UNITED STATES

  • US sending disaster team, initial $1 million to Nepal: John Kerry 4 hours 8 minutes ago

    Washington: The United States will send disaster response and rescue teams to Nepal and has authorized an initial $1 million in aid after a major earthquake killed thousands in the mountainous Asian nation, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday. "We are working closely with the government of Nepal...
  • Statue of Liberty evacuated over suspicious package Yesterday

    New York: The Statue of Liberty, one of the most visited monuments in the United States, and the island it sits on were evacuated because of a suspicious package, police said. Several photographs posted on Twitter showed a long line of tourists waiting to board a return ferry to Manhattan....
  • US: Temple vandalised with blasphemous graffiti in Texas 6 days ago

    Washington: A temple in the US has been vandalised with nasty images spray-painted on its walls, the latest such incident in the country. The number 666 and an upside down cross was spray-painted on the door of the temple in Old Lake Highlands, north Texas. Krishna Singh, who is on the temple's...
  • Fed Cup Round-up: Williams overcomes Errani; Petkovic cuts Russia's lead 6 days ago

    Top-ranked Serena Williams had to fight back from a set down and figure out how to deal with strong winds before overcoming Italy's Sara Errani 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a Fed Cup playoff Sunday, giving the United States a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. While Williams held a massive...
  • US Secret Service in a tizzy after gyrocopter lands in Capitol lawn April 16, 2015

    The small, single-seat aircraft, a gyrocopter, sent US Capitol Police scrambling on Wednesday afternoon when a pilot navigated the restricted airspace surrounding the complex, and landed on the grassy area of the west lawn. The Tampa Bay Times said the pilot, Doug Hughes, a Florida postal worker, told the paper...
  • Small helicopter lands on US Capitol grounds, pilot arrested April 16, 2015

    Washington: A Florida man was arrested after he landed his small helicopter on the west lawn of the US Capitol on Wednesday, police said, violating restricted airspace and causing a security scare. Doug Hughes, 61, a US Postal Service mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, has been jailed and is facing undisclosed...
  • Barack Obama to remove Cuba from state sponsor of terror list April 15, 2015

    Washington: US President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced on Tuesday, a key step in his bid to normalise relations between the two countries. The terror designation has been a stain on Cuba's pride and a major stumbling block for...
  • India tops in remittances, receives $70 billion, says World Bank April 14, 2015

    Washington: The World Bank has said India continues to be the leading nation in remittances pulling in $70 billion from its global migrant workforce in 2014. World Bank's study of remittance, the money workers and professionals working in foreign lands send back to their native countries, attributed this mainly to...
  • Hillary Clinton kicks off 2016 campaign online, heads next to Iowa April 13, 2015

    Washington: Hillary Rodham Clinton jumped back into presidential politics on Sunday, making a much-awaited announcement she will again seek the White House with a promise to serve as the "champion" of everyday Americans. Clinton opened her bid for the 2016 Democratic nomination by positioning herself as the heir to the diverse...
  • Obama, Castro shake hands as US, Cuba seek better ties April 11, 2015

    Panama City: US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shook hands on Friday at a summit in Panama, a symbolically charged gesture as the pair seek to restore ties between the Cold War foes. A photograph showed Obama and Castro, both wearing dark suits, chatting in a small group...
  • Bizarre decision sees USACA T20 Trophy change hands after 40 minutes April 7, 2015

    Cricket is known as the gentleman's game but incidents like these suggest controversies are increasingly becoming an integral part of the game. Any championship would be boring without a few controversies to spice up the action and it looks like even in the United States of America, where the game is...
  • Indian-American woman's sentencing sparks debate over laws April 2, 2015

    Washington: The stiff 30-year prison sentence for an Indian-American woman for female foeticide and child maltreatment has sparked a debate in the US on how prosecutors are using laws designed to protect expecting mothers to criminalise women for terminating a pregnancy. Purvi Patel, 33, was sentenced on Monday on the neglect...
  • One dead, one injured as shots fired at US spy agency: reports March 30, 2015

    Washington: Guards shot one man dead and seriously wounded a second when the men tried to ram a vehicle into the entrance gate at the Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters of the National Security Agency, on Monday, CNN reported. The network cited law enforcement sources. The local NBC News affiliate reported two damaged...
  • ICC wary of expansion but keen on cracking US frontier March 27, 2015

    Sydney: International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson has warned of the dangers of the game "spreading itself too thin" but said officials were still keen for the sport to fully establish itself in the United States. The 2019 World Cup in England is set to feature 10 teams, four fewer...
  • North Korea says can fire nuclear missile at 'any time' March 21, 2015

    London: North Korea has the ability to fire a nuclear weapon and would use a nuclear missile in retaliation if it is attacked, the country's ambassador to Britain told Sky News on Friday. "It is not the United States that has a monopoly on nuclear weapons strikes," Ambassador Hyun Hak-bong...
  • Oil falls back on record-high US supplies March 13, 2015

    London: World oil prices hit reverse gear on Thursday, wiping out earlier gains, as traders switched their attention back to record-high US stockpiles, dealers said. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for April delivery fell 61 cents to $47.56 per barrel. In late afternoon London deals, European benchmark Brent North Sea crude...
  • Switzerland's Davis Cup reign ends swiftly March 9, 2015

    London: Switzerland's reign as Davis Cup holders was swiftly ended when they paid the inevitable price for fielding a second-string team and lost 3-2 to Belgium in the first round in Liege on Sunday. Just over three months since Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka drove them to an historic title in...
  • Ferguson Police engages in discrimination against African-Americans in city: US March 5, 2015

    The US Department of Justice has concluded that the Ferguson Police department routinely engages in discrimination against African-Americans in the city. The investigation began last year after the shooting of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown by a white police officer. ...
  • FBI investigating reported shots near US spy agency headquarters March 4, 2015

    Washington: The FBI is leading an investigation into reported shots fired on Tuesday near National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland and damage to an NSA building, an NSA spokeswoman said. There were no reports of injuries to NSA personnel, spokeswoman Meagan Roper said in an email. US Park Police spokeswoman Sergeant Lelani...
  • Israeli PM stirs controversy, says US will facilitate Iran getting hold of nuclear weapons March 4, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stirred a controversy after he slammed the US' ongoing talks about Iran's nuclear program, saying this will only facilitate Iran getting their hands on nuclear weapons. Iran has criticised his speech calling it full of lies. ...
  • Blogger hacked to death, protest held across Bangladesh March 2, 2015

    Days after prominent aethiest blogger Avijit Roy was hacked to death in Dhaka, protests were held across Bangladesh. Eye witnesses to the incident have now come forward to describe that gruesome attack. He is the second blogger to have been killed and the fourth writer attacked in the Muslim majority...
  • Rory McIlroy shocked by Davis Love's appointment as US captain February 26, 2015

    World number one Rory McIlroy was "shocked" at the appointment of Davis Love III as 2016 United States Ryder Cup captain. McIlroy is returning to competition at this week's Honda Classic and teeing up for a first time this year on American soil following a three-week break since winning the Dubai...
  • Budget may back off fertiliser subsidy reform February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Investors looking for India's budget on Saturday to tackle fertiliser subsidies are likely to be disappointed, because sources say the government plans to largely maintain the current regime. The government was widely expected to deregulate urea prices after freeing up diesel following a fall in crude prices, but two...
  • Retail dilemma in India - nice malls are few and far between February 24, 2015

    New Delhi/Mumbai: A severe shortage of attractive malls has made setting up shop in India easier said than done, crimping expansion plans for both foreign retailers such as Lacoste and domestic giants like department store chain Shoppers Stop. India's searing heat, heavy traffic and cluttered pavements make malls the most popular...
  • January second warmest on record globally February 20, 2015

    Washington: January 2015 was the second warmest on record globally, just behind 2007, with temperatures 0.77 Celsius above the average for the 20th century, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Meteorologists calculated that the United States in January was 1.6 Celsius warmer than normal, making it the...
  • Joe Biden attracts eyeballs as he leans on US Defence Secretary's wife, whispers in her ear February 19, 2015

    Washington: Here's the thing about impromptu moments in politics: Often they work, sometimes they fall flat, but occasionally they turn out downright awkward. Vice President Joe Biden learned that the hard way Tuesday - twice. Hosting a White House summit on violent extremism, Biden sought to draw a parallel between Minneapolis,...
  • Indian workers win $14 million in US labour trafficking case February 19, 2015

    New Orleans: A New Orleans jury on Wednesday awarded $14 million to five Indian men who were lured to the United States and forced to work under inhumane conditions after Hurricane Katrina by a US ship repair firm and its co-defendants. After a four-week trial, the US District Court jury ruled...
  • Obama proposes war authorisation against Islamic State, says terror group 'poses grave threat' February 11, 2015

    Washington: US President Barack Obama is asking Congress to formally authorise war against Islamic State terrorists, offering a draft resolution that says the Islamic State 'poses a grave threat'. Obama is sending Congress a proposed three-page authorisation for military force. Obama would limit authorisation to three years, with no restriction where US...
  • Lance Armstrong made 'a scapegoat' by USADA: Pat McQuaid January 28, 2015

    Banned cyclist Lance Armstrong was the victim of "a witch hunt" and made a scapegoat by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), says former International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid. A cancer survivor and once a hero to millions, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories and...
  • If it were 1995, I would cheat again: Lance Armstrong January 27, 2015

    London: Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has said he should be forgiven after suffering a lot of public humiliation for doping and lying, but defended his conduct, insisting he would do it again. Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life by...