Putin: Russian forces 'could conquer Kiev in two weeks'
2014-09-02 20:32:42 UTC
Vladimir Putin has said Russian forces could conquer the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in two weeks if he so ordered, the Kremlin has confirmed.
Moscow declined to deny that the president had spoken of taking Kiev in a phone conversation on Friday w...
US and Iran become unlikely allies in ISIS battle
2014-09-01 07:45:05 UTC
BAGHDAD — With American bombs raining down from the sky, Shiite militia fighters aligned with Iran battled Sunni extremists over the weekend, punching through their defenses to break the weekslong siege of Amerli, a cluster of farming villages who...
US senators urge arms 'to fight Russia'
2014-09-01 21:41:15 UTC
Leading American senators have called for the US to send weapons to help Ukraine fight what they say is "a Russian invasion".
Robert Menendez, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Russia's President Vladimir Putin must face a co...
European Union gives Putin a one week Ultimatum
2014-08-31 13:48:41 UTC
The European Union has given Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions.
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the EU was working urgently on further restrictive measures.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Petr...
Iran says US sanctions will hinder nuclear talks
2014-08-31 13:48:19 UTC
US sanctions against Iran will hinder talks over the country's nuclear programme, the Iranian foreign ministry has warned. The comments came as Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, said the country should "resist" the measures.
On Friday, the US i...
'Nobody wants to see our streets look like a war zone'
2014-08-29 00:06:10 UTC
Hillary Clinton, weighing in for the first time on the controversial shooting death of Michael Brown, said Thursday that she grieves for both Brown's family and his community, and called for better than what occurred in the chaotic aftermath of th...
The failure of a 'traditional American family': Bob McDonnell corruption trial
2014-08-29 10:02:29 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...
Arizona gun instructor shot and killed by nine-year-old girl
2014-08-27 22:47:23 UTC
The manager of an Arizona shooting range where a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi said he has trained children as young as five on the use of firearms but the range’s policies on minors is currently under ...
Response to Putin: NATO plans east European bases
2014-08-27 05:12:25 UTC
Nato is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to its secretary gene...
Hollande took the biggest gamble of his presidency
2014-08-25 21:38:37 UTC
French president François Hollande took the biggest gamble of his two-year-old presidency on Monday by ordering his reformist prime minister to form a new government which will exclude Socialist dissidents demanding an end to economic austerity po...
Autonomy deals raise questions as HP row escalates
2014-08-25 04:57:21 UTC
Autonomy's $11bn (£6.6bn) sale to Hewlett-Packard faces further scrutiny after documents cast doubt over the structure of some transactions conducted by the British software firm before its takeover.
New evidence has come to light which, accord...
Cambodian growing export market for rat meat
2014-08-25 04:13:52 UTC
A unique harvest is under way in the rice fields of Cambodia where tens of thousands of wild rats are being trapped alive each day to feed a growing export market for the meat of rural rodents.
Popularly considered a disease-carrying nuisance i...
First remains of Malaysian MH17 victims arrive home
2014-08-22 07:02:01 UTC
Flags flew at half-mast in Malaysia on Friday as the remains of 20 of the country's nationals who perished in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
The flight from Amsterdam was met by relatives...
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...
WHO ups Ebola deaths to 1,350
2014-08-21 08:00:11 UTC
The total number of Ebola deaths spiked to 1,350 Wednesday, with the toll mounting fastest in Liberia, which now has at least 576 confirmed dead of the virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.
On Wednesday, the UN health agency also w...
Germany 'ready' to arm Kurdish peshmerga forces
2014-08-20 12:35:33 UTC
Germany has announced that it plans to supply northern Iraq with military equipment. The Iraqi Kurds are battling Islamic State -ISIS- fighters who have taken over a number of cities and displaced minority populations.
German Foreign Minister F...
Obama calls for review of using military equipment by police
2014-08-18 22:33:25 UTC
Barack Obama distanced himself from a decision to deploy Missouri national guard troops to deal with continued unrest in Ferguson on Monday, dispatching attorney general Eric Holder to monitor events and saying he would be watching whether troops ...
US jobless aid applications rise but claims remain near pre-recession levels
2014-08-16 17:45:37 UTC
More people applied for US unemployment benefits last week, although jobless claims continue to be close to pre-recession levels.
Weekly applications for unemployment aid climbed 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the Labor Department sai...
SeaWorld shares tumble 33% following Blackfish documentary
2014-08-16 17:42:56 UTC
Shares in the amusement park SeaWorld fell 33% after a 6-7% decline in the company’s revenues was forecast – with falling attendances driven in part by the negative publicity surrounding the documentary film Blackfish.
The film follows Tilikum,...
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...
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 ...
German intelligence (BND) spied on Hillary Clinton
2014-08-15 20:53:56 UTC
German intelligence spied on Hillary Clinton on various occasions.
According to a report in the German news publication Süddeutsche Zeitung, German intelligence apparently spied on Hillary Clinton while she was in office and during various trip...
A stark illustration of newly militarised US law enforcement
2014-08-15 07:07:28 UTC
Michael Brown was shot dead by an officer from a police force of 53, serving a population of just 21,000. But the police response to a series of protests over his death has been something more akin to the deployment of an army in a miniature warzo...
WHO: Ebola crisis vastly underestimated
2014-08-15 05:31:33 UTC
* Outbreak of an undetermined viral haemorrhagic fever begins in Guinea in February.
* Identified as Ebola in March.
* Researchers have since traced the first case to the death of two-year-old Guinean child in December 2013.
Dire Obamacare Prediction Falls Hilariously Flat
2014-08-13 21:05:35 UTC
The story of Obamacare over the last year has in many ways been a story about how the various claims made by conservatives about why the law would collapse have systematically fallen apart as the Affordable Care Act has gone into effect. The websi...