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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

30th Jul 2013

US: Israel-Palestinian peace talks resume after three-year hiatus

Direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians have begun in Washington, D.C. Ahead of the talks, US foreign secretary John Kerry named former ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk as special envoy to guide the talks. [ Indyk was a deputy research director … Continued

28th Jul 2013

US: 7 killed in Florida shooting spree

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): A gunman killed six people before he was shot dead by the police in an apartment building in Miami, Florida, police said on Saturday. Pedro Vargas, 42, set his home on the fourth floor on fire at 6:30 … Continued

21st Jul 2013

US: Rallies for federal civil rights charges in Trayvon Martin case

Rallies have been held in US cities to protest the verdict in the death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin. The acquittal of his killer has sparked outrage and a renewed national discussion about racial profiling. Demonstrations began around noon on … Continued

20th Jul 2013

US: 4 killed, 7 hurt in Texas road crash

HOUSTON, (Xinhua): Four people were killed and seven others injured in a head-on crash in the U.S. state of Texas Friday, authorities said. The crash happened on a highway near Glen Rose, a city 350 km northwest of Texas’s largest … Continued

20th Jul 2013

US: Secret US court renews US phone surveillance program

A secret US intelligence court has renewed a surveillance program that orders Verizon to hand over millions of phone records to the government. The program was among those revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The office of National Intelligence Director James … Continued

19th Jul 2013

Panama: Ex-CIA fugitive Robert Seldon Lady detained in Panama

Former CIA station chief Robert Seldon Lady has been detained in Panama. In 2009 he was convicted in absentia in Italy of kidnapping a Muslim cleric in what was the first trial involving the CIA’s rendition program It was not … Continued

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