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Kerry arrives in India to reboot ties with Modi

New Delhi - US Secretary of State John Kerry flew into India on Wednesday for ice-breaking talks with new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, forecasting a transformation in Washington's troubled relations with New Delhi.
In the Media by Shaun Tandon (AFP)

European ransoms now Al-Qaeda's major funding: NYTimes

Washington - Al-Qaeda is increasingly funding terror operations thanks to at least $125 million in ransom paid since 2008, largely by European governments to free western hostages, the New York Times reported.
In the Media by AFP

N. Korea may be closer to full ICBM test: U.S. think-tank

Seoul - Fresh satellite images suggest North Korea might be wrapping up engine trials on an intercontinental ballistic missile, fuelling speculation of a full-scale flight test to come, a U.S. think-tank said Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP

U.S. Ebola doctor 'weak and quite ill,' says colleague

Washington - An American doctor who has contracted the dangerous Ebola virus in Liberia is "weak and quite ill," a colleague of his told AFP on Tuesday.
In the Media by Kerry Sheridan (AFP)

Kerry's Gaza truce bid burdened by past U.S. failures

Washington - Waning U.S. influence and John Kerry's failed peace bid are hampering efforts to reach a Gaza truce, but America remains the sole power capable of brokering a deal to stop the fighting, analysts said.
In the Media by Jo Biddle (AFP)

Mexico, California question Texas border troop plan

- Mexico's foreign minister and the visiting governor of California questioned Monday plans by Texas to deploy troops to stem the flow of immigrant children, saying they need humanitarian aid instead.
In the Media by AFP

Court flips U.S. state's ban on same-sex marriage

Washington - A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, in a landmark victory for the gay rights movement in the United States.
In the Media by Robert MacPherson (AFP)

US urges Russia to get rid of 'prohibited' arms

Washington - The United States on Tuesday urged Russia to destroy all weapons banned under a series of pacts, warning that Moscow is in "violation of its obligations" under a 1987 treaty.
In the Media by AFP

Millions fled homes in 2013 due to religious conflict: US

Washington - Conflicts and repression around the world last year triggered the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, the United States said Monday, revealing millions had fled their homes.
In the Media by Jo Biddle (AFP)

Any Gaza truce must lead to Hamas disarmament: Kerry

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry Monday said international efforts to agree a truce between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza must lead to the disarmament of Hamas.
In the Media by AFP

Freak Los Angeles lightning strike kills one, injures several

Los Angeles - At least one person was killed and up to eight others injured when freak lightning struck the bustling Venice Beach of southern California, officials said.
In the Media by AFP

N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on White House

Pyongyang - A top-ranking North Korean military official has threatened a nuclear strike on the White House and Pentagon after accusing Washington of raising military tensions on the Korean peninsula.
In the Media by AFP

No burgers at some China McDonald's over food scare

Shanghai - McDonald's outlets in Beijing and Shanghai have yanked their flagship burgers off the menu after a key US supplier recalled products made by its Shanghai factory, which is alleged to have used expired meat.
In the Media by AFP

Aruba frees Venezuelan wanted on US drug charges

Caracas - Aruba on Sunday freed a Venezuelan ex-military intelligence chief wanted in the United States on drug trafficking charges, stating that he had diplomatic immunity.
In the Media by Patricia Clarembaux (AFP)

Two Americans infected with Ebola in Liberia outbreak

Washington - Two Americans involved in the treatment of Ebola victims in Liberia have become infected with the West African epidemic, an aid agency said Sunday.
In the Media by AFP

Federal judge overturns Washington DC ban on guns in public

Washington - A federal judge has ruled that a ban on citizens carrying handguns in public in the US capital Washington DC is unconstitutional.
In the Media by AFP - 3 comments

Federal judge overturns Washington DC ban on guns in public

Washington - A federal judge ruled that the ban on citizens carrying handguns in public in the US capital is unconstitutional.
In the Media by AFP

New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

Washington - The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.
In the Media by AFP

US monitoring Ebola outbeak, aiding bid to stop spread

Washington - US officials are closely monitoring the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus which has now reached Nigeria, and is working with governments and aid groups to try to stop the spread.
In the Media by AFP

US evacuates Libya embassy over 'real risk' from fighting

Tripoli - The United States evacuated its Libyan embassy staff under air cover Saturday as they faced a "real risk" from fierce fighting around Tripoli airport, Secretary of State John Kerry said.
In the Media by Imed Lamloum (AFP)

Al Qaeda releases video of U.S. suicide bomber in Syria

Beirut - Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate has released a video of a U.S. suicide bomber who blew himself up at an army post in the northwest of the country.
In the Media by AFP

Obama, Central American leaders meet on child migrants

Washington - President Barack Obama met with three Central American leaders to try to get control of an humanitarian crisis triggered by a tide of child migrants crossing the southern US border.
In the Media by Jerome Cartillier (AFP)

Obama, Central American leaders meet on child migrants

Washington - President Barack Obama met Friday with three Central American leaders to try to get control of an humanitarian crisis triggered by a tide of child migrants crossing the southern US border.
In the Media by Jerome Cartillier (AFP)

Central American kids risk everything on road to US

Washington - Marco saw his hopes and dreams crumble before his eyes, barely scraping a living in his western Guatemalan town as it fell victim to drugs and gangs.
In the Media by Ramon Sahmkow (AFP) - 1 comment

Russia accuses US of 'smear campaign' over Ukraine

Moscow - Russia on Friday called the latest US accusations of Moscow's involvement in the Ukrainian conflict a baseless "smear campaign" and said Washington bears responsibility for the bloodshed.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Obama to meet Central American leaders on child migrants

Washington - President Barack Obama will meet three Central American leaders Friday to discuss the surge of children crossing the southern US border without parents or papers, in flight from violence and poverty.
In the Media by Ramon Sahmkow (AFP)

Lethal injections face scrutiny after two-hour US execution

Washington - The US Supreme Court is under increasing pressure to consider halting death sentences by lethal injection after a convicted Arizona killer took two hours to die.
In the Media by Chantal Valery (AFP)

U.S. 'delighted' by impending arrival of Sudanese Christian convert

Washington - The White House said it was "delighted" over the release by Sudan of a Christian woman sentenced to death for renouncing Islam, and welcomes her arrival "soon" in the United States.
In the Media by AFP

Russia firing across border on Ukraine troops: US

Washington - The United States on Thursday said it had evidence Russian forces are firing artillery from inside Russia on Ukrainian troops, in what officials called a "clear escalation" of the conflict.
In the Media by AFP

European court condemns Poland for hosting secret CIA prisons

Strasbourg - Europe's top human rights court condemned Poland on Thursday for hosting secret CIA prisons on its territory, saying Warsaw knowingly abetted unlawful imprisonment and torture of Guantanamo-bound detainees.
In the Media by AFP
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A U.S. Army Soldier of Company A, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment moves down a flight of stairs in a suspected insurgent safehouse during a 2007 air assault operation in Arab Jabour, Iraq.
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The G20 Deputy’s Meeting and Financial Market Conference in Berlin on May 19-20.
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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 C-17 heavy lift aircraft of the US Air National Guard.
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US and South African soldiers from SA Armour Formation stand in front of a South Africn Olifant Mk1a tank.
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The G20 Deputy’s Meeting and Financial Market Conference in Berlin on May 19-20.
The G20 Deputy’s Meeting and Financial Market Conference in Berlin on May 19-20.
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NIGHT VIEW: Photo shows Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine's capital, at night in 2011.
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Book cover of "Crazy Like Us - the globalization of the American Psyche," by Ethan Watters
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A meeting between China and the United States to discuss antitrust practices. China has started researching the subject even further with recent events.
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Overcrowding in California State Prison.
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The number of US deaths in the Afghanistan war has set a new annual record of at least 323, with four months remaining in the year. The number surpasses the previous record of 317 for all of 2009.
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U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima)
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A Light Armored Vehicle (LAV-25) of a US Marine Light Reconnaissnace Battalion.
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Musician 2nd Class Justin Strauss, a member of the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, Five Star Brass Quintet, high-fives children following a performance in April this year at the Colin Powell Cultural Center, in Dakar, Senegal.
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Parents of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped from a Chibok school last month express sorrow and outrage at a public gathering.
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Bluefin tuna tested for cesium levels from Fukushima.
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US Defence Secretary Robert Gates.
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US Defence Secretary Robert Gates.
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