to our values’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th December 2014

Obama: CIA torture ‘contrary to our values’ WASHINGTON: US President Barack  Obama said Tuesday the CIA’s torture of Al-Qaeda suspects, as documented in a damning Senate report, had been counterproductive and contrary to American values. “The report documents a troubling program involving enhanced interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects in secret facilities outside the United States,” Obama said. “It reinforces my long-held view...


Ebola-hit countries seek recovery plan to ‘keep standing’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th December 2014

Ebola-hit countries seek recovery plan to ‘keep standing’ UNITED NATIONS, United States:- Ebola-hit countries urged the United Nations on Friday to come up with an economic recovery plan to help them cushion the outbreak’s devastating blow on agriculture, mining and public finances. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have all dramatically cut their growth forecasts as the year-long outbreak has left 6,000 dead and...


Obama to nominate Pentagon chief Friday

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th December 2014

Obama to nominate Pentagon chief Friday WASHINGTON:- President Barack Obama on Friday will announce his choice to replace Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief, the White House said. Favored for the post is Ashton Carter, a former deputy defense secretary under Leon Panetta from October 2011 to December 2013. While stopping short of confirming the pick, the White House has hailed Carter’s...


White policeman kills unarmed black man in Arizona

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th December 2014

White policeman kills unarmed black man in Arizona LOS ANGELES: – A white police officer shot dead a black man in Arizona when he mistook some pills for a gun, authorities said Thursday, amid protests in New York triggered by a string of similar incidents. The officer believed the 34-year-old suspect was reaching into his pocket for a gun in the flashpoint Wednesday...


US mulls lifting ban on gay blood donations

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd December 2014

US mulls lifting ban on gay blood donations WASHINGTON: A US ban on blood donations by gays could be eased after 31 years, depending on the decision of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee that began two days of meetings Tuesday. Current US law bars any man who has had sex with a man — even once since 1977 — from donating...


Corruption on rise in Turkey, China: Transparency

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd December 2014

Corruption on rise in Turkey, China: Transparency by Frank ZELLER BERLIN:- Corruption is feared to be worsening in China, Turkey and other fast-growing economies, an anti-graft watchdog warned Wednesday, also urging the world’s banking centres to help combat sleaze and money-laundering. Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which ranked Sudan, North Korea and Somalia as the worst offenders and...


Transparency International corruption rankings

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd December 2014

Transparency International corruption rankings BERLIN:- The following is a list of the top- and bottom-ranked 10 nations — plus 10 big economies in the mid-range — on graft watchdog Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index, released Wednesday. The index score relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by country analysts and business people, and ranges from...


FBI warns of ‘destructive’ malware in wake of Sony attack

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd December 2014

FBI warns of ‘destructive’ malware in wake of Sony attack BOSTON:- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation warned U.S. businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch destructive attacks in the United States, following a devastating cyber attack last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment. The five-page, confidential “flash” warning issued to businesses late on Monday provided some technical details about the malicious software that...


Angry protests in Haiti over election delays

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th November 2014

Angry protests in Haiti over election delays PORT-AU-PRINCE:- Thousands of angry protesters hit the streets of Haiti on Friday to demand the resignation of President Michel Martelly, in the latest public outcry over long-delayed elections in the troubled Caribbean nation. Haiti has been mired in political crisis for three years over the failure to hold municipal and legislative elections. If elections are...


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