CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend 'enhanced interrogation'
2014-04-18 21:10:18 UTC
The psychologist regarded as the architect of the CIA's “enhanced interrogation” program has broken a seven-year silence to defend the use of torture techniques against al-Qaida terror suspects in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
In an uncompromis...
Jimmy Carter says oil pipeline shouldn't be approved
2014-04-17 10:30:25 UTC
For the first time, a former U.S. president has come out against the Keystone XL pipeline.
The ex-president in question is Jimmy Carter.
The 39th president joined a group of Nobel laureates to sign a letter urging the current commander-in-ch...
Son of slain Sikh leader runs for Congress on gun safety platform
2014-04-16 16:18:09 UTC
Would greater controls on gun ownership save lives or simply limit freedom? It is the debate that renews after every mass shooting in the US.
In August 2012 six people were shot dead at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin by a white supremacist.
Murder charges for former leader of the Ku Klux Klan
2014-04-16 02:11:13 UTC
Frazier Glenn Cross is accused of shooting to death a boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center near Kansas City, Kansas, on Sunday and then a woman at a nearby Jewish assisted living facility. He has been charged with one count of...
Death ruling for Ex-US Marine in Iran overturned
2014-04-12 22:24:40 UTC
April 12. 2014:
AN IRANIAN news agency is reporting that an appeals court has overturned a death sentence of an American man convicted of working for the CIA, instead sentencing him to 10 years in prison.
The semi-official ISNA news agency repo...
US refuses visa for Iran's UN envoy choice Hamid Aboutalebi
2014-04-12 00:05:54 UTC
<h3>The White House has refused to issue a US visa to Iran's nomination for UN ambassador, who was involved in seizure of the US embassy in 1979.</h3>The decision in effect bars Hamid Aboutalebi from taking up the role at the UN, which is based in...
Senate torture report: CIA and White House under pressure
2014-04-11 17:37:42 UTC
Senate committee found CIA interrogations and detentions to be 'brutal' and urges administration to release report as quickly as possible. A leak of the major findings of a landmark Senate inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture of terrorism deta...
Back to the Negotiating Table - Kerry to meet Russia's Lavrov for Ukraine talks
2014-04-08 07:50:59 UTC
<h3>The US has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop "overtly or covertly" trying to destabilize Ukraine. In a bid to ease the crisis, the US and Russia have discussed holding a possible meeting with top diplomats.</h3>US Secretary of St...
US senators back release of CIA abuse details
2014-04-05 09:50:38 UTC
After years of inquiry, $40m in expenses and an unprecedented clash with the Central Intelligence Agency, the Senate intelligence committee voted on Thursday to declassify portions of a study into the agency's use of torture on detainees suspected...
US created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest
2014-04-03 18:06:33 UTC
The US created a text-message social network designed to foment unrest in Cuba, according to an investigation by the Associated Press news agency.
ZunZuneo, dubbed a "Cuban Twitter", had 40,000 subscribers at its height in a country with limite...
Israel cancels Palestinian prisoner release
2014-04-03 16:44:09 UTC
Israel has cancelled the release of a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners over the Palestinian leadership's pursuit of further UN recognition.
Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said Palestinian actions violated the terms for the release, w...
Fort Hood killings: US Army probes soldier's mental health
2014-04-03 16:47:39 UTC
The US Army is investigating whether psychological trauma was the reason a soldier carried out a deadly shooting spree at a Texas military base.
The man has not been named by the army but US media have identified him as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez.
US Supreme Court strikes down overall donor limits
2014-04-02 16:42:41 UTC
The US Supreme Court has struck down overall political campaign contribution limits for individual donors.
The court ruled 5-4 that individuals could give to candidates, parties and political groups without observing an overall cap of $123,200....
Last day for 'Obamacare' sign-up
2014-03-31 15:28:45 UTC
<h3>Americans are rushing to sign up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare programme, as a key enrolment deadline looms</h3>
Monday is the last day for most Americans to sign up for coverage or face a penalty ...
Top NATO commander general Philip Breedlove back to europe
2014-03-31 05:06:37 UTC
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has sent America’s top general in Europe back early from a trip to Washington in what a spokesman on Sunday called a prudent step given Russia’s “lack of transparency” about troop movements across the border with...
Ukraine crisis: Kerry to meet Russia's Lavrov in Paris
2014-03-30 08:19:07 UTC
alfway home from Saudi Arabia, US secretary of state John Kerry has abruptly changed course. He will now stay in Europe for talks on Ukraine.
The news followed reports from Russia that Kerry had spoken to the Russian foreign minister, Sergey La...
Obama: Russia must 'move back' troops
2014-03-28 18:59:43 UTC
US President Barack Obama has urged Russia to "move back its troops" on Ukraine's border and lower tensions.
Russia is believed to have massed a force of several thousand troops close to Ukraine's eastern frontier.
Mr Obama told CBS News it ...
Congress approves Ukraine aid package
2014-03-28 09:14:43 UTC
The US Congress agreed a major aid package to Ukraine on Thursday, overcoming weeks of partisan disagreement that has held up around $1bn in loan guarantees to Kiev.
The Senate and the House of Representatives passed bills to approve a loan pac...
Obama formally proposes end to NSA bulk collection
2014-03-27 15:48:29 UTC
The Obama administration on Thursday formally proposed ending the National Security Agency's bulk collection of all US phone data.
Nearly 10 months after the Guardian exposed the controversial program, based on leaks from Edward Snowden, Presid...
End of NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone data
2014-03-25 06:19:21 UTC
The House intelligence committee is circulating a draft bill that would permit the government to acquire the phone or email records of an "individual or facility" inside the US for up to a year.
The move by the House intelligence committee's le...
Mitt Romney slams president Barack Obama for 'faulty judgment'
2014-03-24 06:15:53 UTC
Mitt Romney said on Sunday that President Barack Obama is naive when it comes to Russia, has shown "faulty judgment" about Moscow's intentions and could have done more to try to deter its annexation of Crimea.
The 2012 Republican presidential n...
Iran nuclear talks: Twenty-three Democrats write to president
2014-03-22 22:46:08 UTC
Twenty-three US senators kept the spotlight on Iran nuclear negotiations on Saturday with a letter to President Barack Obama urging that he stand firm, after a second round of talks wound up in Vienna.
The letter, from Democratic senators a...
Visa & MasterCard block Russian bank, Russian shares fell sharply
2014-03-22 07:43:01 UTC
Visa and MasterCard have blocked credit card services to some Russian bank customers as a result of US sanctions.
Four banks are so far affected, all of which have links to Russians blacklisted by the US.
Visa and MasterCard, both US-based c...
Barack Obama seeks European support for harder line on Russia sanctions
2014-03-24 06:55:58 UTC
Barack Obama takes his hard line on Russia to Europe this week and will see how far European allies are willing to go to stop Moscow from moving deeper into Ukraine after annexing Crimea.
The US president will arrive in the Netherlands on Monda...
Google, Yahoo, Facebook to press Obama on NSA
2014-03-22 23:11:20 UTC
Technology industry leaders were due to question Barack Obama about privacy issues and his progress towards ending the National Security Agency's collection of bulk telephone data on Friday, in their second White House meeting over Silicon Valley'...