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July 23, 2014
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  • 26/06/2014 | Argentina

    Government makes debt payment on restructured bonds, blasts Washington for judicial rulings

    Economy Minister Axel Kicillof held a press conference to announce the government has made a payment of 1 billion dollars in New York, serving its debt commitments with creditors that accepted the 2005 and 2010 swaps.

  • 27/06/2014 | Argentina

    'If Griesa blocks payment to bondholders, will damage private activity'

    The ball is on Griesa’s court now that the government moved to to serve its debt with bondholders and made a payment in New York yesterday, MP Roberto Feletti warned saying that a decision blocking the payment to exchange creditors would "damage the private activity."

  • 17/06/2014 | Argentina

    IMF worried about 'wider implications' of US Supreme Court's ruling

    The International Monetary Fund is “concerned about wider systemic implications” the ruling by the US Supreme Court could prompt following its decision to reject Argentina’s appeal aimed at staving off a default.

  • 18/06/2014 | Argentina

    Argentina's lawyers head new negotiation attempt with NY Judge Griesa

    Lawyers representing Argentina in the United States in a 1.5 billion dollar dispute that risks sending the South American country into a sovereign debt default, were expected to meet New York appeals Judge Thomas Griesa this morning in a new negotiation attempt.

  • 18/06/2014 | Argentina

    Argentina offers to open 'vulture fund' negotiations; Griesa warns against changing payment jurisdiction

    Argentina's attorneys today informed US Judge Thomas Griesa that government officials plan to travel to New York next week to negotiate with holdouts to solve the situation, while the magistrate warned that reopening swaps to change the debt's jurisdiction to Argentina would be considered a breach of the ruling.

  • 12/06/2014 | Argentina

    Gov't 'expectant' about US Supreme Court decision

    Economy Minister Axel Kicillof said the federal government was “expectant” about a decision by the United States Supreme Court that could bring same relief to Argentina today if it favours the South American position in its billionaire dispute against vulture funds.

  • 14/06/2014 | Argentina

    White House 'likely' to back Argentina in vulture funds dispute

    US Supreme Court is likely to issue a ruling in the upcoming months favouring Argentina’s position in the country’s dispute against vulture funds, former Argentine Finance Secretary Guillermo Nielsen has said. The US top tribunal would first have to consult the White House on the default case, he pointed out, a decision that is expected to be announced on Monday.

  • 17/06/2014 | Argentina

    Domínguez: Argentina will not say 'yes' to everything

    The head of the Lower House Julián Domínguez responded to opposition figures that questioned the government’s legal strategy against creditors that refused Argentina’s 2005 and 2010 debt swaps. “Would saying yes to everything be a good way to negotiate?” the Kirchnerite leader wondered.

  • 06/05/2014 | Argentina

    Berni: Massa going to the US a 'traitor'

    National Security Secretary Sergio Berni has renewed his criticism of a US-led report that warns about a “dramatic” increase of drug consumption in Argentina, questioning also opposition leader Sergio Massa for his alignment with Washington.

  • 05/06/2014 | Argentina

    Capitanich defends Congress appearance, calls for 'unified position' against vulture funds

    Jorge Capitanich defended his appearance at Congress yesterday when opposition MPs decided to skip the session, leaving the cabinet chief to brief a half-empty Lower House, and urged anti-Kirchnerite sectors to support the government in Argentina's dispute against vulture funds.

  • 10/06/2014 | Argentina

    'US supports Argentina in vulture funds dispute'

    Part of the mission that flew to Washington this week to support the government in its legal battle against vulture funds, MP Di Tullio has affirmed the Barack Obama administration “backed” Argentina’s stance.

  • 01/08/2013 | Argentina

    IMF demands 'trustworthy economic figures' from Argentina

    Director General of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde has once more requested that Argentina present economic figures based on "Trustworthy and credible numbers and statistics".

  • 08/09/2013 | Argentina

    Cosentino dismisses chance of new embargos on Argentina

    The Finance Secretary has played down the possibility of Argentina being hit by economic sanctions, due to the ongoing lawsuits filed by 'Vulture Funds' looking to recover around 1.47bn dollars in unpaid debts.

  • 26/11/2013 | Argentina

    Kicillof to construction leaders: 'sector's boost responds to gov't's model'

    The Economy Minister was heading today the 61st Annual Convention of the Argentine Construction Chamber (CAC). Addressing the sector’s leaders, Axel Kicillof renewed his firm opposition to the 90’s neoliberal decade and compared Argentina’s economic scenario with current trends in the United States and the European Union.

  • 11/08/2011 | Argentina

    López Murphy: 'crisis won't have a deep impact in Argentina'

    Economist Ricardo López Murphy assured that the economic crisis in the United States was generated because it “underestimated the magnitude of the lack of balance” and added that the “crisis will have a slight impact in Argentina's local consumption,” during the Ámbito de Debate TV show.

  • 03/05/2012 | Argentina

    ECLAC reports foreign investment reached 3% in 2011

    The Direct Foreign Investment (DFI) in Argentina reached 7.243 billion dollars in 2011, 3 percent higher than the previous year, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

  • 23/07/2013 | Argentina

    IMF will not support Argentina in Vulture Fund case

    The International Monetary Fund no longer plans to ask the US Supreme Court to review Argentina's case in its decade-old legal battle with holdout creditors due to a lack of support from the US government, the  financial institution has confirmed.

  • 05/02/2011 | Argentina

    Timerman renews accusations to police courses given by the US

    Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman renewed his accusations to the police course offered by the United States at the El Salvador Institute where Buenos Aires City government sent officers of the Metropolitan Police to training and asked “what are they looking for?”

  • 04/03/2011 | Argentina

    US Air Force plane case: Justice urges Customs to present report

    Judge Marcelo Aguinsky urged the Argentine Customs Office to present a report of the US military aircraft seized in Ezeiza international airport within the next 48 hours, or it will be fined for 10,000 pesos per day of delay.

  • 08/07/2011 | Argentina

    US Ambassador praises Gov't decree against human traffic

    US Ambassador in Buenos Aires Vilma Martínez praised the decree signed by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner on Wednesday which banned the publication of advertisements offering sexual services and highlighted her “commitment in the fight against human traffic.”

  • 18/07/2014 | World

    Obama says Ukraine plane hit by separatists

    President Barack Obama said today that a surface-to-air missile fired from territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists was responsible for shooting down a Malaysian passenger plane on Thursday.

  • 19/07/2014 | World

    100 homes destroyed, hundreds evacuated in Washington wildfire

    A wildfire raging east of Washington state's Cascade Mountains has destroyed about 100 homes and displaced hundreds of people, with cooler weather not expected to provide relief for another day.

  • 22/07/2014 | World

    US, Europe cancel all flights to Israel amid missile worries

    Following reports of rocket falling near Ben Gurion airport, US and Europe airlines moved to ban all flights to Israel. The US Federal Aviation Federation (FAA) released a statement informing US airlines they "were prohibited from flying to or from Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport for a period of up to 24 hours.”

  • 05/07/2014 | World

    Nantucket Island in MA walloped by Arthur winds

    A weakened but fast-moving Hurricane Arthur swept along southern New England on Friday night, wielding tropical storm-force winds, after an earlier landfall in North Carolina that caused only slight damage.

  • 08/07/2014 | World

    Two killed in shooting at Washington medical center

    A Spokane, Washington clinic was shaken by a shooting that claimed two lives, allegedly following a domestic dispute at the health center.

  • 17/07/2014 | World

    Top Russian firms struck by US sanctions

    President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on some of Russia's biggest firms for the first time, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin's powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over Moscow's failure to curb violence in Ukraine.

  • 26/06/2014 | World

    More US Americans consuming cannabis - UN

    More Americans are consuming cannabis as their perception of the health risks declines, the UN drugs and crime agency said today, suggesting legalisation may further increase its use among the young.

  • 03/07/2014 | World

    Hurricane Arthur heads for North Carolina amid mandatory evacuation

    The first hurricane of the Atlantic season gained strength today and is expected to attain Category 2 status as it reaches the North Carolina coast, where thousands of vacationers scrubbed their July Fourth holiday plans amid evacuation orders.

  • 05/07/2014 | World

    US eating champ gobbles down 61 hot dogs

    World champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, 30, of San Jose, California, walked away with his eighth straight title after consuming 61 wieners and buns - short of his world record of 69 set in 2013. Runner-up Matt Stonie took down 56 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

  • 19/06/2014 | World

    Obama says American forces would not return to Iraq, sends military advisers

    President Barack Obama has said the United States was ready to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq and was prepared to make targeted strikes in the country to combat an extremist insurgency.

  • 20/06/2014 | World

    At least 84 US gov't staff potentially exposed to anthrax

    US authorities increased to 84 people their count of workers potentially exposed to live anthrax at three laboratories in Atlanta as they investigated a breach in safety procedures for handling the deadly pathogen.

  • 20/06/2014 | World

    After US offers aid, Iraq plans offensive

    Iraqi forces were massing north of Baghdad aiming to strike back at Sunni Islamists whose drive toward the capital prompted the United States to send military advisers to stiffen government resistance.

  • 14/06/2014 | World

    Iraq regains some territory, says slows Islamist rebel advance

    A Sunni Islamist offensive threatening to dismember Iraq seemed to slow today after days of lightning advances as government forces reported regaining territory in counter-attacks, easing pressure on Baghdad's Shi'ite-led government.

  • 14/06/2014 | World

    Pentagon orders aircraft carrier to Gulf

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an aircraft carrier moved into the Gulf, readying it in case Washington decides to pursue a military option after insurgents overwhelmed a string of Iraqi cities this week and threatened Baghdad.

  • 17/06/2014 | World

    Feletti: Let's not 'apocalypse', gov't to take 'sufficient measures'

    The Chairman of the Lower House Revenue and Budget committee expressed confidence that the government will take sufficient measures” to comply with all of Argentina’s debt commitments.

  • 11/06/2014 | World

    Taxing sugary drinks to combat obesity

    An effort to combat obesity by placing an extra tax on sugary drinks was proposed by the California city of Berkeley, bringing a proposal similar to others that have failed in cities across the US one step closer to the November ballot.

  • 13/06/2014 | World

    US Army Sergeant Bergdahl arrives in Texas

    US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's settled into a Texas hospital as part of the latest phase of his rehabilitation after five years in Taliban captivity.

  • 14/06/2014 | World

    49 dead as pro-Russia separatists down Ukraine army plane

    Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army transport plane with an anti-aircraft missile as it came in to land early on Saturday in the eastern city of Luhansk, killing all 49 military personnel on board. The toll is the highest suffered by government forces.

  • 31/05/2014 | World

    California voters can expect to receive free weed

    California voters can expect to receive free weed from some pot clubs in the Bay Area city of San Jose for casting ballots in state primary elections next Tuesday that include local races and battles for governor and secretary of state.

  • 10/06/2014 | World

    Gunfire at Oregon high school: student, shooter dead

    One student and the person suspected of opening fire at an Oregon high school were dead after the school was placed on lockdown and students were evacuated following reports of gunfire.

  • 11/06/2014 | World

    Tea Party's Brat defeats senior Republican Cantor

    US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost to a Tea Party challenger in a Republican primary upset that sent shockwaves through Congress and gave the conservative movement a landmark victory.

  • 20/05/2014 | World

    Credit Suisse pleads guilty to US tax charge, fined $2.5 billion

    Credit Suisse has agreed to pay a $2.5 billion fine to authorities in the United States for helping Americans evade taxes after becoming the largest bank in 20 years to plead guilty to a US criminal charge.

  • 21/05/2014 | World

    Russia says troops preparing to leave Ukraine border

    Russian said that troops deployed for exercises near the Ukrainian border had now dismantled equipment and were moving to train stations and airfields for return to their permanent bases, but NATO said it saw no sign of a pullout.

  • 30/05/2014 | World

    US Veterans chief resigns over healthcare dealy scandal

    President Barack Obama said that US Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned over a veterans healthcare delay scandal that has embarrassed the administration, explaining Shinseki did not want to be a "distraction" as the problem was fixed.

  • 26/04/2014 | World

    Al Qaeda leader calls to 'capture' Westerners

    Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners who could then be exchanged for jailed jihadists including a blind Egyptian cleric convicted in 1995 of conspiring to attack the UN and other New York landmarks.

  • 03/05/2014 | World

    First US case of deadly MERS virus confirmed

    With the addition of the US patient, 262 people in 12 countries have been confirmed to have MERS infections and have been reported to the World Health Organization. Of those, 93 have died. The virus is similar to the one that caused SARS.

  • 20/05/2014 | World

    China protests US cyber-spying accusations

    China has summoned the United States ambassador to China after the US Department of Justice charged five Chinese military officers with cyber espionage, warning Washington it could take further action.

  • 03/04/2014 | World

    UN reports almost half Syria chemicals packed for removal

    Syria has packed 40 percent of its chemical weapons arsenal into containers to be taken outside the country and destroyed, and convoy security has been deployed to deal with violence around the port city of Latakia, the head of the mission overseeing the operation said.

  • 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.

  • 25/04/2014 | World

    US ready for broader sanctions if Russia enters Ukraine

    US President Barack Obama confirmed he will talk to European leaders later today about the situation in Ukraine, and may be ready to impose broader sanctions if Russia escalates actions in support of rebels in the country's east.

  • 14/03/2014 | World

    More Russian troops shipped into Crimea as Ukraine crisis escalates

    Russia has shipped more troops into Crimea and repeated its threat to invade other parts of Ukraine, showing no sign of listening to Western pleas to back off from the worst confrontation since the Cold War.

  • 15/03/2014 | World

    Pakistan doctor who helped CIA find bin Laden gets jail term reduction

    A court in Pakistan has reduced by 10 years the jail term handed down to a Pakistani doctor who helped the United States track down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in a blow to his supporters who have been fighting for his release.

  • 26/03/2014 | World

    Bin Laden's son-in-law convicted on terrorism by US court jury

    Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was found guilty of terrorism-related charges following a three-week trial that offered unusually vivid details of the former al Qaeda leader's actions in the days after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

  • 28/11/2013 | World

    One dead, nine injured in shelling of Damascus Russian embassy

    One Syrian was killed and nine others were injured during a mortar shelling of the Russian embassy in Damascus, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

  • 30/11/2013 | World

    Pyongyang: US detained veteran a 'war criminal'

    North Korea accused a detained US veteran of killing civilians during the Korean War 60 years ago and showed a video of the 85-year-old making a full confession as if the battles are still raging. The North's KCNA news agency said Merrill E. Newman was a mastermind of clandestine operations.

  • 04/02/2014 | World

    Russia: Syria to ship more chemical weapons abroad for destruction

    Russia has said its ally Syria would soon ship more chemical weapons abroad for destruction after being accused of dragging its feet, while activists said civilians in Aleppo were fleeing deadly barrel bomb raids by President Bashar al-Assad's air force.

  • 04/10/2013 | World

    Vietnam's military mastermind Vo Nguyen Giap dies

    General Vo Nguyen Giap, architect of Vietnam's military victories over France and the United States, died aged 102, family members said.

  • 06/10/2013 | World

    Chemical experts begin destroying Syria's weapons arsenal

    A team of international experts has begun the process of destroying Syria's chemical gas arsenal, an official on the mission said.

  • 13/11/2013 | World

    Abbas confirms Palestinian peace negotiators resigned

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his peace negotiators had resigned over the lack of progress in US-brokered statehood talks clouded by Israeli settlement building.

  • 05/09/2013 | World

    US gives up on UN Security Council in Syria crisis, blames Russia

    The United States declared that it has given up trying to work with the UN Security Council on Syria, accusing Russia of holding the council hostage and allowing Moscow's allies in Syria to deploy poison gas against innocent children.

  • 12/09/2013 | World

    High-stakes US-Russian talks open, Syria to join chemical arms ban

    The United States and Russia began talks on Moscow's plan for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons as Damascus formally applied to join a global poison gas ban, but Secretary of State John Kerry underscored that US military force may still be necessary if diplomacy fails.

  • 28/09/2013 | World

    Iranians divided over rapprochement with US

    Hundreds of Iranians cheered President Hassan Rouhani on his return from New York after his historic phone call with US President Barack Obama but a smaller number of hardliners shouted "Death to America" and threw eggs and shoes at his official car leaving the airport, Iranian media reported.

  • 20/07/2013 | World

    Israel to free Palestinian prisoners for peace talks

    Israel has agreed to a long-standing Palestinian demand to release Palestinian prisoners in order to resume peace talks, but will not yield on other central issues, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said.

  • 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.

  • 31/05/2013 | World

    Assad forces advance; West, Russia exchange barbs ahead of talk

    Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad tightened their siege of rebels in a strategic town, in a counter-offensive that is shifting the balance of the Syrian war ahead of a peace conference next month.

  • 25/06/2013 | World

    Russia, US fail to agree plan for Syria peace talks

    Talks between the United States and Russia to set up a Syrian peace conference produced no deal, with the powers on either side of the two-year civil war failing to agree when it should be held or who would be invited.

  • 19/07/2013 | World

    Russia says knows of no plan for Snowden to seek citizenship

    The Kremlin is unaware of any plans by fugitive former NSA agent Edward Snowden to seek Russian citizenship, President Putin's spokesman said.

  • 27/12/2012 | World

    Storm pounds eastern US, hundreds of flights cancelled

    A powerful winter storm forced the cancellation of about 200 US flights today, snarling holiday travel as heavy snow and high winds pummeled the northeastern United States.

  • 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.

  • 29/03/2013 | World

    Sicily revokes permission for US military satellite station

    The Sicilian regional government in Italy has revoked permission for the United States to build a military satellite station on the island, its governor said on Friday, after protests by residents who said it could pose a health risk.

  • 29/10/2012 | World

    Meningitis outbreak spreads to 19 states

    The deadly meningitis outbreak tied to steroid injections from potentially tainted medications spread to a 19th state with the first case reported in Rhode Island, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

  • 30/10/2012 | World

    Obama, Romney put aside campaign for storm relief - for now

    US President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney briefly put aside their fierce battle for the White House, as they avoided politics to focus on relief efforts after mammoth storm Sandy left millions of citizens struggling to recover.

  • 31/10/2012 | World

    Meningitis death toll rises to 29 with fatality in Virginia

    Another patient has died in Virginia after contracting fungal meningitis from potentially tainted steroid injections supplied by a Massachusetts company, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday, bringing the death toll from the outbreak to 29 nationwide.

  • 08/10/2012 | World

    WikiLeaks founder Assange's bail guarantors ordered to pay out

    Nine people who put up bail for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, including two members of the British aristocracy and a Nobel Prize winner, were ordered to pay 93,000 pounds ($150,000) after Assange took refuge in Ecuador's embassy.

  • 08/10/2012 | World

    IMF cuts global growth forecast

    The IMF cut its global growth forecast for the second time since April and warned US and European policymakers that failure to fix their economic ills would prolong the slump.

  • 24/10/2012 | World

    US sues Bank of America over 'Hustle' mortgage fraud

    The United States filed a fraud lawsuit against Bank of America Corp, accusing it of causing taxpayers more than $1 billion of losses by selling thousands of toxic mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • 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.

  • 27/09/2012 | World

    Netanyahu draws 'red line' on Iranian nuclear program

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew his "red line" for Iran's nuclear program - the point at which Iran has amassed nearly enough highly enriched uranium for a single atomic bomb - and voiced confidence that the United States shares his view.

  • 28/09/2012 | World

    Obama, Netanyahu seek to get past Iran differences

    US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a show of unity on preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, seeking to tone down the acrimony between the two leaders that has become an issue in the final stretch of the US presidential race.

  • 31/08/2012 | World

    US: 3 dead in shooting at New Jersey grocery store

    An employee at a suburban New Jersey supermarket opened fire in the store in the pre-dawn hours today, killing two co-workers and then taking his own life, a prosecutor said.

  • 10/09/2012 | World

    Yemen says kills deputy regional head of al Qaeda

    A Saudi national freed by US authorities from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who then became second-in-command of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, was killed in Yemen, a Yemeni government website said.

  • 16/08/2012 | World

    UN Syria mission to end, new blow to peace efforts

    The United Nations' four-month-old observer mission in Syria will withdraw from the country next week, diplomats and UN officials said, yet another blow to the world body's efforts to broker an end to the conflict.

  • 20/08/2012 | World

    US sends al-Assad invasion warning

    US forces could move against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, President Barack Obama warned, notably if he deploys his chemical weapons against rebels trying to overthrow him.

  • 20/08/2012 | World

    US says WikiLeaks' Assange trying to deflect rape allegations

    The United States accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of making "wild assertions" about an alleged US vendetta against him to deflect attention from rape allegations he faces in Sweden.

  • 07/08/2012 | World

    Romney opens attack on Obama over welfare law

    US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney opened a new line of attack on President Barack Obama for waiving parts of a landmark welfare-to-work law, but Obama's team argued Romney had backed a similar move as Massachusetts governor.

  • 10/08/2012 | World

    At Ramadan dinner, Obama calls Clinton aide a 'patriot'

    US President Barack Obama called Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an "American patriot" after a group of Republican lawmakers accused her of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist political organization.

  • 13/08/2012 | World

    Obama announces measures to soothe drought pain, attacks Ryan

    US President Barack Obama announced an emergency purchase of up to $170 million of meat and fish on a campaign trip to drought-hit Iowa, and accused Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan of blocking disaster aid to farmers.

  • 01/08/2012 | World

    US House approves new Iran sanctions on oil, shipping sectors

    The US House of Representatives passed a new package of sanctions against Iran that aim to punish banks, insurance companies and shippers that help Tehran sell its oil.

  • 01/08/2012 | World

    ECB's Draghi faces leadership test over euro pledge

    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi faces intense pressure from investors, European leaders and even the United States to deliver on his pledge to do whatever it takes to save the euro.

  • 07/08/2012 | World

    Tucson gunman Loughner pleads guilty to murder, attempted murder

    A 23-year-old college dropout pleaded guilty to killing six people and wounding 13 others, including then-US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, in an Arizona shooting rampage last year, and will be spared the death penalty in exchange.

  • 17/07/2012 | World

    Mexico bank regulator defends role in HSBC scandal

    Mexico's banking regulator defended its role in a money laundering scandal engulfing HSBC Holdings Plc, saying it had repeatedly told the bank to improve lax controls over suspect funds passing through its accounts.

  • 23/07/2012 | World

    Sally Ride, first US woman in space, dies at 61

    Sally Ride, the first US woman to travel into space, died after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, according to her organization, Sally Ride Science. She was 61.

  • 30/07/2012 | World

    Assange's mother says US bent on extraditing WikiLeaks founder

    Julian Assange's mother said she handed evidence to Ecuador's government indicating Washington is bent on extraditing her son to the United States, where she fears the WikiLeaks founder could face execution.

  • 01/06/2012 | World

    Obama blames Europe, energy prices for slow US job growth

    US President Barack Obama said the US economy was still fighting its way back to full health and was not yet growing or creating jobs fast enough, blaming high gasoline prices and headwinds from Europe's economic crisis for the lag.

  • 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.

  • 16/07/2012 | World

    US approves drug to prevent HIV

    United States has approved to market the drug Truvada, which is a prophylactic treatment to reduce the risk of infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

  • 09/05/2012 | World

    Nicholas Katzenbach, aide to Kennedy, dies at 90

    Nicholas Katzenbach, a civil rights champion whose role in both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations helped shape domestic and foreign policy in the 1960s, has died at the age of 90.

  • 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.

  • 29/05/2012 | World

    Romney clinches US Republican presidential nomination

    Mitt Romney clinched the US Republican presidential nomination with a resounding victory in Texas and now faces a five-month sprint to convince voters to trust him over Democratic President Barack Obama in the Nov. 6 election.

  • 01/05/2012 | World

    Clinton arrives in China amid uncertainty over dissident

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing for annual talks with Chinese leaders that risk being upstaged by the case of a blind dissident said to be under US protection in the Chinese capital.

  • 02/05/2012 | World

    A century later, Niagara Falls high-wire feat set for June 15

    High-wire performer Nik Wallenda announced that June 15 is the day his boyhood dream to walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls will become a reality.

  • 08/05/2012 | World

    North Carolina voters approve same-sex marriage ban

    North Carolina voters approved a state constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage and civil unions, major media projected, dealing a blow to efforts across the United States to expand gay marriage rights.

  • 30/04/2012 | World

    Denmark's Noma wins World's Best Restaurant third time

    Danish restaurant Noma was crowned the world's best restaurant for the third year in a row in an annual list, beating out top eateries in Spain, Brazil, Italy, the United States and elsewhere.

  • 01/05/2012 | World

    Obama in Afghanistan on anniversary of bin Laden's death

    US President Barack Obama made a speedy, unannounced trip to Afghanistan to sign a strategic pact with Kabul and send a dual election-year message that the United States is winding down the Afghan war but not abandoning the country.

  • 01/05/2012 | World

    Romney foreign policy spokesman resigns under fire

    US Republican Mitt Romney's foreign policy spokesman, Richard Grenell, has resigned after only a brief stint on Romney's presidential campaign.

  • 24/04/2012 | World

    USDA confirms case of mad cow disease, nation's fourth

    The US Agriculture Department confirmed that it found a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, the nation's fourth, in a dairy cow in central California.

  • 25/04/2012 | World

    Gingrich to quit White House race after stormy bid

    Newt Gingrich is quitting the US Republican presidential contest after a tumultuous campaign that saw him go from longshot to front-runner and back again, a campaign official said.

  • 26/04/2012 | World

    CIA document over order to ‘capture’ Bin Laden unveiled

    A US magazine published a memorandum document from former CIA head and current Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta which states the green light given by President Barack Obama to launch a secret military raid to ‘capture’ Osama Bin Laden that ended with the death of the Al Qaeda leader.

  • 18/04/2012 | World

    Internet ads revenue reaches record of $31B in US

    The incomes for ads in internet at the United States rose 22 percent in 2011, reaching a record of $31 billion dollars, after the increasing communication at the network, according to a report of the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue.

  • 20/04/2012 | World

    Air Force Two carrying Biden struck by birds, lands safely

    The Air Force Two plane carrying US Vice President Joe Biden was struck by birds in California on Thursday, a spokeswoman for his office said, but it landed without problem and the vice president, passengers and crew were safe at all times.

  • 23/04/2012 | World

    Rubio campaigns with Romney, raising VP speculation

    US Popular Florida Senator Marco Rubio campaigned with Mitt Romney, increasing speculation that the conservative Cuban-American might be high on the Republican presidential front-runner's list of potential vice presidential running mates.

  • 05/04/2012 | World

    Russian arms dealer sentenced to 25 years in prison

    Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer caught in an undercover sting by US agents posing as Colombian guerrillas seeking weapons, was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a US judge in New York.

  • 09/04/2012 | World

    US tells North Korea not to carry out nuclear test

    The United States urged North Korea not conduct a nuclear test or launch a satellite and called on China to exert its influence over its neighbour to try to ward off such "provocative actions."

  • 16/04/2012 | World

    Palestinians to deliver Netanyahu ultimatum on talks

    The Palestinian prime minister plans to use a rare meeting set for Tuesday with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a letter detailing Palestinian grievances on stalled peace talks.

  • 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.

  • 03/04/2012 | World

    Romney makes clean sweep in Republican primaries

    Mitt Romney made a leap toward winning the Republican presidential nomination with a clean sweep of Wisconsin and two other primaries that handed a heavy defeat to main rival Rick Santorum.

  • 05/04/2012 | World

    Wyoming town, population 1, sells for $900,000

    The town of Buford, Wyoming - population 1 - was sold for $900,000 to an unidentified buyer after an 11-minute auction that attracted worldwide interest.

  • 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

    Sanctions vice tightens on Iran over nuclear dispute

    The sanctions vice is tightening on Iran, cutting it out of key global financial networks, but Tehran is taking urgent steps to withstand the pressure over a nuclear program the West suspects is intended to produce bombs.

  • 16/03/2012 | World

    US ratifies 'neutrality' over Malvinas issue, calls for 'pacific solution'

    United States stated that it maintains its neutral position over the Malvinas Islands dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom and hopes for an agreed solution, an official source of the US government assured after the visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron to the White House.

  • 08/03/2012 | World

    Obama campaign makes election pitch with Hollywood-style film

    US President Barack Obama's campaign is putting a cinematic finish on its re-election pitch with a new documentary about the Democratic president's first three years in the White House.

  • 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

    US Republican races tight in southern primaries

    US Republicans Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich faced off in a pair of high-stakes Deep South presidential primaries, and early results showed very tight races in both Mississippi and Alabama.

  • 06/03/2012 | World

    Obama seeks to calm 'drumbeat of war' over Iran

    US President Barack Obama said the United States 'will not countenance' Iran developing a nuclear weapon but pledged to take a sober approach to dealing with Tehran's nuclear programme.

  • 06/03/2012 | World

    Netanyahu stands firm on right to attack Iran

    Benjamin Netanyahu assured President Barack Obama that Israel has not made any decision on attacking Iran's nuclear sites, sources close to the talks said, but the Israeli prime minister gave no sign of backing away from possible military action.

  • 06/03/2012 | World

    US watchful for ‘potential turbulence’ in Venezuela

    United States Air Force Commander, General Douglas Fraser, in charge of the US Southern Command, stated before Congress that the Department of Defence is “watchful for potential geopolitical turbulence that could impact US citizens,” and highlighted the uncertainties of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez health and economic instability.

  • 24/02/2012 | World

    'Friends of Syria' condemn Assad but see more killing

    Western and Arab nations mounted the biggest diplomatic push in weeks to end Syria's crackdown on the opposition, but the talk in a marble-lined Tunisian hotel risked being overtaken by the increasingly vicious armed conflict on the ground.

  • 05/03/2012 | World

    US Senator McCain urges air strikes on Syria

    The United States should lead an international effort to protect key population centers in Syria through air strikes on President Bashar al-Assad's forces, US Senator John McCain said.

  • 06/03/2012 | World

    US charges members of hacking group Anonymous

    Six suspected leaders of the international hacking organization known as Anonymous were charged by US authorities of computer crimes, dealing a major blow to the loose-knit group that has wreaked havoc on the websites of government agencies and major corporations.

  • 22/02/2012 | World

    Santorum at centre stage in Arizona Republican debate

    Rivals heaped criticism on surprise front-runner Rick Santorum in a debate among Republican presidential candidates, hoping to stall his surge at a pivotal period in the 2012 campaign.

  • 23/02/2012 | World

    Obama hits back at Republican criticism of high gas prices

    US President Barack Obama hit back at election-year Republican criticism of his energy policy, offering a staunch defence of his attempts to wean US citizens off foreign oil and saying there was no 'silver bullet' for high gas prices.

  • 24/02/2012 | World

    Romney says he is 'only chance' to defeat Obama

    Mitt Romney declared himself the Republican presidential candidate with "the only chance" to defeat President Barack Obama as he seized on signs that rival Rick Santorum's grip on Michigan appears to be slipping.

  • 03/02/2012 | World

    Cameron to make official visit to US before Malvinas’ anniversary

    British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama will meet in Washington next month, three weeks before the 30 anniversary of the beginning of the Malvinas Islands war.

  • 07/02/2012 | World

    Attacks in Syria's Homs resume after Russian peace foray

    Armoured forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad thrust deeper into the central city of Homs, firing rockets and mortar rounds to subdue opposition districts, activists said, a day after Russia said Assad wants peace.

  • 17/02/2012 | World

    US arrests suspect in Capitol suicide attack plot

    An illegal immigrant from Morocco was arrested near the US Capitol after an undercover investigation into an alleged plot to carry out a suicide attack on the national landmark that houses Congress, US officials said.

  • 24/01/2012 | World

    Obama urges taxing rich, aiding housing in State of the Union

    US President Barack Obama called for higher taxes on the rich and new remedies for the US mortgage crisis in a starkly populist State of the Union address aimed at convincing voters to give him a second term.

  • 25/01/2012 | World

    US returns stolen Pissarro artwork to France

    The United States returned an artwork by Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro to French authorities, more than three decades after it was stolen from the wall of a small museum in southeastern France.

  • 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.

  • 18/01/2012 | World

    Websites go dark to protest piracy bills

    Wikipedia, the world's free online encyclopedia, went dark and other Internet players including Google put black censorship bars on portions of their websites in protest of pending US legislation designed to curb online piracy.

  • 18/01/2012 | World

    Obama meets Argüello, expresses 'joy' for CFK's recovery

    Argentina’s Ambassador in United States Jorge Argüello delivered his credential letters to President Barack Obama, who expressed his “joy” for the positive results of his counterpart Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s surgery.

  • 23/01/2012 | World

    US Senator Kirk suffers stroke, undergoes surgery

    US Senator Mark Kirk underwent surgery to relieve pressure from brain swelling after suffering a stroke, and his surgeon expressed hope that the cognitive functioning of the 52-year-old Illinois Republican would remain intact.

  • 12/01/2012 | World

    Obama seeks $1.2 trillion debt limit hike

    US President Barack Obama formally notified Congress that he plans a $1.2 trillion increase in the US debt limit, setting the stage for Republicans to level election-year charges that deficits are out of control.

  • 17/01/2012 | World

    Wikipedia to shut for 24 hours to stop anti-piracy act

    Wikipedia, the popular community-edited online encyclopedia, will black out its English-language site for 24 hours to seek support against proposed US anti-piracy legislation that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said threatens the future of the Internet.

  • 17/01/2012 | World

    Hundreds of Occupy protesters rally at US Capitol

    Several hundred demonstrators with the Occupy movement rallied outside the US Capitol building to denounce what they called the influence of money in Congress.

  • 10/01/2012 | World

    Romney wins New Hampshire US presidential contest

    Mitt Romney took a crucial step toward the Republican presidential nomination as he scored a solid victory in New Hampshire despite blistering attacks on his record as a businessman.

  • 11/01/2012 | World

    Michelle Obama denies fighting with White House aides

    US first lady Michelle Obama shot down any notion of infighting between her and the president's top aides in a television interview, downplaying her role and influence in the White House.

  • 12/01/2012 | World

    US Justice Dept backs Obama recess appointments

    The US Justice Department defended President Barack Obama's controversial recess appointments to two agencies, releasing a detailed legal analysis of why the appointments passed constitutional muster.

  • 04/01/2012 | World

    Obama defies Republicans with consumer agency pick

    A defiant President Barack Obama said he will bypass Congress and install Richard Cordray as head of the country's new consumer financial watchdog, escalating an election-year fight with Republicans, who questioned the legality of the move.

  • 09/01/2012 | World

    US Chief of Staff steps down, budget chief takes over

    US President Barack Obama said his budget chief Jack Lew would take over as White House chief of staff, replacing former businessman Bill Daley, who is stepping down after a troubled one-year tenure.

  • 09/01/2012 | World

    Muslim man charged in attempted Florida car bombing

    A 25-year-old Muslim man born in Kosovo was charged with trying to obtain explosives and firearms to attack Florida businesses and a police station, authorities said.

  • 27/12/2011 | World

    Obama's popularity at 6-month high: poll

    United States President Barack Obama’s approval rating was at a 6-month high, with more votes of approval of his administration by US residents, than those who disapprove, according to an opinion poll published today by Gallup institute.

  • 27/12/2011 | World

    Obama to nominate economist, banker, as Fed governors

    US President Barack Obama will nominate Harvard economist Jeremy Stein and Jerome Powell, an investment banker and former Treasury official, to the two empty seats on the Federal Reserve's policy-setting board of governors.

  • 29/12/2011 | World

    Iran warns US over Strait of Hormuz

    A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said the United States was not in a position to tell Tehran "what to do in the Strait of Hormuz," state television reported, after the US said it would preserve oil shipments in the Gulf.

  • 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.

  • 19/12/2011 | World

    North Korea's neighbors on alert, West hopes for opening

    North Korea's neighbors and its old enemy, the United States, appealed for stability today after the death of the totalitarian state's leader, Kim Jong-il, plunged one of the world's most heavily militarized regions into fresh uncertainty.

  • 23/12/2011 | World

    US Congress punts hard payroll tax work to 2012

    US President Barack Obama signed into law a two-month payroll tax cut extension, capping a year of fierce partisan combat over taxes and spending that will resume in January and play heavily in the 2012 elections.

  • 12/12/2011 | World

    Anti-Wall Street activists rally at West Coast ports

    Anti-Wall Street demonstrators, confronted by police in riot gear, marched on several West Coast ports seeking to disrupt cargo traffic and re-energize their protest movement.

  • 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.

  • 15/12/2011 | World

    US says Arizona sheriff violated civil rights laws

    The Obama administration accused a firebrand Arizona sheriff of engaging in racial profiling of Latinos and making unlawful arrests in a crack down on illegal immigrants.

  • 07/12/2011 | World

    San Francisco police dismantle protest camp

    Police dismantled a tent city of Occupy protesters in downtown San Francisco, arresting more than 50 people as they shut down the largest remaining Occupy encampment on the West Coast.

  • 07/12/2011 | World

    Survivors remember Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 70 years ago

    Four survivors of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor were honored aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor, the 70th anniversary of the battle that brought the United States into World War Two.

  • 12/12/2011 | World

    Obama says US will be loyal partner for Iraq

    President Barack Obama pledged that Washington would remain a strong partner for Iraq as US troops exit by year-end, and played down the risk this departure creates a power vacuum Iran can exploit.

  • 06/12/2011 | World

    Obama hits Republicans in stark speech

    US President Barack Obama turned up the heat on his Republican foes as he portrayed himself as a champion of the middle class and laid out in the starkest terms yet the populist themes of his 2012 re-election bid.

  • 06/12/2011 | World

    Geithner backs EU crisis plan, stresses ECB role

    US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner threw his weight behind a Franco-German plan to tackle the euro zone's sovereign debt crisis and said the European Central Bank had to play a major role in any solution.

  • 06/12/2011 | World

    Obama says US to stand up for gay rights abroad

    President Barack Obama told US diplomats and foreign aid workers to do more to advance gay rights abroad, a move that promotes US human rights policy and appeals to a key Democratic constituency at home.

  • 29/11/2011 | World

    S&P criteria change reduces ratings on big US banks

    Standard & Poor's reduced its credit ratings on several big banks in the United States and Europe as the result of a sweeping overhaul of its ratings criteria. 

  • 02/12/2011 | World

    After NATO strike, Pakistan adjusts rules of engagement

    Pakistan's commanders in the Afghan border region can return fire if under attack without waiting for permission, the army chief said, a policy change that could stoke tensions after Saturday's NATO strike killed 24 Pakistani troops.

  • 05/12/2011 | World

    Obama, fellow Democrats push tax cut extension

    US President Barack Obama cranked up pressure on congressional Republicans to extend a payroll tax cut, and his fellow Democrats proposed to fund it with spending cuts and a "tiny surtax" on the rich.

  • 28/11/2011 | World

    US, EU agree to develop joint plan to foster growth

    The United States and European Union agreed to develop a plan to capitalize on already strong economic ties to create more jobs and fuel economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • 28/11/2011 | World

    Fitch warns of US downgrade if no budget deal in 2013

    Fitch Ratings warned it may cut the United States' AAA rating if policymakers fail to agree in 2013 on a plan to reduce the country's ballooning budget deficits.

  • 28/11/2011 | World

    Affair claim shakes Cain presidential bid

    A woman accused US Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of having a 13-year affair with her that ended just months ago, a new charge that could derail his campaign for the White House.

  • 21/11/2011 | World

    US deficit panel fails to reach deal

    A US congressional "super committee" failed to reach a deal on reducing federal government deficits, the co-chairs of the panel said.

  • 28/11/2011 | World

    Pakistan PM: No more 'business as usual with US'

    Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani ruled out "business as usual" with the United States after a NATO attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, and the army threatened to drastically curtail cooperation with Washington on Afghanistan.

  • 14/11/2011 | World

    Supreme Court agrees to hear Obama healthcare law

    US Supreme Court agreed to decide the fate of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with an election-year ruling due by July on the healthcare system's biggest overhaul in nearly 50 years.

  • 18/11/2011 | World

    Obama, Wen to meet during Bali summit

    The United States and China are set to face off on Saturday at a regional summit over the thorny issue of how to resolve competing claims to sovereignty of the South China Sea, the latest point of friction between the two powerful nations.

  • 18/11/2011 | World

    Latam art sales in US have best year since 2008

    Latin American art sales, which totalled nearly $90 million in New York in 2011, scored their best year since the 2008 financial crisis, aided by a boom in Brazilian art and demand from Asia.

  • 31/10/2011 | World

    13 dead, millions without power after rare US storm

    Devastation from a rare and deadly October snowstorm lingered in the Northeast, leaving 2.2 million houses without power, closing schools, snarling the morning commute and postponing Halloween fun.

  • 07/11/2011 | World

    Woman accuses US candidate Cain of groping

    A woman accused US Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain of reaching under her skirt in 1997, adding to sexual harassment allegations that are threatening to derail his campaign.

  • 08/11/2011 | World

    Cain vows won't be forced out of 2012 campaign

    US Businessman Herman Cain defiantly denied sexual harassment allegations against him and vowed they would not force him to withdraw from the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

  • 26/09/2011 | World

    SEC mulls charges against S&P in CDO case

    Regulators disclosed they may take action against Standard & Poor's for securities law violations after the ratings agency gave top grades to a package of securitized mortgages in 2007 that quickly soured.

  • 28/09/2011 | World

    US man charged in Pentagon, Capitol explosive plot

    US authorities arrested and charged a Massachusetts man with plotting to damage or destroy the Pentagon and US Capitol by using remote-controlled aircraft filled with plastic explosives.

  • 27/10/2011 | World

    Rain, raid fears raise tension at NY Occupy Wall St

    Cold, wind, rain and fear of a police raid put New York's Occupy Wall Street protesters on edge, sparking conflicts at the 6-week-old camp over even the most mundane points of park life.

  • 19/09/2011 | World

    Abbas presses Palestinian UN bid despite warnings

    President Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations' top official he would seek full UN membership for a Palestinian state, a move the United States and Israel warn could lead to disaster and shatter chances for resuming peace negotiations.

  • 20/09/2011 | World

    Palestinians, US at odds over UN bid for statehood

    The Palestinian foreign minister said he was confident most UN Security Council members would endorse Palestinian statehood but the United States underscored its pledge to veto the move despite the risk of diplomatic fallout.

  • 21/09/2011 | World

    Execution of US murder convict may proceed

    The US Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch request to halt the execution yesterady of a Georgia death row inmate convicted of murdering a police officer in a high-profile death penalty case.

  • 09/09/2011 | World

    Power restored in US Southwest, Mexico after outage

    Power was restored to some 7 million people plunged into darkness by a blackout blamed partly on "human failure" that snarled traffic, idled elevators and sent workers home early in parts of California, Mexico and Arizona.

  • 11/09/2011 | World

    New Yorkers: United they stand

    By Adrián Royo Caldiz -From NYC-

    “This is the new sound of freedom,” a man said to his girlfriend as they stood in line, listening to the many beeps coming out from the several metal detectors being used on civilians by the New York police in order to look for any concealed weapons.

  • 12/09/2011 | World

    New York remains on alert after 9/11 anniversary

    By Adrián Royo Caldiz, from NYC.-
    The ceremony for the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks have come and gone, but for New Yorkers that doesn’t mean the terror threat is going away any time soon.

  • 07/09/2011 | World

    NASA spacecraft to probe the inside of the moon

    More than 100 spacecraft have been to the moon, including six with US astronauts, but one key piece of information about Earth's natural satellite is still missing -- what's inside.

  • 07/09/2011 | World

    Perry, Romney clash over job creation records

    Republican rivals Rick Perry and Mitt Romney exchanged sharp blows over who has the better job-creating record in a fiery presidential candidate debate that will help shape the 2012 race.

  • 08/09/2011 | World

    New York, Washington DC step up security amid credible threat

    Security has been heightened in New York City and Washington DC, because of a "credible but uncorroborated threat", New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated, but said city residents should go about their business as usual.

  • 01/09/2011 | World

    US Gov't to sue big banks over mortgage securities

    The agency that oversees mortgage markets is preparing to file suit against "more than a dozen" big US banks, accusing them of misrepresenting the quality of mortgages they packaged and sold during the housing bubble, the New York Times reported.

  • 02/09/2011 | World

    NYT editorial recommends Obama to look to Argentina 'for inspiration'

    An opinion editorial of the US newspaper The New York Times titled “Argentina’s turnaround tango” stated that President Barack Obama and the US Congress should look to Argentina “for inspiration” in economic policies issues. Nevertheless, the article also warned about the corruption and “government opacity“ of the Latin American country.

  • 05/09/2011 | World

    Storm Lee threatens US Southeast with heavy rains

    After testing New Orleans' flood defences over the weekend, Tropical Storm Lee moved northeast after weakening to a tropical depression, and threatened to bring heavy rains and flooding to a large section of the US Southeast.

  • 02/08/2011 | World

    Moody's confirms US rating at AAA, outlook negative

    Moody's Investors Service confirmed its AAA rating of the United States, citing the decision to raise the debt limit, but assigned a negative outlook to the rating, pressuring lawmakers to create a long-term fiscal consolidation plan.

  • 05/08/2011 | World

    United States loses AAA credit rating from S&P

    The United States lost its top-notch AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor's in an unprecedented reversal of fortune for the world's largest economy.

  • 10/08/2011 | World

    Syrian forces kill 15, US slaps sanctions

    Syrian forces killed 15 civilians in the city of Homs on Wednesday, an activists' group said, despite international calls for President Bashar al-Assad to end a bloody crackdown on protests against his rule.

  • 16/07/2011 | World

    Obama meets Dalai Lama at White House, defies China

    US President Barack Obama met with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama for roughly 45 minutes at the White House, potentially angering China, which called for the meeting to be canceled.

  • 22/07/2011 | World

    US delays final report on BP oil spill probe

    A US team probing the causes of last year's massive BP oil spill has delayed the release of its final report in order to more fully weigh the evidence, investigators said.

  • 29/07/2011 | World

    Cuba approves flights from 9 more US cities

    Air travel between the United States and Cuba will become easier with the opening of charter flights to the forbidden island from an additional nine US cities announced by Cuba authorities.

  • 09/07/2011 | World

    US Republican leader says broad debt deal unlikely

    An effort to craft a broad deal of up to $4 trillion in deficit-reduction appeared out of reach as Republican leader John Boehner cited differences with the White House on taxes and proposed pursuing a more modest package.

  • 15/07/2011 | World

    Astronaut welcomes China to space brotherhood

    A US astronaut on the final shuttle mission said China's first space station will be a welcome addition to the orbital brotherhood.

  • 15/07/2011 | World

    Dow Jones CEO, Murdoch lieutenant Hinton quits

    Les Hinton, the top executive of Rupert Murdoch's Dow Jones & Co, resigned after becoming one of the targets of criticism for the phone-hacking scandal that occurred when he oversaw News Corp's British newspapers, the company said.

  • 23/06/2011 | World

    Afghan drawdown creates risk, US military warns

    The US military warned that President Barack Obama's faster-than-expected drawdown in Afghanistan created new risks, even as commanders said they backed the strategy to start winding down the unpopular, nearly decade-old war.

  • 23/06/2011 | World

    France says to start gradual Afghan withdrawal

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he would follow the United States in starting a gradual troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a move that could shore up his popularity before a 2012 election.

  • 24/06/2011 | World

    New York state lawmakers approve gay marriage

    New York will become the sixth and most populous US state to allow gay marriage after senators voted 33-29 on Friday night to approve the move.

  • 14/06/2011 | World

    Major economies losing growth momentum, OECD says

    Major economies, with the exception of the United States, are losing momentum as the outlook for growth worsens in European and developing countries, the OECD's leading indicator for April showed today.

  • 14/06/2011 | World

    NY lawmakers set to vote on legalizing gay marriage

    New York could become the sixth US state to allow same-sex marriage next week after Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a bill today that he hopes will be approved by lawmakers.

  • 16/06/2011 | World

    Weiner resigns after photo scandal

    US Representative Anthony Weiner, snared in a humiliating flap for sending lewd photos of himself to women online, resigned, ending a weeks-long scandal that made his fellow Democrats cringe.

  • 23/05/2011 | World

    Monster tornado kills at least 116 in Missouri

    At least 116 people have died in Joplin, Missouri after a monster tornado roared through the small city, local officials said. Rescue crews from throughout the region were deployed to the town to help dig through the rubble, and aid those left injured and homeless.

  • 10/06/2011 | World

    Clinton says not pursuing World Bank job

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was not in discussions over the top job at the World Bank and that she was not pursing the post.

  • 11/06/2011 | World

    US Congressman Weiner seeks treatment after sex scandal

    US Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner defied calls from party leaders to resign and said he would instead seek treatment and a leave of absence after being snared in an Internet sex scandal.

  • 28/04/2011 | World

    Obama names Panetta as next US defence secretary

    President Barack Obama nominated CIA director Leon Panetta to be US defence secretary and General David Petraeus to replace him at the spy agency, in a major reset of the US national security team.

  • 30/04/2011 | World

    Obama ramps up recovery help for tornado-hit South

    The US government ramped up efforts to help thousands of homeless victims of the country's second deadliest recorded tornado outbreak, which killed at least 350 people.

  • 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

  • 14/04/2011 | World

    Budget vote shows challenge for Boehner, Obama

    US Congress approved a budget deal to avert a government shutdown, but mass defections in both parties highlighted the difficult fights ahead on spending and debt reduction.

  • 20/04/2011 | World

    Obama to attend April 29 space shuttle launch

    President Barack Obama plans to attend the April 29 launch of the space shuttle Endeavour at Cape Canaveral, Florida, a White House official said.

  • 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.

  • 02/04/2011 | World

    Obama likely to announce re-election bid next week

    US President Barack Obama is likely to announce plans next week to run for re-election and file campaign papers with the Federal Election Commission as early as Monday, a Democratic official said.

  • 05/04/2011 | World

    US teen pregnancy rate at record low

    The US teen pregnancy rate in 2009, the latest year for which data are available, hit its lowest since tracking began 70 years ago, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) said.

  • 05/04/2011 | World

    NY's rat problem damaging tourism, city official

    Absolutely no one likes a rat, a city official said, demanding $1.5 million be restored to the budget to be help control what he called Manhattan's horrific rat problem.

  • 19/03/2011 | World

    Bahrain eases curfew

    Bahrain cut curfew hours and urged residents to return to work after a crackdown on mainly Shi'ite Muslim protesters this week raised tensions in the world's largest oil-producing region.

  • 21/03/2011 | World

    US to transfer control of Libya force in days

    The United States will transfer control of the air assault on Libyan forces within days, President Barack Obama said, even as European divisions fuelled speculation that US leadership would continue.

  • 26/03/2011 | World

    Obama says Libya mission saved 'countless' lives

    President Barack Obama told Americans today that the military mission in Libya is clear, focused and limited, and that it has already saved "countless" civilian lives.

  • 17/03/2011 | World

    Obama orders nuclear review, sees risk in Japan

    President Barack Obama said he had ordered a comprehensive review of US nuclear facilities and said radiation from an earthquake-stricken power plant in Japan posed a "substantial risk" to people nearby.

  • 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.

  • 18/03/2011 | World

    US Judge temporarily blocks Wisconsin anti-union law

    A US judge temporarily blocked a controversial new law in Wisconsin that strips public employee unions of key collective bargaining rights.

  • 12/03/2011 | World

    Up to 100,000 protest Wisconsin law curbing unions

    Up to 100,000 people protested at the Wisconsin state Capitol against a new law curbing the union rights of public workers that is seen as one of the biggest challenges in decades facing US organized labour.

  • 16/03/2011 | World

    Airlines scramble to assist Japan exodus

    Airlines raced to clear Tokyo's airports of a backlog of passengers and help those wanting to leave, as fears grew that quake-stricken Japan was losing control of a steadily growing nuclear crisis.

  • 16/03/2011 | World

    Michelle Obama to write book about White House garden

    US first lady Michelle Obama will write a book about the kitchen garden she started at the White House and her efforts to promote healthy eating, the Crown publishing group said.

  • 01/03/2011 | World

    Diabetes out of control in many countries, US study

    People with diabetes in the United States and several other countries do not get effective treatment to control their disease, US researchers said, and health insurance, not personal wealth, plays a big role in determining which diabetics get good care.

  • 11/03/2011 | World

    Wisconsin enacts union curbs, rescinds layoffs

    Wisconsin's governor signed into law sweeping limits on collective bargaining rights for public sector workers that have ignited a national debate over unions as other states weigh similar curbs.

  • 12/03/2011 | World

    US contractor sentenced to 15 years in Cuba trial

    US aid contractor Alan Gross has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for crimes against the Cuban state, state-run television reported, in the latest setback to relations between two Cold War enemies.

  • 22/02/2011 | World

    US urges international community to repudiate violence in Libya

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Libya must end violence against protesters seeking to end Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's 41-year rule and the United States would take "appropriate steps" in time.

  • 23/02/2011 | World

    Obama assembles CEO group to advise on economy

    US President Barack Obama named a group of top corporate executives to join a new economic advisory panel, the latest move to boost the economy and reach out to the business community.

  • 26/02/2011 | World

    Labour protests draw thousands across United States

    Thousands of people rallied in cities across the United States against a Wisconsin plan to curb the power of public sector unions that has sparked similar government efforts in other states.

  • 16/02/2011 | World

    Borders files for bankruptcy, to close 200 stores

    Borders Group Inc filed for bankruptcy protection and said it would close about one-third of its bookstores, after years of shrivelling sales that made it impossible to manage its crushing debt load.

  • 18/02/2011 | World

    US vetoes UN draft condemning Israeli settlements

    The United States vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory after the Palestinians refused to withdraw the Arab-drafted text.

  • 19/02/2011 | World

    Palestinians will not spurn US despite veto, Abbas

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would continue to cooperate with the United States despite Washington's veto of a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements on occupied land.

  • 05/02/2011 | World

    Nasdaq finds 'suspicious files' in hacker probe

    Exchange operator Nasdaq OMX Group Inc found "suspicious files" on its US computer servers and determined one of its Internet-based client applications was "potentially affected" by hackers, the Nasdaq Stock Market's parent company said.

  • 10/02/2011 | World

    Obama calls Mubarak's latest move insufficient

    US President Barack Obama said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's statement that he would hand over power to his vice president was not enough to meet the demands of protesters clamouring for democratic change.

  • 15/02/2011 | World

    Coca-Cola says secret of its recipe still intact

    Coca-Cola Co said that its flagship cola recipe is still secret after nearly 125 years, denying a story by a public radio show that it has uncovered the formula.

  • 29/01/2011 | World

    WikiLeaks founder says enjoys making banks squirm

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he enjoys making banks squirm thinking they might be the next targets of his website which has published US diplomatic and military secrets.

  • 02/02/2011 | World

    US hardens stance against Mubarak's plan to stay

    The United States hardened its stance against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's plans to hang on to power until September and voiced suspicions the government might be instigating violence.

  • 02/02/2011 | World

    Clinton calls Suleiman, urges probe of violence

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Egypt's newly named vice president to hold accountable those responsible for violence in Cairo, the US State Department said.

  • 22/01/2011 | World

    Obama: State of the Union speech to focus on jobs

    President Barack Obama said he would use his annual State of the Union address to urge both parties to act to lift US growth and create more jobs.

  • 22/01/2011 | World

    Big powers leave Iran nuclear talks empty-handed

    World powers failed to prise any change from Iran in two days of talks on its nuclear programme, with the EU and United States calling the discussions disappointing and saying no further meetings were planned.

  • 27/01/2011 | World

    Record snow again buries US Northeast

    A thick blanket of snow covered US Northeast, as the fifth major storm of the winter set snowfall records, delayed the opening of financial markets and clogged Washington highways with abandoned cars.

  • 19/01/2011 | World

    Majority in US House votes to repeal healthcare law

    The Republican-led US House of Representatives passed legislation that would repeal President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reform law in a mostly symbolic move likely to be scuttled in the Senate.

  • 20/01/2011 | World

    US House Republicans launch healthcare law push

    Republicans in the US House of Representatives launched a plan to replace President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul "branch by branch" with measures they say would bring down soaring costs.

  • 21/01/2011 | World

    Cuba stops US mail in new hiccup in relations

    Cuba has suspended postal deliveries to the United States, its mail firm said, in a step backward for ties between neighbouring countries that have made cautious progress in repairing a Cold War-era rift.

  • 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.

  • 08/01/2011 | World

    Obama says Arizona shooting investigation under way

    US President Barack Obama said that US Representative Gabrielle Giffords was battling for her life after she was shot in Arizona and that the motivation for the shooting was not known.

  • 15/01/2011 | World

    Doctors open breathing hole in Giffords' throat

    Doctors performed a tracheotomy on US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, inserting a breathing tube through a hole in her neck and removing her from a ventilator, hospital officials said.

  • 06/01/2011 | World

    Two packages explode in Maryland buildings

    Two packages exploded in the mailrooms of two Maryland state government buildings, but no one was seriously injured, a federal law enforcement official said.

  • 07/01/2011 | World

    Bernanke grows more confident in US recovery

    The US economy may finally be hitting its stride even if growth remains too weak to put a real dent in the nation's jobless rate, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said.

  • 07/01/2011 | World

    Package to US homeland security chief ignites

    A package addressed to US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ignited at a postal facility in Washington D.C. but no one was injured.

  • 11/12/2010 | World

    Obama calls WikiLeaks' 'deplorable,' White House

    President Barack Obama told Turkish and Mexican leaders that WikiLeaks' actions were "deplorable" as the US administration kept up damage control efforts over the website's embarrassing release of masses of secret US cables.

  • 23/12/2010 | World

    Iran says January nuclear talks historic opportunity

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said talks with major powers in Istanbul next month would be a historic opportunity to resolve the nuclear dispute if the West dropped what he called its policy of confrontation.

  • 01/01/2011 | World

    Obama offers help after attacks in Egypt, Nigeria

    President Barack Obama condemned separate "outrageous terrorist bombing attacks" in Egypt and Nigeria and said the United States was prepared to assist both countries in responding to them.

  • 13/09/2013 | Latin America

    Argentina, Brazil ready efforts against cyber-espionage

    Argentine Defence Minister Agustín Rossi and his Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim have issued a joint statement with cyber-defence taking the center stage of the bilateral agenda.

  • 20/09/2013 | Latin America

    Morales calls ALBA nations to miss UN General Assembly

    Bolivian President Evo Morales will call on ALBA leaderships to miss next week’s meeting of the UN General Assembly in a show of solidarity towards Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro following the US decision to ban his jet from flying through Puerto Rico’s airspace en route to a state visit to China.

  • 17/07/2014 | Latin America

    Starbucks in Colombia: make room Juan Valdez

    Starbucks Corp opened its first shop in Colombia, 43 years after the world's biggest coffee chain first started buying beans from the country famous for its premium arabica coffee named after fictional coffee farmer Juan Valdez.

  • 09/08/2012 | Latin America

    Mexico extradites drug cartel 'queen' to the United States

    Mexico handed Sandra Avila, Mexico's highest-profile woman drug smuggler known as the "Queen of the Pacific," over to United States authorities to face trafficking charges north of the border.

  • 17/09/2012 | Latin America

    More than 30 escape from Mexican prison on US border

    More than 30 inmates have escaped from a prison in northern Mexico on the border with the United States, authorities in the state of Coahuila said.

  • 15/10/2012 | Latin America

    Hurricane Paul expected to weaken before hitting land

    Hurricane Paul, currently about 415 miles (670 kilometers) southwest of Mexico's Baja peninsula, is expected to weaken before making landfall in a sparsely populated area late on Tuesday, the US National Hurricane Center said.

  • 19/04/2012 | Latin America

    Ex-Supreme Court justice says Venezuela manipulates courts

    A Venezuelan Supreme Court judge who was removed from his post last month for assisting a drug trafficker has accused President Hugo Chávez's leftist government of systematically manipulating the courts, including meddling in drug cases.

  • 20/04/2012 | Latin America

    Venezuela seeks arrest of fugitive judge through Interpol

    Venezuela asked Interpol to issue a notice for the arrest of a former Supreme Court justice who fled the country after he was removed from the bench for allegedly assisting a drug trafficker.

  • 02/05/2012 | Latin America

    US, EU 'concerned' over Morales' expropriation

    Evo Morales Government’s decision to nationalize the main power transport company that was in hands of Red Eléctrica Española (REE) generated claims from Spain, but United States and the European Union showed their “concern.”

  • 09/01/2012 | Latin America

    Iranian, Venezuelan leaders rebuff US, joke about bomb

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuela's Hugo Chávez lavished each other with praise, mocked US disapproval and joked about having an atomic bomb at their disposal.

  • 02/04/2012 | Latin America

    Ecuador's Correa to skip Summit of the Americas

    Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said he will not attend this month's Summit of the Americas in Colombia, nor any other gathering that excludes Cuba or fails to address what he calls the region's most pressing issues.

  • 13/04/2012 | Latin America

    Mexican drug cartel leader sent to prison in Colorado

    The leader of a Mexican drug cartel was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison by a federal judge in Colorado, who said the kingpin's criminal enterprise sold $1 billion worth of cocaine in eight US states.

  • 06/12/2011 | Latin America

    Chávez laughs off Obama-kiss Benetton ad

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez laughed off a Benetton advertisement that showed him kissing his ideological adversary and US counterpart Barack Obama, guffawing that it was a "good joke."

  • 23/12/2011 | Latin America

    Cuba says to release 2,900 prisoners

    Cuba, which is preparing for a visit by Pope Benedict XVI next spring, will release 2,900 prisoners in the coming days for humanitarian reasons, including some convicted of crimes against "the security of the state," the Cuban government said.

  • 28/12/2011 | Latin America

    Chávez says US developed way to give LatAm leaders cancer

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez speculated that the United States might have developed a way to give Latin American leaders cancer, after Argentina's Head of State Cristina Fernández de Kirchner joined the list of presidents diagnosed with the disease.

  • 30/07/2011 | Latin America

    Unasur to hold 'urgent meeting' to face possible US crisis

    The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) will hold an “urgent meeting,” suggested by Colombia, to establish actions to protect the region from the possible economic crisis of the United States, the Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa reported.

  • 25/10/2011 | Latin America

    UN urges end to US Cuba embargo for 20th year

    The UN General Assembly called for the 20th straight year on the United States to lift its trade embargo against Cuba, as the communist-run island dismissed as fraudulent US moves to ease some restrictions.

  • 21/11/2011 | Latin America

    Bolivia says will not let US anti-drug agents return

    Bolivia, the world's No. 3 cocaine producer, said it would not let US anti-drug agents return even as government officials work with Washington on a plan to fight the narcotics trade.

  • 07/04/2011 | Latin America

    US expels Ecuadorean ambassador in tit-for-tat move

    The United States ordered Ecuador's ambassador to leave and scrapped a round of talks to retaliate for the expulsion of its envoy in Quito over US diplomatic cables alleging police corruption.

  • 08/04/2011 | Latin America

    Anti-Castro Cuban exile cleared of lying over bombs

    A Texas jury acquitted an 83-year-old anti-Castro Cuban exile and former CIA operative, considered an archfoe by Havana, of charges he lied to US authorities about his role in bomb attacks against tourist areas in Cuba in 1997.

  • 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.

  • 27/03/2011 | Latin America

    Jailed US man likely focus of Carter Cuba trip

    Former US President Jimmy Carter will begin a three-day visit to Cuba on Monday for what is described as a "private, non-governmental mission" where the main topic may be the fate of a US aid contractor jailed for setting up illegal Internet service.

  • 05/04/2011 | Latin America

    Ecuador demands US envoy leave over Wikileaks

    Ecuador said it had declared the US ambassador to the country "persona non grata," demanding the envoy leave over US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks reporting alleged police corruption.

  • 06/04/2011 | Latin America

    Ecuador ousted US envoy to guard Correa's 'honour'

    Ecuador said it had expelled the US ambassador to Quito to defend President Rafael Correa's honour, even though trade relations with Washington could suffer.

  • 07/01/2011 | Latin America

    Chile joins peers in recognizing Palestinian state

    Chile said it had recognized a Palestinian state, joining an endorsement by Latin American peers the United States has called premature and Israel has warned is harmful to the Middle East peace process.

  • 12/01/2011 | Latin America

    US, Cuba hold fresh round of migration talks

    US and Cuban officials sat down for a fresh round of migration talks that have been overshadowed by the case of a US contractor jailed in Havana on suspicion of espionage.

  • 04/02/2011 | Latin America

    Cuba to seek 20-year sentence for US contractor

    Cuban prosecutors will seek a 20-year prison sentence for jailed US aid contractor Alan Gross, who is accused of espionage in a case that has stalled US-Cuba relations, the Communist Party newspaper Granma said.

  • 22/11/2011 | Sports

    UK Olympic security boss dismisses US fear report

    The head of London's Olympic security dismissed as "rubbish" a media report that the United States was unhappy with arrangements for next summer's Games.

  • 31/07/2012 | Sports

    Field Hockey: US surprise 'Las Leonas' once again

    Argentina's national women's field hockey team stumbled once again against the United States and faced the first defeat in the Olympic Games in a match that lacked accuracy in the penalty corners.

  • 11/08/2012 | Sports

    Brazil win women's volleyball gold medal

    Brazil beat United States 3-1 to win the Olympic women's volleyball gold medal today.
    Japan beat South Korea 3-0 earlier in the day, to win bronze.

  • 26/03/2011 | Sports

    US survive Messi's masterclass to draw with Argentina

    Argentina’s national football team draw 1-1 with the United States in New Jersey with the presence of striker Lionel Messi for a friendly match. It was one of the last games before the América Cup to be held in Argentina.

  • 08/09/2011 | Sports

    Flooding evacuations ordered in 3 eastern US states

    Relentless rain spawned by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee caused major flooding in the eastern United States, forcing the evacuation of about 130,000 people in Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland and swamping homes and businesses all the way up to New England.

  • 14/11/2011 | Sports

    UK ponders missile defence for London 2012 Olympics

    Britain is ready to use missiles to protect next year's London Olympics from an airborne attack, Defence Minister Philip Hammond said, amid reports the United States was unhappy with security plans for the games.

  • 02/02/2011 | Sports

    US seizes sports piracy websites before Super Bowl

    With the Super Bowl just four days away, US prosecutors said they have seized 10 popular websites that illegally streamed live sports and pay-per-view events on the Internet.

  • 24/03/2011 | Sports

    Batista: 'Argentina is desperate to win something'

    Argentina’s national football team coach Sergio Batista affirmed that the team is “desperate to win something” because it has been 18 years “without getting anything.”

  • 25/03/2011 | Sports

    US on red alert after Messi given permission to roam

    The daunting prospect of trying to contain Argentina forward Lionel Messi has just been made even harder after the two-time FIFA Player of the Year was handed a new license to thrill.

  • 12/06/2014 | Arts and Media

    Legendary US actress Ruby Dee dies at 91

    Stage and screen actress Ruby Dee, who won acclaim on stage, film and television and became a notable figure in the US civil rights movement, died peacefully at home.

  • 30/07/2012 | Arts and Media

    US singer Tony Martin dies at age 98

    Singer Tony Martin, best known for his romantic 1950s ballads and his 60-year marriage to dancer Cyd Charisse, has died at the age of 98, his business manager said.

  • 20/08/2012 | Arts and Media

    US Comedienne Phyllis Diller dies at age 95

    Comedienne Phyllis Diller, the former housewife whose raucous cackle and jokes about her own looks made her one of US' first female stand-up comedy stars, died at age 95, her agent said.

  • 25/08/2012 | Arts and Media

    Foreign funnymen sweep British comedy awards

    Performers from the United States, Norway and New Zealand swept Britain's top comedy awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival today, the first time all three prizes have gone to non-British comedians.

  • 30/05/2012 | Arts and Media

    Springsteen lashes out at bankers in Berlin show

    Rocker Bruce Springsteen touched on a nerve of widespread discontent with the financiers and bankers at a Berlin concert, railing against them as "greedy thieves" and "robber barons."

  • 07/06/2012 | Arts and Media

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Trethewey named US poet laureate

    Natasha Trethewey, author of three poetry collections and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was named as the 19th US poet laureate, becoming only the second Southerner appointed to the position.

  • 21/07/2012 | Arts and Media

    US shooting quiets Hollywood, slows 'Dark Knight' box office

    Hollywood studios will not release box-offices figures on Sunday after the fatal gun rampage at a midnight showing for the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises," which made less money than some industry insiders projected.

  • 16/08/2011 | Arts and Media

    Biography claims Coco Chanel was a Nazi spy

    A new book about the life of Coco Chanel published in the United States aims to strengthen claims the French designer collaborated with the Nazis during World War II as a spy code-named "Westminster."

  • 25/08/2011 | Arts and Media

    Gibson Guitar to fight US probe of its wood imports

    Gibson Guitar Corp's chief executive said he would fight a federal investigation of the legendary guitar maker's wood imports after agents raided the company for the second time in two years.

  • 30/04/2012 | Arts and Media

    'Don't blame me for Whitney's death,' Bobby Brown says

    Whitney Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown struck back at claims he was responsible for getting the pop star hooked on drugs or that he somehow played a role in her cocaine-fueled death in February.

  • 16/02/2011 | Arts and Media

    Lenny Kravitz album to address black America

    Singer and musician Lenny Kravitz will release his first album in three years under the title "Black and White America," and he promised it will be his most musically and lyrically "diverse" yet.

  • 16/07/2011 | Arts and Media

    'Harry Potter' magic with record $92.1 million

    The eighth and final "Harry Potter" movie sold $92.1 million worth tickets in the United States and Canada on its first day in theaters to set a single-day box-office record, according to studio estimates.

  • 12/08/2011 | Arts and Media

    Coldplay's new 'Mylo Xyloto' album gets Oct. release

    British rock band Coldplay announced they will release their fifth studio album on October 25 in the United States and a day earlier elsewhere

  • 10/12/2010 | Arts and Media

    Jazz great James Moody dies of cancer, age 85

    Jazz saxophonist James Moody, a master of improvisation who was best known for his "Moody's Mood for Love," has died in San Diego after a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 85.

  • 21/01/2011 | Arts and Media

    US returns stolen Impressionist painting to France

    A stolen painting by French Impressionist Edgar Degas was formally returned to France at the residence of the French ambassador to the United States after it surfaced at an auction in New York.

  • 15/02/2011 | Arts and Media

    Lady Gaga heading for hit with Madonna's blessing

    Lady Gaga's new Madonna-influenced single "Born This Way" is expected to storm the US charts this week after record-setting radio play and more than 450,000 downloads, music industry sources say.

  • 26/06/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    Portugal must win big againt Ghana

    Portugal must win big against Ghana in their final World Cup Group G match in Brasilia today and hope Germany and the United States do not draw in Recife to have any hope of progressing to the last 16.

  • 01/07/2014 | In Depth - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

    United States, Belgium complete last-16

    Argentina will soon learn the identity of their opposition in the quarter-final of the 2014 World Cup, as the United States and Belgium face off in the final last 16 tie. The winner will meet the Albiceleste on Saturday.


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