Obama notifies Congress of air strikes in Iraq

2014-09-01 21:29

US President Barack Obama has formally notified Congress that he has authorised targeted air strikes in Iraq to help deliver humanitarian aid to the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli.

140 held in US pro-immigration protest

2014-08-29 10:04

At least 140 demonstrators rallying for looser immigration rules have been arrested outside the White House for civil disobedience.

Could Mitt Romney be president in 2016?

2014-08-28 11:10

Americans may not be through with Mitt Romney. An Iowa poll suggests that Romney, who lost to President Obama in 2012, would be the party's favourite if he threw his hat in the ring for 2016.

Syria ready to fight 'terror' alongside US

2014-08-26 09:13

Syria says it is ready to work with the US to fight "terrorism" as the UN accused jihadists in Iraq of "ethnic and religious cleansing".

US cops use of military hardware to be reviewed

2014-08-23 22:37

US President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police out of concern at how such equipment has been used during racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

2014-08-21 13:41

The beheading of an American journalist in Syria, for all its horror, appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists.

Reactions to killing of journalist James Foley

2014-08-21 07:57

James Foley has been remembered as a journalist who was passionate, persistent, big-hearted, and always pushed closer to the story.

Obama: Islamic State a cancer, US will do what it must

2014-08-20 19:18

US President Barack Obama has condemned the Islamic State militants who beheaded an American journalist as "a cancer" and said "their ideology is bankrupt".

Foley's killing 'first IS attack on US'

2014-08-20 15:52

The murder of US journalist James Foley by the so-called Islamic State is the extremist group's "first terrorist attack against the United States", a former head of the CIA has warned.

US trying to verify video of American's killing

2014-08-20 08:16

A video by Islamic State militants released on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of US journalist James Foley is being verified by US authorities.

US aircraft hit 90 IS targets in 3 days

2014-08-19 10:19

US military aircraft have carried out 35 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq over the past three days, destroying more than 90 targets, the Pentagon says.

Foreign tax moves bedevils US

2014-08-18 11:28

The US government has grappled with corporate deals known as inversions in which US companies shift their tax domiciles abroad, avoiding US taxes.

Obama heading back to DC in rare vacation break

2014-08-17 18:09

President Barack Obama plans a break in the middle of his vacation to return to Washington unspecified meetings with advisers.

Obama: No Iraq rescue, further airdrops unlikely

2014-08-15 11:58

President Barack Obama has promised to expand US humanitarian relief to Iraqis threatened by the advancing army of the Islamic state militants.

US-Israel ties hit new low after backdoor missile procurement

2014-08-15 08:48

US state department officials have been caught off guard during the Gaza conflict after it surfaced that the Israeli military had quietly secured US ammunition supplies from the Pentagon, according to reports.

Obama appeals for calm over shooting

2014-08-15 05:00

President Barack Obama has called for "peace and calm" in the Missouri town where the police shooting of an unarmed black youth has sparked angry protests.

Journos held in US suburb where cops killed teen

2014-08-14 12:41

Missouri police have arrested two journalists reporting on the unrest that has roiled a US suburb after an unarmed black teenager was shot dead by police, the duo says.

Russia's challenge: Money and talent exodus

2014-08-14 10:45

The Kremlin's worst clash with the West since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union has accelerated the outflow of two of Russia's key assets: Money and brains.

Obama urges calm after teen's fatal police shooting

2014-08-13 13:16

US President Barack Obama appealed for calm after what he called the "heartbreaking" death of a black teenager killed in a police shooting in Missouri that sparked rioting.

UN warns of 'genocide' in Iraq

2014-08-13 08:51

Up to 30 000 people are still facing a "potential genocide" on a mountain in northern Iraq, the UN has warned.

Obama calls Robin Williams 'one of a kind'

2014-08-12 07:36

President Barack Obama has called Robin Williams "one of a kind" who shared his talent "freely and generously with those who needed it most".

US mulls options to evacuate Yazidis from Iraqi mountain

2014-08-11 14:33

The US is exploring options to evacuate thousands of Iraqi civilians trapped on a barren mountain in northern Iraq by Islamic militants, after four nights of humanitarian relief airdrops.

US: Baghdad situation tense

2014-08-11 13:38

The US has viewed defiant comments from Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki as troubling, but has seen no evidence of Iraqi forces mobilising in an unusual way despite a tense climate in Baghdad.

Clinton distances herself from Obama foreign policy

2014-08-10 22:12

Distancing herself from President Barack Obama's foreign policy, potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said America's decision not to intervene early in the Syrian civil war was a "failure".


Putin seeks 'statehood' talks on east Ukraine

2014-09-01 13:52

Moscow and Kiev representatives are set to meet in Minsk after Russian raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for statehood to be discussed for the restive east of the former Soviet state.

European shares inch up, Tesco sinks

2014-08-29 12:53

European shares have risen in early trade, recovering some of the ground lost in the previous session as investors awaited inflation figures.

Another US citizen fighting in Syria may be dead

2014-08-28 16:09

The US is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria.

IS reshapes war politics, US at 'tipping point'

2014-08-26 12:39

Signs that the United States may strike Islamic State militants in their Syrian stronghold reveals a shift in the politics of foreign war in Washington, after the trauma of the post-Iraq era.

Obama calls for renewal of Ex-Im Bank

2014-08-24 11:13

President Barack Obama has urged business owners to press Congress to reauthorise the US Export-Import Bank as its closure will stunt export growth.

Americans among 12 000 foreign fighters in Syria

2014-08-22 10:43

Some 12,000 foreign jihadists from 50 countries, including Americans, have gone to fight in Syria since the conflict began, the US State Department said Thursday.

US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

2014-08-21 12:08

President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer to try and rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, but they didn’t find them.

Oil prices down on fading supply fears

2014-08-21 07:44

Oil prices have edged lower in Asia on fading fears that conflicts in crude producers Libya and Iraq could result in a major supply disruption.

US military strikes continue despite Foley beheading

2014-08-20 18:57

US war planes have continued to strike Islamic State targets in Iraq despite the militants' beheading of a journalist in retaliation for President Barack Obama's air campaign in Iraq.

Brazilians can vote for their own Obama

2014-08-20 12:38

In Brazil, where nicknames are everything, voters can now opt for a congressional candidate who goes by the name Barack Obama.

Police under gunfire in Ferguson, 31 arrested

2014-08-19 13:16

US police say they came under heavy gunfire and arrested 31 people during another night of racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Corporate foreign tax moves have bedeviled US

2014-08-18 14:30

The US government has grappled with corporate deals known as inversions in which US companies shift their tax domiciles abroad to avoid US taxes.

Key events following the death of Michael Brown

2014-08-18 07:56

A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.

Clinton's break with Obama on Syria - what's next?

2014-08-16 09:37

Hillary Clinton’s split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organising principle" is not likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two.

Obama talks to Liberia, S Leone leaders on Ebola

2014-08-15 11:57

US President Barack Obama has called the presidents of Liberia and Sierra Leone to discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the White House says.

US jets strike IS armored vehicles in Iraq

2014-08-15 06:11

US jets and drones have launched more air strikes in northern Iraq to destroy vehicles operated by extremist fighters from the so-called Islamic State, the military says.

Maliki refuses to go as Iraqis turn to new leader

2014-08-14 14:23

An increasingly isolated Nuri al-Maliki again protested his removal as Iraqi prime minister, as his own political party and his former sponsor in Iran publicly endorsed his successor.

Tear gas fired at protesters after US teen's death

2014-08-14 11:20

Missouri police have fired tear gas and smoke bombs at a crowd of protesters demonstrating against the death of an unarmed black teen by an officer, US media report.

Clinton's Obama balancing act as 2016 looms

2014-08-14 05:00

Hillary Clinton's relationship with President Barack Obama is entering a potentially awkward new era as the former US secretary of state eyes a possible 2016 bid for the White House.

Hillary calls Obama to clarify Syria remarks

2014-08-13 11:36

Hillary Clinton, a likely Democratic contender for the White House, has called President Obama to clarify, that controversial remarks she said were not intended to attack him.

Russia sends 280 aid trucks to Ukraine

2014-08-12 11:46

A Russian convoy of 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine has set off, amid Western warnings against using help as a pretext for an invasion.

African leaders: not good at much

2014-08-11 19:33

Who can the African thinkers learn from, in order to advance this continent for the best, in relation to culture and all else? asks Matome Letsoalo.

US child deportation at odds with public opinion

2014-08-11 14:33

President Obama's pledge to fast-track the deportation of migrant children from Central America is out of step with the opinion of a majority of Americans.

Dollar bounces back in Asia

2014-08-11 11:06

The dollar has rallied against the yen and euro after the unit plunged in the wake of the announcement that Washington had authorised air strikes in Iraq.

Obama opens Gay Games with surprise message

2014-08-10 19:37

President Barack Obama has helped kick off the international Gay Games in Cleveland with a surprise video message shown at the opening ceremonies.

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