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  • Gunman ambushes New York police officers, kills self 10 hours 43 minutes ago

    New York: A gunman who had posted anti-police statements on social media ambushed and fatally shot two New York police officers as they sat in their squad car on Saturday and then killed himself, police said. The officers were killed without warning in their marked police car as they were on...
  • Protesters gather at America's biggest shopping mall 12 hours 2 minutes ago

    Washington: Hundreds of demonstrators filed into America's largest shopping mall as part of an ongoing wave of protests against racially charged police violence, interrupting one of the holidays' busiest shopping days. Protesters gathered at the Mall of America in Bloomington in the Midwestern state of Minnesota, and held up signs with...
  • Barack Obama's year-end message to Americans: I'm not a lame duck Yesterday

    Washington: If US President Barack Obama is feeling the pain from a rough year at the office, he did a great job of covering it up on Friday. Before boarding Air Force One for a vacation in Hawaii, the President gave a year-end news conference with a spring in his step,...
  • 'Devyani has not violated any service rules', says Uttam Khobragade Yesterday

    In yet another trouble for Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, the External Affairs Ministry has stripped her of her duties as Director in the Development Partnership Division of the MEA. She has been placed under a compulsory wait. ...
  • Sony CEO denies having 'caved,' still plans movie release Yesterday

    Washington: Hit by the worst ever cyber- attack to an American business enterprise, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton has denied that the studio had "caved" by scrapping next week's release of its movie 'The Interview', and said it still hoped to release the film. "Actually, the unfortunate part is, in this...
  • Indian-American Richard Rahul Verma sworn in as US Ambassador to India Yesterday

    Washington: Indian-American Richard Rahul Verma has been sworn in as the US Ambassador to India by Secretary of State John Kerry. 46-year-old Verma is the first ever Indian-American to be the top US diplomat in New Delhi. He is scheduled to arrive in India ahead of Kerry's visit to Delhi...
  • North Korea responsible for Sony cyber-attack: FBI Yesterday

    Washington: The US on Friday blamed North Korea for the cyber-attack on Hollywood movie studio Sony Pictures in which confidential information was leaked by hackers. "The FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions," an official statement from the Federal Bureau of...
  • US issues world-wide travel alert for its citizens Yesterday

    Washington: The US has issued a world-wide travel alert for its citizens ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays in the wake of lone-wolf attack in Sydney. "The lone wolf attack in Sydney, Australia, on December 15 resulting in the deaths of two hostages, is a reminder that US citizens...
  • US air strikes kill senior Islamic State leadership: Pentagon 2 days ago

    Washington: Several leaders of Islamic State militant group have been killed in Iraq in targeted US air strikes in recent weeks, dealing a blow to the extremist jihadist forces, the Pentagon said on Friday. "I can confirm that since mid-November, targeted coalition air strikes successfully killed multiple senior and mid-level leaders...
  • Obama monitoring cyber attack on Sony closely 2 days ago

    Washington: Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response. But the White House was not ready to...
  • Barack Obama to sign Russia sanctions bill, says White House 2 days ago

    Washington: The White House on Thursday said US President Barack Obama will sign the Russia sanctions bill as it again appealed to Moscow to "end its occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea and cease support for separatists in eastern Ukraine". "The President does intend to sign HR 5859 (Russia sanctions bill)...
  • US hotelier Chatwal sentenced to 3 years probation for violating poll laws 2 days ago

    New York: Rejecting the prosecution's demand for a jail term, a federal judge here has sentenced prominent Indian-American hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal to three years probation and a US dollar 500,000 fine on charges of illegally donating thousands of dollars to political campaigns. 70-year-old Chatwal's lawyers asked the court to weigh...
  • Sonia Gandhi admitted to hospital for respiratory tract infection 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi was on Thursday admitted to a hospital for treatment of lower respiratory tract infection. "She has been admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here for further treatment of the infection," AICC general secretary Ajay Maken said. Sonia had undergone surgery in the at a US hospital...
  • India welcomes US move to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba 3 days ago

    New Delhi: India on Thursday welcomed the decision of the US to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba after a gap of more than five decades. "India, which enjoys excellent relations with the United States of America and the Republic of Cuba, welcomes the decision by both the countries to re-establish diplomatic...
  • IMF agrees to release $ 1 billion to Pakistan 3 days ago

    Washington: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to release another USD 1.05 billion in financial assistance to Pakistan as part of its effort to help the country overcome economic crisis. With this, the total disbursements under the arrangement is about USD 3.2 billion, a statement said after the IMF Executive...
  • After months of secret talks, US, Cuba restore ties 3 days ago

    The thaw in ties between US and Cuba has been facilitated after 18 months of secret talks hosted largely by Canada and encouraged by Pope Francis. ...
  • Cold War enemies US, Cuba restore ties after 50 years 3 days ago

    Washington: The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul...
  • US, Cuba swap prisoners, to open embassies 3 days ago

    Washington: An American aid worker, who had spent over five years in jail in Cuba on charges of spying, was released on Wednesday as part of a prisoner swap deal between the two countries as the White House announced talks with Havana to normalize diplomatic relations with the Communist state. Alan...
  • US in touch with Pakistan to offer assistance after attack 4 days ago

    Washington: The US is in touch with Pakistani authorities to offer assistance in the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack on a Peshawar school that killed 151 people, the White House said on Tuesday. "The depraved decision that one has to make to storm a school of innocent children and open...
  • Russia facing very serious economic situation: US 4 days ago

    Washington: The US on Tuesday said that Russia is facing a serious economic situation in view of a sharp decline in Russian currency and attributed this to a series of international sanctions imposed by Washington after Moscow's actions in Ukraine. "The combination of our sanctions, the uncertainty they've created for themselves...
  • America's youngest Surgeon General speaks Kannada at home 5 days ago

    New Delhi: A year after a Telugu speaker from Andhra Pradesh Sathya Nadella has taken over as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft, a Kannada speaker from neighbouring Karnataka has been named as the new Surgeon General of America. The healthy competition between two southern states has seen one...
  • Indian-origin physician becomes US's youngest Surgeon General 5 days ago

    Washington: 37-year-old Indian-American physician Vivek Hallegere Murthy has been confirmed as the 19th Surgeon General of America by US Senate. He is youngest person and first person of Indian-origin to hold the post. The upper house of US Congress confirmed Murthy's nomination by 51 votes to 43 more than year after...
  • Finding Christmas gift for wife Michelle is a puzzle for Barack Obama too 5 days ago

    Washington: Running America, President Barack Obama can do. But finding a gift for his wife Michelle is a tough one. "She's very fashionable and she looks good. I'm worried about buying her clothes," the President said on the radio show 'On Air With Ryan Seacrest'. "On Christmas Day, she will look at...
  • Thousands of protesters expected in Washington, NYC over police killings 1 week ago

    Washington: Thousands of demonstrators were expected in Washington and New York on Saturday to protest the killings of unarmed black men by US police and to urge Congress to protect citizens. Organizers said the protests would be among the largest over police tactics and the killings of black males by officers...
  • US unhappy over Putin's India trip, no change in Obama's plans December 13, 2014

    Washington: The US is unhappy over India doing "business as usual" with Russia, but it will have no effect on President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to India which remains an "important partner." "No. India remains an important partner," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday when asked whether deals...
  • US Justice Department says Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana December 12, 2014

    Grants Pass: Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the US Justice Department said on Thursday. Some advocates said the announcement could open new markets across the country and give...
  • Trillion dollar IT trade deal on a knife-edge at the WTO December 12, 2014

    Geneva: A trillion dollar deal at the World Trade Organisation to reduce tariffs in the vast information technology sector will stand or fall in the next 24 hours, trade diplomats said on Thursday. But late on Thursday one trade official involved with the talks said a deal would be very unlikely...
  • CIA chief admits agency used 'abhorrent' methods on detainees December 12, 2014

    Langley: CIA Director John Brennan said on Thursday some agency officers used "abhorrent" methods on detainees captured following the September 11 attacks and said it was "unknowable" whether harsh interrogation techniques yielded useful intelligence. With his agency under fire in the aftermath of a US Senate report detailing the CIA's use...
  • CIA director defends the US Senate torture report on al-Qaeda suspects December 12, 2014

    After several countries condemned the US Senate torture report by the CIA on al-Qaeda suspects, CIA director John Brennan has defended their actions. He however did admit that in some cases the methods used were abhorrent. ...