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4th Sep 2013

US President Obama gains Syria strike support as Senate panel drafts resolution

A US Senate panel has reached a deal on draft authorization for the use of military force in Syria, which is to be voted on Wednesday. President Obama has already won backing for a strike from senior Republicans. Following a … Continued

3rd Sep 2013

US: Swimmer Nyad completes historic Cuba to Florida trip

American Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective shark cage. The 64-year-old completed the 170-kilometer (105-mile) trip in just over 50 hours on her fifth attempt. Nyad was met by crowds … Continued

1st Sep 2013

US: Obama calls for “limited” action as polls show low support for Syria strike

President Barack Obama said the United States was weighing “limited, narrow” action against Syria, as the US and France lead efforts for a military strike in the war-torn country despite polls showing public disapproval. Obama emphasized he had made no … Continued

30th Aug 2013

Colombia: At least 20 injured as police, protesters clash in Bogota

BOGOTA, (Xinhua): At least 20 people were injured and some stores damaged here on Thursday in clashes between riot police and demonstrators gathering at central Bolivar Square to show support for striking farmers. Local media reported that as many as … Continued

30th Aug 2013

Honduras: Six children killed in N Honduras landslide

TEGUCIGALPA, (Xinhua): Six children, five of them brothers and sisters, were killed in northern Honduras Thursday when a landslide buried two homes under a ton of soil. The landslide hit the village of El Balin in Santa Cruz de Yojoa … Continued

29th Aug 2013

US: Fort Hood killer Hasan sentenced to death

Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan (pictured above in prison clothes) has been sentenced to death for the killing of 13 people in 2009 at a Texas military base. The jury took just over two hours on Wednesday to decide on … Continued

27th Aug 2013

US: California wildfire rages on as flames approach San Francisco water supply

An enormous wildfire continues to rage in California’s Yosemite National Park. The blaze is making its way towards San Francisco’s water supply but authorities say the water remains safe for now. Nearly 3,700 firefighters were on hand Monday as the … Continued

26th Aug 2013

Mexico: Death toll in train derailment rises to 6

MEXICO CITY, (Xinhua): The death toll has climbed to six and 22 people were injured when a freight train derailed in southeastern Mexico early Sunday, local authorities reported. The train, known as “The Beast,” went off the tracks around 3:00 … Continued

25th Aug 2013

US: Fifty year anniversary of Martin Luther King speech celebrated in Washington

Tens of thousands have taken to the streets of Washington to remember the landmark speech by Martin Luther King fifty years ago. In the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing, many people spoke of challenges still ahead. The marchers followed … Continued

24th Aug 2013

Bolivia: At least 29 killed in prison riot

LA PAZ, (Xinhua): At least 29 people were killed and some 50 others injured in a violent prison riot in the eastern Bolivian city of Santa Cruz early Friday, officials said. One of the dead was a child living with … Continued

24th Aug 2013

US military jury sentences Bales to life in prison for Afghanistan massacre

A US soldier has been sentenced to life in prison without a chance of release for massacring 16 Afghan men, women and children last year. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales had pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. A military jury … Continued

24th Aug 2013

Obama asks for ‘options’ on Syria military action, says Hagel

The US defense secretary has strongly hinted the US is preparing its naval forces and assets in case President Obama orders military action against Syria. It follows allegations this week of a chemical weapons attack. Speaking to reporters aboard a … Continued

22nd Aug 2013

US: Wikileaks whistleblower Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

US Army Private and whistleblower Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison and dishonorably discharged Wednesday for revealing secret information on American military activity. In a two-minute announcement of the verdict, military judge Colonel Denise Lind told Manning … Continued

19th Aug 2013

US: Three killed in Dallas nightclub shooting

HOUSTON, (Xinhua): Three people were killed early Sunday after a nightclub fight turned deadly in the U.S. city of Dallas, local media reported. A “possible suspect” turned himself in late Sunday and was being interviewed, according to local daily Dallas … Continued

15th Aug 2013

US: Wikileaks US Army private Manning apologizes in court

The US army private who leaked thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks has apologized in court. Bradley Manning expressed regret for the first time as he took to the stand during his sentencing hearing. US soldier Bradley Manning addressed the … Continued

14th Aug 2013

Brazil: Kerry defends U.S. spying on Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Xinhua): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry indicated during his visit to Brazil Tuesday the U.S. would continue to monitor individual and corporate communications in Brazil for security reasons. Kerry urged Brazil not to let the revelations … Continued

13th Aug 2013

Brazil: Two air force men killed in small plane crash

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Xinhua): Two Brazilian Air Force officers were killed on Monday in the crash of a small plane in Pirassununga, Sao Paulo state, according to local authorities. The victims, captains Joao Igor Silva Pivovar and Fabrico Carvalho, were … Continued

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

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