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U.S. Senate confirms Dunford as next Joint Chiefs chairman

Washington - The US Senate confirmed Marine General Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US military's top officer, after President Barack Obama chose him for the post in May.

Cops from US to Australia in hunt for Mexico capo: DEA

- Police from the Americas to Europe and Australia have joined forces in a "marathon" to catch Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a top US law enforcement official said.

Keystone pipeline's fate to be decided during Obama's term

Washington - President Barack Obama plans to decide before leaving office whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that would send Canadian crude oil to US refineries.

Pentagon assures it will check Iran's 'malign' influence

Washington - Top US military officers sought to reassure worried lawmakers that US forces would check Iran's "malign" influence in the Middle East should Congress greenlight the nuclear deal with Tehran.

US officer charged with murder after deadly traffic stop

Cincinnati - A white Ohio police officer who shot a black man during a routine traffic stop was charged with murder in what prosecutors called a "senseless" act motivated by anger.

Cuba objects to being placed on U.S. trafficking list

Havana - Cuba objected Wednesday to being placed on the US human trafficking list, saying it distorted the overseas work of its doctors and its requirement that students work as part of their education.

Russian NGOs decry ban on 'undesirable' US foundation

Moscow - Russian activists on Wednesday blasted an official decision to label the US National Endowment for Democracy an "undesirable" organisation, cutting them off from a key source of funding.

Wife of Israeli spy Pollard rejoices over decision to release him

Jerusalem - The wife of Jonathan Pollard rejoiced Wednesday over the announcement that the former US Navy intelligence analyst will be paroled in November after 30 years in prison for spying for Israel.

Zimbabwe hunter given bail over death of Cecil the lion

Hwange - A professional hunter was granted bail on charges of "failing to prevent an illegal hunt" after he organised the expedition on which an American dentist killed Zimbabwe's beloved Cecil the lion.

Study finds promising experimental MERS vaccine

Washington - An experimental vaccine for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) showed promising results in animal testing, sparking an immune system response that could lead to a vaccine for people, researchers said.

Zimbabwe pair due in court for killing Cecil the lion

Hwange - Two men were due to appear in a Zimbabwean court on poaching charges Wednesday after a wealthy American dentist killed a beloved lion just outside a national park, sparking criticism around the world.

Speculation grows of looming N. Korea rocket test

Seoul - Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea has completed upgrades at its main satellite launch site, fuelling speculation of a long-range rocket launch to coincide with a major political anniversary in October.

Clues in the ruins where Britain's empire was born

Washington - Archaeologists have identified the remains of four men who were among the leaders of an early English settlement in Virginia's Jamestown.

Israeli spy Pollard to be released on parole Nov 21

Washington - Former US Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard will be released on November 21 after serving 30 years in prison for spying for Israel.

US dentist named as killer of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion

Harare - A wealthy American dentist used a bow and arrow to shoot a much-loved Zimbabwean lion called Cecil, a safari industry goup said Tuesday, amid allegations that the animal had taken 40 hours to die.

Russia names US foundation first 'undesirable' foreign group

Moscow - Russian prosecutors Tuesday declared the US Congress-funded National Endowment for Democracy the first "undesirable" foreign group under a controversial new law to ban overseas organisations deemed a threat.

Kerry: Nuclear deal not intended to 'reform' Iran regime

Washington - The Iran nuclear deal was not intended to reform the country's hardline regime but simply prevent atomic bomb development, Secretary of State John Kerry told US lawmakers Tuesday while defending the controversial accord.

Gossip site Gawker looks to turn over a new leaf

Washington - Gawker says it will rethink its ethics policies following turmoil over an article about an executive's private life, in what could be a turning point for the popular news and gossip website.

Nuclear weapons not a toy, says North Korea's China envoy

Bejing - North Korea's nuclear weapons are "not a plaything" and their future is not up for negotiation, Pyongyang's ambassador to China said Tuesday, ahead of a visit by a US envoy.

Obama warns African leaders who refuse to step down

Addis Ababa - Barack Obama condemned African leaders who refuse to give up power and urged the continent to end "the cancer of corruption", in the first ever address to the African Union by a US president.

NSA to stop using bulk US phone data in November

Washington - The National Security Agency will cease its access to most bulk data collected under a controversial surveillance program in November, but retain records for litigation purposes, officials said Monday.

Delays found in drugmakers reporting of serious adverse reactions

Washington - Drugmakers have delayed reporting serious and unexpected "adverse events" from their drugs, including death, in nearly 10 percent of cases, a study said Monday.

Boy Scouts of America lifts ban on gay troop leaders

Washington - The Boy Scouts of America officially ended its decades-old ban on gay troop leaders Monday, a historic but controversial shift after years of legal wrangling and internal strife.

U.S. gives Cuba an upgrade in its human trafficking report

Washington - The United States recognized Cuba's efforts to combat forced sexual servitude, giving it better marks Monday on its annual report on human trafficking.

Storm surges amped by rain increase U.S. flood risk: study

Paris - Sea storm surges amplified by heavy rain are a greater flood threat to US coastal cities than previously understood, and are occurring more frequently according to a study published Monday.

US blasts Thailand, rewards Malaysia on trafficking

Washington - Washington accused Russia and Thailand of failing to tackle human trafficking, while praising progress in Malaysia and Cuba, in a report on a global scourge decried as "modern slavery.

Michael Jackson's father suffers stroke in Brazil

S - The father of "King of Pop" Michael Jackson was in a Brazilian hospital Monday, after suffering a stroke hours before a huge birthday bash in his honor, doctors said.

Obama challenges Ethiopia on democracy but praises Shebab fight

Addis Ababa - US President Barack Obama on Monday praised key African ally Ethiopia for its fight against Shebab militants in Somalia, but also challenged Addis Ababa on its democratic record.

Obama opens talks in Ethiopia, set to make South Sudan peace push

Addis Ababa - Barack Obama opened talks in Ethiopia on Monday during the first-ever trip by a US president to Africa's second-most populous nation and the seat of the African Union.

Forced to strike IS, Turkey gambles on attacking PKK

Istanbul - Forced after months of hesitation to take decisive action against Islamic State jihadists, Turkey has seized the chance to also attack Kurdish militants in strikes that put a fragile peace process at risk.
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