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US govt not fully equipped to tackle nuclear terrorist attack: Report

Washington, Dec 20 : A US congressional report suggests that the federal government is not competent enough to tackle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe.


Obama says majority of black folks don't use racism as an excuse

Washington, Dec 20 : US President Barack Obama has reportedly said that a majority of black people do not use racism as an excuse.


Obama says decision to normalize diplomatic ties with Cuba will bring change

Washington, Dec 20 : US President Barack Obama has said that Cuba will gradually witness a change in the wake of his decision to normalize diplomatic ties with the Cuban government.


Obama slips up on James Franco's name, calls him James 'Flacco'

Washington, Dec 20 : The US President Barack Obama, while speaking about the Sony cyberattack at the hands of North Korea that caused 'The Interview' to be pulled from theaters, accidently mixed up Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and actor James Franco.


U.S. issues rare global travel alert to citizens about terror attack threat

Wellington, Dec 20 : The United States has issued a global travel alert to U.S. citizens about the threat of a terrorist attack advising them to be extra cautious regarding their personal security over the holiday period, citing Sydney's "lone-wolf attack".


Obama prefers female reporters over 'naughty' males at press conferences

Melbourne, Dec 20 : US President Barack Obama recently called only female reporters in his final news conference of the year.


US bans new investments in Crimea

Washington, Dec 20 : The US imposed a ban on new investments in Crimea Friday, and barred trade in goods, technology or services with the Ukrainian region annexed by Russia.


US resurgence is real, we are better off: Obama

Washington, Dec 20, : US President Barack Obama said that the US economy is looking up and underlined America's leadership role around the world, in his year-end conference here Friday.


US begins new era of relations with Cuba

By Miriam Burgues, Washington, Dec 19 : The US has begun a new era in its relations with Cuba, which President Barack Obama began to work on after being elected to the White House in 2009, and could lead to official state visits between the leaders of both countries.


It will take at least 3 years to achieve 'turning point' in fight against IS: Top US General

Johannesburg, Dec 19 : The U.S. General Command involved in the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants has said that it would take "a minimum of three years" to achieve a "turning point" in the fight against the terror group.


Pentagon says US air strikes killed 'several top IS leaders' in Iraq

Washington, Dec 19 : The Pentagon has said that U.S. air strikes that have killed several top Islamic State (IS) leaders in Iraq in recent weeks have limited the terror group's ability to fight Iraqi and Kurdish troops.


Barack Obama just can't stay away from the smell of Cuban cigars

Washington, Dec 19 : US President Barack Obama was in for a surprise when he was recently gifted a Cuban cigar on the occasion to celebrate a landmark day between the U.S. and Cuba.


White House views Sony Pictures hack attack as 'security issue'

London, Dec 19 : The cyber attack on Sony Pictures that led to the cancellation of the release of "The Interview," a movie based on Kim Jong-un, is being seen as a "security issue," the United States said.


'Another' Uber driver faces rape charges in Boston

Washington, Dec 19 : Just weeks after an Uber driver was accused of sexually assaulting a female passenger in India, another Uber driver in Boston is facing rape charges after he allegedly beat and sexually abused a passenger earlier this month.


Republican lawmakers threaten measures against Obama

Washington, Dec 19 : Republican lawmakers in Florida Thursday announced that they were considering "all" types of action to block in Congress President Barack Obama's decision to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba.


Multiple IS leaders killed in Iraq: Pentagon

Washington, Dec 19 : US air strikes have killed several senior Islamic State (IS) leaders in recent weeks, blunting the Sunni radical group's ability to fight Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the Pentagon said Thursday.


Obama signs bill targeting Venezuelan officials

Washington, Dec 19 : US President Barack Obama Thursday signed into law a bill slapping sanctions on Venezuelan officials allegedly involved in a violent crackdown on anti-government protests in the South American country.


Obama signs Russia sanctions bill

Washington, Dec 19 : US President Barack Obama Thursday signed into law a bill aiming for tougher sanctions on Russia, but ruled out additional steps at the moment.


Hillary Clinton backs shift in US policy toward Cuba

Washington, Dec 19 : Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, widely considered the Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 White House race, said Thursday that she supported President Barack Obama's decision to "change course" in Washington's policy vis-a-vis Cuba.


Survey reveals less than 3 percent of U.S. adults belong to LGBT community

Washington, Dec 18 : A new survey has revealed that less than percent of the adult U.S. population is a sexual minority, as they belong to LGBT community.


Discuss your religion to stay happy at job

Washington, Dec 18 : A new study has demonstrated that employees who are open about religion are happier in their job.


US-Cuban ties is Havana's victory: CPI-M

New Delhi, Dec 18 : The establishment of diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba is "a victory for the Cuban people and government", the CPI-M said Thursday.


'Most US children likely to live with unmarried mothers'

Washington, Dec 18 : More than half of all US children will likely live with unmarried mothers at some point before they reach 18, said a study by researchers from the Princeton University and the Harvard University, the US.


Obama's decision to renew diplomatic relations with Cuba met with both admiration and anger

Washington, Dec 18 : As United States President Barack Obama hailed a "new chapter" in U.S. relations with Cuba following a five decade-long political standoff; reactions in Miami were split, mostly along generational lines.


Obamas recall their encounters with racism

Washington, Dec 18 : The US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have opened up about their encounters with racism.


US, allies continue airstrikes against IS

Washington, Dec 18 : Military forces of the US and partner-nations continued to attack Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria and Iraq over the past three days, a US defence department statement said.


Obama announces new Cuba policy to normalise relations

Washington, Dec 18 : US President Barack Obama Wednesday announced a historical, new policy toward Cuba, in a move to normalise relations and end more than five decades of estrangement between the two countries.


White House says Obama will sign bill imposing new sanctions on Russia 'despite reservations'

London, Dec 17 : The White House has said that the United States President Barack Obama will sign a bill imposing a slew of new sanctions on Russia despite reservations.


US Congress member Tulsi Gabbard calls on Modi

New Delhi, Dec 17 : Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu American in the US Congress, Wednesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, their second meeting in over two months.


NY student who claimed making $72M trading stocks admits story was a big lie

Washington, Dec 17 : The high school student who had earlier claimed to have made whopping 72 million dollars trading stocks has admitted that it was all a lie.


Obama, Kerry condemn Taliban as 'depraved' for 'gut-wrenching' Peshawar attack

Johannesburg, Dec 17 : United States President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have condemned the barbaric attack in a school in Peshawar saying that the terrorists have shown their "depravity" by carrying out a "gut-wrenching" massacre.


US Senate confirms Blinken as number two at State Department

Washington, Dec 17 : The US Senate has confirmed Antony Blinken, deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama, as number two at the State Department replacing William Burns.


A year of 'Modification' in India-US ties

By Arun Kumar, Washington, Dec 17 : India-US relations are poised for a takeoff after an eventful year and a historic election that transformed India's new leader Narendra Modi from a US pariah to a partner ready to "chalein saath saath".


E-cigarettes use rising among US teenagers: Survey

Washington, Dec 17 : While use of cigarettes, alcohol and abuse of pain relievers among US teenagers has declined since 2013, use of e-cigarettes has gone up considerably, a survey says.


Federal judge rules Obama immigration measures unconstitutional

Washington, Dec 17 : A federal judge in Pennsylvania Tuesday ruled unconstitutional President Barack Obama's recent executive action to temporarily protect from deportation more than five million undocumented foreigners.


Obama to sign Russia sanctions bill

Washington, Dec 17 : US President Barack Obama intends to sign into law a bill that will ratchet up sanctions on Russia and provide additional assistance to Ukraine, the White House said Tuesday.


Obama admits 'small IS victories' may mean prolonged US engagement in Middle East

Washington, Dec 16 : While warning the Islamic State (IS) that they may be amassing some quick victories but the United States' "reach is long," President Barack Obama admitted that these victories may mean that the nation's engagement there will be prolonged.


Veteran US footballer Beasley to retire from national team

Washington, Dec 16 : DaMarcus Beasley, the first American to play in four football World Cups, has expressed his desire to retire from the national team.


Vivek Murthy makes history as first Indian 'America's doctor'

By Arun Kumar, Washington, Dec 16 : Vivek Hallegere Murthy has made history as the youngest US Surgeon General and the first of Indian descent with his Senate confirmation in the teeth of strong opposition of powerful gun lobby.


Search on for suspected murderer of six people in US

Washington, Dec 16 : Police officers continued their search Monday for an armed man suspected of killing six people at three different crime scenes on the outskirts of Philadelphia in the US state of Pennsylvania.


George W. Bush advises painters to never paint their wives, mothers

Washington, Dec. 15 : George W. Bush, who has picked up painting as his new hobby, recently gave away an advice to aspiring painters that they should never paint their wives or mothers, it has been reported.


American teens prefer reading print over e-books, finds study

Washington, Dec 14 : According to an analysis by Nielsen researchers, teenagers in the United States continue to prefer reading print over e-books despite their tech-savvy reputation.


White House says Sony Pictures apology 'appropriate' post 'Obama racist slur' revelation

Washington, Dec 14 : The White House has termed the apology issued by Sony Pictures executives for sending "derogatory emails" about President Barack Obama as "appropriate" after they were leaked following a cyber attack on the Hollywood studio.


Love of yoga fuels a $27 bn industry across America (Lifestyle Trend)

By Arun Kumar, Washington, Dec 14 : From tired housewives to stressed executives, Hollywood stars to US First Lady Michelle Obama, they all do it, with yoga studios mushrooming in every large city from San Francisco to New York and capital Washington.


Thousands protest in Washington against racist violence by police

Washington, Dec 14 : Thousands of people marched Saturday down the streets of Washington to protest against racist violence by police, following several cases of white cops killing unarmed black males in the US.


US Senate passes bill to avoid government shutdown

Washington, Dec 14 : The US Senate approved a temporary extension of federal funding Saturday afternoon, saving the government from shutting down again.


Bank of America to pay 1M dollars to Florida couple over badgering robocalls

New York, Dec 13 : A Florida couple, who sued Bank of America for harassing them with more than 700 collection calls, have won 1 million dollars in compensation.


Harry Styles rubbishes rumor of having affair with Barack Obama

Washington, Dec 13 : Harry Styles has responded to the reports that he had an affair with Barack Obama after US tabloid National Examiner featured the story in one of their covers.


After Putin trip, US unhappy, but no change in Obama's India plans

By Arun Kumar, Washington, Dec 13 : 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."


US Senate committee approves three years of limited force against IS

Washington, Dec 12 : In an attempt to redefine United States' war on terror, the Senate has passed a new authorization for the use of military force against the Islamic State (IS) that would limit President Barack Obama's ability to use ground troops.


Obama says "Putin does not have good cards" in feud with West over Ukraine crisis

Washington, Dec 12 : United States President Barack Obama has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin "does not have good cards" and that he has not played them as good as the western media sometime gives him credit for, in his fight with the west over Moscow's actions in Ukraine.


Conservators unearth oldest time capsule at Massachusetts State House

Washington, Dec 12 : Conservators from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts have reportedly dug out the oldest unopened time capsule buried at the Massachusetts State House since 1975.


Partial US administrative shutdown averted at last moment

By Cristina Garcia Casado, Washington, Dec 12 (EFE) Another shutdown of the US government has been averted at the last moment after the House of Representatives approved a $1.01-trillion budget until October 2015 and a two-day extension of current funding, giving time for the Senate to vote on it.


Possible Ebola patient brought back to US

Washington, Dec 12 : An American nurse exposed to the Ebola virus when she volunteered to be part of a treatment unit in Sierra Leone has been admitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) near Washington.


US Congress narrowly averts government shutdown

Washington, Dec 12 : Beating a midnight deadline, the US Congress narrowly averted a government shutdown with the Senate agreeing to a two-day extension of current funding levels to consider a $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by the House.


Ami Bera, George Holding are new co-chairs of India caucus

Washington, Dec 12 : Ami Bera, the lone Indian-American US House member, a Democrat, and Republican George Holding will serve as the new co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans in the new Congress.


Indian-American author' novel among NYT's 10 best books of 2014

Washington, Dec 12 : Delhi born Indian-American author Akhil Sharma's second novel "Family Life" has been selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten Best Books of 2014.


Obama to sign Venezuela sanctions bill

Washington, Dec 12 : US President Barack Obama plans to sign into law a bill expanding sanctions on Venezuelan officials accused of violently oppressing protests against the country's leftist government, the White House said Thursday.


Five traditional sports may face axe under IOC's Games modernization plan

Wellington, Dec 11 : As the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is determined to modernize the Games, five traditional sports have come under pressure for athletes numbers and events.


81 pc Americans expecting attacks by IS militants on US soil: Poll

Washington, Dec 11 : A recent poll has revealed that around 81 percent American voters believe that the Islamic State militants will attempt an attack on the US soil in the near future.


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