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MH17 shootdown may have been 'mistake': U.S. intel official

Washington - Malaysian flight MH17 may have been shot down by "mistake" by ill-trained pro-Russian separatists, U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday, while dismissing Moscow's accounts of the incident.
In the Media by AFP

Transfer of French warships to Russia 'inappropriate': U.S.

Washington - The delivery of French Mistral-class warships to Russia would be "completely inappropriate" given the West's misgivings about Moscow's role in Ukraine, the United States said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP

'I no longer talk to Obama': Turkey's Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Texas governor to send 1,000 troops to Mexico border

Los Angeles - Texas Governor Rick Perry announced plans to send 1,000 military reservists to the state's border with Mexico, to tackle a surge in immigrant children flooding into the United States.
In the Media by AFP

World marks hottest June since 1880: U.S. scientists

Washington - Last month was the hottest June since record-keeping began in 1880, according to a monthly report by U.S. government climate scientists.The combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was a "record high for the month at 61.
In the Media by AFP

Deal reached over U.S. gynecologist who secretly taped patients

Washington - The health care affiliate of a top U.S. medical school is to pay $190 million to patients of a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped them, lawyers said.
In the Media by AFP

Kerry to push for 'immediate' Gaza ceasefire: Obama

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry is to push for an "immediate" ceasefire in Gaza when he arrives later Monday in Cairo, President Barack Obama said.
In the Media by AFP

FBI pushed Muslims to plot terrorist attacks: rights report

Washington - The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday.
In the Media by Chantal Valery (AFP)

China shuts meat producer supplying McDonald's, KFC

Shanghai - Shanghai has shut a factory of US food producer OSI Group for selling out-of-date meat to restaurant giants including McDonald's and KFC, authorities said Monday, in China's latest food safety scandal.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

China says spy ship operations 'in line with international law

Beijing - Beijing has defended its dispatch of a spy ship to international waters off Hawaii, near where Chinese vessels are taking part in a US-led naval exercise for the first time, reports said Monday.
In the Media by AFP

Florida widow wins $23.6 bn in RJ Reynolds tobacco payout

Miami - A Florida jury has ordered RJ Reynolds tobacco to pay $23.6 billion to the wife of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in a verdict seen as one of the largest for a single plaintiff in state history.
In the Media by AFP

U.S. 'deeply concerned' Ukraine crash investigators denied access

Washington - Top U.S. diplomat John Kerry told his Russian counterpart Saturday that Washington was "deeply concerned" that international investigators were being denied access to a passenger jet's crash site in Ukraine.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Iran nuclear talks extended to November 24

Washington - World powers and Iran agreed to extend talks on Tehran's nuclear program until November 24, officials said Friday, as Washington said it would unblock some $2.8 billion in frozen Iranian funds.
In the Media by AFP

U.S. believes pro-Russia rebels likely shot down jet: official

Washington - An initial review of U.S. intelligence suggests pro-Russian separatists likely shot down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, but Washington is still examining the evidence, a US official said Friday.
In the Media by AFP - 3 comments

Singapore halts destruction of 'pro-gay' children's books

Singapore - Singapore on Friday stopped its national library from destroying two children's books with gay themes following an outcry over literary censorship in the tightly regulated city-state.
In the Media by AFP

FedEx indicted for shipping illegal online pharmacy meds

Washington - The US Justice Department announced Thursday that package-delivery giant FedEx has been indicted for allegedly facilitating the distribution of controlled substances and prescription drugs sold by illegal online pharmacies.
In the Media by AFP

U.S. hijacker sentenced to 20 years in prison

Miami - A former Black Panther who hijacked an airplane in 1984 and diverted it to Cuba was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Miami.William Potts, 57, will be eligible for early release on parole after seven years.
In the Media by AFP

Malaysian jet shot down by surface-to-air missile: US

Washington - A Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board was shot down over Ukraine by a surface-to-air missile Thursday but it was unclear who fired the weapon, US officials said.
In the Media by AFP

Obama, Putin spoke about U.S. sanctions: U.S. official

Washington - President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Thursday about tough new sanctions imposed on Moscow on Ukraine.White House spokesman Josh Earnest did not divulge other topics of the conversation.
In the Media by AFP

Death penalty ruled unconstitutional in California

Los Angeles - A federal US judge ruled that the death penalty in California is unconstitutional, mainly because of the dysfunctional system which administers it.Opponents of capital punishment hailed the ruling by judge Cormac Carney as a landmark decision.
In the Media by AFP

Up to $1,000 a day to care for child migrants

Washington - As US lawmakers grapple with ways to slash spending, many were shocked to learn authorities are spending $250 to $1,000 per day to care for each minor apprehended crossing the US border.
In the Media by AFP - 4 comments

U.S. sentences British men over Taliban support

New York - A U.S. judge sentenced two British men to a combined total of 20.5 years in prison for conspiring to provide and for providing equipment and personnel to the Taliban.Computer engineer Babar Ahmad was sentenced to 12.
In the Media by Jennie Matthew (AFP)

Russia slams sanctions 'blackmail'

Moscow - The US and EU bolstered sanctions against Russia over its alleged support of separatists in Ukraine, drawing an angry rebuke on Thursday from Moscow which said the measures amounted to "blackmail".
In the Media by Anna Malpas with Max Delany in Kiev (AFP)

Alleged prostitute denies role in Google exec drug death

Santa Cruz - An alleged high-priced call girl accused of killing a Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin and then fleeing his yacht has pleaded not guilty.
In the Media by AFP

U.S., EU stiffen sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

Washington - The United States and Europe strengthened sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine Wednesday, with President Barack Obama taking his first direct swipes in the finance, military and energy sectors of the Russian economy.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

US drone strike kills at least 13 people in northwest Pakistan

Bannu - A US drone strike on Wednesday killed at least 13 people in a suspected militant compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt, as the country's military wages a major offensive against insurgent hideouts.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Swedish court upholds warrant against WikiLeaks founder

Stockholm - A Swedish court on Wednesday decided to uphold an arrest warrant against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over allegations of sexual assault.
In the Media by AFP

Obama speaks with Merkel after spy row

Washington - President Barack Obama spoke to Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time since a row over US spying prompted Germany to turf out the CIA station chief in Berlin.
In the Media by AFP

Prize-winning reporter freed after being held at U.S. border

Los Angeles - Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas, who revealed in 2011 that he is an undocumented immigrant, was freed by U.S. border agents after being held for several hours Tuesday.
In the Media by Michael Thurston (AFP)

Ex-POW Bergdahl returns to military duty: US Army

Washington - An American soldier who was held captive by Afghan insurgents for nearly five years returned to regular military duty Monday and will be taking a "desk job," the Pentagon said.
In the Media by AFP
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act of 1935.
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Bluefin tuna tested for cesium levels from Fukushima.
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Overcrowding in California State Prison.
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A picture of Calgary in the evening.
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US Census Bureau headquarters
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A Light Armored Vehicle (LAV-25) of a US Marine Light Reconnaissnace Battalion.
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US troops dismount from a UH-1 "Huey" helicopter in the early years of the Vietnam War.
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A US special operations sniper aims his rifle.
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Scale of Justice.
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A U.S. Navy SEAL team member provides cover for his teammates while advancing on a suspected location of al Qaida and Taliban forces.
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US Defence Secretary Robert Gates.
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US Defence Secretary Robert Gates.
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Parents of victims last month's mass kidnapping from a school in northeastern Nigeria express sorrow and outrage
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US First Lady, Michelle Obama
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