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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

13th May 2013

US: Shots at Mother’s Day parade injures 19 in New Orleans

Gunmen opened fire during a Mother’s Day neighborhood parade in New Orleans, injuring at least 19 people. Two children were among the victims. Marchers in a second-line parade, a loose procession of people following a brass band, had their Mother’s … Continued

8th May 2013

US: No Entry for Narendra Modi

By Ram Puniyani Narendra Modi, for whom some countries are warming up to relate to him in Europe and in the East; the latest report from US must be very disheartening. Despite a strong lobby for pressurizing to grant him … Continued

8th May 2013

US: Pentagon report says military sexual assaults on rise

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): US Department of Defense on Tuesday released a report that saw a sharp rise in sexual assault in the military, highlighting a pandemic the Pentagon is scrambling to stamp out. According to the report, an estimated 26,000 people … Continued

3rd May 2013

US: Man kills himself in shooting at Texas airport

HOUSTON, (Xinhua): Local police in Houston, a city in the U.S. state of Texas, confirmed an armed man shot and killed himself at the city’s Bush Intercontinental Airport Thursday afternoon. The police said that at around 1:35 p.m. local time, … Continued

3rd May 2013

US: Obama ponders weapons for Syrian rebels

US President Barack Obama has revealed that Washington is considering “all options” in its Syria policy, particularly in light of evidence of use of chemical weapons. Meanwhile, there were informal talks at the UN. Arriving at the beginning of a … Continued

3rd May 2013

US: Egyptian activist faces pro-Israel backlash after award nomination

Al-Akhbar: The nomination of an Egyptian activist to receive a human rights award has led to uproar by pro-Israeli media over her comments supporting resistance against Israeli occupation. The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, also known as “the … Continued

2nd May 2013

US: Three suspects charged for obstructing justice in Boston bombing case

Three additional suspects have been taken into custody in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings and have been charged with obstructing justice. The April 15 attack killed three and injured more than 200. According to documents filed in a … Continued

2nd May 2013

US: UN calls Guantanamo force-feeding “torture”

Force-feeding hunger strikers is a breach of international law, the UN’s human rights office said Wednesday, as US authorities tried to stem a protest by inmates at the controversial Guantanamo Bay jail. The statement came a day after US President … Continued

30th Apr 2013

US: Arab countries concede Palestinian land for peace

After meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Arab states appear to have softened conditions for Israeli-Palestinian peace. A land swap could now form part of any deal. Speaking on behalf of an Arab League delegation, Sheikh Hamad bin … Continued

28th Apr 2013

Mexico: 13 killed, dozens injured in Mexico prison riot

MEXICO CITY, (Xinhua):  Thirteen inmates were killed and 65 others injured in a prison riot Saturday in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi, local authorities said.   A clash erupted when a group of inmates, fed up with … Continued

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