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Address to UNGA, dinner with Obama, 35 engagements for Modi in US

New Delhi, Sep 23 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a packed schedule of 35 engagements, including an address to the UN General Assembly and a much-anticipated summit meeting with US President Barack Obama, during his Sep 26-30 visit to the US.

Not roses all the way for Modi in America

By Arun Kumar, Washington, Sep 23 : It wouldn't be roses all the way when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the US with protesters planning black flag rallies and holding a "Citizens' Court" to try him for his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

US closely watching Modi's moves

By Ranjana Narayan, Washington/New Delhi, Sep 23 : Every diplomatic move of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including his latest interaction with Chinese President Xi Jinping, is being closely watched by the US as it prepares to welcome Modi for a major summit with President Barack Obama next week - to glean as to how to interact with India's new prime minister who is known to spring surprises.

US woman undergoes surgery to add third breast

New York, Sep 23 : A 21-year-old Florida woman has surgically implanted a third breast on her chest which, according to her, is to make herself less attractive to men because she's sick of dating.

Man who jumped White House fence had ammunition, machete in car

London, Sep 23 : Authorities have revealed that the man who jumped the White House fence on Friday evening was reportedly carrying 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in his car.

American man's 100 orgasms per day turns into bane of his life

London, Sep 23 : An American man has been suffering from 100 orgasms a day, which has made his life unhappy, it has been reported.

Bill Clinton lets slip daughter Chelsea's due date

Washington, Sept 23 : Bill Clinton has revealed that he hopes to be a grandfather by first of October.

US, allies unleash airstrikes against IS in Syria

Washington, Sep 23 : The US and allied nations Tuesday launched air attacks against the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group in Syria, the US Department of Defence announced.

US informed Syria in advance of strikes against IS

Damascus, Sep 23 : Washington had informed Syria of airstrikes against positions of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria before these strikes started, the Syrian foreign ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

White House intruder had 800 rounds of ammo in his car

Washington, Sep 23 : Omar Gonzalez who intruded into the White House last Friday after climbing over the security fence, had 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete in his vehicle, a federal prosecutor announced.

US begins air strikes on IS targets in Syria

Washington, Sep 23 : The US and allies, said to include Arab nations, Tuesday launched the first airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria.

Modi's action-packed US tour combines symbolism and substance

By Arun Kumar, Washington, Sep 23 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on a landmark action-packed US visit this week with all his engagements combining symbolism and substance to reflect India's priorities from political to strategic to business.

White House beefs up security after intruder incident

Washington, Sep 23 : The US Secret Service has ordered stronger White House security after a man climbed over the fence and entered the North Portico door of the executive mansion before being caught, the presidential spokesman said Monday. Washington was shocked by the incident.

Some American IS recruits are back in US: White House

Washington, Sep 23 : The Obama administration believes that some of the roughly 100 Americans who may have travelled to the Middle East to join the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) militant group have returned to the United States, a top White House official said Monday.

How can host Obama eat when guest Modi would be on fast?

By Ranjana Narayan, New Delhi/Washington, Sep 22 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Navratri fast, which he is known to steadfastly abide by has thrown Washington into a tizzy. What would they serve Modi for the Sep 29 and 30 repasts during his summit meeting with President Barack Obama? And what is even more troubling is how can the host eat when the guest would be sipping nimbu pani (fresh lime water)?

Washington 'gravely concerned' about use of chemical weapons in Syria: Kerry

Washington, Sep 22 : The United States has expressed its concern over the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' (OPCW) report released last week that said chlorine was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in attacks on villages in northern Syria earlier this year.

Washington 'gravely concerned' about use of chemical weapons in Syria: Kerry

Washington, Sep 22 : The United States has expressed its concern over the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' (OPCW) report released last week that said chlorine was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in attacks on villages in northern Syria earlier this year.

Waistlines still expanding among US adults: Study

Washington, Sep 22 : Although the obesity rate calculated from body mass index (BMI) figures has not gone up significantly, the waistlines of US adults, especially that of women, continue to expand, says a study.

Obama pledges to support new Afghan government

Washington, Sep 22 : US President Barack Obama has pledged to support the new Afghan government emerging from disagreements over the result of a presidential run-off.

Thousands join climate change march in New York

New York, Sep 22 : New York City Sunday was the scene of a huge and colourful demonstration against climate change with more than 300,000 people turning out as part of an international initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of global warming.

Great expectations from Modi's US visit

By Arun Kumar, Washington, Sep 21 : There are great expectations all around from the corridors of power in Washington to business circles to the Indian-American community from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landmark visit to the US beginning Friday.

US Senate wants Modi visit called US-India Partnership Day

Washington, Sep 21 : The US Senate has passed with a unanimous vote a resolution designating Sep 30, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the White House, as US-India Partnership Day.

1 in 10 Americans have shown up to work high on pot

New York, Sept 20 : A new survey has revealed that ten percent of Americans have shown up to work high on marijuana, while 30 percent people have gone to work while high on prescription drugs.

White House witnesses rare evacuation after man slips through front door

Washington, Sep 20 : The White House witnessed a rare evacuation on Friday after a man managed to jump over the fence of the official residence of US President, and slipped through the front door before being detained by officers.

40 returning American IS fighters may pose terror threat to mainland, warns US senator

Washington, Sep 20 : Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y. has warned that nearly 40 US citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have returned to the United States.

US allotted land for consulate in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Sep 20 : The Telangana government has alloted land for construction of permanent building of US consulate here, an official release said Saturday.

White House evacuated briefly after intruder alert

Washington, Sep 20 : A part of the White House was evacuated after a disturbance was detected on the North Lawn, media reported Saturday.

US man jailed in Cuba seeks to sue government

Washington, Sep 20 : Lawyers for a US government subcontractor serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba on a conviction for subversion argued here Friday before a federal appellate court that their client should be allowed to sue the US.

US says training Syrian rebels will take months

Washinton, Sep 20 : The White House said Friday that it would take months to vet and train Syrian rebels to make them ready for battle against the Islamic State(IS) fighters.

Obama welcomes result of Scottish independence vote

Washington, Sep 19 : US President Barack Obama Friday welcomed Scotland's vote to remain as part of Britain, vowing to continue the "special relationship" with the United Kingdom to tackle with the challenges facing the world today.

India, US ties will further deepen: Modi

New Delhi, Sep 19 : Ahead of his US visit scheduled later this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday asserted that India's ties with the United States will "deepen further" as the two countries are "bound together by history and culture".

Man kills daughter, six grandchildren in US

Washington, Sep 19 : A man shot dead his daughter and six grandchildren before shooting himself in the US state of Florida, a media report said Friday.

Obama names Indian American Richard Rahul Verma as envoy to India

By Arun Kumar, Washington, Sep 19 : Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, President Barack Obama has nominated Richard Rahul Verma as the new ambassador to India, the first Indian American to be named to the New Delhi post.

US Senate approves plan to train, arm Syrian rebels

Washington, Sep 19 : The US Senate Thursday approved President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm Syrian rebels in the efforts to fight the Islamic State (IS) militant group, a day after the House of Representatives adopted the measure.

Obama pledges diplomatic resolution of Ukraine crisis

Washington, Sep 19 : US President Barack Obama Thursday pledged continued efforts to seek a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis.

Chelsea Clinton to adorn baby's nursery with elephant decors

Washington, Sept 18 : Chelsea Clinton has revealed that she will be adorning her baby's nursery with elephant-themed decors and items from her own gift line.

Audrey Hepburn's granddaughter becoming NYC's new fashion muse

New York, Sept 18 : Audrey Hepburn's granddaughter Emma Ferrer has become New York City's latest muse ever since her appearance on the cover of Harper's Bazaar.

Jaguar stolen 46 years ago returned to owner

Los Angeles, Sep 18 : The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office in Los Angeles returned to its owner a 1967 Jaguar convertible that had been stolen 46 years ago and was discovered last month being shipped to the Netherlands.

Indian diplomat's daughter wins USD225,000 settlement from New York City

New York, Sep 18 : An Indian diplomat's daughter who was suspended, arrested and forced to spend a day in jail during her senior year in February 2011 on cyber-bullying charges, has won a $225,000 settlement from New York City.

Chronic medical condition no bar to space travel

New York, Sep 18 : Nurse a desire to travel in a space taxi but wary of the space flight and its impact on high blood pressure or diabetes? Take heart.

Obama urges Senate to take final step to train Syrian rebels

Washington, Sep 18 : US President Barack Obama has applauded the "important step" taken by the House of Representatives to approve an amendment that authorises the Pentagon to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and urged the Senate to complete the task with an immediate vote.

IS calls on 'lone wolves' to attack New York, Las Vegas

Washington, Sep 18 : Authorities in New York City and Las Vegas have beefed up security at major tourist sites after the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group issued online calls to "lone wolves" in the US to attack these cities with improvised weapons.

US lawmakers, Sikhs disappointed at basketball body's headgear decision

By Arun Kumar, Washington, Sep 18 : Two US lawmakers and Sikh community bodies have expressed disappointment over International Basketball Federation's (FIBA) decision to allow athletes to wear religious headgear, such as patkas, only as part of a "trial period".

US Federal Reserve finally sounds hawkish; rate hike in March/June 2015

By Vatsal Srivastava: The path to US monetary policy normalization is becoming clearer. Comments by Fed reserve chief Janet Yellen Sep 17 were arguably the most hawkish in recent times.

House okay's Obama's plan to train, equip Syrian rebels

Washington, Sep 18 : The US House of Representatives Wednesday approved President Barack Obama's plan to train and equip Syrian rebels as part of efforts to fight the Islamic State militant group.

No ground troops against IS : Obama

Washington, Sep 18 : President Barack Obama Wednesday reiterated that the US will not use ground troops against Iraq to fight against the Islamic State (IS).

Teary-eyed man jailed for two friends' deaths in US

New City (New York), Sep 17 : A two-year jail term has been awarded to a man for crashing a powerboat into a construction barge in New York, killing his friends -- a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man. He was drunk while driving.

Obama to send 3,000 soldiers to Africa to fight Ebola

By Lucia Leal, Washington, Sep 17 : US President Barack Obama has expanded his strategy to fight the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa with his decision to send around 3,000 soldiers to provide support to the local authorities and pledged to "mobilise the world" to stop what he considers a "global threat".

Obama calls for gun control on anniversary of Navy Yard shooting

Washington, Sep 17 : US President Barack Obama renewed his call for "common-sense" gun control measures, one year after a shootout in a US Navy facility in Washington left 12 people dead.

Almost 10 mn people in US live on less than $2 a day

By Cristina Zabalaga, Washington, Sep 17 : Almost ten million people in the US live on less than $2 a day and outside the money economy, surviving on food stamps, welfare and free meals provided by public schools and charities, Brookings Institution researcher Laurence Chandy said.

US hails ratification of Ukraine-EU association agreement

Washington, Sep 17 : The US Tuesday congratulated the people of Ukraine on the ratification of the country's Association Agreement with the European Union(EU).

'India-US partnership can touch $1 trillion by 2030'

By Arun Kumar, Washington, Sep 16 : Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landmark visit to the US later this month, an Indian foreign policy think tank has raised the tantalising prospect of India-US Partnership touching $1 trillion by 2030.

US to bolster Ebola fight with more funds, troops

Washington, Sep 16 : US President Barrack Obama will announce Tuesday an extension of his government's plan against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa by deploying 3,000 troops and allocating fresh funds that could reach $600 million.

Soldiers deployed to sunny climates run skin cancer risk

New York, Sep 16 : Soldiers deployed to regions having tropical and sunny climates face a threat that they cannot fight with weapons - the possibility of skin cancer.

Judges with daughters predisposed towards women's issues?

New York, Sep 16 : Judges with daughters consistently vote in a more feminist fashion on gender issues than judges who have only sons, says a study, adding that the effect appears to be driven primarily by Republican judges in the US.

US seeks military presence in Mideast: Iranian leader'

Tehran, Sep 15 : Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Monday said the US seeks to expand its military presence in the Middle East region by declaring war on the Islamic State (IS) militants.

White House expresses confidence in Iraqi army to combat IS militants

New York, Sep 15 : White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has expressed confidence in the Iraqi army to combat Islamic State militants.

Hillary Clinton visits Iowa, a key election state

By Elvira Palomo, Washington, Sep 15 : Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has taken part in a fundraising event in Iowa, a key state in the upcoming presidential campaign, triggering fresh speculation about her possible candidacy and her admission that "It's true, I am thinking about it".

Kerry 'extremely encouraged' by US allies in fight against IS

Washington, Sep 15 : US Secretary of State John Kerry has said in a TV interview that he is "extremely encouraged" that his country's allies have expressed a willingness to offer military assistance in the fight against the militants of the Islamic State (IS).

US win Basketball World Cup

Madrid, Sep 15 : The US retained their title as world basketball champions Sunday with a crushing 129-92 win over Serbia in the final held in Madrid's Palacio de Deportes, Xinhua reported.

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