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10th Jun 2013

US secret surveillance program whistleblower identified

An ex-CIA employee has identified himself as the source of leaks about secret US surveillance programs. Britain’s Guardian newspaper revealed that the US National Security Agency had monitored phone and internet records. Edward Snowden, 29, admitted Sunday he was the … Continued

9th Jun 2013

US, China aligned on N Korea, climate and cybercrime

US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed to work together on the denuclearization of North Korea. They also found common ground on climate change and cybersecurity. Top US national security official Tom Donilon reported that … Continued

8th Jun 2013

US, Chinese presidents meet in California

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have begun two days of informal talks in California. The leaders are pushing for more cooperative ties between the world’s two largest economies. US President Barack Obama said on Friday that … Continued

8th Jun 2013

US: Shooting spree leaves several dead in Santa Monica

A black-clad gunman has wreaked havoc in the beach community of Santa Monica, California, taking several lives. The gunman was shot dead by police in the library of a local college. The gunman began his rampage on Friday by setting … Continued

US: US Internet giants scramble to reassure users amid snooping reports
7th Jun 2013

US: US Internet giants scramble to reassure users amid snooping reports

  Several American high-tech companies have scrambled to reassure users after a report that government agencies have been accessing their data. This follows a report about mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone calls. The report published by the Washington Post on … Continued

6th Jun 2013

US: Obama names Rice as White House security adviser

The US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice is to become President Barack Obama’s top national security advisor. At the UN she will be replaced by Samantha Power, a US human rights expert. President Barack Obama reshuffled his foreign policy … Continued

4th Jun 2013

US: New US sanctions target Iran’s currency, car industry

The United States has imposed more sanctions on Iran meant to increase the pressure on Tehran to come clean on its nuclear program. The latest measures target Iran’s currency and its auto industry. The executive order issued by US President … Continued

4th Jun 2013

US: Bradley Manning accused of knowingly passing intelligence to enemy

  A US soldier accused of leaking thousands of classified military documents has gone on trial outside of Washington. The prosecution and the defense painted very different pictures of the character of the army private. In his opening statement at … Continued

1st Jun 2013

US: At least 4 firefighters killed battling hotel fire in Houston

HOUSTON, (Xinhua): At least four firefighters were killed while battling a hotel fire in the fourth largest U.S. city of Houston on Friday, officials said. A spokesperson for Houston Mayor Annise Parker said at least four firefighters have died, and … Continued

1st Jun 2013

US: Oklahoma tornadoes kill at least five

HOUSTON, (Xinhua): The Oklahoma authorities confirmed on Friday that at least five people were killed when tornadoes slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs where are still recovering from a monster twister less than two weeks ago. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol … Continued

1st Jun 2013

U.S. slaps sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical industry

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The U.S. government on Friday slapped sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical industry as part of its efforts to intensify the squeeze on Tehran’s economy. In a written statement, the Treasury Department announced sanctions on eight Iranian petrochemical companies that … Continued

1st Jun 2013

US: Westerwelle and Kerry warn Russia on Syria peace efforts

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and US Secretary of State John Kerry say Syria’s war may be prolonged if Russia provides the Assad regime with advanced air weapons. They say peace talks could also be at risk. The pair met … Continued

29th May 2013

US confirms 2 embassy members injured in Venezuela

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): Two members of the U.S. embassy in Caracas, Venezuela were injured on Tuesday morning but not in a state of life-threatening, the State Department confirmed. “We can confirm that two members of the U.S. embassy in Caracas were … Continued

23rd May 2013

US: US admits it killed four of its own citizens in drone strikes

The Obama administration has acknowledged that it has killed four of its own citizens in drone strikes since 2009. The targeted killing of a US citizen in 2011 caused major controversy in the US. In a letter to Senate Judiciary … Continued

US: Powerful tornado kills at least 51 in state of Oklahoma
21st May 2013

US: Powerful tornado kills at least 51 in state of Oklahoma

[A man peers through the wreckage in Shawnee, Oklahoma, theUnited States, May 20, 2013. Tornadoes ravaged portions of central Oklahoma on Sunday, according to media reports. (Xinhua/Marcus DiPaola) ]   HOUSTON, (Xinhua): A powerful tornado struck the southern suburbs of Oklahoma … Continued

21st May 2013

US: Obama hails Myanmar reforms in Thein Sein visit, despite HR abuses against Muslims

US President Barack Obama has hailed the reforms taken by Myanmar leader Thein Sein but urged him to end violence against Muslims. Sein is the country’s first president to visit the White House in almost half a century. Speaking from … Continued

18th May 2013

US: 20 injured as trains collide north of New York after derailment

Washington, (Xinhua): Two trains collided after one of them derailed during the Friday evening rush hour in Fairfield, the U.S. state of Connecticut, injuring at least 20 people, local authorities said. The Fairfield police estimated that 20 to 25 people were … Continued

17th May 2013

US: Turkey, US agree ‘al-Assad should go for a free Syria’

Washington, (Hurriyet Daily News): Turkey and US agreed that a democratic process without Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was needed for a democratic transition of the war-torn country, U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday in a press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep … Continued

14th May 2013

US: Cameron sees “political will” to end Syrian war

British Prime Minister David Cameron has begun a trip to Washington, fresh from a visit to Moscow, by describing Russia as “keen” on a peace conference for war-torn Syria. British premier David Cameron emerged from talks with US President Barack … Continued

13th May 2013

US: Legal victory! Sikh student can wear Turban at National Exams

(New York, NY): The National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) provided Ampreet Singh, a Sikh optometry student, a religious accommodation to use a non-standardized optometry instrument – allowing him to wear his turban – to complete the clinical skills portion of … Continued

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