Russia transfering rocket system to Ukraine rebels

2014-07-25 19:33

The Pentagon says the transfer of heavy calibre multiple launch rocket systems from Russia to Ukrainian separatists appeared to be imminent, with the arms close enough to the border they could be handed over soon.

US food prices rise on drought, disease

2014-07-25 17:30

Overall US food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought.

US man shot burglar who pleaded pregnancy

2014-07-25 16:10

Police are investigating a California man who said he shot a burglar despite her pleading pregnancy.

Zimbabwe situation in pictures

2014-07-25 13:14

A year after Zimbabwe held its elections, thousands continue to live under dire situations as the country's unemployment crisis persists.

Couple convicted for enslaving disabled woman

2014-07-25 12:01

A woman convicted along with her boyfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in their Ohio home for nearly two years was sentenced to 32 years in federal prison.

US airlines, others resume flights to Israel

2014-07-25 10:00

American, Russian and some European carriers have resumed flights to Israel after a two-day freeze amid fears that rocket fire from Gaza was endangering commercial air traffic into Tel Aviv.

BNP Paribas to pay $80m for defrauding US

2014-07-25 09:20

The US Justice Department has announced that a Federal court entered judgment against French bank BNP Paribas for $80m for defrauding a programme.

US panel votes to authorise lawsuit against Obama

2014-07-25 08:53

Republicans in the US House of Representatives have taken another step toward authorising a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers.

US congratulates Iraq on electing new president

2014-07-25 07:49

The United States has thrown its weight behind the newly elected president of Iraq, Fuad Masum, and urged him to form a "cohesive government" to help fight Islamic militants.

Kerry says can't wait indefinitely for Gaza ceasefire

2014-07-25 05:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry will soon decide if Hamas and Israel are willing to agree on a Gaza ceasefire and will not stay in the region indefinitely.

Wyoming fossil cave to be excavated

2014-07-24 23:38

A new scientific expedition is to study the remains of thousands of ancient animals in a cave in western US.

Global socks gain, US bonds fall

2014-07-24 19:45

Global stock markets edged higher while US debt prices fell following unexpectedly low US weekly jobless claims and stronger-than-expected US earnings.

US stocks: Earnings deluge continues

2014-07-24 17:01

US stocks were little changed in early trade following improved economic data in China and Europe and a busy day of earnings.

US Republican asks if flight ban is boycott of Israel

2014-07-24 13:04

US Republican, Ted Cruz, has suggested that the FAA flight ban amounts to Obama launching economic boycott of Israel.

Sex assault on cruise ships 'all too common'

2014-07-24 11:55

Sexual assault is 'far too common' on cruise ships, despite the cheerful image of fun on the high seas promoted by cruise lines, a Senate committee has heard.

US lifts ban on flights to Israel

2014-07-24 10:00

Israel has won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war with the lifting of a US ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv.

Arizona execution takes nearly 2 hours

2014-07-24 08:21

A condemned murderer took nearly two hours to die and gasped for about 90 minutes during an execution that quickly rekindled the national debate on capital punishment in the US.

S&P 500 at new record on Apple earnings

2014-07-24 07:40

The S&P 500 has closed at a new record high after strong Apple earnings lifted the tech sector on a mixed day for stocks.

Round-the-world teen pilot dies in crash

2014-07-24 06:27

A US teenager who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight has died in a crash over the Pacific Ocean, a family spokesperson says.

Billy Joel to be honoured with US Gershwin Prize

2014-07-24 02:00

Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Billy Joel will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the US national library has said.

Dogs get jealous

2014-07-23 22:27

Dogs show jealousy when their owners spend time with what appears to be another dog, suggesting that the emotion may have survivalist roots.

IMF snips US growth forecast

2014-07-23 19:34

The IMF says it expects the US economy to grow even more slowly this year, below its June prediction of 2% growth.

Exercise slows physical, mental decline after menopause

2014-07-23 17:00

Women who exercise regularly after menopause tend to maintain their physical strength and mental acuity longer than those who don't, according to a new review.


Outcry saves rare US redwood from chopping

2014-07-25 20:04

A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city will be replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.

'Backsliding' brings WTO to brink of crisis

2014-07-25 19:03

A US Trade representative says backsliding on a World Trade Organisation deal threatens a serious blow to the credibility of the global trading system.

US stocks tumble after Amazon loss

2014-07-25 17:00

Wall St have moved sharply lower in early trade following a disappointing earnings report from Amazon and despite a positive report on US durable goods orders.

'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought

2014-07-25 15:19

A major drought across the US has sapped underground water resources, posing a greater threat to the water supply than previously understood, scientists say.

Obama bars corporate tax evasion plan

2014-07-25 12:30

US President Barack Obama has hammered firms avoiding taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas and called on Congress to pass a bill to curb the practice.

Bring back firing squads - US judge

2014-07-25 12:01

An influential US appeals court judge says the nation's third lethal injection execution to be problematic in six months, underscores his call to bring back firing squads.

Nasa reveals 2012 secret

2014-07-25 09:50

Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to "knock modern civilisation back to the 18th century", Nasa says.

Sudan 'apostate' meets Pope

2014-07-25 09:03

A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, has met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the US.

Heat waves persist with tragic consequences

2014-07-25 08:42

Leaving children in parked cars in the blazing heat of summer: it's so obviously wrong, yet it happens with astonishing regularity, with tragic results.

How our animals are dying

2014-07-25 07:26

As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45%, researchers say.

US scientists to map Mount St Helens volcano

2014-07-25 05:00

A series of explosions set off by a team of scientists are expected to rattle Mount St Helens as researchers map the interior of the volcano, whose 1980 eruption was the deadliest in US history.

Report finds gaps in US nuclear disaster plans

2014-07-24 21:17

US nuclear plants must better prepare for the risk of natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis and floods, a report based on lessons learned from Japan's Fukushima crisis says.

US pulls Peace Corps volunteers from Kenya

2014-07-24 21:13

The Peace Corps is pulling more than 50 volunteers out of Kenya over security fears.

How Preston Tucker's Goose was cooked

2014-07-24 19:00

Preston Tucker was a man of vision. Almost 70 years ago he showcased a vehicle that should have sold by the dozen but he was shot down by Big Car in Detroit. Shame...

Senator blames PTSD for plagiarised thesis

2014-07-24 14:27

US Senator John Walsh says verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his master's degree thesis at the US Army War College was an unintentional mistake caused in part by post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

2014-07-24 12:43

For the first time in 30 years, palaeontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves: The bones of thousands of animals piled at the bottom of an ancient cave.

Obamacare covers over 10 million adults

2014-07-24 10:30

An estimated 10.3 million American adults have gained health coverage since Obamacare enrolment began last October.

Google will give you $1m for your green idea

2014-07-24 09:48

Google is offering a million-dollar prize for a breakthrough that would make solar or wind generated electricity more enticing for everyday uses.

How Preston Tucker's Goose was cooked

2014-07-24 07:50

Preston Tucker was a man of vision. Almost 70 years ago he showcased a vehicle that should have sold by the dozen but he was shot down by Big Car in Detroit. Shame...

Are we alone? Alien pollution may reveal answers

2014-07-24 07:29

Earthlings often wonder if life exists on other planets, and researchers say that hunting for traces of pollution from distant worlds could provide the answer.

Changing course could save blue whales

2014-07-24 05:00

Blue whales off the US west coast like to feed in areas that are heavily used as shipping lanes, a practice that puts their survival at risk.

US military base on lockdown for suspicious person

2014-07-23 22:53

A US military base went on lockdown amid reports of a suspicious person, though military officials offered few details about the incident.

Schizophrenia has many genetic links: Study

2014-07-23 20:39

Over 100 locations on the human genome may play a role in a person's risk of developing schizophrenia, according to a new study.

Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist

2014-07-23 19:06

New social networks, Bubblews and Bonzo Me, promise to reward people with money as well as 'likes' for their posts.

Failures in monitoring US fracking

2014-07-23 13:50

Strained by resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in the US, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or provide clear information to citizens.

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