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U.S. envoy called to Merkel office to discuss spy 'crisis'

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office asked the US ambassador to come in Thursday to discuss new allegations of NSA spying, which threaten to drive a new wedge through transatlantic ties.

All-clear at Washington Navy Yard after shooting scare

Washington - A US Navy installation in Washington was given the all-clear Thursday after a tense lockdown and search for several hours over reports of a possible shooting, authorities said.

U.S. train with toxic chemicals derails, catches fire

Washington - A train carrying toxic chemicals derailed in Tennessee and caught fire, prompting a large-scale evacuation, fire fighters said Thursday.

US seeks extradition of 7 FIFA officials from Switzerland

Ginebra - The United States has demanded the extradition of seven FIFA officials detained in May setting off what could become a prolonged legal battle over the handling of the major corruption case.

Macy's and Costa Rica dump defiant Trump

New York - Macy's became the latest company to sever ties with Donald Trump, and Costa Rica decided to pull out of his Miss Universe competition following the mogul's controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants.

U.S. Episcopal Church approves same-sex marriages

Washington - The US Episcopal Church announces that it approved ceremonies for same-sex marriages, shortly after the Supreme Court legalized the practice across country.

Hope for U.S.-Cuba ties at Havana's 'Park of Sighs'

Havana - As word spread that the United States will soon turn its interests section into a full-fledged embassy in Havana, Cubans standing outside the mission Wednesday voiced hope for a better future.

U.S., Cuba agree to restore ties, embassies to reopen

Washington - The United States and Cuba on Wednesday agreed a historic deal to re-establish full diplomatic relations, severed 54 years ago in the heat of the Cold War.

State Dept. releases nearly 2,000 Clinton emails

Washington - The State Department released nearly 2,000 emails from Hillary Clinton's time as top US diplomat, following orders from a federal judge.

CIA promises better diversity

Washington - CIA Director John Brennan announced a series of measures to improve diversity at the upper echelons of the spy agency, currently occupied by a disproportionate majority of whites.

US, Cuba reach deal to reopen embassies

Washington - The United States and Cuba have reached a deal to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana, in a major step toward ending decades of Cold War enmity.

Obama and Rousseff focus on climate, play down spy row

Washington - US President Barack Obama and Brazil's Dilma Rousseff traded compliments and vowed to work together on renewable energy Tuesday, bidding to put a bitter spying row behind them.

Iran-U.S. talks give foes rare window into another world

Vienna - Iran and US have not had diplomatic ties for more than three decades, yet over the past 20 months they have likely sat down together more often than any other nations on Earth.

Solar Impulse reaches quarter way point in Japan-U.S. flight

Toukyo - A solar-powered aircraft on a round-the-world flight was high above the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, over a quarter of the way to Hawaii after leaving Japan, the mission website showed.

NSA spied on French economy ministers, top companies: Reports

Paris - The US wiretapped two of France's economy ministers and spied on the country's largest companies, French media reported citing WikiLeaks documents, just days after it emerged the US had spied on three of the country's leaders.

Puerto Rico, crushed by debt, seeks moratorium

San Juan - Crushed by liabilities it now cannot repay, Puerto Rico is seeking to reschedule its $73 billion debt, the US commonwealth's governor said.

NBC, Televisa latest to dump Trump over Mexican immigrant comments

New York - NBC and Televisa severed business ties with Donald Trump, joining a chorus of protests over the mogul turned US presidential hopeful's remarks about Mexican immigrants.

U.S. says there's a way to give UN access to Iran sites

Vienna - Global powers negotiating with Iran have put forward proposals to give the UN atomic watchdog access to all suspect Iranian sites as part of the outlines of a deal, a senior US official said Monday.

US Supreme Court backs use of controversial lethal injection drug

Washington - The US Supreme Court on Monday upheld the use of a controversial sedative in executions by lethal injection, saying it does not violate the Constitution.

Lavrov going to Vienna amid tough Iran talks

Moscow - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he planned to meet his US counterpart John Kerry on Tuesday in Vienna where global powers are engaged in make-or-break nuclear talks with Iran.

Obama sent Iran message ahead of nuclear deadline: Report

Tehran - US President Barack Obama recently sent a private message to Iran's leadership via Iraq's prime minister, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday on the eve of a deadline for a nuclear deal.

U.S. plane crash kills three, sets home ablaze

Washington - A small plane crashed into a US home Sunday killing all three of the people on board, while the house's occupants escaped a devastating blaze that erupted immediately, officials said.

Second NY prison escapee shot and captured

New York - A convicted murderer who escaped from a maximum-security New York prison three weeks ago has been shot and captured, authorities and media said Sunday, two days after his fellow escapee was shot dead.

Brazil's Rousseff on fence-mending US visit

New York - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff met Sunday with investors in New York on the first day of a long-delayed US visit aimed at overcoming strains caused by the NSA spying scandal.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes after launch

Miami - An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded just minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, marking a major setback for the fast-charging company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk.

Russian MP urges Facebook blockage over rainbow flag

Moscow - A Russian lawmaker, who has strongly backed anti-gay legislation, said Facebook should be shut down in Russia over its support for the US Supreme Court's decision to legalise same-sex marriage.

All parties in Iran talks set to stay past deadline: US

Vienna - Negotiators in Vienna for make-or-break nuclear talks with Iran are all "planning to stay past" a June 30 deadline for a deal, a US official said Sunday, echoing comments from Iran.

One injured in shooting at San Francisco gay pride event

San Francisco - Shots were fired at a gay pride event in San Francisco, leaving one man injured, city police said.

Gay pride events in Latin America seek more rights

Santiago - Marchers in several Latin American nations including Chile and Mexico pressed for more gay rights, with many celebrating the US Supreme Court's historic decision allowing same-sex couples to wed.

U.S. senators urge full U.S.-Cuba embassy ties

Havana - A trio of US senators visiting Cuba's capital on Saturday called for the reopening of full embassies in Havana and Washington, under the recent US-Cuban diplomatic thaw.
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