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...
Rick Perry vowed to fight an indictment against him for abuse of power
2014-08-17 02:42:03 UTC
The governor of the US state of Texas, Rick Perry, has vowed to fight an indictment against him for abuse of power, which he dismissed as a "farce".
It "amounts to nothing more than an abuse of power... I cannot and will not allow that to happe...
American preference to fight for Kurds rather than Iraqis
2014-08-16 17:28:37 UTC
Iraq's political class has watched with fear and envy in the last fortnight as American jets have slowed the Islamic State extremist group's advance towards the Kurdish stronghold of Irbil.
At the same time, the group, formerly known as Isis, h...
US denies role in plot to oust Iraqi PM Maliki
2014-08-11 23:34:58 UTC
American officials have denied participating in a plot to oust Iraq prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, despite a series of phone calls made by Barack Obama and Joe Biden to support the appointment of his successor.
Obama welcomed the selection of ...
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...
US begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces
2014-08-11 09:57:28 UTC
US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the formation of an Iraqi government is critical for stability and urged Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki not to stoke political tensions.
Special forces loyal to al-Maliki deployed in strategic areas of B...
Hagel: ‘We are a Pacific power, we aren’t going anywhere’
2014-08-11 09:48:42 UTC
The US secretary of defence, Chuck Hagel, has insisted during a visit to Australia that the US is a Pacific power and will remain a force in the region despite the considerable challenges posed by conflagrations around the globe and China’s appare...
Lamar Alexander ices tea party opponent
2014-08-10 00:32:09 UTC
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander trumpeted his GOP primary victory over a group of tea party challengers on Thursday as a vindication of his brand of deal-cutting pragmatism.
Meanwhile, scandal-ridden GOP Rep. Scott DesJarlais finished just 33 vote...
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 ...
Tea Party's Last Shot At 2014 Senate Upset Goes Down
2014-08-08 09:00:38 UTC
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) will once again have a shot at representing the state of Tennessee in the U.S. Senate, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
Alexander fended off a tea party candidate in the state's primary election on Thursday...
President Barack Obama authorises air strikes in Iraq
2014-08-08 07:32:11 UTC
Barack Obama has authorised targeted air strikes against Islamic militants in Iraq, as the US military began an airborne operation to bring relief to thousands of minority Iraqis driven to a grim, mountain-top refuge.
Describing the threats aga...
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...
Powell 'not told early' of CIA torture
2014-07-31 00:17:16 UTC
A Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some US ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a...
Ryan: Scrap welfare and divert money to states
2014-07-24 17:01:09 UTC
The Republican party's intellectual guru, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, has proposed a radical experiment to scrap federal welfare benefits – such as food stamps, housing assistance and childcare – and divert the funds directly to states, which...
John Kerry flies to Israel to meet Netanyahu and Abbas
2014-07-23 16:44:11 UTC
The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has arrived in Tel Aviv for to push for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas as fierce fighting continues in Gaza.
The move came as political leaders and diplomats held urgent talks in the region with 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...
U.S. Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots
2014-07-21 21:10:47 UTC
Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says.
Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or l...
Gaza: Kerry says 'It's a hell of a pinpoint operation'
2014-07-20 22:50:34 UTC
The secretary of state, John Kerry, on Sunday appeared to criticise Israel’s claims about the targeted scope of its attacks on Gaza, as a open microphone caught him talking to an aide ahead of a TV interview.
“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operatio...
Obama Announces Expanded Sanctions Against Russia
2014-07-17 04:57:52 UTC
The Obama administration is imposing new, deeper sanctions on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, targeting Russian banks and energy and defense firms.
“Given its continued provocations in Ukraine, today I have approved a new set of sanctio...
Hunger strikes at US secret prison
2014-07-17 04:56:59 UTC
Sometimes they stopped eating to protest unclean drinking water. Other times they stopped eating because their comrades were placed in segregated housing. Still other times they stopped eating out of dissatisfaction with their access to the Intern...
New gun-control fight brewing in the Senate
2014-07-10 18:28:38 UTC
Fifteen months since gun legislation stalled on Capitol Hill, the Senate is on the verge of a new fight over whether to expand gun rights, an unanticipated development at a moment of already high tension in the fractured chamber.
A new politica...
Ex New Orleans Mayor gets 10 years in prison
2014-07-09 16:19:39 UTC
(Reuters) - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison on corruption charges that arose in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
A jury in February found Nagin guilty of charges including bribery, wi...
Senate committee adopts cybersecurity bill opposed by NSA critics
2014-07-09 06:50:26 UTC
The Senate intelligence committee voted Tuesday to adopt a major cybersecurity bill that critics fear will give the National Security Agency even wider access to American data than it already has.
Observers said the bill, approved by a 12 to 3 ...