US stocks surge

2015-05-03 10:26

US stocks have risen sharply, ending a two-day slide with a rally led by Apple and other tech stocks and extending to most industrial sectors.

1 000s expected in Baltimore rallies

2015-05-02 21:17

Thousands of marchers are expected to hit the streets to protest the death of a man in police custody but instead looked to turn the gathering into a 'victory rally' after Baltimore's top prosecutor filed criminal charges against the six officers involved in the man's arrest.

Clashes erupt in US west coast cities during May Day marches

2015-05-02 13:08

Crowds clashed with police during May Day marches in several US west coast cities, forcing officers to respond with stun grenades and pepper spray, police and reports say.

Relief, celebrations in Baltimore as 6 officers charged

2015-05-02 10:31

Baltimore’s top prosecutor has charged six police officers with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray, triggering celebrations and a sense of relief in the tension-filled city.

Baltimore cops charged over Freddie Gray's death

2015-05-01 22:23

Six Baltimore police officers have been charged over the death of a 25-year-old African-American from injuries sustained while in custody, in a surprise announcement after days of riots and protests in the US city.

Most Americans support drone strikes on terrorists

2015-05-01 16:14

Most Americans support drone strikes against terrorists overseas, a new poll has revealed.

Woman bitten to death by shark off Maui swam every day, brother says

2015-05-01 12:26

A 65-year-old woman bitten to death by a shark while snorkelling off the Hawaiian island of Maui loved the ocean and went swimming every day, her brother says.

Baltimore mostly calm on third night of curfew

2015-05-01 09:33

Baltimore streets were largely calm as an emergency curfew set in for a third night, following hours of protests over the death of an African-American man who died while in police custody.

US and Japan miss deadline for UN green climate fund

2015-04-30 19:53

The US and Japan will miss a UN deadline to firm up promises to provide billions of dollars for a new UN fund intended to help developing nations tackle global warming, the fund says.

Report raises concern over diminishing press freedom in SA

2015-04-30 17:17

Concern has been raised over South Africa’s ranking in the newly launched World Press Freedom report as well as the overall decline in press freedom worldwide.


New York police officer shot in the head

2015-05-03 08:11

A plainclothes police officer has been seriously wounded by a gunshot to the head in New York, police say.

Kerry vows to deepen ties with Sri Lanka

2015-05-02 14:05

John Kerry has made the first visit to Sri Lanka by a US secretary of state in a decade, promising to deepen ties with a country that sits at a strategic crossroads in the vast Indian Ocean.

Charlie Hebdo says prize protest a 'misunderstanding'

2015-05-02 12:01

Two of the surviving journalists from French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo have brushed off controversy over a literary award.

Republicans tread carefully around Hillary Clinton's age

2015-05-02 07:30

While some Republicans have hinted that Hillary Clinton is too old to be US president, most are treading more carefully around the sensitive issue of age.

US House Republicans pass deep spending cuts

2015-05-01 16:15

Republicans in the US House of Representatives have passed the first joint House-Senate budget plan in six years.

Bid to end collection of phone data advances

2015-05-01 14:20

A bill to end spy agencies' mass collection of Americans' telephone data advanced in the US House of Representatives.

Tesla to produce batteries for solar storage

2015-05-01 10:13

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has announced the development of a new battery system to store solar energy for later use, addressing a key obstacle to wider use of renewable energy sources.

Nasa fights proposal to slash climate budget

2015-05-01 08:38

Nasa has pushed back against a congressional proposal to slash more than $300m in funding from its branch focused on climate issues.

Fed sets rate hike stage with a test

2015-04-30 18:08

The Federal Reserve has set up a new system for holding press conferences by telephone, increasing the central bank's flexibility to explain an interest rate hike.

Vietnam PM attacks 'barbarous US crimes' on war anniversary

2015-04-30 16:48

Vietnam's premier has hit out at the "barbarous crimes" of its wartime American foe as the nation marks four decades since the fall of Saigon.

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