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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

12th Feb 2014

US: French president honoured at state dinner in Washington

French President Francois Hollande has been wined, dined and praised by his US counterpart at a state dinner at the White House. On the last day of his trip, Hollande is flying on to meet tech leaders in Silicon Valley. … Continued

4th Feb 2014

US: Over 400 flights canceled as snow storm hits New York area

  [A pedestrian walks in a snow-covered street in New York City, US. (Xinhua/Wang Xijia)]   NEW YORK, (Xinhua):- More than 400 flights have been canceled due to the heavy snow on Monday at the three major airports in the … Continued

3rd Feb 2014

El Salvador: Leftist Ceren takes lead in presidential vote

El Salvador’s leftist ruling party candidate, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, is leading the country’s presidential election, according to early results. But with outright victory not assured, he is set to face a runoff.  Early results late Sunday pointed towards a victory … Continued

29th Jan 2014

US: 17-year-old suspect shot by police in Honolulu high school

LOS ANGELES, (Xinhua): A 17-year-old boy suspected of being an outstanding runaway was shot by police on the campus of Roosevelt High School in Honolulu Tuesday morning after allegedly stabbing a Honolulu police officer. Honolulu Police Department officials told local … Continued

29th Jan 2014

US: President Obama focuses on economic inequality during State of the Union address

US President Barack Obama has pledged more action on economic inequality in his annual State of the Union address. Obama called for cooperation and bipartisanship in order to achieve goals at home and abroad. President Barack Obama called for a … Continued

27th Jan 2014

Iranian officials dismiss Kerry’s nuclear remarks

TEHRAN, (Xinhua): Iranian officials have downplayed the recent remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran’s nuclear program and threatened to target U.S. interests if the Islamic republic is attacked. The remarks by Kerry are a violation of … Continued

26th Jan 2014

US: Three people dead, 5 injured in shopping mall shooting in state of Maryland

[ Photo: People are evacuated from Columbia Town Center Mall after three people were killed in a shooting in the mall in Columbia of Maryland, United States, on Jan.25 (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)]   WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): Three people died and five were … Continued

Canada: Thirty feared dead as rescuers search for survivors in Canada retirement home fire
24th Jan 2014

Canada: Thirty feared dead as rescuers search for survivors in Canada retirement home fire

(Photo: Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN)   Canadian firefighters are searching for 30 missing elderly after a fire burned down a Quebec retirement home. Police have already confirmed five fatalities, with the prime minister saying a high death toll is … Continued

22nd Jan 2014

EU freezes part of transatlantic trade negotiations with US

  The EU has put one area of its negotiations with the US for a transatlantic free trade deal on hold. Brussels has expressed concern over provisions that would allow corporations to sue governments in private court. The European Union … Continued

18th Jan 2014

US: Two students get shot at Philadelphia high school

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): Two students were shot at a high school Friday in Philadelphia, the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, local media reported. The shooting happened at around 3:20 p.m. local time at the Delaware Valley Charter School. The injured boy and … Continued

18th Jan 2014

US: Obama NSA reform proposals receive mixed reaction in Berlin

Senior political leaders in Berlin have welcomed US President Barack Obama’s NSA speech as an important first step. But many have expressed scepticism that Washington will follow through with broad surveillance reform. President Obama’s proposals to reform US surveillance operations … Continued

15th Jan 2014

US: Two injured in New Mexico school shooting, student suspect arrested

HOUSTON,  (Xinhua): A 12-year-old boy opened fire on two classmates at a middle school in the U.S. state of New Mexico Tuesday, leaving both injured before he dropped the shotgun and was taken into custody, local media reported. Shots rang … Continued

10th Jan 2014

Chilean football club sparks Israeli outrage with pro-Palestinian uniform

A Chilean football club has sparked debate over its new jerseys, in which the number “1” is replaced by an outline of pre-1948 Palestine, angering Israel which demanded the uniform’s removal, local media reported. Club Deportivo Palestino, a first division … Continued

8th Jan 2014

US: Former US defense chief criticizes Obama leadership in Afghan war

    In his new memoir, former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has delivered a scathing critique of President Obama’s leadership during the Afghanistan war. According to Gates, Obama “doesn’t believe in his own strategy.” A figure who enjoys bipartisan … Continued

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