Wawrinka beats Djokovic to win US Open

Wawrinka beats Djokovic to win US Open

Stan Wawrinka became the oldest US Open men’s champion in 46 years when he defeated world number one Novak Djokovic to claim a third Grand Slam title on Sunday. Wawrinka, the 31-year-old third seed, triumphed 6-7 (1/7), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 after almost four hours of high intensity tennis. He even held his nerve when the […]

US, Russia reach deal on Syria ceasefire plan

US, Russia reach deal on Syria ceasefire plan

The United States and Russia reached a deal on a new Syrian ceasefire Friday, which, if it holds, could see the first joint military effort by the two powers against Islamic jihadists. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the truce would come into force on Monday, the first […]

Clashes between Turkey and Kurds in Syria ‘unacceptable’, says US

Clashes between Turkey and Kurds in Syria ‘unacceptable’, says US

Clashes between Turkish forces and units affiliated with a US-backed Kurdish-led alliance in Syria are “unacceptable,” the Pentagon said Monday, asking all sides to stand down. “We’ve called on both sides to not fight with one another, to continue to focus the fight on ISIL,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said, using an acronym for the […]

UN, Gulf States, US agree on plan to restart Yemen peace talks

UN, Gulf States, US agree on plan to restart Yemen peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he had agreed in talks with Gulf Arab states and the United Nations in Saudi Arabia on a plan to restart Yemen peace talks with a goal of forming a unity government. U.N.-sponsored negotiations to end 18 months of fighting in the impoverished country on Saudi […]

Iran executes nuclear scientist for ‘spying’ for the US

Iran executes nuclear scientist for ‘spying’ for the US

Iran executed a nuclear scientist convicted of spying for the United States, an official said Sunday, acknowledging for the first time that the nation secretly detained and tried a man who was once heralded as a hero. Shahram Amiri defected to the U.S. at the height of Western efforts to thwart Iran’s nuclear program. When […]

US predicts UN will swiftly condemn North Korea missile launches

US predicts UN will swiftly condemn North Korea missile launches

  U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power predicted that the Security Council would swiftly condemn North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launches following an emergency meeting Wednesday of the U.N.’s most powerful body. Power told reporters after the closed meeting there were “strong condemnations across the board” from all 15 council members, which she found encouraging. Her assessment […]

US military confirms more civilian deaths in Iraq, Syria

US military confirms more civilian deaths in Iraq, Syria

The US military Thursday confirmed 14 new civilian deaths resulting from the bombing campaign against the Islamic State group, bringing the total official toll to 55 killed. The announcement from the US Central Command (Centcom) — which oversees US military operations in the Middle East — followed an internal investigation into six US airstrikes between […]

US to probe civilian deaths in Syria as opposition calls for halt to coalition air strikes

US to probe civilian deaths in Syria as opposition calls for halt to coalition air strikes

The head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition called for a suspension of the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State in Syria while reports of dozens of civilian deaths from air strikes around the northern city of Manbij are investigated. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 56 civilians were killed in […]

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 […]

New protests against US police shootings of black men

New protests against US police shootings of black men

Thousands took to the streets in cities across the United States on Friday to denounce the fatal shooting by police of two black men this week, marching the day after a gunman killed five police officers during a similar demonstration in Dallas. Several thousand protesters flooded the streets of downtown Atlanta, bringing traffic to a […]

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 […]

Pakistan asks US to support its NSG bid

Pakistan asks US to support its NSG bid

    WASHINGTON: Pakistan has formally asked the US administration and Congress to support its application for joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). On Tuesday, US President Barack Obama formally endorsed India’s application to join the group. Pakistan submitted a formal application in Vienna last month, expressing its desire to join the group. But the […]

F-16 deal no longer a viable offer, says US

F-16 deal no longer a viable offer, says US

WASHINGTON: The F-16 deal was no longer a viable offer, a US State Department official told a Capitol Hill meeting on Thursday, as other speakers urged the United States to help improve Afghanistan-Pakistan ties. “The drone strike that killed Mullah Mansour was an ice-breaker. There could be more strikes in Balochistan now. This is a […]

Trump says illegals treated better than veterans in US

Trump says illegals treated better than veterans in US

“Thousands of people are dying waiting in line to see a doctor. That is not going to happen anymore,” Trump told veterans gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial as part of the annual Rolling Thunder event, which brings thousands of motorcyclists to Washington each Memorial Day weekend. Trump has repeated his comparison of the […]

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