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US general: ISIS fight to take at least 3 years

20 minutes ago

The general in command of US forces involved in the fight against ISIS said he thought it would take a minimum of three years to achieve a turning point against the group.

Songbirds fly coop before tornadoes

24 minutes ago

You might want to be careful about who you call a birdbrain. Some of our feathered friends exhibit powers of perception that put humans to shame.

Cruise lines to benefit from end of embargo

2014-12-18 16:04

An end to the five-decade US trade embargo against Cuba will provide a major boost to American cruise lines, as well as the island's economy.

Avon settles over bribe probe

2014-12-18 14:15

US authorities have fined Avon $135m to settle a corruption probe in China after it became known the company had bribed officials.

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.

Western sanctions on Russia may last for decades

2014-12-18 11:05

Western sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis are likely to last 'for a very long time', Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev says.

US man convicted in German student's death

2014-12-18 10:25

A man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage has been convicted of deliberate homicide.

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.

US ends state of emergency in Ferguson

2014-12-18 08:47

Missouri's governor has ended the state of emergency that he declared for the St Louis area ahead of unrest over the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

Hillary Clinton backs Obama move on Cuba

2014-12-18 07:25

Former US Secretary of State and potential presidential contender Hillary Clinton says she supports President Barack Obama's move to establish diplomatic ties with Cuba after more than 50 years of hostile relations.

Melting Arctic ice, rising temps seen as planet warms

2014-12-17 21:54

Record high temperatures in Alaska, below average snow cover across the Arctic and excess summer ice melting in Greenland have been observed this year by scientists, raising new concerns about global warming.

Obama announces move to normalise relations with Cuba

2014-12-17 19:40

President Barack Obama has announced a move to normalise relations between the United States and Cuba, saying it is time to "cut loose the shackles of the past".

US stocks rise as market awaits Fed report

2014-12-17 17:16

Wall Street stocks have moved higher in early trade following a weak US inflation report as the market awaited a Federal Reserve update.

Cuba frees US prisoner Alan Gross

2014-12-17 16:27

Cuba has freed Alan Gross - a US contractor jailed since 2009 - on humanitarian grounds at the request of the United States, a US official says.

Ex-marine's suicide ends rampage, manhunt

2014-12-17 14:44

An ex-Marine's has taken his own life, ending a violent rampage that left his ex-wife and five of her relatives dead a week after he lost a custody battle.

US housing starts fall, trend points to recovery

2014-12-17 09:45

US housing starts have fallen in November as groundbreaking for single-family homes declined after increases, in what appears to be a pause in a recovery trend.

Wife who used child porn to frame spouse gets jail

2014-12-16 19:40

A woman convicted of downloading child pornography to frame her estranged husband must spend six months to two years in jail.

US stocks fall as oil, Russian rouble tumbles

2014-12-16 16:56

US stocks have opened lower amid another dramatic fall in oil prices and the Russian rouble.

Lawmakers press Obama to back Russian sanctions

2014-12-16 14:35

Republicans and Democrats have spoken with one voice in pressing President Obama to sign legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russia while providing weapons and other assistance to Ukraine.

First cat café opens in New York

2014-12-16 06:51

New York City has opened its first cat café, inviting cat women - and men - to enjoy a cup of coffee or pastries in the company of cats that are available for adoption.

Christmas shopping is a puzzle for Obama too

2014-12-16 05:15

Running America, President Barack Obama can do. But finding a gift for his wife Michelle is a tough one.

5 dead in shootings in US - reports

2014-12-15 22:19

Police are surrounding a home outside Philadelphia where a suspect is believed to have barricaded himself after shootings at multiple homes.

US Marine in transgender murder gets charged

2014-12-15 18:57

Philippine prosecutors have filed murder charges against a US Marine accused of killing a Filipino transgender woman, in a case that has fanned anti-American sentiment.

Palestinians push UN bid as Kerry meets Netanyahu

2014-12-15 10:17

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet the Israeli prime minister, two days before Palestinians push for a draft UN resolution to end the Israeli occupation.

CIA maybe went too far - memo

2014-12-15 05:10

As former vice president Dick Cheney argued that the CIA's aggressive interrogation of terrorism suspects did not amount to torture, the man who provided the legal rationale for the programme said that in some cases it had perhaps gone too far.

 

Boston bomber in court for 1st time since 2013

20 minutes ago

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has returned to court for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013.

US stocks surge on oil rally

2014-12-18 17:09

US stocks have powered higher in opening trade, joining a surge in European markets amid rising oil prices.

US CPI dips on fuel, rate hike likely

2014-12-18 15:00

US consumer prices have recorded their biggest drop in nearly six years as fuel prices tumble, but the general view is that interest rates will increase.

China hopes US will lift Cuba embargo

2014-12-18 13:19

China says it hopes the United States will lift its economic embargo on Cuba, in place for more than half a century, as the two countries normalise relations.

Scientists: Alcatraz prisoners could have survived

2014-12-18 12:35

The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in US history could have survived and made it to land, a study concludes.

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.

Murdered wife stuffed in fridge, husband charged

2014-12-18 09:56

Houston police have charged a 38-year-old man with murder in the stabbing death of his estranged wife, whose body was found rotting in a disabled refrigerator.

US consumer prices fall on looming rate hike

2014-12-18 09:01

US consumer prices have recorded their biggest drop in nearly six years but did little to change views the Fed Reserve will start raising interest rates.

New York bans fracking

2014-12-18 07:46

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he would ban hydraulic fracking in New York State, citing health concerns about the controversial oil and gas drilling technique.

After first big step, US faces long path to forge ties with Cuba

2014-12-17 22:46

The renewal of full diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba could be the start of a long thaw in decades of animosity, but the path is full of obstacles.

US lawmakers furious over Obama's Cuba move

2014-12-17 21:12

Some Republican and Democratic lawmakers have expressed outrage over Washington's historic Cuba breakthrough, warning that Congress will block efforts to lift the trade embargo against that country.

Alstom to pay $700m in US bribery case

2014-12-17 18:14

French industrial giant Alstom has agreed to pay $700m to settle US corruption charges related to bribes in a few countries, says a source.

Obama bill wards off govt shutdown threat

2014-12-17 16:30

US President Barack Obama has signed a $1.1trn spending bill passed by Congress that has lifted the threat of a government shutdown.

Oil falls below $59, but production continues

2014-12-17 16:09

Brent crude oil has fallen below $59 a barrel, near 5-1/2-year lows, as major oil producers signalled that they will maintain output despite a supply glut.

Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter

2014-12-17 14:12

Hillary Clinton says she's proud to have been part of an administration that worked to ban brutal interrogations and says the US should never condone or practice torture anywhere in the world.

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.

Closing arguments in exchange student murder

2014-12-16 17:00

Closing arguments are set in the trial of a Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student in his garage.

Psychologist admits he waterboarded Qaeda suspects

2014-12-16 15:21

One of the chief architects of the CIA's harsh Bush-era interrogation programme has admitted for the first time that he waterboarded terrorism suspects.

US activists block roads to protest police killings

2014-12-16 11:38

Demonstrators blocked streets around police headquarters and chained shut four doors of a California police headquarters to protest recent grand jury decisions not to indict white officers who killed unarmed black men.

US study: All-electric car may not be so green

2014-12-16 06:50

People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment, but they're not, a study shows.

Rare white rhino dies, leaving only 5 on earth

2014-12-16 05:10

One of only six northern white rhino left on earth has died at a San Diego Zoo, bringing the species closer to extinction, zoo officials say.

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust - and corpses to crops?

2014-12-15 21:45

In Seattle, a local non-profit group wants to become the world's first organisation to offer as a service human composting, in which the departed are turned into nutrient-rich soil.

US stocks are rebounding after losses

2014-12-15 16:56

Wall Street stocks have pushed higher in opening trade, reversing course after heavy losses helped by industrial production figures in November.

New Bond script stolen in Sony hack

2014-12-14 18:57

An "early version" of the screenplay for the new James Bond film has been the latest victim of a massive hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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