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Hurricane Matthew intensifies to 'major' Category 3 storm

Miami - Hurricane Matthew intensified Friday into a major Category Three storm, packing winds of 115 miles (185 kilometers) per hour over the Caribbean Sea, US forecasters said.

US rapper Gibbs acquitted in Austrian sexual abuse trial

Vienna - US rapper Freddie Gibbs was acquitted Friday of sexually abusing a girl half his age in his hotel room after a concert in Vienna last year.

US man may have contracted Zika from dying father's tears, sweat

Washington - A 38-year-old US man may have been infected with Zika virus through the tears or sweat of his dying father, researchers said, in what would be the first documented case of such transmission if confirmed.

Hurricane Matthew grows to Category Two in Caribbean

Miami - Hurricane Matthew strengthened to a Category Two storm as it churned in the southeast Caribbean, with a turn toward Jamaica expected by Sunday, US weather forecasters said.

US paper facing threats for endorsing Hillary Clinton

Los Angeles - A conservative Arizona newspaper is facing death threats and losing subscriptions after it broke with tradition by endorsing Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump for US president, a senior editor told AFP.

US orders families of govt personnel to leave DR Congo

Washington - The United States ordered families of government personnel stationed in the Democratic Republic of Congo to leave amid fears about escalating violence, the State Department said.

United States investing in Niger air base

Washington - The United States is investing in a military air base capable of deploying drones in Niger's central city of Agadez, the Pentagon confirmed.

US-Philippines military alliance 'ironclad': Pentagon chief

San Diego - US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said America's alliance with the Philippines remains "ironclad" even though the Asian ally's leader has vowed to end joint military exercises.

Obama, Merkel condemn 'barbarous' Russian, Syrian strikes on Aleppo

Washington - US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned what they called "barbarous" Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes on Aleppo during a phone call Thursday, the White House said.

Saudi warns of 'disastrous consequences' over US 9/11 law

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Thursday warned of "disastrous consequences" from a United States law allowing 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom, in a major spike in tension between the longstanding allies.

12 bodies found in western Mexican river

Guadalajara - Authorities have recovered 12 bodies in a western Mexican river near a lake popular among US tourists, as suspicion about the deaths turned toward two drug gangs.

Clinton, Trump barnstorm Iowa as early voting begins

Des Moines - Hillary Clinton campaigned Thursday in Iowa as early voting began in the pivotal swing state, seeking to pry it away from Republican Donald Trump and spur turnout that could ultimately decide the presidency.

More than 100 injured in New Jersey commuter train crash

Hoboken - A packed commuter train crashed into a station in New Jersey during the morning rush hour Thursday, with three people reported killed and more than 100 injured, many of them in critical condition.

White House candidate Johnson unable to name any foreign leader

Washington - Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson's longshot bid for the White House appears to have grown even more remote.The former New Mexico governor who asked "What is Aleppo?

US Congress passes spending bill, avoiding shutdown

Washington - The US Congress passed a spending bill late Wednesday and staved off a government shutdown, after reaching agreement on funding for a tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan that had bedeviled earlier proposals.The fiscal year ends on September 30.

Japan's new passenger plane completes US flight

Toukyo - Japan's problem-plagued new passenger jet on Thursday completed a flight to the United States for testing, its maker said, after aborting two earlier attempts.

Doing it for the kids: Sanders and Clinton court youth vote

Durham - What they lack in chemistry they make up for in drive: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are determined to stand united for the sake of defeating Donald Trump.

Obama defends Syria policy in face of renewed criticism

Washington - President Barack Obama defended his refusal to use military force to end Syria's brutal civil war Wednesday, as diplomatic efforts faltered and a humanitarian crisis of historic proportions unfolded in Aleppo.

More gumption: Fans urge Trump to up debate game

Council Bluffs - It's 10 days to America's next presidential debate, but some of Donald Trump's most ardent admirers agree: he must do better -- focus more on policy, and hit Hillary Clinton harder.

US welcomes MH17 inquiry, notes Russian link

Washington - The United States welcomed Wednesday the preliminary results of a criminal inquiry into the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, saying it supported Washington's suspicions of Russian involvement.

Russia ready to relaunch talks with US on Syria: ministry

Moscow - Moscow is prepared to relaunch talks with the United States on the crisis in Syria, the Russian defence ministry said Wednesday, hours after Washington threatened to suspend its cooperation on the issue.

US Congress rejects Obama's veto of Saudi 9/11 bill

Washington - The US Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to override Barack Obama's veto of a bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, the first such rebuke of his eight-year presidency.

Snowden again fails to win no-extradition pledge from Norway

Oslo - A Norwegian court on Wednesday dismissed a fresh bid by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden to win assurances he would not be extradited to the US should he come to Norway to collect an award.

Protests after unarmed black man shot dead by US police

Los Angeles - Protesters marched in a California town following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man said to be mentally ill, as local officials urged calm and pledged a full investigation.

Obama says Peres never gave up on possibility of peace

Washington - President Barack Obama hailed Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday, as a friend who refused to give up on the dream of peace, while former president Bill Clinton called him "a genius with a big heart.

Obama names first ambassador to Cuba in five decades

Washington - The United States has tapped Jeffrey DeLaurentis, America's top diplomat in Havana, to become the first official ambassador to Cuba in five decades.

New York bomb suspect apparently acted alone: FBI

Washington - The suspect in the bombing this month in New York's Chelsea neighborhood appears to have acted on his own, with no connection to an extremist movement, the FBI said Tuesday.

Brazil economy 'poised' for return to growth: US treasury chief

Bras - The US treasury chief praised Brazil's new government on Tuesday and said the Latin American giant is "poised" to exit a painful recession and return to economic growth.

Clinton, Trump take debate battle on critical state swing

Raleigh - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battled to break out of deadlocked polls after clashing in their first televised debate, lashing each other with insults on the campaign trail in critical states.

Panama asks US to extradite former president on spying charges

Panama - Panama on Tuesday asked the United States to extradite former president Ricardo Martinelli to face charges of spying against opposition members while in power.
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