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

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

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