US manufacturing grows faster than expected in June
2014-06-24 06:30:33 UTC
The US manufacturing sector grew faster than expected in June reaching levels unseen in four years, according to a key industry report released on Monday.
After shaking off the after effects of the US's unusually harsh winter, financial data fi...
Louisiana senator faces bumpy ride on the Bayou
2014-06-24 06:30:25 UTC
Mary Landrieu, Louisiana’s three-term senator and one of America’s most formidable female politicians, leans back on her chair and surveys the glistening expanse of water that separates her state from Texas.
She watches enviously as white boats...
House of Representatives moves to ban NSA's 'backdoor search' provision
2014-06-21 07:02:50 UTC
Surveillance reform gained new congressional momentum as the US House of Representatives unexpectedly and overwhelmingly endorsed stripping a major post-9/11 power from the National Security Agency late Thursday night.
By a substantial and bipa...
US demotes Thailand and Qatar over modern-day slavery
2014-06-21 06:18:16 UTC
The US has signalled its mounting concern over modern-day slavery in Thailand and Qatar after it downgraded both countries on its human trafficking watchlist following revelations of appalling maltreatment of migrant workers.
Thailand was releg...
US holds alleged Auschwitz guard, aged 89
2014-06-19 05:53:32 UTC
The accused, a resident of Philadelphia, was ordered to be held without bail on Wednesday, charged with aiding and abetting the killings at Auschwitz.
Johann "Hans" Breyer, who was taken into custody by US officials on Tuesday night, appeared in ...
President Obama can 'bypass Congress' over Iraq
2014-06-19 05:24:30 UTC
US President Barack Obama had told Congressional leaders he does not need lawmakers' approval for any action in Iraq, the top Senate Republican says.
Senator Mitch Mc McConnell was speaking after a meeting between the president and senior membe...
Offensive to Native Americans: Redskins trademarks cancelled
2014-06-18 16:00:34 UTC
The US Patent and Trademark Office announced on Wednesday that it is to cancel six trademark registrations belonging to the Washington Redskins, ruling that the NFL team's name is disparaging to Native Americans.
In a landmark decision, the off...
US aims to clear rape kit backlog
2014-06-18 06:41:05 UTC
The US Congress is on the verge of approving an additional $41m in grants to process tens of thousands of unprocessed sexual assault DNA kits, adding to the $1.2bn the federal government has spent over 10 years trying to reduce a nationwide backlo...
Deadly US tornadoes strike Nebraska
2014-06-17 08:31:17 UTC
At least one person is dead and at least 19 are hurt after two massive tornadoes hit the US state of Nebraska.
The town of Pilger, about 100 miles (160km) north-west of Omaha, with a population of 350 people, was devastated by the twisters.
Barack Obama sends 275 special forces soldiers to Iraq
2014-06-17 08:09:27 UTC
The US is urgently deploying several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq and considering sending an additional contingent of special forces soldiers as Baghdad struggles to repel a rampant insurgency.
Barack Obama discussed the crisis with ...
IMF slashes estimate for US economic growth in 2014
2014-06-16 16:17:48 UTC
The International Monetary Fund slashed its forecast for US economic growth on Monday, citing a harsh winter, problems in the housing market and weak international demand for the country's products.
In its annual review of the US economy, the I...
Kerry: US willing to work with Iran to halt ISIS
2014-06-16 16:12:14 UTC
The US and Iran are poised to enter into a potentially groundbreaking military cooperation to halt the advance of Sunni extremists fighters in Iraq, in a desperate effort to halt the country's slide into a sectarian civil war.
The US secretary ...
Iraq conflict: US sends warship to the Gulf
2014-06-15 18:16:34 UTC
The US says it is sending a major warship into the Gulf to provide it with military options should the situation in Iraq deteriorate further.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the USS George HW Bush, which carries dozens of fighter jets,...
Casey Kasem dies at 82
2014-06-15 18:02:55 UTC
Casey Kasem poses after receiving the Radio Icon award during the 2003 Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. Photograph: Eric Jamison/AP
Casey Kasem, the US radio personality with the distinctive voice who counted down the top pop music hits on a popu...
Florida enacts abortion law requiring doctors to evaluate foetus survival
2014-06-14 16:34:30 UTC
The Republican governor of Florida, Rick Scott, on Friday signed into law a bill prohibiting women from obtaining abortions if the fetus is deemed able to survive outside the womb.
The late-term abortion law, HB 1047, requires women seeking an ...
U.S. Coast guard rescues Scottish rower
2014-06-14 16:33:05 UTC
A man trying to row across the Atlantic from New York to a Scottish island was rescued during a storm early on Saturday by a US coast guard team who plucked him from choppy waters off Long Island, an official with the agency said.
Niall Iain Ma...
Freed war prisoner Bergdahl leaves Germany for US
2014-06-13 08:46:06 UTC
Bowe Bergdahl was scheduled to touch down in the US in the early hours of Friday morning, having flown out of western Germany on Thursday evening. His destination: the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
"Our first priority is making sure ...
Hillary Clinton: Sending US ground troops to Iraq is not going to happen
2014-06-13 07:30:56 UTC
The US should not stage another military intervention in Iraq despite the recent gains made by Islamic extremists, the nation's former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, has said.
The White House has said that air strikes were under considera...
Islamist victories could pull US military back to Iraq
2014-06-13 06:04:14 UTC
Barack Obama has set the stage for renewed US military action in Iraq after the authorities in Baghdad proved powerless to stop relentless Islamist insurgents from seizing further swaths of a country in danger of breaking apart.
The US presiden...
Hagel defends 'tough call' to swap Bergdahl for Taliban prisoners
2014-06-11 17:53:01 UTC
US defence secretary Chuck Hagel has defended the Obama administration's swap of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl for five Guantanamo Bay detainees.
Mr Hagel told a House panel the deal was "a tough call" by the president "but I support it and stand by it".
Obama: 'We're the only country where this happens'
2014-06-10 23:28:37 UTC
President Obama commented on the school shooting that killed two, saying congressional opposition to gun control is 'shameful'.
Obama spoke out once again in favor of stronger gun controls in the wake of a school shooting in Oregon on Tuesday t...
74th U.S. School shooting since Sandy Hook
2014-06-10 22:32:23 UTC
Tuesday morning's fatal shooting at Reynolds High School is the 74th shooting on an American school campus since a lone gunman's attack on Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012.
The list of shootings, which includes 13 schoo...
Hillary Clinton's new book: A foundations for a potential presidential run
2014-06-10 21:39:48 UTC
Hillary Clinton launched her memoir, Hard Choices, on Tuesday, laying the foundations for a potential presidential run with a carefully crafted self-portrait of a battle-hardened politician who has bounced back from her bruising defeat in 2008 arm...
Graham would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants
2014-06-09 09:03:10 UTC
Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared to put himself in political jeopardy when he wrote and championed an overhaul of immigration laws, but he is poised to lap the field in Tuesday's Republican primary in South Carolina. GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennes...
Michelle Obama salutes Maya Angelou's example to all women
2014-06-07 23:54:03 UTC
In a moving tribute to a woman she called “one of the greatest spirits our world has ever known”, first lady Michelle Obama on Saturday thanked the writer Maya Angelou for empowering young black women like herself with her clever, sassy words.