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24th Aug 2013

Obama asks for ‘options’ on Syria military action, says Hagel

The US defense secretary has strongly hinted the US is preparing its naval forces and assets in case President Obama orders military action against Syria. It follows allegations this week of a chemical weapons attack. Speaking to reporters aboard a … Continued

22nd Aug 2013

US: Wikileaks whistleblower Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

US Army Private and whistleblower Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison and dishonorably discharged Wednesday for revealing secret information on American military activity. In a two-minute announcement of the verdict, military judge Colonel Denise Lind told Manning … Continued

19th Aug 2013

US: Three killed in Dallas nightclub shooting

HOUSTON, (Xinhua): Three people were killed early Sunday after a nightclub fight turned deadly in the U.S. city of Dallas, local media reported. A “possible suspect” turned himself in late Sunday and was being interviewed, according to local daily Dallas … Continued

15th Aug 2013

US: Wikileaks US Army private Manning apologizes in court

The US army private who leaked thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks has apologized in court. Bradley Manning expressed regret for the first time as he took to the stand during his sentencing hearing. US soldier Bradley Manning addressed the … Continued

14th Aug 2013

Brazil: Kerry defends U.S. spying on Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Xinhua): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry indicated during his visit to Brazil Tuesday the U.S. would continue to monitor individual and corporate communications in Brazil for security reasons. Kerry urged Brazil not to let the revelations … Continued

13th Aug 2013

Brazil: Two air force men killed in small plane crash

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Xinhua): Two Brazilian Air Force officers were killed on Monday in the crash of a small plane in Pirassununga, Sao Paulo state, according to local authorities. The victims, captains Joao Igor Silva Pivovar and Fabrico Carvalho, were … Continued

10th Aug 2013

US plans to reopen 18 diplomatic posts after terror alert

The United States has said it plans to reopen 18 of the 19 embassies and consulates closed due to a global terror alert. The embassy in Yemen, however, will remain closed because of an ongoing threat. The US State Department … Continued

10th Aug 2013

US: President Obama aiming to tighten up intelligence agency oversight

US President Barack Obama has said he will work with Congress to implement changes to the oversight of the National Security Agency. This comes amid a controversy over the NSA’s surveillance activities. President Obama told reporters at the White House … Continued

9th Aug 2013

US indicts 2 friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): U.S. federal authorities on Thursday indicted two Kazakh students for aiding and abetting the Boston Marathon bombing suspect whom they befriended, the next step in bring them to trial. Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19, were also … Continued

8th Aug 2013

Argentina declares 2 days of mourning for Rosario blast victims

BUENOS AIRES, (Xinhua): The government of Argentina Wednesday declared two days of national mourning for the 10 fatal victims of an explosion in an apartment building in the northern city of Rosario. Presidential spokesman, Alfredo Scoccimarro, said President Cristina Fernandez … Continued

8th Aug 2013

Obama cancels Putin meeting over Snowden row

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in response to Russia’s decision to grant Edward Snowden asylum. But Obama will still attend the G20 summit in St. Petersburg. White House Deputy National Security Advisor … Continued

7th Aug 2013

Argentina: Apartment building blast kills 9, search for survivors continues

BUENOS AIRES, (Xinhua): At least nine people were killed and another 63 injured when a boiler exploded Tuesday in an apartment building in Argentina’s second-largest city of Rosario, local authorities said. About 21 people remained missing, healthcare, according to police … Continued

6th Aug 2013

US: Amazon’s Bezos to buy Washington Post for USD 250 million

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The Washington Post Co. announced on Monday that it has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to Jeff Bezos,founder and chief executive of Amazon.com, ending the Graham family’s control of one of the leading news organizations in the … Continued

5th Aug 2013

US to keep 19 missions closed for next week amid fears of terrorist attack

The US has announced that many of the embassies that it closed over fears of a terror attack will remain shut for the coming week. Some European countries have also temporarily closed their diplomatic missions in Yemen. A statement released … Continued

2nd Aug 2013

US: Samantha Power confirmed as next US envoy to UN

The US Senate has confirmed Samantha Power as Washington’s new ambassador to the UN. An expert on human rights and genocide, Power has advocated a tougher US policy toward Syria. The Senate on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of Power, … Continued

1st Aug 2013

US lower house passes bill on tougher sanctions against Iran

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The U.S. House of Representatives adopted a bill on Wednesday aiming at choking out Iran’s oil exports, just four days before the Islamic republic’s moderate president-elect takes office. The bill, which passed with a vote of 400 to … Continued

1st Aug 2013

US releases NSA documents amid fresh Snowden reports

The US government has released declassified documents showing the extent of the collection of telephone data by the NSA. Meanwhile, there were fresh revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The three documents, which US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said … Continued

31st Jul 2013

US: Bradley Manning found guilty of espionage but not aiding the enemy

Bradley Manning has been convicted of most of the criminal counts against him, including espionage, but has not been found guilty of aiding the enemy. That charge would have carried a maximum life sentence. Manning was found guilty of espionage … Continued

31st Jul 2013

US: Mideast “peace talks” to last nine months

Israel and the western-backed Palestinian Authority will seek to reach a peace agreement within nine months and negotiators will meet again within two weeks after holding a “positive” first round of talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on … Continued

30th Jul 2013

US: Over 100 children rescued in FBI sex trafficking raids

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced Monday 105 children involved in sex trafficking and exploitation have been rescued in 76 cities across the United States over the weekend. The FBI said at a press conference that the … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview done on 29 May 2013 and transmitted on 12 June 2013


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