Obama on ISIS in Syria: We don't have a strategy yet
2014-08-28 22:29:46 UTC
WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday he's building a "broader regional strategy" against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
But that strategy in Syria is not in place yet, Obama said, and he explicitly tamped down expectations that ther...
The failure of a 'traditional American family': Bob McDonnell corruption trial
2014-08-28 19:16:45 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...
America's lethal combination of children and guns
2014-08-28 19:47:29 UTC
<strong>This week, a nine-year-old girl firing an Uzi submachine gun accidentally shot to death her weapons instructor. Not all Americans grow up shooting guns - but those who do often start young.</strong>
When he was five years old, Dan Baum ...
American died in Syrian battle between ISIS and the al-Nusra Front
2014-08-27 09:32:48 UTC
An American fighting for the Islamic State was killed over the weekend in Syria, US officials have said.
The United States had been aware that Douglas McCain, 33, a one-time aspiring rapper and basketball fan from California, was in Syria, the ...
US soldier kills herself at Virginia Army base
2014-08-26 08:14:21 UTC
A soldier barricaded herself inside an office on a Virginia Army base before shooting herself in the head, Army officials have said.
The unnamed soldier was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital on Monday.
The US Army's Fort Lee base was put ...
US denies paying ransom as Qatar secures release of journalist in Syria
2014-08-25 05:08:23 UTC
The US has unequivocally denied paying any money at all to the Syrian extremist group that until Sunday held an American journalist hostage.
Whatever prompted Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaida’s chosen affiliate in Syria, to release Peter Theo Curtis, ...
Switzerland's Roche to buy US biotech company InterMune
2014-08-25 04:50:00 UTC
The multibillion-dollar consolidation of the global pharmaceutical sector has seen another blockbuster deal after Switzerland's Roche agreed to buy US biotech company InterMune for $8.3bn (£5bn).
Roche, which makes influenza drug Tamiflu, said ...
UK close to identifying ISIS killer of James Foley
2014-08-24 18:08:05 UTC
Security services are close to identifying the jihadi captor who beheaded American journalist James Foley, the British ambassador to the United States has said.
Speaking on US television, Sir Peter Westmacott, said voice recognition technology ...
Chelsea Manning 'denied gender dysphoria treatment'
2014-08-24 07:02:05 UTC
The US military has yet to offer Pte First Class Chelsea Manning sex change treatment despite medical recommendations, her lawyer has said.
Defence secretary Chuck Hagel approved treatment for a condition known as gender dysphoria in July.
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.
Opinion: Obama doesn't shirk difficulties
2014-08-22 16:03:36 UTC
<strong>By Miodrag Soric</strong>
The American people are willing to give their president a lot of leeway - except when it comes to letting the country appear politically or economically weak. That simply doesn't align with image Americans have...
Democrat Runs on Obamacare—Without Saying "Obamacare"
2014-08-21 09:31:31 UTC
A Democratic politician fighting for reelection is using a strategy few would have imagined six months ago: Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor just released a new ad boasting about his yea vote for Obamacare.
Well, sort of. The ad never mentions the A...
Cameron: Beheading suspect 'probably British'
2014-08-21 09:28:45 UTC
David Cameron has said it looks "increasingly likely" a man thought to have been involved in a US journalist's beheading is British, as UK police try to confirm the militant's identity.
The PM said James Foley's killing was "deeply shocking" bu...
BoA to pay $17bn settlement over questionable mortgages
2014-08-21 09:24:04 UTC
Bank of America has reached a record settlement of nearly $17bn to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter have said.
Elite US military forces 'tried to rescue James Foley'
2014-08-21 05:52:25 UTC
Elite US military forces secretly invaded Syria recently in a risky and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to free an American journalist, James Foley, before he was killed by militants with the Islamic State (Isis), the Pentagon announced on Wednesd...
UK: Scotland Yard warn sharing James Foley killing video is a crime
2014-08-21 05:50:34 UTC
Scotland Yard has warned internet users they could be arrested under terrorism legislation if they viewed or shared the video of James Foley's murder, as Twitter and YouTube attempted to remove all trace of the footage from the web.
Another young African-American man shot and killed by St Louis police
2014-08-19 21:03:31 UTC
St. Louis police shot and killed a young African-American man Tuesday after authorities say he brandished a knife.
The shooting took place not far from Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown by a white polic...
Julian Assange: I am leaving the Ecuadorian embassy soon
2014-08-18 11:02:04 UTC
Julian Assange has rebuffed reports that he is planning to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in order to hand himself in to police, saying only that he will leave "soon".
Media reports had surfaced ahead of a press conference on Monday morning sugge...
Missouri governor blames Ferguson police chief for violence
2014-08-17 20:37:43 UTC
The governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, on Sunday blamed the local police chief in Ferguson for renewed violence in the city, as the US department of justice stepped in to order an independent autopsy on the body of the teenager shot dead by a police...
Germany 'spied' on U.S. Government and NATO Member
2014-08-16 17:03:13 UTC
German intelligence services eavesdropped on calls made by US secretary of state John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, Der Spiegel has reported.
The German foreign intelligence agency, BND, tapped a satellite phone conversation Kerry ...
Five days after Michael Brown (18) killing: Vigils across US
2014-08-15 06:26:40 UTC
Moments of silence and protests were held in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Bay Area and elsewhere, five days after Michael Brown, 18, was fatally shot.
After four nights of violence in Ferguson, Missouri, where he died, state police took charge o...
Cliff Richard's home searched by police following sexual abuse claim
2014-08-14 21:58:09 UTC
<strong>Singer says allegation, which dates back to 1980s and involves boy aged under 16, is 'completely false'</strong>
Detectives investigating a claim of a "sexual nature" have searched a property belonging to Sir Cliff Richard.
The home ...
Obama to Missouri police: No excuse to use excessive force
2014-08-14 21:01:16 UTC
The governor of Missouri pledged changes to the tone of policing at demonstrations against the killing of an unarmed 18-year-old, as Barack Obama on Thursday added his voice to widespread criticism of a military-style crackdown.
Addressing the ...
Robin Williams tweet by Hollywood Academy 'may glorify suicide'
2014-08-13 21:38:19 UTC
The Hollywood Academy behind the Oscars has been accused of glorifying suicide over a tweet about Robin Williams's death.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences posted a picture from a scene in the film Aladdin, in which Williams plays...