Detroit showing signs of recovery ahead of bankruptcy trial
2014-07-20 22:18:51 UTC
Detroit neighbourhoods are being relit, its vacant homes are being sold off or torn down, its public transportation is cleaner and more often on schedule and the city has renegotiated some burdensome union contracts.
In the little more than a y...
MH17: All evidence points to pro-Russia separatists
2014-07-20 21:12:23 UTC
The secretary of state, John Kerry, said on Sunday that all the evidence surrounding the downed Malaysian passenger plane pointed a clear finger at Ukrainian separatists.
Kerry appeared on all five major Sunday talkshows to lay out the administ...
Obama warns Israel amid rising death toll
2014-07-19 08:19:36 UTC
US President Barack Obama has backed Israeli's right to self-defence, but warned against escalation in Gaza.
Speaking to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, he underlined his support for Israel's right to defend itself against Palestin...
Texas actress, Shannon Richardson gets 18 years
2014-07-17 14:25:54 UTC
A minor actress from Texas was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-tainted letters to President Obama, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and the head of his gun-control group.
Shannon Guess Richardson, 36, was also...
Microsoft Cuts 18,000 Jobs | Its Biggest Ever Cuts
2014-07-17 14:07:34 UTC
Microsoft confirmed it will cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, part of the tech titan's efforts to streamline its business under new CEO Satya Nadella.
In a statement released Thursday, Microsoft says about 12,500 of the professional and...
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...
Facts: More Guns, More Mass Shootings
2014-07-17 21:28:03 UTC
In the fierce debate that always follows the latest mass shooting, it's an argument you hear frequently from gun rights promoters: If only more people were armed, there would be a better chance of stopping these terrible events. This has plausibil...
John Kerry: 'Every single ballot cast' will be counted again
2014-07-15 18:12:15 UTC
Afghanistan will audit every vote cast in the recent presidential election, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, announced on Saturday, marking a breakthrough in a dangerous standoff between the leading candidates.
“Every single ballot that w...
Bully wildfire and marijuana cultivation in California
2014-07-13 15:18:01 UTC
A 27-year-old man who was allegedly at an illegal marijuana plot is suspected of starting a wildfire that has burned more than 4.5 square miles of forested land in northern California.
The man, whose name was given as Freddie Alexander Smoke II...
Jersey City police officer shot dead during armed robbery of drug store
2014-07-13 15:14:12 UTC
A rookie police officer responding to an armed robbery call at a 24-hour drug store was fatally shot early Sunday by a suspect who had snatched a gun from an armed security guard inside, officials said.
Jersey City officer Melvin Santiago, 23, ...
Iran nuclear talks deadline nears as foreign ministers gather in Vienna
2014-07-14 07:48:31 UTC
The US secretary of state, John Kerry, will press his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, to make "critical choices" in a second day of talks over Tehran's nuclear programme, according to an American official.
Kerry and Zarif met for two hours on...
US prepared to broker Gaza ceasefire, says Obama
2014-07-11 06:59:28 UTC
The US is prepared to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, President Barack Obama has said.
His comments came in a phone call with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
Mr Netanyahu earlier said Israel's operation wa...
Kerry says Afghanistan is at a "critical moment"
2014-07-11 06:55:51 UTC
US Secretary of State John Kerry says Afghanistan is at a "critical moment" as he tries to resolve tensions over the disputed presidential poll.
Mr Kerry said that "election legitimacy hangs in the balance" as he arrived in Kabul to meet both t...
Germany asks top US intelligence official to leave over spy row
2014-07-10 18:01:22 UTC
The German government has asked the top representative of America's secret services in Germany to leave the country. Members of the government's supervisory panel announced the measure at a press conference in Berlin this afternoon.
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...
Snowden asks to extend stay in Russia
2014-07-09 16:14:00 UTC
(Reuters) - Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has asked Moscow to extend his asylum in Russia, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
Russia granted Snowden a one-year visa in August 2013 despite the United States wanting Moscow to send...
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 ...
Obama seeks $3.7bn in extra funding to address child migrant crisis
2014-07-08 19:40:08 UTC
Fast-track deportations and ankle bracelets will be deployed under a larger-than-expected White House plan to deal with an immigration crisis prompted by the arrival of more than 52,000 children at the southern US border since last October, traffi...
Flights to US will require passengers to show cellphones
2014-07-07 19:10:22 UTC
Passengers using airports that offer direct flights to the US may be forced to switch on their mobile phones and other electronic devices to prove to security officials that they do not contain explosives, it was announced on Sunday.
US Fourth of July weekend marred by spate of gun violence
2014-07-06 00:39:24 UTC
The Fourth of July weekend was marred for some by a spate of gun violence in at least three cities across the US.
In Indianapolis, Indiana, seven people were shot – including one who was critically injured – early Saturday morning in an area kn...
Edward Snowden should have right to legal defence in US, says Hillary Clinton
2014-07-06 00:46:02 UTC
The former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has said Edward Snowden should have the right to launch a legal and public defence of his decision to leak top-secret documents if he returns to the United States.
"If he wishes to return knowing...
Six arrested as Southern California demonstrators clash over immigration
2014-07-06 00:46:20 UTC
Six people were arrested on 4th July after demonstrators from dueling sides of the immigration debate clashed outside a US Border Patrol station in Murrieta, California, where a convoy of busses carrying some of the Central American migrants flood...
Some NSA data collection is 'legal and effective', says independent board
2014-07-02 06:48:50 UTC
An independent board has declared a set of National Security Agency data collection programs both "legal and effective in protecting national security", despite expressing concern about "intrusions" into individuals' privacy.
As the NSA's trove...
FTC accuses T-Mobile of knowingly billing customers for bogus charges
2014-07-02 06:43:56 UTC
T-Mobile US became the target of a federal investigation and lawsuit Tuesday amid allegations that it bilked potentially hundreds of millions of dollars from its customers in fraudulent charges.
The announcement of a complaint filed in a court ...