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  • 14/04/2014 | Argentina

    Kicillof to brief the press on US trip, IMF meeting outcome

    Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanic, announced today that Economy Minister Axel Kicillof will be briefing the press with the results from his trip to the US, where he attended the IMF Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting.

  • 14/04/2014 | Argentina

    Kicillof: 'We have no agreements with the IMF'

    Briefing the press on the results from his trip to the US, Economy Minister Axel Kicillof today tried to play down his recent attendance to G20/ IMF annual meetings held in Washington, saying the country is a regular attendant, and added: “We have no agreements with the IMF because it’s not and Argentine creditor.”

  • 06/03/2014 | Argentina

    Gov't praises US support in vulture funds litigation

    Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich has praised Washington’s support to Argentina in its long-standing dispute with the so called vulture funds, suing the South American country over its defaulted bonds more than a decade ago.

  • 21/03/2014 | Argentina

    Brazil, Mexico, France to back Argentina in US Supreme Court

    Brazil, France and Mexico are expected to file papers in the US Supreme Court on Monday backing Argentina in its battle with bondholders that refused to take part in debt restructurings from the country's 2002 default.

  • 26/03/2014 | Argentina

    US Supreme Court confirms Brazil, Mexico, France support in vulture fund case

    The US Supreme Court has confirmed that Brazil, Mexico and France have officially presented their opinions on an appeal currently being studied in the judicial authorities, which relates to the litigation held against Argentina by the so-called 'Vulture Funds'.

  • 27/02/2014 | Argentina

    Repsol signs agreement for YPF expropriation

    In Buenos Aires City, the Federal Government led by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner officialised the compensation agreement with Spanish Oil Company Repsol, and signed a 5 billion dollar deal for 51 percent of YPF shares.

  • 05/03/2014 | Argentina

    Argentina hits back at drug report: 'US is the world's largest consumer'

    The federal government has responded to a report by the US State Department that denounces drug-trafficking in Argentina as a “growing problem.” Washington has no authority to "grade" other countries, Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman affirmed.

  • 05/03/2014 | Argentina

    US Supreme Court rules against Argentina in arbitration fight

    The US Supreme Court today ruled for British company BG Group Plc in its effort to reinstate a $185.3 million arbitration award against Argentina that a US appeals court threw out.

  • 18/02/2014 | Argentina

    Gov't requests Supreme Court review in 'Vulture Fund' case

    The Argentine government has formally filed a petition seeking the US Supreme Court review of a court order requiring it to pay $1.33 billion to bondholders who refused to take part in two previous debt restructurings.

  • 26/02/2014 | Argentina

    US calls Gov't, Repsol agreement 'a positive step'

    The US government expressed its approval for the compensation agreement signed between Argentina and Repsol over the expropriation of YPF shares, defining it as “a positive step,” a State Department spokesperson said.

  • 27/02/2014 | Argentina

    'Torture by provincial police’ concerns US State Department

    The annual US State Department Report on Human rights has drawn attention to cases of “torture by provincial police, harsh prison conditions and gender violence”, as cause for concern in Argentina.

  • 13/02/2014 | Argentina

    Government defends Apache purchase deal

    Leadership of YPF is key for energy self-sufficiency, the cabinet chief told reporters as he defended yesterday’s agreement that involved the purchase of all operations of the US-based oil and gas company Apache by Argentina’s state-run firm.

  • 13/02/2014 | Argentina

    Scioli: 'There were attempts to seed uncertainty'

    The governor of the Buenos Aires province Daniel Scioli today affirmed it is “important” to give foreign investors “predictability and confidence” and stated Argentina offers a future of opportunities, because it is making progress on several pending issues.

  • 17/02/2014 | Argentina

    Scioli says no to populism, liberalism

    The governor of Buenos Aires province, Daniel Scioli, today highlighted the importance of charting a moderate position, by affirming that he was not a fan of neither populism nor liberalism.

  • 14/01/2014 | Argentina

    US SC bars Argentina human rights case against Mercedes Benz

    The US Supreme Court has ruled that Daimler AG cannot be sued in California over human rights allegations in a decision that is a boost for multinational companies facing lawsuits alleging misconduct abroad. The German-based automaker faced allegations that a subsidiary violated the human rights of workers at a plant in Argentina in the 1970s.

  • 07/02/2014 | Argentina

    Capitanich to US senators: 'Argentina enjoys full democracy’

    Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich today reacted to US senators' remarks who harshly criticized Argentina during a hearing in the US Congress.

  • 09/02/2014 | Argentina

    Beyond Marco Rubio and the WSJ

    By Sebastián Lacunza
    In recent weeks the Argentine government has faced a barrage of criticism from both politicians and press in the United States.

  • 23/10/2013 | Argentina

    Obama sends letter to CFK, wishes her a swift recovery

    The president of the United States Barack Obama sent a letter to Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner which was unveiled today by the Public Communications Secretariat.

  • 05/11/2013 | Argentina

    US Senate panel approves intelligence authorization bill

    A US Senate panel approved its annual authorization of funding for intelligence operations, including measures to increase spy agencies' ability to prevent leaks of classified information like those by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

  • 02/12/2013 | Argentina

    Capitanich reacts to US comments on Central Bank reserves, confirms subsidy cuts

    In his daily press briefing at the Government House Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich today reacted to the White House comments on the Argentine Central Bank reserves, saying “I am worried about the US and UK debt level.” The US public debt reaches over 100 percent of its GDP, he warned.

  • 07/10/2013 | Argentina

    Top US court won't hear Argentina bond dispute appeal

    The US Supreme Court declined to hear a preliminary appeal filed by Argentina against hedge funds that refused to take part in two debt restructurings that sprang from the country's 2002 default.

  • 08/10/2013 | Argentina

    Microsoft awards over $100,000 to expert for finding bugs

    James Forshaw, who heads vulnerability research at London-based security consulting firm Context Information Security, won Microsoft's first $100,000 bounty for identifying a new "exploitation technique" in Windows, which will allow it to develop defenses against an entire class of attacks, the software maker said.

  • 09/10/2013 | Argentina

    Central Bank appeals Judge Griesa decision to freeze reserves

    The Central Bank has appealed Judge Thomas Griesa ruling on the Vulture funds case where he established an order to freeze its assets, after considering the entity an ‘Alter Ego’ of the Argentine state.

  • 01/10/2013 | Argentina

    Argentina formalises AMIA request in Iran - United States dialogue

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has instructed Cecilia Nahón, US ambassador for Argentina, to formally ask the White House and the State Department to include the AMIA case in their meeting agenda with Iran.

  • 01/10/2013 | Argentina

    CFK backs Obama: ‘Public health is the state's responsibility’

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has commented on the US government shutdown and Barack Obama's attempts to reform medical care, stating that public health was a key obligation for any governing party.

  • 03/10/2013 | Argentina

    Lorenzino sharpens strategy against vulture funds in New York

    Economy Minister Hernán Lorenzino met in New York with Inter American Development Bank authorities, and will visit the Cleary, Gottlib, Steen and Hamilton law firm, which represents Argentina in its billonaire dispute against the so called “vulture funds.”

  • 23/09/2013 | Argentina

    CFK arrives in New York to attend UN General Assembly

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner today arrived in New York to attend the 68° United Nations General Assembly to be held in the city.

  • 30/09/2013 | Argentina

    US Supreme Court analyses whether to take 'vulture fund' case

    The US Supreme Court  analysed the list of cases that could be discussed from the start of the new session beginning October 7, among which is a high-profile appeal by Argentina over its battle with hedge funds that refused to take part in two debt restructurings that sprang from the country's 2002 default.

  • 01/10/2013 | Argentina

    DAIA agrees US must address AMIA case in Iran talks

    DAIA head Julio Schlosser renewed the criticism of the AMIA Memorandum of Understanding reached with Iran. Still, Schlosser admitted the 1994 attack of the Jewish community center must be brought up in current negotiations between Washington and Tehran, a demand maintained by President Kirchner.

  • 04/09/2013 | Argentina

    New debt swap plan approved by Senate

    The Argentine Senate has approved plans to reopen exchanges on national debt for a third time, the motion passing through the upper house with 57 votes in favour and eight against.

  • 08/09/2013 | Argentina

    Obama in the lions’ den

    By James Neilson
    No doubt it is most gratifying to be hailed as “the most powerful man in the world” by one’s awestruck compatriots, but on occasion Barack Obama must wish he were just an ordinary mortal whose rhetorical flourishes should not be taken too literally so he could spend more time on the golf course hobnobbing with his cronies.

  • 12/09/2013 | Argentina

    Congress gives go-ahead to open-ended debt swap

    The Congress approved late last night a debt swap offering an unlimited time window for the remaining 7 percent of investors to restructure bonds left over from the country's 2002 default.

  • 24/08/2013 | Argentina

    Hedge funds celebrate US Court ruling: ‘Argentina is not above the law’

    Hedge funds celebrated the decision by the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, denying the payment strategy presented by the national Government to cancel an unpaid debt from 2001.

  • 25/08/2013 | Argentina

    Lorenzino defiant over vulture funds: 'They will not take us back to 2001'

    Economy minister Hernán Lorenzino has spoken out about the New York court pro-vulture funds ruling stating that the decision by judge Thomas Griesa was an "attempt to take the country back to 2001".

  • 29/08/2013 | Argentina

    Argentina condemns military attack on Syria

    Argentina has officially condemned the West's intents for a strike on Syria saying a military intervention could “aggravate” the country’s domestic scenario and repudiated the use of chemical weapons.

  • 12/08/2013 | Argentina

    Timerman slams 'anti-Argentine campaign' by vulture funds

    Argentina Foreigjn Minister Héctor Timerman has strongly criticised a supposed "anti-Argentina campaign" carried out by members of the vulture funds in the US Congress, as he met with legislators from the country in a summit.

  • 23/08/2013 | Argentina

    Bondholder fight: Argentina loses US appeal; SC appeal resolution pending

    Argentina today lost its appeal of a US judge's order requiring that it pay $1.33 billion to bondholders that did not participate in two restructurings following the country's historic $100 billion default more than a decade ago. The 2nd Circuit said enforcement of the injunctions would be stayed, pending resolution of an appeal of an earlier decision last year to the US Supreme Court, and avoiding a technical default by Argentina.

  • 23/08/2013 | Argentina

    Shares drop; country risk tightens after US appeals court ruling

    After a US appeal court ruling on Argentina's fight with bondholders the Merval index in Buenos Aires Stock Exchange dropped one percent to 3,903.21 points, while the country risk tightened 3.7 percent to 1,061 basis points.

  • 13/07/2013 | Argentina

    US media says Obama 'considering siding with Argentina' in vulture funds dispute

    US Justice, Treasure and State Department officials met with lawyers both from Argentina and vulture funds that refused to accept the South American country's debt swap, The Washington Post reported.

  • 19/07/2013 | Argentina

    US will not file with Supreme Court in Argentina debt case

    The US will not file a brief asking the Supreme Court to review Argentina's case in a decades-old battle between the South American country and "holdout" creditors, a Justice Department spokesman said.

  • 26/07/2013 | Argentina

    France backs Argentina in battle with holdout creditors

    According to reports revealed today by official news agency Télam, the French government will back Argentina in its decade-old legal battle with holdout creditors.

  • 09/07/2013 | Argentina

    New York appeals court recognises 'Vulture Funds' entitled to payment

    The Appeals Court of New York's Second Circuit has released their opinion on Argentina's defaulted bonds. The latest order states that the court rejects appeals made against the judgement of October 26 2012 which had obliged Argentina to pay 100 percent of their debts to creditors.

  • 09/07/2013 | Argentina

    Court statement 'does not affect appeal,' Gov't says

    The order handed down by the Appeals Court of New York's Second Cirtcuit "does not affect the appeal" that the Argentine government is pursuing in the case against the vulture funds, according to the Economy Ministry.

  • 10/07/2013 | Argentina

    US espionage on LatAm countries: 'We are free nations that don't want to be spied on'

    Argentine ambassador to the United Kingdom Alicia Castro renewed Argentina’s sovereignty claims over Malvinas Islands and put the Snowden spy row on London’s table: “We are free nations that neither need nor want to be spied on,” Castro warned.

  • 25/06/2013 | Argentina

    Argentina asks US Supreme Court to hear debt appeal

    Argentina has taken its legal battle with "holdout" creditors to the US Supreme Court, asking that body to overturn a lower court ruling in a case whose outcome could push the country into default.

  • 01/07/2013 | Argentina

    AMIA prosecutor ordered not to present findings to US congress

    Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor in charge of the AMIA bombing investigations, has been denied the opportunity to reveal his case findings, in which he accuses the Iranian regime of carrying out the attack, in front of the US Congress.

  • 04/07/2013 | Argentina

    US ambassador says bilateral relationship 'has been strengthened'

    Amidst Independence Day celebrations, US ambassador in Argentina Vilma Martínez bid farewell to her post after almost four years in office, assuring that the relationship between both countries “has been strengthened.”

  • 16/04/2013 | Argentina

    CFK ask US government to 'recognize Venezuela's elections results'

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner asked the US government to recognize Nicolás Maduro’s victory after the Venezuelan presidential elections and assured that the results were reached after a “transparent electoral process.”

  • 22/05/2013 | Argentina

    Obama salutes CFK on National Day anniversary

    In a letter addressed to president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner today, US president Barack Obama "congratulated" Argentina on the anniversary of its National Day on May 25th.

  • 24/02/2013 | Argentina

    Argentina, hedge funds set for US appeals court battle

    A long-awaited showdown in a US appeals court next week pits Argentina against a group of investors who refused to swap their debt after the country's historic 2002 default.

  • 27/02/2013 | Argentina

    Argentina urges 'workable' solution to bondholder fight

    Argentina's defence urged a US appeals court today to come up with a "workable" solution to its long-running fight with so-called holdout bondholders, and assured the country will not pay an amount exceeding the one set in the debt-swaps.

  • 01/03/2013 | Argentina

    US dollar higher at AR$5.055; 'Blue' steady at AR$7.84

    The US currency traded higher today as its buying price rate is at AR$5,005 pesos, while the selling price is AR$5.055 pesos at exchange houses.

  • 18/02/2013 | Argentina

    US currency trades steadily at $5.02

  • 19/02/2013 | Argentina

    US dollar trades steady at AR$5.02

    The US dollar was trading steady today at exchange house and banks in the capital city, at a rate of AR$4.955 and AR$5.025.

  • 13/02/2013 | Argentina

    US dollar moves up to AR$5.010, 'blue' trades at AR$7.65

    The US dollar traded steady today at exchange house and banks in the financial district of the capital city, at a rate of AR$4.96 and AR$5.010.

  • 14/02/2013 | Argentina

    US dollar moves up to AR$5.015; 'blue' climbs a cent to AR$7.66

    The US dollar moved up compared to yesterday's closing price after opening unchanged, trading at AR$4.965 (buying price) and AR$5.015 (selling price). In the informal market, the so-called "blue" dollar closed at  AR$7.63/AR$7.66, moving up from this morning's price.

  • 15/02/2013 | Argentina

    US dollar climbs to AR$5.015, 'blue' moves up to AR$7.71

    The US dollar was trading steady today at exchange house and banks in the capital city, at a rate of AR$4.955 and AR$5.020.

  • 02/02/2013 | Argentina

    Argentina aims at bond 'holdouts' ahead of court showdown

    Argentina has made its final written arguments ahead of a February 27 US courtroom showdown against "holdout" bondholders demanding 100 cents on the dollar for debt that the South American country defaulted on more than a decade ago.

  • 03/02/2013 | Argentina

    CGT: 'Gov't leaving us no choice' but to approach Moyano

    The head of the power workers’ union Oscar Lescano, who represents the official CGT umbrella union, assured that his organization and the dissident CGT, led by Hugo Moyano “are getting closer to each other”, assuring that the Government “is leaving us no choice” as they keep making decisions “without asking for their opinion.”

  • 08/02/2013 | Argentina

    US dollar moves up to AR$5.005, 'blue' moves down to AR$7.67

    The US dollar edged up today at exchange house and banks in the banking district of the capital city, trading at a rate of AR$4.95 and AR$5.005. The price of the ‘blue’ dollar (black market price) moved down, trading at AR$7.59 and AR$7.67.

  • 29/01/2013 | Argentina

    'Blue' dollar hits new record, jumps 14 cents to AR$7.80

    The price of the "blue" dollar jumped up by fourteen cents compared with yesterday's closing price, and was trading at AR$7.77 and AR$7.80.

  • 30/01/2013 | Argentina

    'Blue' dollar shoots up 12 cents to AR$7.92

    The price of the ‘blue’ dollar (black market price) moved up to AR$7.89 and AR$7.92, after it surged by two percent yesterday. The official rate of the US currency moved up by half a cent to AR$4.935 and AR$4.985.

  • 01/02/2013 | Argentina

    'Blue' dollar down after hitting AR$8, official price close to AR$5

    The price of the ‘blue’ dollar (black market price) lowered to AR$7.90 (buying price) and AR$7.92 (selling price) after shooting up to a new record price of $8 pesos today.

  • 22/01/2013 | Argentina

    US dollar trades steady at AR$4.965, 'Blue' slips

    The US dollar traded steady today at exchange house and banks in the banking district of the capital city, at a rate of AR$4.915 and AR$4.965. The informal 'blue' rate slipped one cent to AR$7.41 and AR$7.43.

  • 23/01/2013 | Argentina

    US dollar trades steady at AR$4.965, 'Blue' moves up to $7.52

    The US dollar traded steady today at exchange house and banks in the banking district of the capital city, at a rate of AR$4.915 and AR$4.965. The 'blue' rate moved up nine cents to AR$7.50 and AR$7.52.

  • 25/01/2013 | Argentina

    'Blue' dollar shoots up six cents to AR$7.62

    The price of the 'blue' dollar (black market price) shot up by six cents today, trading at AR$7.60and AR$7.62. The official rate remained steady, trading at AR$4.92 and AR$4.97.

  • 16/01/2013 | Argentina

    'Blue' dollar shoots up by 30 cents this week, trades at AR$7.50

    The ‘blue’ dollar, the price of the US currency on the black market, shot up by a total of thirty cents this week, and was trading today at a higher rate of AR$7.47 and AR$7.50.

  • 17/01/2013 | Argentina

    US dollar steady at AR$4.96; 'Blue' climbs to AR$7.51

    The ‘blue’ dollar, the price of the US currency on the black market, shot up by a total of 31 cents this week, and closed atAR $7.51  for sellers and AR$7.49 for buyers.

  • 18/01/2013 | Argentina

    US dollar steady at AR$4.96,'Blue' moves down to AR$7.48

    The US dollar traded steady today at exchange houses and banks in the banking district of the capital city, at a rate of AR$4.91 and AR$4.96.

  • 15/01/2013 | Argentina

    US dollar higher at $4.96, 'Blue' rises to AR$7.36

    The US dollar closed higher today at AR$4.91/AR$4.96, compared to the last closing price. On the black market, the US currency was eleven cents higher at AR$7.34 and AR$7.36.

  • 03/01/2013 | Argentina

    'Blue' dollar jumps to AR$7.07, official price one cent higher

    The US dollar reached a record rate today on the black market hitting AR$7.05/ AR$7.07 due to a higher demand of dollars amid the beginning of the summer holidays and the end-of-year bonus payment.

  • 04/01/2013 | Argentina

    After steep increase, 'blue' dollar slides to AR$7.04

    The 'blue' price of the US dollar lowered to AR$7.04 today, after reaching a record high of AR$7.07 yesterday at Buenos Aires exchange houses.

  • 08/01/2013 | Argentina

    US approves Nahón's designation as new ambassador

    US government approved the designation of Cecilia Nahón as the Argentine Ambassador to the US, leading to her official appointment in the post, according to the Foreign Ministry.

  • 28/12/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar stable at AR$4.92

  • 01/01/2013 | Argentina

    US climber dies at Aconcagua

    A US climber was found dead at the Aconcagua mountain, being the second member of the expedition that died trying to reach the top of the highest mountain in América, authorities reported.

  • 02/01/2013 | Argentina

    US dollar up at AR$4.93

  • 19/12/2012 | Argentina

    Senate approves new Ambassador to US

    The Senate closed activities for 2012 yesterday with an extraordinary session in which it passed the appointment of María Cecilia Nahón as Argentine ambassador to the US and established January 31 as an “extraordinary national holiday” to commemorate the Assembly of the Year 1813.

  • 27/12/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar climbs to AR$4.92

  • 07/12/2012 | Argentina

    Media Law: US 'watching the process closely'

    The US State Department Spokesman Mark Toner spoke about Argentina during a news conference and referred to the media law and the dispute between the executive and the judiciary powers.

  • 05/12/2012 | Argentina

    Argentina complains to WTO over US, European trade curbs

    Argentina has filed complaints with the World Trade Organization against the United States over limits on beef and lemon shipments, and against the European Union for curbs on biodiesel, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said.

  • 06/12/2012 | Argentina

    Argentina regrets US, EU 'untimely' accusations before WTO

    In a press release issued by the Foreign Ministry, the local Government said that the accusations made by the US and the EU against Argentina before the WTO are “untimely.”

  • 03/12/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar ends higher at AR$4.855

  • 28/11/2012 | Argentina

    US Appeals Court's ruling

  • 26/11/2012 | Argentina

    'We won't tolerate NML's blackmailing,' Argentina's Ambassador to US

    Argentina’s Ambassador to the US, Jorge Argüello, assured today that “Argentina will not pay the price for the financial irrationality of the North", and under no circumstances "will tolerate the vulture funds’ blackmailing.”

  • 22/11/2012 | Argentina

    Lower House Kirchnerite leader says ruling is ‘reprehensible’

    The leader of the Kirchnerite caucus in the Lower House, Agustín Rossi, referred to the recent ruling signed by US District Judge Thomas Griesa against Argentina saying it is “reprehensible”.

  • 22/11/2012 | Argentina

    Argentina says Judge Griesa's ruling 'unfair,' to request revision on Monday

    Economy Minister Hernán Lorenzino assured during a press conference that "paying off the vulture funds is illegal," and said that the ruling by US District Judge Thomas Griesa against Argentina is "unfair." The minister also warned that Griesa's ruling might affect the international financial system, and the country as well.

  • 22/11/2012 | Argentina

    US tourist shot in Florida street

    A US tourist was shot as he was robbed by two men in Florida street in downtown Buenos Aires, according to police sources.

  • 22/11/2012 | Argentina

    US court orders Argentina to pay bond holders in 'vultures' row

    Argentina suffered a stinging blow late last night, when New York federal judge Thomas Griesa, citing threats by the country's leaders to defy his rulings in a decade-old dispute over defaulted sovereign bonds, ordered immediate payment.

  • 17/11/2012 | Argentina

    Argentina asks US judge to wait for bond dispute appeal

    Argentina asked a US judge late last night to maintain his order blocking payment on defaulted sovereign bonds to holdout investors until lingering questions are settled in a higher court's appeals process.

  • 18/11/2012 | Argentina

    'US already criticized Griesa's ruling in favour of vulture funds,' Argüello

    Argentine ambassador to the US Jorge Argüello repeated that the Obama administration has already rejected one of judge Thomas Griesa’s interpretations of the clause involving equal treatment to creditors for considering it “a potential conflict for the world’s financial markets.”

  • 20/11/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar ends steady as some exchange houses operate normally

    The US dollar traded at AR$4.77/AR$4.82 today, unchanged compared with the previous closing price.

  • 15/11/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar climbs to AR$4.80

  • 07/11/2012 | Argentina

    CFK's letter to Obama: 'We'll always be together to build a fairer, less violent world'

    The government today revealed a hand-signed letter by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to US President Barack Obama, who last night was re-elected for a second term.

  • 06/11/2012 | Argentina

    US Ambassador: 'Joint work between both countries will continue'

    US Ambassador to Argentina Vilma Martínez assured today that “whoever is elected president will acknowledge the common interests we share with Argentina in many issues.”

  • 31/10/2012 | Argentina

    Dollar climbs to AR$4.78; 'Blue' trades at AR$6.34

    The US dollar traded at AR$4.735/AR$4.78 today, thus climbing half cent compared with the previous closing price. In the black market, the US currency drop two cents and traded at AR$6.34 (selling price).

  • 26/10/2012 | Argentina

    US court rules against Argentina over debt fix

    A US appeals court said Argentina discriminated against bondholders who refused to take part in massive debt restructurings in 2005 and 2010 by deciding to pay them later than bondholders who agreed to participate.

  • 19/10/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar trades steady at AR$4.75, 'blue' AR$6.31

    The US dollar traded at AR4.71/AR$4.75 today, unchanged compared with the previous closing price.

  • 25/10/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar climbs to AR$4.765, 'Blue' rate stable at AR$6.37

    The US dollar traded at AR4.725/AR$4.765 today, it has gained half a cent compared with the previous closing price.

  • 26/10/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar opens unchanged at $4.765

  • 16/10/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar climbs to AR$4.745, 'blue' to AR$6.22

    The US dollar traded at AR4.705/AR$4.745 today, it has gained half a cent compared with the previous closing price.

  • 17/10/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar trades steady, 'Blue' climbs 11 cents

    The US dollar traded at AR4.705/AR$4.745 today, remaining unchanged compared with the previous closing price. Meanwhile, it has climbed 11 cents at the black market, reaching AR$6.3.

  • 18/10/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar trades at AR$4.75, 'blue' drops to AR$6.32

    The US dollar traded at AR4.71/AR$4.75 today, it has gained half a cent compared with the previous closing price. The black market price dropped to AR$6.32.

  • 10/10/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar trades steady at AR$4.73, 'blue' moves up to AR$6.21

    The US dollar traded at AR4.69/AR$4.73 today, unchanged compared with the previous closing price.

  • 11/10/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar gains half a cent, 'blue' trades at AR$6.21

    The US dollar traded at AR4.695/AR$4.735 today, it has gained half a cent compared with the previous closing price.

  • 12/10/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar climbs to AR$4.74, 'blue' down to AR$6.20

    The US dollar traded at AR4.70/AR$4.74 today, it has gained half a cent compared with the previous closing price.

  • 01/10/2012 | Argentina

    Voting Day at US Embassy on October 4

    A Voting-Day “special event” will be held at the US Embassy on Thursday, October 4. All registered US voters in Argentina are invited to cast their votes from 9am to noon.

  • 04/10/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar trades steady at AR$4.72, 'blue' at AR$6.19

    The US dollar was trading at AR4.68/AR$4.72 today, it remained unchanged compared with the previous closing price.

  • 05/10/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar gains half a cent; 'blue' drops one cent

    The US dollar was trading at AR4.68/AR$4.725 today, unchanged compared with the previous closing price.

  • 23/08/2012 | Argentina

    Buenos Aires stocks edge up

    Buenos Aires stocks were higher today, as the Merval benchmark index climbed 0.3 percent to 2,442.52 points.

  • 25/09/2012 | Argentina

    'Argentina-US relations best in 200 years,' Argüello

    Argentine ambassador in the United States Jorge Argüello assured that Argentina and the US “are having the best trade relationship in almost 200 years of bilateral relations” and said that “they’ve never had a trade volume similar to the one reached this year, which left a 13 billion dollar surplus.”

  • 28/09/2012 | Argentina

    CFK arrives in Buenos Aires following US visit

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner arrived mid-afternoon today to Jorge Newbery Metropolitan airport in Buenos Aires, following a five-day visit to the United States.

  • 21/08/2012 | Argentina

    US slam Argentine 'protectionism'

    "Argentina's protectionist measures adversely affect a broad segment of US industry, which exports billions of dollars in goods each year to Argentina. These exports support jobs and businesses here at home," US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in an emailed statement.

  • 21/08/2012 | Argentina

    Argentina hits back at US over import restrictions

    The Argentine Foreign Ministry hit back at the United States amid various trade barrier complaints and allegations of illegality saying that it would report the country for violating the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) rules for stopping imports of Argentine meat and citrus fruits to the country.

  • 23/08/2012 | Argentina

    Argentina complains again over US' 'inconsistent and protectionist policies'

    The national government today complaint again against the “trade restrictions in place on Argentine products” by the United States, summed up to form “part of their inconsistent and protectionist policies” with international trade regulations.

  • 19/07/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar trades steady at AR$4.58

    The US dollar was trading at AR4.535/AR$4.58 today, unchanged compared with the previous closing price. 

  • 26/07/2012 | Argentina

    US gov't asks Argentina to improve investment opportunities

    By Pablo Jiménez - As some dark rain-laden clouds have risen on top of the Argentine-US diplomatic relationship within the past months, the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs of the US Department of State Mike Hammer, came on stage during a video-conference in Washington DC to urge the Argentine Government to normalize its relations with the international financial community, among other requisitions.

  • 21/08/2012 | Argentina

    US, Japan follow EU into WTO litigation against Argentina

    The United States and Japan have launched complaints at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Argentina's import licensing rules, which they say discriminate against foreign goods, the trade body said.

  • 12/06/2012 | Argentina

    US 'remains neutral' in Malvinas sovereignty dispute

    The US has stated that it will remain neutral in the Malvinas Islands sovereignty dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom, said the spokesperson of the US State Department’s Victoria Nuland after the recent announcement that the islanders will hold a referendum in 2013 to decided whether they want to remain British or not.

  • 03/07/2012 | Argentina

    US dollar steady at AR$4.54

    The US dollar today traded at AR4.49/AR$4.54 today, unchanged compared with the previous closing price.

  • 10/07/2012 | Argentina

    Argentina reports US, Japan over 'trade barriers'

    Through a statement released by the Foreign Ministry, Argentina has formally reported the United States and Japan before the World Trade Organization for the constant barriers set to Argentina's meat and lemon exports to the afore mentioned markets.

  • 26/03/2012 | Argentina

    'We can't even manage to send a lemon to the US,' CFK

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner questioned US president Barack Obama’s recent decision to suspend trade benefits for Argentina, while complaining that “we can’t even manage to get one of our lemons to enter the US market.”

  • 28/03/2012 | Argentina

    'No reason to worry about US-Argentine relations,' says Argüello

    The Argentine Ambassador to the US, Jorge Argüello, assured today that despite reactions to trade barriers put up this week by the US to Argentina, there was “nothing to worry about” regarding the relationship between the countries.

  • 30/05/2012 | Argentina

    Gov't hopes for 'a more balanced trade' with US

    Argentine ambassador to the US Jorge Argüello stated that "the best way to reach a more balanced trade with the United States would be by increasing Argentine exports to that country" and clarified that the Government has no intentions of buying less but selling more goods.

  • 05/03/2012 | Argentina

    US trade official: Argentina closer to losing trade benefits

    The United States could soon suspend trade benefits for Argentina. The United States accuses Argentina of not paying awards in two long-running investment disputes with US companies, a US trade official said on Monday.

  • 07/03/2012 | Argentina

    US: Money laundering activities in Argentina increased in 2011

    Argentina became an important destination for money laundering activities in 2011 and is now part of a list including 66 nations that the US State Department says are “jurisdictions of primary concern.”

  • 15/03/2012 | Argentina

    US-Korea free trade pact takes effect amid controversy

    A long-delayed US-South Korea free trade agreement (FTA) that has stirred controversy in both countries took effect, although the opposition in Seoul has vowed to renegotiate it if it wins elections this year.

  • 21/01/2012 | Argentina

    Timerman praises US stance on Malvinas

    Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman praised the US stance on the conflict between Argentina and UK over the Malvinas islands sovereignty, after it called for both countries to solve the dispute "via bilateral dialogue."

  • 09/02/2012 | Argentina

    Timerman, US envoy highlight efforts to 'safeguard democracy'

    The US Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson, met with Foreign and Education ministers Héctor Timerman and Alberto Sileoni this morning, and is scheduled to meet with Cabinet Chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina on Friday.

  • 13/02/2012 | Argentina

    'The world can't tolerate anymore ridiculous colonialism,' Sean Penn says after meeting CFK

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner met US actor Sean Penn, who came as representative of the Haitian survivors of the earthquake that bashed the Caribbean nation in 2011, at the Government House, and backed Argentina's claim of sovereignty over Malvinas Islands.

  • 09/11/2011 | Argentina

    US: Obama-CFK meeting 'warm,' but Argentina must cancel debt

    The US referred to last week’s meeting between Barack Obama and President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as “warm,” but once again “encouraged” Argentina to pay off the debt it holds with American bondholders and US companies.

  • 07/12/2011 | Argentina

    US backs IDB loan for Argentina

    Argentina will receive a loan worth US$400 million, or 1.7 billion pesos, from the Inter-American Development Bank to carry out infrastructure improvements in poor neighbourhoods, the government said yesterday. The decision follows an about-turn made by the US to approve credits to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government after several refusals to do so.

  • 29/12/2011 | Argentina

    Argüello begins term as Argentine Ambassador in US

    Jorge Argüello arrived in Washington DC today, where he will start his mission as Argentine ambassador to the US. He will present his credential letters to US President Barack Obama in the White House on January 18th.

  • 24/10/2011 | Argentina

    US congratulates CFK after reelection

    The US Government congratulated President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner after being reelected and assured that it will continue to work with the Argentine government to strengthen bilateral ties, State Department spokesman for Latin America William Ostick said.

  • 25/10/2011 | Argentina

    Obama, CFK to hold bilateral meeting during G20 summit

    US President Barack Obama has requested to meet with recently reelected President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner during the next G20 summit to be held on the 3rd and 4th of November in Cannes, France.

  • 25/10/2011 | Argentina

    US, Argentina sign bilateral space research agreement

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner met with US authorities to sign a bilateral space cooperation agreement that will be developed jointly by NASA and the National Committee for Space Activities (CONAE).

  • 11/10/2011 | Argentina

    FBI, DEA say they foiled terrorist attacks in US, Buenos Aires

    US officials announced that FBI and DEA agents had managed to foil a plot to commit significant terrorist attacks in the United States and quite possibly in Buenos Aires against the Jewish and Saudi embassies.

  • 12/10/2011 | Argentina

    US calls Argentine authorities over alleged plan to attack BA

    US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns called the Argentine authorities on Wednesday in order to provide them with details regarding the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Department of State Victoria Nuland confirmed.

  • 14/10/2011 | Argentina

    'We have to try bring Argentina and the US closer,' Martínez

    By Liliana Franco, from Mar del Plata
    Very discreet and rather elusive with press, US Ambassador in Argentina Vilma Martínez spoke briefly with Ambito.com during a break in IDEA 47th annual colloquium. “We have to try and bring the US and Argentina closer, because we have several topics to work with jointly,” she said.

  • 18/08/2011 | Argentina

    US warns about Argentina's 'lack of progress' in fighting money laundering activities

    The US Department of State released it’s 2010 Country Reports on Terrorism, in which it praised Argentina for “cooperating well” with the US in analyzing possible terrorist threat information,” but warned about the country’s “virtually no progress toward addressing anti-money laundering and counterterrorist finance activities.

  • 04/09/2011 | Argentina

    Del Potro defeated by Simon at US Open

    Juan Martín Del Potro fell to French Gilles Simon 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 and 7-6 (3) in a US Open game that lasted almost four hours.

  • 28/09/2011 | Argentina

    US doubles down on Argentina, urges country to cancel debt

    Argentina must go back to being in good terms with its creditors, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says, only a week after a US Treasury Official announced her country will oppose granting any credits to the country in international organizations.

  • 30/07/2011 | Argentina

    Mood tense as US debt talks go down to wire

    A bitter mood prevailed on Capitol Hill as US lawmakers struggled to find a compromise measure to lift the nation's $14.3 trillion debt, as talks to avert a ruinous default went down to the wire.

  • 01/08/2011 | Argentina

    'A US default would have had delicate consequences on global economies,' Gov't says

    Economy Minister Amado Boudou referred to the US debt deal, which was agreed upon late on Sunday to avoid the country entering default. He also ratified that the Government will pay US$ 2.20 billion corresponding to Boden 2012 bond payments.

  • 14/08/2011 | Argentina

    'These results bring us hope for what's about to come,' Binner says

    Frente Amplio Progresista presidential candidate Hermes Binner considered the primary election results to be “unheard of” and assured there was “hope” for him.

  • 13/06/2011 | Argentina

    Military cargo seized by Argentine gov't returned to the US

    The US embassy in Buenos Aires announced that the local government has finally returned the cargo seized from an American military plane that landed at the Ezeiza airport amidst espionage accusations last February.

  • 13/06/2011 | Argentina

    Military cargo seized by Argentine gov't returned to the US

    The US embassy in Buenos Aires announced that the local government has finally returned the cargo seized from an American military plane that landed at the Ezeiza airport amidst espionage accusations last February.

  • 05/07/2011 | Argentina

    US court lifts freeze on Argentina deposits

    The government won the lifting of a freeze on $100 million of central bank deposits that was imposed to satisfy claims by two US investment funds arising from the country's massive 2002 debt default.

  • 11/03/2011 | Argentina

    Government says US plane conflict caused by 'customs error'

    Cabinet Chief Aníbal Fernández referred to “irregularities” detected in the probe over the military and medical equipment seized from an US Air Force plane, saying it was a “customs fault.”

  • 16/03/2011 | Argentina

    'Boudou is fake and his pro-US statements prove it,' Redrado

    Former Central Bank governor Martin Redrado blasted Economy Minister Amado Boudou for his alleged pro-US stand, that was revealed by Wikileaks.

  • 16/05/2011 | Argentina

    US reaches legal debt limit, Republicans demand deep spending cuts

    The United States reached the legal limits of its borrowing authority as a top Republican increased his party's demand for deep spending cuts as part of any increase.

  • 18/02/2011 | Argentina

    Judge leading US plane case investigation temporarily replaced

    The investigation involving the seizing of “sensitive material” found aboard a US Air Force plane that landed in Ezeiza last week is to temporarily fall in the hands of Judge Ezequiel Berón de Astrada.

  • 23/02/2011 | Argentina

    Foreign Ministry says 'still awaiting satisfactory response from US' in plane case

    After the US Department of State official Philip Crowley tweeted that his country “wanted his (seized) stuff back,” the Foreign Ministry issued a press statement in which it assured that it still awaits “a satisfactory response” to the formal complaint sent to the US embassy regarding the nature of the impounded material.

  • 10/03/2011 | Argentina

    Judge shelves US Air Force plane case after reviewing Customs report

    According to judicial sources, after carefully reviewing reports from the Customs agency, Judge Marcelo Aguinsky has decided to file the case involving the seizing of “sensitive material” from a US Air Force plane that landed in the Ezeiza airport last month. The judge ruled that "no crime had been committed."

  • 14/02/2011 | Argentina

    US gov't ‘not cooperating with investigation,’ Timerman says

    Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman urged the US government to assist local authorities in the investigations concerning the material seized in the US Air Force plane that landed in the country last Thursday “for the sake of Argentine security.”

  • 15/02/2011 | Argentina

    Opposition weighs in on US plane conflict

    Several lawmakers in the opposition formally requested Congress to ask the Fernández de Kirchner administration for a full briefing on the case involving a US Air Force plane which was allegedly "trying to smuggle sensitive material in the country."

  • 18/02/2011 | Argentina

    US reiterates 'commitment to respect the Argentine law'

    The US State Department released a press statement detailing the content of the cargo seized by local authorities in the US Air Force plane case, and said that despite a “discrepancy regarding the serial number of one of the weapons, the quantity and type of weapon was consistent with the official manifest” provided to Argentine officials.

  • 10/02/2011 | Argentina

    Gov't addresses Wikileaks controversy: 'some US diplomats are a joke'

    Cabinet Chief Aníbal Fernández is the latest high-ranking official to address the Wikileaks controversy after Spanish newspaper El País published several cables that denounced various corruption cases within the Fernández de Kirchner administration.

  • 14/02/2011 | Argentina

    US gov't releases docs detailing bilateral agreement in US plane case

    Relations between Argentina and the US remain tense as the investigation of the material seized in a US Air Force plane that landed in Buenos Aires last Thursday continues. The US government has now released the exclusive documents detailing the bilateral agreement.

  • 14/02/2011 | Argentina

    US government 'puzzled, disturbed,' by local officials' actions in plane case

    BuenosAiresHerald.com exclusive.- As bilateral relations between the US and Argentina remain tense after the local authorities seized “sensitive material” from a US Air Force plane that landed in the country last Thursday, the US State Department has addressed the controversy, calling the government’s actions “puzzling and disturbing.”

  • 28/01/2011 | Argentina

    'Bilateral relations cannot be based on Obama's visits,' Timerman

    Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman sustains that “the relationship with the United States is a fluid one where similarities exist, however there are also great differences.” He assured that “the analysis of bilateral relations cannot be based on whether Obama visits or not,” and that Washington “maintains interests over friendships.”

  • 08/02/2011 | Argentina

    WikiLeaks: US warns Argentina lacks 'political will' to eradicate corruption

    More than a hundred cables from the US embassy in Buenos Aires warned about the fragility of the judicial system and the impunity of criminals, according to an article recently published by Spanish newspaper El País. The leaked documents also spoke of the lack of a "true political will" to eradicate corruption.

  • 09/02/2011 | Argentina

    De Vido suggests US embassy should 'hire more competent employees'

    Federal Planning Minister Julio De Vido referred to the recently published Wikileaks documents by Spanish newspaper El Pais, and advised the US embassy in Argentina “to hire more competent employees” since performing a “cut-and-paste task from the yellow press is something any idiot can do.”

  • 07/03/2014 | Arts and Media

    Ted Turner rushed to clinic in Argentina with appendicitis

    Philanthropist and former media tycoon Ted Turner was rushed to a hospital early today in Argentina's Patagonia region before flying to Buenos Aires for surgery for appendicitis.

  • 19/03/2014 | Arts and Media

    L'Wren Scott committed suicide by hanging

    Fashion designer L'Wren Scott, who was found dead in her upscale high-rise Manhattan apartment on Monday, died by hanging, the New York City medical examiner's office said.

  • 07/04/2014 | Arts and Media

    Actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

  • 14/11/2013 | Arts and Media

    Fans pay tribute to rocker Lou Reed at NY memorial

    Hundreds of fans gathered at a public memorial in New York for rocker Lou Reed, the frontman of the 1960s band The Velvet Underground who died last month of liver disease at the age of 71.

  • 07/02/2014 | Arts and Media

    Family, actors mourn Philip Seymour Hoffman at private funeral

    Family and close friends bid their final farewells at a private funeral for actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose tragic death of an apparent overdose at the age of 46 robbed the entertainment world of one of its finest talents.

  • 20/08/2013 | Arts and Media

    US crime writer Elmore Leonard dead at 87

    American author Elmore Leonard, whose ear for gritty, realistic dialogue helped bring dozens of hard-bitten crooks, cops and cowboys to life in nearly 50 novels, died today at age 87, according to his website, weeks after a stroke.

  • 02/10/2013 | Arts and Media

    Best-selling US author Tom Clancy dies at 66

    Best-selling US author Tom Clancy, whose military thrillers inspired movies and video games, has died at the age of 66, the New York Times reported today, citing publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons.

  • 14/11/2013 | Arts and Media

    Google prevails over authors in book-scanning US lawsuit

    Google Inc today won dismissal of a lawsuit by authors who accused the Web search and media group of digitally copying millions of books for an online library without permission.

  • 08/08/2013 | Arts and Media

    Cowell, Stern highest paid personalities on US TV

    Simon Cowell, the acerbic judge on "The X Factor" talent show, tied for first place as the highest-paid personality on US television with "America's Got Talent" judge Howard Stern, Forbes.com said.

  • 09/08/2013 | Arts and Media

    US actress Karen Black dies at age 74

    US actress Karen Black, who played leading roles in 1970s films "Five Easy Pieces" and "Nashville," died in Los Angeles yesterday, her representatives said. She was 74.

  • 15/08/2013 | Arts and Media

    Hit-and-run charge against R&B singer Chris Brown dismissed

    A judge in Los Angeles dismissed a hit-and-run charge against Chris Brown after the R&B singer and the other motorist resolved to have the case dropped, a court spokeswoman said, but Brown still might face jail time.

  • 19/03/2013 | Arts and Media

    Benjamin Alire Sáenz wins 2013 Faulkner Award for fiction

    Author Benjamin Alire Sáenz won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction for his collection of stories, "Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club," the PEN/Faulkner Foundation said today.

  • 20/03/2013 | Arts and Media

    Bon Jovi edges out David Bowie to top Billboard album chart

    US rock band Bon Jovi beat British singer David Bowie to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart today.

  • 21/06/2013 | Arts and Media

    Kim Kardashian, Kanye West name baby daughter North West

    Reality television star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West have named their baby daughter North West, according to a copy of the birth certificate released by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health today.

  • 27/02/2013 | Arts and Media

    Stone Temple Pilots fire singer Scott Weiland

    Rock band Stone Temple Pilots today said they had fired singer Scott Weiland - a decision which appeared to have surprised the band's founding member and the voice behind the its biggest hits of the 1990s.

  • 01/03/2013 | Arts and Media

    Final movie in 'Hobbit' trilogy moves to December 2014

    The final installment of "The Hobbit" film trilogy will be released on Dec. 17, 2014, five months later than planned, Warner Bros. said.

  • 15/03/2013 | Arts and Media

    Reports conflict over health of rapper Lil Wayne

    The health of US rapper Lil Wayne was the subject of conflicting reports today, with celebrity website TMZ.com saying he was in a medically induced coma and a fellow rapper saying Wayne was alive and well and watching a basketball game.

  • 30/01/2013 | Arts and Media

    US porn star Ron Jeremy hospitalized with aneurysm

    Veteran pornography actor Ron Jeremy, one of the industry's biggest stars, was in intensive care and undergoing surgery for an aneurysm near his heart in Los Angeles, his manager said today.

  • 04/02/2013 | Arts and Media

    Berlin film festival looks east, hot topics in frame

    The Berlin film festival looks east this year with six of 19 competition entries either made or based behind the old Iron Curtain, while two star-studded US movies tackle big business - energy and pharmaceuticals.

  • 18/02/2013 | Arts and Media

    Lichtenstein show in UK goes beyond cartoon classics

    For Roy Lichtenstein, it was better that the public was over-familiar with his work than not familiar at all, a point never lost on the US artist best known for his giant cartoon strip adaptations.

  • 10/01/2013 | Arts and Media

    Academy announces this year's Oscar nominations

    US presidential drama "Lincoln" led the pack of Oscar nominees today with 12 nominations including a nod for best picture, in the race for the world's top film honours.

  • 17/01/2013 | Arts and Media

    Tarantino: 'Everyone has the right to own a gun'

    US film director Quentin Tarantino admitted he was against the use of automatic weapons, but defended a citizen’s right to own a gun, in an interview published in German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau.

  • 25/01/2013 | Arts and Media

    Singer Tina Turner on path to Swiss citizenship

    Soul music legend Tina Turner has taken the first steps toward giving up her US passport and becoming a citizen of Switzerland, the country she has called home for nearly 20 years.

  • 19/12/2012 | Arts and Media

    'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' 'Dirty Harry' among US film treasures

    The US National Film Registry named 25 films to be preserved as cultural treasures, ranging from Audrey Hepburn's 1961 classic "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" and the sci-fi action movie "The Matrix."

  • 30/12/2012 | Arts and Media

    'The Hobbit' keeps US box office crown for 3rd week

    The dwarfs and elves of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" prevailed at the North American box office again over the weekend, as its $32.9 million in ticket sales topped both the star-packed musical "Les Miserables" and the western "Django Unchained."

  • 05/01/2013 | Arts and Media

    Model Naomi Campbell mugged in Paris in November

    British supermodel Naomi Campbell was mugged by two assailants who tried to steal her handbag in Paris in late November, the prosecutor's office and police said today.

  • 14/12/2012 | Arts and Media

    'Hobbit' debut reaps $13 mln in US, Canada, a December record

    The first of three "Hobbit" movies kicked off its box office quest with an estimated $13 million in ticket sales from showings at US and Canadian theaters just after midnight today, a record for a December debut.

  • 15/12/2012 | Arts and Media

    Adele's '21' is top-selling US iTunes album of 2012

    British singer Adele notched another accolade as iTunes announced that her Grammy-winning album "21" was the top-selling record of 2012 in its US store, extending the disc's successful run almost two years after it was released.

  • 17/12/2012 | Arts and Media

    Martin Scorsese to direct Bill Clinton documentary

    Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese will get up close and personal with Bill Clinton in a documentary about the former US president, cable channel HBO said today.

  • 02/12/2012 | Arts and Media

    "Twilight" shines in third box office win over Bond

    The "Twilight" teen vampire movie shined again at US and Canadian box offices, earning US$17.4 million and its third consecutive No. 1 ranking as James Bond held strong and Brad Pitt's new movie struggled.

  • 13/12/2012 | Arts and Media

    Singer-songwriter Carole King to receive US Gershwin prize

    US singer-songwriter Carole King will be awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the US national library said today.

  • 13/12/2012 | Arts and Media

    Rare 'Metropolis' poster fetches high price in auction

    A film memorabilia collector paid $1.2 million for nine rare and early film posters, including the world's highest-valued poster of the 1927 film "Metropolis," in a bankruptcy auction in Los Angeles today, the trustee in the bankruptcy case said.

  • 08/11/2012 | Arts and Media

    US movie companies eye trade deal for digital era

    US movie companies who depend on exports for more than half their revenue hope a proposed trade agreement will eliminate customs difficulties as the industry abandons film in favor of digital formats, an industry official said.

  • 11/11/2012 | Arts and Media

    James Bond soars to box office record with 'Skyfall'

    James Bond can don the tuxedo and break out the Dom Perignon after the super spy returned to theatres in record fashion at the weekend, blowing away box office rivals with $87.8 million in ticket sales for the US and Canadian debut of new movie "Skyfall" for the biggest opening in the franchise's history.

  • 19/11/2012 | Arts and Media

    Robert Redford lends name to US college environmental body

    Hollywood star and environmentalist Robert Redford lent his name today to a new nature conservancy at a Southern California college, saying he hoped the research institute could help the environmentally abused region.

  • 09/09/2012 | Arts and Media

    Movies suffer worst US box-office slump in a decade

    The North American box office hit a slump at the weekend, with top earner "The Possession" taking in less than $10 million and what could be the gloomiest overall haul since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.

  • 13/10/2012 | Arts and Media

    Brad Pitt blasts US "War on Drugs," calls for policy rethink

    Brad Pitt has thrown his weight behind a documentary that blasts America's 40-year war on drugs as a failure, calling policies that imprison huge numbers of drug-users a "charade" in urgent need of a rethink.

  • 14/10/2012 | Arts and Media

    Thriller 'Taken 2' earns second US box office win

    Liam Neeson thriller "Taken 2" won a battle between two hostage movies over the weekend, holding on to its top box office rankings for a second week with $22.5 million from ticket sales at US and Canadian theaters.

  • 09/07/2012 | Arts and Media

    Quidditch nerds target Games to promote their sport

    Quidditch players riding broomsticks tagged on to the Olympics, acknowledging the game adapted from the Harry Potter series was for nerds but arguing that it was a legitimate sport worthy of being in the Olympics.

  • 14/07/2012 | Arts and Media

    Pianist for Uruguayan band 'No Te Va Gustar' dies

    Marcel Curuchet, pianist for the Uruguayan band ‘No Te Va Gustar,’ died this afternoon in the United States after being hospitalized overnight in New Jersey. The musician was involved in a road accident yesterday, sources from the band disclosed.

  • 16/07/2012 | Arts and Media

    Charlie Sheen pledges $1 mln to US military support group

    His rants under control and his life seemingly on the mend, "Anger Management" actor Charlie Sheen has pledged $1 million to the USO, a US military support organization, and the donation could go higher if his new TV show becomes a hit.

  • 22/03/2012 | Arts and Media

    US, Canada 2011 box office slumps, global sales up

    Ticket sales at US and Canadian theaters suffered a 4 percent slump in 2011 to $10.2 billion, its lowest level in a decade, despite a slew of big studio-funded hits that helped boost the global box office, a Hollywood industry group said.

  • 25/04/2012 | Arts and Media

    Pixar to make film based on Mexico's 'Day of the Dead'

    Pixar Animation Studios, the US-based film studio that made the likes of “Toy Story” and “Cars,” among other cinema successes, announced that in 2015 they’re to release an animated film based on the Mexican holiday: “The Day of the Dead” (Día de los Muertos), the entertainment magazine Variety reported today.

  • 06/05/2012 | Arts and Media

    'Avengers' muscles to record $200 million in US debut

    "The Avengers" proved that five superheroes are better than one by bursting into Hollywood's record books with a massive $200.3 million in ticket sales over its opening weekend in US and Canadian theaters, kicking off Hollywood's summer movie season with a bang.

  • 09/01/2012 | Arts and Media

    Russell Brand gets late night US comedy show

    Irreverent British comedian Russell Brand has signed up for a new late night TV comedy show on the FX network, starting later this year, FX said.

  • 06/02/2012 | Arts and Media

    Simpsons join Barbie in Iran ban

    The Simpsons are corroding the morals of Iranian youth, an official said, as dolls based on Bart, Homer and the rest of the US cartoon family joined the shapely Barbie among Western toys targeted by a new crackdown in Tehran.

  • 17/02/2012 | Arts and Media

    UK spies: Charlie Chaplin's real name a mystery

    The real name and birthplace of legendary silent-film star Charlie Chaplin is shrouded in mystery, Britain's domestic spy agency concluded after a probe into US claims he was a communist sympathiser, documents released revealed.

  • 19/09/2011 | Arts and Media

    Bob Hope's wife Dolores dies at age 102

    Dolores Hope, the wife of late entertainer Bob Hope, died of natural causes at the age of 102, a family spokesman said.

  • 26/09/2011 | Arts and Media

    3D 'Lion King' rules box office for second week

    Walt Disney Co's 3D re-release of the animated classic rang up an estimated $22.1 million in US and Canadian ticket sales over three days as families turned out to see lion cub Simba's return to theaters.

  • 21/11/2011 | Arts and Media

    Bruce Springsteen announces 2012 world tour

    Bruce Springsteen will go on tour next year for the first time in three years, starting with European dates in May and the United States and others to follow, according to the rock star's website.

  • 10/06/2011 | Arts and Media

    Tracy Morgan apologizes for anti-gay jokes

    Comedian and "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan apologized for making a series of anti-gay remarks, including a reported joke that he would stab his own son to death if he spoke in a "gay voice."

  • 21/07/2011 | Arts and Media

    Auction of teen's Beatles photos soars over US$360,000

    A trove of unpublished photographs of The Beatles' first US concerts taken by a Washington teenager in 1964 took in more than US$360,000 (220,913 pounds) at auction, selling for many times their estimates.

  • 03/08/2011 | Arts and Media

    Lost Alfred Hitchcock film found in New Zealand

    A lost 1920s Alfred Hitchcock film that provides clues into the legendary director's early working style has been discovered in New Zealand, archivists said.

  • 21/01/2011 | Arts and Media

    After a long hiatus, Peter Weir finds 'The Way Back'

    Australian director Peter Weir is back in US movie theaters with his first film in seven years -- the drama "The Way Back."

  • 22/04/2011 | Arts and Media

    Stefano Langone never wanted to win ‘American Idol’

    Eliminated "American Idol" contestant Stefano Langone said he never wanted to win the talent show, but saw it as a way to launch his own musical career.

  • 27/05/2011 | Arts and Media

    'Hangover' sequel takes in US$31 million on first day

    Raunchy comedy sequel "The Hangover Part II" got off to a roaring start at the North American box office taking in about US$31.7 million on its opening day, according to estimates by movie studio Warner Bros today.

  • 06/01/2014 | Multimedia

    Polar 'vortex' bites US, temperatures plunge 30-50 degrees below normal - video

    A blast of Arctic air gripped the mid-section of the United States, bringing the coldest temperatures in two decades, forcing businesses and schools to close and causing widespread airline delays and hazardous driving conditions. Meteorologists said temperatures were dangerously cold and life-threatening in some places, with 0 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 18 Celsius) recorded in Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis.

  • 13/03/2014 | Multimedia

    Washington 'won't side with Argentina in court,' Kerry affirms on vulture funds dispute

    The Barack Obama administration will not support Argentina in its long-standing dispute with vulture funds suing the South American country over its defaulted bonds more than a decade ago, US State Secretary John Kerry has warned. Still, the American official praised what he considered some “positive steps” the Kirchnerite government has taken.

  • 09/04/2014 | Multimedia

    At least 22 students stabbed in attack at Pennsylvania high school

    A 16-year-old student wielding two knives went on a stabbing rampage in the hallways of a Pittsburgh-area high school early injuring at least 22 people, about half of them seriously, officials have said.

  • 05/07/2013 | Multimedia

    July 4 fireworks accident injures 28 in California

    Fireworks from an Independence Day celebration in Simi Valley, California, accidentally flew into a crowd of thousands of onlookers, injuring 28 people.

  • 21/10/2013 | Multimedia

    Video: Obama speaks out on website malfunctions

    The head of state stated that "nobody was madder" than he about Obamacare glitches that have frustrated web users looking for information on the system, which was at the centre of inter-party wranglings that caused this month's government shutdown.

  • 10/12/2013 | Multimedia

    Obama shakes hand of Cuba's Raul Castro at Mandela memorial

    US President Barack Obama shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial to Nelson Mandela today, an unprecedented gesture between the leaders of two nations which have been at loggerheads for more than half a century.

  • 29/08/2012 | Multimedia

    ‘Romney Girl’ video shocks Republican headquarters

    Parodying the '90s hit "Barbie Girl," a new music video titled "Romney Girl" has hit the internet mocking Mitt Romney's offshore accounts and undisclosed tax returns, while making clear that the conservative candidate's wealth makes him out of touch with the average US citizen.

  • 31/10/2012 | Multimedia

    What Sandy left after hard hit

    The US Northeast region began crawling back to normal after monster storm Sandy crippled transportation, knocked out power for millions and killed at least 50 people in the US and 69 in the Caribbean.

  • 31/05/2013 | Multimedia

    Small plane crashes into apartment in Virginia

    A small plane crashed into an apartment in Hernord, Virginia, resulting in three people injured. First versions allege the aircraft - heading from the Philadelphia area to Manassas Regional Airport-, run out of fuel nosediving into the unit’s living room.

  • 14/05/2013 | World

    ‘Everything on the table’ in US-Europe trade talks

    British Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and United States should cover all sectors and industry, drawing a stark contrast with France, which wants to leave out sensitive cultural industries.

  • 14/05/2013 | World

    US, UK pledge support for Syrian opposition

    US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron found common ground yesterday in the White House, pledging their countries’ support for the moderate opposition in Syria.

  • 07/10/2012 | In Depth - Elections in Venezuela

    Venezuelan expats in US flock to New Orleans to vote

    Thousands of Venezuelans who live in the United States crowded outside a New Orleans convention center to cast ballots in Venezuela's presidential election, with many hoping their vote will help drive President Hugo Chavez from power.

  • 25/10/2012 | World

    Hurricane Sandy threatens US after hammering Cuba

    Hurricane Sandy swelled into a serious threat to much of the US East Coast on Thursday after hammering Cuba's second-largest city and taking aim at the Bahamas, US forecasters said.

  • 26/10/2012 | World

    US economy grows 2%

    The US Commerce Department announced today gross domestic product expanded at a 2.0 percent annual rate, accelerating from the second quarter's 1.3 percent pace.

  • 28/10/2012 | World

    Hurricane Sandy threatens havoc on US East Coast

    Authorities shut transit systems and ordered some evacuations as tens of millions of people on the US East Coast braced on Sunday for Hurricane Sandy, a gigantic storm forecast to deliver battering winds, dangerous flooding and even heavy snowfall.

  • 29/10/2012 | World

    US markets shut on Tuesday, focus shifts to Wednesday

    Hurricane Sandy will close US stock markets for a second day on Tuesday, as Wall Street turned its attention to whether markets would be able to resume functioning on the month's final trading day on Wednesday.

  • 30/10/2012 | World

    US nuclear plant declares 'alert' after Sandy storm surge

    Exelon Corp declared an "alert" at its New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear power plant due to a record storm surge, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said, warning that a further water rise could force the country's oldest working plant to use emergency water supplies to cool spent uranium fuel rods.

  • 30/10/2012 | World

    NYSE to test new plan; trading floor undamaged by storm

    NYSE Euronext said it plans to test a new contingency plan to help resume stalled US equity trading, and added that its famed trading floor is not yet damaged by Sandy, one of the biggest storms to hit the United States.

  • 30/10/2012 | World

    Sandy leaves US East crippled

    Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy.

  • 30/10/2012 | World

    Bloomberg: Fire destroyed 80 houses in Queens

    A fire destroyed 80 houses in Queens during the night, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters during a press conference earlier.

  • 31/10/2012 | World

    Obama will return to campaign trail tomorrow

    US President Barack Obama will return to active campaigning tomorrow with a trip to the battleground state of Nevada, the White House said in a statement.

  • 01/11/2012 | World

    Frazzled New Yorkers fret about long road back to normalcy

    New York authorities have made a big push for normalcy after megastorm Sandy, but for many residents dealing with water-logged homes, power outages, gasoline shortages and painfully slow commutes, things are far from that.

  • 02/11/2012 | World

    Anger grows over fuel shortage in storm-hit Northeast

    A third day of gasoline "panic buying" among storm-stricken motorists in the New York area and New Jersey prompted authorities to tap emergency oil reserves and ordered the military to dispatch fuel, while limited deliveries from pipelines and oil barges offered a glimmer of relief.

  • 02/11/2012 | World

    Con Ed-570,000 customers still without power after Sandy in NY

    New Yorkers are still suffering the aftermath of moster storm Sandy. Power company Consolidated Edison Inc said today about 570,000 homes and businesses in the City and Westchester County were still without power.

  • 02/11/2012 | World

    US payrolls rise sharply in October

    Employers added 171,000 people to their payrolls last month, the Labor Department said today. The government also said 84,000 more jobs were created in August and September than initially estimated.

  • 02/11/2012 | World

    New York after Sandy: a tale of two cities

    By Adrian Bono, Special Correspondent in NY.


  • 03/11/2012 | World

    Romney, Obama make final push

    Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama hopscotched across the country on Saturday in a final push to squeeze out victory from the handful of states that will decide Tuesday's presidential election.

  • 04/11/2012 | World

    US storm victims face housing crisis as cold snap hits

    A housing crisis loomed in New York City as victims of superstorm Sandy struggled without heat in near-freezing temperatures on Sunday and nearly 1 million people in neighboring New Jersey shivered in the dark without power.

  • 04/11/2012 | World

    Obama, Romney approach photo-finish election day

    The race for the White House remained in essentially a dead heat ahead of Tuesday's election but US President Barack Obama holds a slim edge over Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the key state of Ohio, according to a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released today.

  • 05/11/2012 | World

    G20 seeks more wiggle room on austerity pledges

    The world's leading economies gave themselves a bit more wiggle room to meet targets for cutting budget deficits rather than risk worsening a slowdown in many countries, chief among them the United States.

  • 06/11/2012 | World

    Emotional Obama ends campaign in Iowa with call for change

    An emotional President Barack Obama ended his final campaign in Iowa, the place that launched his first White House bid and that could hold the key to his political future.

  • 05/11/2012 | World

    Sandy: Hard-hit Staten Island tries to recover

    By Adrián Bono, Special Correspondent in NY.

  • 06/11/2012 | World

    US election: How the Electoral College works

    The US Electoral College was established in the Constitution as a compromise between electing a president by a vote in Congress and by popular vote of citizens. Here are some facts about it.

  • 06/11/2012 | World

    Ryan ends US campaign with a blessing and visit home

    Eighty-six days after Paul Ryan was introduced as Mitt Romney's running mate aboard the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Virginia, the Republican vice presidential candidate returned to his home state of Wisconsin, putting an end to a marathon stretch of campaigning with one final rally.

  • 06/11/2012 | World

    On election day, Obama plays basketball while Romney still campaigning

    On election day and in the last hours of voting, President Barack Obama followed an old tradition while his rival Mitt Romney was still campaigning.

  • 06/11/2012 | World

    Despite low temps, New Yorkers stood in line for hours to vote

    By Adrián Bono, Special Correspondent in NY.

  • 06/11/2012 | World

    US election intensely followed via Twitter

    The US presidential election votes counts had an intense aftermath in Twitter, as the social network registered more than 11 million tweets over the election a few hours after the polls closed in the East Coast.

  • 07/11/2012 | World

    US House stays in Republican control, Democrats retain Senate

    The US House of Representatives was left pretty much unchanged by voters with control firmly in Republican hands while Democrats held the majority in the Senate, according to projections.

  • 07/11/2012 | World

    World leaders respond to Obama election victory

    After President Barack Obama's re-election, world leaders expressed hope for stronger cooperation with the United States on issues ranging from the struggle against Islamic extremism to international trade.

  • 07/11/2012 | World

    Fitch threatens to downgrade Obama's US

    In the midst of the honeymoon of the reelection of US President Barack Obama, Fitch Ratings agency called the newly appointed head of state to quickly "secure agreement on avoiding the 'fiscal cliff' and raising the debt ceiling," to retain its "AAA" status.

  • 07/11/2012 | World

    Wintry storm brings new woe to hard-hit US Northeast

    A wintry storm dropped snow and rain on the US Northeast  bringing dangerous winds and knocking out power in a region where hundreds of thousands were still in the dark after Superstorm Sandy.

  • 08/11/2012 | World

    Wintry storm hits Northeast, slowing Sandy recovery

    A winter storm brought snow, rain and dangerous winds to the US Northeast, plunging many residents of the most populous region of the country back into darkness just as they were recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

  • 09/11/2012 | World

    Obama plans 'fiscal cliff' statement

    President Barack Obama will join the battle over the US "fiscal cliff" today for the first time since voters gave him a second term in office.

  • 09/11/2012 | World

    Iran, UN nuclear agency to resume talks in December

    Iran will return to talks with the UN nuclear agency next month, both sides said today, the latest push to seek a peaceful end to a dispute that has raised fears of a new Middle East war.

  • 10/11/2012 | Sports

    Knicks grind down Mavericks, maintain perfect start

    The New York Knicks remain the only unbeaten team in the National Basketball Association (NBA) after an impressive 104-94 win over the in-form Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden last night.

  • 10/11/2012 | World

    Vatican vows to fight gay marriage after gains in US, Europe

    The Vatican, reacting to strong gains for gay marriage in the United States and Europe, today pledged never to stop fighting attempts to "erase" the privileged role of heterosexual marriage, which it called it "an achievement of civilisation".

  • 12/11/2012 | World

    US Congress comes back to confront 'fiscal cliff'

    Amid a global fright over Washington's political brinkmanship, US lawmakers return to the capital tomorrow with a seven-week deadline to reach agreement on scheduled tax hikes and budget cuts that threaten to trigger another recession.

  • 13/11/2012 | Latin America

    LatAm asks to address drug policy no later than 2015, aims to US

    Illegal drug use globally is still rising despite a decades-long battle against organized crime, and producer and consumer nations need to come up with new strategies, Mexico and four Central American countries said.

  • 13/11/2012 | World

    US warns against kicking fiscal crisis down the road

    US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned against extending all the US tax breaks to give Washington additional time to broker a deficit reduction deal, saying it would create more uncertainty in the markets.

  • 14/11/2012 | World

    Obama calls for rich to pay more, keep middle-class cuts

    President Barack Obama today pushed for his proposal to have the wealthy pay more in taxes as a way to tame the federal deficit, taking a hard line in his opening bid before he begins fiscal talks with US lawmakers later in the week.

  • 15/11/2012 | World

    BP agrees to record criminal penalties for US oil spill

    BP Plc will pay $4.5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to felony misconduct in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which caused the worst US offshore oil spill ever. The settlement includes a $1.256 billion criminal fine, the largest such levy in US history, the oil company said today.

  • 18/11/2012 | World

    Obama in Thailand on first post-election trip abroad

    President Barack Obama kicked off a three-country Asian tour with a visit to Thailand, using his first post-election trek overseas to try to show he is serious about shifting the US strategic focus eastwards.

  • 19/11/2012 | World

    Obama offers praise, pressure on historic Myanmar trip

    Barack Obama became the first American president to visit Myanmar, using a six-hour trip to balance US praise for the government's progress in shaking off military rule with pressure to complete the process of democratic reform.

  • 20/11/2012 | World

    World pressure for Gaza truce intensifies as Clinton heads to Israel

    The UN chief called for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip today and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to the region with a message that escalation of the conflict was in nobody's interest.

  • 20/11/2012 | World

    Budget fight threatens US recession, Bernanke says

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said today that 2013 could be a "very good year" for the US economy if politicians can strike a quick deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.

  • 23/11/2012 | World

    US shoppers welcome early start to 'Black Friday'

    US retailers declared their experiment with earlier store openings to kick off the holiday shopping season a success on Friday, with those new hours expected to be a Thanksgiving night staple for more retailers next year.

  • 23/11/2012 | Latin America

    Mexico arrests suspected murderer on FBI most wanted list

    Mexican federal police have captured suspected murderer, rapist and drug gang member Joe Luis Saenz, one of the 10 most wanted fugitives on the FBI's list, the government said today.

  • 27/11/2012 | World

    Mexico's Peña Nieto backs Obama immigration reform push

    Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto backed President Barack Obama's planned push for US immigration reform, pledged cooperation on border security and promised efforts to reduce violence in his own country.

  • 28/11/2012 | World

    US Appeals Court grants emergency halt on Argentine bond payment

    A US appeals court yesterday granted an emergency stay order that gives Argentina more time to argue against making a $1.33 billion payment to investors who rejected two debt restructurings in the nation's 2002 sovereign debt default.

  • 29/11/2012 | World

    US gives Iran until March to cooperate with IAEA

    The United States set a March deadline today for Iran to start cooperating in substance with a UN nuclear agency investigation, saying it would otherwise urge reporting the issue to the UN Security Council.

  • 30/11/2012 | World

    US consumer spending falls after superstorm Sandy

    Consumer spending fell in October for the first time in five months as superstorm Sandy choked off car sales, suggesting slower economic growth in the fourth quarter.

  • 02/12/2012 | World

    Suicide bombers attack US base in Afghanistan

    Suicide attackers detonated bombs and fired rockets outside a major US base in Afghanistan today, killing five people in a brazen operation that highlighted the country's security challenges ahead of the 2014 NATO combat troop pullout.

  • 03/12/2012 | World

    US high court delays action on same-sex marriage cases

    The US Supreme Court today put off deciding whether to enter the legal fray over same-sex marriage - at least until Friday when it could agree to hear one of several pending appeals on the issue.

  • 04/12/2012 | World

    US denies Iran's reports of captured drone

    Iran said it had captured a US intelligence drone in its airspace over the Gulf in the last few days, but the US military quickly denied having lost any unmanned aircraft in the Middle East.

  • 05/12/2012 | World

    World's oldest person dies in the US at 116

    A 116-year-old woman listed by Guinness World Records as the oldest living person anywhere around the globe died yesterday in a nursing home in the US state of Georgia soon after having her hair done.

  • 06/12/2012 | World

    With focus on opposition, US races against time on Syria

    The United States is racing to finalize elements of its Syria strategy, planning new steps to shape and strengthen the still-fragmented opposition as signs build that the country is nearing a tipping point in the 20-month rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 07/12/2012 | World

    US Supreme Court to review same-sex marriage cases

    The US Supreme Court seized center stage in a historic social policy debate over same-sex marriage on Friday by agreeing to review the validity under the US.Constitution of a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

  • 10/12/2012 | World

    US 'fiscal cliff' talks fail to reach common ground

    The White House and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner's office held more negotiations today on ways to break the "fiscal cliff" stalemate, although neither side showed any public signs that they were ready to give ground.

  • 11/12/2012 | World

    Michigan passes public sector 'right-to-work' law amid protests

    US Republican-majority Michigan legislature gave final approval to "right-to-work" restrictions on public sector unions in a state considered a stronghold of organized labour, as protesters chanted in the gallery and thousands rallied outside.

  • 12/12/2012 | World

    Gunman kills two at Oregon mall before taking own life

    A gunman opened fire inside a shopping centre yesterday afternoon in Oregon, US, killing at least two people, critically wounding a young woman and terrorizing holiday shoppers before shooting himself to death, police said.

  • 12/12/2012 | World

    Fed ramps up stimulus in new approach to support growth

    The Federal Reserve ramped up its stimulus to the economy yesterday, expressing disappointment with the pace of recovery in employment as contentious US budget talks heighten uncertainty about the outlook.

  • 13/12/2012 | World

    Attack near Afghan base after Panetta visit

    A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car near a NATO base in southern Afghanistan today soon after a visit by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, killing two people and wounding 16, Afghan and NATO officials said.

  • 13/12/2012 | World

    Susan Rice withdraws as secretary of state candidate

    Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations and a close confidante of US President Barack Obama, withdrew her name from consideration as secretary of state today in the face of what promised to be a contentious Senate confirmation battle.

  • 14/12/2012 | World

    'Obama remains committed to trying to renew a ban on assault weapons'

    President Barack Obama has been notified about the "tragic" shooting incident at an elementary school in Connecticut and will receive regular updates throughout the day, the White House said.

  • 15/12/2012 | World

    US Secretary of State Clinton recovering from concussion

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who cancelled a planned overseas trip last weekend because of illness, is recovering at home after fainting due to dehydration and sustaining a concussion, a State Department spokesman said today.

  • 16/12/2012 | World

    Boehner opens door to tax hikes, shifts US fiscal cliff talks

    US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner's offer to accept a tax rate increase for the wealthiest Americans knocks down a key Republican road block to a deal resolving the year-end "fiscal cliff."

  • 17/12/2012 | World

    Boehner and Obama conclude latest fiscal talks, no word of progress

    US President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner met at White House for about 45 minutes today, but there was no word of any progress in their bid to avert the looming "fiscal cliff," an aide said.

  • 17/12/2012 | World

    Schools in two other Connecticut towns in lockdown

    Schools in two Connecticut towns were in lockdown today, the first day children returned to class since Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

  • 18/12/2012 | World

    NRA breaks silence, pledges to help stop US massacres

    The National Rifle Association said today it wanted to contribute meaningfully to prevent another massacre like the Connecticut shooting, suggesting a sharp change in tone for the largest US gun rights group.

  • 19/12/2012 | World

    'US fungal meningitis outbreak could have been much worse'

    As bad as the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak has been, so far infecting 620 people in 19 states and killing 39 of them, it could have been a lot worse, US health officials said today.

  • 20/12/2012 | World

    Boehner abandons fiscal cliff plan as Republicans defect

    US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner faced an embarrassing setback today when he failed to unite his Republican lawmakers behind an effort designed to extract concessions from President Barack Obama in year-end "fiscal cliff" talks.

  • 21/12/2012 | World

    Four dead, 3 police injured in Pennsylvania shooting, media reports

    Four people were killed today during a shooting in Frankstown Township, Pennsylvania, including the gunman, while three Pennsylvania state troopers were injured, the Altoona Mirror reported, citing the county prosecutor.

  • 21/12/2012 | World

    Obama announces John Kerry nomination for secretary of state

    President Barack Obama on Friday nominated US Senator John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, marking his first major step in the overhaul of his national security team on the cusp of his second term.

  • 23/12/2012 | World

    North Korea could have US within missile range

    This month's rocket launch by reclusive North Korea shows it has likely developed the technology, long suspected in the West, to fire a warhead more than 10,000 km, South Korean officials said, putting the US West Coast in range.

  • 24/12/2012 | World

    Two New York firefighters shot dead at scene of fire

    At least two upstate New York firefighters were shot and killed and two wounded today at the scene of an early morning house fire in a suburb of Rochester, according to local news reports.

  • 25/12/2012 | World

    Storm brings white Christmas, tornado threat to central US

    A major winter storm brought a rare white Christmas to the southern US plains today, contributing to a 21-vehicle pile-up that shut down a major highway in Oklahoma and the death of a Texas man.

  • 26/12/2012 | World

    Washington stirs to prevent 'fiscal cliff' as Obama heads home

    Efforts to prevent the US economy from going over a "fiscal cliff" stirred back to life today with less than a week to go before potentially disastrous tax hikes and spending cuts kick in at the New Year.

  • 27/12/2012 | World

    Global shares drop on US budget worries

    US stocks fell for a fourth day today, but recovered most of their losses after the House of Representatives, in the barest sign of progress, said it would come back to work on avoiding the "fiscal cliff" this weekend. Meanwhile, European shares ended flat.

  • 27/12/2012 | World

    US lawmakers, Obama in last chance talks on 'fiscal cliff'

    US President Barack Obama and lawmakers are launching a last chance round of budget talks just days before a New Year's deadline to reach a deal or watch the economy go off a "fiscal cliff."

  • 28/12/2012 | World

    Putin signs ban on US adoptions of Russian children

    President Vladimir Putin signed a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian children and imposes other measures in retaliation for new US legislation meant to punish Russian human rights abusers.

  • 28/12/2012 | World

    Maine gets set to ring wedding bells for same-sex couples

    Same-sex couples in Maine were counting down the hours today until the first wedding bells were due to ring, less than two months after state residents approved gay marriage in a historic vote.

  • 29/12/2012 | World

    US Senate leaders work to avoid New Year's 'fiscal cliff'

    Congressional negotiators burrowed into their Capitol offices to see if they can stop the US economy from falling off of a "fiscal cliff" in just three days when the biggest tax increases ever to hit Americans in one shot are scheduled to begi

  • 29/12/2012 | World

    Former President George H.W. Bush moved out of intensive care

    Former President George H.W. Bush's condition has improved enough for him to be moved out of the intensive care unit and into a regular room at the Houston hospital where he was admitted more than a month ago, a spokesman said.

  • 30/12/2012 | World

    Washington pushes United States to edge of 'fiscal cliff'

    US lawmakers pushed the country to the edge of the "fiscal cliff" as they struggled to reach a last-minute deal that could protect the world's largest economy from a politically induced recession.

  • 01/01/2013 | World

    US Senate approves 'fiscal cliff' deal, crisis eased

    The Senate moved the US economy back from the edge of a "fiscal cliff" , voting to avoid imminent tax hikes and spending cuts in a bipartisan deal that could still face stiff challenges in the House of Representatives.

  • 01/01/2013 | World

    Maryland ushers in New Year with its first gay weddings

    Seven gay couples in Maryland rang in the New Year with wedding bells early today, the first wave of nuptials since voters in the state backed the legalization of same-sex marriage.

  • 01/01/2013 | World

    US 'fiscal cliff' crisis heads to resolution in Congress

    A months-long battle over the US "fiscal cliff" headed to a close today as the House of Representatives moved toward final approval of a bipartisan deal meant to prevent Washington from pushing the world's biggest economy into recession.

  • 01/01/2013 | World

    FDA new drug approvals hit 16-year high in 2012

    US regulators approved 39 new drugs in 2012, the most in 16 years, suggesting that pharmaceutical makers are poised for growth after losing billions of dollars in recent years to generic drug makers because of patent expirations.

  • 02/01/2013 | World

    US House passes 'fiscal cliff' deal

    The United States averted economic calamity when lawmakers approved a deal to prevent huge tax hikes and spending cuts that would have pushed the world's largest economy off a "fiscal cliff" and into recession.

  • 02/01/2013 | World

    FBI: Gun purchasers set new record in December

    The number of FBI background checks for US gun purchases set a record in December, as the Connecticut school massacre prompted renewed talk of limits on firearms, according to new FBI data.

  • 02/01/2013 | World

    Hillary Clinton discharged from NY hospital

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was discharged from a New York hospital today after being treated for a blood clot near her brain and her doctors expect her to make a full recovery, the State Department said.

  • 03/01/2013 | World

    Clinton resting, plans to return to the office next week

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is resting at home in New York after being treated for a blood clot and plans to return to her office next week, the US State Department said today.

  • 04/01/2013 | World

    US House passes Sandy insurance bill amid anger over delay

    The US House of Representatives today approved $9.7 billion in initial federal funds for victims of Superstorm Sandy, with New York and New Jersey lawmakers still seething over delays in voting on the rest of a $60 billion aid package.

  • 04/01/2013 | World

    Mediocre job growth points to slow grind for US economy

    US employers kept their pace of hiring steady in December, falling short of the levels needed to bring down a still lofty unemployment rate and pointing to lackluster economic growth in 2013.

  • 05/01/2013 | World

    Obama says US can't afford more showdowns over debt, deficits

    Fresh from the long legislative fight to prevent a "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts, President Barack Obama warned on Saturday that the United States could not afford further budget showdowns this year or in the future.

  • 05/01/2013 | Latin America

    Honduras removes its ambassador to Colombia amid party scandal

    Honduras has removed its ambassador to Colombia amid reports his personal aide was involved in a wild party held at the embassy of Honduras in Bogota which, according to media, was attended by prostitutes and where cell phones and computers were stolen.

  • 06/01/2013 | World

    US drone attack kills 10 in Pakistan

    A US drone strike killed at least 10 people suspected to be Taliban fighters in Pakistan's northern tribal areas, intelligence sources said, days after another drone strike killed a top militant leader in the area.

  • 07/01/2013 | World

    Tanker hits San Francisco Bay Bridge

    An empty oil tanker struck a tower of the San Francisco Bay Bridge today but did not appear to spill any oil into the bay, the US Coast Guard and California state officials said.

  • 08/01/2013 | World

    US does not rule out complete pullout from Afghanistan after 2014

    The Obama administration does not rule out a complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan after 2014, the White House said today, just days before President Barack Obama is due to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

  • 08/01/2013 | World

    NRA, video game makers to meet with Biden gun task force this week

    The powerful US gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, is slated to meet with US Vice-President Joe Biden as he considers recommendations on how to respond to a mass shooting last month in Newtown, Connecticut, the White House said today.

  • 08/01/2013 | World

    Republican senator threatens to block Obama's CIA nominee

    A Republican US senator threatened today to block the confirmation of President Barack Obama's nominee to head the CIA until the administration provides more information to Congress about the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

  • 09/01/2013 | World

    Latina pioneer Solis resigning as US labour secretary

    Labour Secretary Hilda Solis, the first Latina to head a major US federal agency, announced plans to resign today, just as President Barack Obama faces questions about a lack of women in his second-term leadership team.

  • 10/01/2013 | World

    Rare Panda cub makes public debut at San Diego Zoo

    Xiao Liwu, the newest surviving giant panda born in captivity in the United States, made his public debut today at the San Diego Zoo by shunning the media but shining for the public.

  • 11/01/2013 | World

    Flu reaches epidemic level in US, says CDC

    Influenza has officially reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 7.3 percent of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today.

  • 14/01/2013 | World

    Obama says refusal to lift debt ceiling would trigger economic chaos

    Obama, at a news conference, said the US economy was poised for a good year as long as Washington politics did not interfere.

  • 14/01/2013 | World

    Former President George H.W. Bush leaves hospital

    Former US President George H.W. Bush was released from a Houston hospital today after more than seven weeks of treatment for bronchitis and related ailments, according to a statement issued by a family spokesman.

  • 14/01/2013 | World

    Bernanke says raising the US debt ceiling is critical

    US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged US lawmakers to lift the country's borrowing limit to avoid a potentially disastrous debt default, warning that the economy was still at risk from political gridlock over the deficit.

  • 15/01/2013 | World

    Global shares slip, bonds gain on US debt ceiling fears

    World equity markets slipped and safe-haven US Treasury debt rose today as a looming battle in Washington over the government's borrowing limit and a recovery in the yen weakened demand for riskier assets.

  • 15/01/2013 | World

    Fitch warns on US, Spain ratings

    The United States faces a "material risk" of losing its triple-A status if there is a repeat of the wrangling seen in 2011 over raising the country's self-imposed debt ceiling, credit ratings firm Fitch said today.

  • 16/01/2013 | World

    Obama unveils biggest gun-control push in decades

    US President Barack Obama proposed a new assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all gun buyers today as he tried to channel national outrage over the Newtown school massacre into the biggest US gun-control push in decades.

  • 18/01/2013 | World

    Flu in US still widespread, but starting to ease, CDC says

    Flu remains widespread in the United States and 29 children have died of complications from it, but there are signs the epidemic is easing, US health officials said today.

  • 18/01/2013 | World

    US Fed missed warning signs in 2007 as crisis gathered steam

    Top policymakers at the US Federal Reserve felt for most of 2007 that problems in housing and banking were isolated and unlikely to tear down the economy as they ultimately did.

  • 20/01/2013 | World

    Obama starts second term in low-key White House ceremony

    President Barack Obama took the official oath for his second term at the White House in a small, private ceremony that set a more subdued tone compared to the historic start of his presidency four years ago.

  • 21/01/2013 | World

    US House Republicans seek vote to extend debt limit to May 19

    Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives have scheduled a vote on Wednesday on a nearly four-month extension of US borrowing capacity, but the bill does not specify a dollar amount.

  • 22/01/2013 | World

    US begins transporting French troops, equipment to Mali

    The United States has started transporting French soldiers and equipment to Mali as part of its logistical aid to French forces fighting Islamist militants in the north of the country, a US official said.

  • 22/01/2013 | World

    Protests mark anniversary of landmark US abortion ruling

    Americans marked the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, even as battles over the contentious issue have largely shifted from the federal courts to statehouses.

  • 22/01/2013 | World

    UN Security Council rebukes N.Korea, tightens sanctions

    The UN Security Council today unanimously condemned North Korea's December rocket launch and expanded existing UN sanctions thanks to a deal secured by the United States and Pyongyang's ally China.

  • 23/01/2013 | World

    Clinton angrily defends handling of Benghazi attack

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton angrily defended her handling of the Sept. 11 attack on the US mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi and denied any effort to mislead people.

  • 23/01/2013 | World

    US Congress passes Republican plan to extend debt limit

    The US House of Representatives today passed an extension of borrowing authority under the federal debt limit to May 19, putting the Republican plan on a fast track to enactment after top Senate Democrats endorsed it.

  • 24/01/2013 | World

    North Korea to target US with nuclear, rocket tests

    North Korea said today it would carry out further rocket launches and a nuclear test that would target the United States, dramatically stepping up its threats against a country it called its "sworn enemy".

  • 24/01/2013 | World

    Obama taps former federal prosecutor to head SEC

    US President Barack Obama today nominated former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, picking a tough enforcement hand who more recently has defended Wall Street figures.

  • 24/01/2013 | World

    US Pentagon lifts ban on women in combat

    The decision by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, with the support of President Barack Obama, sets into motion a process that will open thousands of jobs to women in America's armed forces and an expand opportunities for career advancement.

  • 24/01/2013 | World

    'Arabian al Qaeda's number two is dead,' Yemeni official

    A Saudi who was freed by US authorities from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, only to become second-in-command of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has died after being wounded by Yemeni security forces, a Yemeni security official said today.

  • 25/01/2013 | World

    North Korea threatens war with South over UN sanctions

    North Korea threatened to attack rival South Korea if Seoul joined a new round of tightened UN sanctions.

  • 25/01/2013 | World

    Obama to launch immigration push in Nevada next week

    US President Barack Obama plans to launch his second-term push for a US immigration overhaul during a visit to Nevada next week and will make it a high priority to win congressional approval of a reform package this year, the White House said today.

  • 28/01/2013 | World

    US Senate approves $50.5 B Sandy aid package

    The US Senate today approved a $50.5 billion disaster aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy, three months after the storm destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in coastal New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

  • 28/01/2013 | World

    US Boy Scouts may end ban on gays

    US Boy Scouts is considering ending a longstanding national ban on gay youth and adult members and leaving policies on sexual orientation to its local organizations, a spokesman said today.

  • 29/01/2013 | World

    US Senate approves Kerry as secretary of state

    John Kerry's nomination as US President Barack Obama's new secretary of state sailed through the US Senate today, as his fellow senators voted overwhelmingly to confirm him to replace Hillary Clinton as the country's top diplomat.

  • 29/01/2013 | World

    Obama pushes Congress on immigration, split emerges

    US President Barack Obama pushed Congress today to overhaul the country's immigration system but disagreement with Republicans over securing the border with Mexico has already begun to sour bipartisan efforts.

  • 30/01/2013 | World

    Fed keeps stimulus in place as economy 'paused'

    The US Federal Reserve today left in place its monthly $85 billion bond-buying stimulus plan, saying economic growth had stalled but indicating the pullback was likely temporary.

  • 01/02/2013 | World

    Blast at US embassy in Turkey kills at least two

    An explosion at a side entrance to the US embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara killed at least two people today in what some Turkish media said may have been an attack by a suicide bomber.

  • 01/02/2013 | World

    US jobs data point to steady economic growth

    US Employment grew modestly in January and factory activity touched a nine-month high, supporting views the economy's mild recovery remained on track.

  • 01/02/2013 | World

    Despite weak Senate performance, Hagel may yet win Pentagon post

    Chuck Hagel's cautious testimony may not have won converts during his contentious nomination hearing for US defence secretary, but it appeared today not to have cost support he will need to be confirmed as the new Pentagon chief.

  • 04/02/2013 | Sports

    Paul Gascoigne travels to US treatment center

    Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne, who has lapsed in his battle with alcoholism, will receive treatment in the United States after "willingly" travelling there, his management company said today.

  • 06/02/2013 | World

    US Senate committee delays vote on Hagel confirmation

    The US Senate Armed Services committee will not vote this week on Chuck Hagel's confirmation as President Barack Obama's next secretary of defence, the panel's chairman said today.

  • 06/02/2013 | Sports

    USADA extends deadline for Armstrong to cooperate

    The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has given disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong two more weeks to cooperate fully in an investigation into cycling's darkest episode in return for a possible reduction of his life ban.

  • 07/02/2013 | World

    Iran's Khamenei rejects offer of direct talks with US

    Iran's highest authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, today rejected an offer of direct talks made by US Vice President Joe Biden this week, saying they would not solve the problems between them, Iranian media reported.

  • 12/02/2013 | World

    S&P parent McGraw-Hill says US government's fraud case flawed

    The parent of credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's Corp, which was hit with a $5 billion fraud lawsuit by the US government last week, fired back today, saying it doesn't believe the government has a case.

  • 12/02/2013 | World

    US Senate panel approves Hagel nomination as Pentagon chief

    A US Senate panel approved Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's new secretary of defense, setting the stage for a vote on his confirmation by the full Senate, possibly this week.

  • 13/02/2013 | World

    EU, US agree to launch free trade talks

    The United States and the European Union agreed today to push for the launch by the end of June of talks to create a free trade alliance that could be a benchmark for global partners to follow.

  • 17/02/2013 | World

    Iranian dissident group is viable opposition, US congressmen say

    Four US congressmen met an Iranian dissident leader and urged President Barack Obama to treat her group as an alternative to Tehran's government, four months after its removal from a list of terrorist organisations.

  • 18/02/2013 | World

    'Meteorite rush' begins as Russian scientists find fragments

    A meteor that exploded over Russia's Ural mountains and sent fireballs blazing to earth has set off a rush to find fragments of the space rock which hunters hope could fetch thousands of dollars a piece.

  • 22/02/2013 | Sports

    US sues Lance Armstrong for sponsor money

    The US Justice Department said today it has joined a civil lawsuit against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, accusing him of defrauding the US Postal Service by using banned substances in international races when the post was his sponsor.

  • 24/02/2013 | World

    Kerry makes first foreign trip as top US diplomat

    John Kerry views his first trip as US secretary of state as a listening tour, but the leaders he meets will want to hear whether he has any new ideas on Syria, Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  • 25/02/2013 | World

    BP execs go on trial for biggest US oil spill

    People, businesses and governments harmed in the biggest oil spill in US history got their day in court today, blaming BP executives for the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 rig workers and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

  • 26/02/2013 | World

    Bernanke says Fed stimulus benefits clear, downplays risks

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke strongly defended the US central bank's monetary stimulus before Congress today, easing financial market worries over a possible early retreat from bond buys.

  • 27/02/2013 | World

    US leaders honour civil rights activist Rosa Parks with statue

    US leaders unveiled a statue of Rosa Parks today, briefly setting aside political differences to honour the civil rights heroine, who became the first black woman to have a monument inside the US Capitol.

  • 28/02/2013 | World

    US to give Syrian rebels medical, food aid, not arms

    The United States will send non-lethal aid directly to Syrian rebels for the first time, Secretary of State John Kerry said, disappointing opponents of President Bashar al-Assad who are clamoring for Western weapons.

  • 28/02/2013 | World

    Syria's Assad deluded by his inner circle, UN envoy Brahimi says

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been convinced by his inner circle that his country is the victim of a broad conspiracy led by terrorists, UN/Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said.

  • 01/03/2013 | World

    Big cuts spur calls to US Congress from irate constituents

    The US Congress is getting an earful about the big spending cuts beginning to hit government services from worried and irate constituents, including one senator's own spouse.

  • 01/03/2013 | World

    US Court asks Argentina for payment plan

    A US appeals court ordered Argentina to provide “in precise terms” any alternative form of payment in which it commits to settle a current dispute with holdout bond investors asking for 1.3 billion dollars.

  • 01/03/2013 | Sports

    Former US basketball star Rodman calls N.Korean leader 'awesome kid'

    Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman emerged from four days in North Korea today, calling the leader of the reclusive country "an awesome kid."

  • 05/03/2013 | World

    US, China agree UN sanctions draft; N.Korea renews threats

    The United States and China reached a deal that "significantly expands" UN sanctions on North Korea for its third nuclear test, eliciting a renewed threat by Pyongyang to scrap an armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

  • 05/03/2013 | World

    After Chávez, Obama says seeks 'constructive relationship' with Venezuela

    President Barack Obama today said the United States is interested in starting a new relationship with Venezuela after the death of its socialist president, Hugo Chávez.

  • 06/03/2013 | World

    US rejects Venezuela's 'cancer plot'

    The United States considered "absurd" the recent accusations made by Venezuela’s Vice President Nicolás Maduro, who denounced that late president Hugo Chávez was infected with cancer by “imperialist enemies."

  • 06/03/2013 | Sports

    US, Mexico to compete for FIFA executive spot

    The United States and Mexico, who meet in a crucial World Cup qualifier later this month, are also going head-to-head in the election for a place on FIFA's powerful executive committee.

  • 06/03/2013 | World

    Golden Gate's grey stepsister dresses up in lights

    The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge moved out of the shadow of its more famous sibling, the Golden Gate, to dazzle when a high-tech artist turned it into a sculpture of moving lights.

  • 07/03/2013 | World

    North Korea warns US of preemptive nuclear strike

    North Korea threatened the United States with a preemptive nuclear strike, raising the level of rhetoric while the UN Security Council considers new sanctions against the reclusive country.

  • 07/03/2013 | Sports

    Los Angeles interested in 2024 Olympic bid

    The mayor of Los Angeles has notified the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) that the city is interested in bidding to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

  • 08/03/2013 | World

    Global shares rise on strong US jobs report

    World equity markets rallied today after an unexpectedly sharp jump in US employment in February reinforced the view that the world's biggest economy is gaining traction.

  • 09/03/2013 | World

    Suicide bomber kills nine Afghans in Kabul during Hagel visit

    A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Defence Ministry gate in Kabul killing nine civilians during a visit to Afghanistan by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, underlining the insurgent threat as NATO troops prepare to leave.

  • 09/03/2013 | Latin America

    Evo 'almost certain' Chávez 'poisoned'

    The President of Bolivia Evo Morales affirmed that he is “almost certain” that Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez died because the “Empire” (the United States) poisoned him ratifying the plot theory held by Venezuela’s acting president Nicolás Maduro.

  • 11/03/2013 | World

    What’s the deal with Obama and the Malvinas? US conservatives ask

    A video produced by US think tank "Heritage Foundation" addressed to US President Barack Obama intends to change the White House’s decision of not recognising the outcome of the Malvinas referendum.

  • 11/03/2013 | World

    US overtake Canada to reach second round of WBC

    Team USA battled back to overcome Canada 9-4 and advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic in a do-or-die game at Chase Field in Phoenix.

  • 12/03/2013 | World

    Obama: More trade deals needed to help create jobs

    President Barack Obama said today that forging new trade deals with Europe and 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region would be an important part of his second-term agenda to spur economic growth and create jobs.

  • 13/03/2013 | Sports

    US, Dominicans open second round with wins

    Favorites United States and the Dominican Republic upheld their status in contrasting fashion with wins that opened the double-elimination, second round of the World Baseball Classic in Miami.

  • 15/03/2013 | World

    Republican US Senator Portman says now backs gay marriage

    Ohio Republican US Senator Rob Portman, a longtime opponent of same-sex marriage, said he now believes gays have a right to marry after learning two years ago that his son is gay.

  • 15/03/2013 | World

    Bipartisan US immigration reform bill takes shape in House

    A bipartisan group of members of the US House of Representatives is close to completing work on a comprehensive immigration reform bill that will include a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented people living in the United states, according to congressional aides.

  • 18/03/2013 | World

    Obama nominates Tom Perez as secretary of labour

    President Barack Obama today nominated Tom Perez, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, as labour secretary, a Cabinet member who will play a key role in the administration's efforts to raise the minimum wage and reform immigration laws.

  • 19/03/2013 | World

    US plans to reopen Statue of Liberty on July 4

    The US National Park Service plans to reopen the Statue of Liberty to tourists on the US Independence Day of July 4 after a $59 million job to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, officials said today.

  • 21/03/2013 | World

    Khamenei: 'Iran will destroy Israeli cities if attacked'

    Iran's most powerful authority said the Islamic Republic would destroy the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel launched a military attack against it.

  • 22/03/2013 | World

    Marine kills two at Quantico base, Virginia, takes own life

    An active-duty Marine shot dead two fellow service members at a base at Quantico, Virginia, then barricaded himself in a building and killed himself, prompting a brief lockdown of the base, the Marines said today.

  • 24/03/2013 | World

    US urges Iraq to stop arms flow to Syria

    US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Iraq and will urge Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to make sure Iranian flights over Iraq do not carry arms and fighters to Syria, a US official said.

  • 25/03/2013 | World

    US Supreme Court agrees to hear Michigan affirmative action case

    The US Supreme Court agreed today to weigh a Michigan law that bans affirmative action in public college admissions.

  • 27/03/2013 | World

    US Supreme Court indicates it may strike down marriage law

    A majority of US Supreme Court justices indicated they could be inclined to strike down a law that denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, a move that would reflect the evolving nationwide sea change in attitudes to gay marriage.

  • 28/03/2013 | World

    Newtown school gunman fired 154 rounds in less than 5 minutes

    The gunman who killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school fired 154 rounds in less than 5 minutes, selecting high capacity magazines from a home arsenal stocked with swords, knives and a cache of guns, officials said.

  • 29/03/2013 | World

    US consumer data support sturdy first-quarter growth picture

    US consumer spending rose in February and sentiment among Americans perked up this month, further signs of an acceleration in economic activity in the first quarter after a near stall in late 2012.

  • 30/03/2013 | World

    North Korea says enters 'state of war' against South

    North Korea said it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea, but Seoul and its ally the United States played down the statement as tough talk.

  • 31/03/2013 | World

    US Senate group resolves key issues on immigration reform, lawmakers say

    With US business and labor now in agreement, a bipartisan group of senators has resolved all major issues in a pending deal to overhaul the US immigration system and aims to unveil it after Congress reconvenes in the second week of April, key lawmakers said.

  • 02/04/2013 | World

    Global stocks rally as commodities retreat

    Major stock markets rose, with the US S&P 500 index nearing its all-time intraday high, while the dollar rallied from a one-month low against the yen on bets the Bank of Japan will announce further monetary easing steps this week.

  • 02/04/2013 | World

    North Korea to restart nuclear reactor in weapons bid

    North Korea announced plans to restart a mothballed nuclear reactor that has been closed since 2007, but emphasised it was seeking a deterrent capacity, rather than repeating recent threats to attack South Korea and the United States.

  • 03/04/2013 | World

    North Korea pressures South by halting entry to industrial zone

    North Korea closed access to a joint factory zone with South Korea, officials said, putting at risk $2 billion a year in trade that is vital for an impoverished state with a huge army, nuclear ambitions and a hungry population.

  • 03/04/2013 | World

    US sends missile defenses to Guam over North Korea threat

    The Pentagon said it was sending an advanced ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the coming weeks, describing the move as a precaution against North Korea's regional ballistic missile threat.

  • 04/04/2013 | World

    Hillary Clinton to publish memoir in 2014

    Hillary Clinton, already the front-runner in the minds of many Democrats for the 2016 US presidential election, is writing a memoir about world affairs and her time as secretary of state.

  • 05/04/2013 | World

    US judge strikes restrictions on 'morning-after' pill

    A US federal judge today ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make the "morning-after" emergency contraception pill available without a prescription to all girls of reproductive age.

  • 05/04/2013 | World

    North Korea asks embassies to consider moving diplomats out

    North Korea has asked embassies to consider moving staff out and warned it cannot guarantee the safety of diplomats after April 10, Britain said, amid high tension and a war of words on the Korean peninsula.

  • 06/04/2013 | World

    Embassies staying put in North Korea despite tension

    Staff at embassies in North Korea appeared to be remaining in place despite an appeal by authorities in Pyongyang for diplomats to consider leaving because of heightened tension after weeks of bellicose exchanges.

  • 08/04/2013 | World

    Obama: 'America has lost a true friend'

    President Barack Obama mourned the late Margaret Thatcher today, saying "America has lost a true friend" who strengthened US ties with Britain and helped win the Cold War.

  • 10/04/2013 | World

    Key US senators announce deal on background checks for gun buyers

    A Democratic and a Republican senator said they had struck a deal to expand background checks for gun buyers, boosting prospects for passage in the Senate of at least some of President Barack Obama's gun-control proposals.

  • 11/04/2013 | World

    Storms unleash heavy snow, tornadoes in central US

    Spring storms unleashed heavy snow, rain and high winds, including tornadoes, across parts of the central United States, leaving thousands of residents and businesses without power and causing scattered property damage.

  • 11/04/2013 | World

    US Senate to start votes on gun control measure

    Two senators who brokered a breakthrough deal to expand background checks on gun buyers said they expected to defeat efforts to block the bill as the Senate takes up its first vote on gun-control legislation this week.

  • 11/04/2013 | World

    US senators get deal on farm worker wages in immigration bill

    US senators negotiating an immigration bill have reached agreement on wages for foreign farm laborers working in the United States and a limit on visas for such workers, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said.

  • 11/04/2013 | World

    'Hard work starts now' as US Senate takes up gun control

    The US Senate cleared the way for debate on proposals to curb gun violence, rejecting an effort by conservative Republicans to block consideration of gun-control legislation prompted by the Newtown school massacre.

  • 11/04/2013 | Latin America

    Brazil's Rousseff to make rare state visit to US

    President Dilma Rousseff will make the first formal state visit by a Brazilian leader to the United States in nearly two decades, a diplomatic breakthrough for an emerging power that has clashed with Washington but is hungry for closer ties and recognition of its growing prestige.

  • 12/04/2013 | World

    Global shares end down on US data, Cyprus

    US stocks and European shares closed lower today, after weak US retail data and worries about Cyprus's bailout plan.

  • 12/04/2013 | World

    US Kerry: 'We will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea'

    Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed as "unacceptable by any standard" weeks of bellicose warnings of impending nuclear war by North Korea and said Washington would never accept the reclusive state becoming a nuclear power.

  • 12/04/2013 | World

    Two wounded in shooting at Virginia community college: police

    Two women were wounded in a shooting at a campus of New River Community College in Christiansburg, in southwestern Virginia, and the suspected shooter is in custody, police said.

  • 13/04/2013 | World

    US, China agree on North Korea denuclearization

    The United States and China agreed to make a joint effort to push for the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, following weeks of bellicose rhetoric from North Korea and rising tensions in northeast Asia.

  • 14/04/2013 | World

    Venezuelan expatriates in the US make long trek to New Orleans to vote

    For the second time in five months, Venezuelan residents in the United States, including many who traveled by bus or flew in from Florida, lined up outside a New Orleans voting center to cast ballots in Venezuela's presidential election.

  • 15/04/2013 | World

    US Supreme Court declines to hear gun rights case

    Staying out of the raging national debate over guns, the Supreme Court declined to weigh in on whether gun owners have a constitutional right to carry handguns outside the home.

  • 16/04/2013 | World

    Investigators hunt for clues in US marathon bombing

    Two bombs packed with ball bearings tore through crowds near the finish of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and triggering a massive hunt for those behind an attack the White House said would be treated as "an act of terror".

  • 16/04/2013 | World

    Wall St gains 1%, lifted by gold, earnings and data

    US stocks jumped more than 1 percent, a day after their worst decline since November, as gold prices rebounded and earnings from Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson improved the outlook for first-quarter results.

  • 16/04/2013 | World

    Envelope sent to US senator said to test positive for ricin

    US officials said they had intercepted a letter sent to Senator Roger Wicker that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin, and that the US Capitol police, FBI and other agencies had launched an investigation.

  • 17/04/2013 | World

    Drop in Apple shares, weak profits drag Wall St lower

    US stocks fell in a broad market selloff, led by a sharp drop in Apple shares on worries about slowing demand for its products and weaker-than-expected results from Bank of America that battered the financial sector.

  • 17/04/2013 | World

    Boston bomb probe looking at pressure cooker, backpacks

    Boston Marathon bombing investigators today entered the third day of their hunt with an emerging picture of the target: a suspect or suspects carrying heavy bags or backpacks made of dark nylon.

  • 17/04/2013 | World

    FBI arrests Mississippi man as suspect in ricin letters

    The FBI said it arrested Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Mississippi, in connection with ricin letters sent to US officials, including President Barack Obama.

  • 18/04/2013 | World

    Wall Street dips as after disappointing data

    US stocks fell and the S&P 500 closed below a key technical level after disappointing forecasts from eBay and other companies, casting doubt on the market's recent strength.

  • 18/04/2013 | World

    North Korea demands end of sanctions if US wants dialogue

    North Korea offered the United States and South Korea a list of conditions for talks, including the lifting of UN sanctions, signaling a possible end to weeks of warlike hostility on the Korean peninsula.

  • 18/04/2013 | World

    US needs 'clear signals' of North Korea abandoning Nukes

    The United States remains open to "authentic and credible" negotiations with North Korea, but the country would first need to show it is serious about abandoning its nuclear ambitions, a White House spokesman said.

  • 19/04/2013 | Latin America

    Mantega chastises US, Europe over delays in IMF reform

    Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega harshly criticized the US and Europe over their decision to stall a reform of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), currently being demanded by many developing countries.

  • 21/04/2013 | World

    New US rocket blasts off from Virginia launch pad

    A privately owned rocket built in partnership with NASA to haul cargo to the International Space Station blasted off for a debut test flight from a new commercial spaceport in Virginia.

  • 22/04/2013 | World

    Boston bomb suspect checked for link to 2011 murders

    Authorities are investigating whether the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who died after a shootout with police had any connection to an unsolved triple homicide in suburban Boston in 2011, a spokeswoman for prosecutors said.

  • 22/04/2013 | World

    Boston bombing suspect charged in hospital bed

    Federal prosecutors charged badly wounded Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in his hospital bed today with using a weapon of mass destruction, a charge that could result in the death penalty, officials said.

  • 23/04/2013 | World

    Wall St rallies after recovery from Twitter-driven drop

    US stocks climbed in a broad rally, recovering from sharp declines sparked by a "bogus" Associated Press tweet about explosions at the White House.

  • 23/04/2013 | World

    US drops charges against man in ricin letters case

    US prosecutors dropped charges against a Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and a US senator, according to a court order signed by a judge.

  • 23/04/2013 | World

    United States, Russia agree to try to revive Syria plan

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had agreed to look for ways to revive a Syrian peace plan, but admitted that doing so would be extremely difficult.

  • 22/01/2014 | World

    Iran's Rouhani says possible to overcome animosity with US

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said it was possible to turn more than three decades of enmity with the United States into friendship if both sides made an effort.

  • 23/01/2014 | World

    Rouhani wants 'constructive engagement' with Iran

    Iran is negotiating with the United States as part of a "constructive engagement" with the world community and wants Washington to back up its words with actions, President Hassan Rouhani said.

  • 23/01/2014 | Latin America

    Mexican president displeased by Tamayo execution in US

    The execution of Mexican citizen Edgar Tamayo by lethal injection in Texas sets a bad precedent for upholding international law, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto has said.

  • 24/01/2014 | World

    North Korea warns US/SK military drills could spark disaster

    North Korea took its demand for the US and South Korea to halt joint military drills to the UN, holding a rare news conference to warn the exercises could get "out of control and plunge into disaster."

  • 26/01/2014 | World

    Snowden won't return to US without amnesty

    Edward Snowden would be willing to enter talks with US Attorney General Eric Holder to negotiate his return to the United States but not without a guarantee of amnesty, his legal adviser said.

  • 26/01/2014 | World

    Obama plans to bypass Congress blasted by Republican leaders

    US President Barack Obama's strategy to bypass Congress this year with executive orders to advance his policy agenda have received a cold reaction from Republican leaders, who accused the White House of arrogance and sidestepping the political process.

  • 27/01/2014 | World

    Two Bitcoin exchange operators charged in money laundering scheme

    US prosecutors today announced charges against two men operating Bitcoin exchange businesses for attempting to sell $1 million in the digital currency to users of the underground black market website Silk Road, which was shut down by authorities in September.

  • 28/01/2014 | World

    Wall St recovers with Pfizer; futures up on Turkey's rate hike

    US stocks rebounded today after Pfizer's upbeat results gave investors some relief from the pain of the Dow's five-day losing streak, and the market's focus turned to the Federal Reserve's next move on stimulus.

  • 29/01/2014 | World

    NY Times editorial criticises CFK's policies

    In an article published by the editorial board of the New York Times, the newspaper expressed that “Argentina needs to do a lot more to address inflation,” and criticized President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration for “picking unnecessary fights with private businesses and investors.”

  • 29/01/2014 | World

    US peace proposal strains Israeli ruling coalition

    A pending US framework proposal to propel stumbling Israeli-Palestinian peace talks forward chipped away at a troubled alliance between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and an ultranationalist ally in his governing coalition.

  • 30/01/2014 | World

    US accuses Syria of dragging its feet on chemical arms

    The United States accused Syria of dragging its feet on the handover of chemical weapons, a delay that puts at risk what US President Barack Obama touted only this week as a US diplomatic achievement in Syria's civil war.

  • 30/01/2014 | World

    US official warns over Syria Al-Qaeda attack

    US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has alleged that a Syrian faction of al Qaeda seeks to perform an attack on US soil.

  • 30/01/2014 | World

    Obama nominates new NSA chief

    Navy Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, the head of US Fleet Cyber Command, is not expected immediately to change the NSA, shaken by revelations by former contractor Edward Snowden.

  • 01/02/2014 | Sports

    Silver takes over as commissioner from Stern

    A new era began for the National Basketball Association (NBA) when David Stern's 30-year run as commissioner ended with his deputy, Adam Silver, taking over the helm.

  • 01/02/2014 | World

    NJ Gov Christie booed at Super Bowl event

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was greeted with audible boos and a few loud cheers during a Super Bowl-related appearance in New York City, a day after a former appointee said the popular Republican knew about politically motivated lane closures near a busy commuter bridge.

  • 02/02/2014 | World

    Iran: Nuclear talks failure would be 'disaster'

    Iran's foreign minister held rare private talks with his US counterpart today and said it would be a "disaster" if Tehran did not turn a provisional agreement to defuse a decade-old dispute over its nuclear programme into a permanent deal.

  • 03/02/2014 | World

    Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal possible in six months

    An agreement on Iran's nuclear programme is possible within six months if there is good will, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Minister Mohammad Zarif said today, adding that he was not worried about the US Congress trying to impose new sanctions.

  • 04/02/2014 | World

    US negotiator: Iran nuclear deal 'first step'

    An initial agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program was "not perfect" but bought time to try to secure a comprehensive deal, US officials said in response to sharp criticism from Congress.

  • 04/02/2014 | World

    Snow storm slams US Plains, at least two dead

    An unusually heavy winter storm slammed into US mid-section, heading east and threatening roughly two-thirds of the country with what forecasters said could be up to a foot (30 cm) of snow.

  • 05/02/2014 | World

    Syria misses deadline to hand over all critical chemicals

    Syria today missed a deadline to hand over all the toxic materials it declared to the world's chemical weapons watchdog, putting the program several weeks behind schedule and jeopardizing a final June 30 deadline.

  • 05/02/2014 | World

    German ex-chancellor Schroeder accuses US of disrespect over spying

    Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder accused the United States of showing "no respect" for Germany's sovereignty after a newspaper reported today the US National Security Agency (NSA) had bugged his phone from at least 2002.

  • 06/02/2014 | World

    Hundreds of thousands without power after US Northeast storm

    Utility crews worked to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the US Northeast after a snow and ice storm slammed the region. But flights began returning to normal after thousands of delays or cancellations.

  • 06/02/2014 | World

    Fashion Week kicks off in snowy New York with anoraks, sweaters

    A gala week of designer fashion shows kicked off in New York, where insiders said to expect everything from fringe and shearling to pared-down monochrome on styles coming down the runways.

  • 06/02/2014 | World

    US targets businesses for evading sanctions on Iran

    The Obama administration targeted a host of businesses across Europe and the Middle East for evading sanctions against Iran, a signal that Washington aims to keep pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.

  • 06/02/2014 | World

    Moscow accuses US of fomenting Ukraine coup

    An east-west struggle over Ukraine turned nastier as Moscow accused the United States of fomenting a coup and Washington pointed a finger at Russia for leaking a recording of US diplomats discussing how to shape a new government in Kiev.

  • 07/02/2014 | World

    Syria starts evacuating civilians from besieged Homs center

    Syria began evacuating civilians from a besieged area of Homs today while Russia announced that Syria's warring parties had agreed a three-day ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid in to those who remain.

  • 07/02/2014 | World

    US warns of cybersecurity, privacy threats at Sochi Olympics

    The United States issued a fresh travel alert for Americans attending the Sochi Winter Olympics, citing cybersecurity threats and warning them to have "no expectation of privacy" using Russian communications networks.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Stiglitz: current difficulties are result of flawed policies

    Joseph E. Stiglitz
    Soon after the global financial crisis erupted in 2008, I warned that unless the right policies were adopted, Japanese-style malaise — slow growth and near-stagnant incomes for years to come — could set in.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Is Damascus now a direct threat to the United States?

    David Rohde
    Over the last two weeks, Obama administration officials have signaled — sometimes intentionally, sometimes not — that a worst-case scenario is emerging in Syria.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Khamenei: US would overthrow Iranian government if it could

    Iran's Supreme Leader said the United States would overthrow the Iranian government if it could, adding Washington had a "controlling and meddlesome" attitude towards the Islamic Republic, Iranian media reported.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Al Capone's gangster manse on the market in Miami Beach

    One of Miami Beach's most notorious pieces of real estate is back on the block: the asking price is almost $8.5 million.

  • 08/02/2014 | World

    Iran says warships sailing towards US

    An Iranian naval officer said a number of warships had been ordered to approach US maritime borders as a response to the stationing of US vessels in the Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

  • 09/02/2014 | World

    Iran to give nuclear agency detonator data

    The UN nuclear agency has said that Iran had agreed to start addressing suspicions that it may have worked on designing an atomic weapon, a potential breakthrough in a long-stalled investigation into Tehran's atomic activities.

  • 10/02/2014 | World

    Iran successfully test-fires long-range missiles

    Iran's military has successfully test-fired two new domestically made missiles, one of them a long-range ballistic missile, the defence minister said today.

  • 10/02/2014 | World

    Obama administration delays health law's employer penalties

    The US government has delayed another part of President Barack Obama's signature health reform law, saying medium-sized businesses would not face a tax penalty until 2016 for not providing employees with health coverage.

  • 11/02/2014 | World

    Stocks rally, dollar gains on Yellen 'stay course' remarks

    The dollar rose and global equity markets rallied after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she expects the US central bank to continue trimming its bond purchases, a sign the Fed believes the economy is on track to grow further.

  • 11/02/2014 | World

    Smoking tied to increased risk of common type of breast cancer

    Researchers found that women between 20 and 44 years old who had smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for at least 10 years were 60 percent more likely than those who smoked less to develop so-called estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer.

  • 11/02/2014 | World

    Yellen says labour market hasn't recovered yet

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said today the US central bank was on track to keep reducing its policy stimulus, even as she acknowledged the labor market recovery was "far from complete."

  • 11/02/2014 | World

    Majority of Americans support normalizing relations with Cuba

    A strong majority of Americans - and an even greater percentage of Floridians - support normalizing relations with Cuba, according to a poll released by the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank.

  • 11/02/2014 | World

    Obama says US will deal harshly with violators of Iran sanctions

    President Barack Obama issued a sharp warning to companies eyeing business deals with Iran, saying the United States would come down like a "ton of bricks" on those that violated sanctions against Tehran.

  • 12/02/2014 | World

    Afghans in army uniform kill two US troops

    Two Afghan men in army uniforms turned their weapons on American forces in east Afghanistan today, killing two US troops, officials said.

  • 12/02/2014 | World

    US Congress approves debt limit extension

    The US Congress has approved legislation to increase the country's debt limit for a year, bowing to Obama's demands for a debt limit increase without any conditions after a dramatic Senate vote.

  • 13/02/2014 | World

    World stocks flat as soft US data blamed on weather; dlr down

    World stock markets were nearly flat as soft US economic data was blamed on bad weather, while the dollar fell to a two-week low against the euro. US stocks rose, with big gains in technology stocks, putting the Nasdaq on track for a sixth straight session of gains, its longest winning streak since December 2011.

  • 13/02/2014 | World

    Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion

    Comcast Corp said it would buy Time Warner Cable Inc for $45.2 billion in an all-stock deal that combines the two largest US cable operators.

  • 13/02/2014 | World

    Karzai rejects US warnings over freed Afghan detainees

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai today rejected criticism of his government's release of 65 detainees viewed by Washington as dangerous militants, further fanning tensions with the United States as the international mission in Afghanistan winds down.

  • 14/02/2014 | World

    US to let banks do business with licensed Marijuana shops

    The Obama administration made it easier for banks to do business with licensed marijuana companies with less fear of prosecution, further encouraging US states that are experimenting with legalization of the drug.

  • 15/02/2014 | World

    Germany, France to circumvent US in new European communications net

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would talk to French President Francois Hollande about building up a European communication network to avoid emails and other data passing through the US.

  • 15/02/2014 | Sports

    US men edge Russians in ice hockey thriller, but skaters fail again

    The United States edged out host nation Russia in a thrilling men's ice hockey game at the Winter Olympics, but a last-minute switch of high-tech suits failed to propel American speed skaters to their first medal of the Sochi Games.

  • 15/02/2014 | World

    Obama signs increase in US debt ceiling

    US President Barack Obama signed legislation today that raises the US debt limit through March 2015, taking the politically volatile issue off the table with congressional elections coming up this November.

  • 17/02/2014 | World

    Syria peace talks failure spurs US-Russia recriminations

    The United States accused Damascus today of paralyzing Geneva peace talks, while Russia said nations backing Syrian rebels were leaning toward a military, not a negotiated, outcome to a civil war whose death toll exceeds 140,000.

  • 17/02/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela expels 3 US diplomats after protests

    Venezuela has ordered three US diplomats to leave the country, accusing them of recruiting students to lead protests that were the OPEC nation's most serious violence since President Nicolas Maduro's April election and in which three people were killed.

  • 17/02/2014 | World

    Ayatollah Khamenei backs Iran nuclear talks but not optimistic

    Iran's supreme leader vowed to continue nuclear talks resuming with world powers tomorrow despite some reservations, in his strongest sign of support for moderate President Hassan Rouhani's push to resolve the conflict peacefully.

  • 18/02/2014 | World

    S&P 500 ticks up on M&A; Nasdaq extends winning streak

    The S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose today, following Wall Street's biggest weekly gain of the year, as merger activity increased confidence that there is value in the stock market even as the benchmark index nears a record high.

  • 18/02/2014 | World

    Tehran, powers begin talks on final nuclear deal

    Six world powers and Iran began talks in pursuit of a final settlement on Tehran's nuclear program in the coming months despite caveats from both sides that a breakthrough deal may prove impossible.

  • 18/02/2014 | World

    US border agent kills suspected illegal immigrant in San Diego

    A US border agent shot a person in a group of suspected illegal immigrants that had pelted the agent with rocks during a confrontation near San Diego.

  • 18/02/2014 | World

    UN urges prosecution of North Korea crimes

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged world powers to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor following a report documenting crimes against humanity.

  • 18/02/2014 | World

    US Federal Reserve adopts tough capital rules for foreign banks

    The US Federal Reserve adopted tight new rules for foreign banks to shield the US taxpayer from costly bailouts, ceding only minor concessions despite pressure from abroad to weaken the rule.

  • 19/02/2014 | World

    Wall St falls after Fed minutes

    Stock markets around the world fell today, with declines accelerating after minutes from a US Federal Reserve policy meeting showed members supported continued tapering of the central bank's bond-buying program barring a significant change in the economy.

  • 19/02/2014 | World

    In second day of talks, Iran, powers seek basis for nuclear deal

    Six world powers and Iran strived at a second day of talks in Vienna to hammer out an agenda for reaching a ambitious final settlement to the decade-old standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme.

  • 19/02/2014 | World

    Obama warns Ukraine against military violence

    President Barack Obama warned today that there would be consequences if violence continues in Ukraine, saying the Ukrainian military should not step into a situation that could be resolved by civilians.

  • 19/02/2014 | World

    Fed keeps reduction of monetary stimulus

    The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve decided to maintain the reduction of their monetary stimulus policy “at a moderate rate,” official acts revealed.

  • 19/02/2014 | World

    Archdiocese of Los Angeles to pay $13 million in sex abuse settlement

    Seventeen people who brought sexual abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles have won a US$13 million legal settlement, with most of the allegations involving a priest who left the country as an investigation got under way.

  • 19/02/2014 | World

    Obama urges Venezuelan Gov't to release protesters

    US President Barack Obama yesterday sharply criticized the Venezuelan government for arresting protesters and urged the government to focus on the "legitimate grievances" of its people.

  • 20/02/2014 | World

    Wall St rises on factory data; Tesla and Facebook jump

    US stocks climbed after a reading on manufacturing activity hit its highest in nearly four years, while news about Facebook and Tesla drove their shares to record highs.

  • 20/02/2014 | Latin America

    Maduro: If CNN do not correct reports, they are out of Venezuela

    "CNN has the objective of forcing a civil war in order to provoke the 'gringo' [USA] army against our fatherland. Alert the entire country, alert," the head of state warned, in a live television appearance this evening.

  • 20/02/2014 | World

    Obama budget plan to lose Social Security cuts

    US President Barack Obama today dropped a measure to trim cost-of-living increases in Social Security from an upcoming budget proposal in an election-year move that may insulate fellow Democrats facing heat from senior voters.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    Stocks rise, dollar mixed after recent US data

    Global equity markets mostly rose and the dollar traded mixed on Friday as recent data that has underpinned hopes for sustained US economic growth offset new data showing home resales fell to an 18-month low last month.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    Syria submits new 100-day plan for removal of chemical weapons

    Syria has submitted a new 100-day plan for the removal of its chemical weapons after failing to meet a February 5 deadline, but the international mission overseeing the operation believes it can be done in a shorter time frame, diplomats said today.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    Despite China warnings, Obama meets Dalai Lama

    President Barack Obama met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in a show of concern about China's human rights practices, and in spite of warnings from China that the visit would "seriously damage" ties with Washington.

  • 21/02/2014 | World

    US assures Ukraine support in IMF talks

    The United States has assured Ukraine it will have "strong support" from Washington in seeking an IMF-backed economic program to stabilize the country's economy after months of crippling street violence, a State Department official said.

  • 22/02/2014 | World

    Mexico captures No.1 drug kingpin Joaquin 'Shorty' Guzman

    Mexico's most wanted man, drugs kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, was captured with help from US agencies in a major victory for the government in a long, brutal drugs war.

  • 22/02/2014 | World

    US welcomes release of Ukraine's Tymoshenko

    The United States on Saturday welcomed the release from prison of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and pledged to work with its allies, Russia and international organizations to support a unified and democratic Ukraine.

  • 23/02/2014 | World

    Taliban kill 21 Afghan soldiers, suspend prisoner swap attempt

    The Afghan Taliban have killed 21 soldiers in an assault in a remote mountainous region, the Afghan government said, and six soldiers were missing after the militants' most deadly assault on the security forces in months.

  • 23/02/2014 | Latin America

    US to seek extradition of accused Mexican drug kingpin Guzman

    US federal prosecutors in New York plan to seek the extradition of Mexico's most wanted man, drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, to the United States, the US Attorney's office said today.

  • 24/02/2014 | World

    Budget cuts set to shrink US military

    The Pentagon would shrink the US Army to pre-World War Two levels, eliminate the popular A-10 aircraft and reduce military benefits in order to meet 2015 spending caps, setting up an election-year fight with the Congress over national defense priorities.

  • 25/02/2014 | World

    Wall Street slips on day after S&P hits record high

    US stocks edged lower, easing back from record territory a day earlier as weak economic data offset gains in Home Depot and other retail shares.

  • 25/02/2014 | World

    Washington expels three Venezuelan diplomats

    The United States today ordered three Venezuelan diplomats to leave in reprisal for President Nicolas Maduro's expulsion of three US embassy staff accused of fomenting unrest that has killed at least 13 people.

  • 25/02/2014 | World

    Obama: 4 million have signed up for insurance under Obamacare

    US President Barack Obama said today that some 4 million people had signed up for health insurance through exchanges provided by his signature healthcare law known as Obamacare.

  • 26/02/2014 | World

    Wall St ends near flat; retailers fly for a second day

    US stocks finished flat with investors hesitant to make a big move on the day before comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, though retailers' shares rallied on results for a second day.

  • 26/02/2014 | World

    Obesity still high but stable in US

    More than a third of US adults and 17 percent of kids and teens are obese, rates that haven't changed much in a decade, researchers say.

  • 26/02/2014 | World

    Beard transplants latest fad for Brooklyn's men

    Young men wearing pork-pie hats, knitted snoods and stylishly drab clothing are crowding doctors' waiting rooms in a burgeoning trend: Brooklyn hipsters seeking beard transplants.

  • 26/02/2014 | World

    US space telescope spots 715 more planets

    Scientists added a record 715 more planets to the list of known worlds beyond the solar system, boosting the overall tally to nearly 1,700, astronomers said.

  • 27/02/2014 | World

    Yellen helps offset Ukraine worry; S&P 500 hits record

    Stocks on world markets mostly advanced today, while the S&P 500 closed at a record high, as comments from US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen offset concerns over tension in Ukraine and Russia.

  • 27/02/2014 | Latin America

    US State Department report warns human right violations in Venezuela

    An executive summary published today by the US State Department describes Venezuela’s political power as “concentrated in a single party with an authoritarian executive”, and reported human rights abuses, including corruption, freedom of speech restrictions, and political persecutions amid others.

  • 27/02/2014 | World

    Iran: Nuclear programme to stay intact

    Iran is willing to address international concerns about its atomic activities but will keep its nuclear programme "intact", not close it down, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

  • 27/02/2014 | World

    US senators demand sanctions against Venezuelan Gov't

    Democrat senator Bob Menéndez and Republican Senator Marco Rubio have presented a resolution before US legislative upper house demanding sanctions against Venezuela to punish “the violent repression suffered by pacific protesters”.

  • 28/02/2014 | World

    US: fourth-quarter growth cut to 2.4%

    The US government slashed its estimate for fourth-quarter growth as consumer spending and exports were less robust than initially thought, leaving the economy on a more sustainable path of modest expansion.

  • 28/02/2014 | Latin America

    Kerry says working with others on possible Venezuela mediation

    The United States is working with Colombia and other countries to see if mediation can bring opposing sides in Venezuela together for talks on ending unrest there, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today.

  • 02/03/2014 | World

    Kerry condemns Russia's 'incredible act of aggression' in Ukraine

    US Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Russia's "incredible act of aggression" in Ukraine and threatened "very serious repercussions" from the United States and other countries, including sanctions to isolate Russia economically.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    Massive storm system takes aim at winter-weary US East Coast

    A massive winter storm system packing cold air, snow and freezing rain was bearing down on the US East Coast, causing federal and local offices in Washington to close today after it pummeled the central United States over the weekend.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    Amid Ukraine crisis, Obama meets Netanyahu

    Even as he grappled with the Ukraine crisis, President Barack Obama turned to White House talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeking to nudge him forward in Middle East peace efforts and ease his suspicions about diplomacy with Iran.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    US prepares sanctions against Russia

    The United States is preparing to impose sanctions on Russia for its military intervention in Ukraine's Crimea region although no decisions have yet been made, the US State Department said.

  • 03/03/2014 | World

    At White House, Israel's Netanyahu pushes back against Obama diplomacy

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told Barack Obama that Israelis expected their leader not to compromise on their security even as the US president sought to reassure him on Iran diplomacy and pressure him on Middle East peace talks.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    S&P 500 ends at a record; Ukraine-Russia tensions ease

    US stocks rallied, with the S&P 500 closing at a record as concerns about a confrontation between Russia and Ukraine eased, and the market recovered more than all of the previous session's hefty losses.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Putin says use of military force in Ukraine choice of last resort

    Vladimir Putin has said that Russia saw no need to use military force in the Crimea region of Ukraine for now and that ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich was still the legitimate leader of Ukraine.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Russia says it would retaliate for US sanctions as Kerry visits Kiev

    Russia warned the United States from taking unilateral sanctions against its country, while Secretary of State John Kerry visited Ukraine’s capital, Kiev.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Obama's 2015 budget proposal prompts clash with Republicans

    President Barack Obama proposed new tax credits and job-training programs for US workers today in a 2015 budget that drew instant condemnation from Republicans, who dismissed the document as an election-year campaign pitch.

  • 04/03/2014 | World

    Bieber police video may be released, minus genitalia

    A judge ruled that video images of a partially-clad Justin Bieber while the pop singer was in police custody in Florida can be released, but only after blocking out his genitals.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Wall Street little changed after data, Ukraine eyed

    US stocks were little changed today after two days of sharp swings as investors shrugged off soft data on jobs and the services sector, while keeping an eye on developments in Ukraine.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Russia says can't control Crimea troops; NATO, Moscow to hold talks

    Russian forces remain in control of Crimea, where Interfax reported they seized control of two Ukrainian missile defence sites overnight, and Putin gave no sign of backing down.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Little progress made in diplomatic efforts to solve Ukraine crisis

    High-level diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine made little apparent headway at talks in Paris with Moscow and Washington at odds and Russia's foreign minister refusing to recognise his Ukrainian counterpart.

  • 05/03/2014 | World

    Obama and Cameron consult on Ukraine

    President Barack Obama spoke to British Prime Minister David Cameron about the situation in Ukraine, the White House said.

  • 06/03/2014 | World

    US polar vortex puts Niagara Falls literally on ice

    The Niagara Falls on the United States and Canadian border has become a winter wonderland for the second time in what has been a deadly blast of arctic air that shattered decades-old temperature records as it enveloped the eastern US.

  • 06/03/2014 | World

    US Obama: Crimea referendum would violate international law

    President Barack Obama said today that a proposed referendum in Crimea to join Russia would violate international law and said US sanctions were aimed at punishing Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine.

  • 06/03/2014 | World

    US Congress steps into action on Ukraine

    The US House of Representatives approved a bill backing $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine, the first formal response by US lawmakers to the worst crisis in US-Russia relations since the Cold War.

  • 07/03/2014 | World

    Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates

    President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from US Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, saying today that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.

  • 08/03/2014 | World

    Moscow warns sanctions will 'boomerang'

    Russia has said any US sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula.

  • 08/03/2014 | World

    Moscow warns sanctions will 'boomerang'

    Russia has said any US sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula.

  • 09/03/2014 | World

    US won't recognize Crimea annexation

    The United States will not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia if residents of the region vote to leave Ukraine in a referendum next week, US national security official Tony Blinken said.

  • 10/03/2014 | World

    Snowden: US reforms vindicate classified data leaks

    Former security contractor Edward Snowden, addressing a sympathetic crowd at a tech-heavy Austin event from a secret location in Russia, has said proposed reforms at the National Security Agency show that he was vindicated in leaking classified material.

  • 10/03/2014 | World

    US Senate Democrats open marathon session on climate change

    More than two dozen US Senate Democrats have joined forces to speak through the night, hoping to "wake up" Congress to what is seen as the threat of climate change.

  • 11/03/2014 | World

    Wall Street falls in choppy trading, catalysts scarce

    US stocks were little changed as investors found few reasons to push the S&P 500 above its recent record high, as tensions in Ukraine continued.

  • 11/03/2014 | World

    Crimea's Parliament asks to join Russian Federation, Ukraine calls for US, UK assistance

    The Parliament in Crimea have asked Moscow today to allow the southern Ukrainian region to become part of the Russian Federation and closed its airspace to commercial flights.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    Wall St little changed as Ukraine, China concerns brushed off

    US stocks finished little changed, with the Nasdaq up for the first session in five, as investors grappled with the evolving situation in Ukraine but shrugged off concern over weakness in China's economy.

  • 12/03/2014 | World

    US Senate bill seeks sanctions on Russia

    US lawmakers will consider legislation that would impose strict sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine, implement reforms of the International Monetary Fund and provide aid to the new government in Kiev.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Wall St tumbles as Ukraine tensions rise, China slows

    US stocks tumbled, with the Dow and the S&P 500 suffering their worst day since early February, on rising concerns over Ukraine and Russia and new signs of a slowdown in China.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Pope invited to address US Congress

    US House Speaker John Boehner invited Pope Francis to address a joint session of Congress - an unprecedented event - during an expected visit to the United States next year.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Kerry: US, EU ready to act if Crimea vote held

    The United States and the European Union will take serious steps against Russia if a referendum planned for Sunday in Ukraine's Crimea region results in Russian annexation, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Facebook CEO Zuckerberg phoned Obama to complain about spying

    Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg blasted the US government's electronic surveillance practices, saying he'd personally called President Barack Obama to voice his displeasure.

  • 13/03/2014 | World

    Russia vows to veto US draft at UN declaring Crimea vote illegal

    The United States circulated a draft resolution to the UN Security Council that would declare Sunday's planned referendum on independence for Ukraine's Crimea region illegal, but Russia has vowed to veto it, council diplomats said.

  • 14/03/2014 | World

    Wall St ends lower on jitters over upcoming Crimea vote

    Wall Street ended lower with all three major stock indexes down for the week, as concerns over tensions between Ukraine and Russia escalated ahead of a referendum in Crimea this weekend.

  • 14/03/2014 | World

    Draft UN resolution declares Crimea referendum invalid

    A draft UN Security Council resolution declares that Sunday's planned referendum on Crimea's status "can have no validity" and urges nations and international organizations not to recognize it, according to a copy obtained by Reuters.

  • 14/03/2014 | World

    Kerry and Lavrov fail to reach breakthrough

    The US and Russia found no middle ground on the Ukraine crisis, with the Russians saying they would respect an independence referendum in Crimea and the Americans vowing to impose sanctions if they do.

  • 16/03/2014 | World

    Crimeans vote on union with Russia as troops build up rapidly

    Crimeans voted in a referendum today on whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia, with Kiev accusing Moscow of rapidly building up its armed forces on the peninsula in "crude violation" of an international treaty.

  • 16/03/2014 | World

    Iran accused by US official of seeking banned nuclear components

    Iran has pursued a longstanding effort to buy banned components for its nuclear and missile programs in recent months, a US official said today, a period when it struck an interim deal with major powers to limit its disputed atomic activity.

  • 16/03/2014 | World

    US warns of Russia sanctions over Crimea

    The White House has warned President Vladimir Putin that Moscow would face sanctions in coming days and international isolation that will hurt Russia's economy, as Washington fumed over a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region that it was powerless to stop.

  • 17/03/2014 | World

    As giant US IPO nears, Alibaba's China e-commerce crown slips

    Alibaba's dominance of online retail in China faces its biggest-ever challenge as the firm founded by Jack Ma in a one-room apartment 15 years ago lines up a US initial public offering that could value the firm at around $140 billion.

  • 17/03/2014 | World

    Iran, six powers seek nuclear advance after Ukraine crisis

    Iran and six world powers will try to make headway toward resolving their nuclear dispute in talks starting in Vienna tomorrow, with Western officials hoping the uphill challenge will not be made even more difficult by the Ukraine crisis.

  • 18/03/2014 | World

    US shuts Syrian embassy, consulate operations, orders diplomats out

    The United States today suspended operations of the Syrian Embassy in Washington and its consulates and told diplomats and staff who are not US citizens or permanent residents to leave the country.

  • 18/03/2014 | World

    White House promises new Russia sanctions

    The White House has condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and said it was preparing a fresh round of sanctions in response to the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

  • 18/03/2014 | World

    Report claims US, NSA can record all calls in chosen foreign nation

    The US National Security Agency has created a surveillance system that is recording all the phone calls in an undisclosed foreign country, allowing it to play back any conversation up to 30 days later, the Washington Post reported today.

  • 19/03/2014 | World

    Wall St drops after Yellen moves up rate hike

    US stocks fell today after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen raised the possibility of an earlier- than-anticipated increase in interest rates.

  • 19/03/2014 | World

    Russian forces seize two Ukrainian bases in Crimea

    The US warned Moscow it was on a "dark path" to isolation as Russian troops seized two Ukrainian naval bases, including a headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol where they raised their flag.

  • 19/03/2014 | World

    Fed says to keep rates low even after economy regains health

    The Federal Reserve today said it could keep interest rates unusually low even after the U.S. job market returns to full strength and inflation rises to the central bank's target.

  • 19/03/2014 | World

    US examines pilot simulator data as Malaysia plane search falters

    The FBI is helping Malaysian authorities to analyse data from a flight simulator belonging to the captain of a missing Malaysian airliner, a US official said today as investigators grasped for clues 12 days after the plane vanished.

  • 20/03/2014 | World

    Wall St rebounds after data; financials climb

    US stocks rose today, after a batch of economic data pointed to an improving economy and investors reassessed comments from Fed Chair Janet Yellen that fueled speculation of an earlier-than-expected rate hike by the central bank.

  • 20/03/2014 | World

    Obama hits closest Putin allies with further Russia sanctions over Crimea

    US President Barack Obama raised the stakes in an East-West confrontation over Crimea by targeting some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's closest long-time political and business allies with personal sanctions.

  • 20/03/2014 | World

    Destructive solar blasts narrowly missed Earth in 2012: US scientists

    Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012, US researchers have reported.

  • 20/03/2014 | World

    Standard & Poor's sees 'negative' Russia outlook following sanctions

    International rating agency Standard & Poor's have lowered the outlook on Russia to "negative", due to a torrent of sanctions slapped on the nation from the United States and European Union during the current crisis in Crimea.

  • 20/03/2014 | Latin America

    Mujica agrees to take Guantanamo inmates after US request

    Uruguay has agreed with the United States to accept some prisoners held in the much-criticized detention center at the US military base of Guantanamo Bay, President Jose Mujica said.

  • 23/03/2014 | World

    Russia says flag now flying over 189 Crimea military sites, complying with limits

    Russia said its flag is now flying over 189 Ukrainian military installations in the Crimea, the defence ministry said on Sunday, two days after President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.

  • 23/03/2014 | World

    US Congress Republicans want small arms sent to help Ukraine

    Republicans in the US Congress have urged the Obama administration to dispatch small weapons and other military equipment to aid Ukraine as Russian troops amassed at that country's eastern border.

  • 24/03/2014 | World

    Thirty hurt in train derailment at Chicago's O'Hare airport

    Thirty people were injured after a Chicago Transit Authority train derailed and hit a platform at O'Hare International Airport, the Chicago Tribune reported.

  • 24/03/2014 | World

    Ukraine announces military pull-out from Crimea

    Ukraine announced the evacuation of its troops and their families from Crimea today, effectively acknowledging defeat in the face of Russian forces, who stormed one of the last remaining Ukrainian bases on the peninsula.

  • 25/03/2014 | World

    Wall St rebounds; biotech shares snap losing streak

    US stocks ended higher, rebounding from a two-day decline as the hard-hit biotechnology sector regained its momentum and a strong read on consumer confidence increased optimism about the economy.

  • 25/03/2014 | World

    World leaders call for co-operation to prevent nuclear terrorism

    World leaders have called for countries to cut their stocks of highly enriched nuclear fuel to the minimum to help prevent al Qaeda-style militants from obtaining material for atomic bombs.

  • 26/03/2014 | World

    Russia sanctions worry hits Wall St; techs weigh

    US stocks fell led by losses in the technology and materials sectors, as geopolitical concerns rose after the United States and the European Union agreed to work together on tougher sanctions on Russia.

  • 26/03/2014 | World

    Obama urges EU to reduce dependency on Russian energy

    US President Barack Obama has told the European Union it cannot rely on the United States alone to reduce its dependency on Russian energy, as relations with Moscow chill over its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.

  • 26/03/2014 | World

    Washington state mudslide death toll at 24, expected to rise

    Search teams picked through mud-caked debris for a fifth day looking for scores of people still missing from a deadly Washington state landslide, while local officials fended off criticism of property development in the area after previous slides.

  • 27/03/2014 | World

    US stocks dip on unimpressive Q4 growth; gold tumbles

    US stocks fell after upwardly revised fourth-quarter growth data failed to impress investors and worries over Ukraine lingered, while gold tumbled to a six-week low on expectations US interest rates might rise sooner than thought.

  • 27/03/2014 | World

    Washington mudslide death toll hits 25

    Rescue teams were clawing through the moon-like surface left by a massive mudslide in Washington state, searching for those still missing while the community prayed for "one little miracle."

  • 27/03/2014 | World

    US Congress passes bills for Ukraine aid, sanctions

    The US Senate and House of Representatives easily passed bills to provide aid to Ukraine, back a $1 billion loan guarantee for the Kiev government and impose sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians over Russia's annexation of Crimea.

  • 27/03/2014 | World

    US appeals court upholds restrictive abortion law

    A US appeals court upheld a Texas law that places restrictions on abortions, saying a provision requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital was a reasonable regulation.

  • 28/03/2014 | World

    US stocks end off highs, Dow up for week; gold at 6-week lows

    US stocks ended up but off their session highs as a late afternoon selloff in the biotechnology sector weighed on the overall market.

  • 29/03/2014 | World

    Russia says it has 'no intention, interest' in crossing Ukraine's borders

    Russia has said it had no intention of sending its armed forces into Ukraine, signaling Moscow wants to ease tensions in the worst East-West standoff since the Cold war.

  • 29/03/2014 | World

    Number of missing in US mudslide drops to 30 as death toll rises

    The number of people missing from a landslide that sent a wall of mud cascading over dozens of homes in Washington state dropped to 30 from 90, but the death toll continues to climb as another body was found in the muddy heap of debris.

  • 29/03/2014 | World

    Another earthquake rattles S. California

    Residents of southern California were rattled by a 4.1 magnitude earthquake, the largest of more than 100 aftershocks following Friday's 5.1 rumbler that caused light scattered damage around the Los Angeles area.

  • 30/03/2014 | World

    Russia's Lavrov says Moscow, Washington to work with Ukraine

    Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said today that Moscow and Washington had agreed to work with the Ukrainian government and the country's people to overcome the crisis, after meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian agencies reported.

  • 31/03/2014 | World

    Russian prime minister visits Crimea

    Dmitry Medvedev flaunted Russia's grip on Crimea by flying to the region and holding a government meeting there , angering Ukraine and defying Western demands to hand the peninsula back to Kiev.

  • 01/04/2014 | World

    Wall St ends at record to lead global shares; oil slides

    World equity markets added to recent gains as Wall Street hit a record high after strong factory data, while soft manufacturing numbers in China reinforced expectations that the country will undertake stimulus measures.

  • 01/04/2014 | World

    Obamacare on track to reach 7 million target

    US President Barack Obama's national healthcare program was on track to reach its goal of covering 7 million Americans, administration officials have said, a victory for Washington after a months-long, glitch-filled rollout. Obama was scheduled to make a statement about the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, today in the White House.

  • 01/04/2014 | World

    Palestine president Abbas signs UN conventions

    Mahmoud Abbas has signed more than a dozen international conventions citing anger at Israel's delay of a prisoner release, in a move that could jeopardise US efforts to salvage fragile peace talks.

  • 02/04/2014 | World

    Shares at six-year high, gold rebounds

    A global stock index edged up to a six-year high and Wall Street closed at a record high as US data suggested the economy is improving, while the price of spot gold jumped 1 percent.

  • 02/04/2014 | World

    UN will treat Crimea as part of Ukraine, not Russia, says US

    In a diplomatic blow to Russia, the United Nations will continue to view Crimea as part of Ukraine in line with a General Assembly resolution adopted last week, the United States and Western diplomats said.

  • 03/04/2014 | World

    Wall St dips as investors wary before jobs data

    US stocks slipped as investors turned cautious ahead of Friday's monthly jobs report, while a drop in biotech and momentum shares dragged the Nasdaq down nearly 1 percent.

  • 03/04/2014 | World

    US, Japan, S.Korea to discuss N.Korea nuclear weapons program

    The United States, Japan and South Korea will meet next week to seek ways to persuade North Korea to give up its atomic weapons program, the US State Department said, just days after Pyongyang warned of a "new form" of nuclear test.

  • 04/04/2014 | World

    Momentum stocks sink; Nasdaq posts worst day since Feb.

    Momentum shares like Netflix and TripAdvisor sold off sharply for a second straight day, giving the Nasdaq its worst day since February and leaving investors anxious about how much further they may fall.

  • 04/04/2014 | World

    Black box detector joins Malaysia jet search

    The hunt for the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 headed underwater, with a US Navy high tech "black box" locator deployed for the first time as the battery life of the cockpit data recorder dwindles.

  • 04/04/2014 | World

    Washington to 'evaluate' role in Middle East conflict - Kerry

    Washington was evaluating whether to continue its role in Middle East peace talks, signaling his patience with the Israelis and Palestinians was running out. John Kerry said there was a limit to US efforts if the parties themselves were unwilling to move forward.

  • 04/04/2014 | World

    Uganda arrests US staffer over gay law

    A US-funded health project in Uganda has suspended operations after police arrested a staff member on suspicion of promoting homosexuality, highlighting the mounting legal risks confronting the gay community in the east African state.

  • 05/04/2014 | World

    Afghanistan hold landmark election

    Afghanistan's presidential election has closed amid relief that attacks by Taliban fighters were fewer than feared for a vote that will bring the first-ever democratic transfer of power in a country plagued by conflict.

  • 07/04/2014 | World

    US Senate votes to extend jobless benefits; faces divided House

    The Democratic-led US Senate has passed a bill to restore expired jobless benefits for 2.4 million Americans who have been out of work for at least six months.

  • 08/04/2014 | World

    Kerry says willing to take blame for US foreign policy failures

    US Secretary of State John Kerry bristled at fierce criticism from US senators, saying he would accept blame for foreign policy failures but was at least trying to make progress on Middle East peace and the crises in Syria and Ukraine.

  • 08/04/2014 | World

    US, Russia, Ukraine and EU to meet on Ukraine crisis, EU says

    The United States, the European Union, Russia and Ukraine will meet at ministerial level next week to discuss the Ukraine crisis, the EU said today, offering a glimpse of possible diplomatic progress in the conflict.

  • 09/04/2014 | World

    Wall St soars after Fed minutes signal support

    US stocks rallied after minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting showed a more supportive central bank than investors had previously expected.

  • 09/04/2014 | World

    Netanyahu freezes negotiations with Palestinian Authority

    Israel announced a partial freeze in high-level contacts with the Palestinians and also threatened economic steps after they signed international conventions, deepening a crisis menacing US-brokered peace talks.

  • 10/04/2014 | World

    Wall Street down, Nasdaq marks worst day since Nov. 2011

    The Nasdaq suffered its biggest drop in two-and-a-half years today after another sharp selloff in biotech and momentum names, including Gilead Sciences and TripAdvisor, increasing investor anxiety about a broader pullback.

  • 10/04/2014 | World

    Israel imposes sanctions against Palestinians

    Israel imposed economic sanctions against the Palestinians in retaliation for their leadership signing international conventions, moves that further complicate US efforts to keep peace talks from collapsing before an April 29 deadline.

  • 11/04/2014 | World

    Obama names Burwell as US health secretary to fix Obamacare woes

    President Barack Obama said today he will promote budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be his next health secretary, who will preside over the next difficult phase of his healthcare law in the months before November congressional elections.

  • 11/04/2014 | World

    G20 gives US year-end deadline for IMF reforms

    Finance chiefs from around the globe today gave the United States until year-end to ratify long-delayed reforms to the International Monetary Fund and threatened to move forward without it if it fails to do so.

  • 13/04/2014 | World

    Three killed in shootings at US Jewish centers

    The shootings occurred at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kansas, and at Village Shalom, an assisted living center about a mile away.

  • 14/04/2014 | World

    Obama offers condolences to Kansas shootings victims

    President Barack Obama deplored the shootings at Kansas City-area Jewish centers, saying at an Easter season prayer breakfast there was no place for anti-Semitism or other religious-based hatred.

  • 14/04/2014 | World

    Ex-Ku Klux Klan leader charged in Kansas Jewish centre killings

    The suspect in the Passover Eve killings of three people at two Jewish community facilities in a Kansas City suburb has a long history of racism and anti-Semitism, human rights groups said.

  • 14/04/2014 | World

    US Congress estimates lower deficits for the next decade

    US budget deficits over the next decade will be $286 billion less than previously estimated, the Congressional Budget Office said today, attributing much of the decline to lower estimates of subsidy costs under President Barack Obama's health insurance reform law.

  • 15/04/2014 | World

    Wall St ends higher as blue chips rally

    US stocks ended a volatile session higher, lifted by gains in such blue-chip names as Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson, though persistent weakness in momentum names limited the Nasdaq's advance.

  • 16/04/2014 | World

    Wall St gains on Yellen comments and Yahoo

    US stocks rose 1 percent, advancing for a third straight session as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reaffirmed the central bank's commitment to keeping interest rates low and Yahoo rallied.

  • 16/04/2014 | World

    Bin Laden's ex ally turns into key US witness

    A British shoe bomb-plotter-turned-government informant, who once conspired with Osama bin Laden, has become a key witness for US prosecutors seeking to give American juries a taste of life inside al Qaeda.

  • 17/04/2014 | World

    Snowden makes surprise appearance on TV phone-in hosted by Putin

    It was the first known direct contact between Putin and Snowden since Russia gave the American refuge after he disclosed monitoring data by the US.

  • 17/04/2014 | World

    US, EU, Russia, Ukraine call for end to violence

    The US, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have called together for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.

  • 23/04/2013 | World

    Venezuela's Maduro sends conciliatory message to US

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro named a new acting head of its US diplomatic mission in Washington and sent an offer of dialogue after attacking the United States for "interference" in a row over his election.

  • 25/04/2013 | Latin America

    Venezuela detains US citizen accused of financing opposition

    Venezuela has detained an American citizen it says was financing opposition student demonstrations after this month's disputed presidential election, the latest in a flurry of accusations over last week's post-vote violence.

  • 28/04/2013 | World

    US lawmakers press Obama to take action on Syria

    Republican senators pressed US President Barack Obama to intervene in Syria's civil war, saying America could attack Syrian air bases with missiles but should not send in ground troops.

  • 29/04/2013 | World

    Mississippi man to appear in federal court in ricin letters case

    A Mississippi martial arts instructor is expected to appear in a federal court today to face charges in connection with the mailing of letters containing the deadly poison ricin to President barack Obama and other US officials.

  • 30/04/2013 | World

    S&P 500 ends at record high on Apple, economic data

    US stocks rose moderately, with the S&P 500 ending at another all-time closing high on a jump in Apple and encouraging economic data.

  • 30/04/2013 | World

    Obama renews vow to close Guantanamo detention camp

    Saying it was damaging to US interests to keep holding prisoners in legal limbo at Guantanamo, President Barack Obama renewed an old vow to close the camp, where about 100 inmates are on hunger strike to protest against their years in detention without trial.

  • 01/05/2013 | World

    Wall St closes down on data, earnings

    US stocks fell sharply as the latest economic data continued a trend of indicators pointing to anemic growth, while bellwether companies disappointed on revenue.

  • 01/05/2013 | Latin America

    Bolivia expels US aid agency after Kerry 'backyard' comment

    Bolivian President Evo Morales expelled a US development agency from his country, marking the latest confrontation between Washington and a bloc of left-wing governments in Latin America.

  • 02/05/2013 | Latin America

    Maduro: opposition seeks 'totalitarian project' in Venezuela

    Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro asked the US to “respect” his country, and warned about the raise of an extreme right in the Caribbean nation but said he’ll do everything possible “in order to stop the appearance of a new Pinochet.”

  • 02/05/2013 | World

    Rhode Island lawmakers pass gay marriage bill; governor to sign it

    Rhode Island lawmakers gave final approval to a bill to legalize gay marriage on Thursday, making it the 10th US state to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples and the last of the six New England states to do so.

  • 02/05/2013 | World

    Obama blesses Mexican security plan, eyes deeper business ties

    US President Barack Obama gave his blessing to a new security arrangement with Mexican leader Enrique Pena Nieto, in which Mexico will make reducing violence a priority over hunting drug cartel kingpins in the war against organized crime.

  • 03/05/2013 | World

    White House says jobs report shows economy continuing to recover

    Today's strong jobs report shows the US economy is continuing to recover, but it would grow faster if Congress approved job-creation programs, said Alan Krueger, a top economic advisor to President Barack Obama.

  • 03/05/2013 | World

    Solar-powered plane takes off for first cross-country flight from California

    A solar-powered airplane that developers hope to eventually pilot around the world took off today from San Francisco Bay on the first leg of an attempt to fly across the United States with no fuel but the sun's energy.

  • 03/05/2013 | World

    Lawmakers struggle over guest workers in US immigration bill

    As the Senate gets ready to debate the details of a broad US immigration bill, a group of House of Representatives lawmakers is still struggling to write its own legislation, hung up in part over guest worker programs sought by businesses.

  • 03/05/2013 | World

    Obama comfortable with FDA decision to let 15-year-olds buy morning-after pill

    President Obama said he is comfortable with a US government agency's decision to allow over-the-counter purchases of a morning-after pill for anyone 15 and older.

  • 04/05/2013 | America

    Obama: US, LatAm must fight drug violence

    US President Barack Obama yesterday cast Mexico as a nation ready to take “its rightful place in the world” and move past the drug battles and violence that have defined its relationship with the United States.

  • 06/05/2013 | World

    Signed Muhammad Ali rarities to hit US auction block

    Memorabilia from boxing champion Muhammad Ali's rise to sporting and cultural prominence, including a signed training robe and amateur boxing trophy, are expected to fetch tens of thousands of dollars in Los Angeles auction.

  • 07/05/2013 | World

    Global stocks climb higher as investors chase performance

    US stocks edged higher but investors found little reason to push shares decisively higher after the S&P 500 hit another record close. European shares rose 0.4 percent on positive expectations that central banks would continue to stimulate the economy.

  • 07/05/2013 | World

    US, South Korea, vow to maintain North Korea deterrent

    The United States and South Korea agree on maintaining a deterrent posture towards North Korea and on not rewarding that provocative behavior from Pyongyang, President Barack Obama said.

  • 07/05/2013 | World

    US, Russia seek new Syria peace talks; rebels sceptical

    Russia and the United States agreed to seek new peace talks with both sides to end Syria's civil war, but opposition leaders were sceptical of an initiative they fear might let President Bashar al-Assad hang on to power.

  • 08/05/2013 | World

    Delaware becomes 11th US state to allow gay marriage

    The state Senate approved the bill by a vote of 12-9 yesterday and Governor Jack Markell signed it into law half an hour later.

  • 09/05/2013 | World

    Bail for accused Cleveland kidnapper set at 8 million dollars

    Bail for accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro was set at $8 million in the decade-long abduction ordeal of three young women and a child, who was conceived and born in captivity.

  • 09/05/2013 | World

    Immigration bill passes first early test in US Senate

    In the first legislative test for the US Senate's bipartisan immigration bill, the Judiciary Committee rejected a Republican attempt to significantly delay the legalization process for 11 million undocumented immigrants, a central focus of the bill.

  • 10/05/2013 | World

    US sends Japan currency warning as G7 meets

    The United States told Japan it would be watching for any sign it was manipulating its currency lower but Tokyo said it met no resistance to its policies at a meeting of Group of Seven finance ministers.

  • 10/05/2013 | World

    Fed's Bernanke says shadow banking system still poses risks

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that the shadow banking system continued to pose a threat to financial stability, and that bank funding markets might still not be able to cope with a major default.

  • 13/05/2013 | World

    Obama: 'US working to establish facts on Syria chemical weapons use'

    US President Barack Obama said today the United States would keep increasing pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop the "appalling violence" in Syria, and was still investigating the reported use of chemical weapons there.

  • 13/05/2013 | World

    US objects to Iran chairing UN disarmament conference

    The United States said it was "highly inappropriate" for Iran to take over the rotating chair of the UN Conference on Disarmament this month and vowed that its ambassador would boycott any meeting led by the Tehran.

  • 14/05/2013 | World

    Wall Street jumps as banks lead S&P 500 to new record high

    US stocks rose and closed a rally today, with the Dow and the S&P 500 hitting new records as investors bet that the market's upward momentum would keep going.

  • 14/05/2013 | World

    CIA agent caught trying to recruit spy, Russia says

    Russia said it had caught an American red-handed as he tried to recruit a Russian intelligence officer to work for the CIA, a throwback to the Cold War era that risks upsetting efforts to improve relations.

  • 15/05/2013 | America

    Russia expels US diplomat for ‘CIA agent’

    Russia expelled a US diplomat yesterday after saying he had been caught red-handed with disguises, special equipment and wads of cash as he tried to recruit a Russian intelligence agent to work for the CIA.

  • 15/05/2013 | World

    White House seeks to revive media protection bill, amid AP scandal

    The White House today sought to revive legislation that would give journalists legal protection when guarding their sources, a move that comes days after the Obama administration revealed it had seized records from the AP news agency in a leak probe.

  • 16/05/2013 | World

    Obama says 'no apologies' over security leak probe

    President Barack Obama said today he makes "no apologies" for his concern about leaks to the media that could compromise US national security or put American military and intelligence officers at risk.

  • 16/05/2013 | World

    US sought to recruit spies despite warning, Russia

    Russia warned the United States in 2011 to stop trying to recruit its security agents as spies and expelled a CIA operative in January this year after Washington ignored the warning, the FSB said.

  • 17/05/2013 | World

    IRS chief declines to identify employees involved in scandal

    The outgoing head of the US Internal Revenue Service angered Republican lawmakers by resisting their demands that he identify who at the tax-collection agency had inappropriately targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny.

  • 17/05/2013 | World

    US chides Russia for sending missiles, peace plans suffer

    The United States chided Russia for sending missiles to the Syrian government as plans for a peace conference promoted by Washington and Moscow were hit by diplomatic rifts over its scope and purpose.

  • 19/05/2013 | World

    North Korea fires short-range missiles for two days in a row

    North Korea fired a short-range missile from its east coast after launching three of these missiles, a South Korean news agency said, ignoring calls for restraint from Western powers.

  • 19/05/2013 | World

    AP chief says phone probe makes news sources reluctant to talk

    The Justice Department's seizure of phone records for journalists at the Associated Press is hurting the agency's ability to gather news, the wire service's Chief Executive and President Gary Pruitt said.

  • 20/05/2013 | World

    AP chief says phone probe makes news sources reluctant to talk

    The Justice Department's seizure of phone records for journalists at the Associated Press is hurting the agency's ability to gather news, the wire service's Chief Executive and President Gary Pruitt said.

  • 20/05/2013 | World

    Monster tornado flattens Oklahoma, 51 killed

    A huge tornado with winds of up to 200 miles per hour devastated the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday, ripping up at least two elementary schools and a hospital and leaving a wake of tangled wreckage.

  • 22/05/2013 | World

    Wall St falters in volatile session on Fed worries

    US stocks fell with the S&P 500 posting its biggest decline in three weeks, after minutes from the latest US Federal Reserve meeting showed some officials were open to tapering large-scale asset purchases as early as at the June meeting.

  • 22/05/2013 | World

    Obama praises US Senate panel move on immigration bill

    President Barack Obama, who has made enactment of an immigration bill one of his top priorities for this year, praised the Senate Judiciary Committee's action, saying the bill was consistent with the goals he has expressed.

  • 22/05/2013 | World

    Bernanke offers no hint of pullback in Fed stimulus

    The Federal Reserve's monetary stimulus is helping the US economy recover, and the central bank needs to see further signs of traction before taking its foot off the gas, central bank chairman Ben Bernanke said today.

  • 22/05/2013 | World

    Man linked to Boston bombing suspect killed by FBI in Florida

    A Chechen immigrant who was being questioned about his possible links to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was shot and killed by a federal agent in Florida after he suddenly turned violent, the FBI said.

  • 22/05/2013 | World

    US gov't acknowledges killing four Americans in drone strikes

    The US government formally acknowledged for the first time that it had killed four Americans, including militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who died in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.

  • 23/05/2013 | World

    Wall St sags, but ends off session lows

    US stocks slipped but finished sharply off their session lows as a rally in Hewlett-Packard's shares offset worries about weak Chinese manufacturing data and the prospects of the Federal Reserve reducing its monetary stimulus.

  • 23/05/2013 | World

    Kerry meets Israelis, Palestinians in bid to revive talks

    US Secretary of State John Kerry held separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials today and acknowledged there was considerable scepticism that the two sides would resume peace negotiations.

  • 24/05/2013 | World

    Global shares fall on worries of stimulus cutback

    Global equity markets slipped over worries the US Federal Reserve may curb a stimulus program that has lifted stocks, while the dollar recovered against the euro after better-than-expected US durable goods data for April.

  • 27/05/2013 | World

    'Our nation is still at war," Obama during Memorial Day ceremony

    President Barack Obama payed tribute today to fallen men and women of the US armed services during a Memorial Day ceremony in which he reminded Americans that the country was still at war.

  • 28/05/2013 | Latin America

    Biden pleased security now takes back seat in US-Colombian agenda

    In his first visit to Colombia in more than a decade, US Vice-President Joe Biden said he’s pleased security concerns can now take a back seat to trade and economic issues in talks with Washington’s longtime ally.

  • 28/05/2013 | World

    Drones: the nation’s indispensable weapon

    By James Traub
    Men and women on the street of the Islamic world often say that they feel helpless in the face of US power — but in President Barack Obama’s decision to restrict the use of drones they won a victory which the administration’s domestic critics could never have achieved.

  • 28/05/2013 | World

    Stocks rally, US Treasury yields climb

    US stocks opened higher today as supportive comments from central banks around the world reassured investors that monetary policies designed to support the global economy would remain in place.

  • 29/05/2013 | World

    Global shares retreat on Fed uncertainty

    Global shares retreated today, as investors continued to question the longevity of the Federal Reserve's stimulus program.

  • 29/05/2013 | World

    Pakistan: seven killed, including Taliban number two after US drone strike

    The strike occurred in the North Waziristan region today, according to security officials. Seven people were killed, among them, Taliban deputy commander Wali-ur-Rehman. 

  • 29/05/2013 | Latin America

    US Biden begins three-day visit to Brazil

    US Vice President Joe Biden began a three-day visit to Brazil today to meet government and business leaders as Washington gears up for a planned state visit by President Dilma Rousseff later this year.

  • 30/05/2013 | World

    Global shares extend gains as stimulus worries ease

    US stocks extended gains, with the Nasdaq briefly gaining 1 percent and the S&P near session highs as weaker-than-expected economic data kept afloat the belief stimulus measures by central banks will likely continue.

  • 30/05/2013 | World

    Threatening letter sent to Obama, US Secret Service says

    Authorities intercepted a threatening letter addressed to President Barack Obama that was similar to ones sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Secret Service said today.

  • 31/05/2013 | World

    European shares dip, hit by profit taking; Wall Street flat

    US stocks sold off and government bond yields rose on Friday after improved factory activity in the US Midwest and rising consumer sentiment increased anxiety about the Federal Reserve's next move.

  • 31/05/2013 | World

    FBI probes two cases of ricin letters to Obama

    US authorities are investigating a Texas man over threatening letters containing a potentially deadly poison mailed to US President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a law enforcement official said today.

  • 31/05/2013 | World

    US sanctions Iran's petrochemical industry

    The United States today blacklisted companies in Iran's petrochemical industry, sending a warning signal to its global customers and representing the latest effort by Washington to cut funds to the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

  • 03/06/2013 | World

    Death toll reaches 18 in Oklahoma tornadoes, storms

    The death toll from deadly tornadoes and severe flooding that struck Oklahoma on Friday and Saturday has risen to 18, including 12 adults and six children, with the bodies of seven people still unidentified, the state's chief medical examiner said.

  • 03/06/2013 | World

    US Senator Frank Lautenberg dies at 89

    Frank Lautenberg, a self-made multimillionaire businessman who became a leading liberal in the US Senate and championed smoking bans, gun control, airline safety and rail transportation, died today at 89, an aide said.

  • 04/06/2013 | World

    Wall Street ends down on fears Fed may scale back stimulus

    US stocks ended lower resuming their recent decline as investors sold growth-oriented sectors on speculation the Federal Reserve may slow the pace of its economic stimulus.

  • 05/06/2013 | World

    Wall St drops as fears of less Fed stimulus mount

    US stocks dropped 1 percent, extending a recent selloff, as investors grappled with concerns that the Federal Reserve may begin to scale back its bond-buying stimulus while the economy is still sluggish.

  • 05/06/2013 | World

    Obama picks confidante Susan Rice as national security adviser

    President Barack Obama chose close confidante Susan Rice as his new national security adviser, increasing White House control over foreign policy and defying Republican critics of her handling of last year's deadly attack on a US compound in Libya.

  • 06/06/2013 | World

    Wall St ends up in volatile trade ahead of jobs data

    US stocks rose with the Dow swinging nearly 200 points from its session low to high and the S&P 500 recovering after hitting a key technical level in volatile trading a day before the release of the US jobs report.

  • 06/06/2013 | World

    Tropical Storm Andrea moves closer to Florida

    The center of Tropical Storm Andrea will reach the coast of the Florida Big Bend area later Thursday and then move across southeastern Georgia, southeastern South Carolina and eastern North Carolina by tomorrow, US government forecasters said.

  • 07/06/2013 | World

    Global shares extend gains after US jobs report

    The dollar rose and global equity markets rallied on Friday after US jobs data for May quashed investors' concerns that the Federal Reserve would soon start easing back on its stimulus programme.

  • 07/06/2013 | World

    Tropical Storm Andrea moves quickly up US Atlantic Coast

    Tropical Storm Andrea moved briskly along the South Carolina coast, bringing drenching rains and threatening to spawn tornadoes as it churns up the Eastern Seaboard, US forecasters said.

  • 07/06/2013 | World

    Obama: 'Nobody is listening to your telephone calls'

    President Barack Obama today staunchly defended US government programs conducting surveillance of Americans' phone and Internet activity, insisting that they were conducted with broad safeguards to protect against abuse.

  • 08/06/2013 | World

    Angry Pakistan summons envoy after US drone strike kills nine

    A US drone strike killed nine people in northwest Pakistan, security officials said, prompting newly sworn-in Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to summon America's envoy to protest against such attacks.

  • 10/06/2013 | World

    Cameron defends spy agencies over PRISM cyber-snooping

    Prime Minister David Cameron said today Britain's spies acted within the law following revelations the intelligence agencies had received data collected secretly by the United States from the the world's biggest internet companies.

  • 10/06/2013 | World

    S&P revises US credit outlook to 'stable'

    Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's today upgraded its credit outlook for the US government to "stable" from "negative," saying the chances of a downgrade of the country's rating is "less than one in three."

  • 10/06/2013 | World

    Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2012

    China led a rise in global carbon dioxide emissions to a record high in 2012, more than offsetting falls in the United States and Europe, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today.

  • 10/06/2013 | World

    US contractor who leaked NSA files drops out of sight, faces legal battle

    A contractor at the National Security Agency who leaked details of top-secret US surveillance programs dropped out of sight in Hong Kong ahead of a likely push by the US government to have him sent back to the United States to face charges.

  • 11/06/2013 | World

    Wall St slides as BOJ move rattles trading

    US stocks slid in a volatile session after Japan's central bank disappointed equity markets by holding its monetary policy steady.

  • 11/06/2013 | World

    Explosion in Kabul a suicide attack in diplomatic compound

    According to police sources, a loud explosion was heard in the Afghan capital Kabul's diplomatic area near the US Embassy. No other details were immediately available.

  • 11/06/2013 | World

    Obama administration to drop limits on morning-after pill

    The Obama administration will scrap age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception pills, making the morning-after pill available to women and girls without a prescription.

  • 11/06/2013 | World

    Booz Allen fires Edward Snowden for violating firm's ethics, policies

    Contracting firm Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp said today it has fired Edward Snowden, who admitted to releasing information on the US government's broad monitoring of American's phone and Internet data, for violating the firm's ethics and policies.

  • 11/06/2013 | World

    Obama urges lawmakers to pass immigration reform this summer

    President Barack Obama today urged lawmakers who were "serious" about reforming the US immigration system to back the Senate's bill, saying there was no reason why Congress could not get the measure passed by the end of the summer.

  • 12/06/2013 | World

    Wall Street falls as worry rises over life without stimulus

    US stocks fell with the Dow sliding more than 100 points on another volatile day as traders extended a selloff driven by concern about central banks winding down their stimulus measures.

  • 12/06/2013 | World

    Snowden says he will stay in Hong Kong and fight extradition

    The National Security Agency contractor who revealed the government's top-secret monitoring of phone and Internet data says he intends to stay in Hong Kong and fight any effort to bring him back to the United States to face charges.

  • 12/06/2013 | World

    NSA chief says US infrastructure highly vulnerable to cyber attack

    US critical infrastructure - which ranges from telecommunications to water to energy supplies - is not well prepared to handle a destructive cyber attack, the top US general in charge of cybersecurity said today.

  • 12/06/2013 | World

    One in 3 Americans say man who leaked NSA secrets is a 'patriot'

    Roughly one in three Americans say the former security contractor who leaked details of top-secret U.S. surveillance activity is a patriot and should not be prosecuted, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

  • 13/06/2013 | World

    Wall St rallies on economic data, technical factors

    US stocks rallied after three days of losses as stronger-than-expected economic data helped reassure investors concerned about the expected winding down of the Federal Reserve's economic stimulus.

  • 13/06/2013 | World

    'All surveillance complies with US law,' FBI director

    FBI Director Robert Mueller said that the US government is doing everything it can to hold confessed leaker Edward Snowden accountable for splashing surveillance secrets across the pages of newspapers worldwide.

  • 14/06/2013 | World

    Wall Street ends lower on stimulus worries

    US stocks fell to close their third negative week in four as concern lingered over whether the world's central banks will soon begin to rein in stimulus programmes.

  • 14/06/2013 | World

    Almost 500,000 without power in US Mid-Atlantic

    Almost half a million homes and businesses, mostly in the US Mid-Atlantic states, were still without power early today following a series of severe storms yesterday, according to local power companies.

  • 14/06/2013 | World

    US House votes to block Obama plan to close Guantanamo

    The US House of Representatives passed a massive defense bill on Friday that includes measures to block President Barack Obama's plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, underscoring the tough fight ahead for the White House as it seeks to shutter the controversial detention camp.

  • 15/06/2013 | World

    Hong Kong rally backs Snowden, denounces allegations of US spying

    A few hundred rights advocates and political activists marched through Hong Kong to demand protection for Edward Snowden, who leaked revelations of US electronic surveillance and is now believed to be holed up in the former British colony.

  • 15/06/2013 | World

    North Korea proposes high-level talks with US

    North Korea proposed high-level talks with the United States to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula, a week after it scrappped planned official talks with South Korea for the first time in over two years.

  • 16/06/2013 | World

    US, Japan, South Korea to discuss North Korea offer in Washington

    The United States will meet with South Korea and Japan in Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss North Korea's new offer to hold high-level talks, a senior administration official said.

  • 17/06/2013 | World

    China asks US to explain Internet surveillance

    China made its first substantive comments today to reports of US surveillance of the Internet, demanding that Washington explain its monitoring programs to the international community.

  • 17/06/2013 | World

    Iran's Rohani: 'Tehran is not ready to suspend its enrichment of uranium'

    President-elect Hassan Rohani said today he hoped the world would grasp a new opportunity for "constructive interaction" with Iran and pledged to be more transparent about the Islamic Republic's nuclear program in order to see sanctions lifted.

  • 17/06/2013 | World

    US Supreme Court invalidates Arizona voter registration law

    The Supreme Court today struck down an Arizona law that required people registering to vote in federal elections to show proof of citizenship, a victory for activists who say it discouraged Native Americans and Latinos from voting.

  • 17/06/2013 | World

    EU, US leaders launch free-trade talks

    The United States and European Union launched negotiations on one of the world's most ambitious free-trade agreements today, promising thousands of jobs and speedier growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • 18/06/2013 | World

    G8 leaders call for peace talks as soon as possible to resolve Syrian civil war

    Global leaders called for peace talks to be held as soon as possible to resolve the Syrian civil war but they failed to mention the fate of President Bashar al-Assad in a final G8 summit communique.

  • 18/06/2013 | World

    NSA programs prevented over 50 potential terrorist acts, agency chief

    General Keith Alexander, the director of the US National Security Agency, said that the NSA's data gathering programs had prevented potential terrorist attacks more than 50 times since September 11, 2001.

  • 18/06/2013 | World

    United States to meet Taliban to seek Afghan peace

    The United States will meet the Taliban this week for talks aimed at achieving peace in Afghanistan, where US.-led forces and the insurgents have fought a bloody and costly war for the past 12 years, US officials said today.

  • 19/06/2013 | World

    Wall Street slumps after Bernanke hints at slowing bond buying

    US stocks fell more than 1 percent on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank would start to reduce its stimulus measures later this year if the economy is strong enough.

  • 19/06/2013 | World

    World Bank concerned about effects of slowing of US money creation

    The World Bank is concerned about the spillover effects on developing countries of a slowing of US money creation and will move to provide affordable capital when borrowing costs rise, its president said.

  • 19/06/2013 | World

    Obama wants to cut nuclear arms, seeks talks with Russia

    President Barack Obama wants to reduce deployed nuclear weapons by up to a third and revive negotiations with Russia to "move beyond Cold War nuclear postures", he said in a speech today in Berlin.

  • 19/06/2013 | World

    US to restart migration talks with Cuba

    The United States and Cuba have agreed to resume regular migration talks in a possible sign of thawing relations after more than three years of tensions over Cuba's jailing of a US government contract worker.

  • 19/06/2013 | World

    FBI admits to using surveillance drones for work on US soil

    The United States uses drones for surveillance in some limited law enforcement situations, FBI Director Robert Mueller said, sparking additional debate about President Barack Obama's use of domestic surveillance.

  • 20/06/2013 | World

    Stocks, bonds, commodities slump on likely end to Fed stimulus

    Global equity markets, bond prices and commodities fell sharply, a day after the Federal Reserve said the US economy was growing strongly enough for it to begin slowing its unprecedented stimulus.

  • 20/06/2013 | World

    Wall St. falls at open after Bernanke remarks

    Stocks fell at the open, adding to a more than 1% drop a day earlier after remarks by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke who outlined the start of a wind-down of stimuli that has been instrumental to the market's rally.

  • 21/06/2013 | World

    Bond yields eye biggest weekly rise in 10 years

    US equities stabilized in choppy trading, while Treasury yields were on track for their biggest weekly jump in a decade as investors reassessed their positions in the wake of the Federal Reserve's plans to withdraw its economic stimulus.

  • 21/06/2013 | World

    Wall St rebound fades, Oracle drags on Nasdaq

    US stocks turned lower as the initial bounce from a two-day selloff faded and banking stocks fell, while a sharp drop in Oracle shares dragged down the Nasdaq.

  • 21/06/2013 | World

    By meeting privacy board, Obama seeks to reassure public on spying

    By meeting a privacy oversight board today, President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans worried about losing their privacy after revelations that the US government engaged in a vast monitoring of phone and Internet data.

  • 22/06/2013 | World

    Virginia court, home to spying and cyber cases, to hear Snowden case

    The federal court in Virginia where the Justice Department has decided to charge Edward Snowden with leaking secrets about US surveillance programs has a long track record of hearing cases related not only to national security cases but also to cyber crime.

  • 24/06/2013 | World

    Ecuador mulls Snowden asylum, to make decision 'in due time'

    Ecuador is reviewing Edward Snowden's asylum request and will make a decision on the former US intelligence contractor "in due time" based on human rights considerations above all, Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño said today.

  • 24/06/2013 | World

    US presses Russia as mystery over Snowden deepens

    The United States increased pressure on Russia to hand over Edward Snowden, the American charged with disclosing secret US surveillance programs, and said it believed he was still in Moscow despite reports he was leaving for Cuba.

  • 25/06/2013 | World

    Kerry: No need to escalate 'confrontation with Russia' over Snowden

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said today there was no need to raise the level of confrontation with Russia over Edward Snowden, a former US spy agency contractor charged with disclosing secret surveillance programs and believed to be in Moscow.

  • 25/06/2013 | World

    US Supreme Court strikes down key part of Voting Rights Act

    In a major blow to civil rights activists, the Supreme Court today struck down an important part of a 48-year-old federal law designed to protect minority voters.

  • 25/06/2013 | World

    Putin rules out handing Snowden over to US

    President Vladimir Putin confirmed a former US spy agency contractor sought by the United States was in the transit area of a Moscow airport but ruled out handing him to Washington, dismissing US criticisms as "ravings and rubbish".

  • 25/06/2013 | World

    Obama, Karzai 'reaffirm' Afghan-led peace process with Taliban

    US President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on today discussed stalled peace talks with the Taliban as US officials struggled to get the discussions on track.

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    Putin rules out handing Snowden over to United States

    A former US spy agency contractor sought by Washington on espionage charges appeared to be still in hiding at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and the national airline said he was not booked on any of its flights over the next three days.

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    Wall Street climbs as GDP data eases fear of Fed pullback

    US stocks rallied for a second day, recouping some recent losses on reduced concern that the Federal Reserve will begin to withdraw its stimulus in the near future.

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    US SC strikes down Defense of Marriage Act in win for gays

    The US Supreme Court struck down a central portion of a federal law that restricted the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples in a major victory for the gay rights movement.

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    US first-quarter growth cut to 1.8%

    Gross domestic product expanded at a 1.8 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said in its final estimate today. Output was previously reported to have risen at a 2.4 percent pace after a 0.4 percent stall speed in the fourth quarter.

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    Ecuador tells US to send its position on Snowden in writing

    Ecuador today said the United States must "submit its position" regarding Edward Snowden to the Ecuadorian government in writing as it considers the former US spy agency contractor's request for asylum.

  • 26/06/2013 | World

    Snowden still at airport, Ecuador asylum decision could take months

    A former US spy agency contractor facing charges of espionage remained in hiding at a Moscow airport while the prospect grew of a protracted wrangle over his fate.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    Wall Street rallies for third day as Fed concerns fade

    US stocks climbed for a third straight day after comments from several Federal Reserve officials soothed concerns that the central bank would begin to reduce its stimulus efforts in the near future.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    Obama says shouldn't have to talk to Xi, Putin about Snowden

    President Barack Obama said today he had not yet spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping or Russian President Vladimir Putin about the US request to extradite former American spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    Obama urges US House to approve Senate backed immigration plan

    President Barack Obama urged the House of Representatives today to follow the lead of the Senate and approve a sweeping overhaul of immigration laws.

  • 27/06/2013 | World

    Former senior US general targeted over leak investigation

    Retired US General James Cartwright is the target of a Justice Department investigation into the leaking of secret information about the Stuxnet virus attack on Iranian nuclear facilities in 2010, NBC News reported today, citing unidentified legal sources.

  • 28/06/2013 | World

    Obama sees 'moral imperative' to help feed Africa

    President Barack Obama, wrapping up the first leg of an African tour, said today Washington had a "moral imperative" to help the world's poorest continent feed itself and he then left for South Africa hoping to see ailing Nelson Mandela.

  • 29/06/2013 | World

    Correa: Biden asked Ecuador not to give Snowden asylum

    Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said the United States asked him not to grant asylum for former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden in a "cordial" telephone conversation he held with US Vice President Joe Biden.

  • 30/06/2013 | World

    US to discuss EU spying charges through diplomatic channels

    The US government will respond through diplomatic channels to demands from the European Union that Washington explain a report in a German magazine that Washington is spying on its European allies.

  • 01/07/2013 | World

    US plays down reports of spying on EU, other allies

    Nearly all national governments, not just the United States, use "lots of activities" to safeguard their interests and security, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today, responding for the first time to allegations that Washington spied on the European Union and other allies.

  • 01/07/2013 | World

    Obama says EU, all intelligence agencies seek info on each other

    US President Barack Obama played down a controversy over whether Washington had spied on its European allies, saying intelligence services around the world, including in the EU, seek additional insight beyond regular media reports.

  • 02/07/2013 | World

    Wall Street slips in volatile session

    US stocks edged lower, erasing earlier gains as the S&P 500 met resistance around its 50-day moving average, a level the index has not been able to close above for the past two weeks.

  • 02/07/2013 | Latin America

    Snowden needs 'world's protection', says Maduro

    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said that Edward Snowden, the former US spy agency contractor, deserved the "world's protection" for divulging details of Washington's spy program.

  • 02/07/2013 | World

    EU says US trade talks should go ahead despite spying allegations

    Free-trade talks between the European Union and the United States can go ahead next week despite a report that Washington is spying on the 28-nation bloc, the European Commission said today, calling for "transparency and clarity".

  • 03/07/2013 | World

    Morales' plane takes off after diversion to Vienna

    Bolivian President Evo Morales awaited a Spanish permission to fly home through its airspace after he refused Madrid's request to inspect his plane following its diversion to Vienna.

  • 04/07/2013 | World

    European stocks rally on ECB, BoE stimulus pledges

    European bond and stock markets rose as investors put concerns about political turmoil in Portugal to one side ahead of central bank meetings in Frankfurt and London, and Friday's US jobs report.

  • 04/07/2013 | Latin America

    Evo Morales back in Bolivia after plane drama over Snowden

    Bolivian President Evo Morales arrived home to a hero's welcome late yesterday, saying some European countries' refusal to let his plane enter their airspace because of suspicion it carried fugitive US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was a provocation aimed at all of South America.

  • 05/07/2013 | World

    Europe pauses after rally, eye US jobs data

    European shares consolidated with uncertainty ahead of key US jobs data making investors reluctant to extend the previous day's rally that was spurred by pledges of continued stimulus from the European Central Bank and Bank of England.

  • 05/07/2013 | World

    Wall Street advances after payroll report

    Stocks rose in early trading as US June payrolls data came in much stronger than expected, though investors questioned what the report meant for the timing of the Federal Reserve's stimulus program.

  • 05/07/2013 | World

    Dollar spikes, US yields jump after jobs data

    The dollar rose broadly and Treasury debt yields jumped, while Wall Street pared initial gains in volatile trading and a gauge of world stocks fell after strong job market data showed the world's largest economy on a solid footing.

  • 06/07/2013 | World

    US urges Egypt's army commander on peaceful civilian transition

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel held three conversations with the head of Egypt's armed forces on Friday and Saturday, emphasizing the need for "a peaceful civilian transition in Egypt," the Pentagon said.

  • 07/07/2013 | World

    NSA 'in bed with' Germany and most others, Snowden

    The United State's National Security Agency works closely with Germany and other Western states on a 'no questions asked'-basis, former NSA employee Edward Snowden said in comments that undermine Chancellor Angela Merkel's indignant talk of "Cold War" tactics.

  • 08/07/2013 | World

    Wall St rises as attention turns to earnings season

    US stocks advanced heading into the start of earnings season, building on gains sparked by last week's robust employment report and pushing the S&P 500 closer to its all-time high set in May.

  • 08/07/2013 | World

    Germany defends 'strictly legal' cooperation with NSA

    Angela Merkel's government said that its cooperation with American intelligence was fully regulated by strict legal guidelines after a magazine reported that the US National Security Agency was in close cahoots with German spies.

  • 08/07/2013 | Latin America

    Brazil to probe local telecom operators over alleged spying

    Brazil's telecommunications agency said it would investigate whether local operators had violated customer privacy rules in alleged surveillance of Brazilian telecommunications data by US spy agencies.

  • 08/07/2013 | World

    Nicolás Maduro says Venezuela has received Snowden asylum request

    President Nicolas Maduro has revealed that Venezuela has received "a letter requesting asylum" from Edward Snowden. The ex-intelligence services consultant is wanted by the United States for espionage and has been in a Moscow airport for the last two weeks.

  • 09/07/2013 | World

    WikiLeaks: Snowden has not yet accepted asylum in Venezuela

    Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has not yet formally accepted asylum in Venezuela, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks clarified after a Russian lawmaker posted a statement to that effect on Twitter and then deleted it.

  • 09/07/2013 | World

    Spain ready to apologise to Bolivia for Snowden 'misunderstanding' led by US request

    Spain is ready to apologise to Bolivia's president for events that delayed his plane, the foreign minister said today, but he again denied banning the jet from Spanish airspace on the belief that US fugitive Edward Snowden was aboard.

  • 09/07/2013 | World

    Condition of Kerry's wife improves; stroke, brain tumor ruled out

    The health of Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of US Secretary of State John Kerry, continues to improve and doctors have ruled out a heart attack, stroke or brain tumor as causing her "seizure-like" symptoms, the State Department said today.

  • 10/07/2013 | World

    Wall St flat after Fed minutes, European shares close higher

    The Dow slipped and the S&P 500 edged up less than a point on Wednesday, interrupting a four-day rally, with investors trying to gauge when the Federal Reserve may scale back on its economic stimulus.

  • 10/07/2013 | Latin America

    Colombia demands explanation on NSA spying allegations

    Colombia expressed concern early today after revelations the United States had spied on the Andean nation, its closest military ally in Latin America, and called for an explanation.

  • 10/07/2013 | World

    New study says the state of US health 'mediocre'

    The United States is falling behind its economic peers in most measures of health, despite making gains in the past two decades, according to a sweeping study of data from 34 countries.

  • 10/07/2013 | World

    US House Republicans divided on immigration reform

    Republicans in the US House of Representatives emerged from an immigration meeting divided over whether to help the 11 million undocumented people living in the United States, but eager to bolster border security.

  • 11/07/2013 | World

    Wall Street jumps; Dow and S&P end at new highs

    The S&P 500 and Dow industrials closed at record highs, a day after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reasserted that monetary policy will remain accommodative for some time.


  • 11/07/2013 | World

    Infighting threatens Egypt transition, army orders arrests

    Political infighting threatened to stall Egypt's transition plans as the military cracked down on Muslim Brotherhood leaders it blames for inciting a clash in Cairo in which troops shot and killed 53 protesters.

  • 11/07/2013 | Latin America

    Venezuela says Snowden has still not formally responded to asylum offer

    Venezuela has still not received a formal response to its offer of asylum to former US spy contractor Edward Snowden, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua told a news agency today.

  • 11/07/2013 | World

    US, China disagree sharply over handling of Snowden case

    Senior US and Chinese officials sharply disagreed on Thursday over China's handling of fugitive Edward Snowden, the former spy agency contractor accused of divulging US surveillance program secrets who was allowed to leave Hong Kong last month.

  • 12/07/2013 | World

    Wall Street rises on banks' results; S&P's best week since January

    US stocks advanced, supported by banks' strong earnings, but Boeing limited the Dow's gain after an airplane fire in London.

  • 12/07/2013 | Latin America

    Mercosur condemns 'attack' on Evo Morales, US on spying

    President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was attending today’s Mercosur Summit in Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital city. US illegal spying programmes in regional countries and a statement condemning the Evo Morales’ plane spat, on the presidents’ agenda.

  • 12/07/2013 | World

    Egypt braces for more protests, prays for calm

    Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi called for protests and Egyptians prayed there would be no repeat of clashes that have killed more than 90 people in the last week in the bitterly divided Arab nation.

  • 13/07/2013 | World

    Egypt announces criminal investigation of Morsi

    Egypt announced a criminal investigation against deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, with prosecutors saying they were examining complaints of spying, inciting violence and ruining the economy.

  • 15/07/2013 | World

    US, Egypt talks begin amid protests

    The first senior US official to visit Egypt since the army toppled its elected president met with officials today to urge them to swiftly restore democracy, while thousands of supporters of the ousted Islamist leader take to the streets.

  • 15/07/2013 | World

    Man arrested after photographing US secretary of state's house

    Police have arrested a man after he was seen taking a photograph of US Secretary of State John Kerry's home in Boston.

  • 15/07/2013 | World

    Timerman reports alleged US spying in Argentina

    Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman today said that during the Mercosur summit held last week in Montevideo, Uruguay, he was handed in documentation by an intelligence service of another country which contained confidential information of Argentine top officials and opposition leaders.

  • 15/07/2013 | World

    Police fire tear gas in Cairo as protesters call for Mursi return

    Police fired tear gas in central Cairo on Monday when protesters calling for the reinstatement of the ousted Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, scuffled with drivers and passers-by annoyed that they had blocked major roads.

  • 16/07/2013 | World

    Shares, dollar fall day before Bernanke testimony

    The dollar eased and US stocks fell on Tuesday, snapping an eight-day advance by the benchmark S&P 500 index, as investors took a cautious stance ahead of the Federal Reserve chief's testimony to a US congressional panel on Wednesday.

  • 16/07/2013 | World

    Seven dead as police and protesters clash in Egypt

    Seven people died and more than 260 were wounded when supporters of Mohamed Morsi clashed with the deposed Egyptian president's opponents and security forces through the night, with the return of bloodshed overshadowing the naming of a new interim cabinet.

  • 16/07/2013 | World

    White House says Snowden should return to US for trial

    The White House said that former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who applied for temporary asylum in Russia, should be expelled and returned to the United States to face trial on espionage charges.

  • 17/07/2013 | World

    Wall Street advances after Bernanke statement

    U.S. stocks ended modestly higher on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the timeline for winding down the U.S. central bank's stimulus program was not set in stone.

  • 17/07/2013 | World

    Brotherhood holds protest day as Egypt cabinet starts work

    Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi called for more mass demonstrations, declaring a "day of steadfastness" to protest against the formation of a new interim cabinet, which began its first day on the job.

  • 17/07/2013 | World

    Bernanke: bond tapering to begin later this year

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said today the US central bank still expects to start scaling back its massive asset purchase program later this year, but left open the option of changing that plan in either direction if the economic outlook shifted.

  • 17/07/2013 | World

    US suggests Egyptian military averted civil war

    Egypt avoided a possible civil war this month, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, making it hard for Washington to conclude that the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was a military coup.

  • 18/07/2013 | World

    Dow, S&P 500 end at record highs on earnings after Bernanke comments

    The Dow and the S&P 500 closed at record highs on Thursday after Morgan Stanley and others reported better-than-expected earnings and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's comments further reassured markets.

  • 19/07/2013 | World

    Global shares pull back after rally

    Stock markets around the world retreated as some disappointing corporate results pushed investors to take profits after a string of gains that took major US indexes to record levels.

  • 20/07/2013 | World

    Detroit bonds drop after historic bankruptcy filing

    Investors dumped Detroit's municipal bonds a day after the city's historic bankruptcy filing even as a ruling in state court raised questions about whether the bankruptcy will stand up to court review.

  • 22/07/2013 | World

    US congressional hurdles lifted on arming Syrian rebel forces

    President Barack Obama can go ahead with a plan for the United States to arm the struggling Syrian rebels after some congressional concerns were eased, a key Republican lawmaker said.

  • 24/07/2013 | World

    Russian lawyer says Snowden to stay for now at Moscow airport

    After reports said earlier that former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was granted documents that would allow him to leave the Moscow airport. his lawyer said Snowden will stay in that transit zone.

  • 24/07/2013 | World

    White House says it expects Congress to pass immigration overhaul

    White House spokesman Jay Carney said today that he expects Congress will pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that President Barack Obama will sign into law.

  • 24/07/2013 | World

    House rejects bid to curb US spy agency's data-gathering program

    A US spy program that sweeps up vast amounts of electronic communications survived a legislative challenge in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, the first move to curb the surveillance effort since a worker leaked details of its scope.

  • 25/07/2013 | World

    Egyptian army threatens to shoot violent protesters

    Egypt's army threatened on Thursday to shoot those who use violence in a stark warning before what both sides expect will be a bloody street showdown between Islamists and opponents of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

  • 25/07/2013 | World

    Quinn overtakes scandal hit Weiner in NY

    New disclosures of explicitly sexual online chats have cost former Congressman Anthony Weiner the lead in the New York City mayor's race and helped City Council Speaker Christine Quinn pull ahead among Democratic voters, according to a recent poll released. 

  • 25/07/2013 | World

    Prosecutors call Manning 'traitor' for Wikileaks security breach

    Military prosecutors called the US soldier accused of the largest leak of classified information in the nation's history a "traitor" for releasing documents on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

  • 26/07/2013 | World

    Wall St ends flat, but Amazon helps Nasdaq

    US stocks finished mostly flat, though a rally in Amazon.com shares a day after the online retailer's results helped boost the Nasdaq.


  • 26/07/2013 | World

    Russia's Putin 'determined Snowden case will not hurt US ties'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is determined not to allow a dispute over former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden to harm Moscow's ties with Washington, his spokesman said today.

  • 27/07/2013 | World

    US: Egypt's leaders must pull nation back from brink

    Egypt's leaders must pull their country "back from the brink," US Secretary of State John Kerry stated, saying Egypt was at a pivotal moment after the killing of dozens of protesters.

  • 28/07/2013 | World

    Israeli, Palestinian negotiators expected to resume peace talks

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators plan to resume peace talks in Washington this week after nearly three years, according to the US State Department.

  • 29/07/2013 | World

    FBI says it arrested 150 in three days for child prostitution

    The FBI arrested 150 people across the United States for holding children against their will for prostitution, a three-day weekend sweep that officials today called the largest-ever operation of its kind.

  • 29/07/2013 | World

    Kerry seeks 'reasonable compromises' in Israeli-Palestinian talks

    US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Monday for Israel and the Palestinians to make "reasonable compromises" for peace as he prepared to preside over their first direct negotiations in nearly three years.

  • 29/07/2013 | World

    US says JP Morgan manipulated market; settlement seen

    The US power regulator outlined its case of market manipulation against JPMorgan Chase & Co as industry sources said a final settlement on the issue should come on Tuesday.

  • 29/07/2013 | World

    US Senate confirms Comey to be next FBI director

    Former Deputy US Attorney General James Comey, a Republican who gained fame when he refused to sanction a government surveillance initiative in 2004, won Senate confirmation as President Barack Obama's pick to head the FBI.

  • 30/07/2013 | World

    Israel, Palestinians seek peace deal within nine months

    Israel and the Palestinians will seek to reach a peace agreement within nine months and negotiators will meet again within two weeks after holding a "positive" first round of talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today.

  • 30/07/2013 | World

    Wikileaks: Bradley Manning found not guilty of aiding the enemy

    A military judge today found US soldier Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge among many he faced for handing over documents to WikiLeaks.

  • 31/07/2013 | World

    Wall Street: S&P 500 ends flat after Fed statement

    US stocks extended gains in volatile trading today after the Federal Reserve gave no hint that a reduction in the pace of its bond-buying program is imminent.

  • 31/07/2013 | World

    US releases documents on phone surveillance programs

    As US Congress increasingly scrutinizes surveillance programs, the US government today released declassified documents on the mass collection of telephone data in a rare glimpse into the world of intelligence gathering.

  • 31/07/2013 | World

    US Secretary of State Kerry in Pakistan on unannounced visit

    US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Pakistan today on an unannounced visit for talks with the nuclear armed country's new government on ways to tame insurgents and stabilize neighbouring Afghanistan.

  • 31/07/2013 | World

    New Snowden leak upstages US move to declassify documents

    New revelations from former security contractor Edward Snowden that US intelligence agencies have access to a vast online tracking tool came to light as lawmakers put the secret surveillance programs under greater scrutiny.

  • 01/08/2013 | World

    Dow, S&P 500 end at new highs after data, stimulus in place

    The Dow and S&P 500 ended at record highs on Thursday, with the S&P 500 rising above 1,700 after strong data on service-sector growth and as central banks said they would keep monetary stimulus in place.

  • 01/08/2013 | World

    Fugitive Snowden granted a year's asylum in Russia, leaves airport

    Fugitive former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden slipped quietly out of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport after being granted a year's asylum in Russia, ending more than five weeks in limbo in the transit area.

  • 02/08/2013 | World

    Iranian TV clarifies Rouhani's Israel 'wound' comment

    Iran's president-elect today said Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands was a "wound" on the Muslim world, in remarks shown on state television that differed sharply from an earlier local news agency report on his comments.

  • 02/08/2013 | World

    US issues global travel alert, cites potential al Qaeda threat

    The United States issued a worldwide travel alert today, warning US citizens about the "continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa."

  • 02/08/2013 | World

    US sees hope in Iranian president-elect, but still cautious

    The Obama administration is signaling its hopes for an easing of nuclear tensions after Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani takes office, but holding off on substantive moves until the moderate cleric shows a willingness to negotiate seriously.

  • 03/08/2013 | World

    International envoys meet minister in Cairo to ease Egypt crisis

    Senior US and European envoys met the foreign minister of Egypt's army-installed government in a push to resolve the political crisis brought on by the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi and to head off more bloodshed.

  • 04/08/2013 | World

    US lawmaker says al Qaeda threat most serious in years

    The al Qaeda threat that closed US embassies in the Middle East is the most serious in years and the "chatter" among suspected terrorists is reminiscent of what preceded the Sept. 11 attacks, a US lawmaker who is briefed on intelligence said.

  • 04/08/2013 | World

    White House: US willing to engage with Iran on nuclear concerns

    The United States said it is prepared to work with the new government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to address concerns about Iran's nuclear program if Iran will engage seriously on the issue.

  • 04/08/2013 | World

    Thirty killed in heavy fighting in Syrian mountains

    Syrian rebels battled forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the Jabal Akrad mountains overlooking the Mediterranean on Sunday and a monitoring group said at least 30 people were killed.

  • 05/08/2013 | World

    Britain and France extend closures of Yemen embassies

    Britain and France extended the closure of their embassies in Yemen today after a US warning of a possible militant attack in the region, and the Arab state said it was stepping up security at ports and airports.

  • 05/08/2013 | World

    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to buy the Washington Post

    The Washington Post Co has agreed to sell its newspaper assets, including its flagship daily, to Amazon Inc founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million.

  • 05/08/2013 | World

    US to reevaluate report on Iranian activity in the Western region

    In a recent letter to Republican senator Mark Kirk, the US State Department said that in light of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman's report on Iran, they were now reevaluating the information in their highly criticized May report on Iranian activity in the West.

  • 06/08/2013 | World

    Wall Street falls, dollar falls vs yen as Fed path in focus

    Wall Street drifted lower as investors found few reasons to buy stocks, but European shares and the euro were supported by data that showed a surge in factory output in Britain and Germany.

  • 06/08/2013 | World

    Iran's leader reaches out to US, vows to resolve nuclear row

    Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani offered an olive branch to the United States in talks on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, raising hopes of progress after years of stalemate.

  • 06/08/2013 | World

    US tells citizens in Yemen to leave immediately

    The United States told its citizens in Yemen to leave immediately and airlifted out some US government personnel, following warnings of potential attacks that have pushed Washington to shut diplomatic missions across the Middle East.

  • 06/08/2013 | World

    Despite Snowden, US to hold high-level Russia talks

    The United States will hold talks with Russia's defense and foreign ministers in Washington despite Moscow's decision to grant asylum to former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, US officials said.

  • 06/08/2013 | World

    Egyptian government to say mediation failed to end crisis

    Egypt's army installed government is expected to announce that foreign mediation designed to end the country's political crisis has failed, a state-run newspaper said.

  • 07/08/2013 | World

    Wall St ends down for a third day on Fed uncertainty

    US stocks lost ground for a third consecutive session on growing uncertainty over when the Federal Reserve may start to wind down its stimulus, which has been a driving force behind the rally in equities this year.

  • 07/08/2013 | World

    US Drone strike kills six suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen

    A US drone killed at least six suspected al Qaeda militants in southern Yemen officials said, a day after US and British embassies evacuated some staff because of growing fears of attacks.

  • 07/08/2013 | World

    Putin will not 'cave' to Obama pressure, Snowden's father says

    The father of Edward Snowden, the fugitive former US spy agency contractor, has predicted that Russian President Vladimir Putin will stand up to pressure from Washington as the two nations spar over Moscow's decision to grant his son asylum.

  • 07/08/2013 | World

    US military satellite, paid for by Australia, launched into orbit

    An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday carrying a communications satellite for the US military and its partners, including Australia, which paid for the spacecraft and launch services.

  • 08/08/2013 | World

    Wall Street rebounds after three-day drop, led by tech sector

    US stocks rose, rebounding after three days of declines, led by gains in the technology sector.

  • 08/08/2013 | World

    Rare Sumatran tiger cubs born at Washington Zoo

    A pair of rare Sumatran tiger cubs has been born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., under a program designed to help the species survive.

  • 08/08/2013 | World

    US NSA to cut system administrators by 90% to limit data access

    The US National Security Agency, hit by disclosures of classified data by former contractor Edward Snowden, said it intends to eliminate about 90 percent of its system administrators to reduce the number of people with access to secret information.

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    Wall Street ends worst week since June; dollar rises

    US stock index futures pointed to a lower open today, putting major indexes on track for their worst week since June, as investors found few reasons to buy with equity prices near record levels.

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    US orders non-essential staff out of consulate in Pakistan's Lahore

    The US government ordered the evacuation of non-essential staff from its consulate in the northeastern Pakistani city of Lahore today due to the threat of attack, with the State Department also warning US citizens not to travel to Pakistan.

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    Obama pledges greater transparency in surveillance programs

    President Barack Obama announced plans to limit sweeping US government surveillance programs that have come under criticism since leaks by a former spy agency contractor, saying the United States "can and must be more transparent."

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    US to reopen 18 of 19 embassies closed amid security concerns

    Eighteen of the 19 US embassies closed this month due to worries about potential terrorist attacks will reopen on Sunday, the US State Department said.

  • 09/08/2013 | World

    US Russia agree to prepare for Syria peace talks

    US and Russian officials agreed on the need to convene a long-delayed Syrian peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible, but they offered no concrete plan to bring the warring government and rebels to the table.

  • 10/08/2013 | World

    Assange calls Obama reform plans 'victory of sorts' for Snowden

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called President Barack Obama's announcement of plans to limit sweeping US government surveillance programs a victory of sorts for fugitive former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. 

  • 11/08/2013 | World

    US condemns Iraq bombing wave; new violence kills seven more

    Gun attacks and a bombing killed at least seven more people in Iraq today, police said, after a day of carnage aimed mainly at Shi'ite Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan.

  • 12/08/2013 | World

    Merkel's chief of staff says US spies did not break German law

    Angela Merkel's chief of staff said on Monday that fears of mass US spying on Germans were unfounded, hoping to end a controversy that threatened to damage the chancellor as she seeks re-election next month.

  • 12/08/2013 | Latin America

    Kerry backs peace talks during visit to Colombia

    Secretary of State John Kerry promised strong US backing for peace talks aimed at ending Colombia's half century of conflict, calling the country a success story in a world where many states have failed or are failing.

  • 13/08/2013 | World

    Talks resume as Israel frees Palestinians, pursues settlements

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners to keep US sponsored peacemaking on course for a second round of talks, but diplomacy remained dogged by Israeli plans for more Jewish homes on land the Palestinians claim for a future state.

  • 13/08/2013 | Latin America

    Mexico to fight release of drug lord behind US agent's murder

    Mexico said it would seek to void a court decision that freed a Mexican drug boss imprisoned for ordering the 1985 torture and murder of a US drug enforcement agent, a ruling that has angered the United States.

  • 14/08/2013 | World

    US asks Mexico to detain drug lord for extradition

    The United States has asked Mexico to detain freed drug kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero to face charges brought decades ago by a US court, the Mexican attorney general's office said, setting the stage for a formal extradition request.

  • 14/08/2013 | World

    Egypt seethes under curfew after hundreds killed

    Security forces struggled to clamp a lid on Egypt after hundreds of people were killed when authorities forcibly broke up camps of supporters protesting the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, in the worst nationwide bloodshed in decades.

  • 15/08/2013 | World

    UN Security Council urges end to violence in Egypt

    The UN Security Council urged all parties in Egypt to end the violence and exercise maximum restraint after hundreds of people were killed when troops and police crushed protests seeking the return of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

  • 16/08/2013 | World

    Military judge finds Manning's WikiLeaks acts 'wanton and reckless'

    The military judge who will determine how long US soldier Bradley Manning will spend in prison for the biggest breach of classified data in the nation's history said she found that his acts were "wanton and reckless."

  • 16/08/2013 | World

    Muslim Brotherhood calls rallies across Egypt after day of bloodshed

    The Muslim Brotherhood defiantly called for a week of protests across Egypt starting on Saturday, a day after more than 100 people died in clashes between Islamists and the security forces that pushed the country ever closer to anarchy.

  • 19/08/2013 | World

    Snowden journalist threatens to publish more UK secrets: 'Britain will be sorry'

    The journalist who first published secrets leaked by fugitive former US intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden vowed today to publish more documents and said Britain will be "sorry" for detaining his partner for nine hours.

  • 19/08/2013 | World

    White House: US did not seek detention of journalist's partner

    British officials gave their US counterparts a "heads up" before detaining the partner of the journalist who first reported secrets leaked by fugitive US intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden.

  • 19/08/2013 | World

    Manning prosecutor calls for 60 years prison

    US Army prosecutors have urged a military judge to sentence Bradley Manning to at least 60 years in prison for leaking secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of classified data in US history.

  • 20/08/2013 | World

    Wall Street rebounds as US bond yields fall from 2-year peaks

    US bond yields retreated from two-year highs on revived safe-haven bids as prices on most world stock exchanges fell to the lowest level in over a month on concerns that less US monetary stimulus will hamper global growth.

  • 20/08/2013 | World

    Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood's leader

    Egypt's army-backed government detained the Muslim Brotherhood's leader after a bloody crackdown on his supporters, underscoring its intention to crush the movement that had propelled the country's first freely elected president to power.

  • 20/08/2013 | World

    Explosion rocks Naval weapons station in New Jersey

    An explosion today morning rocked Naval Weapons Station Earle near the Jersey Shore, and fire trucks, ambulances and a medical emergency helicopter rushed to the scene, authorities said.

  • 21/08/2013 | World

    Wall Street falls after Fed minutes yield few clues

    Global equity markets and bond prices slid while the dollar strengthened after minutes from the latest Federal Reserve policy-setting meeting did not alter expectations the Fed would eventually begin to trim its bond-buying program.

  • 21/08/2013 | World

    Fed meeting minutes offer few clues on timing of QE3 reduction

    Only a few Federal Reserve policymakers thought it would soon be time to "slow somewhat" the pace of the central bank's bond-buying at a meeting last month, while others emphasized patience in deciding when to start to wind down the stimulus program.

  • 21/08/2013 | World

    Guantanamo guards gave 'Shades of Grey' novel to prisoner, lawyer says

    Prison guards gave one of the alleged 9/11 conspirators a copy of the erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey," according to a defense lawyer who suggested that the unwanted gift was part of a campaign aimed at discrediting his client.

  • 21/08/2013 | World

    Syria attack prompts emergency UN security council meeting

    Syria's opposition accused government forces of gassing hundreds of people by firing rockets that released deadly fumes over rebel-held Damascus suburbs, killing men, women and children as they slept.

  • 22/08/2013 | World

    Global shares gain on economic business surveys

    Global equity markets gained today after business surveys from around the world reflected a global economy in expansion, helping cement expectations the Federal Reserve will trim its bond-buying stimulus program in September.

  • 23/08/2013 | World

    Wall Street ends up a day after Nasdaq outage, Microsoft jumps

    Stocks rose in light trading, led by a jump in Microsoft shares, as trading took place without interruption a day after the Nasdaq stock exchange suffered an unprecedented, three-hour trading halt.

  • 23/08/2013 | World

    Obama says Syria entanglement 'costly'

    President Barack Obama called the apparent gassing of hundreds of Syrian civilians a "big event of grave concern" but stressed that he would not rush to embroil Americans in a costly new war.

  • 23/08/2013 | World

    Egypt's Brotherhood fails to show street power

    Mass protests called by Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood mostly failed to materialize today as the movement reeled from a bloody army crackdown on followers of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

  • 24/08/2013 | World

    Cameron, Obama see 'increasing signs' of Syria chemical attack

    British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama agreed on Saturday on the need to deter the use of chemical weapons, and were concerned about "increasing signs" that Syria attacked civilians, a spokesperson for Cameron said.

  • 25/08/2013 | World

    Syria lets UN inspect gas attack site, Washington says too late

    Syria has agreed to let the United Nations inspect the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack from Monday onwards, but a US official said any such offer would be "too late to be credible" and there was little doubt the government was to blame.

  • 26/08/2013 | World

    Wall Street falls on weak data, Italy drags euro zone shares lower

    US stocks opened the week's trading with a drop, after data showed a steep fall in orders for long-lasting manufactured goods last month.

  • 26/08/2013 | World

    US seeks accountability for Syria gas attack, closer to military response

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has laid the groundwork for possible military action against the Syrian government over a suspected chemical weapons attack, implicating President Bashar al-Assad's forces in a "moral obscenity."

  • 27/08/2013 | World

    Syria gas attack perpetrators must face justice, says Arab League

    The Arab League has determined that those behind the chemical attack in Syria should face international justice, and called on U.N. Security Council members to overcome their differences and take action to end the killing there.

  • 27/08/2013 | World

    Wildfire expected to burn deeper into Yosemite National Park

    A wildfire raging in the northwest part of Yosemite National Park was expected to advance farther into the park and continue to threaten a reservoir that supplies most of San Francisco's water.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    Syria pushes up oil prices; Wall Street rebounds

    Concerns about a possible US-led military strike on Syria sent oil prices higher on Wednesday and triggered a safe-haven run to gold and the dollar. Wall Street meanwhile recovered after a difficult day's trading on Tuesday to close with some modest gains.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    Wildfire to shut down another road into Yosemite National Park

    A wildfire in Yosemite National Park that ranks as one of the largest California blazes on record was set to force the closure of a key route to the premiere outdoor destination and possibly block some visitors from reaching the park over the Labor Day weekend.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    Obama address, bells to mark 50 years since King's 'Dream' speech

    Words from the first black US president and bell ringing around the world will mark 50 years to the minute that civil rights leader Martin Luther King ended his landmark "I have a dream" speech.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    Syrian gas attack must draw reaction, Merkel and Cameron agree

    The leaders of Germany and Britain believe that Syria's government should not to go unpunished for an apparent poison gas attack on its own people, Berlin said.

  • 28/08/2013 | World

    Obama makes case for punishing Syria over gas attack

    Barack Obama vowed that the Syrian government would face "international consequences" for last week's deadly chemical attack, but made clear any military response would be limited to avoid dragging the United States into another war in the Middle East.

  • 29/08/2013 | World

    Wall Street rises on economy, but Syria concerns limit gains

    US stocks closed modestly higher as the economy showed signs of improvement, but uncertainty over possible military action against Syria continued to pressure markets.

  • 29/08/2013 | World

    US allows states to legalize recreational marijuana within limits

    In a move marijuana advocates hailed as a historic shift, the Obama administration began giving US states wide leeway to experiment with pot legalization and started by letting Colorado and Washington carry out new laws permitting recreational use.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    Global stocks fall after Kerry speaks on Syria; bonds rise

    Stocks fell and US Treasury prices gained after Secretary of State John Kerry made a forceful case for the United States to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as he released evidence the Syrian government used chemical weapons to attack civilians.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    France says ready to punish Syria despite British no vote

    France said it still backed action to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government for an apparent poison gas attack on civilians, despite a British parliamentary vote against it.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    Britain's Cameron: I don't need to apologize to Obama over Syria defeat

    Prime Minister David Cameron said he regretted the failure of the British parliament to support military action in Syria but that he hoped President Barack Obama would understand the need to listen to the wishes of the people.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    Crisis in Syria

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    Six dead as thousands of Morsi supporters march in Egypt

    Thousands of supporters of ousted Mohamed Morsi marched in Cairo and other cities to demand his reinstatement, ignoring warnings that security forces would open fire if protests turned violent.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    US, France prepare to act on Syria despite UK no

    France said it still backed military action to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government for an apparent poison gas attack and Washington pushed ahead with plans for a response despite a British parliamentary vote against a military strike.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    US says world cannot let Assad get away with chemical attack

    The United States made clear that it would punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the "brutal and flagrant" chemical weapons attack that it says killed more than 1,400 people in Damascus last week.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    Obama discusses Syria with Britain's Cameron, France's Hollande

    President Barack Obama discussed Syria in phone calls with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande, a senior administration official said.

  • 30/08/2013 | World

    UN investigators to exit Syria, chemical probe may take weeks

    A team of UN experts finished gathering evidence of a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people in suburbs near Damascus last week, the United Nations announced, though envoys said analyzing the samples may take weeks.

  • 31/08/2013 | World

    UN weapons experts leave Syria, Washington prepares attack

    UN experts left Syria after investigating a poison gas attack that killed hundreds while the United States said it was planning a limited response to punish President Bashar al-Assad for the "brutal and flagrant" assault.

  • 31/08/2013 | World

    'Utter nonsense' for Syrian government to use chemical arms - Putin

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin said it would be "utter nonsense" for the Syrian government to use chemical weapons and urged US President Barack Obama not to attack Syrian forces.

  • 31/08/2013 | World

    Hollande reaffirms will to sanction Syria

    French President Francois Hollande reaffirmed to US President Barack Obama in a telephone call his will to sanction Syria for a chemical attack this month, a source close to Hollande told Reuters.

  • 01/09/2013 | World

    US says sarin gas used in Syria attack, Kerry builds case for war

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday tests showed that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly Aug. 21 chemical attack near Damascus as he sought to build the case to convince skeptical lawmakers to authorize a military strike against the Syrian government.

  • 02/09/2013 | World

    Syria asks the United Nations to stop US strike

    Syria has asked the United Nations to prevent "any aggression" against Syria following a call over the weekend by US President Barack Obama for punitive strikes against the Syrian military for last month's chemical weapons attack.

  • 02/09/2013 | World

    Syria's Assad says French strikes would lead to 'repercussions'

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad scorned allegations that his forces were behind the chemical attack in Damascus last month and warned that any French military action against his government would lead to "negative repercussions".

  • 02/09/2013 | Sports

    US swimmer fulfills dream in record-breaking Cuba-to-Florida swim

    A 64-year-old American long-distance swimmer, Diana Nyad, completed a 35-year-long quest to cross the Florida Straits today, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba without a shark cage.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    Wall Street rallies with potential Syria action delayed

    US stocks rose today after President Barack Obama opted to seek congressional authorization for military action against Syria, a move that was likely to delay any strike for at least several days.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    Obama wins support from leaders in Congress for Syria military strike

    President Barack Obama urged quick congressional action authorizing the use of military force against Syria and won the support of leaders from both parties in the House of Representatives for limited strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    Pope Francis renews anti-war call for Syria: 'Let peace burst'

    In a new peace call facing the Syrian crisis, Pope Francis urged world leaders to prevent the war in the Arab country. “We want peace to burst in our society ravaged by divisions and conflicts,” the head of the Catholic Church said in his official Twitter account.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    Don't limit US ability to strike Syria to "specific moment" - Kerry

    Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Congress not to limit US authority to strike Syria "to one specific moment," saying the US military had follow-on strike options should President Bashar al-Assad use chemical weapons in the future.

  • 03/09/2013 | World

    US Senate panel reaches deal on military authorization for Syria

    Leaders of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said they reached an agreement on a draft authorization for the use of military force in Syria that was much narrower than the request made by President Barack Obama, paving the way for a vote by the committee.

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    Wall Street jumps for second day; automakers, tech gain

    US stocks ended higher for a second day on strong auto sales and as a possible military action in Syria was seen as limited.

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    IMF sees emerging economies vulnerable to US tampering

    Advanced economies led by the United States will increasingly drive global growth while emerging countries are at risk of slowing due to tighter US monetary policy, the International Monetary Fund said in a note obtained by Reuters today.

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    Stiglitz on vulture funds: 'US court ruling tendentious, economically dangerous'

    A column signed by Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz named "The Vulture's victory" stressed "a recent decision by a United States appeals court threatens to upend global sovereign-debt markets."

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    Strike against Syria unlikely to provoke clash with Russia

    Secretary of State John Kerry said a US military strike on Syria over its chemical weapons use was unlikely to provoke a clash with Russia, a key Syrian ally that has blocked efforts to sanction Damascus at the UN Security Council.

  • 04/09/2013 | World

    New NASA spacecraft to investigate moon mystery

    More than 40 years after the last Apollo astronauts left the moon, NASA is preparing to launch a small robotic spacecraft to investigate one of their most bizarre discoveries.

    More than 40 years after the last Apollo astronauts left the moon, NASA is preparing to launch a small robotic spacecraft to investigate one of their most bizarre discoveries.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    Global shares up as ECB says low rates to stay

    US stocks edged higher today, putting equities on track for a third straight day of gains as a flurry of economic data pointed to improving economic conditions.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    US sees no sign Iran is addressing concerns on nuclear program

    The United States voiced disappointment that Iran's new president has not moved more swiftly to allay international concerns about the country's atomic program, saying Tehran is undermining hopes of ending its nuclear standoff with the West.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    Expect simple, modern looks at New York's Fashion Week

    Designers from around the world began unveiling their latest looks at New York Fashion Week, as fashion buyers and editors assembled to see what will be au courant for spring with trend watchers expecting a season of simple silhouettes.

  • 06/09/2013 | World

    Wall Street flat after jobs data; Syria worries spur caution

    US stocks closed little changed in choppy trade after labor market data removed some uncertainty about Federal Reserve policy, but concerns remained about possible military action by the West against Syria.

  • 06/09/2013 | Latin America

    Brazil's Rousseff: Obama took responsibility for NSA spying

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, angered by a recent report that the US government spied on her communications, said today that President Barack Obama had taken responsibility for what happened and that she may proceed with a planned visit to Washington next month.

  • 06/09/2013 | World

    Pope Francis renews anti-war calls

    Peace is a good that goes beyond all barriers, it is a good for all manking, the official Twitter account of Pope Franci read today in a new anti-war message amid US preparations for a military strike on Syria.

  • 06/09/2013 | World

    US evacuates Beirut embassy over security concerns

    US officials ordered non-emergency personnel and their family members out of Lebanon today "due to threats," the US Embassy in Beirut said in statement.

  • 06/09/2013 | World

    US tightens embassy security in Lebanon and Turkey, warns Americans

    The United States tightened security at diplomatic missions in Lebanon and Turkey because of potential threats, ordering some personnel out of Lebanon and offering to evacuate those in Adana in southeastern Turkey.

  • 07/09/2013 | World

    EU's Ashton says evidence points to Syria government

    The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said the EU's 28 nations agreed that available information seemed to show strong evidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical attack on civilians in August.

  • 09/09/2013 | World

    Assad: US should 'expect everything' in response to any Syria strikes

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned against possible reprisal attacks if the United States attacks Syria, saying that if there were military strikes, Americans can "expect every action."

  • 09/09/2013 | World

    Syria says 'welcomes' Russian chemical arms arsenal proposal

    Syria said it "welcomed" a Russian proposal to place the nation's chemical weapons under control but stopped short of saying explicitly that President Bashar al-Assad's government accepted it.

  • 09/09/2013 | World

    Obama sees possible breakthrough in Syria weapons proposal

    US President Barack Obama has said that he saw a possible breakthrough in the crisis with Syria after Russia proposed that its ally Damascus hand over its chemical weapons for destruction, which could avert planned US military strikes.

  • 10/09/2013 | World

    Global markets: China data spurs stocks; Syria diplomacy pressures debt, oil

    US stocks climbed for a sixth straight session as the dollar and global equities rallied on more upbeat economic data from China, while prices of safe-haven debt and oil slipped on the chance of a diplomatic alternative to a potential Western military strike against Syria.

  • 10/09/2013 | World

    Syria backs chemical weapons plan while it bombs Damascus

    Syria accepted a Russian proposal today to give up chemical weapons and win a reprieve from US strikes, while its warplanes bombed rebel positions in Damascus for the first time since the West threatened military action.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    Wall Street edges up on Syria delay, bets on Fed policy

    US stocks edged higher today, lifting the S&P 500 for its seventh straight day of gains, as concern over a possible US-led strike on Syria ebbed and investors bet the Federal Reserve would trim its stimulus measures only slightly.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    Syria agrees on chemical weapons deal, US remains cautious

    Syria accepted a Russian proposal to give up chemical weapons but US President Barack Obama said it was too early to tell if the initiative would succeed and he vowed to keep military forces at the ready to strike if diplomacy fails.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    US, Russia, other big powers to meet on Syria in New York

    Envoys from the five permanent UN Security Council member states will meet in New York today to discuss plans to place Syrian chemical weapons under international control, diplomats said.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    US sees 'troubling' Iran nuclear moves, seeks steps by Tehran

    The United States said it saw "troubling developments" in Iran's nuclear programme and called on the country's new president to take concrete steps soon to ease concerns about Tehran's aims.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    US: Diplomatic solution for Syria will take time

    The White House warned that a diplomatic solution over Syria would take "some time" and pledged to pursue talks despite skepticism from US lawmakers that Damascus would make good on a Russian plan to surrender its chemical weapons.

  • 11/09/2013 | World

    President Putin says US strike on Syria could escalate conflict

    Russian President Vladimir Putin warned against a US strike on Syria, saying such action risked escalating the conflict beyond that country and unleashing terrorist attacks.

  • 12/09/2013 | World

    Wall Street edges lower after seven session rally

    US stocks edged lower today after a seven-session winning streak on the S&P 500 and a jobless claims report which provided few clues into the Federal Reserve's upcoming decisions about stimulus policy.

  • 12/09/2013 | World

    'Syria is placing its chemical weapons under international control because of Russia'

    Syria's decision to cede control of its chemical weapons was the result of a Russian proposal, not the threat of US military intervention, Interfax news agency quoted President Bashar al-Assad as saying in a Russian television interview.

  • 13/09/2013 | World

    US, Russia: 'We are committed to trying to work together' to end Syrian conflict

    Russia and the United States agreed today to push again for an international conference aimed at ending Syria's civil war as talks on removing chemical weapons raised hopes for broader negotiations.

  • 15/09/2013 | World

    Yemen jails three al Qaeda members for plot to kill president

    A Yemeni court has sentenced three al Qaeda members to jail for plotting to kill President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and target foreign diplomats, including the US ambassador to Sanaa.

  • 15/09/2013 | World

    Assad government hails 'victory' in arms deal, troops attack

    Syria's government hailed as a "victory" a Russian-brokered deal that has averted US strikes, while President Barack Obama defended a chemical weapons pact that the rebels fear has bolstered their enemy in the civil war.

  • 16/09/2013 | World

    Clearing weather offers relief in flood-hit Colorado as thousands still stranded

    Drier weather after historic floods triggered by seven straight days of rain held out hope for relief in Colorado, where hundreds of people were still stranded or displaced today.

  • 16/09/2013 | World

    Obama says will not negotiate with Congress on debt ceiling

    President Barack Obama said today he would not negotiate with Congress over whether to raise the US debt ceiling and chided Republicans for threatening to bring the government to a halt in an effort to repeal his signature healthcare reform law.

  • 17/09/2013 | World

    Wall Street edges up as Fed meeting looms

    US stocks edged up at the open today ahead of the start of a highly anticipated Federal Reserve two-day meeting, while inflation data supported the case for the Fed to start to reduce its stimulus measures.

  • 17/09/2013 | Latin America

    Rousseff calls off state visit to US over spying

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has called off plans for a state visit to Washington because of revelations that the US spied on her personal communications and those of other Brazilians.

  • 17/09/2013 | World

    Kerry urges 'strong' UN resolution on Syria

    Secretary of State John Kerry has insisted that the US-Russian agreement for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons must be backed by a UN resolution with the teeth to force compliance from President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 18/09/2013 | World

    Wall Street ends at record, Fed maintains stimulus

    US stocks rallied to record highs after the Federal Reserve surprised investors and decided against trimming its bond-buying stimulus program, which has fueled Wall Street's rally of more than 20 percent this year.

  • 18/09/2013 | World

    White House official says Yellen front runner for Fed chair

    A White House official said today that Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen is the front runner to take over the top job at the US central bank when Ben Bernanke steps down, the strongest indication yet of her likely nomination.

  • 18/09/2013 | World

    US Federal Reserve sticks to stimulus, worried about growth soft spots

    The US Federal Reserve said that it would continue buying bonds at an $85 billion monthly pace for now, surprising financial markets that were braced for a reduction in the central bank's economic stimulus.

  • 18/09/2013 | World

    Rouhani: Iran will never develop nuclear weapons

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has revealed in a television interview that his government would never develop nuclear weapons and that he has full authority to negotiate a nuclear deal with the West.

  • 19/09/2013 | World

    Kerry: Security Council must be prepared to take Syria action

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said it was essential the deal reached last Saturday be enforced and that the UN Security Council be willing to act on it next week, when the UN General Assembly holds its annual meeting in New York.

  • 20/09/2013 | World

    Bullard: Fed could taper in October, depending on data

    The US Federal Reserve could still scale back its massive bond buying program at an October meeting should data point to a stronger economy, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said today.

  • 22/09/2013 | World

    Storm clouds ahead

    By James Neilson
    We all know that the US economy, not the still much smaller and as yet relatively unproductive Chinese one, is the mighty engine that is pulling the rest of the planet up the slopes towards those sunlit uplands where everybody will have plenty of money to spend in glittering shopping malls.

  • 22/09/2013 | World

    Russia: West exploiting Syria deal to force Security Council ruling

    Russia has accused the West of trying to exploit a chemical weapons deal with Syria to push through a UN resolution threatening force against President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 23/09/2013 | World

    Rouhani says will present 'true face of Iran' at UN

    President Hassan Rouhani said today he would use his visit to the United Nations this week to present the "true face of Iran" and to pursue talks and cooperation with the West to end Iran's nuclear dispute.

  • 24/09/2013 | World

    Wall Street closes with falls, shares struggle

    Stocks on Wall Street struggled on Tuesday, with benchmark indexes swinging between losses and muted gains to finally turn lower, amid a lack of clarity on US fiscal and monetary policies, while major currencies held in tight ranges.

  • 24/09/2013 | Latin America

    Brazil's Rousseff renews criticism of US for spying

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff today criticized the United States for spying and said Brazil would adopt legislation and technology to protect it from illegal interception of communications.

  • 24/09/2013 | World

    Obama urges UN to back consequences for Syria

    US President Barack Obama urged the United Nations to back tough consequences for Syria if it refuses to give up chemical weapons and urged Russia and Iran to drop their backing of leader Bashar al-Assad.

  • 25/09/2013 | World

    Wall Street ends down for fifth session as budget debate, Wal-Mart weigh

    US stocks fell and the S&P 500 put in a fifth day of losses, its worst losing streak since the end of 2012, on jitters funding for the federal government would run out and after a drop in shares of the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores.

  • 25/09/2013 | World

    Iran says it wants to resolve nuclear row within months

    Iran's new government, stepping up a campaign to project a more moderate image abroad, said it wants to jump-start talks with world powers to resolve a decade-long dispute over its nuclear program and hoped for a deal in three to six months.

  • 26/09/2013 | World

    Europe equities edge up but Milan market underperforms

    European equities edged higher buoyed by gains at fashion group H&M, although fresh political uncertainty in Italy hit Milan's stock market.

  • 27/09/2013 | World

    Obama speaks by phone to Iran's Rouhani, sees chance for progress

    US President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by phone, the highest-level contact since the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and a sign that both sides are serious about reaching a pact on Iran's nuclear program.

  • 29/09/2013 | World

    Assad says Syria will respect UN chemical weapons accords

    Syria will respect United Nations accords on chemical weapons, President Bashar al-Assad has affirmed.

  • 29/09/2013 | World

    Kenya raps US over 'unfriendly' travel warning after attack

    Kenya rebuked the United States for warning its citizens over travel to the east African country after the Sept. 21 Nairobi mall attack, calling the alert "unfriendly" and asking Washington to lift it.

  • 29/09/2013 | World

    Iran's foreign minister says nuclear enrichment is not negotiable

    Iran's foreign minister has said the country's right to peaceful nuclear enrichment was not negotiable in talks with the United States but it does not need to enrich uranium to military-grade levels.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    US Senate Democrats say they will defeat Obamacare delay

    Democrats who control the Senate were confident that they would defeat Republicans' efforts to delay "Obamacare" health reforms today and send a "clean" bill to keep the federal government operating back to the House of Representatives.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    Israel's Netanyahu urges Obama to keep sanctions in place on Iran

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged President Barack Obama today to keep sanctions in place against Iran and to even tighten them if Tehran continues its nuclear advances during a coming round of negotiations with the West.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    US gov't on brink of shutdown, Congress remains deadlocked

    US President Barack Obama has prepared Americans for what he called an "entirely preventable" government shutdown while urging Republicans in Congress to reach an 11th-hour deal to avoid economic harm.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    US Senate again rejects House Republican spending bill

    For the second time today, the US Senate rejected an emergency funding bill approved by the House of Representatives that would have made major changes to the Obamacare healthcare law.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    Syria compares militant onslaught to 9/11 attacks

    Syria's foreign minister has compared what he described as an invasion of foreign terrorists across his country to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, remarks that Washington dismissed as offensive and disingenuous.

  • 30/09/2013 | Latin America

    Venezuela expels top US diplomat for encouraging 'acts of sabotage'

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said today he was expelling the top US diplomat in the South American nation and two others, accusing them of meeting with opposition leaders and encouraging "acts of sabotage" against his country.

  • 30/09/2013 | World

    Obama, in phone call to Speaker Boehner, urges House to vote on funding bill, avoid shutdown

    Barack Obama has urged House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner to back legislation to fund the government for six weeks and to vote on it quickly to avoid a government shutdown in hours.

  • 01/10/2013 | World

    Wall Street rebounds as government shutdown seen short-lived

    US stocks kicked off a new month and a new quarter with gains as investors, for now, appeared confident that the first partial government shutdown in nearly two decades would be short-lived.

  • 01/10/2013 | World

    US government shutdown starts, 1 million workers on unpaid leave

    The US government began a partial shutdown for the first time in 17 years, potentially putting up to 1 million workers on unpaid leave, closing national parks and stalling medical research projects.

  • 01/10/2013 | World

    US Supreme Court takes no action on Argentina bonds case

    The US Supreme Court today took no action on whether it should hear an appeal filed by Argentina over its battle with hedge funds that refused to take part in two debt restructurings that sprang from the country's 2002 default.

  • 01/10/2013 | World

    Obama to gov't employees: 'shutdown completely preventable'

    President Barack Obama today told US government employees that the government shutdown was "completely preventable" and that he would try to get Congress to restart operations as soon as possible.

  • 01/10/2013 | World

    Obama blames gov't shutdown on 'ideological crusade'

    President Barack Obama today blamed Republicans for an "ideological crusade" aimed at his healthcare program and urged lawmakers to vote to keep government operations running without conditions.

  • 01/10/2013 | World

    Iran sanctions in US Senate delayed before Geneva talks

    Under pressure not to squeeze Iran too hard, the US Senate is unlikely to impose a fresh round of sanctions on the Islamic Republic until after Tehran holds nuclear talks with world powers later this month, lawmakers and congressional aides said.

  • 02/10/2013 | World

    Obama cancels Asia trip to deal with budget impasse

    President Barack Obama today scrapped part of a long-planned trip to Asia and left the remainder of the trip in doubt as a US government shutdown went into a second day with no end in sight to the funding battle in Congress that triggered it.

  • 02/10/2013 | World

    Bank CEOs warn of consequences from US shutdown, default

    Chief executives from major financial institutions met with President Barack Obama and warned of "adverse" consequences if government agencies remain closed and if lawmakers failed to raise the US debt ceiling by mid-October.

  • 02/10/2013 | World

    Obama, congressional leaders still deadlocked on shutdown

    President Barack Obama met with Republican and Democratic leaders today in Congress to try to break a deadlock that has shut down wide swaths of the federal government, but there was no breakthrough.

  • 03/10/2013 | World

    Wall Street ends lower as government shutdown goes on

    US stocks dropped today as investors worried that a budget stalemate in Congress would become entangled with much more critical legislation to raise the federal borrowing limit.

  • 03/10/2013 | World

    Obama blames Republican 'obsession' for government shutdown

    President Barack Obama ridiculed House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner for refusing to allow a vote on a funding bill that would end a three-day government shutdown, saying the top Republican is in the grip of conservative "extremists."

  • 03/10/2013 | World

    Obama cancels visits to Indonesia, Brunei due to US government shutdown

    President Barack Obama has cancelled plans to attend summits in Indonesia and Brunei, the White House said in a statement, bowing to the reality that a US government shutdown impasse requires him to remain in Washington.

  • 04/10/2013 | World

    Global stocks fall for week as shutdown continues; dollar near lows

    Major stock markets rose but posted a second week of losses while the dollar hovered near an eight-month low on fears the budget standoff in Washington will drag on until politicians reach a deal to raise the US debt ceiling.

  • 04/10/2013 | World

    Obama would veto latest Republican spending bills

    The White House said today that President Barack Obama would veto the latest series of Republican spending bills designed to restart selected services amid the government shutdown, echoing veto threats made on similar House of Representatives measures earlier this week.

  • 04/10/2013 | World

    Evacuations ordered as Tropical Storm Karen nears US coast

    Authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders for low-lying areas south of New Orleans as a weakened Tropical Storm Karen closed in on the Louisiana coast after disrupting US energy output in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • 05/10/2013 | World

    Shutdown a 'brief disruption,' US state secretary Kerry says

    The partial shutdown of the US government, which entered its fifth day today, is a "momentary episode" and does not change the US commitment to Asia or elsewhere, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

  • 05/10/2013 | World

    Iran's part of diplomatic opening in New York 'not proper, ' Khamenei

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he supported moderate President Hassan Rouhani's diplomatic opening at the UN General Assembly but that some of what occurred there was "not proper."

  • 05/10/2013 | World

    Obama says Iran a year or more from nuclear weapon capability

    The United States believes Iran is a year or a more away from being able to produce a nuclear weapon, President Barack Obama said in an interview with the Associated Press released, although he described the estimate as "conservative."

  • 06/10/2013 | World

    Boehner says US on path to default if Obama refuses to negotiate

    Republican House Speaker John Boehner has vowed not to raise the US debt ceiling without a "serious conversation" about what is driving the debt, while Democrats said it was irresponsible and reckless to raise the possibility of a US default.

  • 07/10/2013 | World

    'Obama won't negotiate under threat of debt default'

    White House officials were firm today that President Barack Obama would not negotiate with congressional Republicans under the threat of a debt default and repeated that it is up to Congress to raise the US borrowing cap.

  • 07/10/2013 | World

    Obama urges Congress to reopen government, avoid default

    President Barack Obama, in a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today to spotlight the loss of government services because of the shutdown, urged Congress to reopen government and raise the debt limit immediately.

  • 07/10/2013 | World

    Obama climate adviser Zichal to step down

    President Barack Obama's top adviser on energy and climate change, Heather Zichal, plans to step down in the next few weeks after five years at the White House, senior administration officials said today.

  • 07/10/2013 | World

    North Korea puts army on alert, warns US of 'horrible disaster'

    North Korea has announced that its military would be put on high alert and be ready to launch operations, stepping up tension after weeks of rhetoric directed against the United States and South Korea, who it accuses of instigating hostility.

  • 08/10/2013 | World

    Year's winners lead Wall St lower as default angst rises

    US stocks slid on Tuesday as traders cashed in gains in some of the year's best performers amid little progress to end a political crisis in Washington that could affect the US fiscal standing and economic recovery.

  • 08/10/2013 | World

    North Korea puts army on alert, warns US of 'horrible disaster'

    North Korea said today its military would be put on high alert and be ready to launch operations, stepping up tension after weeks of rhetoric against the United States and South Korea, whom it accuses of instigating hostility.

  • 08/10/2013 | World

    Moody's says US default extremely unlikely

    Moody's Investors Service sees very little chance of a US debt default later this month, the rating agency's president and chief operating officer said today.

  • 08/10/2013 | World

    Obama would veto bill for new deficit-reduction panel - White House

    US President Barack Obama would veto a bill by the House of Representatives that would create a bipartisan panel to make recommendations on reducing the country's deficit and debt limit.

  • 09/10/2013 | World

    Wall Street gains on Yellen boost, Washington eyed

    US stocks edged up today, with the S&P 500 bouncing back after its largest drop since August, on expectations Janet Yellen will be tapped to head the US Federal Reserve.

  • 09/10/2013 | World

    Haiti's cholera epidemic brings US lawsuit against UN

    Human rights lawyers said they plan to sue the United Nations to seek compensation for Haitian victims of a cholera epidemic they blame on UN peacekeepers.

  • 09/10/2013 | World

    Obama picks Yellen for top Fed job, urges quick Senate approval

    President Barack Obama has nominated Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellento run the world's most influential central bank and urged the Senate to confirm her without delay.

  • 09/10/2013 | World

    Pentagon begins review of Guantanamo detainees held without charge

    The Pentagon said it had begun re-examining the evidence for the continued detention of terrorism suspects held without charge at Guantanamo, Cuba, more than two years after President Barack Obama directed it to develop a review process.

  • 10/10/2013 | World

    Wall Street jumps on signs of progress in Washington talks

    US stocks closed up today, with each of the major indexes climbing more than 2 percent, as investors were encouraged by signs of progress in fiscal negotiations in Washington.

  • 10/10/2013 | World

    Obama, Republicans continue talks after White House meeting

    Republicans offered a plan to President Barack Obama today that would postpone a possible US default, in a sign the two sides may be moving to end the standoff that has shuttered large parts of the government and thrown America's future creditworthiness into question.

  • 10/10/2013 | World

    Iran up for UN disarmament panel post, US objects

    Iran is running for the vice chairmanship of the UN Disarmament Commission, which the United States said was unacceptable in light of Tehran's many breaches of Security Council demands that it halt its controversial atomic work.

  • 11/10/2013 | World

    Obama, Republicans struggle to break fiscal deadlock

    President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders moved to end their fiscal impasse today, but struggled to strike a deal on the details for a short-term reopening of the federal government and an increase in the US borrowing limit.

  • 11/10/2013 | World

    G20 urges US to act quickly to avoid default

    Finance officials from the world's biggest economiespressed the United States to head off a potentially devastating default and vowed to proceed carefully when the time comes to normalize monetary policy.

  • 11/10/2013 | World

    Elephant accidentally kills Missouri zoo keeper

    An elephant in a Missouri zoo accidentally killed a long-time zoo manager, city officials said.

  • 12/10/2013 | World

    US fiscal impasse dragged on, Obama steps up pressure on Republicans

    The US president pressured Republican lawmakers to agree to raise the debt ceiling for longer than they would prefer, as their fiscal impasse dragged into the weekend with five days left to find a deal.

  • 12/10/2013 | World

    'No deal,' fiscal fix stalls in US Congress

    Hopes for a resolution of Washington's fiscal crisis in the next day or two faded on Capitol Hill as President Barack Obama's efforts to reach a deal with Republicans in the House of Representatives sputtered.

  • 13/10/2013 | World

    Iran rejects West's demand to ship out uranium stockpiles

    Iran has rejected the West's demand that it send sensitive nuclear material out of the country but signalled flexibility on other aspects of its atomic activities that worry world powers, ahead of renewed negotiations this week.

  • 14/10/2013 | World

    US Democrats deny debt negotiations stalled

    Senate leaders are "making progress" in their bid to resolve Washington's latest fiscal crisis but still seek agreement on two key points, length of an increase in the debt limit and a funding bill to reopen the government, a Democratic aide said today.

  • 14/10/2013 | World

    Obama hopeful as fiscal meeting nears with top lawmakers

    President Barack Obama said lawmakers appear to have made progress on a deal to reopen the government and avert a looming default today as he prepared to meet congressional leaders with a Thursday deadline drawing near.

  • 14/10/2013 | World

    US senators hint at possible fiscal deal

    A month of combat in the US Congress over government spending showed signs of giving way to a Senate deal to reopen shuttered federal agencies and prevent default on federal debt.

  • 15/10/2013 | World

    US stocks fall as Washington talks stall

    US short-term bill rates rose and stocks slid on Wall street as US Senate fiscal negotiations were suspended, making prospects for an agreement to end the US government's budget and debt impasse less promising.

  • 15/10/2013 | World

    White House rejects House Republican fiscal proposal: 'We are far from a deal'

    The White House dismissed the latest fiscal proposal offered by Republicans who control the House of Representatives today, and said that negotiations in the Senate are making progress toward ending a fiscal impasse but "we're far from a deal at this point."

  • 15/10/2013 | World

    US fiscal talks stumble as lawmakers race against clock for solution

    Stop-start negotiations to end the US fiscal impasse left congressional leaders and President Barack Obama desperately searching for a way to reopen the government and raise the country's debt limit ahead of a Thursday deadline.

  • 15/10/2013 | World

    Twitter to list on NYSE, more than doubles quarterly revenue

    Social networking website Twitter Inc said it would list its stock on the New York Stock Exchange, dealing a blow to the tech-heavy Nasdaq which bungled rival Facebook's initial public offering.

  • 15/10/2013 | World

    Obama: When you're the president, everyone takes your calls

    The coolest thing about being the leader of the free world? Everyone will take your call, said President Barack Obama in a television interview.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    Wall Street ends sharply higher in hopes of fiscal deal

    US stocks closed more than 1 percent higher after Senate leaders said they had a deal to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling, avoiding the threat of a debt default.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    US Congress ends default threat, Obama signs bill

    The US Congress yesterday approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world's biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    Obama says will sign bill immediately to reopen government

    President Barack Obama said he will sign legislation to reopen the US government and avert a debt default as soon as it reaches the White House.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    Facebook lifts restriction on teen users sharing with public

    Facebook Inc removed a restriction for users under 18 that previously limited who could see their online postings from photos to musings on the world-wide social network.

  • 16/10/2013 | World

    'Edward Snowden has more secrets to share', father says

    The father of the ex US spy agency contractor said his son has more secrets to share and should stay in Russia "to make sure the true story is told."

  • 17/10/2013 | World

    Wall Street ends at record high after Washington deal

    The S&P 500 closed at a record high as investors regained confidence in the market following a last-minute deal to avoid a US default, but weak earnings from IBM (IBM.N) and Goldman Sachs (GS.N) pulled the Dow industrials slightly lower.

  • 17/10/2013 | World

    US government employees ordered back to work today

    The White House moved quickly early today to get the US government back up and running after a 16-day shutdown, directing hundreds of thousands of workers to return to work.

  • 17/10/2013 | World

    Google Internet revenue rises 23 percent in Q3

    Google Inc said that its consolidated revenue increased 12 percent to $14.89 billion in the third quarter, even as losses deepened at its Motorola mobile phone business.

  • 18/10/2013 | World

    Global stocks end at record high on high earnings

    The S&P 500 closed at a record high for the second consecutive day as positive earnings from Google (GOOG.O), Morgan Stanley (MS.N) and others lifted investor sentiment.

  • 18/10/2013 | World

    Murdoch re-elected Twenty-First Century Fox chairman

    Media mogul Rupert Murdoch was re-elected chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc despite protests from shareholder groups who sought to separate the chairman and chief executive positions of the family-dominated company.

  • 18/10/2013 | World

    NY man arrested, charged with al Qaeda ties

    US officials arrested a 25-year-old man from suburban New York and charged him in a five-count indictment with attempting to travel to Yemen to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

  • 20/10/2013 | World

    US President Obama focused on fixing glitches in healthcare rollout

    US President Barack Obama is frustrated by the problems with the rollout of his signature healthcare reform and the administration intends to fix them.

  • 21/10/2013 | World

    Dollar gains, shares flat on expected delay to Fed tapering

    The dollar gained and global equity markets traded at five-year highs lifted by a healthy outlook for stocks as markets awaited a backlog of US economic data that could yield clues on when the Federal Reserve begins to pare its stimulus program.

  • 21/10/2013 | World

    Mayors officiate as New Jersey legalizes gay marriage

    Wedding bells rang for the first time for same-sex couples in New Jersey when the state became the 14th in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

  • 21/10/2013 | World

    Teacher killed, two wounded in Nevada school shooting

    A teacher was shot dead and two students were wounded when a student opened fire at a middle school in the northern Nevada city of Sparks before taking his own life, law enforcement officials said.

  • 21/10/2013 | World

    France summons US ambassador over NSA spying report

    France summoned the US ambassador today after Le Monde newspaper reported the huge scale of alleged American spying on French citizens, with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius calling the revelations unacceptable.

  • 22/10/2013 | World

    US job growth lost momentum before budget fight hit

    US employers added far fewer than expected workers in September, suggesting a loss of momentum in the economy that supported the Federal Reserve's decision to maintain its monthly bond purchases.

  • 22/10/2013 | World

    Apple gives away Mac software, unveils iPad Air

    Apple Inc will give away operating and work software free to Mac computer users, challenging Microsoft Corp's near-stranglehold on personal computing as the latter starts to make inroads into the mobile market.

  • 23/10/2013 | World

    Wall Street ends down as Caterpillar falls, Boeing rallies

    US stocks fell as shares of heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar and semiconductor companies tumbled after they reported earnings, ending the S&P 500's four-session streak of record high finishes.

  • 23/10/2013 | World

    US House Republicans still want to delay Obamacare individual mandate

    US House of Representatives Republicans remain committed to seeking a delay in the provision in Barack Obama's healthcare law that requires uninsured Americans to buy health insurance coverage, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said.

  • 23/10/2013 | World

    Obama assures Germany's Merkel US not monitoring her communications

    President Barack Obama today tried to assure German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the United States is not monitoring her communications after Merkel raised the issue with Obama.

  • 23/10/2013 | World

    Pakistan prime minister urges Obama to end drone strikes

    Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged US President Barack Obama to end drone strikes in Pakistan, touching on a sore subject just as relations between the two countries improve after years of suspicion over Afghanistan and the US counterterrorism fight.

  • 24/10/2013 | World

    Wall Street ends higher, resuming upward trend on Fed

    US stocks resumed their move up as economic data underscored views US monetary stimulus will be in place for the foreseeable future and earnings offered some upbeat news.

  • 24/10/2013 | World

    Germany, France demand 'no-spy' agreement with United States

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded that the United States strike a "no-spying" agreement with Berlin and Paris by the end of the year, saying alleged espionage against two of Washington's closest EU allies had to be stopped.

  • 24/10/2013 | World

    Obama presses Republicans to end stalemate on immigration

    Fresh from a bruising fight with House of Representatives Republicans over the budget, US President Barack Obama has urged them to work with him to overhaul the country's immigration laws.

  • 24/10/2013 | World

    Contractors describe scant pre-launch testing of US healthcare site

    The Obama administration launched its troubled healthcare insurance website after only a minimum of crucial system-wide testing, despite contractors warning officials repeatedly about performance risks, a congressional panel heard today.

  • 25/10/2013 | World

    Merkel to seek 'no spy deal' within EU as well as with US

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants the European Union's 28 member states to reach a "no spy deal" similar to an agreement France and Germany seek with the United State following allegations Washington tapped her mobile phone.

  • 26/10/2013 | World

    Hundreds march in Washington against NSA surveillance programs

    Hundreds of protesters marched on Capitol Hill in Washington to protest the US government's online surveillance programs, whose vast scope was revealed this year by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

  • 27/10/2013 | World

    German paper says Obama aware of spying on Merkel since 2010

    A German newspaper said that US President Barack Obama knew his intelligence service was eavesdropping on Angela Merkel as long ago as 2010, contradicting reports that he had told the German leader he did not know.

  • 28/10/2013 | World

    Spain summons US ambassador over spying

    Spain summoned the US ambassador today to discuss alleged spying on Spanish citizens and said the action was unacceptable behavior by an ally.

  • 28/10/2013 | World

    British man arrested, charged with hacking US military networks

    A British man has been arrested in England and charged by the United States and Britain with hacking into US government computer systems, including those run by the military, to steal confidential data and disrupt operations, authorities said.

  • 28/10/2013 | World

    German parliament meets to discuss US spying scandal

    Germany's parliament will hold a special session on reports the United States tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone and left-wing parties demanded a public inquiry calling in witnesses including former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden.

  • 28/10/2013 | World

    US sees need for 'constraints' on NSA spying

    The White House moved to reassure allies and citizens concerned about the sweeping nature of surveillance by acknowledging that more constraints are needed to assure privacy rights are protected.

  • 29/10/2013 | World

    Dow, S&P 500 end at record highs on stimulus hopes

    US stocks rose modestly today, with the market's upward momentum continuing as the S&P 500 hit another record high and drug company Pfizer rallied on its results.

  • 29/10/2013 | World

    Spain launches legal inquiry into US spying allegations

    Spain's public prosecutor launched a preliminary inquiry today into reports that US intelligence has spied on million of its citizens.

  • 30/10/2013 | World

    Wall Street slips in volatile post-Fed trade

    US stocks fell in volatile trading today after the Federal Reserve said it would keep its stimulus program intact for the time being, as expected, though it also nodded to a weaker economic growth outlook.

  • 30/10/2013 | World

    Fed maintains strong stimulus as US growth stumbles

    The Federal Reserve extended its support for a slowing US economy today, saying it will keep buying $85 billion in bonds per month for the time being.

  • 31/10/2013 | World

    German lawmaker meets Snowden, says he may help German spy inquiry

    A German lawmaker said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow and the fugitive former US spy agency contractor was willing to help German investigations into reports the United States tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.

  • 31/10/2013 | World

    Biden urges US lawmakers to hold off on any new Iran sanctions

    Vice President Joe Biden led a high-powered delegation to Capitol Hill to try to persuade US lawmakers to hold off on any more sanctions against Iran and let delicate diplomatic talks over Tehran's nuclear program unfold.

  • 31/10/2013 | World

    US Senate panel passes plan to restrict but keep mass surveillance

    The US Senate Intelligence Committee has approved legislation that would tighten controls on the government's sweeping electronic eavesdropping programs but allow them to continue.

  • 01/11/2013 | World

    Snowden tells Germany he hopes US will stop 'harmful behavior'

    Edward Snowden has told the German government in a letter he believes support from around the world will persuade Washington to stop what he called "harmful behavior" in trying to prevent him from revealing secret surveillance by the US government.

  • 01/11/2013 | World

    One person confirmed dead in shooting at LA airport

    One person, a man approximately 40 years old, has been confirmed killed in the shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner said.

  • 01/11/2013 | World

    Obama tells Iraqi leader US wants 'inclusive' Iraq

    President Barack Obama told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that the United States wants an inclusive, prosperous Iraq free of violence.

  • 02/11/2013 | World

    Pakistan Taliban vow revenge after killing of leader in US drone attack

    Pakistani Taliban fighters secretly buried their leader after he was killed by a US drone aircraft and quickly moved to replace him while vowing a wave of revenge suicide bombings. The government denounced the murder as a US bid to derail planned peace talks.

  • 03/11/2013 | World

    Khamenei tells Iran's hardliners not to undermine nuclear talks

    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's has given strong backing to his president's push for nuclear negotiations, warning hardliners not to accuse Hassan Rouhani of compromising with the old enemy America.

  • 03/11/2013 | World

    US lawmaker defends drone killing of Pakistan Taliban leader

    A US lawmaker whose committee oversees the intelligence community has defended the drone strike that killed a Pakistani Taliban leader and said it would help keep American troops safe.

  • 04/11/2013 | World

    Kerry praises Saudi Arabia as 'very important' US ally

    The US Secretary of State praised Saudi Arabia as a "very important" ally as he visited the Gulf Kingdom on a mission to soothe strains in the relationship over US policy on Iran, Syria and Palestine.

  • 04/11/2013 | World

    Obama asks supporters to help with troubled healthcare rollout

    The US leader vowed to press ahead with the rollout and asked supporters to help as the White House struggled to gain control of the debate over his signature achievement in the face of mounting criticism, seeking their assistance to enroll people into the Affordable Care Act.

  • 04/11/2013 | World

    US gay-rights bill clears Senate, House speaker opposes measure

    A bill to ban workplace discrimination against gays narrowly cleared a Republican procedural roadblock in the US Senate, just hours after the top Republican in Congress declared his opposition.

  • 05/11/2013 | World

    Dow, S&P 500 down after 2-day winning streak

    The Dow and the S&P 500 ended lower today following two sessions of gains as investors weighed the implications of strong economic data for the path of monetary policy over the next several months.

  • 05/11/2013 | World

    US Russia fail to agree Syria peace talks date

    The United States and Russia failed to agree a date for a Syrian peace conference, remaining divided over what role Iran might play in talks to end the civil war and over who would represent Syria's opposition.

  • 05/11/2013 | World

    Liberal Democrat de Blasio wins New York mayor's race

    Liberal Democrat Bill de Blasio cruised to victory in the race to succeed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, marking the first time a Democrat has captured City Hall in two decades, local media reported.

  • 06/11/2013 | World

    Euro rises as ECB rate cut seen unlikely, Dow at record high

    Global stock markets rose today and the Dow industrials marked a record closing high as investors seized on signs that the Federal Reserve may keep rates low for longer than expected.

  • 06/11/2013 | World

    Christie wins big in New Jersey in governors' races

    Moderate Republican Chris Christie easily won re-election as New Jersey governor, while a conservative Republican popular with the Tea Party movement narrowly lost his bid for the Virginia governorship, in two races closely watched for signs of voters' moods ahead of the 2016 presidential race.

  • 06/11/2013 | World

    Wal-Mart website glitch gave shoppers super bargains, temporarily

    Shoppers looking for a bargain got some big ones, if only temporarily, at Walmart.com.

  • 07/11/2013 | World

    Wall Street lower despite data, Twitter dazzles in debut

    Frenzied buying in Twitter shares grabbed Wall Street's attention, as the social media stock surged well above expectations, while major indexes fell, with the S&P 500 suffering its worst daily decline since August.

  • 07/11/2013 | World

    Despite talks, US Senate panel will continue with new Iran sanctions

    The US Senate Banking Committee will move ahead with a package of tough new sanctions on Iran after the negotiating session over its nuclear program ends in Geneva tomorrow, the committee's chairman said.

  • 07/11/2013 | World

    Rubber duck, game of chess enter US Toy Hall of Fame

    Rubber Duckie you're the one. The world's most popular bath toy sunk fierce competition to be named one of two 2013 inductees to the United States' National Toy Hall of Fame.

  • 07/11/2013 | World

    US Senate passes bill to ban discrimination against gay workers

    The Democratic-led US Senate passed a bipartisan bill to outlaw discrimination against gay workers, but the measure faces an uphill struggle in the Republican-led House of Representatives.

  • 08/11/2013 | World

    Obama calls Netanyahu after criticism of Iran nuclear plan

    US President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the Israeli leader delivered a stinging rebuke to Washington over a deal taking shape in talks between Iran and world powers seeking to curb Tehran's nuclear program.

  • 10/11/2013 | World

    Rouhani says Iran rejects threats, cites red lines in nuclear talks

    President Hassan Rouhani, architect of Iran's diplomatic opening to world powers, stated that the country had "red lines" and would not bow to threats in an apparent bid to keep hardliners on side as Tehran edges toward a deal on its nuclear programme.

  • 10/11/2013 | World

    Israel PM Netanyahu asks US supporters to oppose Iran deal

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case against a nuclear accord with Iran directly to the US public today, denouncing "a very bad deal" that he feared the Obama administration was pursuing.

  • 11/11/2013 | World

    Four dead, one wounded in Brooklyn shooting

    A man shot dead three people and wounded a fourth before killing himself in a shooting spree in Brooklyn, New York police said today.

  • 11/11/2013 | World

    Kerry hopes for nuclear deal with Iran as diplomacy warms

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he hoped an agreement on Iran's disputed nuclear programme would be signed within months and that London and Tehran revive diplomatic ties, signs of a warmer atmosphere between the Islamic Republic and the West.

  • 12/11/2013 | World

    Wall Street dips after two days of gains; eyes on Fed's next move

    The Dow and the S&P 500 declined after rising bond yields increased debate over how soon the Federal Reserve would start trimming its stimulus programme.

  • 12/11/2013 | World

    New York's One World Trade Center deemed tallest US skyscraper

    The skyscraper at New York's World Trade Center has been designated the tallest building in the United States by virtue of its spire, surpassing Chicago's Willis Tower, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat said.

  • 13/11/2013 | World

    Dow, S&P end at record highs on Macy's, Yellen

    The Dow and the S&P 500 ended at record highs today as strong results from Macy's lifted consumer discretionary shares and investors bought stocks in anticipation of remarks by Janet Yellen, who is likely to become the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve.

  • 13/11/2013 | World

    Hawaii legalizes gay marriage

    Hawaii's governor signed into law a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, capping 20 years of legal and political rancor in a state regarded as a pioneer in advancing the cause of gay matrimony.

  • 14/11/2013 | World

    Dow, S&P 500 end at records after Yellen hearing

    The Dow and the S&P 500 index ended at new highs today after Janet Yellen, President Obama's choice to lead the Federal Reserve, signaled the US central bank's loose monetary policy would remain in place for some time, while weak euro zone growth lifted the dollar.

  • 14/11/2013 | World

    Obama offers fix to troubled healthcare law

    President Barack Obama has offered a fix to his troubled healthcare law that would allow insurance companies to extend for one year the health plans of Americans that would otherwise face cancellation.

  • 14/11/2013 | World

    UN: Iran putting brakes on nuclear expansion

    Since Hassan Rouhani became president, Iran has stopped expanding its uranium enrichment capacity, a UN inspection report showed, in a potential boost for diplomacy to end the Tehran-West nuclear dispute.

  • 15/11/2013 | World

    European shares near 5-year highs as Vivendi rises

    European shares rose back towards five-year highs buoyed by media group Vivendi and prospects of a further dose of accommodative central bank policies that were tipped to keep the equity rally on track.

  • 15/11/2013 | World

    Dow, S&P close at new highs; Exxon Mobil leads Dow

    The Dow and the S&P 500 hit new highs for a sixth straight week of gains, as investors continued to take cues from Federal Reserve Chair nominee Janet Yellen, who told a Senate Committee it was too early to end the central bank's stimulus.

  • 17/11/2013 | World

    Iran points to possible way round nuclear sticking point

    Iran has the right to enrich uranium, but does not insist others recognise that right, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said, in what could be a way around one of the main sticking points between Tehran and world powers in talks this week.

  • 17/11/2013 | World

    Fast-moving storm, tornadoes threaten across US Midwest

    A fast-moving storm system that produced at least one tornado in Illinois threatened some 53 million people across 10 Midwestern states, US weather officials said today.

  • 17/11/2013 | World

    France assures Israel it will stand firm on Iran

    President Francois Hollande has assured Israel that France would continue to oppose an easing of economic sanctions against Iran until it was convinced Tehran had given up any pursuit of nuclear weapons.

  • 18/11/2013 | World

    Six killed as tornadoes rip through US Midwest

    A fast-moving storm system triggered multiple tornadoes that killed at least six people and flattened large parts of a town in Illinois as it tore across the Midwest, authorities said.

  • 19/11/2013 | World

    World stock markets dip, Iran weighs on Brent crude

    World stock markets dipped today as investors sought new catalysts to extend a rally amid signs of tepid economic growth, while crude oil sank ahead of a possible easing of sanctions against Iran.

  • 19/11/2013 | World

    NASA puts out call for commercial space taxis

    Despite budget uncertainties, NASA issued a solicitation for a commercially operated space taxi to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, an attempt to break Russia's monopoly on crew transport by 2017.

  • 20/11/2013 | World

    Israeli leader lobbies in Russia against Iran deal

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Russia to insist world powers set tough terms for Iran in any deal reached in the standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme.

  • 20/11/2013 | World

    Illinois governor signs same-sex marriage into law

    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, making the home state of President Barack Obama the 16th to allow such unions.

  • 20/11/2013 | World

    Afghanistan, US reach draft security agreement

    The United States and Afghanistan reached a draft agreement laying out the terms under which US troops may stay beyond 2014, one day before Afghan elders are to debate the issue.

  • 21/11/2013 | World

    Yellen clears first Senate hurdle to become next Fed chair

    The US Senate Banking Committee approved Janet Yellen's nomination to become the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve.

  • 21/11/2013 | World

    Democrats change Senate rules to pass Obama's stalled nominees

    On a nearly party-line vote, Democrats changed the Senate's balance of power by reducing from 60 to 51 the number of votes needed to end procedural roadblocks known as filibusters against presidential nominees, except those for the US Supreme Court.

  • 21/11/2013 | World

    After 11 years in jail for murder, Kennedy cousin out on bail

    Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who spent 11 years in prison for the 1975 murder of a teenage neighbor in Greenwich, Connecticut, walked free after a judge granted him bail ahead of a new trial.

  • 22/11/2013 | World

    Fifty years on, US remembers JFK

    US President John F. Kennedy was remembered as a transcendent leader at a ceremony in Dallas on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

  • 22/11/2013 | World

    Civil rights group asks US judge to halt NSA phone data program

    The American Civil Liberties Union urged a federal judge to halt the US government's sweeping collection of phone data, arguing that the controversial program goes beyond what Congress authorized and violates the constitutional rights of all Americans.

  • 22/11/2013 | World

    US Kerry to travel to Geneva for Iran talks

    US Secretary of State John Kerry will leave for Geneva to join nuclear talks between six major powers and Iran, the State Department said.

  • 22/11/2013 | World

    US citizen detained in North Korea

  • 23/11/2013 | World

    US John Kerry in Geneva to join Iran nuclear talks

    The US Secretary of State and foreign ministers of five other world powers joined talks on Iran's nuclear program with the two sides edging towards a breakthrough to ease a decade-old standoff.

  • 23/11/2013 | World

    Family of US citizen detained in North Korea calls for his release

    The family of a Korean War veteran Merrill Newman held by the Pyongyang government since last month appealed for his safe return, calling his detention a "dreadful misunderstanding."

  • 24/11/2013 | World

    Israel condemns Iranian deal as 'historic mistake'

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the big powers' nuclear deal with Iran as a historic mistake that left the production of atomic weapons within Tehran's reach, and he said Israel would not be bound by it.

  • 25/11/2013 | World

    Syria peace talks set for January 22 in Geneva

    An international peace conference aimed at ending Syria's civil war will be held on January 22, the first face-to-face talks between the government of President Bashar al-Assad and rebels seeking to overthrow him, the United Nations said today.

  • 25/11/2013 | World

    Lockdown ends at Yale's Connecticut campus, no gunman found

    Yale University has lifted a lockdown after a police search of its campus in New Haven, Connecticut, found no evidence of a gunman, despite an anonymous caller's claim that his roommate had headed to the Ivy League school to shoot people.

  • 25/11/2013 | World

    Israel to send security aide to US for Iran talks

    Israel's top security adviser plans to go to Washington to discuss a comprehensive nuclear deal that the United States and five other powers hope to negotiate with Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced.

  • 25/11/2013 | World

    White House: Afghanistan's Karzai seeks new US security deal conditions

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in a meeting with US National Security Advisor Susan Rice, proposed new terms for a deal governing troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and said he is in no hurry to sign the accord, the White House said today.

  • 26/11/2013 | World

    Wall Street little changed amid Iran doubts

    World share markets remained pressured and the dollar slipped today as oil prices climbed amid doubts over the real impact of the Iran nuclear deal and renewed political tensions in the East China Sea.

  • 26/11/2013 | Latin America

    Cuba suspends consular services in US, blames embargo

    Cuba is shutting down nearly all of its consular services in the United States until further notice after it said no bank would handle its business, the government announced, blaming the situation on the longstanding US economic embargo.

  • 26/11/2013 | World

    First book printed in US sells for record $14.2 million at auction

    The Bay Psalm Book, one of 11 surviving copies of the first book printed in America, sold for $14.2 million at Sotheby's in New York, setting a new world auction record for any printed book.

  • 27/11/2013 | World

    Dow and S&P 500 hit records, Nasdaq lifted by tech

    Agreement on a German coalition government pushed the euro to a four-year high against the yen and buoyed stocks around the world, already well bid on central bank liquidity.

  • 27/11/2013 | World

    US affirms support for Japan in islands dispute with China

    Washington pledged support for ally Japan in a growing dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea and senior US officials accused Beijing of behavior that had unsettled its neighbors.

  • 28/11/2013 | World

    European shares edge higher, supported by new US highs

    European stocks gained ground today in light trade, with Italian shares outperforming after the country's Senate expelled former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, fuelling hopes of stability for the current government.

  • 28/11/2013 | World

    Afghan president condemns US airstrike that killed a child

    President Hamid Karzai has stated that US forces bombed a home in southern Afghanistan, killing a small child and wounding two women, and condemned the attack as a sign of disregard for civilian lives, his spokesman said today.

  • 28/11/2013 | World

    Three unpublished J.D. Salinger stories leaked online

    Three unpublished stories from reclusive US author J.D. Salinger have been leaked online, with the source apparently an unauthorized book that sold on eBay, Internet news source BuzzFeed reported.

  • 29/11/2013 | World

    World stock index little changed, US crude oil up

    A major index of world equities ended little changed on a light day of trading, while US crude oil rebounded from recent declines. The US stock market slipped at the end of a thinly traded, abbreviated session following Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday.

  • 29/11/2013 | World

    Black Friday shopers began holiday bargain-hunting in the US

    Jill McCormack didn't mind waiting in the cold for five hours. She was frozen, but first in line when the Macy's Inc flagship store in New York opened for the first time ever on Thanksgiving Day.

  • 30/11/2013 | World

    US to destroy Syria's chemicals at sea

    Washington has offered to destroy Syrian chemicals on a US ship, the global chemical weapons watchdog said and is looking for a suitable Mediterranean port where processing can be carried out. Albania had backed out of hosting the work.

  • 30/11/2013 | World

    Hagel voices US concern over new Egyptian law limiting protest

    Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel telephoned his Egyptian counterpart to voice US concerns about a new Egyptian law that curbs protests and has prompted the arrest of a group of Egyptian girls and political activists, a spokesman said.

  • 01/12/2013 | World

    Obama administration achieves key goal in fixing healthcare website

    The Obama administration has declared victory in its effort to get HealthCare.gov working smoothly for the vast majority of users, saying the site had reached a goal of handling 50,000 simultaneous users after a five-week "tech surge."

  • 01/12/2013 | World

    Karzai accuses US of cutting Afghan military supplies as row continues

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his national security council have accused the United States of cutting military supplies, including fuel, to put pressure on the country to sign a security pact, a statement from Karzai's palace said.

  • 02/12/2013 | World

    Retooled Obamacare site traffic surges but problems persist

    A surge of visitors clogged the US government's revamped healthcare insurance shopping website today, signalling that President Barack Obama's administration has a way to go in fixing the portal that showcases his signature domestic policy.

  • 03/12/2013 | World

    Dow, S&P fall for 3rd straight day; retail weighs

    The Dow and the S&P 500 fell for a third straight day, dropping from record levels in a broad decline as investors took profits amid signs of a weak holiday shopping season.

  • 03/12/2013 | World

    White House: One million new visits to Obamacare website

    President Barack Obama's chief of staff said today that more than 1 million new visitors had checked out the HealthCare.gov website yesterday, the first day after a major overhaul of the troubled site used to shop for health insurance required under new reforms.

  • 03/12/2013 | World

    Driver in fatal New York train crash 'lost focus'

    The driver of a New York commuter rail train that derailed on Sunday, killing four people, told investigators he "lost focus" shortly before the crash, according to a law enforcement source.

  • 03/12/2013 | World

    US urges Ukraine to listen to people

    US Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Ukrainian government to "listen to the voices of its people" after President Viktor Yanukovich's decision to spurn a pact with the European Union sparked mass protests.

  • 03/12/2013 | World

    White House tells Senate it opposes new Iran sanctions effort

    The White House said today that it opposes a fresh effort by some members of the US Senate to impose new sanctions against Iran, even if the new restrictions would not take effect for months.

  • 04/12/2013 | World

    Dow, S&P 500 drop for 4th straight day; Fed a concern

    US stocks edged higher after a weak start on Wall Street today, while Treasury yields rose after strong data on US private-sector jobs growth and home sales raised expectations that the Federal Reserve will roll back its stimulus sooner than later.

  • 04/12/2013 | World

    Obamacare enrols more people in two days than all of October

    More people signed up on the government's new health insurance website on the first two days of December than in the entire first month of the launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, sources familiar with the numbers said today.

  • 04/12/2013 | World

    US military chief: Security delays a risk to Afghan forces

    The US military could wait months for a political decision on whether troops stay or leave Afghanistan, but delaying a security pact would damage the confidence of Afghan forces and undermine NATO's plans, the nation's top military officer said today.

  • 04/12/2013 | Latin America

    Mexico finds stolen radioactive material amid dirty bomb fear

    Mexican police have found dangerous radioactive medical material stolen by thieves that the United Nations said could provide an ingredient for a "dirty bomb," the country's national nuclear safety commission CNSNS said.

  • 05/12/2013 | World

    Fed uncertainty sends the Dow, S&P 500 down for 5th day

    European shares extended losses early as investors continued to trim positions in light of stronger economic data that heightens worries over the potential for an early winding down of stimulus.

  • 05/12/2013 | World

    Obama says he will propose NSA reforms

    President Barack Obama said he intends to propose National Security Agency reforms to reassure Americans that their privacy is not being violated.

  • 06/12/2013 | World

    Dollar, stocks rise as US jobs data boosts taper talk

    Global equity markets surged and the dollar rose against the yen after stronger-than-expected US jobs data gave investors confidence the economy is strong enough to withstand an expected reduction in Federal Reserve stimulus.

  • 07/12/2013 | World

    US Korean War veteran freed, returns to San Francisco

    An 85-year-old Korean War veteran held by North Korea for more than a month as a war criminal arrived in San Francisco today to be reunited with his family.

  • 07/12/2013 | World

    Amid crisis over security pact, US Hagel arrives in Afghanistan

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan for a weekend visit today but had no plans to meet President Hamid Karzai amid tensions over his refusal to sign a deal governing the post-2014 US military presence, a senior US official said.

  • 07/12/2013 | World

    Obama defends interim Iran deal, seeks to assure Israel

    President Barack Obama defended an interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program and, seeking to reassure Israel, pledged to step up sanctions or prepare for a potential military strike if Tehran fails to abide by the pact.

  • 08/12/2013 | World

    Netanyahu partner urges Palestine peace deal

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main coalition partner publicly prodded him to show "historic courage" and reach a peace deal with the Palestinians even at the risk of his government's collapse.

  • 08/12/2013 | World

    Ukrainian protesters topple Lenin statue in challenge to Yanukovich

    Crowds toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in the Ukrainian capital and attacked it with hammers in the latest mass protests against President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia.

  • 08/12/2013 | World

    Afghanistan, Iran plan pact amid US tensions

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed on a cooperation pact with Iran today, an Afghan official said, while continuing to resist signing a long-term security agreement with the United States.

  • 08/12/2013 | World

    Netanyahu: World powers must demand Iran change 'genocidal' anti-Israel policy

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the United States and other world powers to demand that Iran change what he called its "genocidal" anti-Israel policy as part of negotiations with Tehran on a final nuclear deal.

  • 09/12/2013 | World

    Edward Snowden voted Guardian person of the year 2013

    For the second consecutive year, US Edward Snowden, the young whistleblower who leaked an estimated 200,000 files that exposed the telephone and internet surveillance and intelligence gathering by the US and its western allies, was voted the Guardian's person of the year.

  • 09/12/2013 | World

    Bitter cold, ice slam US East Coast; South still freezing

    A massive winter storm that drove parts of the southern United States into a deep freeze over the weekend kept a tight grip on the region today while bitter temperatures, snow and ice spread through the East Coast.

  • 09/12/2013 | World

    US tech companies call for more controls on surveillance

    Eight major US web companies, including Apple, Google and Facebook, made a joint call today for tighter controls on how governments collect personal data, intensifying the furor over online surveillance.

  • 09/12/2013 | World

    Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal dead if US passes new sanctions

    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has warned that the Iranian nuclear deal would be dead if the US Congress imposes new sanctions, even if they do not take effect for six months.

  • 09/12/2013 | World

    Released veteran says North Korea confession made 'under duress'

    An elderly US Korean War veteran released from detention in North Korea said on a videotaped "confession" he made was given under duress and that he believed he may have been held in a misunderstanding over his interest in the war.

  • 10/12/2013 | World

    Stocks slip, dollar eases on taper speculation

    Global equity markets traded slightly lower today while the dollar and US Treasury yields eased on a growing view that the Federal Reserve will need additional positive data before it decides to scale back its economic stimulus.

  • 10/12/2013 | World

    Iran sees progress in nuclear deal talks

    Senior Iranian officials indicated today that progress was being achieved in expert-level talks between Tehran and six world powers over the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal.

  • 10/12/2013 | World

    Obama says budget deal is good first step, urges Congress to act

    The US leader has praised a bipartisan budget deal as a good start and urged Congress to quickly pass a budget based on the accord.

  • 10/12/2013 | World

    Ukrainian police enter square occupied by pro-EU protesters

    Ukrainian riot police reoccupied part of the square in central Kiev where protesters have been demonstrating against the government's decision to pull out of negotiations on a trade pact with the EU and rebuild economic ties with Russia.

  • 11/12/2013 | World

    Fed taper anxiety triggers profit taking on Wall St

    US stocks posted their largest drop in a month today as traders locked in recent gains after a provisional budget deal out of Washington removed one of the near-term reasons for the Fed to keep up its current pace of economic stimulus.

  • 11/12/2013 | World

    Ukraine protesters defy police, leaders reject talks with president

    Ukrainian protesters stood their ground after an overnight sweep by riot police and their leaders dismissed an offer of talks from a president they say must quit for favouring ties with Russia over the European Union.

  • 11/12/2013 | World

    US to consider sanctions on Ukraine but no decision yet

    The US State Department said it is considering all options, including sanctions, toward Ukraine, where riot police moved against demonstrators overnight after weeks of protests against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.

  • 11/12/2013 | World

    Gruesome gift that keeps on giving: $200 to sponsor museum skulls

    A Philadelphia museum has the perfect holiday gift idea for the person who has everything, including a love of science and a dark sense of humor.

  • 11/12/2013 | World

    White House: deadline for Afghan security pact could slip into January

    The White House would like Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a bilateral security agreement by the end of the year, but the deadline could slip into early January, a spokesman said today.

  • 12/12/2013 | World

    Fretting over the Fed; yen takes a dive

    Asian markets are likely to stay under pressure on Friday as investors fret over the outlook for US policy stimulus, though Japanese stocks could draw comfort from a reversal in the yen against the dollar.

  • 13/12/2013 | World

    Kerry says Israeli-Palestinian deal possible by end April

    Shrugging off gloomy predictions of failure, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Israelis and Palestinians remained committed to peace talks and were on course to wrap up a full deal by April.

  • 14/12/2013 | World

    Oldest US World War Two veterans meet for first time at age 107

    When 107-year-old World War Two veteran Elmer Hill looked across the table at Richard Overton, he could hardly believe there was a living veteran older than him - even if only by a few months.

  • 14/12/2013 | World

    Police in Colorado probe motives of dead high school gunman

    Police sought to learn why a teenager stormed through his suburban Denver school with a shotgun and Molotov cocktails, opening fire on a fellow student before taking his own life in the latest burst of US school gun violence.

  • 14/12/2013 | World

    Kerry says US has not abandoned ex FBI agent missing in Iran

    Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States has not abandoned a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran six years ago and that he personally has raised the issue, according to an interview with ABC News.

  • 15/12/2013 | World

    Kerry says North Korea's leader reckless, ruthless

    US Secretary of State John Kerry described North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as reckless and insecure after the execution of his powerful uncle, according to an ABC News interview.

  • 15/12/2013 | World

    Iran Foreign minister denies knowledge of missing ex-FBI agent

    There are no traces in Iran of the former FBI agent who disappeared there six years ago, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said today.

  • 16/12/2013 | World

    Russia: US ignored appeals for Syria chemical arms proof

    Russia has accused Washington of ignoring Moscow's appeals for proof of government involvement in chemical weapons attacks in Syria during the country's more than 2-1/2-year old civil war.

  • 16/12/2013 | World

    White House: Snowden should still face charges

    White House spokesman Jay Carney dismissed the suggestion that the United States could grant amnesty to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden if he were to turn over the documents in his possession.

  • 17/12/2013 | World

    NATO says would have to plan for Afghan pullout by spring

    NATO would have to start planning for a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan by early next spring if President Hamid Karzai refuses to sign a security pact allowing foreign troops to stay on, the alliance's top military commander said.

  • 18/12/2013 | World

    US Senate passes budget deal, focus shifts to spending

    The US Senate passed a two-year budget deal to ease automatic spending cuts and reduce the risk of a government shutdown, but fights were already breaking out over how to implement the budget pact.

  • 19/12/2013 | World

    White House warns against new Iran sanctions

    The White House said a new sanctions bill against Iran would disrupt diplomacy aimed at preventing Teheran from building a nuclear weapon, and added that sanctions could quickly be imposed if efforts to reach a deal fail.

  • 19/12/2013 | World

    New Mexico Supreme Court rules to allow same-sex marriage

    The New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously ruled to allow same-sex marriage statewide, ending a patchwork arrangement in which some counties permitted gay nuptials while others prohibited them.

  • 19/12/2013 | World

    Iran, six world powers resume expert talks on nuclear deal

    Iran and six world powers have resumed expert-level talks in Geneva to work out how to put into practice a landmark deal obliging Tehran to curb its nuclear program in return for some relief from economic sanctions.

  • 20/12/2013 | World

    US, UK spies targeted Israeli PM

    British and US spies targeted a senior European Union official, German government buildings, and the office of an Israeli prime minister, according to the latest leaked documents from Edward Snowden published today.

  • 20/12/2013 | World

    Obama: 'Now is not the time for new Iran sanctions'

    President Barack Obama said on Friday he understands why some US lawmakers want to "look tough" on Iran but insisted now is not the time to impose new sanctions on Tehran while it is set to negotiate over a long-term nuclear deal with world powers.

  • 21/12/2013 | World

    Egypt sends Morsi to trial in third case

    Egypt's deposed Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi, and 129 others including members of Hamas and Hezbollah, were referred to trial today on murder and other charges related to a mass jail break during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

  • 21/12/2013 | World

    Israel plays down importance of alleged spying by US and UK

    Israeli officials said they were not surprised by allegations the United States and Britain had spied on the country's leaders and played down the importance of any information its allies may have gleaned.

  • 22/12/2013 | World

    World powers and Iran pause nuclear talks for Christmas holidays

    Six world powers and Iran have suspended their expert-level talks on implementing a landmark nuclear deal until after Christmas, a spokeswoman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said today.

  • 23/12/2013 | World

    Iran's Rouhani eyes rebuilding relations with United States

    Iran wants to improve bilateral relations with the United States and other Western powers, President Hassan Rouhani said in an editorial published in a German newspaper today, broaching an issue he has so far avoided since he took office.

  • 23/12/2013 | World

    Virus kills over 1,000 bottlenose dolphins along US east coast

    More than 1,000 migratory bottlenose dolphins have died from a measles-like virus along the US Eastern Seaboard in 2013 and the epidemic shows no sign of abating, a marine biologist said.

  • 25/12/2013 | World

    Iranian MPs propose bill to enrich uranium

    Iran's hardline lawmakers are seeking to increase uranium enrichment under the country's nuclear programme to a level that can produce bomb-grade material, according to a state-run website.

  • 26/12/2013 | World

    Obama signs bipartisan budget deal that eases spending cuts

    President Barack Obama today signed the two-year US budget agreement negotiated by Congress earlier this month.

  • 27/12/2013 | World

    Wall St ends mostly flat, but scores weekly gains

    US stock indexes closed mostly flat, with the Dow snapping a six-day streak of record closing highs after investors took a break from this week's rally.

  • 30/12/2013 | World

    Wall St ends mostly flat in thin trading

    US stocks ended mostly flat today following a strong rally over the past two-weeks, with weaker-than-forecast housing data and light trading volume keeping upward momentum in check.

  • 30/12/2013 | World

    ACLU sues for details of US surveillance

    The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the US government to disclose details of its foreign electronic surveillance program and what protections it provides to Americans whose communications are swept up.

  • 31/12/2013 | World

    Global indexes finish vintage year, more gains seen in 2014

    US stocks were set to close 2013 at record levels, with world equity markets close to six-year peaks, while benchmark bond yields were poised for their first annual rise since 2009 in anticipation of stronger global growth in 2014.

  • 31/12/2013 | World

    Over 2 million signed up for Obamacare

    Over 2 million people have enrolled in health insurance plans through the federally run HealthCare.gov and state healthcare websites since enrollment began in October, US officials have said.

  • 02/01/2014 | World

    Wall St kicks off new year with modest decline

    US stocks fell on their first day of trading in 2014 as investors booked profits in the wake of the S&P 500's best yearly advance since 1997.

  • 02/01/2014 | World

    World's first state-licensed marijuana retailers open doors in Colorado

    The world's first state-licensed marijuana retailers legally permitted to sell pot for recreational use have opened for business in Colorado with long lines of customers, marking a new chapter in America's drug culture.

  • 03/01/2014 | World

    Copper and oil fall, world equities drift

    Copper futures dropped today on concerns over Chinese growth and as the US dollar strengthened, while crude oil extended recent losses and a global gauge of equities was little changed.

  • 03/01/2014 | World

    Washington evacuates embassy in South Sudan

    The United States has evacuated more embassy staff from South Sudan's capital Juba due to worsening security in the country, where clashes between rebels and the army risk turning into full-blown civil war.

  • 03/01/2014 | World

    Heavy snowstorm pounds US Northeast

    A major snowstorm producing blizzard-like conditions has hammered the northeastern United States, causing more than 1,000 US flight delays and cancellations, paralyzing road travel, and closing schools and government offices.

  • 03/01/2014 | World

    US appeals ruling against NSA phone surveillance

    The US government appealed today a federal court ruling that the gathering of Americans' telephone records by the National Security Agency was likely unlawful. District Judge Richard Leon in December ruled against the agency's counter-terrorism program.

  • 03/01/2014 | World

    US court allows phone 'metadata' collection for 3 months more

    The secretive US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court today renewed the authority of US intelligence agencies to collect data on millions of Americans' telephone calls in a program that has set off a legal battle over privacy rights.

  • 04/01/2014 | World

    Kerry says making progress towards Israeli-Palestinian deal

    Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards reaching a framework peace agreement but they are not there yet, US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters.

  • 05/01/2014 | World

    Kerry: Israel and Palestine progress on peace 'puzzle'

    US Secretary of State John Kerry asserted today that Israelis and Palestinians were making some progress in peace talks, though there was still a chance no accord would be reached.

  • 05/01/2014 | World

    'Life-threatening' cold bites US Midwest

    Residents of the Midwestern United States braced for the coldest weather in two decades, temperatures that forecasters warned would be life-threatening.

  • 06/01/2014 | World

    Wall Street dips for third straight day after mixed data in reports

    US stocks slipped today after a mixed batch of economic reports, which showed a slowdown in growth in the US services sector and a rebound in new orders for factory goods.

  • 06/01/2014 | World

    US Senate to confirm Yellen as Fed chair

    The US Senate intends to waste no time making history as it moves to approve Janet Yellen to be the first woman to head the Federal Reserve. If confirmed, Yellen, 67, who has been vice chair of the US central bank since 2010, would succeed Ben Bernanke, whose second four-year term ends on January 31.

  • 06/01/2014 | World

    US SC halts gay marriage in Utah temporarily

    The US Supreme Court on Monday halted same-sex marriages in Utah - permitted for less than three weeks - while the state appeals a lower-court ruling legalizing them, as the justices again left their imprint on the debate over gay nuptials.

  • 06/01/2014 | World

    US steps up military deliveries to Iraq to help fight al Qaeda

    The White House said that the United States is accelerating its deliveries of military equipment to Iraq to help the country fight al Qaeda-linked militants, part of a strategy to isolate the insurgent groups.

  • 06/01/2014 | World

    Who is Janet Yellen?

    Janet Yellen was confirmed by the US Senate on Monday to become the next chair of the Federal Reserve. She will succeed Ben Bernanke when his term expires on Jan. 31.

  • 07/01/2014 | World

    Shares, dollar rise on strong US trade data

    Global equity markets rose and the dollar strengthened today on encouraging jobs data from Germany and news of the lowest US trade deficit in four years, the latest evidence of a more robust American economy.

  • 07/01/2014 | World

    JPMorgan to pay $1.7 bln to settle Madoff case

    JPMorgan Chase & Co will pay a $1.7 billion penalty to settle charges by US federal authorities that the bank failed to report suspicious activity relating to Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

  • 07/01/2014 | World

    United States sending more troops and tanks to South Korea

    The United States said today it will send 800 more soldiers and about 40 Abrams main battle tanks and other armored vehicles to South Korea next month as part of a military rebalance to East Asia after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • 08/01/2014 | World

    Wall Street to open flat after jobs data; Fed minutes due

    US stocks were set to open little changed today, a day after the S&P 500 posted its largest gain in three weeks and after a report showed private sector payrolls rose the most in 13 months.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    Khamenei says nuclear talks show US enmity

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that nuclear negotiations with world powers had revealed US "enmity" towards the Islamic state.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    Wall Street up after claims data

    US stock index futures rose ahead of labor market data, with Macy's raising the bar for retailers after a stellar holiday season.

  • 09/01/2014 | World

    ‘Polar vortex’ eases up in US after record lows

    The ‘polar vortex’ that swept over the US producing the coldest temperatures in two decades has started to ease up, as the cold wave moved north towards Canada. “There´s relief in sight as we warm to near normal and above normal to the end of the week”, the US National Weather Service said.

  • 10/01/2014 | World

    S&P ends up, led by defensive stocks; earnings in play

    The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq ended modestly higher on Friday, led by gains in defensive names after a weaker-than-expected payrolls report raised new questions about both the strength of the economy and the aggressiveness of Federal Reserve stimulus.

  • 10/01/2014 | World

    Indian envoy indicted, US embassy in New Delhi urged to withdraw diplomat

    India has asked the United States to withdraw a diplomat from its embassy in New Delhi in the latest retaliatory action over the arrest of an Indian consular official in New York on charges of visa fraud.

  • 10/01/2014 | World

    Stanley Fischer named as US Fed Vice Chair

    US President Barack Obama has named experienced central banker and internationally respected economist Stanley Fischer to serve as the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, the White House said.

  • 10/01/2014 | World

    Iran, EU make progress in atom deal implementation talks

    Iran and the EU appeared to make progress in resolving outstanding differences on how to implement a landmark nuclear deal in talks in Geneva but the United States said discussions were not yet finalised.

  • 10/01/2014 | World

    Utah: Obama recognizes same-sex marriages

    The Obama administration said it will recognize same-sex marriages in Utah - even though the state will not do so - and will provide federal benefits to about 1,400 gay couples who wed there before the Supreme Court halted the nuptials this week.

  • 11/01/2014 | World

    Obama says joins Israelis in honoring Sharon's commitment to Israel

    President Barack Obama said on Saturday he joined Israelis in honoring the late Ariel Sharon's commitment to Israel and he affirmed traditional US support for Israel's security.

  • 12/01/2014 | World

    Israelis pay last respects to ex PM Ariel Sharon

    Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's body lay in state outside parliament in Jerusalem, where thousands of Israelis waited to bid farewell to the maverick warrior-statesman who reshaped the Middle East.

  • 13/01/2014 | World

    Wall St slides on caution ahead of earnings

    US stocks tumbled on caution ahead of corporate results, as mounting negative pre-announcements left a lackluster profit growth outlook.

  • 13/01/2014 | World

    US Biden attends Sharon´s funeral

    Israel paid homage to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the first of two funeral services being held for a man celebrated as a war hero at home but seen by many in the Arab world as a war criminal.

  • 13/01/2014 | World

    Iran-World Powers nuclear talks to be resumed in February

    World powers and Iran will very likely meet again on Tehran's nuclear ambitions in February, shortly after a six-month deal restricting its atomic work goes into effect, a diplomatic source has confirmed.

  • 13/01/2014 | World

    Obama urges Congress to avoid new sanctions on Iran

    President Barack Obama urged Congress to resist the temptation to approve new economic sanctions against Iran and said lawmakers instead should give diplomacy and peace a chance to work.

  • 14/01/2014 | World

    Wall St rebounds as sales point to healthy economy

    US stocks rose erasing much of the previous session's steep drop, after as a strong December retail sales reading eased concerns about a slowdown in the economy.

  • 14/01/2014 | World

    US Congress unveiles $1.1 trillion spending bill to prevent new shutdown

    Negotiators in the US Congress unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill that aims to prevent another government shutdown while boosting funding levels slightly for military and domestic programs - but not for "Obamacare" health reforms.

  • 14/01/2014 | World

    Israeli defence chief calls Kerry messianic

    Israel's hawkish defence minister drew rare US condemnation over reports he had denounced Secretary of State John Kerry's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.

  • 14/01/2014 | World

    Israel Defence minister apologises to Kerry over scorn for peace drive

    Israel's hawkish defence minister apologised to US Secretary of State John Kerry after a newspaper quoted him scorning the diplomat's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace as messianic and obsessive.

  • 15/01/2014 | World

    S&P 500 closes at record on bank earnings, data

    US stocks rose with the S&P 500 climbing to an all-time closing high after strong earnings from Bank of America and data signaled that the economy was improving.

  • 15/01/2014 | World

    At least 75 killed in Iraq bomb attacks

    Bomb attacks and shootings killed at least 75 people in Iraq, police and hospital sources said, making it one of the bloodiest days in months.

  • 15/01/2014 | World

    US House approves $1.1 trln measure to fund gov't through Sept. 30

    The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill that quashes the threat of a government shutdown through Sept. 30 and offers lawmakers a chance to end four years of chaotic, crisis-driven budgeting.

  • 16/01/2014 | World

    Dow, S&P 500 end down; bond trading revenues bites bank profits

    The Dow and S&P 500 slipped with the S&P retreating from the previous session's record high, after earnings from Goldman Sachs and other banks disappointed investors.

  • 16/01/2014 | World

    US Senate approves $1.1 trln bill to end gov't funding battle

    Washington's battles over government funding ended with a whimper as the US Senate approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill that quells for nearly nine months the threat of another federal agency shutdown.

  • 17/01/2014 | World

    Wall St ends mostly lower on earnings; dollar hits 7-week high

    Wall Street stocks fell as quarterly earnings of Intel and General Electric disappointed, contributing to a decline in a measure of global equity markets, while the dollar hit a seven-week high against the euro.

  • 17/01/2014 | World

    Obama: ‘I'm not going to dwell on Snowden's actions or motivations’

    Obama on Friday took a swipe at Edward Snowden, the former US spy contractor whose revelations about American surveillance practices tarnished relations with foreign allies and prompted reforms in Washington.

  • 19/01/2014 | World

    Bomb kills 20 Pakistani soldiers, PM cancels Davos trip

    A bomb planted by Taliban insurgents ripped through a vehicle carrying Pakistani troops, killing 20 soldiers and prompting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to cancel his trip to the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos this week.

  • 20/01/2014 | World

    IAEA report states Iran stopped higher-grade uranium enrichment

    Iran has halted its most disputed nuclear activity under a ground-breaking deal with six world powers, a confidential UN atomic agency report obtained by Reuters showed, paving the way for the easing of some Western sanctions against Tehran.

  • 20/01/2014 | World

    US: Iran invitation to attend Syria talks should be withdrawn

    The United States has insisted that a UN invitation to Iran to attend a January 22 peace conference on ending Syria's war should be withdrawn unless Tehran fully supports a 2012 plan to establish a transitional government in Syria.

  • 20/01/2014 | World

    US begins sanctions relief on Iran

    The United States has followed through on promised sanctions relief for Iran covering oil exports, trade in precious metals and automotive services as part of a nuclear agreement that began taking effect this week.

  • 20/01/2014 | World

    What would Martin Luther King Jr. do in 2014?

    Visions of what Martin Luther King Jr. would do to promote civil rights in 2014 marked speeches and commemorations to honour his memory. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the civil rights leader would want school children to hear it as a call to stay in school and become educated to better the world.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    US yields and dollar up on outlook on Fed tapering

    US stocks mostly rose with the S&P 500 snapping a two-session decline as the materials sector rallied, though the Dow fell on disappointing earnings by three of its components.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    Scandal-hit New Jersey Governor Christie to be sworn in for second term

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican Party star enmeshed in scandal after re-election in November, will return to the themes of small government and bipartisan cooperation when he is sworn in for a second term today.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    Obama to meet Pope during European visit

    Obama is scheduled to meet with the pope on March 27 in a trip that will include stops in the Netherlands, Belgium and other parts of Italy, the White House announced in a statement.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    IMF raises growth forecast, warns of deflation risks

    The International Monetary Fund has raised its global growth forecast for the first time in nearly two years, saying fading economic headwinds should permit advanced nations to pick up the mantle of growth from emerging markets.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    Winter storm in northeastern US

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    One dead in shooting at Purdue University

    At least one person died during a shooting this afternoon at Purdue University, Indiana, campus police Chief reported. The suspected was arrested.

  • 21/01/2014 | World

    Russian lawyer says Snowden in danger after hostile remarks

    Edward Snowden needs better security after a news report quoted unnamed US intelligence officials saying they wanted the former spy agency contractor dead and discussing ways to kill him, his Russian lawyer said.

  • 08/08/2011 | World

    US to press on in Afghanistan

    The loss of 30 US troops in Saturday's helicopter crash in Afghanistan will not deter the United States from its mission in the country, President Barack Obama said on today during a television announcement aired today from The White House .

  • 10/08/2011 | World

    Poll says 73% of US citizens believe country is on wrong track

    US citizens by a large majority believe the United States is on the wrong track and nearly half think the worst is yet to come in the economy, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said today.

  • 10/08/2011 | World

    Obama, Bernanke discuss economy recovery

    President Barack Obama met with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and discussed the "perspectives to recover the economy," a day after the Fed announced it would keep rates near zero for two years.

  • 11/08/2011 | World

    US jobless claims fall to 4-month low

    New US claims for unemployment benefits dropped to a four-month low last week, government data showed today, a rare dose of good news for an economy that has been battered by a credit rating downgrade and falling share prices.

  • 11/08/2011 | World

    Obama vows new growth proposals 'week by week'

    President Barack Obama vowed to put out new proposals "week by week" for boosting economic growth and job creation and said Congress needs to complete work on a deficit-reduction plan.

  • 12/08/2011 | World

    Firm US retail sales tamp recession worries

    US retail sales in July posted their biggest gain since March, tempering fears that the world's largest economy might be slipping back into recession.

  • 13/08/2011 | World

    Obama says political divide is hurting economy

    US President Barack Obama said that bitter fights between Democrats and Republicans in Washington were hurting the economy and he urged lawmakers to embrace compromise in order to boost job growth.

  • 13/08/2011 | World

    'Governments failed to anticipate the crisis,' UK Economics professor says

    The BuenosAiresHerald.com spoke with economics professor Dr Renatas Kizys, who currently teaches Economics at the University of Portsmouth in the UK, to get an expert outlook on the current global economic market.

  • 15/08/2011 | World

    US encouraged by Libya rebel push, embassy open

    The United States believes Libyan rebel advances are choking off Muammar Gaddafi's forces in the capital Tripoli and significantly increasing pressure on the Libyan leader, the US State Department said.

  • 16/08/2011 | World

    Fitch confirms United States as triple A country, stable outlook

    Fitch Ratings said today it affirmed the United States' top-notch credit rating at AAA, giving the world's largest economy a reprieve after it was downgraded by Standard & Poor's little more than a week ago.

  • 17/08/2011 | World

    Obama to unveil growth plan in speech

    US President Barack Obama next month will unveil a new jobs and economic growth plan and a detailed deficit-cutting package surpassing the mandate of the "super committee" in Congress, officials said today.

  • 17/08/2011 | Latin America

    Peru suspends coca eradication; US concerned

    Peru has temporarily halted the eradication of coca plants used to make cocaine as it works to redesign its anti-drug programs, the country's interior ministry said.

  • 18/08/2011 | World

    US, Europe dangerously close to recession, Morgan Stanley reports

    The United States and euro zone are "dangerously close to recession," Morgan Stanley said today, criticizing policymakers and predicting the European Central Bank will have to reverse its rates policy.

  • 19/08/2011 | World

    Fed: It will take years to lower unemployment

    The economy is growing so slowly that it will take years to wrench lofty unemployment rates back to normal levels, Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Sandra Pianalto said.

  • 20/08/2011 | World

    Obama accuses Congress of holding back US recovery

    A vacationing US President Barack Obama accused Congress today of holding back the US economic recovery by blocking "common sense" measures he said would create jobs and help growth.

  • 20/08/2011 | World

    Obama summer reading list leans toward fiction

    President Barack Obama, perhaps seeking a break from harsh reality after a tough summer battling the US economy and Republicans in Congress, has picked a summer reading list that is long on fiction.

  • 20/08/2011 | World

    Chicago youth center offers refuge from violence

    On a sweltering summer day on the South Side of Chicago, a group of teenage boys hauled rocks and pulled weeds in a vacant lot. They were working for free -- and being hollered at by a woman they call "Ms. Diane."

  • 22/08/2011 | World

    Obama promises US aid for post-Gaddafi Libya

    US President Barack Obama called for Muammar Gaddafi to end the bloodshed in Libya as pockets of his loyalist forces continued to fight.

  • 23/08/2011 | World

    S&P replaces president with Citibank exec after US downgrade

    The chief of Standard & Poor's will step down next month, to be replaced by a senior Citibank executive, in a move announced a few weeks after the credit rating agency downgraded US government debt and sparked a row with Washington.

  • 23/08/2011 | World

    US alerts East Coast to Hurricane Irene threat

    The United States put its eastern seaboard on alert for Hurricane Irene on Tuesday, as the powerful storm barreled up from the Caribbean on a path that could hit the US coast on the weekend.

  • 24/08/2011 | World

    Rebels hunt Gaddafi relatives, loyalist in Tripoli

    Rebels fought gun battles in Tripoli with loyalists of Muammar Gaddafi as they hunted for his relatives and supporters, witnesses and an Arab television station said.

  • 25/08/2011 | Latin America

    New York considers possible hurricane evacuations

    New York City prepared to evacuate coastal areas and rescue stranded New Yorkers with a fleet of police boats in case the city gets socked by Hurricane Irene this weekend.

  • 25/08/2011 | Sports

    Mónaco loses to Roddick in Winston Salem quarter-finals

    Juan Mónaco was defeated by US tennis player Andy Roddick in the quarter-finals of the Winston Salem tournament.

  • 26/08/2011 | World

    Bernanke: Fed prepared to use tools to spur growth

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stopped short of signaling further action to boost growth, but said it was critical for the economy's health to reduce long-term joblessness.

  • 27/08/2011 | World

    Obesity to worsen, weigh heavily on healthcare costs

    Obesity is most widespread in Britain and the United States among the world's leading economies and if present trends continue, about half of both men and women in the United States will be obese by 2030, health experts warned yesterday.

  • 29/08/2011 | World

    White House to nominate Krueger as top economist

    US President Barack Obama today will announced he has chosen Princeton University labor economist Alan Krueger to become the top White House economist, a White House official said.

  • 31/08/2011 | World

    US private sector adds 91,000 jobs in August

    The pace of US private sector job growth slowed in August for the second month in a row with employers adding 91,000 positions, a report by a payrolls processor showed today.

  • 31/08/2011 | World

    After conflict, Obama to address Congress on September 8

    President Barack Obama agreed to unveil new jobs proposals in an address to Congress on September 8, bowing to pressure from Republicans, who objected to the original date set for his high-profile speech.

  • 01/09/2011 | World

    US has 'enormous' debt problem: ECB's Stark

    A debt crisis is still gripping the developed world, European Central Bank policymaker Juergen Stark said, adding there was no alternative but for countries to take painful steps to consolidate their public finances.

  • 01/09/2011 | World

    White House sharply cuts growth forecast

    President Barack Obama sharply cut estimates for US economic growth today, underscoring the difficult challenge he faces in spurring a stronger recovery and creating more jobs.

  • 02/09/2011 | World

    US job growth grinds to a halt in August

    US employment growth ground to a halt in August as sagging consumer confidence discouraged already skittish US businesses from hiring, keeping pressure on the Federal Reserve to provide more monetary stimulus to aid the economy.

  • 02/09/2011 | World

    US regulator to sue major banks over mortgages

    A US regulator is filing lawsuits against major banks, accusing them of bundling subprime home loans into bonds that should have never been sold to investors, and causing billions of losses for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a source said.

  • 06/09/2011 | World

    FT reports US banks offered deal over lawsuits

    Big US banks in talks with state prosecutors to settle claims of improper mortgage practices have been offered a deal that may limit their legal liabilities in return for a multibillion-dollar payment, the Financial Times reported today.

  • 06/09/2011 | World

    World Bank's Zoellick says double-dip recession unlikely

    "I don't believe that the United States or the world will go into a double-dip but there's high degrees of uncertainty," Zoellick told reporters in Singapore.

  • 06/09/2011 | World

    Petraeus sworn in as new CIA chief

    Newly retired General David Petraeus was sworn in as CIA director today, taking over at a time when the line between the US spy agency and the military has become increasingly blurred in the fight against Islamist militancy.

  • 06/09/2011 | World

    At least two dead in Nevada mass shooting

    A gunman opened fire at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nevada today, killing one person and wounding some 10 others before taking his own life, authorities said.

  • 07/09/2011 | World

    US military hikes alert level ahead of September 11

    The Pentagon raised its alert level at US military bases, most of them domestic, ahead of the 10th anniversary commemorations of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Sunday.

  • 08/09/2011 | World

    Geithner urges global action to boost growth

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner today called on global finance chiefs to boost growth, but said a repeat of the massive coordinated fiscal stimulus efforts of 2009 was no longer possible.

  • 08/09/2011 | World

    Bernanke: Fed to help restore strong growth

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the US central bank would spare no effort to boost disappointingly weak growth and lower unemployment, and he downplayed concerns about inflation.

  • 08/09/2011 | World

    Boehner says Obama plan merits consideration

    John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, said on Thursday President Barack Obama's jobs proposals "merit consideration" and expressed hope both parties could work together.

  • 09/09/2011 | World

    Lagarde: 'Policymakers should take more action to support recovery'

    Policymakers in advanced economies should use all available tools to boost growth, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said today, calling for bold action to weather a "dangerous new phase" of recovery.

  • 09/09/2011 | World

    US demands action from Europe's strongest at G7

    The United States pressed Europe's strongest economies today to give "unequivocal" financial support to weaker euro zone states to overcome a debt crisis that threatens the world economy.

  • 09/09/2011 | World

    Clinton: al Qaeda behind unconfirmed threat to US

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that al Qaeda was behind a specific, credible but unconfirmed report of a threat to harm Americans, notably in New York and Washington.

  • 10/09/2011 | World

    Obama: US stronger 10 years after Sept 11 attacks

    US President Barack Obama said the United States was stronger 10 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and Americans would "carry on" despite continued threats against their safety

  • 12/09/2011 | World

    Obama urges no 'political games' on jobs plan

    President Barack Obama called on Republicans not to play "political games" with his jobs plan as he pressed for swift passage of a $447 billion package he hopes will revive the US economy and boost his re-election prospects.

  • 12/09/2011 | World

    Pro-Gaddafi forces kill 15 at Libya oil refinery

    Muammar Gaddafi loyalists killed 15 guards in an attack on an oil refinery in an apparent attempt to disrupt a drive by Libya's new rulers to seize the ousted leader's last bastions and revive the oil-based economy.

  • 13/09/2011 | World

    US Congress budget agency lowers economic outlook

    The US economy will grow slower than anticipated and joblessness will stay high as the fallout of the deepest recession since the Great Depression takes its toll, the Congressional Budget Office said today.

  • 15/09/2011 | World

    US jobless claims post surprise increase last week

    The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose unexpectedly last week in a sign concerns about a weak economy were sapping an already beleaguered labor market, data showed.

  • 16/09/2011 | World

    Pakistan PM cancels US visit due to floods

    Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has cancelled a visit to the US to attend the UN General Assembly session to direct relief efforts as floods devastate southern Pakistan, his office said.

  • 16/09/2011 | World

    Plane crashes at Nevada air race, many injured

    A vintage World War Two fighter plane crashed near the grandstand at the Reno Air Races in Nevada, killing the elderly pilot of the P-51 Mustang and injuring scores of people, officials said.

  • 17/09/2011 | World

    Greek PM cancels US trip as debt crisis deepens

    Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou cancelled a planned visit to the United States today, to deal with a deepening crisis at home, days before international inspectors arrive to go over fiscal shortfalls.

  • 19/09/2011 | World

    Obama offers US$3 trillion debt plan, tax hikes on rich

    President Barack Obama called on US lawmakers to pass his jobs proposal and take up his plan to slash up to US$3 trillion from the deficit over a decade.

  • 19/09/2011 | World

    US urges Turkey to keep door open with Israel

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Turkey to "keep the door open" to better ties with Israel, a US official said, seeking to prevent relations between two US allies from deteriorating further.

  • 20/09/2011 | World

    IMF warns US, Europe could slip into recession

    Europe and the United States could slip back into recession next year unless they quickly tackle economic problems that could infect the rest of the world, the International Monetary Fund said today.

  • 20/09/2011 | World

    IMF: 'Global recovery is in a dangerous phase'

    The global economic recovery is slowing, with world growth projected at 4 percent in both 2011 and 2012, down from over 5 percent in 2010, the IMF said in its latest forecast.

  • 20/09/2011 | World

    Obama urges Gaddafi forces to give up, vows Libya aid

    President Barack Obama called for the last of Muammar Gaddafi's loyalist forces to lay down their arms as he announced the return of the US ambassador to Tripoli and pledged to help Libya rebuild.

  • 21/09/2011 | World

    Obama to meet Palestinian leader amid UN crisis

    President Barack Obama will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today to urge him to drop plans to ask the UN Security Council to recognize a Palestinian state despite US and Israeli objections.

  • 21/09/2011 | World

    Fed ramps up aid to economy with $400 billion 'twist'

    The Federal Reserve dialed up its aid to the beleaguered US economy, launching an effort to put more downward pressure on long-term interest rates over time and help the battered housing sector.

  • 21/09/2011 | World

    Largest pinball museum in US to open

    Decades after he slept under a pinball machine wedged into his cramped apartment, David Silverman will open the US' largest museum dedicated to speeding silver balls and fast-motion flippers.

  • 21/09/2011 | World

    US House unexpectedly defeats spending bill

    The US House of Representatives unexpectedly defeated a bill that would fund the federal government past Sept. 30 as dozens of Republicans broke with their party to push for deeper spending cuts.

  • 22/09/2011 | World

    Pakistan warns the US against military presence

    Pakistan would not tolerate any incursion on its territory by US forces targeting militant groups, the country's interior minister said today, calling for Washington to provide the intelligence Islamabad needs to take them out itself.

  • 22/09/2011 | World

    Geithner: EU crisis, US politics, biggest threats to economy

    US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that the European debt crisis and the political divisions in the United States were the biggest threats to the global economy.

  • 22/09/2011 | World

    Obama urges Europe leaders to be forceful on economy

    US President Barack Obama urged European leaders this week to take "forceful and decisive" action to confront current eurozone debt problems, White House spokesman Jay Carney said today.

  • 26/09/2011 | World

    Moody's: Obama budget unlikely to be implemented

    President Barack Obama's deficit reduction plan would be positive for US ratings, but chances of its implementation are "extremely low," Moody's Investors Service said.

  • 26/09/2011 | World

    US new home sales in August hit 6-month low

    New single-family home sales in the United States fell in August to a 6-month low in a sign the crippled housing market will not provide much support for the flagging economy anytime soon.

  • 26/09/2011 | World

    Obama says eurozone crisis is 'scaring the world'

    US President Barack Obama said the debt crisis in Europe was "scaring the world" and that European leaders were dealing with the issue but not as quickly as needed.

  • 27/09/2011 | World

    Pakistan PM warns US against 'negative messaging'

    Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani complained of negative messages from Washington and warned that any US raid across the Afghan border to target Haqqani group insurgents would be a violation of his country's sovereignty.

  • 27/09/2011 | Latin America

    Obama nominates Jacobson to be ratified as US - Latin American liaison

    US President Barack Obama suggested that acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson, be ratified in office, the White House announced.

  • 28/09/2011 | World

    US Immigration Services in the midst of child pornography and alien hunt scandal

    The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today the results of a seven-day national "Cross Check" enforcement operation. Meanwhile, the suspended chief of ICE Miami Anthony Mangione is formally accused today for child pornography offenses after agents said they had found sexually explicit images on his computer.

  • 28/09/2011 | Latin America

    Obama: Cuba must reform before US eases stance

    The United States is ready to change its stern policy toward Cuba but has not seen steps from Havana that would justify lifting its embargo, President Barack Obama said today.

  • 29/09/2011 | World

    US second-quarter growth revised up to 1.3%

    The US economy grew slightly more than previously reported in the second quarter, helped by consumer spending and export growth that was stronger than earlier estimated, according to a government report that pointed to slow growth rather than a recession.

  • 29/09/2011 | World

    Fed says twist will do little for growth

    The Federal Reserve's move last week to further lower borrowing costs was risky and won't significantly speed up a "painfully protracted" recovery, one of the officials who dissented against the decision said today.

  • 29/09/2011 | Latin America

    Fidel Castro: 'Many things will change in Cuba in spite of the US'

    Former Cuban President Fidel Castro lashed out at US President Barack Obama today for suggesting bilateral relations could improve if Cuba became more democratic, and he said the communist nation would not bow to US pressure.

  • 29/09/2011 | World

    White House says US supports European actions on debt problems

    The White House said that it supports actions that European leaders have taken on their debt problems and urged them to continue.

  • 30/09/2011 | World

    Al Qaeda-linked cleric killed in Yemen planned attacks against US, Washington says

    Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, has been killed, Yemen's Defense Ministry said. According to a US official, Anwar al-Awlaki planned and directed attacks on US interests as "chief of external operations" for al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, a senior US official said.

  • 30/09/2011 | World

    Weak income curbs US consumer spending in August

    Consumer spending adjusted for inflation was flat in August as income fell for the first time in nearly two years amid a weak labor market, according to a government report.

  • 03/10/2011 | World

    Panetta urges Israel, Palestinians to negotiate

    US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called for "bold action" today from Israeli and Palestinian leaders to achieve peace after cautioning that Israel was becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East.

  • 03/10/2011 | World

    US Supreme Court won't review gun rights

    The Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that gun rights applied not just to federal laws, but to state and city laws as well. The court's rulings in the gun cases have been closely divided, by 5-4 votes and split along conservative and liberal lines.

  • 06/10/2011 | World

    Obama and Congress tensions rise, as gridlock remains

    President Barack Obama today said his legislation intended to create jobs would provide the jolt the economy needs right now and called for an end to political gridlock in Congress.

  • 06/10/2011 | World

    US Geithner: European crisis poses risk to global recovery

    Europe's worsening debt crisis could significantly damage the US economy, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned today as he urged Europe to shore up its bailout fund.

  • 07/10/2011 | Latin America

    Convicted Cuban agent released from Florida jail

    A Cuban spy convicted of infiltrating a Cuban exile organization in Florida was released from a US jail after serving 13 years of his 15-year-sentence, his lawyer said.

  • 07/10/2011 | World

    US nonfarm payrolls rise in September, jobless rate steady

    Employment grew more than expected in September and job gains for the prior months were revised higher, according to a government report that could ease fears the economy was heading into recession.

  • 10/10/2011 | World

    Wall St extends rally on euro-zone hopes

    US stocks jumped 3 percent, extending gains into a second week as a pledge by German and French leaders boosted hopes that the euro-zone debt crisis may be resolved.

  • 11/10/2011 | World

    Iran rejects US allegations of Saudi envoy plot

    Iran rejected US allegations that two Iranians planned to assassinate the Saudi envoy to Washington, calling it a "untrue and baseless", the country's English language Press TV reported.

  • 11/10/2011 | World

    Russia's Putin says little role for BRICS in euro crisis

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that the crisis-hit euro zone had enough resources to resolve its own troubles without support from Russia and fellow BRICs countries.

  • 11/10/2011 | World

    US Senate approves China yuan bill, House fate unclear

    The US Senate approved a controversial bill to punish China over its currency in an effort to save US jobs, sending it to the House of Representatives where its fate is uncertain.

  • 12/10/2011 | World

    Fed's Plosser: Weak jobs market a serious challenge

    The September jobs report was "a bit of positive news", but the pace of jobs growth is still too slow to make a significant dent in the unemployment rate, a Federal Reserve policymaker said today.

  • 12/10/2011 | World

    Obama speaks to Saudi King on alleged Iran plot

    US President Barack Obama spoke to Saudi King Abdullah about the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, according to the White House.

  • 13/10/2011 | World

    US August trade gap narrows slightly

    The US trade deficit narrowed marginally in August, but the trade gap with China widened to a record high, the Commerce Department said.

  • 13/10/2011 | World

    Obama: alleged Iran plot will worsen isolation

    An alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States will prompt Washington to apply the toughest possible sanctions to further isolate Iran, US President Barack Obama said.

  • 14/10/2011 | World

    Alleged plot: Iranian official denies direct contact with US

    An official at Iran's United Nations mission denied that Tehran had been in direct contact with the United States over an allegation it was behind a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador on US soil, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported

  • 14/10/2011 | World

    US appeals court blocks parts of Alabama immigration law

    A US appeals court temporarily blocked Alabama from enforcing part of its tough new law cracking down on illegal immigrants but allowed some disputed portions to remain in effect.

  • 15/10/2011 | World

    Iran's supreme leader calls US accusations meaningless

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said US accusations that two Iranians planned to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington were "meaningless", state TV reported.

  • 16/10/2011 | World

    Iran demands access to accused US plotter

    Iran demanded consular access to a man held in the United States over a suspected plot to kill the Saudi ambassador and vowed to respond robustly to any "inappropriate measure" by the West.

  • 17/10/2011 | World

    Iran to examine 'seriously and patiently' US plot allegations

    Iran said today it would examine "seriously and patiently" US allegations it planned to assassinate a Saudi ambassador and called on Washington to send evidence of the plot it has dismissed as baseless propaganda.

  • 17/10/2011 | Sports

    Argentina dominate first day of Pan-Am rowing

    Argentina won three of the four rowing gold medals and Colombia was joined by Venezuela atop the cycling podiums on a good day for South America at the Pan-American Games.

  • 18/10/2011 | World

    UK freezes assets of five for alleged Iranian plot

    Britain has frozen the assets of five men, including two key suspects in an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in the United States, matching sanctions taken by US authorities.

  • 19/10/2011 | World

    Clinton arrives in Kabul for peace talks

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will discuss possible peace talks and the handover of security to Afghan forces when she meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other key leaders in Kabul tomorrow.

  • 21/10/2011 | World

    EU takes steps against five over Saudi envoy plot

    European Union governments agreed today to impose sanctions on five people linked to an alleged Iranian plot to kill Saudi ambassador to the United States, they said.

  • 21/10/2011 | Latin America

    Philip Morris closes factory in Uruguay due to anti-tobacco laws

    US tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI) announced today through a communiqué, the closure of their factory in Uruguay, due to the pressing demand placed on them by Uruguay’s anti-tobacco laws. The company announced that they will transfer the local production to neighbouring country, Argentina.

  • 23/10/2011 | World

    US rating likely to be downgraded again, Merrill report

    The United States will likely suffer the loss of its triple-A credit rating from another major rating agency by the end of this year due to concerns over the deficit, Bank of America Merrill Lynch forecasts.

  • 24/10/2011 | World

    US pulls ambassador out of Syria

    The US State Department said today it pulled its ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, out of the country because of threats to his personal safety.

  • 24/10/2011 | World

    Obama tests go-it-alone steps for US economy

    President Barack Obama launched the first in a series of executive actions aimed at bypassing Republicans in Congress to show American voters he is serious about tackling a jobs and housing crisis that endangers his re-election.

  • 25/10/2011 | World

    Ahmadinejad: 'Show me one Western president who has not signed an agreement with Gaddafi'

    Western countries supported Muammar Gaddafi when it suited them but bombed the Libyan leader when he no longer served their purpose in order to "plunder" the north African country's oil wealth, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today.

  • 25/10/2011 | World

    US dismantling its most powerful nuclear bomb

    The last of the United States' most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times more destructive than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — is being disassembled nearly fifty years after it was put into service, informed today the newspaper Texas Star-Telegram.

  • 26/10/2011 | World

    Ex-Goldman director Gupta charged in insider case

    Rajat Gupta, who sat on the boards of some of US' most prestigious companies, was arrested and charged with being the "illegal eyes and ears" for his friend Raj Rajaratnam, the central figure in a broad US crackdown on insider trading at hedge funds.

  • 27/10/2011 | World

    US: consumers, businesses pump up Q3 growth

    The economy grew at its fastest pace in a year in the third quarter as consumers and businesses stepped up spending, creating momentum that could carry into the final three months of the year.

  • 27/10/2011 | World

    Panetta wins a 1870 wine in Bin Laden bet

    US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta received a 1870 bottle of wine after winning a bet with a friend who challenged him to capture Osama Bin Laden, Pentagon sources said.

  • 28/10/2011 | World

    US marks anniversary of Statue of Liberty

    Hundreds of people took ferries across New York Harbor on a cold but sunny to mark the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of the Liberty.

  • 29/10/2011 | World

    Kabul suicide bomb kills 13 US troops

    A suicide car bomber killed 13 American troops in the Afghan capital Kabul, the deadliest single ground attack against the NATO-led force in 10 years of war in Afghanistan.

  • 31/10/2011 | World

    US cuts off UNESCO funding after Palestinian vote

    The United States said it had stopped funding UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, following its vote to grant the Palestinians full membership.

  • 02/11/2011 | World

    US, EU deeply concerned with Israel on settlements

    The United States is expected to voice deep disappointment at Israel's speeding up settlement building following UNESCO's decision to grant full membership to the Palestinians, a US official said today. The European Union had already expressed deep concern about Israel's decision today.

  • 02/11/2011 | World

    Fed lowers GDP forecast, holds policy steady

    The US Federal Reserve left monetary policy on hold and offered a moderately brighter economic outlook, but flagged risks to growth that appeared to leave open the door for further easing.

  • 02/11/2011 | World

    Obama tops Forbes most powerful list, Putin No. 2

    Barack Obama topped Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people in 2011, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel remained the most powerful woman at No. 4 on the list.

  • 03/11/2011 | World

    Tehran warns US against entering 'collision course' with Iran

    Iran warned the United States today that it should think twice before it enters a "collision course" with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear programme.

  • 03/11/2011 | World

    Obama in Cannes: 'Our task is to resolve the financial crisis in Europe'

    US President Barack Obama said today during the Group of 20 Summit in Cannes, France, that "the most important aspect of our task over the next two days is to resolve the financial crisis here in Europe."

  • 04/11/2011 | World

    US jobless rate drops to 6-month low

    US employment rose less than expected in October, but a drop in the jobless rate to a six-month low of 9.0 percent and upward revisions to prior months' job gains pointed to underlying strength in the labor market.

  • 06/11/2011 | World

    Iran's Ahmadinejad defiant as US raises heat

    The United States fears Iran's growing military power because it is now able to compete with Israel and the West, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in comments carried by an Egyptian newspaper.

  • 07/11/2011 | World

    US judge blocks graphic cigarette warnings

    A federal judge blocked a US rule requiring tobacco companies to display graphic images on cigarette packs, such as a man exhaling cigarette smoke through a hole in his throat.

  • 08/11/2011 | World

    No consensus on Palestinian bid, UN report

    A draft report by a key UN Security Council committee, obtained by an international news agency today, declared that members could not reach consensus on whether Palestine should be accepted as a UN member state.

  • 08/11/2011 | World

    White House says Quartet to meet Israelis, Palestinians next Monday

    Envoys of the "Quartet" of Middle East peace mediators will meet separately with Israeli and Palestinian officials on November 14 in Jerusalem, their latest effort to jump-start the stalled peace process, the US State Department said today.

  • 09/11/2011 | World

    White House tries to limit Netanyahu 'liar' damage

    The White House sought to limit damage to US-Israel relations following revelations that French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel "a liar" in a private conversation with President Barack Obama.

  • 16/11/2011 | World

    France, Germany clash over ECB crisis role

    France and Germany, Europe's two central powers, clashed over whether the European Central Bank should intervene more forcefully to halt the euro zone's accelerating debt crisis after modest bond purchases failed to calm markets.

  • 17/11/2011 | World

    US jobless claims at 7-month low

    New US claims for jobless benefits hit a seven-month low last week, while permits for future home construction rebounded strongly last month, bolstering views the economy was gaining traction.

  • 19/11/2011 | World

    South China Sea discussion was constructive, US

    US President Barack Obama was encouraged by the constructive tone of a discussion about the South China Sea issue at an East Asia leaders' meeting in Bali, Indonesia, a senior US official said.

  • 20/11/2011 | Sports

    Tiger Woods seals Presidents Cup for US

    Tiger Woods found his putting groove to clinch the Presidents Cup for the United States, who held off a stiff challenge by the Internationals at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

  • 21/11/2011 | World

    US to name Iran area of 'money laundering concern'

    The Treasury Department plans to designate Iran as an area of "primary money laundering concern" today, a US official said, a move allowing it to take steps to further isolate the Iranian financial sector.

  • 21/11/2011 | World

    Disgraced US cardinal leaves Rome job

    Cardinal Bernard Law, who was forced to resign as archbishop of Boston in 2002 over a sex-abuse scandal, has left his prestigious post in the Italian Church after turning 80, the Vatican announced today.

  • 22/11/2011 | World

    Obama pushes payroll tax cut after debt panel fails

    President Barack Obama will challenge the Congress to preserve an expiring payroll tax cut as he travels to New Hampshire to seize the initiative in the wake of a collapsed effort to reduce the nation's budget deficit.

  • 25/11/2011 | World

    Crowds hit stores for 'Black Friday' deals

    Retailers were hoping for more shoppers like Shawn Elzia as the annual Black Friday bargain stampede marked the unofficial start of what is widely expected to be a middling holiday shopping season.

  • 28/11/2011 | Latin America

    Venezuela, Colombia hail drug kingpin capture

    The presidents of Venezuela and Colombia announced the capture of one of the region's most-wanted drug traffickers and touted it as evidence that their ideologically opposed governments were united against crime.

  • 29/11/2011 | World

    Europe struggles with rescue fund, may turn to IMF

    Euro zone ministers struggled to ramp up the firepower of their rescue fund and raised the possibility of asking the IMF for more help after Italy's borrowing costs hit a euro lifetime high of nearly 8 percent.

  • 29/11/2011 | World

    Biden makes surprise visit to Iraq

    US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Baghdad today to visit US troops nearing completion of their withdrawal from Iraq by year-end.

  • 30/11/2011 | World

    US private sector adds 206,000 jobs in November

    The pace of job growth in the economy's private sector accelerated in November, with US employers adding 206,000 jobs, a report by a payrolls processor showed today.

  • 30/11/2011 | World

    US denies NATO attack on Pakistani troops deliberate

    The top US military officer denied allegations by a senior army official in Islamabad that a NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers was a deliberate act of aggression.

  • 02/12/2011 | World

    US jobless rate drops to 8.6%, hiring picks up

    The US unemployment rate fell to a 2-1/2 year low of 8.6 percent in November and companies stepped up hiring, further evidence the economic recovery was gaining momentum.

  • 02/12/2011 | World

    Fisher: Fiscal deficits hurt Fed's efforts on economy

    Federal deficits are complicating efforts by the US Federal Reserve to help the economy, but using the central bank as a printing press to solve the problem "is not an option," a top Fed official said.

  • 04/12/2011 | World

    US official says no sign Iran shot down drone

    Iranian media reported that their country's military had shot down a US reconnaissance drone in eastern Iran, but a US official said there was no indication the aircraft had been shot down.

  • 05/12/2011 | World

    United States ready to help Greece, says Biden

    The United States will support Greece during these difficult times, US Vice President Joe Biden said during a visit to Athens today, in remarks that offered reassurance rather than concrete aid.

  • 05/12/2011 | Sports

    Tiger ends two-year title drought with Chevron win

    Tiger Woods ended a frustrating victory drought of just over two years when he clinched the Chevron World Challenge which he hosts by one shot, holing a six-foot birdie putt at the last.

  • 07/12/2011 | World

    Biological weapons threat is growing, US warns

    The United States called today for closer international cooperation to prevent terrorist groups from developing or using biological weapons, a threat it said was growing.

  • 07/12/2011 | World

    Former Illinois governor sentenced to 14 years

    Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for political corruption including attempting to sell the US Senate seat vacated by then President-elect Barack Obama.

  • 13/12/2011 | World

    Fed sees risks from Europe, some improvement in US

    The Federal Reserve pointed to turmoil in Europe as a big risk to the US economy, leaving the door open to a further easing of monetary policy even as it noted some improvement in the US labor market.

  • 13/12/2011 | World

    US Defense Secretary on surprise visit to Afghanistan

    US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Kabul today for an unannounced visit, as the United States and its Western allies reduce troop levels in Afghanistan despite persistent violence.

  • 14/12/2011 | World

    Pentagon chief: 'West and allies are winning in Afghanistan'

    The United States and its allies are winning in Afghanistan, the US defense chief said, despite spreading violence, a resilient insurgency and uncertain prospects for a peace deal the West had hoped might end a decade of war.

  • 14/12/2011 | World

    Obama: US troops leaving Iraq with heads held high

    President Barack Obama welcomed home some of the last US troops from Iraq, marking a symbolic end to the nearly nine-year war that strained America's armed forces and damaged its standing worldwide.

  • 14/12/2011 | World

    China says will hit US auto imports with duties

    China will impose punitive duties of up to 22 percent on large cars and SUVs exported from the United States, China's Commerce Ministry said, the latest in a series of trade disputes between the world's two largest economies.

  • 16/12/2011 | World

    US consumer prices flat in November, core up 0.2%

    US consumer prices were flat in November as Americans paid less for cars and gasoline, while the 12-month inflation reading fell for the second straight month, which could give the Federal Reserve more room to help a still-weak economy.

  • 16/12/2011 | World

    US lifts sanctions on post-Gaddafi Libya

    The United States lifted most of the economic sanctions it had in place against Libya before the fall of former ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

  • 17/12/2011 | World

    Iran says arrests another CIA spy

    Iranian authorities said  they had arrested an Iranian caught spying for the United States, the Islamic Republic's latest claim of success in a spying war with Washington.

  • 17/12/2011 | World

    Panetta says Libya faces long, difficult transition

    US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told Libya's leaders they faced a long, hard road in moving on from 42 years of one-man rule and uniting rival militias that still hold the streets in the oil-producing North African state.

  • 17/12/2011 | World

    US Congress passes spending bill to keep gov't running

    The US Senate passed a US$915 billion bill to fund most federal agency activities through next September and avert a government shutdown.

  • 21/12/2011 | World

    US House Speaker Boehner stands firm in payroll tax cut fight

    US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, in a telephone conversation with President Barack Obama, reiterated his chamber's opposition to a Senate-passed two-month extension of a payroll tax cut, a Boehner aide said.

  • 22/12/2011 | World

    US Speaker Boehner bows to pressure on tax deal

    US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner caved in to a growing chorus of criticism from both within and outside his Republican party and agreed to a short-term deal to extend a payroll tax cut for 160 million US citizens.

  • 23/12/2011 | World

    US condemns Syria blasts, says must not hinder Arab League

    The United States strongly condemned two blasts that hit Syria's capital, saying they should not be allowed to impede an Arab League plan aimed at ending a bloody nine-month crackdown against anti-government protests.

  • 26/12/2011 | World

    Gunman in Santa suit kills six, self in Texas

    A man suspected of opening fire on a family Christmas celebration outside Dallas was dressed in a Santa Claus suit when he killed six people and then himself, police said.

  • 27/12/2011 | World

    Egypt court ends virginity tests on female detainees

    An Egyptian civilian court ordered the army to end forced virginity tests on female detainees in military prisons, and the woman who won the legal victory urged other victims to press charges against the army.

  • 01/01/2012 | World

    Iran reports nuclear progress as sanctions loom

    Iran announced a nuclear fuel breakthrough and test-fired a new radar-evading medium-range missile in the Gulf, moves that could further antagonise the West at a time when Tehran is trying to avert harsh new sanctions on its oil industry.

  • 02/01/2012 | World

    US Army expert arrested with explosives at Texas airport

    A man arrested on New Years Eve at a Texas airport with explosives is an Army-trained demolitions expert and member of the elite Green Berets who served in Afghanistan, US military officials said.

  • 03/01/2012 | World

    Iran threatens US Navy as sanctions hit economy

    Iran threatened today to take action if the US Navy moves an aircraft carrier into the Gulf, Tehran's most aggressive statement yet after weeks of sabre-rattling as new US and EU financial sanctions take a toll on its economy.

  • 06/01/2012 | World

    Iran plans more war games in strait

    Iran announced plans today for new military exercises in the world's most important oil shipping lane, the latest in weeks of bellicose gestures towards the West as new sanctions threaten Tehran's oil exports.

  • 06/01/2012 | World

    US job growth quickens; unemployment near 3-year low

    US employment growth accelerated last month and the jobless rate dropped to a near three-year low of 8.5%, offering the strongest evidence yet the economic recovery was gaining steam.

  • 07/01/2012 | World

    Obama urges businesses to bring US jobs home

    President Barack Obama kicked off an effort to encourage US businesses to keep jobs at home instead of outsourcing them overseas, as he rolled out a new election-year theme today aimed at courting middle-class voters.

  • 07/01/2012 | World

    Iran denies central bank resignation rumour

    A senior Central Bank of Iran official has denied rumours that the bank's governor has resigned, the ISNA news agency reported today, in a week when the currency hit a record low amid rising inflation and concerns about tighter economic sanctions.

  • 09/01/2012 | World

    Iran sentences US-Iranian man to death for spying

    Iran's Revolutionary Court has sentenced an Iranian-American man to death for spying for the CIA, a news agency quoted a judiciary official as saying, a move likely to aggravate US-Iranian tension already high because of Tehran's nuclear work.

  • 15/01/2012 | World

    Iran says received US letter on Hormuz Strait

    Iran said on Sunday it had received a letter from the US government about the Strait of Hormuz, the crucial oil shipping lane that Tehran has threatened to close if sanctions prevent it exporting oil.

  • 17/01/2012 | World

    US Supreme Court to hear Argentine debt default case

    The US Supreme Court asked Barack Obama's administration for its views of a ruling that unfroze US$105 million of Argentina's central bank deposits in a setback for two US investment funds that sought to seize the money to satisfy their claims from the country's debt default a decade ago.

  • 19/01/2012 | World

    US jobless claims drop near four-year low

    New US applications for unemployment benefits dropped to a near four-year low last week, a government report today showed, pointing to continued improvement in the labour market.

  • 19/01/2012 | World

    Bank of America profit boosted by one-time gains

    Signs of improvement in the economy and gains from asset sales helped Bank of America Corp post a quarterly profit, sending its shares higher, but the second-largest US bank still needs more capital and with little left to sell, it is becoming creative.

  • 20/01/2012 | World

    US Congress puts brakes on anti-piracy bills

    US lawmakers stopped anti-piracy legislation in its tracks delivering a stunning win for Internet companies that staged an unprecedented online protest this week to kill the previously fast-moving bills

  • 22/01/2012 | World

    US aircraft carrier enters Gulf without incident

    A US aircraft carrier sailed through the Strait of Hormuz and into the Gulf without incident on Sunday, a day after Iran backed away from an earlier threat to take action if an American carrier returned to the strategic waterway. 

  • 25/01/2012 | World

    Fed extends low-rate vow in bid to help economy

    The Federal Reserve pushed back the likely timing of an eventual interest rate hike until late 2014, much later than it had previously said, as it nurses a still-sluggish economic recovery.

  • 27/01/2012 | World

    Geithner: US economy is growing but still faces challenges

    The US economy is growing at 2-3 percent but still faces big challenges to repair damage wrought by the financial crisis, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said.

  • 27/01/2012 | World

    US growth quickens in Q4, but speed-bumps ahead

    The US economy grew at its fastest pace in 1-1/2 years in the fourth quarter of 2011, but a strong rebuilding of stocks by businesses and a slower pace of spending on capital goods hinted at softer growth early this year.

  • 27/01/2012 | World

    Iran hits back at EU with own oil embargo threat

    Fighting sanctions with sanctions in a trial of strength with the West over its nuclear ambitions, Iran warned it may halt oil exports to Europe next week in a move calculated to hurt ailing European economies.

  • 28/01/2012 | World

    Yemeni president arrives to US for medical treatment

    Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh arrived in the United States for medical treatment today, a week after leaving Yemen for Oman under a plan for him to step down to end a year of protests against his rule.

  • 02/02/2012 | World

    Bernanke: Fed will protect US from Europe fallout

    Europe's financial crisis still threatens the US recovery, and the Federal Reserve will do everything it can to prevent it from damaging the economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said today.

  • 02/02/2012 | World

    Romney plays Trump card in Las Vegas

    Real estate mogul Donald Trump re-injected himself and his wealth into the Republican presidential race by endorsing Mitt Romney, a day after the front-runner stumbled with remarks suggesting he was indifferent to US' poor.

  • 03/02/2012 | World

    US job growth surges, jobless rate drops to 8.3%

    The US economy created jobs at the fastest pace in nine months in January and the unemployment rate dropped to a near three-year low of 8.3 percent, indicating last quarter's growth carried into early 2012.

  • 05/02/2012 | World

    US police clear DC Occupy site, protesters look to a new day

    US police officers cleared tents from an "Occupy" protest site in downtown Washington, but demonstrators said even without the camp they would continue to fight for economic equality and other issues.

  • 06/02/2012 | World

    US closes embassy in Damascus due to Syria violence

    The United States announced it was closing its embassy in Syria due to the worsening security situation, further isolating Damascus over its bloody crackdown on anti-government protests.

  • 06/02/2012 | World

    With economy improving, Obama would beat Romney, poll shows

    President Barack Obama, bolstered by a stronger economic outlook and recent job growth, would win in a match-up against the two leading Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, a poll today showed.

  • 08/02/2012 | World

    Iran says can hit US interests worldwide if attacked

    Iran is capable of carrying out military strikes on US interests all around the world if the Islamic Republic is attacked by the United States, Iran's ambassador to Moscow said today.

  • 08/02/2012 | World

    US ratifies support for finding diplomatic exit to Malvinas spat

    The US Acting Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson, ratified the Obama administration’s standing on the Malvinas sovereignty issue, which urges Argentina and the United Kingdom to find a diplomatic exit to the matter.

  • 13/02/2012 | World

    Washington state's governor signs gay marriage law, opponents vow repeal

    Governor Christine Gregoire signed legislation to make Washington state the seventh in the United States to legalize gay marriage, but opponents vowed to try to prevent the law from taking effect.

  • 14/02/2012 | World

    Geithner says Obama's plan will axe dozens of corporate tax breaks

    US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner today said the Obama Administration's plan to revamp the corporate tax system will cut "dozens and dozens" of tax breaks enjoyed by business, while keeping a limited number that focus on keeping jobs in the United States.

  • 17/02/2012 | World

    US State Dept warns drug trafficking to Europe, Brazil, Argentina on the rise

    US Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William R. Brownfield warned that drug trafficking to Europe, Argentina and Brazil was on the rise.

  • 17/02/2012 | World

    Obama campaign, Democrats raise US$29.1 million in January

    President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and its Democratic allies raised a combined $29.1 million in January, accelerating their fundraising pace as the White House race draws closer.

  • 19/02/2012 | World

    US congressman to visit Malvinas, express support for UK's claim

    A Republican congressman from the US will visit the Malvinas Islands on Monday to have a meeting with the local government, in another demonstration of his party’s support for the islanders’ position on the sovereignty controversy.

  • 20/02/2012 | World

    Obama to meet Netanyahu at White House on March 5

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in Washington to address the annual policy conference of the influential pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, which will be held on March 4-6.

  • 21/02/2012 | World

    White House: still time for Iran diplomacy to work

    The White House said today there is still enough time for diplomacy with Iran to work and prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

  • 22/02/2012 | World

    Syria: US, French journalists killed

    US correspondent Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Homs today when rockets fired by government forces hit the house they were staying in, opposition activists and witnesses said.

  • 22/02/2012 | World

    US chides Iran over failure of IAEA mission

    The White House today criticized Iran over the failure of the UN nuclear watchdog's latest mission, saying it again showed Tehran's refusal to abide by its international obligations over its nuclear program.

  • 25/02/2012 | World

    Spanish treasure lands after 200 years

    Coins worth nearly half a billion dollars finally arrived in Spain on Saturday after lying in a sunken warship for more than 200 years and following a five-year legal battle between the Spanish government and a salvage company.

  • 25/02/2012 | World

    US democracy activists to go on trial in Egypt

    Dozens of democracy activists including 16 Americans go on trial in Egypt Sunday in a politically charged case which has set off a crisis in relations between Cairo and Washington and threatened US$1.3 billion in annual US military aid.

  • 28/02/2012 | World

    UN: Syria civilian death toll 'well over 7,500'

    Syrian forces have killed more than 7,500 civilians since a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began, a UN official said, and Hillary Clinton, the top US diplomat, suggested the Syrian leader may be a war criminal.

  • 29/02/2012 | World

    US fourth-quarter GDP revised up

    The US economy grew a bit faster than initially thought in the fourth quarter on slightly firmer consumer and business spending, which could help to allay fears of a sharp slowdown in growth in early 2012.

  • 29/02/2012 | World

    North Korea agrees to halt nuclear tests, missile launches, reports say

    North Korea has agreed to a moratorium on nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and enrichment of uranium at its Yongbyon nuclear facility, the North's KCNA news agency said today.

  • 29/02/2012 | World

    UN nuclear agency ‘ready to return’ to North Korea

    The UN nuclear watchdog stands ready to return to North Korea, its chief said, after the reclusive state agreed to stop nuclear tests and uranium enrichment and let inspectors visit its Yongbyon site to verify the moratorium.

  • 01/03/2012 | World

    At least 12 killed as tornadoes strike US Midwest

    At least 12 killed as tornadoes strike US Midwest powerful storms that spawned tornadoes ripped through the US Midwest today, killing at least 12 people, including six in Illinois who were crushed when a house was lifted up and fell on them, authorities said.

  • 02/03/2012 | World

    Obama says he's not bluffing on Iran military option

    US President Barack Obama issued his most direct threat yet of US military action against Iran if it builds a nuclear weapon, but in a message to Israel's leader ahead of White House talks he also cautioned against a pre-emptive Israeli strike.

  • 04/03/2012 | World

    Calm weather offers respite after deadly US storms

    Calm weather gave dazed residents of storm-wracked US towns a respite early on Sunday as they dug out from a chain of tornadoes that cut a swath of destruction from the Midwest to the Gulf of Mexico, killing at least 37 people.

  • 06/03/2012 | World

    Romney falls short of Super Tuesday knockout

    Mitt Romney notched early wins as he fought to establish his dominance in the race for the Republican US presidential nomination but looked unlikely to score a knockout blow that would force any of his rivals from the contest.

  • 08/03/2012 | Latin America

    Cuba calls exclusion from regional summit 'unacceptable'

    Cuba said it was "unacceptable" that it will not be invited to an upcoming hemispheric summit in Colombia and blamed the United States for insisting that Cuba be excluded.

  • 09/03/2012 | World

    US payrolls up solidly, unemployment rate at 8.3%

    US employment grew solidly for a third straight month in February, a sign the economic recovery was broadening and in less need of further monetary stimulus from the Federal Reserve.

  • 12/03/2012 | World

    Clinton accuses al-Assad of 'cynically' launching assaults while meeting UN envoy

    "How cynical that, even as Assad was receiving former (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Syrian Army was conducting a fresh assault on Idlib and continuing its aggression in Hama, Homs, and Rastan," US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the UN Security Council.

  • 12/03/2012 | World

    Pre-orders for new iPad sold out

    There's no shortage of demand for Apple's new iPad. According to reports by USA Today, pre-orders for the popular tablet have sold out.

  • 12/03/2012 | World

    Panetta: Death penalty possible in Afghan massacre

    Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said that the death penalty could be sought over the massacre of 16 villagers in Afghanistan, which US officials said they believe was the work of a rogue US soldier.

  • 13/03/2012 | World

    Obama, Cameron vow partnership; urge Iran to 'meet its obligations or face the consequences'

    In a joint article for yesterday's Washington Post, United States President Barack Obama and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron stressed the two countries’ historical partnership and vowed to extend the relationship as the two work together on key international issues.

  • 14/03/2012 | World

    Obama, Cameron: Window for diplomatic solution with Iran is shrinking

    In a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama enouraged Iran to seize the opportunity of talks with world leaders to avert "even worse consequences."

  • 14/03/2012 | World

    Santorum to Puerto Rico: Speak English if you want statehood

    US Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told Puerto Ricans they would have to make English their primary language if they want to pursue US statehood, a statement at odds with the US Constitution.

  • 15/03/2012 | World

    Wall Street: S&P 500 ends above 1,400 for first time since 2008

    The S&P 500 closed above 1,400 for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis today as stocks resumed the upward climb that has yielded a steady stream of gains this year.

  • 15/03/2012 | World

    Obama, Cameron discussed tapping oil reserves, sources

    President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron discussed the possibility of releasing emergency oil reserves during a meeting hold yesterday, two sources familiar with the talks said, the first sign that Obama is starting to test global support for an effort to knock back near-record fuel prices.

  • 15/03/2012 | World

    Charges against Afghan massacre suspect may be weeks away

    The unidentified US soldier at the centre of the massacre in which 16 Afghans, mostly women and children, were killed over the weekend may not be charged by US authorities for weeks, his defense lawyer said.

  • 15/03/2012 | World

    Karzai calls for NATO to leave villages

    Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai called for NATO troops to leave Afghan villages after 16 civilians died in a shooting rampage by a US soldier, underscoring Afghan fury over the massacre and clouding US exit plans.

  • 15/03/2012 | World

    US jobless claims fall, manufacturing holds up

    US economic growth showed signs of becoming more self-sustaining as the number of Americans claiming new jobless benefits fell back to a four-year low last week and manufacturing activity in the Northeast picked up this month.

  • 16/03/2012 | World

    Cameron: Obama backs UK’s rule over Malvinas

    US President Barack Obama supports the British rule over the Malvinas Islands, UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron said at the end of a three-day visit to the United States, British newspaper ‘The Telegraph’ reported today.

  • 16/03/2012 | World

    US officials question if accused leaker helped Al Qaeda

    US national security officials are questioning a decision by military prosecutors to allege that Army Private Bradley Manning aided Al Qaeda's Yemen-based affiliate by leaking documents to the WikiLeaks website.

  • 18/03/2012 | World

    US soldier suspected in Afghanistan massacre to meet with lawyers

    A lawyer representing the US soldier implicated in the massacre of 16 villagers in Afghanistan said he and other members of the defense team would spend several days with him in the week ahead.

  • 19/03/2012 | World

    US court: Tobacco health labels constitutional

    A federal law requiring large graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging and advertising does not violate the free speech rights of tobacco companies, a federal appeals court ruled today.

  • 21/03/2012 | World

    China to increase soybeans import by 25%

    The Chinese State of Administration of Grains revealed that the world's top buyer of soybeans is on course to import 25 percent more in the first half of this year than the first six months of 2011, which will benefit major producers Argentina, Brazil and US.

  • 23/03/2012 | World

    French intelligence under fire over al Qaeda shooter

    The French government was forced to reject accusations that intelligence lapses allowed a young Muslim with a violent criminal record, spotted twice in Afghanistan, to become the first al Qaeda-inspired killer to strike on its soil.

  • 23/03/2012 | World

    US soldier charged with 17 murders in Afghan killings

    A US Army sergeant was formally charged with 17 counts of murder for killing eight adults and nine children in a pre-dawn shooting rampage in southern Afghanistan that further eroded US-Afghan relations already frayed by a decade of war.

  • 24/03/2012 | World

    Former US vice president Dick Cheney recovering after heart transplant

    Former US vice president Dick Cheney is recovering in a Virginia hospital after undergoing a heart transplant today, a spokeswoman for Cheney said in an email. Cheney, 71, who served as vice president in the George W. Bush administration, has had a long history of heart trouble.

  • 24/03/2012 | World

    Obama visits tense Korean border ahead of nuclear summit

    President Barack Obama visited South Korea's tense border with the North on Sunday in a show of solidarity with US ally Seoul and a message of resolve to Pyongyang's new young ruler in his country's nuclear standoff with the West.

  • 25/03/2012 | World

    Obama urges China to rein in North Korea in nuclear standoff

    US President Barack Obama urged China to use its influence to stop North Korea's "bad behavior" in a nuclear standoff with the West and hinted at tougher sanctions if the reclusive state goes ahead with a rocket launch next month.

  • 25/03/2012 | World

    Santorum wins Louisiana, flexing Southern muscle

    Rick Santorum cruised to victory in the Louisiana Republican presidential primary but still trails Mitt Romney by a wide margin in the national delegate count for the party nomination.

  • 25/03/2012 | World

    US World Bank pick to win broad support: Geithner

    Jim Yong Kim, the US nominee to lead the World Bank, will win broad international support despite an unprecedented challenge by candidates from emerging economies, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in an interview.

  • 25/03/2012 | World

    Tea Party activists defy rain to rip Obama health care law

    Several hundred rain-soaked Tea Party activists rallied to call for the US Supreme Court to repeal President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law after arguments next week.

  • 26/03/2012 | World

    Bernanke says US economy needs faster growth to dent joblessness

    The economy needs to grow more quickly if it is to produce enough jobs to bring down the unemployment rate further, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said today.

  • 26/03/2012 | Latin America

    Colombian troops kill 35 rebels in new blow to FARC

    Colombian troops killed 35 leftist FARC rebels in a remote jungle region, President Juan Manuel Santos said, the second blow to the drug-funded group in less than a week.

  • 27/03/2012 | World

    UK, Argentina clash over nuclear submarine comment

    Britain has officially denied sending a nuclear-armed submarine to the South Atlantic region today. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg dismissed what he called ''baseless insinuations'' during a speech at the international Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea.

  • 27/03/2012 | World

    US says sanction against Argentina is 'a serious bump in the road'

    The US government said on Tuesday that their recent decision to suspend Argentina from the Generalized System of Preferences programme, which waives import duties on thousands of goods from developing countries, “should not come as much of a surprise.”

  • 29/03/2012 | World

    US fourth-quarter GDP unrevised at 3%

    The US economy expanded as expected in the fourth quarter while personal income grew at a much faster pace than previously thought, which should help underpin spending this quarter.

  • 31/03/2012 | World

    Three winners of record US$656 million US lottery jackpot

    Three winners who could share a US$656 million windfall from the largest lottery jackpot in US history bought their lucky tickets at a 7-Eleven store in Maryland, a Motomart convenience story in Illinois and somewhere in northeast Kansas, lottery officials said today.

  • 31/03/2012 | Sports

    Wade leads Heat with heavy heart after Chicago shooting

    Dwyane Wade led the Miami Heat to a 113-101 win over the Toronto Raptors yesterday but admitted he played with a "heavy heart" after learning his adult nephew had been among those injured in a Chicago shooting spree.

  • 02/04/2012 | Sports

    Simpson to seal Augusta love affair with Masters debut

    Fourteen years after playing Augusta National for the first time as a wide-eyed kid, Webb Simpson is back at the venue this week feeling the same excitement as he prepares to make his Masters debut.

  • 02/04/2012 | World

    Romney eyes primary knockout, Obama fight looms

    As Mitt Romney sought to land a knockout blow against Rick Santorum in the race for the Republican US presidential nomination, the difficulty of a general election matchup against US Democratic President Barack Obama became clearer.

  • 03/04/2012 | World

    Iran says could hit US if it came under attack

    The United States would not be safe from Iran's retaliation if the Islamic state came under attack from Washington, Iran newspaper quoted a senior Revolutionary Guards commander as saying.

  • 03/04/2012 | World

    IMF Lagarde: ‘We should not delude ourselves into a false sense of security’

    IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said today the world economy is still in recession and the recovery remains fragile as she warned that, although some progress has been made, the global economic situation is not ideal yet.

  • 05/04/2012 | World

    Obama signs bill to boost business startups

    US President Barack Obama signed into law a bipartisan bill to kickstart small business growth and he promised rigorous oversight to make sure the measure does not harm investors, as critics have warned.

  • 05/04/2012 | Sports

    Obama, Romney agree: Admit women to Augusta golf club

    US President Barack Obama believes women should be allowed to join the all-male Augusta National Golf Club, the White House said, adding pressure on the exclusive 80-year-old organization to drop its restrictive policy.

  • 06/04/2012 | World

    US employment gains slow, jobless rate drops

    US payrolls rose far less than expected in March, keeping the door open for further monetary policy support from the Federal Reserve, even as the unemployment rate fell to a three-year low of 8.2 percent.

  • 06/04/2012 | World

    US backs Argentina in fight against vulture funds

    The US government requested a Court of Appeals to reverse the ruling of Judge Thomas Griesa in favour of a vulture fund, which forced Argentina to pay the interest on the debt of bonds exchanges carried out 2005 and 2010, sources said.

  • 08/04/2012 | Sports

    Spain, US to meet in Davis Cup semi-finals

    Holders Spain clinched a Davis Cup semi-final berth at home to the United States when David Ferrer cruised to a 7-5 6-3 6-3 victory over Austria's Juergen Melzer to give the hosts an unassailable 3-1 lead.

  • 08/04/2012 | World

    Talks in Istanbul to target Iran's purer atom fuel

    The US and its allies are pressing for an end to Iran's high-level uranium enrichment and the closure of a facility built deep under a mountain as talks on Tehran's nuclear standoff with the West resume this week.

  • 10/04/2012 | World

    White House warns North Korea over missile launch

    The White House warned North Korea that its planned long-range missile launch would be a flagrant breach of the impoverished country's international obligations and would jeopardize food aid from Washington.

  • 10/04/2012 | World

    Global recession more severe now than when it started, IMF says

    Housing busts and recessions are more severe and last for at least five years when they follow a big run-up in household debt, according to a study released today by the International Monetary Fund. For that matter, the IMF has urged governments to consider “bold” interventions to reduce household debt levels and stimulate growth.

  • 11/04/2012 | World

    Defiant North Korea begins injecting fuel into rocket

    Impoverished North Korea rejected international protests over its planned long-range rocket launch and said today that it was injecting fuel "as we speak", meaning it could blast off as early as tomorrow.

  • 12/04/2012 | World

    US jobless claims unexpectedly rise last week

    New claims for unemployment benefits rose last week in the US to their highest level since January, a development that could raise fears the labor market recovery was stalling after job creation slowed in March.

  • 13/04/2012 | World

    UN Ban Ki-moon says North Korea missile ‘deplorable’

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said North Korea's long-range rocket test today was deplorable, in direct violation of U Security Council Resolution 1874, and threatened regional stability.

  • 13/04/2012 | World

    Ocampo ends World Bank bid, backs Nigerian

    Former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo ended his bid to become World Bank president, leaving two candidates in an unprecedented challenge to US control of the global development institution.

  • 14/04/2012 | World

    US makes plea to overcome 'Cold War diplomacy'

    US President Barack Obama called for the possibility of overcoming “the diplomacy of the Cold War,” today in reference to the dispute with Cuba, whilst participating in the CEO summit given prior to the inauguration of the VI Summit of the Americas taking place in Cartagena, Colombia.

  • 14/04/2012 | World

    Five US military accused of misconduct in Colombia

    Five members of the US military assigned to support the Secret Service during President Barack Obama's visit to Colombia violated curfew and may have been involved in "inappropriate conduct," the US Southern Command said on Saturday.

  • 15/04/2012 | World

    Scandal mars Obama's wooing of Latin America

    A prostitution scandal involving US security personnel in Colombia and an unprecedented regional push to end the isolation of Cuba threatened to eclipse President Barack Obama's charm offensive to Latin America.

  • 15/04/2012 | Latin America

    US says Colombia trade deal kicks off in May

    The US-Colombia free trade agreement will enter into force next month, far earlier than expected, as a result of what the Obama administration called "historic" progress for Colombian worker protections and human rights.

  • 16/04/2012 | World

    US retail sales beat expectations in March

    US retail sales rose more than expected in March as Americans shrugged off high gasoline prices and bought a range of goods, suggesting that economic growth in the first quarter did not slow as much as many had feared.

  • 16/04/2012 | World

    Death toll from Oklahoma tornado rises to six

    The death toll rose to six from a tornado that ripped through an Oklahoma town during a weekend outbreak of dozens of twisters across the Great Plains, officials said.

  • 18/04/2012 | World

    Obama wants probe of photos of troops with dead Afghans; Panetta apologizes

    President Barack Obama wants an investigation into photographs that have surfaced of US soldiers posing with the bodies of dead Afghan insurgents and that those responsible be held accountable, the White House said today.

  • 18/04/2012 | World

    US: YPF plans have 'negative development against foreign investors'

    The US government finally broke silence regarding the YPF controversy and expressed “concern’ over the expropriation plans. A State Department spokesman said the plans “could have an adverse effect on the Argentine economy.”

  • 23/04/2012 | World

    Abraham Lincoln's opera glasses up for auction

    The opera glasses carried by US president Abraham Lincoln when he was assassinated in 1865 will be auctioned later this month, expecting to fetch between $500,000 and $700,000.

  • 23/04/2012 | Sports

    Former US Olympic coach Walker dies at 93

    LeRoy Walker, the first black US Olympic team coach and president of the US Olympic Committee (USOC), has died at the age of 93, the USOC said.

  • 25/04/2012 | World

    US: Bernanke says Fed prepared to do more for economy

    US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke today said the US central bank "would not hesitate" to launch another round of bond purchases to drive borrowing costs lower if it looked like the economy needed it.

  • 25/04/2012 | World

    US: Bilateral relationship with Argentina 'difficult'

    US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson asked Argentina to go back to having a “positive” relationship with the international financial community and its creditors.

  • 26/04/2012 | World

    Ex-president George H.W. Bush opens up for HBO film

    Former US President George H.W. Bush, who has never written a memoir, has told his story in his own words for an HBO documentary to be broadcast on television in June.

  • 27/04/2012 | World

    US economic growth cools in the first quarter

    US gross domestic product expanded at a 2.2 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said today in its advance estimate, moderating from the fourth quarter's 3 percent rate.

  • 29/04/2012 | World

    Obama jabs at Romney at White House Correspondents' dinner

    President Barack Obama poked fun at his likely presidential rival Mitt Romney and Republican opponents in Congress, including a dig at Romney's treatment of a pet dog, at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

  • 29/04/2012 | World

    US troops synch hi-tech and nomad intel in Kony hunt

    In a bare concrete room in a far-flung corner of Central African Republic, US special forces and Ugandan soldiers map out the hunt for one of Africa's most wanted rebel leaders hiding in an area the size of California.

  • 30/04/2012 | World

    China wants 'drastic' US, Russia nuclear arms cuts

    China called on the United States and Russia to make further "drastic" cuts in their nuclear arsenals and said all states with atomic arms should undertake not to be the first to use them.

  • 30/04/2012 | Sports

    Olympics: Argentina's basket team rivals defined

    Argentina's national basketball team will face the US in the groups' round at the London 2012 Olympics, while Spain will play against Brazil, according to the draw held in Río de Janeiro.

  • 01/05/2012 | World

    Occupy takes May Day protests to US streets

    Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered outside banks, meditated in public parks and staged anti-corporate song-and-dance routines in a May Day bid around the United States to revive a movement that triggered nationwide protests last year against economic injustice.

  • 02/05/2012 | World

    US private employers add fewer-than-expected jobs in April

    US private employers added a far fewer than expected 119,000 jobs in April, the smallest gain since September 2011, a report by a payrolls processor showed today.

  • 03/05/2012 | World

    Clinton urges China to help on Iran, North Korea

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged China to help defuse tension over Iran, North Korea and other global flashpoints, seeking to salvage talks that have been overwhelmed by negotiations over a dissident.

  • 04/05/2012 | World

    US April hiring slows, jobless rate falls to 8.1%

    US employers cut back on hiring in April and the jobless rate fell as people gave up the hunt for work, according to the Labor Department. Employers added just 115,000 workers to their payrolls last month.

  • 04/05/2012 | Latin America

    Bodies of 23 found dumped near US border in Mexico drug war

    The bodies of 23 people were found hanging from a bridge or dismembered in ice boxes and garbage bags in northeastern Mexico, in an escalation of brutal violence involving rivel drug gangs on the US border.

  • 05/05/2012 | World

    Obama kicks off campaigning in must-win states

    President Barack Obama held his first political rallies of the 2012 presidential race today, targeting two swing states that could be critical to his bid to retain the White House.

  • 07/05/2012 | World

    US wants 'urgent' Iranian steps in nuclear talks

    The United States called on Iran today to take "urgent practical steps" to build confidence during nuclear talks with world powers, and the European Union said Tehran must suspend sensitive atomic activities.

  • 07/05/2012 | World

    US officials: Apparent airline bomb plot thwarted

    The FBI is investigating an explosive device that could have been used by a suicide bomber on an airliner, and which was seized when the United States and its partners thwarted a plot believed linked to al Qaeda, US officials said on Monday.

  • 10/05/2012 | World

    US jobless claims fall, trade gap widens

    The number of Americans submitting new applications for jobless benefits edged down last week, easing concerns the labor market was deteriorating after April's weak employment growth.

  • 11/05/2012 | World

    Gay marriage moves closer to US Supreme Court

    Two big cases addressing marriage rights for gays and lesbians are on track to reach the US Supreme Court as soon as this year, keeping the focus on an issue President Barack Obama reignited with his endorsement this week.

  • 12/05/2012 | World

    Romney seeks evangelical votes; opposes gay marriage

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sought on Saturday to calm fears that his Mormon faith would be an obstacle to evangelical Christian voters, stressing shared conservative values while acknowledging religious differences.

  • 14/05/2012 | World

    Ron Paul stops campaigning for White House

    US Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul effectively ended his White House bid, saying he would no longer campaign actively in states that have yet to hold primary elections.

  • 15/05/2012 | World

    Reports say DOJ opened inquiry into JPMorgan trading loss

    The US Justice Department has opened an inquiry into JPMorgan's multibillion-dollar trading loss, the Wall Street Journal reported today, citing a person familiar with the matter.

  • 16/05/2012 | Latin America

    Daughter of Cuban leader Raúl Castro to visit US

    Cuban President Raúl Castro's daughter is scheduled to visit California next week to speak at a conference of experts on Latin America during a rare US trip by a member of Cuba's ruling family.

  • 17/05/2012 | World

    US: jobless claims hold steady at 370,000

    Initial claims for state unemployment benefits in the US held steady at a seasonally adjusted 370,000, the Labor Department said.

  • 22/05/2012 | World

    North Korea to boost nuclear deterrent after US pressure

    Isolated North Korea stepped up its war of words against the United States, vowing to boost its nuclear deterrent after Washington warned Pyongyang of further sanctions if it did not abandon its atomic programme.

  • 22/05/2012 | World

    White House said to give inside access for bin Laden film

    The Obama administration arranged for two Hollywood filmmakers to get special access to government officials involved in the commando operation that killed Osama bin Laden, according to a conservative legal group that posted internal government documents on its website.

  • 23/05/2012 | World

    Pakistan jails doctor for helping CIA find Bin Laden

    A Pakistani doctor accused of helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden has been jailed for 33 years for treason, television channels and a local government official said.

  • 23/05/2012 | World

    Romney wins Kentucky primary, leads in Arkansas

    Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney won his party's primary in Kentucky and took a commanding lead in Arkansas, as he got closer to clinching the GOP nomination, official tallies showed.

  • 28/05/2012 | World

    Obama pledges no more wars unless 'absolutely necessary'

    President Barack Obama honored veterans today by noting "the light of a new day" of having US troops home from Iraq and returning soon from Afghanistan, while promising not to send soldiers back to war without a clear need.

  • 29/05/2012 | World

    Obama honors Dylan, Morrison for 'incredible impact'

    US President Barack Obama gave the United States' top civilian honor to musician Bob Dylan, novelist Toni Morrison and 11 other people he said have had an "incredible impact" on society through their words and actions.

  • 31/05/2012 | World

    Edwards found not guilty on one count; mistrial on others

    Jurors acquitted US Senator John Edwards on one count of taking illegal campaign contributions on Thursday and the judge declared a mistrial on the remaining five counts.

  • 31/05/2012 | World

    Syria on brink of sectarian civil war, West says

    Syria is nearing full-blown sectarian civil war that would be catastrophic for the entire Middle East, Western nations said, urging Russia to end its support for President Bashar al-Assad and put pressure on him to stop the bloodshed.

  • 01/06/2012 | World

    US job growth weakest in a year

    Job growth in May was the weakest in a year and employers added far fewer jobs in the prior two months than previously reported, suggesting the economic recovery was faltering.

  • 02/06/2012 | World

    Iran threatens to target US bases if attacked

    Iran has warned the United States not to resort to military action a gainst it, saying US bases in the region were vulnerable to the Islamic Republic's missiles, state media reported.

  • 03/06/2012 | World

    US ambassador marks D-Day with Normandy parachute jump

    US ambassador to France Charles Rivkin took part in a mass parachute jump over the coast of Normandy on Sunday to mark the 68th anniversary of the Allied invasion of mainland Europe in World War Two.

  • 04/06/2012 | Latin America

    Peru says Van der Sloot can be extradited to US

    Peru's top court has ruled Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot can be extradited to the United States in connection with the 2005 disappearance in Aruba of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, but only after serving a Peruvian prison sentence for murder.

  • 05/06/2012 | World

    Al Qaeda No. 2 killed in drone strike, US official says

    Abu Yahya al Libi, a Libyan-born top al Qaeda leader, was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan earlier this week, a US official said.

  • 05/06/2012 | World

    Iran hopeful on atomic talks if 'rights' respected

    If the world recognises Iran's "nuclear rights," negotiations aimed at easing a standoff with the West later this month could have a positive outcome, an adviser to Iran's supreme leader was quoted as saying.

  • 06/06/2012 | World

    US Geithner warns nations will seek 'maximum financial pressure' on Syria's Assad

    The US Treasury today warned Syria that more than 55 countries would seek to impose "maximum financial pressure" on President Bashar al-Assad's government in an effort to stop his regime's violence against Syrian people.

  • 06/06/2012 | World

    White House: Obama still opposes extending Bush-era tax cuts for rich

    President Barack Obama continues to oppose extending Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier US citizens, the White House said today, shrugging off calls from some Democrats for a temporary extension to make more time for a deal on deficits.

  • 07/06/2012 | World

    US losing patience with Pakistan, says Panetta

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said today the United States was reaching the limits of its patience with Pakistan because of the safe havens the country offered to insurgents in neighbouring Afghanistan.

  • 07/06/2012 | World

    Clinton: 'We'll always maintain our right to use force'

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton implicitly defended Washington's use of drone strikes to kill suspected militants, just days after one of the aircraft killed one of al Qaeda's most powerful figures in Pakistan.

  • 07/06/2012 | World

    'Fed is monitoring significant risks for the US from Europe crisis'

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said today the central bank was ready to shield the economy if financial troubles mount, but offered few hints that further monetary stimulus was imminent.

  • 08/06/2012 | World

    Wall Street climbs as European shares snap rally on global growth concerns

    US equities ended on a high note, with the benchmark S&P 500 index registering its best week of the year as investors returned to stocks on expectations Spain was closer to getting aid for its troubled banks. Meanwhile, European equities snapped a four-day rally.

  • 08/06/2012 | World

    Obama urges Europe to act quickly on crisis

    President Barack Obama said that European leaders face an "urgent need to act" to resolve the region's financial crisis as the threat of a renewed recession there spells dangers for an anemic US recovery five months before elections.

  • 12/06/2012 | World

    US Commerce Secretary to take medical leave

    Commerce Secretary John Bryson, under investigation for his role in two car crashes in California over the weekend that aides linked to a seizure, said he will take an immediate medical leave of absence.

  • 12/06/2012 | World

    Obama, after tough week, defends record on economy

    US President Barack Obama stoutly defended his economic record after a stream of bad news - and an uncharacteristic verbal misstep of his own - rallied Republican hopes that they can defeat him in November.

  • 13/06/2012 | World

    US will not seek new trial of John Edwards

    The Justice Department said it would not retry former US Senator John Edwards on five campaign finance charges that stemmed from his failed 2008 White House bid.

  • 14/06/2012 | Sports

    Woods makes solid start to US Open

    The fist pumps were back and there was even a hint of a smile as Tiger Woods looked like he was enjoying himself at a major championship for the first time in a long while.

    The fist pumps were back and there was even a hint of a smile as Tiger Woods looked like he was enjoying himself at a major championship for the first time in a long while.

  • 15/06/2012 | World

    US relaxes deportation rules for young people

    The Obama administration announced it would relax enforcement of deportation rules for young people brought to the United States without legal status, a shift in immigration policy that could be designed to appeal to Hispanics in an election year.

  • 17/06/2012 | World

    Romney accuses Obama of political motivation on immigration

    Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama in an interview aired today of political motivation ahead of the November 6 election by offering work permits to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children.

  • 18/06/2012 | Sports

    Simpson triumphs at U.S. Open

    US golfer Webb Simpson clinched his first major title with a nerve-jangling one-shot victory at the 112th US Open after overhauling overnight leaders Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell.

  • 18/06/2012 | World

    G20 ramps up pressure on Europe over debt crisis

    World leaders pressured Europe to take ambitious new steps to resolve its debt crisis after a victory for pro-bailout parties in a Greek election failed to calm markets or ease worries that wider turmoil could derail the global economy.

  • 18/06/2012 | World

    Romney says US can 'learn a lot' from Wisconsin governor

    Mitt Romney made a campaign stop with Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin and said Americans can "learn a lot" from the Republican who survived a Democratic recall effort two weeks ago.

  • 22/06/2012 | World

    US criticizes Argentina import curbs at WTO

    The United States today demanded that Argentina "immediately" end an import licensing regime and other curbs that have frustrated foreign suppliers while also expressing concerns about a "sweeping new import restriction" that Indonesia has imposed.

  • 23/06/2012 | World

    Ex-Penn State assistant coach guilty of 45 sex abuse charges

    A jury found former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 child sex abuse charges yesterday, ending a trial that rocked US college football and renewed attention on pedophilia in America.

  • 25/06/2012 | World

    US Supreme Court upholds key part of Arizona immigration law

    The US Supreme Court upheld a key part of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants today, rejecting the Obama administration's stance that only the U.S. government should enforce immigration laws in the United States.

  • 25/06/2012 | World

    US Supreme Court confirms lift on US$100M embargo against Argentina

    The US Supreme Court rejected today an appeal presented by two vulture funds and confirmed a ruling of a New York’s Appeal court revoking a 100 million dollars embargo ordered by US Judge Thomas Griesa on Argentina’s Central Bank funds deposited at the US Federal Reserve Bank in New York.

  • 28/06/2012 | World

    US top court upholds key Obama healthcare law

    A sharply divided Supreme Court upheld the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare overhaul law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty.

  • 28/06/2012 | World

    US House finds Attorney General Holder in contempt

    US Attorney General Eric Holder was found in contempt of Congress today as the Republican-controlled House of Representatives sanctioned the nation's top law enforcement official for withholding some documents related to a failed gun-running probe

  • 30/06/2012 | World

    Storms leave 3.5 million without power in US

    About 3.5 million customers were without power in the eastern United States amid a record heat wave after deadly thunderstorms knocked down trees and power lines from Indiana to New Jersey.

  • 02/07/2012 | World

    Storms leave 2.1 million people in the US without power

    More than 2.1 million people from Illinois to Virginia remained without power this morning after violent storms struck over the weekend, and a heat wave continued to blanket much of the region.

  • 03/07/2012 | World

    IMF: 'US recovery remains tepid and subject to elevated downside risks'

    An IMF report revealed that the German economy’s performance has been remarkable despite facing considerable headwinds and that the US recovery “remains tepid and subject to elevated downside risks."

  • 03/07/2012 | World

    Scorching heat roasts eastern United States

    About 1.3 million homes and businesses in the eastern United States remained without power amid a heat wave, and storm damage and high temperatures forced many Fourth of July celebrations to be canceled.

  • 04/07/2012 | World

    Iran says can destroy US bases 'minutes after attack'

    Iran has threatened to destroy US military bases across the Middle East and target Israel within minutes of being attacked, Iranian media reported, as Revolutionary Guards extended test-firing of ballistic missiles into a third day.

  • 06/07/2012 | World

    US hiring stuck in low gear in June

    US employers hired at a dismal pace in June, raising pressure on the Federal Reserve to do more to boost the economy and further imperiling President Barack Obama's chances of reelection in November.

  • 10/07/2012 | World

    Apartment in Watergate complex sells for record price

    An apartment in the Watergate office complex in Washington, a flat which was at the centre of the political scandal which pushed President Richard Nixon to resign in 1974, has been sold for the record price of US$3.1 million dollars, local real estate sources informed. 

  • 11/07/2012 | World

    US House vote to repeal Obama healthcare law

    The Republican-led US House of Representatives, on a near party-line vote of 2 44- 1 85, passed a bill to repeal President Barack Obama's overhaul of the US healthcare system.

  • 12/07/2012 | World

    Major tunnel linking US and Canada shut by bomb threat

    One of the busiest border crossings between the US and Canada, the tunnel connecting Detroit with Windsor, Canada, was shut down after a bomb threat was phoned in to Canadian police, authorities said.

  • 13/07/2012 | World

    Romney demands Obama apology over Bain attacks

    US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney demanded President Barack Obama apologize for his campaign's assault over Romney's time at a private equity firm that outsourced US jobs, as he tried to recover from a week-long pounding on the issue.

  • 14/07/2012 | World

    US President Obama rallies supporters in Virginia

    President Barack Obama, soaked to the skin as he rallied supporters during a downpour in the election battleground state of Virginia today, kept up his attack on Republican Mitt Romney as the rhetoric hardened on both sides.

  • 18/07/2012 | World

    'We'll need US$1 trillion in savings if tax cuts for rich were extended,' US Geithner says

    US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner gave grasping remarks today at a meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council celebrated in Washington DC, including that “a balance mix of reforms are needed for dig out of fiscal hole.”

  • 20/07/2012 | World

    Obama: Colorado shooting reminds us of how we are united

    President Barack Obama, in a short but moving speech in which he spoke as the parent of two young daughters, said he was putting aside his re-election campaign today to focus on the tragedy of a deadly shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

  • 21/07/2012 | Sports

    Woods waits in vain for touch of magic

    Tiger Woods is a patient man but he waited in vain for the touch of magic he needed to climb up the leaderboard in benign conditions in the British Open third round.

  • 22/07/2012 | World

    Chávez says election rival and Romney want to subjugate Venezuela

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez compared his election rival to "far-right" US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, saying both men wanted to subjugate the country under capitalism and crush his socialist "revolution."

  • 24/07/2012 | World

    Romney accuses Obama of weakness abroad, leaks

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of weakness in the face of US adversaries and promised he would be firm against Iran and China as he prepares to head overseas to boost his foreign policy credentials.

  • 26/07/2012 | World

    Romney high-profile trip abroad off to rocky start

    US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's high-profile overseas trip got off to a rocky start when he was forced to clarify a comment seen as criticizing London's handling of the Summer Olympics that he came to celebrate.

  • 27/07/2012 | World

    White House lowers growth forecasts, brightens jobs picture

    The White House cut its outlook for US growth in 2012 and 2013, hours after data showed the economy grew at a tepid pace in the second quarter, raising concerns about a slowdown that could mar President Barack Obama's re-election chances.

  • 28/07/2012 | Latin America

    Bodies of two US mountaineers found in Peru's Andes

    The bodies of two US climbers were located today after they apparently suffered a fall on the peak of Mount Palcaraju, high in Peru's Andes, local media reported.

  • 28/07/2012 | Sports

    China leads Olympic medal standings at end of day one

    China lead the Olympic medal standings after winning four gold and two bronze on day two of the London Games on Saturday.


  • 29/07/2012 | Sports

    USA men in joyful romp over France

    The US men's basketball team launched their Olympic title defence with a joyful display of high-flying skill fuelled by camaraderie, soaring past France 98-71.

  • 30/07/2012 | World

    Palestinians accuse Romney of undermining peace prospects

    Palestinians accused US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of undermining peace prospects by calling Jerusalem "the capital of Israel", ignoring their own claims to the city and most world opinion.

  • 30/07/2012 | Latin America

    Ecuador, Brazil to help set up Haiti new military

    Brazil and Ecuador have agreed to help Haiti set up a new army that will eventually replace the UN peacekeeping force that has protected the impoverished Caribbean nation on and off since 1994, officials say.

  • 31/07/2012 | Sports

    Chinese deny Ye doping as Phelps seeks medal record

    China has vehemently rejected suggestions by a US coach that doping might be behind the astonishing performance of a Chinese swimmer as Michael Phelps, himself a former teen pool prodigy, bids to become the most decorated Olympian of all time.

  • 31/07/2012 | World

    Obama tightens sanctions on Iran energy, finance

    President Barack Obama announced new US sanctions against Iran's energy, petrochemical and financial sectors today that he said would further pressure the country for failing to meet international nuclear obligations.

  • 01/08/2012 | World

    US targets five leaders of Naples Mafia

    The United States took steps to freeze the US assets of five key members of the Italian-based Camorra, also known as the Naples Mafia, and one of Europe's largest criminal groups involved in kidnapping, money laundering and extortion.

  • 02/08/2012 | Sports

    US rowing women storm to flagship gold

    The United States powered to gold in the flagship women's Olympic eight after fighting off fierce rivals Canada to maintain their stunning six-year winning streak and cap a thrilling day of racing on Dorney Lake.

  • 05/08/2012 | World

    Romney says more Fed stimulus would not help US economy

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that a fresh round of monetary stimulus from the Federal Reserve would not help the fragile US economy.

  • 05/08/2012 | World

    Seven dead, including gunman, in shooting at Wisconsin Sikh temple

    A shooting during Sunday services at a Sikh temple left at least seven people dead, including a gunman, and at least three critically wounded, and police said they were still searching for other assailants.

  • 06/08/2012 | World

    Bernanke: despite recovery, many facing tough times

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that although broad measurements of the economy point to recovery, many people and businesses are facing tough times.

  • 06/08/2012 | Sports

    US judoka expelled from Games for eating marijuana

    US competitor Nick Delpopolo was expelled from the London Olympic Games after testing positive for marijuana and apologised to organisers, fans and fellow athletes for unwittingly eating a brownie that had been baked with the drug.

  • 06/08/2012 | World

    Obama urges 'soul searching' on ways to reduce gun violence

    US President Barack Obama said that mass killings like the weekend shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin were happening with "too much regularity" and should prompt soul searching by all Americans on ways to reduce gun violence.

  • 06/08/2012 | Sports

    'Golden Generation' not able to stop 'Dream Team'

    The US men's basketball team pulled away in the second half of a bad-tempered game against Argentina and claimed a 126-97 victory to claim a top seeding in the Olympic tournament's quarter-finals.

  • 08/08/2012 | World

    Obama's lead over Romney grows despite voters' pessimism

    US citizens are increasingly pessimistic about the future but voters do not seem to be holding it against Democratic President Barack Obama, who slightly expanded his lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney this month, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll says.

  • 10/08/2012 | Latin America

    Venezuela's Chávez says US detainee was Marine

    A US citizen arrested in Venezuela while entering illegally from Colombia is a former US Marine and is refusing to explain himself under interrogation, President Hugo Chávez said.

  • 11/08/2012 | Sports

    Brilliant Farah surges to golden double

    Britain's Mo Farah won the 5,000 metres title and his second Olympic gold medal with a sensational late charge today amid deafening roars from a crowd witnessing another contender for the greatest moment of the Games.

  • 13/08/2012 | World

    First woman to moderate US presidential debate in 20 years

    CNN's Candy Crowley will become the first woman in 20 years to moderate a US presidential debate when she questions US President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney in October.

  • 15/08/2012 | World

    'Obama's campaign is all about division and hatred,' Romney

    US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attacked President Barack Obama again for running a campaign that was "all about division and attack and hatred."

  • 16/08/2012 | Sports

    United States end drought on Mexican soil

    Michael Orozco scored a late winner as the United States upset Mexico 1-0 in a stirring soccer friendly on Wednesday to register their first win away to their arch-rivals.

  • 16/08/2012 | World

    Bloody day of blasts in Iraq kills more than 70

    A series of bombings and shootings killed more than 70 people across Iraq in a bloody day of attacks underscoring the country's struggle with a stubborn insurgency more than half a year after the US military withdrew.

  • 19/08/2012 | World

    Magnitude 5.6 quake hits off US West Coast

    A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck off the coast of the US West Coast state of Washington today, the United States Geological Survey said.

  • 20/08/2012 | World

    US Court rejects Argentina's sovereign-immunity argument

    A US Federal Appeals Court in New York rejected Argentina’s argument that its sovereign immunity was affected by a lower-court ruling compelling compliance with subpoenas sought by NML Capital Ltd. for collection of five money judgments.

  • 21/08/2012 | World

    Russia warns West over Syria after Obama threats

    Russia warned the West against unilateral action on Syria, a day after US President Barack Obama threatened "enormous consequences" if his Syrian counterpart used chemical or biological arms or even moved them in a menacing way.

  • 22/08/2012 | World

    US Budget Office sees worse economic wreckage from 'fiscal cliff'

    Massive spending cuts and tax hikes due next year will cause even worse economic damage than previously thought if Washington fails to come up with a solution, US Congress' budget office said.

  • 22/08/2012 | World

    Fed ready to ease 'fairly soon,' minutes show

    The Federal Reserve is likely to deliver another round of monetary stimulus "fairly soon" unless the economy improves considerably, minutes from the central bank's August meeting show.

  • 22/08/2012 | World

    US defends restrictions on Argentine lemons, beef

    The United States today defended its restrictions on imports of beef and lemons from Argentina after the South American country said it planned to challenge the measures at the World Trade Organization.

  • 23/08/2012 | World

    US jobless claims rise to highest level in five weeks

    The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly rose last week, suggesting the labor market is healing too slowly to make much of a dent in the unemployment rate.

  • 23/08/2012 | World

    Fed official says economy data has improved in recent weeks

    A Federal Reserve official today leaned against the impression that the US central bank was locked into easing monetary policy at its meeting next month, noting that economic data had improved in recent weeks.

  • 23/08/2012 | World

    China escalates US trade dispute, requests WTO decision

    In a move that escalates a trade row with the United States, China said it would ask the World Trade Organization (WTO) to adjudicate a dispute over US punitive import duties on 22 Chinese exports, including solar panels and steel products.

  • 24/08/2012 | World

    Bernanke says Fed has scope to provide more stimulus

    The Federal Reserve has room to deliver additional monetary stimulus to boost the US economy, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told a Congressional oversight panel in a letter.

  • 24/08/2012 | Latin America

    Mexican police shoot two US Embassy staff in botched chase

    Two US Embassy employees were shot at and wounded by Mexican police after they were caught up in a police chase on the outskirts of the capital, Mexico's Navy said.

  • 28/08/2012 | Sports

    Europe's Ryder Cup team is perfect says Gallacher

    Europe captain José Maréa Olazabal was right to ignore triple major winner Padraig Harrington's claims for a wildcard pick and his 12-man team is just about perfect, said former skipper Bernard Gallacher.

  • 31/08/2012 | World

    WTO notified by Argentina over US beef import restrictions

    Argentina has officially lodged a dispute against US restrictions on imports of Argentinean beef and other meat products, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said today.

  • 01/09/2012 | World

    Obama says Republican ideas from 'last century'

    President Barack Obama tried to bolster his re-election campaign today with a fierce critique of the Republicans' convention and a plea to supporters to cast their ballots as early as possible.

  • 02/09/2012 | Sports

    Del Potro beats Mayer, moves ahead at US Open

    After an exhausting match, Juan Martin Del Potro run at the US Open continues after he managed to beat Leonardo Mayer 6-3 7-5 7-6(9) in Flushing Meadows on Sunday.

  • 04/09/2012 | World

    China warns US not to take sides in sea disputes

    China warned the United States not to get involved in South China Sea territorial disputes as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to Beijing pledging to pass on a strong message on the need to calm regional tension.

  • 04/09/2012 | Sports

    Spain look to Ferrer to lead Davis Cup team against US

    With Rafa Nadal still out recovering from a knee complaint, David Ferrer will lead holders Spain in their Davis Cup semi-final at home to the United States, captain Alex Corretja said.

  • 04/09/2012 | Sports

    Johnson makes last-ditch push for US Ryder Cup spot

    American Dustin Johnson may not have won the Deutsche Bank Championship but the long bomber put in an 11th hour bid for Ryder Cup selection by tying for fourth place at the TPC Boston.

  • 04/09/2012 | Sports

    Play abandoned for the day at US Open because of rain

    The game between Juan Martín Del Potro and US' Andy Roddick will be completed on Wednesday after the US Open organization decided to call it off due to the persistent rains.

  • 04/09/2012 | World

    US lays out examples of 'gross negligence' by BP

    The US Justice Department is ramping up its rhetoric against BP PLC for the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, describing in new court papers examples of what it calls "gross negligence and willful misconduct."

  • 05/09/2012 | World

    Iran says it treats Israeli military threats as American

    Iran makes no distinction between US and Israeli interests and will retaliate against both countries if attacked, an Iranian military commander said.

  • 05/09/2012 | World

    Airlines must stand trial over 9/11 negligence claims, says US judge

    A US judge ruled that AMR Corp's American Airlines and United Continental Holdings Inc must face trial over claims relating to the Sept. 11 attacks that destroyed the landmark towers of the World Trade Center in New York almost 11 years ago, court documents showed.

  • 06/09/2012 | World

    US urges Iraq to inspect Iran supply flights to Syria

    US officials are questioning Iraq about Iranian flights in Iraqi airspace suspected of ferrying weapons to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose conflict with rebels threatens to drag his neighbors into a regional struggle.

  • 06/09/2012 | World

    Obama unites hope with realism in pitch for re-election

    US President Barack Obama asked US citizens for patience in rebuilding the weak economy as he appealed for a new term in office and defiantly rejected Republican Mitt Romney's proposals to restore growth.

  • 07/09/2012 | World

    US jobs growth cools in August

    US jobs growth slowed sharply in August, setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to pump additional money into the sluggish economy next week and dealing a blow to President Obama as he seeks reelection in November.

  • 07/09/2012 | World

    Obama: ‘We need to create more jobs faster’

    US President Barack Obama said today the labor market is not hiring workers fast enough, following the release of a government report that showed weaker-than-expected employment figures.

  • 09/09/2012 | World

    After Russia talks, Clinton sees divisions on Syria

    Sharp divisions remain with Moscow over the Syria crisis, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, as she wrapped up an Asia tour in which she also made little headway with China on easing tensions in the South China Sea.

  • 11/09/2012 | World

    Germany says US debt levels 'much too high'

    German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble questioned how the United States could deal with its high levels of government debt after November's presidential election.

  • 11/09/2012 | World

    US may lose triple-A debt rating

    The United States may lose its triple-A debt rating if next year's budget negotiations do not produce policies that over time decrease the country's debt, Moody's Investors Service said.

  • 11/09/2012 | World

    US Cairo, Libya missions attacked

    Protesters in Egypt and Libya attacked US diplomatic missions in a spasm of violence that led to the death of a State Department officer at the consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi after fierce clashes at the compound.

  • 11/09/2012 | World

    Whistleblower in UBS tax case gets record $104 million

    The whistleblower in a breakthrough tax fraud case against Swiss bank UBS AG has won a record-setting $104 million reward from the US Internal Revenue Service, a handsome payout that could entice more informants to come forward.

  • 12/09/2012 | World

    United Nations condemns attack on US diplomats in Libya

    The United Nations strongly condemned an assault that killed the US ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff and said the "horrific and tragic attack" further spotlighted the security challenges facing Libyan authorities.

  • 13/09/2012 | World

    US embassies attacked in Yemen, Egypt after Libya envoy killed

    Demonstrators attacked the US embassies in Yemen and Egypt today in protest at a film they consider blasphemous to Islam and American warships headed to Libya following the death of the US ambassador there in related violence earlier in the week.

  • 13/09/2012 | World

    Fed launches big stimulus, to buy bonds until jobs rebound

    The Federal Reserve launched another aggressive stimulus program, saying it will buy US$40 billion of mortgage debt per month and continue to purchase assets until the outlook for jobs improves substantially.

  • 13/09/2012 | World

    Romney says US seems 'at the mercy of events' in world

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama's handling of foreign policy after four Americans were killed in Libya, saying the United States seems at the mercy of world events.

  • 15/09/2012 | World

    Fury over Mohammad video simmers on in Muslim world

    A wave of furious anti-Western protests against a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad abated a little on Saturday, but US policy in the Muslim world remained overshadowed by 13 minutes of amateurish video on the Internet.

  • 15/09/2012 | Latin America

    Venezuela blasts US criticism over drugs

    Venezuela today rejected as unsubstantiated a new US report that accused President Hugo Chavez's government of failing to fight the drugs trade.

  • 17/09/2012 | World

    Apple's iPhone 5 pre-orders shatter previous record

    Demand for Apple Inc's new smartphone, the iPhone 5, has exceeded initial supply, making it the fastest-selling iPhone ever and pushing the delivery date for some pre-orders to next month.

  • 17/09/2012 | World

    Occupy Wall Street marks anniversary, dozens arrested

    New York police today arrested dozens of Occupy Wall Street activists who gathered in the city's financial district, where they sought to disrupt traffic and surround the New York Stock Exchange as part of a day of protests to mark the movement's first anniversary.

  • 18/09/2012 | World

    Wall Street ends flat as European shares drop

    US stocks ended flat to slightly lower after bellwether FedEx cut its profit forecast and investors pulled back after last week's rally on central bank stimulus. Meanwhile, European shares fell on Spain.

  • 18/09/2012 | World

    Al Qaeda in North Africa urges killing of more US envoys

    Al Qaeda's affiliate in North Africa urged Muslims to kill representatives of the US government in the region in retaliation for a film that mocks the Prophet Mohammad, saying it welcomed last week's revenge killing of the US ambassador in Libya.

  • 18/09/2012 | World

    Iran launches submarine as US navy drills in Gulf

    Iran launched a submarine and a destroyer into the Gulf from Bandar Abbas port at the same time as US and allied navies held exercises in the same waters to practice keeping oil shipping lanes open.

  • 19/09/2012 | World

    China seeks better military ties with US

    China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping held his first talks with a foreign official since vanishing from the public eye nearly two weeks ago, telling US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta he wanted to advance ties with the United States.

  • 20/09/2012 | World

    Arab nuclear 'goodwill gesture' fails to impress Israel, US

    Arab states said they had decided as a "goodwill gesture" to refrain from targeting Israel with a resolution over its assumed nuclear arsenal at the UN atomic agency's annual assembly this week.

  • 21/09/2012 | World

    Grumbles over maps as Apple's iPhone 5 hits stores

    IPhone aficionados queued around city blocks today to get their hands on Apple Inc's new iPhone 5 - but complaints about inaccurate maps and the lack of a mobile wallet feature were voiced amid the excitement.

  • 24/09/2012 | World

    Apple sells out of iPhone 5; sales top 5 million

    Apple Inc sold out of its latest smartphone, with more than 5 million iPhone 5 sold in the three days since it hit stores, the company said today.

  • 24/09/2012 | World

    Libyan govt puts army in charge of Benghazi militias

    Libya's government, seeking to assert its authority over private militias following the killing of US diplomats in Benghazi, placed two powerful freelance units in the city under the command of full-time army officers.

  • 25/09/2012 | Sports

    US hoping no place like home at Ryder Cup

    US captain Davis Love III has struggled for years to come up with a way of getting a real 'home field advantage' over Europe at this week's Ryder Cup and he hopes a freewheeling, birdie-laden shootout is his team's best shot at the trophy.

  • 26/09/2012 | World

    'Iran is under military threat by uncivilized Zionists,' Ahmadinejad

    Iran is under threat of military action from "uncivilized Zionists," a clear reference to Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today, saying that such threats are designed to force nations into submission.

  • 27/09/2012 | Sports

    NFL referees agree deal with league to end lockout

    The National Football League (NFL) reached an agreement to end a labour dispute with its regular game officials last night, ending three weeks of questionable calls that had threatened the integrity of the sport.

  • 29/09/2012 | World

    US vice presidential candidates seek votes

    Vice President Joe Biden and Republican rival Paul Ryan sought votes in political battleground states today while their running mates took a day off the campaign trail ahead of a potentially make-or-break debate next week.

  • 30/09/2012 | Sports

    US and Europe target fast starts to end Cup

    Going into Sunday's concluding singles matches at the Ryder Cup, the heavily favoured United States team hope to continue their free-wheeling style of play while Europe have been left banking on a miracle comeback.

  • 03/10/2012 | World

    Obama and Romney battle over economy at debate

    Mitt Romney accused US President Barack Obama on Wednesday of promoting "trickle-down government" policies that are burdening the US economy, as the Republican candidate sought to use a high-stakes debate to right his struggling campaign before the Nov. 6 presidential election.

  • 04/10/2012 | World

    Romney goes on offensive in first debate with Obama

    Mitt Romney battled back in his uphill drive to oust President Barack Obama with an aggressive debate performance that put his campaign on a more positive footing after weeks of stumbles and knocked Obama off-stride.

  • 05/10/2012 | World

    US jobless rate drops to lowest point in 4 years

    The Labor Department said today the unemployment rate, a key focus in the race for the White House, dropped by 0.3 percentage point to its lowest point since January 2009.

  • 06/10/2012 | World

    Deadly meningitis outbreak spreads to eighth US state

    A widening outbreak of fungal meningitis has spread to Minnesota, which reported two cases to become the eighth US state affected, officials said.

  • 08/10/2012 | World

    Romney casts Obama's foreign policy as weak, dangerous

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a sweeping critique of US President Barack Obama's handling of threats in the Middle East, saying Obama's lack of leadership had made the volatile region more dangerous.

  • 09/10/2012 | World

    IMF: Global financial confidence 'very fragile,' euro crisis key threat

    The International Monetary Fund urged European policymakers to deepen the financial and fiscal ties within the euro area with some urgency to restore sagging confidence in the global financial system.

  • 09/10/2012 | World

    US meningitis deaths rise, prompting call for tighter drug rules

    A rare US outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections has claimed four more lives with Florida the latest state to report at least one death linked to the illness in a widening health scare, authorities said.

  • 10/10/2012 | Sports

    Japan's Nishikori bows out in Shanghai

    Kei Nishikori's dream run that took him to the Japan Open tennis title last week was cut short in China when he lost 6-2 1-6 4-6 to Sam Querrey of the US in the second round of the Shanghai Masters.

  • 11/10/2012 | World

    USDA raises cotton stock estimate again; prices fall

    The US Department of Agriculture has raised its 2012/13 global ending stock forecast for cotton to record highs for a third consecutive month, sending prices down and reinforcing concerns about weakening demand from China, the world's largest textile market.

  • 12/10/2012 | World

    'Million Muppet March' planned to defend US backing for PBS

    Plans to save Big Bird, the fuzzy yellow character on US public television's "Sesame Street," from possible extinction are taking shape in the form of a puppet-based protest next month dubbed the "Million Muppet March."

  • 12/10/2012 | Latin America

    Tropical Storm Rafael forms over eastern Caribbean Sea

    Tropical Storm Rafael formed over the eastern Caribbean Sea, triggering storm warnings for Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and several other islands, the US National Hurricane Center said.

  • 13/10/2012 | World

    Finance leaders back EU, US to-do list to shield growth

    World finance leaders endorsed a checklist of policy reforms aimed at pressuring Europe and the United States to tackle debt troubles that threaten to choke off global growth.

  • 15/10/2012 | World

    Meningitis outbreak expands to 15 states with Pennsylvania case

    A fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid injections expanded to 15 states as Pennsylvania reported its first case of the disease that has killed 15 people nationwide.

  • 16/10/2012 | World

    Obama gets tough on Romney in debate rematch

    US President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney clashed repeatedly on jobs, energy and Libya in their second debate, with Obama moving aggressively to challenge his opponent.

  • 17/10/2012 | Sports

    Dempsey double secures World Cup progress for US

    Clint Dempsey scored twice as the United States booked their place in the final qualifying round for the 2014 World Cup finals with a convincing 3-1 win over Guatemala in Kansas City.

  • 20/10/2012 | World

    US says death toll rises to 23 in meningitis outbreak

    The US death toll from fungal meningitis linked to potentially contaminated steroid injections has risen by two to 23, with North Carolina reporting its first death, health officials said today.

  • 21/10/2012 | World

    Iran denies report of plans for nuclear talks with US

    Iran denied a report in a US newspaper that it had plans for direct talks with the United States over its disputed nuclear program.

  • 22/10/2012 | World

    Obama, Romney clash over foreign policy in last debate

    US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney clashed over US military strength and how to deal with crises in the Middle East in a third and final debate as polls showed them in deadlock two weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

  • 23/10/2012 | World

    Obama takes final debate, poll

    President Obama scored a clear two-to-one victory against Mitt Romney during the final presidential debate, according to an instant poll of uncommitted voters.

  • 24/10/2012 | World

    Wall Street slips, as European shares halt slide on China data

    US stocks ended lower for a second day, as investors soured on another round of underwhelming corporate results and the Federal Reserve said it would stick to its stimulus plan. Meanwhile, European shares halted a three-day slide.

  • 24/10/2012 | World

    Fed sticks to stimulus plan, says economy a bit firmer

    The Federal Reserve stuck to its plan to keep stimulating US growth until the job market improves even as it acknowledged some parts of the economy were looking a bit better.

  • 25/10/2012 | World

    US CEOs call for action to reduce federal deficit

    Chief executives of more than 80 big US corporations, including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Boeing, joined forces today to pressure Congress to reduce the federal deficit with tax reform and spending cuts.

  • 10/12/2010 | World

    Spanish official says Kirchner couple 'regrettable,' questions handling of farming crisis

    Spanish newspaper El País released a new batch of leaked US diplomatic documents, in which high-ranking officials in the Spanish government harshly criticized several Latin American leaders, including the Kirchners.

  • 13/12/2010 | World

    US Senate nears key vote on Obama tax package

    The Democratic-led Congress moved toward grudging approval of President Barack Obama's deal with Republicans to extend expiring tax cuts, even for the wealthiest Americans.

  • 13/12/2010 | World

    WikiLeaks rival Openleaks "coming soon": website

    The former deputy to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is vowing to launch a rival site soon that he says will be more transparent than the original. The site has no content on it at the moment apart from a logo and the message "Coming soon!"

  • 13/12/2010 | World

    Judge rejects key part of Obama healthcare law

    A judge in Virginia declared unconstitutional a key part of President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law in the first major setback on an issue that will likely end up at the Supreme Court.

  • 13/12/2010 | World

    Afghanistan envoy Richard Holbrooke dies

    Richard Holbrooke, who was President Barack Obama's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, died, an administration official confirmed. He was 69.

  • 14/12/2010 | World

    Sweden to appeal UK bail for WikiLeaks founder

    A British judge granted bail of US$317,400 for the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, wanted in Sweden for alleged sex crimes and the target of US fury over the release of secret diplomatic cables.

  • 14/12/2010 | World

    Fed keeps policy on hold, says recovery too slow

    The US Federal Reserve said the economic recovery was still too slow to bring down unemployment, reaffirming its commitment to purchase $600 billion in bonds to stimulate growth and create jobs.

  • 14/12/2010 | World

    Man arrested for threats to Washington subway

    A Virginia man has been arrested for making threats to use explosives in the Washington, DC, area, including in the local subway system, according to court documents.

  • 15/12/2010 | World

    Obama: business leaders optimistic will spend cash

    President Barack Obama said that business leaders had signaled their willingness to dip into ample corporate cash piles to increase investment and US hiring.

  • 15/12/2010 | World

    US House votes to end military's policy on gays

    The US Democratic-led House of Representatives voted to repeal a ban against gays serving openly in the US military. The House sent the bill supported by President Barack Obama to the Senate, where the prospects for approval are uncertain.

  • 18/12/2010 | World

    WikiLeaks' Assange says fears US extradition

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that he was the target of an aggressive US investigation and feared extradition to the United States was "increasingly likely."

  • 18/12/2010 | World

    US Congress votes to end ban on gays in military

    The US Congress voted to repeal the ban against gays serving openly in the military and sent the measure to President Barack Obama for his signature.

  • 22/12/2010 | World

    S&P 500 edges higher as financials gainBank shares help keep alive year-end rally

    The S&P 500 rose to its highest level since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, led by bank stocks that have leapfrogged other sectors in December. Meanwhile, European stocks inched higher in holiday-thinned trade.

  • 22/12/2010 | World

    US third-quarter growth revised up to 2.6%

    Economic growth was a touch higher than previously estimated in the third quarter, but below expectations as a rise in the pace of inventory accumulation was offset by downward revisions to consumer spending, a government report showed.

  • 22/12/2010 | World

    US Senate approves nuclear arms treaty with Russia

    The US Senate approved a landmark nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, giving President Barack Obama a major foreign policy victory in his drive to improve ties with Moscow and curb the spread of atomic weapons to other nations.

  • 24/12/2010 | World

    North Korea nuclear test 'possible' in new year

    North Korea could carry out a third nuclear test next year to strengthen the credentials of its young leader-in-waiting, Kim Jong-un, a research report from a South Korean Foreign Ministry institute said on Friday.

  • 28/12/2010 | World

    US consumer confidence unexpectedly falls in December

    Consumer confidence unexpectedly deteriorated in December, hurt by increasing worries about the jobs market, according to a private report released today.

  • 05/01/2011 | World

    US looks to China as talks begin on North Korea

    The United States sought China's help in persuading its long-time ally North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons, sending its envoy to Beijing as part of a campaign to press the North.

  • 07/01/2011 | World

    Market ends lower on banks, lackluster jobs data

    US stocks fell after a court ruling in a key foreclosure case prompted investors to pull out of bank stocks, adding to weakness after a lackluster jobs report.

  • 07/01/2011 | World

    US payrolls rise 103,000 in December, jobless rate falls

    The US economy created far fewer jobs that expected in December, suggesting the Federal Reserve will complete its asset buying program, but the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest in more than 1-1/2 years.

  • 08/01/2011 | World

    Israel envoy to discuss reviving peace talks in US

    An envoy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Washington next week to discuss ways to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, a statement from Netanyahu's office said.

  • 08/01/2011 | World

    US orders Twitter to hand over WikiLeaks records

    A US court has ordered Twitter to hand over details of the accounts of WikiLeaks and several supporters as part of a criminal investigation into the release of hundreds of thousands of confidential documents.

  • 11/01/2011 | World

    Assange due in UK court over Swedish extradition

    WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange is due to appear in a London court as lawyers draw the battle lines in his fight to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning about alleged sex crimes.

  • 11/01/2011 | World

    Energy shares lift Wall Street in light volume

    Energy shares helped the Dow and S&P 500 end a three-day losing streak, even as investors worried rising fuel costs will undercut economic growth. Meanwhile, European shares rose as a strong start to the US earnings season boosted optimism about upcoming company results.

  • 13/01/2011 | World

    WikiLeaks gives 15K for accused leaker defence

    WikiLeaks has contributed $15,100 to help defend a junior US soldier accused of leaking to it hundreds of thousands of sensitive diplomatic cables and other secret documents, a support group said.

  • 20/01/2011 | World

    Dow, S&P dip as F5 view hits Nasdaq, Google up late

    Stocks fell as lackluster tech and materials earnings failed to live up to heightened expectations, threatening to short-circuit a seven-week run.

  • 21/01/2011 | World

    GE lifts Dow, S&P 500 but S&P's 7-week streak ends

    The Dow and S&P 500 rose as General Electric Co's earnings put a positive tone on the economic recovery, snapping a two-day losing skid for the benchmark index.

  • 25/01/2011 | Latin America

    Obama to visit Brazil in sign of warmer ties

    US President Barack Obama plans to visit Brazil in March in a sign that ties between the two countries are substantially improving after a year of tension over Iran, Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper reports.

  • 26/01/2011 | World

    S&P closes at 29-month high; techs, commods lead

    The S&P 500 closed at a 29-month high led by gains in tech and commodity shares, as investors largely ignored the US Federal Reserve's lukewarm economic assessment.

  • 27/01/2011 | World

    IMF welcomes Obama fiscal reform plan, urges more

    US President Barack Obama's announcement this week on broad-based fiscal reforms are welcome but it is urgent that Washington be more specific about its plans to cut its budget deficit and public debt, a senior IMF official said.

  • 28/01/2011 | World

    Egypt unrest sparks biggest drop in nearly 6 months

    US stocks suffered their biggest one-day loss in more than five months as anti-government rioting in Egypt prompted investors to flee to less risky assets to ride out the turmoil.

  • 29/01/2011 | World

    Suicide bomber kills Kandahar deputy governor

    A motorcycle suicide bomber killed the deputy governor of Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Saturday, a blow to US-led forces trying to bolster governance and fight a robust insurgency in the Taliban's heartland.

  • 31/01/2011 | World

    US judge strikes down healthcare reform law

    A federal judge in Florida struck down President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare overhaul as unconstitutional in the biggest legal challenge yet to federal authority to enact the law.

  • 01/02/2011 | World

    US briefs Wall Street about al-Qaeda threat

    US security officials warned major Wall Street institutions of a potential threat after an al Qaeda-linked magazine suggested financial markets could be a target of attack, the FBI said.

  • 03/02/2011 | World

    Bernanke says growth, inflation still missing Fed goals

    The US economic recovery still needs help from the Federal Reserve despite signs of improvement, the central bank's chairman Ben Bernanke said.

  • 04/02/2011 | World

    US payrolls up meager 36,000, but jobless rate falls

    US employment rose by a meager 36,000 jobs in January, far less than expected, as severe snow storms slammed large parts of the nation, but the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since April 2009.

  • 05/02/2011 | Sports

    Snowy Texas offers unlikely backdrop for classic Super Bowl

    A rare snow storm deep in the heart of Texas has added another unusual twist to Sunday's Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers.

  • 07/02/2011 | World

    AOL to buy The Huffington Post for $315 million

    AOL Inc has agreed to buy The Huffington Post, the influential and rapidly growing news, analysis and lifestyle website, for $315 million, the struggling US Internet company announced.

  • 07/02/2011 | World

    WikiLeaks' founder Assange fights extradition to Sweden

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asked a British judge to block his extradition to Sweden on sex crime allegations, arguing he would not get a fair trial and could end up facing execution in the United States.

  • 07/02/2011 | Latin America

    US, Brazil agree to pressure China on undervalued currency

    The United States and Brazil will work together to pressure China on its undervalued currency, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner indicated after meeting with President Dilma Rousseff, in comments that reinforced an emerging alliance between the Western Hemisphere's two biggest economies.

  • 09/02/2011 | World

    Wall Street falls on profit taking; Dow ekes out gain

    Investors took profits after a recent rise in US stocks but a late-hour rally in Bank of America shares helped the Dow squeeze out its eighth straight day of gains.

  • 09/02/2011 | World

    Obama's ratings inch up, according to poll

    US President Barack Obama's approval ratings inched up again this month as Americans grew slightly more optimistic about the economy and the future, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

  • 09/02/2011 | World

    Bernanke says job growth, inflation still too low

    In testimony to the US House of Representatives' Budget Committee that largely echoed a speech he delivered last week, Bernanke also warned about the dangers of unsustainable budget deficits.

  • 10/02/2011 | World

    US jobless claims hit 2-1/2 year low

    New US claims for unemployment benefits dropped to a 2-1/2 year-year low last week, offering assurance that the labor market was strengthening despite January's poor jobs numbers.

  • 11/02/2011 | World

    US trade gap widens in December, swells 33% in 2010

    The US trade deficit widened in December to its highest level in four months, the US government said in a report that also showed the annual trade gap expanded nearly 33 percent in 2010 as imports from China hit record levels.

  • 14/02/2011 | World

    Obama budget attacks US deficit, sets up fight

    President Barack Obama proposed a budget that would cut the US deficit by US$1.1 trillion over the next 10 years, but Republicans said it did not curb spending deeply enough.

  • 16/02/2011 | World

    Fed only sees slight drop in US jobless rate in 2011

    US Federal Reserve officials are increasingly confident of the economic recovery but remain unsatisfied with the healing of the job market, which they expect to remain between 8.8 percent and 9 percent in 2011, minutes of their January meeting released showed.

  • 24/02/2011 | Latin America

    Mexico captures suspects in US agent's killing

    Mexican officials have presented several captured suspects in line with the murder of US customs agent Jaime Zapata, and injuring of agent Victor Avila after gunmen mistook him for rivals last week in a shoot out.

  • 25/02/2011 | World

    US consumer sentiment rises to best in 3 years

    US consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in three years in February, helped by an improving view of the labor market recovery, a survey showed.

  • 28/02/2011 | World

    White House: Exile an option for Gaddafi

    Going into exile would be one option for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in meeting international demands that he leave power, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

  • 28/02/2011 | World

    World raises pressure on Libya, battles for key towns

    The United States and other foreign governments discussed military options for dealing with Libya as Muammar Gaddafi scoffed at the threat to his government from a spreading popular uprising.

  • 01/03/2011 | World

    Bernanke: oil prices could lead to weaker growth, higher inflation

    Offering no hint that he was considering cutting short the Fed's $600 billion stimulus, Bernanke told the Senate Banking Committee he saw increasing evidence that the US economic recovery was becoming self-supporting. At the same time, he warned job growth remains far too anemic.

  • 01/03/2011 | World

    SEC charges ex-Goldman director in insider case

    A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc director leaked secret details to Galleon Group hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam about Warren Buffett's plan to invest $5 billion in the Wall Street bank at the height of the financial crisis, a US securities regulator charged.

  • 04/03/2011 | World

    US unemployment rate falls to near two-year low

    Employers hired more workers in February than in any month since May last year and the unemployment rate fell to a near two-year low, raising hopes the economic recovery has gathered critical momentum.

  • 05/03/2011 | World

    President Obama denounces political spending cuts

    President Barack Obama said that spending cuts to narrow the US budget deficit must not be politically motivated or threaten the economy as it climbs out of recession.

  • 07/03/2011 | World

    Tech shares lead Wall Street lower

    Technology shares led US stocks lower after a downgrade of semiconductors, helping push the sector below a key technical level, which could mean further losses.

  • 09/03/2011 | World

    Poll says US citizens see the country on wrong track

    US citizens, who are suffering from high gasoline prices, believe the United States is on the wrong track by a large margin, presenting a fresh challenge for President Barack Obama, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said.

  • 10/03/2011 | World

    US cable: Gaddafi's son took oil from Libyan field

    The United States believed in 2009 that Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam was taking part of the output of an oil field run by France's Total , according to a diplomatic cable seen by the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.

  • 10/03/2011 | World

    EU: Europe at no risk of Gaddafi oil 'blackmail'

    The European Union is in no danger of an oil shortage caused by the fighting in Libya and cannot be blackmailed by leader Muammar Gaddafi, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said.

  • 11/03/2011 | World

    Tsunami grazes US West Coast, thousands evacuate

    Thousands of people fled their homes along the California coast as a tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Japan began hitting the US West Coast after rolling through Hawaii.

  • 14/03/2011 | World

    Japan hurts markets, but selling could wane

    US stocks fell in the aftermath of Japan's devastating earthquake, but other than specific industries such as nuclear power, the broad impact on equities was expected to be short-lived.

  • 14/03/2011 | World

    Obama wants reform of Bush education law this year

    US President Barack Obama called on Congress to overhaul his Republican predecessor's signature "No Child Left Behind" education law before the next school year begins in September.

  • 15/03/2011 | World

    Airlines, travellers avoid Tokyo, fearing radiation

    Scores of flights to Japan were halted or rerouted and air travellers were avoiding Tokyo for fear of radiation from an earthquake-stricken nuclear plant.

  • 15/03/2011 | World

    Fed maintains rates, says economy steadier

    The US Federal Reserve maintained its ultra-loose monetary policy, saying the economy was gaining traction while flagging potential inflation risks from costlier energy and food.

  • 16/03/2011 | World

    Utah governor signs immigration law like Arizona

    Utah's governor signed a package of immigration laws including one that would allow a police crackdown on illegal immigrants similar to Arizona's 2010 attempt.

  • 17/03/2011 | Latin America

    'Brazil could be an important partner for the US,' Rousseff says

    Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff said that Barak Obama's visit this weekend strongly consolidates the perception that Brazil “could be an important partner” for the United States, during a press interview.

  • 17/03/2011 | World

    US to help Ireland with economic woes

    US President Barack Obama said he had discussed with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny how Ireland will bounce back from economic turmoil.

  • 17/03/2011 | World

    Pentagon authorized up to 35M for humanitarian aid to Japan

    The Pentagon confirmed earlier that it was authorized 35 million dollars in initial humanitarian aid to Japan, according to official sources, adding that other measures would be taken to try and put a break on an ever-growing crisis.

  • 18/03/2011 | World

    Libya declares ceasefire after Western forces prepare attack

    Muammar Gaddafi's government said it was declaring a unilateral ceasefire in its offensive to crush Libya's revolt, as Western warplanes prepared to attack his forces.

  • 18/03/2011 | World

    Military intervention looms in Libya

    The United States accused Muammar Gaddafi of defying international demands for an immediate ceasefire, and France's UN envoy predicted military action within hours of an international meeting on Libya.

  • 19/03/2011 | World

    Gaddafi says will arm civilians to defend Libya

    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said he will arm civilians to defend Libya from what he called "colonial, crusader" aggression by Western forces that have launched air strikes against him.

  • 19/03/2011 | World

    Japan sees some progress in race to avoid meltdown

    Japan restored power to a crippled nuclear reactor in its race to avert disaster at a plant wrecked by an earthquake and tsunami that are estimated to have killed more than 15,000 people in one area alone.

  • 19/03/2011 | World

    National Guard to leave Mexico border in June

    More than a thousand National Guard troops brought in last year to shore security on the US-Mexico border will go home in June, authorities said yesterday.

  • 20/03/2011 | World

    Coast Guard looks into 'unknown substance' reports off Gulf

    The US Coast Guard is investigating reports of a "sheen" in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.

  • 20/03/2011 | World

    Boehner asks Obama should explain Libya mission

    House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner called on President Barack Obama to explain the US mission in Libya and how his administration intends to achieve its goals.

  • 21/03/2011 | World

    Gunfire and explosions rock Tripoli for 3rd night

    Anti-aircraft fire and explosions reverberated across Tripoli for a third night and state television said several sites had come under attack in the capital.

  • 23/03/2011 | World

    Gaddafi tanks move in again on besieged Libyan city

    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces resumed their attack on the rebel-held town of Misrata, moving back onto the offensive just hours after Western strikes silenced their guns.

  • 25/03/2011 | World

    US fourth quarter profits increase 3.3%

    The US economy grew more quickly than previously estimated in the fourth quarter as businesses maintained fairly solid spending and restocked shelves to meet rising demand, while corporate profits increased 3.3 percent, a government report showed.

  • 25/03/2011 | World

    Gates becomes first US Defense Secretary to visit West Bank

    Robert Gates became the first US Defense Secretary to visit the West Bank, meeting Palestinian leaders keenly aware of every little nod to their hopes of achieving statehood.

  • 26/03/2011 | World

    Libyan rebels rout Gaddafi forces in strategic town

    Libyan rebels backed by allied air strikes recaptured the strategic eastern town of Ajdabiyah, pushing out Muammar Gaddafi's forces.

  • 26/03/2011 | World

    Carter to meet Castro, religious leaders in Cuba

    Former US President Jimmy Carter will meet with Cuban President Raúl Castro, the leader of Cuba's Catholic Church and the island's Jewish community during a Havana visit starting on Monday amid speculation he will seek the release of a jailed US aid contractor.

  • 28/03/2011 | Latin America

    Jimmy Carter starts Cuba visit, to discuss ties

    Former President Jimmy Carter, returning to Cuba for the first time since a groundbreaking 2002 trip, began a three-day visit on Monday to discuss troubled US-Cuba relations and is likely to talk about the fate of imprisoned US aid contractor Alan Gross.

  • 28/03/2011 | World

    Europe and US converging on Internet privacy

    Few topics are more sensitive for Web users, or more likely to raise concerns in the corridors of Facebook or Google, than how to regulate privacy.

  • 29/03/2011 | World

    Obama hopes Gaddafi will ultimately step down

    President Barack Obama said the objective of a US and allied campaign is to apply steady pressure on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi so he will "ultimately step down" from power.

  • 29/03/2011 | World

    France, US to help Japan in nuclear crisis

    France and the United States are to help Japan in its battle to contain radiation from a crippled nuclear complex where plutonium finds have raised public alarm over the world's worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.

  • 30/03/2011 | World

    Artifacts returned to Machu Picchu, after almost 100 years

    The first set of artifacts (363 to be precise) taken from Machu Picchu were returned today from Yale University, after being held in the United States for almost one hundred years after the explorer Hiram Bingham III had scooped them up during an excavation project.

  • 30/03/2011 | World

    Private sector adds more than 200,000 jobs

    US private employers added more than 200,000 jobs in March while planned layoffs fell, underscoring expectations that momentum in the labor market will help underpin the economic recovery.

  • 31/03/2011 | World

    Boeing received banned US subsidies: report

    Planemaker Boeing received at least $5.3 billion of dollars of banned US subsidies, the World Trade Organization said.

  • 01/04/2011 | World

    US jobless rate falls as employment jumps

    US employment recorded a second straight month of solid gains in March and the jobless rate fell to a two-year low of 8.8 percent, marking a decisive shift in the labor market that should help to underpin the economic recovery.

  • 02/04/2011 | World

    Worst attack on UN in Afghanistan kills at least 9

    At least nine people have been killed in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, officials said on today, on a second day of violent protests over the burning of a Koran by a radical fundamentalist Christian in the United States.

  • 04/04/2011 | World

    Obama kicks off 2012 US re-election campaign

    US President Barack Obama launched his 2012 re-election campaign, framing his final stint as a candidate as an effort to cement and expand the policies he has enacted from the White House.

  • 04/04/2011 | World

    US seeks to raise pressure on Yemen's Saleh

    The US government is trying to ratchet up pressure on Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to reach a deal with the opposition that would ultimately lead to his handing over power, US officials said.

  • 05/04/2011 | World

    White House says still 'committed' to closing Guantanamo

    The White House said that it maintains its compromise to close the Guantanamo Bay Prison despite the decision to try those accused of orchestrating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the controversial detention centre.

  • 06/04/2011 | World

    North Korea may be considering more attacks, US says

    North Korea may be considering additional attacks and provocations, a top US general told Congress, adding Washington needed to be prepared to respond appropriately if necessary.

  • 06/04/2011 | World

    US rebuffs Gaddafi plea to Obama on air campaign

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rebuffed a personal appeal from Muammar Gaddafi to President Barack Obama to stop an "unjust war" and demanded the Libyan leader withdraw his forces and go into exile.

  • 08/04/2011 | World

    US House Republicans told of USD$39 bln spending plan

    US House of Representatives Republican leaders presented to their membership a USD$39 billion spending cut plan aimed at averting a government shutdown, according to Republican lawmakers.

  • 08/04/2011 | Latin America

    US: respect for human rights improves in Colombia, deteriorates in Nicaragua

    Human rights saw a significant improvement in Colombia in 2010 after Juan Manuel Santos took office, according to the annual report on the subject from the US Department of State.

  • 11/04/2011 | World

    OECD: Outlook for industrialized nations improving

    The growth outlook for major industrialized economies is improving with Germany and the United States leading the recovery, the OECD's leading indicator for February showed.

  • 11/04/2011 | World

    US court rules against Arizona immigration law

    A US appeals court, in a ruling upheld a preliminary injunction against parts of Arizona's controversial immigration law that were challenged by the Obama administration.

  • 12/04/2011 | World

    US trade gap falls in February as trade contracts

    The US trade deficit shrank in February as imports fell more than exports, according to a government report that suggested a slowdown in global demand. The monthly trade gap totaled $45.8 billion, down from an upwardly revised estimate of $47.0 billion in January.

  • 12/04/2011 | World

    White House: Obama wants balanced approach on deficit

    The White House signaled that President Barack Obama will discuss the role of taxes in reducing the US deficit in a Wednesday speech.

  • 12/04/2011 | World

    US spending deal cuts UN funding by US$377 million

    US lawmakers are poised to cut spending on the United Nations by hundreds of millions of dollars, less than a week after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon came to Congress to ask for continued strong support.

  • 14/04/2011 | World

    Obama: US must use tax code to help meet deficit targets

    US President Barack Obama said the United States must use the tax code to help meet its targets for reducing the deficit and said that the wealthiest Americans must help achieve that goal.

  • 18/04/2011 | World

    S&P cuts US outlook to negative on fiscal worry

    Standard & Poor's downgraded the outlook for the United States to negative, saying it believes there's a risk US policymakers may not reach agreement on how to address the country's long-term fiscal pressures.

  • 18/04/2011 | World

    US' Pelosi says both parties must reduce deficit

    US House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said that Standard & Poor's downgrade of the US credit outlook showed both Democrats and Republicans must "demonstrate our commitment to reducing our deficit through shared responsibility."

  • 19/04/2011 | World

    Geithner: no risk US will lose AAA credit rating

    US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said there was "no risk" that the United States would lose its prized AAA credit rating, saying political prospects for long-term deficit reduction were improving.

  • 20/04/2011 | World

    IMF's Blanchard says US lacks deficit plan

    The United States lacks a credible plan to cut its deficit over the medium term, the International Monetary Fund's chief economist Olivier Blanchard told French daily Le Monde in an interview published today.

  • 20/04/2011 | World

    US scientists take steps to making 'bionic' leg

    As 20-year-old Hailey Daniswicz flexes muscles in her thigh, electrodes attached to her leg instruct a computer avatar to flex its knee and ankle - parts of Hailey's leg that have been missing since 2005.

  • 21/04/2011 | World

    McDonald's warns of higher food inflation

    McDonald's Corp forecast higher prices for beef, dairy and other items and said it would cautiously raise prices to keep attracting diners, who are grappling with higher grocery and gas bills.

  • 22/04/2011 | Latin America

    US backs peaceful settlement of Honduran conflicts

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed strong support for efforts to resolve political and safety challenges in Honduras, divided by the aftermath of a coup in 2009.

  • 27/04/2011 | World

    US helps Libyan rebels, fighting rages in west

    The United States took steps to throw a financial lifeline to rebels controlling eastern Libya while forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi focused their firepower on pockets of resistance in the west.

  • 27/04/2011 | World

    US storms, tornadoes kill 25 in Alabama alone

    Tornadoes and storms lashed the US South, leading to 25 deaths in Alabama alone over a 24 hour period, state authorities said.

  • 29/04/2011 | World

    Obama promises help to rebuild tornado-hit US South

    President Barack Obama flew to the epicenter of one of the United States' worst ever tornado disasters to pledge federal support for recovery after 310 people were killed by destructive twisters.

  • 29/04/2011 | World

    Bernanke says US economy needs more time to heal

    The US economy is not fully recovered from its deep recession, with housing still weighing on growth, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said in a speech spelling out ways the US central bank has studied lower income communities.

  • 29/04/2011 | World

    Syrian forces kill 62, US toughens sanctions

    Security forces killed more than 60 people across Syria during demonstrations demanding the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, and the United States imposed new sanctions on key figures.

  • 29/04/2011 | Latin America

    Mexico extradites once-powerful drug lord to US

    Mexico extradited the once-powerful drug lord Benjamin Arellano Felix to the United States in a renewed sign of US-Mexican cooperation in the drug fight.

  • 02/05/2011 | World

    Bin Laden was found at luxury Pakistan compound

    US forces finally found al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden not in a mountain cave on Afghanistan's border, but with his youngest wife in a million-dollar compound in a summer resort just over an hour's drive from Pakistan's capital, US officials said.

  • 02/05/2011 | World

    Hillary Clinton: 'We will continue taking the fight to al Qaeda'

    The US killing of Osama bin Laden shows that the Taliban cannot defeat the United States in Afghanistan and that it should abandon its ties to al Qaeda, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

  • 03/05/2011 | World

    US: Bin Laden lived in Pakistan compound from 5 to 6 years

    Osama bin Laden lived for the past five to six years in the compound deep inside Pakistan where the al Qaeda leader was killed by US forces, President Barack Obama's counterterrorism adviser said today.

  • 03/05/2011 | World

    Syria charges hundreds with 'degrading the state'

    Hundreds of Syrians have been charged with "degrading the prestige of the state," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, in President Bashar al-Assad's drive to crush protests against his autocratic rule.

  • 03/05/2011 | World

    US says bin Laden unarmed when shot dead

    Osama bin Laden was unarmed when US special forces shot and killed him, the White House said, as it vowed to "get to the bottom" of whether Pakistan helped the al Qaeda leader elude a 10-year manhunt, even as Islamabad denied it gave shelter to him.

  • 04/05/2011 | World

    Bin Laden's death boosts Obama's popularity

    The announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s death has boosted United States president, Barack Obama, popularity according to the to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. Obama’s approval rose 11%. According to the survey, 57 percent said they approved of the president’s job performance.

  • 04/05/2011 | World

    Photos show dead men at Bin Laden's compound

    A series of photographs acquired by news agency Reuters which showed three men who might have tried to defend Osama bin Laden were published after the US government had announced that it would not show photographs of the assault where the leader of Al Qaeda was killed. See slideshow

  • 05/05/2011 | World

    After bin Laden's death, Obama visits Ground Zero

    Days after the killing of Osama bin Laden, US President Barack Obama met New York firefighters and police and visited Ground Zero to offer comfort to a city still scarred by the Sept. 11 attacks.

  • 06/05/2011 | World

    US aircraft strike in Pakistan; protests over bin Laden

    US drone aircraft fired missiles into a house in Pakistan's North Waziristan region, killing at least eight suspected militants just as Islamists protested against the killing of Osama bin Laden.

  • 07/05/2011 | World

    US Pentagon releases new videos of bin Laden

    A senior US intelligence official, who released five video clips of bin Laden taken from the compound in Abbottabad, said the information retrieved by US forces represented the largest trove of intelligence ever obtained from a single terrorism suspect.

  • 09/05/2011 | World

    Memphis braces for river crest, New Orleans spillway open

    Memphis braced for the Mississippi River to peak at a near record level, and downstream the US government opened a spillway above New Orleans to relieve flooding pressure.Tennessee officials have warned more than 3,000 properties that they could be damaged.

  • 12/05/2011 | World

    Bombing in northwest Pakistan kills five, police says

    A suicide bombing killed at least five people outside a paramilitary force academy in northwest Pakistan, police said. A police official said the attack appeared to be the work of two suicide bombers and that the death toll could rise.

  • 14/05/2011 | World

    Pakistan's parliament condemns bin Laden raid

    Pakistan's parliament condemned the US raid to find and kill Osama bin Laden, calling for a review of US ties and warning that Pakistan could cut supply lines to American forces in Afghanistan if there were more such attacks.

  • 14/05/2011 | World

    Geithner warns of new recession without debt rise

    With the government about to hit its $14.3 trillion debt limit, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has warned of "catastrophic" consequences and a new recession if Washington is not able to borrow more.

  • 16/05/2011 | World

    US Senator: 'Some in Congress concerned over US-Pakistan ties'

    US Senator John Kerry said in Pakistan that some members of Congress were not confident that bilateral relations can be fixed after it was discovered that Osama bid Laden has spent years in the country.

  • 16/05/2011 | World

    Trump says will not run for US President in 2012

    Donald Trump will not be adding the White House to his luxury resort holdings. The Donald took himself off the 2012 Republican presidential candidate list.

  • 18/05/2011 | World

    Iran rejects US sanctions as 'psychological warfare'

    Iran accused Washington of engaging in "psychological warfare" after the US Treasury added an Iranian state bank to its list of blacklisted companies, semi-official news agency ISNA reported.

  • 18/05/2011 | World

    Obama to offer thanks to CIA on bin Laden operation

    US President Barack Obama plans to visit CIA headquarters on Friday to thank intelligence officers for helping to hunt down and kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the White House said.

  • 19/05/2011 | World

    Obama seeks to recast ties with skeptical Arab world

    President Barack Obama invoked the killing of Osama bin Laden as a chance to recast relations with the Arab world and said the top US priority was to promote democratic change across the region.

  • 19/05/2011 | World

    Abbas welcomes Obama call to renew peace talks

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed US President Barak Obama's efforts to renew talks with Israel that collapsed last year, a senior Palestinian official said.

  • 20/05/2011 | World

    Pakistan Taliban says it attacked US consulate convoy

    Pakistan's Taliban said it had attacked a US consulate convoy in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar, the latest assault in a surge of violence since US forces killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden this month.

  • 20/05/2011 | World

    Israel's Netanyahu rejects Obama proposal on borders

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told President Barack Obama his vision for the borders of a future Palestinian state would leave the Jewish state with an "indefensible" frontier.

  • 20/05/2011 | World

    Obama thanks CIA for helping track down Bin Laden

    President Barack Obama thanked the country's top spy agency for helping track down and kill former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and warned remaining members of al Qaeda to watch their backs.

  • 20/05/2011 | World

    US astronauts finish spacewalk outside station

    Two shuttle Endeavour astronauts floated outside the International Space Station for the first of four spacewalks to ready the outpost for operations after the US shuttle fleet is retired this summer.

  • 21/05/2011 | World

    Sixteen killed in NATO fuel truck blast in Pakistan

    At least 16 people were killed in northwest Pakistan today after a bomb attack claimed by a militant group hit a truck carrying fuel supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan, the latest attack in an upsurge in violence since Osama bin Laden was killed.

  • 23/05/2011 | World

    UK, US launch joint national security body

    Britain and the United States are to create a new joint forum to assess long-term threats to their national security, a British government source said.

  • 24/05/2011 | World

    Obamas meet UK royals to seal 'special' relations

    US President Barack Obama was treated to royal pomp at Buckingham Palace on a two-day state visit aimed at ensuring the United States and Britain keep the "special" in their relationship.

  • 24/05/2011 | World

    US sanctions 23 companies for Iranian ties, Venezuelan PDVSA among them

    The United States announced new sanctions on Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA and six other smaller oil and shipping companies for engaging in trade with Iran in violation of a US ban. Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said that Venezuela was still studying whether it could fulfill all its oil supply obligations after the sanctions.

  • 25/05/2011 | World

    Geithner: Lagarde and Carstens 'credible' for IMF

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said France's Christine Lagarde and Mexico's Agustin Carstens are both "credible" candidates to lead the International Monetary Fund, but he wants the candidate who can earn the broadest support.

  • 26/05/2011 | World

    Clinton says US backs strong women for top jobs

    The United States "unofficially" welcomes highly qualified women candidates to lead international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said when asked about the candidacy of French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde.

  • 26/05/2011 | World

    US names Caucasus Islamist group to terrorism list

    The United States named an Islamist insurgent group in Russia's North Caucasus to its official list of terrorist groups and offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the location of its leader.

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