SA hails Obama’s US-Cuba initiative

2014-12-18 12:45

South Africa has hailed US President Barack Obama's announcement of moves to 'normalise' his country's diplomatic ties with Cuba.

Miami Cubans slam Obama's 'betrayal'

2014-12-18 09:21

Cubans in Miami's Little Havana have reacted with anger to President Barack Obama's dramatic bid to end a half-decade Cold War with the communist-ruled island.

Putin holds late-night Ukraine talks with EU

2014-12-17 13:16

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts have agreed in a phone call that talks surrounding eastern Ukraine are to resume as soon as possible.

British govt under pressure over CIA link

2014-12-12 14:32

The British government is under pressure to appoint a judge to investigate whether its spy agencies were complicit in the torture of terrorist suspects by the CIA after 9/11.

Police cases stir US protests, debate

2014-12-05 17:11

Thousands of people of diverse races and ethnicities have taken to the streets from New York City to San Francisco for a second straight night to protest the "Garner ruling".

US ups pressure in South Sudan

2013-12-23 07:50

The US – a key backer of South Sudan’s 2011 independence – is increasing diplomatic pressure amid an intensifying conflict there but will not consider military intervention, experts say.

Kerry seeks EU support on Syria

2013-09-07 14:27

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet EU ministers to rally support for military strikes against Syria, after a G20 summit failed to resolve bitter international divisions on the issue.

Kenyans to sue UK over Mau Mau

2013-06-04 17:17

More than 8 000 Kenyans are seeking millions of dollars in compensation from former colonial rulers Britain, claiming mistreatment during the 1950s Mau Mau uprising, the country’s law society says.

2 Gaza rockets hit southern Israel

2013-04-19 12:19

Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have hit southern Israel without causing casualties or damage, a police spokesperson says.

Clinton returns to work

2013-01-07 22:04

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has returned to work, after a month-long absence caused first by a stomach virus, then a fall and a concussion, and finally a brief stay in hospital.

Ghana mourns after death of president

2012-07-25 14:37

Ghana has been thrown into mourning after the sudden death of president John Atta Mills five months ahead of elections in the country seen as a bastion of democracy in west Africa.

Clinton warns Iran on Iraq interference

2011-10-22 22:36

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has implicitly warned Iran not to interfere in Iraq after the decision to pull all American troops out of the war-wracked state by the end of the year.

Obama pushes new jobs plan

2011-09-15 08:09

President Barack Obama has told a black-tie Latino audience that his $447bn package of tax cuts and public works spending would put more money in the pockets of Latino workers and business owners.

White House - extra days if deal agreed

2011-07-31 20:39

The White House remains open to raising the debt limit for a few extra days if lawmakers reach a deal and need time for it to clear Congress.

Romney beating Obama at polls

2011-06-07 22:28

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has pulled ahead of President Barack Obama in a poll of registered voters.

If needs be, Obama will act in Pakistan again

2011-05-04 22:48

US President Barack Obama reserves the right to act again against top terror suspects inside Pakistan, says the White House.

'Egypt is Free' chants Tahrir Square

2011-02-12 07:26

Cries of "Egypt is free" have rung out and fireworks have lit up the sky over Cairo's Tahrir Square where hundreds of thousands danced, wept and prayed in joyful pandemonium after Hosni Mubarak stepped down as president.

Obama admin might call Jones

2010-09-09 21:38

The US administration is weighing a possible direct appeal to a Florida pastor to ask him to call off plans to burn hundreds of Qu'rans, the Pentagon says.

CIA slams 'gallows politics'

2009-06-14 22:19

CIA Director Leon Panetta has slammed former vice-president Dick Cheney's "gallows politics" as dangerous.

WH monotoring Iran result

2009-06-13 21:17

The White House says it is monitoring Iran's presidential election results, including reports of voter fraud.


Pope weighs in on US-Cuba talks, hails move

2014-12-18 10:25

Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for the breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as 'historic' in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana.

Rita Ora loved performing for the Obama family

2014-12-17 17:00

Rita Ora has admitted it was an ''indescribable honour'' to perform Do They Know It's Christmas for the Obama family.

Obama removes Alaskan bay from drilling

2014-12-17 08:50

President Barack Obama has announced that he's removing more than 135 000km of waters off Alaska's coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling.

CIA torture is brutal and ineffective - US senate

2014-12-10 15:47

CIA torture of al-Qaeda suspects was far more brutal than acknowledged and failed to produce useful intelligence, the US Senate says.

Qaeda threatens US hostage in new video

2014-12-04 18:34

Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen has threatened an American hostage, kidnapped over a year ago in a new video, giving Washington three days to meet unspecified demands.

US scores low on protecting gun rights

2013-09-20 20:06

A growing number of Americans are questioning the government's protection of the constitutional right to bear arms, according to a recent poll.

W Africa: the new theatre in US war on drugs

2013-06-21 21:41

President Barack Obama begins his African tour in Senegal next week in the heart of a region becoming a focus for federal agents prosecuting the US war on the international drug trade.

FBI: Man held in suspicious letters case

2013-04-27 19:00

The FBI says a Mississippi man whose home and business were searched as part of an investigation into poisoned letters sent to President Barack Obama has been arrested.

Prepare for higher body count – Algeria

2013-01-21 08:43

Algeria has warned other nations to prepare for a higher body count from a hostage bloodbath at a gas plant that was overrun in what France called an "act of war" by Islamist militants.

Panetta in Kabul to discuss troop levels

2012-12-12 15:03

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has flown to Afghanistan to confer with commanders about troop levels beyond 2014, as President Barack Obama considers the US military's future role.

Obama approval soars to 50%

2012-02-06 22:24

Boosted by rising US jobs figures, President Barack Obama's approval rating has hit the magical 50% mark and he has opened up a double-digit lead over his probable Republican opponent.

Gaddafi, Iraq 'show renewed US leadership'

2011-10-22 17:00

President Barack Obama says the death of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and the end of the Iraq war are powerful reminders of America’s renewed leadership in the world.

US considered tunneling to Bin Laden

2011-08-01 22:42

US commanders of the raid on Osama bin Laden considered a more down-to-earth way of entering his compound than swooping in by helicopter.

Stem cell research suit dismissed

2011-07-27 22:21

A US judge has sided with the Obama administration, rejecting a suit on US-financed stem cell research.

Obama to attend tornado memorial

2011-05-29 21:45

US President Barack Obama wil join grieving relatives in Joplin, Missouri, at a memorial service for victims of one of the worst tornadoes ever to hit the United States.

Pressure mounts on Gaddafi to quit

2011-02-28 09:54

Pressure is mounting on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down after world leaders called on him to end his 41-year rule.

US seeks more inclusive Egypt talks

2011-02-08 09:35

The Obama administration is urging Egyptian leaders to include more people in a national dialogue on reform but won’t endorse demands from protesters for the immediate resignation of Hosni Mubarak.

Obama to visit oil spill area

2010-05-01 14:58

US President Barak Obama will visit an oil spill area in the Gulf of Mexico in next 48 hours to assess the situation and the US government's response.

Biden still eyeing WH

2009-06-14 17:19

US Vice-President Joe Biden isn't ruling out his own presidential aspirations.

Syria a key ME player - US

2009-06-13 18:21

US President Barack Obama's special Mideast envoy says Syria has a key role to play in forging peace in the region.

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