'Nobody wants to see our streets look like a war zone'
2014-08-29 00:06:10 UTC
Hillary Clinton, weighing in for the first time on the controversial shooting death of Michael Brown, said Thursday that she grieves for both Brown's family and his community, and called for better than what occurred in the chaotic aftermath of th...
The failure of a 'traditional American family': Bob McDonnell corruption trial
2014-08-29 10:02:29 UTC
“The traditional family is the cornerstone upon which Western civilization has been built,” Bob McDonnell wrote in a 1989 thesis, with 13 years of marriage and three children under his belt. “As the family goes, so goes the nation.” The thesis lai...
US launches reconnaissance flights over Syria
2014-08-26 15:56:49 UTC
The US has begun reconnaissance flights over Syria in preparation for a possible cross-border expansion of its aerial campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq.
The flights, involving both manned aircraft and drones, began on Tuesday, an...
Call for Peace Ahead of Funeral for Michael Brown
2014-08-25 21:34:06 UTC
Hundreds of people have attended the funeral for the black teenager killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri.
Mourners at the Friendly Temple Baptist Church in St Louis sang, prayed and remembered the life of Michael Brown.
Mr Brown, 18, who w...
Obama sends aides to funeral of Michael Brown
2014-08-25 05:58:15 UTC
Barack Obama will send three White House aides to the funeral on Monday of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer sparked days of racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
Leading the group for the se...
Thousands March in NY City to Protest police brutality
2014-08-23 23:58:13 UTC
housands of people gathered on Saturday in the New York borough of Staten Island to protest near the spot where Eric Garner, an unarmed 43-year-old black man, died last month after white police officers used an illegal chokehold while trying to su...
US looks at options for pressuring ISIS in Syria
2014-08-23 11:17:27 UTC
Western powers are coming under mounting pressure to do more to confront Islamic State (Isis) in its stronghold in Syria, as the heavily armed militants edged closer to taking an important air base that would cement their domination over a swath o...
St Louis Police officer: 'I kill everybody. I don’t care'
2014-08-23 10:42:31 UTC
A police officer involved in the protests over Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, has been relieved of his duty after video surfaced of him describing black people as “little perverts” and Barack Obama as an illegal immigrant.
National guard withdrawal from Ferguson
2014-08-21 20:48:53 UTC
Missouri governor Jay Nixon has ordered the national guard to withdraw from Ferguson after two nights of relative calm, ending a controversial deployment and raising hopes of a return to normality in a city wracked by protest and violence.
Former top general calls on Obama to wipe out ISIS
2014-08-21 18:46:18 UTC
An influential retired US general has called on Barack Obama to order the destruction the militant group responsible for murdering American journalist James Foley amid conflicting views in the administration on how to respond to the atrocity.
Police in Ferguson are violating the First Amendment
2014-08-20 12:11:19 UTC
Unrest continues in the US town of Ferguson. Reporters are complaining that police seem to be targeting them, as well as protesters, with arrests and by keeping them from certain areas - supposedly for safety reasons.
The National Guard may be ...
Another night of chaos 10 days after shooting of Michael Brown
2014-08-19 19:20:52 UTC
Police arrested 31 as they clashed with protesters in another night of gunfire, teargas and chaos in Ferguson 10 days after the shooting of an unarmed teenager ignited an uproar over race in America.
A massive show of force by riot police and n...
Missouri’s governor sends National guard troops to Ferguson
2014-08-18 10:32:58 UTC
The national guard in Missouri is to be deployed to the city of Ferguson after the most intense night of violence since the shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old, in which police used teargas against protesters hours before a midnight curfew came int...
Ferguson police clash with Anti-racism protesters again overnight
2014-08-16 16:51:12 UTC
Police in riot gear clashed overnight with small groups of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri amid signs of renewed tensions over the shooting of an unarmed teenager by a local patrol officer.
The flareups, breaking a period of relative calm, cam...
A stark illustration of newly militarised US law enforcement
2014-08-15 07:07:28 UTC
Michael Brown was shot dead by an officer from a police force of 53, serving a population of just 21,000. But the police response to a series of protests over his death has been something more akin to the deployment of an army in a miniature warzo...
Barack Obama’s mixed messages
2014-08-11 23:16:36 UTC
President Barack Obama isn’t just grappling with what feels like an endless foreign policy nightmare around the world. Now he’s got one hell of a messaging problem at home.
The United States will not intervene in foreign crises directly — or indi...
Rick Perry and Ted Cruz stoke fires at right-wing convention
2014-08-10 00:32:38 UTC
Rick Perry used the 2011 RedState Gathering conservative convention to announce his ill-fated 2012 presidential bid. There was no such drama this time around from the man who is stepping down as Texas governor after November’s election.
But he ...
New York Times will describe torture as 'torture'
2014-08-08 08:40:18 UTC
Under pressure from reporters and editors, the New York Times’ leadership has decided to use the word “torture” with regard to the CIA’s treatment of prisoners in the years following September 11.
Executive editor Dean Baquet published a statem...
Immigration crisis forces Obama to 'act alone'
2014-08-05 08:03:50 UTC
When US lawmakers left Washington DC for a five-week long congressional recess late last week, a frustrated Barack Obama said he was left to “act alone” on immigration.
But the president’s immigration battle has two fronts: the growing humanita...
White House: Gaza UN shelter attack 'totally unacceptable'
2014-07-31 23:24:57 UTC
The US has said the shelling of a UN shelter in Gaza is "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible".
In its strongest criticism yet of Israel's offensive in the Palestinian territory, the US - Israel's closest ally - urged Israel to do more...
GOP in disarray after failure to vote on immigration bill
2014-07-31 22:41:19 UTC
Republican leaders in the House of Representatives were in disarray on Thursday after they were unable to secure the votes for a bill to provide the government with additional money to cope with the influx of unaccompanied children at the border a...
Blaming Obama for a messy world
2014-07-29 16:41:12 UTC
The world was a mess long before President Barack Obama first took the oath of office, writes the Chicago Tribune's Steve Chapman.
To lay the blame for the crises of varying magnitudes in Ukraine, Israel, Syria, Iran and China at the feet of th...
Kids, guns and the American way
2014-07-25 20:42:21 UTC
In February, a nine-year-old Arkansas boy called Hank asked his uncle if he could head off on his own from their remote camp to hunt a rabbit with his .22 calibre rifle. “I said all right,” recalled his uncle Brent later. “It wasn’t a concern. Som...
Texas migrant crisis: Christian charities step into breach
2014-07-24 17:10:30 UTC
As spring turned to summer, locals in the Texas border city of McAllen noticed a rise in the number of migrant women and children being dropped off at the bus station by immigration officials.
Churchgoers offered them food and clothes, but the ...
Republicans weakness at ground games in Alaska
2014-07-23 16:31:44 UTC
Art Hackney has more than three decades of strategising for Republican election campaigns in Alaska under his belt. And he’s rarely been so frustrated.
From an office lined with awards for punchy political campaigns on behalf of senators, congr...