UN admits role in Haiti cholera epidemic, pledges aid

UN admits role in Haiti cholera epidemic, pledges aid

A U.N. acknowledgement that it played a role in introducing cholera to Haiti and vows to aid victims were welcomed Friday in the Caribbean nation, which has experienced the worst outbreak of the disease in recent history. While the number of cholera cases has been significantly reduced from the initial outbreak in 2010, the fact […]

California fire of ‘intensity never seen before’ forces thousands to flee

California fire of ‘intensity never seen before’ forces thousands to flee

A wildfire with a ferocity never seen before by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyons, instantly engulfing homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, some running for their lives just ahead of the flames. By Wednesday, a day after it ignited in brush left bone dry by years of drought, the blaze […]

Disaster declared after deadly Louisiana floods leave thousands stranded

Disaster declared after deadly Louisiana floods leave thousands stranded

U.S. President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration on Sunday for flood-ravaged Louisiana, where at least five people have died and emergency crews have rescued more than 20,000 people stranded by unprecedented flooding. Governor John Bel Edwards said residents had been pulled from swamped cars, flooded homes and threatened hospitals across the southern part of […]

Tributes, parties as Cubans mark Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday

Tributes, parties as Cubans mark Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday

Thousands partied along Havana’s Malecon seafront into the early hours of Saturday, celebrating retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro turning 90 to the tune of Latin beats as an electric storm in the distance lit up the night sky. On the strike of midnight, a live band played “Happy Birthday” in honor of the iconic leftist […]

Baltimore police racially biased, says scathing US government report

Baltimore police racially biased, says scathing US government report

The US Justice Department on Wednesday unveiled a scathing report that found the Baltimore police department has disproportionately stopped, searched and arrested African Americans for years. The report was released at a news conference in the city more than a year after riots provoked by the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries suffered in […]

Canadian police kill suspect after terror tip

Canadian police kill suspect after terror tip

Canadian police killed a man on Wednesday, national television news channels reported, after the police said they had identified a suspect after receiving “credible information of a potential terrorist threat”. The suspect was killed during a police raid in a small Ontario town, CTV News and CBC News reported. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) […]

Brazilian Senate votes to hold impeachment trial for Rousseff

Brazilian Senate votes to hold impeachment trial for Rousseff

Brazil’s Senate early Wednesday voted to hold an impeachment trial for the nation’s suspended president Dilma Rousseff, a process that could see her permanently removed from office. The vote in favor of trying Rousseff, who was suspended from the presidency in May, was 59 in favor, 21 against. The Senate suspended Rousseff, the South American […]

Republican security experts say Trump ‘not qualified to be president’

Republican security experts say Trump ‘not qualified to be president’

Fifty senior Republican national security officials have issued a stinging rejection of their party’s White House nominee Donald Trump, warning he would be “the most reckless president in American history” if elected. The group, some of whom already announced they would not vote for Trump, included former homeland security chiefs, intelligence directors, senior presidential advisors […]

Delta Airlines ground all flights over computer outage

Delta Airlines ground all flights over computer outage

Delta Airlines has grounded flights scheduled to leave Monday after experiencing unspecified systems issues. Confirmation of Monday’s troubles came in an official account that responds to customers via Twitter. The airline declined to immediately comment by phone and it was unclear whether all its flights were affected. “Delta has experienced a computer outage that has […]

Police and protesters clash as Olympic torch passes through Rio

Police and protesters clash as Olympic torch passes through Rio

Police used rubber bullets and pepper spray against protesters as the Olympic torch passed through a poor suburb of Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, two days before South America’s first Olympic Games open under tight security. Some 85,000 police, soldiers and security personnel will be deployed in Rio, more than double the amount in London […]

Police seek gunman after deadly shooting in Texas capital

Police seek gunman after deadly shooting in Texas capital

A gunman killed a woman and seriously wounded three others in Austin early on Sunday when he shot into a crowd as people streamed out of nightclubs in the Texas capital’s downtown area, police said. The unidentified gunman opened fire at about 2:15 a.m. local time before fleeing, Austin police chief of staff Brian Manley […]

Hot air balloon catches fire, crashes in Texas

Hot air balloon catches fire, crashes in Texas

At least 16 people were feared dead after a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in a pasture near the central Texas city of Lockhart on Saturday morning in one of the deadliest balloon accidents on record. The Federal Aviation Administration said the crash occurred near Lockhart, about 30 miles (50 km) south of […]

FBI probes Russian involvement in leak of top Democrats’ emails

FBI probes Russian involvement in leak of top Democrats’ emails

Russia on Tuesday denied claims that it hacked internal emails from members of the Democratic Party, a day after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said it was investigating possible Russian involvement in the WikiLeaks release. The FBI announced Monday it was investigating the embarrassing hack of Democratic National Committee emails — a breach […]

Casualties reported in shooting at Florida nightclub

Casualties reported in shooting at Florida nightclub

At least two people were killed and 14 wounded in a shooting outside the Club Blu nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida early on Monday, NBC reported, citing police. Officers said gunshots were fired in the club’s parking lot, wounding “at least 14-16 people”, with their injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening. NBC said a person […]

Anti-Trump revolt sees chaotic start to Republican convention

Anti-Trump revolt sees chaotic start to Republican convention

Donald Trump tried to put the Republican convention back on track following a rank-and-file revolt Monday, telling party delegates “we’re going to win” the White House. Making a surprise cameo appearance at the gathering in Cleveland to introduce his wife Melania, the bombastic tycoon showed confidence that belied the day’s spasm of public division. “We’re […]

Trump looks to shore up campaign at Republican National Convention opening

Trump looks to shore up campaign at Republican National Convention opening

The Republican convention kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday with a one-two punch of law-and-order tough-talk, and Donald Trump’s wife playing character witness as the businessman seeks to lock up his presidential nomination. Melania Trump, a Slovenian-born former model, will headline the opening night of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which takes […]

Brazil boosts Olympics security following attack in Nice

Brazil boosts Olympics security following attack in Nice

Brazil said Friday it will bolster security for next month’s Olympics in Rio following the truck attack in the French city of Nice. Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer held an emergency meeting with his intelligence chief and members of his cabinet late Friday to weigh the next steps after the Nice attack, which killed at […]

Speculation mounts over Trump’s VP pick, decision due Friday

Speculation mounts over Trump’s VP pick, decision due Friday

White House hopeful Donald Trump will announce his pick for vice president in New York Friday, he said on Twitter, as speculation runs rampant over a handful of potential running mates. Among those believed to be at the top of the Republican’s list are Indiana Governor Mike Pence, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former […]

Victims’ families sue Facebook for $1 billion over Palestinian attacks

Victims’ families sue Facebook for $1 billion over Palestinian attacks

A group of Israelis and Americans filed a lawsuit on Monday seeking $1 billion in damages from Facebook Inc. for allegedly facilitating deadly Palestinian militant attacks on their loved ones. The plaintiffs, relatives of four Israeli-U.S. dual nationals and one visiting U.S. citizen who died in attacks in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or the occupied West […]

Protests over shootings block roads in US cities, end in numerous arrests

Protests over shootings block roads in US cities, end in numerous arrests

Protests against the shootings of two black men by police officers shut down main arteries in a number of U.S. cities on Saturday, leading to numerous arrests, scuffles and confrontations between police and demonstrators. Undeterred by heightened concerns about safety at protests after a lone gunman killed five police officers in Dallas Thursday night, organizers […]

Dallas shooting suspect ‘served in Afghanistan’

Dallas shooting suspect ‘served in Afghanistan’

A black US Army reservist who served in Afghanistan and said he wanted to “kill white people” took part in an attack in which five police officers were killed at a protest decrying police shootings of black men, officials said Friday. Seven other police officers and two civilians were wounded in the ambush in downtown […]

Video: Cuba moves into the Internet age

Video: Cuba moves into the Internet age

Internet access in Cuba, the least connected country in the Americas, remains severely restricted in the wake of the lifting of the US embargo. The government is now taking steps to try and get the country online. A year ago, the state telecom company, ETECSA, launched Wi-Fi in public parks throughout the country, turning them […]

US Supreme Court strikes down Texas law restricting abortion clinics

US Supreme Court strikes down Texas law restricting abortion clinics

The Supreme Court has struck down Texas’ widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics in the court’s biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century. The justices voted 5-3 Monday in favor of Texas clinics that protested the regulations as a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the […]

Severe weather kills more than 20 people in West Virginia

Severe weather kills more than 20 people in West Virginia

Flooding in the US state of West Virginia killed 23 people and stranded others who had to be plucked from rooftops and rescued from fast-moving waters, state officials said Friday. “The damage is widespread and devastating. Our focus remains on search and rescue,” Governor Earl Ray Tomblin told a news conference after floods caused by […]

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