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US: Oklahoma prison botches inmate execution
30th Apr 2014

US: Oklahoma prison botches inmate execution

A US inmate in the state of Oklahoma has died during a botched execution 40 minutes after officials ordered proceedings. His death raises questions about new drug cocktails used to carry out the death penalty. Clayton Lockett, 38, was declared … Continued

US imposes new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
29th Apr 2014

US imposes new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The White House on Monday announced fresh sanctions on Russia, targeting seven government officials and 17 companies. These people, among them two from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, and entities were hit with a visas … Continued

Brazil: Violent protest hits Rio favela near Copacabana beach after dancer’s death
23rd Apr 2014

Brazil: Violent protest hits Rio favela near Copacabana beach after dancer’s death

Police and protesters have clashed in a Rio de Janeiro slum, amid public anger over the death of a young man who regularly appeared on the country’s largest TV network, Globo. Protesters blame police for the death. Violent protests broke … Continued

US: Obama signs bill aiming to block Iranian UN envoy from entering US
19th Apr 2014

US: Obama signs bill aiming to block Iranian UN envoy from entering US

President Barack Obama has signed hurried legislation banning anyone from entering the US as a UN representative if they have a past in either espionage or terrorism, and are still considered a threat to the US. The bill, signed into … Continued

Chile: 12 killed, president declares state of emergency in Valparaiso as deadly fire ravage hilltops
14th Apr 2014

Chile: 12 killed, president declares state of emergency in Valparaiso as deadly fire ravage hilltops

Fires sweeping through the Chilean city of Valparaiso has prompted the president to declare a state of emergency. The flames have destroyed homes in poorer areas and have claimed at least a dozen lives.   “This could be the worst … Continued

US: Police arrest suspect after fatal shooting at US Jewish facilities
14th Apr 2014

US: Police arrest suspect after fatal shooting at US Jewish facilities

Police in the US state of Kansas have taken a man suspected of involvement in deadly hate crime. An unidentified gunman killed several people in separate shooting targeting Jewish community centers in Kansas City. Authorities arrested a man suspected of … Continued

Americans, Germans disagree on details of EU-US free trade agreement
10th Apr 2014

Americans, Germans disagree on details of EU-US free trade agreement

A majority of Americans and Germans support an EU-US free trade agreement, according to a new poll. But they disagree about whose regulatory standards should be adopted. The opinion survey found that support for an EU-US free trade agreement was … Continued

US Senate votes to release CIA interrogation report
4th Apr 2014

US Senate votes to release CIA interrogation report

A US Senate panel has voted to declassify parts of its report on the CIA’s brutal interrogation methods under Republican President George W. Bush. The panel chair said the investigation results were “shocking.” The United States Intelligence Committee voted Thursday … Continued

US: Military releases preliminary details about deadly Fort Hood shooting
3rd Apr 2014

US: Military releases preliminary details about deadly Fort Hood shooting

  The gunman who killed three people at Fort Hood was a soldier currently undergoing mental health treatment, according to base officials. The motive behind the attack that left several dead remains unclear. Details began emerging on Wednesday night about … Continued

Chile: Five confirmed dead in 8.2 quake
2nd Apr 2014

Chile: Five confirmed dead in 8.2 quake

  [ Photo: People stay in the street after an earthquake in Valparaiso, Chile. (Xinhua/Str)]   SANTIAGO, (Xinhua):  Five people have died in a 8.2-magnitude earthquake that hit off Chilean northern coast Tuesday, according to Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo. According … Continued

13th Mar 2014

US: Death toll of New York building collapse rises to three

[Firefighters work at the site of explosion in New York's East Harlem neighborhood (Xinhua/Wu Rong)] NEW YORK, (Xinhua): A powerful explosion leveled two residential buildings in New York’s East Harlem neighborhood on Wednesday morning, killing three people, while nine others … Continued

13th Mar 2014

US: Yatsenyuk visits Washington: Ukraine will ‘never surrender’

Interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk has said his country won’t “surrender” in its fight for sovereignty. The comments were made during his visit with US President Obama amid a diplomatic crisis with Russia.   “Ukraine is and will be part … Continued

12th Mar 2014

US Senate intelligence panel head accuses CIA of spying on panel’s computers

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday accused the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of illegally searching computers used by her staffers investigating CIA interrogation methods, but the CIA director quickly denied the allegation. … Continued

6th Mar 2014

US hires Israeli company to retrofit Mexico border wall

By Chloe Benoist An Israeli military contractor, whose surveillance technology is used along Israel’s apartheid wall constructed in the Palestinian West Bank, has been chosen by the United States to provide similar services on the southern border with Mexico, Israeli … Continued

2nd Mar 2014

Venezuela: Caracas burns anew as anti-Maduro protests extend into March

Venezuelans have again taken to the streets of Caracas. The latest round of protests has called for the release of dozens of activists who have been arrested during three weeks of violent demonstrations. On Saturday, protesters formed a convoy in … Continued

21st Feb 2014

Venezuela government moves to ‘restore order’ amid opposition protests

The Venezuelan government has ordered paratroopers to the border city of San Cristobal, where unrest has been particularly strong. Meanwhile, opposition leaders have condemned the government’s crackdown on protests. Tensions remained high in Venezuela on Thursday as protesters and security … Continued

17th Feb 2014

US: Shooting in Dallas leaves one dead, six more injured

HOUSTON, (Xinhua): One person was killed and six others injured in a shooting after a brawl between rival gangs at a nightclub in Dallas, a city in the U.S. state of Dallas, spilled outside and turned violent early Sunday morning, … Continued

17th Feb 2014

Venezuela: Maduro orders US expulsions; wanted opposition leader defiant

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the expulsion of three US consular officials as protests rumble on. Meanwhile, the wanted opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez says he will face the possibility of arrest.  President Nicolas Maduro announced late on Sunday that … Continued

15th Feb 2014

Venezuelan security forces break up student protests in Caracas

Security forces in Venezuela have deployed tear gas and water canon to break up a student protest in the capital, Caracas. The clash comes two days after three people died in violence at anti-government rallies. Some 500 students blocked the … Continued

13th Feb 2014

US Senate approves raising debt ceiling

  The US Senate has approved a measure to raise the country’s debt ceiling for one more year. The “no strings attached” bill now awaits President Barack Obama’s signature.   The upper house of the US Congress voted 55-43 on … Continued

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