28th Jun 2013

US Senate approves immigration reform bill

The President Barack Obama was quick to welcome the 68-32 vote to approve the landmark legislation. It includes reform of legal immigration and a major investment of $46 billion (33 billion euros) into border security. Fourteen Republicans joined a unanimous … Continued

25th Jun 2013

Snowden elusive, Germany queries Britain’s Tempora tapping program

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden remains elusive after missing his aircraft booking from Moscow to Cuba. Germany, meanwhile, wants answers from Britain on an alleged spy program called “Tempora.” Aeroflot flight SU150 left Moscow on Monday bound for Cuba without … Continued

24th Jun 2013

Snowden running, US asks Russia for help, scolds Hong Kong

The White House expects Russia to “look at all options available” to extradite Edward Snowden to the United States to face espionage charges. The former security contractor is reported to be seeking asylum in Ecuador. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin … Continued

23rd Jun 2013

US: Building collapses in Texas university, 4 injured

HOUSTON, (Xinhua): A university building under construction collapsed in the U.S. state of Texas on Saturday, leaving four workers injured — one critically, according to local media reports. The incident occurred before 11:00 a.m. at the Texas A&M University in … Continued

23rd Jun 2013

Hong Kong: Snowden leaves Hong Kong

The former US intelligence official Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong, a media report says. It comes after US officials contacted Hong Kong to request his extradition. The South China Morning Post reported on Sunday that Snowden had left Hong … Continued

22nd Jun 2013

Brazil: 10 arrested in Rio mass protests

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Xinhua): At least 10 people have been arrested when protestors clashed with police in a mass street demonstration demanding better public services, police said Friday. Meanwhile, state Security Secretary Jose Mariano Beltrame said the army in Brazil’s … Continued

22nd Jun 2013

US charges, seeks extradition of alleged NSA-leaker Snowden

Officials have charged Edward Snowden and demanded his return to the United States. The former NSA employee allegedly leaked details about a top-secret surveillance program, sparking public uproar across the US. Prosecutors filed a sealed criminal complaint against Snowden and … Continued

Brazil: One million protest against World Cup costs in Brazil
21st Jun 2013

Brazil: One million protest against World Cup costs in Brazil

At least one million people have taken to the streets of Brazil, protesting everything from corruption and poor public services to the costs of the 2014 World Cup. The wave of protests hit at least 80 cities. The largest demonstration … Continued

19th Jun 2013

US to hold peace talks with Afghan Taliban in Doha

After 12 years of war, the US and the Taliban have announced that they will seek a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan. The announcement came after the Taliban opened a political office in Qatar. US President Barack Obama … Continued

15th Jun 2013

US: Louisiana plant explosion kills 1, injures 5

HOUSTON, (Xinhua): One person was killed and five others were injured in an explosion that rattled a fertilizer plant in the U.S. state of Louisiana Friday evening, local media reported. The explosion, caused by a nitrogen vessel rupture, happened at … Continued

US: Tech companies clarify their roles in US PRISM data snooping
15th Jun 2013

US: Tech companies clarify their roles in US PRISM data snooping

Facebook and Microsoft have revealed thousands of data requests made by US authorities in 2012. The US has announced that it will provide more information on its controversial PRISM surveillance program to the EU In a statement, Facebook General Counsel … Continued

15th Jun 2013

US: Obama briefs EU leaders on change in US policy on Syria

US President Barack Obama has spoken with several European leaders to explain a decision to send arms to Syrian rebels. Germany has reiterated its opposition to sending weaponry to Syria. The American president spent much of a one-hour-long video conference … Continued

14th Jun 2013

Argentina: 3 killed, hundreds injured in train crash

BUENOS AIRES, (Xinhua): A train carrying passengers during the morning rush-hour Thursday crashed into another stationary empty train outside Buenos Aires, killing three people and injuring more than 300 others. The accident occurred at 7:07 a.m. local time (1007 GMT) … Continued

14th Jun 2013

US: Chemical plant blast kills 1, injures 77 in Louisiana

HOUSTON, (Xinhua): One person was confirmed dead and 77 more injured in an explosion that rocked a chemical plant in the U.S. state of Louisiana Thursday, local officials said. The blast happened around 8:30 a.m. at Williams Olefins plant in … Continued

13th Jun 2013

US eases sanctions on Syrian opposition

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The Obama administration on Wednesday announced eased sanctions on the Syrian opposition, just as the United States and Britain were holding discussions on more efforts to aid the rebels in their fighting against the government troops. The fresh … Continued

13th Jun 2013

US whistleblower Snowden vows to fight possible extradition

Edward Snowden, the US man who revealed a secret scheme to monitor phone and internet data, has given his first interview since going to ground in Hong Kong two days ago. He vowed to resist any extradition attempt. In an … Continued

12th Jun 2013

US: Man shot dead at Houston shopping center

HOUSTON, (Xinhua): A man was gunned down by an unknown assailant at a strip shopping center in the U.S. city of Houston Tuesday afternoon, local media reported. The man was shot by gunfire shortly before 5 p.m. local time in … Continued

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

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