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Venezuela accuses US of 'interventionist obsession'

Caracas - Venezuela's government on Thursday rejected what it called the United States' "interventionist obsession" after US President Barack Obama backed steps for a referendum on removing his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro from power.

US military lifts ban on transgender personnel

Washington - Transgender personnel will no longer be barred from serving openly in the US military, the Pentagon announced Thursday -- a major milestone that immediately drew fire from Republican lawmakers.

US human trafficking report blacklists Myanmar

Washington - The United States on Thursday blacklisted eight more countries for failing to combat human trafficking, including fledgling democracy Myanmar, but was criticized for taking an easier line on Thailand.

Joint Base Andrews lockdown lifted

Washington - US Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, the home base of the presidential plane Air Force One, was briefly placed on lockdown Thursday amid reports of a shooter, but the military facility later gave the all-clear.

US Navy probe highlights leadership failings in Iran capture

Washington - A string of leadership and procedural failings -- coupled with basic navigational and communication errors -- lead to Iran's humiliating capture of 10 American sailors in January, a US Navy probe released Thursday found.

Google's Madrid offices 'raided in tax probe'

Madrid - Google's offices in Madrid were being searched in a tax probe Thursday, an internal source said, just over a month after police raided the Internet giant in Paris in a similar investigation.

Oscars organizers invite women, minorities in diversity push

Los Angeles - Almost half the 683 people invited this year to join the organization that bestows the Oscars are women and nearly as many people of color, the body announced in a bid to honor its vow to push for more diversity.

Puerto Rico rescue bill clears Congress, Obama to sign

Washington - The US Senate passed a bipartisan measure that would allow Puerto Rico to restructure its $70 billion debt just two days before the island was to careen into massive default.

Malaria vaccine loses effectiveness over several years: study

Washington - An experimental vaccine against malaria known as Mosquirix -- or RTS,S -- weakens over time and is only about four percent effective over a seven-year span, researchers said Wednesday.

A President Trump would 'complicate' U.S.-Europe ties: Hollande

Paris - If US Republican candidate Donald Trump is elected president it would be a dangerous result and "complicate" relations between Europe and the United States, French President Francois Hollande has warned.

Brexit raises concerns for long-term global growth: Obama

Ottawa - Britain's vote to leave the European Union raises "longer-term concerns" about global growth at a time of already weak economic output, US President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

Obama warns Venezuela not to block 'legitimate' recall drive

Ottawa - US President Barack Obama issued a stern warning to Venezuela's government Wednesday to not block the opposition's "legitimate" efforts to hold a referendum to recall the country's embattled president Nicolas Maduro.

Obama to campaign with Clinton, Trump shrinks gap

Washington - President Barack Obama will campaign with presumptive Democratic White House nominee Hillary Clinton for the first time next Tuesday, as a new poll shows a tightening race with Republican Donald Trump.

Putin extends Western food embargo to end of 2017

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday extended to the end of 2017 Moscow's embargo on food items from the West imposed in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine.

Trump narrows gap on Clinton in new poll

Washington - The US presidential battle is too close to call, but one element is clear: Americans have soured on candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, a poll released Wednesday showed.

Sanders: Brexit's message could draw Trump support in U.S.

New York - The same popular frustration that saw a majority of Britons vote to abandon the EU could send droves of disgruntled Americans into the arms of Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders warned on Wednesday.

U.S., S. Korea, Japan hold first anti-N. Korea missile drill

Washington - South Korea, Japan and the United States held an unprecedented trilateral missile defence exercise on Tuesday, aimed at countering the growing threat from nuclear-armed North Korea which denounced it as a "military provocation.

Media firms lose control of news as tech platforms rise

Washington - When allegations emerged that Facebook was skewing its trending news stories, many learned about it... on Facebook.

'Ghostbusters' backlash reflects Hollywood's sexism problem

Los Angeles - An all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters" hits theaters next month amid a savage backlash by Internet trolls that has thrown the spotlight back onto Hollywood's gender discrimination problem.

Russia, US trade accusations in maritime encounter

Washington - Washington and Moscow on Tuesday accused each other of conducting dangerous maritime maneuvers after two warships sailed closely past each other in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this month.

Mexican judge temporarily suspends Chapo extradition to U.S.

- A judge temporarily blocked the extradition of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States Tuesday after his lawyers filed appeals against the transfer.

Panama judge asks Interpol to help catch ex-president

Panama - A judge in Panama asked Interpol on Tuesday to help arrest the country's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli on spying and corruption charges, police said.

Obama blasts isolationism, with Trump in sights

Ottawa - US President Barack Obama warned against isolationist tendencies in America and elsewhere, calling it "the wrong medicine" to fix legitimate concerns about globalization.

Is Brexit good news for Trump? It's not that simple

Washington - On the face of it, Britain's shock vote to exit the European Union looked like manna from heaven for Donald Trump -- angry voters had embraced the anti-establishment, anti-elite brand of politics he is offering Americans.

No Clinton bombshell in Benghazi report by Republicans

Washington - Republican lawmakers on Tuesday released a report on the deadly 2012 assault on the US mission in Benghazi, accusing then secretary of state Hillary Clinton of underestimating and then misrepresenting the extremist threat in Libya.

Obama warns against Brexit 'hysteria'

Washington - President Barack Obama on Tuesday warned against international "hysteria" following last week's vote for Britain to leave the European Union.

Ikea recalls millions of dressers in US, Canada after child deaths

Washington - Furniture giant Ikea said Tuesday it was recalling more than 35 million chests and dressers in North America after six children died in the United States when they tipped over.

U.S. accuses Russia of harassing, intimidating diplomats

Washington - The United States has complained to Russia about a mounting campaign of harassment and intimidation of American diplomats and their families in Moscow, the State Department said.

Chile ex-military officer found liable in U.S. for singer's death

Orlando - A US federal jury on Monday found a former Chilean military officer liable for the 1973 murder of one of that country’s most beloved folk singers, Victor Jara, and awarded $28 million in damages to his family.

Mexico president urges North American integration after Brexit

Ottawa - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday called for greater integration with Canada and the United States in the wake of Britain's vote to split with the European Union.
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