Washington Post reporter sues Iran over ‘cruelty, torture, abuse’

Washington Post reporter sues Iran over ‘cruelty, torture, abuse’

A US journalist who was imprisoned in Iran for 18 months filed suit Monday against the Tehran government, claiming his detention was aimed at “extorting concessions” from the United States. The lawsuit filed in US federal court by Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his family seeks unspecified damages from Iran for, among other things, […]

Past business losses may explain why Trump has not paid taxes

Past business losses may explain why Trump has not paid taxes

Donald Trump’s business losses in 1995 were so large that they could have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for as many as 18 years, according to records obtained by The New York Times. In a story published online late Saturday, the Times said it anonymously received the first pages of Trump’s 1995 […]

Trump mounts attack on beauty queen in ‘hate campaign’

Trump mounts attack on beauty queen in ‘hate campaign’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump increased his attacks on a former beauty queen with an unsubstantiated allegation about a sex tape in predawn Twitter posts on Friday, and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton denounced him as “unhinged”. Trump’s refusal to drop his invective against Alicia Machado, the Miss Universe from Venezuela whom he criticized for gaining […]

First baby is born with DNA from three people

First baby is born with DNA from three people

Scientists say the first baby has been born from a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people – the mother, the father and an egg donor. The goal was to prevent the child from inheriting a fatal genetic disease from his mother, who had previously lost two children to the illness. The birth […]

NASA spots more evidence of water plumes on Jupiter’s moon Europa

NASA spots more evidence of water plumes on Jupiter’s moon Europa

The Hubble Space Telescope has spied what appear to be water plumes on one of Jupiter’s icy moons shooting up as high as 200km. The geysers are apparently from an underground ocean that is thought to exist on Europa, considered one of the top places to search for signs of life in our solar system. […]

Police take Washington shooting suspect into custody

Police take Washington shooting suspect into custody

The gunman believed to have opened fire with a rifle at a Washington state mall, killing five people, was captured on Saturday one day after the attack, authorities said. Authorities identified the shooter as Arcan Cetin, 20, a resident of Oak Harbor, Washington. Police said he was taken into custody without incident in Oak Harbor, […]

Manhunt underway after deadly shooting at US shopping centre

Manhunt underway after deadly shooting at US shopping centre

Police searched Saturday for a gunman authorities said opened fire in the makeup department of a Macy’s store at a mall north of Seattle, killing four females and one man, before fleeing toward an interstate on foot. People fled, customers hid in dressing rooms and employees locked the doors of nearby stores after gunshots rang […]

Venezuela’s election authority rules out 2016 recall vote for Maduro

Venezuela’s election authority rules out 2016 recall vote for Maduro

Venezuela’s electoral authority on Wednesday ruled out a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro this year, all but dashing opposition hopes to oust him at the ballot box. The National Electoral Council declared in a statement after meeting with the opposition and the government that “the event could be held in the middle of the […]

US launches civil rights probe of Oklahoma police shooting

US launches civil rights probe of Oklahoma police shooting

US authorities have launched a civil rights probe into the police shooting of an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after video footage of the incident sparked renewed outrage over law enforcement’s treatment of African-Americans. The fatal shooting on Friday of Terence Crutcher was recorded by police car dashboard cameras and a police helicopter camera […]

UN hails ‘historic’ refugee declaration but aid agencies unimpressed

UN hails ‘historic’ refugee declaration but aid agencies unimpressed

The United Nation’s issued what it called a “historic” declaration Monday in which world leaders promised to do more to help millions of the world’s refugees and migrants. However, aid agencies said the move would do little to improve the situation. As world leaders gathered in New York for the UN’s annual General Assembly, the […]

Multiple explosive devices found near New Jersey train station

Multiple explosive devices found near New Jersey train station

Multiple improvised explosive devices were found in a suspicious package in New Jersey, one of which detonated as bomb experts dealt with it, a local FBI branch said early Monday. “There was a suspicious package with multiple improvised explosive devices this evening at the Elizabeth Train Station in NJ,” tweeted the FBI’s Newark office after […]

Dozens injured in intentional explosion in New York City

Dozens injured in intentional explosion in New York City

There is no evidence at this point of a terror connection, the mayor said at a news conference about three hours after the blast. He added, “There is no specific and credible threat against New York City at this point in time from any terror organization.” The mayor said investigators did not believe there was […]

Trump backtracks on ‘birther’ conspiracy and admits Obama was born in US

Trump backtracks on ‘birther’ conspiracy and admits Obama was born in US

Republican Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time on Friday that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, reversing himself on a controversy that he helped launch but that has become a distraction to his White House bid. “President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period,” Trump, who has questioned Obama’s […]

‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ playwright Edward Albee dies aged 88

‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ playwright Edward Albee dies aged 88

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, who wrote provocative works such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” that earned him a reputation as one of the greatest American dramatists, died on Friday in Montauk, New York. He was 88. He died in the late afternoon at his summer home in Montauk, a seaside fishing hamlet on […]

Clinton ‘fit to serve’ says doctor amid scrutiny of candidates’ health

Clinton ‘fit to serve’ says doctor amid scrutiny of candidates’ health

Hillary Clinton’s doctor Wednesday declared her “fit to serve” as president, in a health bulletin released a day before she returns to the fray after being grounded by pneumonia at the height of the White House race. The disclosure came as her Republican rival Donald Trump — in a media-savvy move — released new health […]

Implementing Colombia peace deal ‘impossible’ without US aid

Implementing Colombia peace deal ‘impossible’ without US aid

The United States has lent a strong but subtle hand in helping the government of Colombia and FARC rebels reach a peace deal, but Washington is likely to have an outsized role as the plan’s bankroller. The government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) concluded a final deal on […]

Clinton regrets calling half of Trump supporters ‘deplorables’

Clinton regrets calling half of Trump supporters ‘deplorables’

Hillary Clinton said Saturday that she was wrong to put half of Donald Trump’s supporters in a “basket of deplorables,” saying many are hard-working Americans. Less than 24 hours after she made the statement at a private New York City fundraiser, Clinton said “I regret saying ‘half’ – that was wrong.” But she argued that […]

Brazilian police clash with protesters at mass anti-Temer rally

Brazilian police clash with protesters at mass anti-Temer rally

Police in Brazil’s biggest city clashed with protesters who marched to reject the new president Sunday, five days after Dilma Rousseff was ousted as leader of South America’s biggest nation. Sao Paulo authorities said they were forced to use tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons to stop vandalism after an “initially peaceful” demonstration against […]

FBI releases files on Clinton email probe

FBI releases files on Clinton email probe

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday released files on its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, saying that it found no clear evidence that her email system was compromised. The FBI on Friday poured fresh fuel on the fire sparked by Hillary Clinton’s […]

Brazil’s Rousseff braces for final impeachment vote

Brazil’s Rousseff braces for final impeachment vote

Brazilian senators engaged in marathon debate Tuesday on the eve of voting on whether to strip Dilma Rousseff of the presidency and end 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America’s biggest country. Lawyers on both sides of the impeachment trial dividing Brazil made impassioned closing arguments, followed by final speeches from senators. The vote […]

Mexico federal police chief sacked over suspected cartel executions

Mexico federal police chief sacked over suspected cartel executions

Mexico’s president dismissed the chief of the federal police force Monday, less than two weeks after the country’s human rights commission released a scathing report. The report alleged federal police “executed arbitrarily” at least 22 suspected drug cartel members during a raid on a ranch. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said President Enrique Pena […]

Canada pledges more UN peacekeepers in bid for UN role

Canada pledges more UN peacekeepers in bid for UN role

Canada has announced it will step up its contribution to UN peacekeeping operations, a stark departure from previous government policy, which shunned international involvement. The government has said it will commit 600 troops and Can$450 million (US$350 million) over three years to United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations around the world. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said […]

France’s Alstom to provide high-speed trains for US Amtrak’s northeastern service

France’s Alstom to provide high-speed trains for US Amtrak’s northeastern service

US rail operator Amtrak on Friday awarded a $2.0 billion (1.8 billion euros) contract to French manufacturer Alstom to supply new trains for its key Acela service between Washington, New York and Boston. The landmark deal for 28 new passenger trains will boost Amtrak’s speed and capacity along its most heavily used and profitable route, […]

Battle for Syria’s Hasakeh heats up as Kurds clash with Assad forces

Battle for Syria’s Hasakeh heats up as Kurds clash with Assad forces

New clashes broke out between Kurdish forces and the Syrian army in the city of Hasakeh overnight Monday, threatening to heat up yet another front in Syria’s intractable multi-sided war. The fresh violence came days after Syrian war planes bombed in and around the Kurdish stronghold of Hasakeh for the first time on Thursday, forcing […]

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