Tag: US

Syrian US-Russia Deal Cease-Fire Will Begin at Sunset

The new Syrian cease-fire, brokered by Russia and the United States, is expected to begin Monday evening. It’s still unclear if rebel factions, who have expressed reservations about the agreement, will abide by the deal. In a rare public appearance, President Bashar al-Assad attended prayers at a mosque Monday in a newly surrendered Damascus suburb…

US And China Announce Ratification Of Paris Climate Deal

The United States and China, which between them account for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, on Saturday ratified a global climate agreement ahead of the G20 summit in Hangzhou. “We have a saying in America — that you need to put your money where your mouth is,” President Obama told reporters. “And when…

Putin Starts Bombing in Syria [VIDEO]

Vladimir Putin allegedly ordered U.S. planes to leave Syrian territory on Wednesday, just hours before Russian airstrikes began, a senior U.S. official told Fox News. CNN reported that Russian jets began bombing targets in Syria Wednesday. Earlier Wednesday, lawmakers in Moscow approved Putin’s request to use armed forces abroad, but Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergey…

Cuba & US Preparing To Welcome Pope Francis [VIDEO]

Pope Francis will visit Cuba from September 19 to 22 as part of a tour that will later take him to the United States. He will give a mass on September 20 in Havana’s Plaza de la Revolucion, and he will also visit Holguin and Santiago de Cuba.

Obama Announces US Cuba Opening Of Embassies [VIDEO]

The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries’ historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities. President Barack Obama is expected to announce the agreement Wednesday at the White House. The Cuban Foreign Ministry said the embassies in…

Saudi Arabia Starts Bombing Yemen [VIDEO]

Operations began by Saudi Arabia on Thursday against Houthi rebels in Yemen, hours following the rebels seized control of the military base employed by U.S. authorities for drone strikes. Warplanes have apparently started bombing the airport in Sanaa’s capital city. Yemeni Leader Rabbo Mansour Hadi left his home. The White House claimed Thursday that Obama…

Israel Spied on U.S. Talks With Iran [VIDEO]

Israel spied on personal discussions US had with Iran on nuclear arms, and provided advice to members of Congress as a way to gain assistance against the offer. Mentioning senior White House officials, the statement asserts Israeli Prime-Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needed information that’s inside on closed door discussions so he can gain help and create…

US spy program targets Americans’ cellphones

U.S. Marshals Service program operates aircraft equipped with fake cellphone towers to scoop data, according to people familiar with the program. The technology is aimed at hunting for criminal suspects, but it also collects data from thousands of other phones, The Wall Street Journal report.

U.S., China Come To Terms On Historic Climate Change Deal [VIDEO]

President Obama and President Xi Jinping finished up the deal Wednesday near the end of the trade summit in Beijing. At the end of the APEC trade summit in China, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a climate change agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping that would cut both countries’ greenhouse gas emissions by close to…

Portugal scores late to tie US 2-2

A stoppage-time goal by Silvestre Varela tied Portugal and the U.S. 2-2 in Manaus, Brazil. The U.S. would have secured a place in the World Cup’s knockout stage with a win. Now, the U.S. will need to at least draw against Germany to advance. Photo: Clint Dempsey’s goal gave the USA the 2-1 lead over…

Russia Moves Into Ukraine – Obama: US is ‘deeply concerned’

“Several hundred” Russian troops moved into Crimea, Ukraine Friday, according to U.S. defense officials. In a statement prior to the news, President Obama said that “we are now deeply concerned” and urged that Russia not interfere “in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people.” Not stopping to take questions from the press, the…

Weatherman Jim Cantore wards off on-air ambush

Meteorologist Jim Cantore has had to report on air while enduring some pretty extreme conditions. But during a broadcast from South Carolina’s College of Charleston on Tuesday night the weatherman was faced with an entirely different adversary when a young man ran up to him in the middle of a live broadcast.

Snowden docs: NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders

The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its “customer” departments, such the White House, State and the…

14-year-old held without bail in murder of Massachusetts teacher Colleen Ritzer

14-year-old Philip D. Chism was ordered held without bail Wednesday on a charge of murdering 24-year-old teacher, Colleen Ritzer. Ritzer’s body was found in the woods behind Danvers High School in Massachusetts where she taught as a ‘respected, loved teacher,’ according to Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. Chism will be tried as an adult. The…

SICK MONSTER: Man Planned To Cook & Eat Kids

A 40-year-old Boston man who plotted to kill, rape, and eat kids in his basement is likely to spend the next 27 years in jail, authorities said Thursday. Geoffrey Portway, who pleaded guilty in May to possession of child pornography and solicitation to commit a crime of violence, will be sentenced on September 17. When…

Oui Oui!! France Backs US On Military Action in Syria

Oui Oui! French President Francois Hollande says a vote by UK MPs vote blocking involvement in military action against Syria has not changed France’s resolve. Francois Hollande said all options were being considered, and that a strike within days was not ruled out. His comments came after US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Washington would…

US Senators Unveil Bipartisan Immigration Reform Framework

A bipartisan group of US senators has announced the framework for an immigration reform bill they hope to approve by late spring or early summer. The framework includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already living in the US, as well as a plan to better secure US borders. The ‘group of eight’ behind…

U.S. Economy To Grow 2.5 Percent This Year: Fed’s Evans

The U.S. economy is expected to grow by 2.5 percent in 2013, improving to 3.5 percent growth in 2014, top Fed official Charles Evans said on Monday. Evans also forecast the U.S. unemployment rate would be 7.4 percent this year, easing to about 7 percent in 2014. “One good indicator of labor market improvement would…

Biden, NRA To Meet On Guns

Vice President Biden will meet with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a range of other groups this week as President Obama’s gun violence task force shifts into high gear. A flurry of meetings with Biden and other Cabinet members were announced on Tuesday that will include gun-safety and sportsmen’s groups as well as Hollywood…

Son Of Sen. Rand Paul Arrested At N.C. Airport

Police say U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s son was arrested after a flight from Kentucky to North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reports William Hilton Paul, 19, was arrested Saturday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and charged with alcohol-related offenses. The newspaper quotes Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Lt. Blake Hollar as saying it’s possible Paul was served alcohol…

Sen. Rand Paul Calls For Gradual Cut In Aid To Israel

In his first visit to Israel, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is calling for a gradual reduction of American foreign aid. It’s an unlikely place to deliver the message, since Israel is among the largest recipients of American assistance. But Paul said in a Monday meeting with reporters that the U.S. can’t afford to keep sending…

Hillary Clinton Returning To Work Monday

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will resume her official duties on Monday, five days after being released from a hospital for treatment of a blood clot, the State Department said on Sunday. Clinton, 65, will sit down with assistant secretaries of state for a closed-door meeting on Monday at 9:15 a.m. (1415 GMT) at…

60-Foot Whale Stranded On NY Beach

A 60-foot finback whale beached itself today in Queens, New York, blocks from homes devastated during Hurricane Sandy. The whale, severely underweight even at about 60 tons, was alive, but its breathing was slowing, and it was not long for this world, rescuers told The New York Times. “Unfortunately, this animal is so emaciated, there’s…

Putin Says He Will Sign Anti-US Adoptions Bill

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he ‘doesn’t see any reasons’ against a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children and that he ‘intends to sign it’ into law. The Russian parliament voted for the bill, which is part of a larger measure retaliating against a US law calling for sanctions against Russians deemed guilty of…

Christmas Megastorm Turns Deadly

Fallout from this year’s Christmas megastorm has killed six people since Tuesday, including a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old who died in a car accident in Arkansas. One man in Rayville, Louisiana died when a tree fell on his house. The Indiana Pacers took the rare step of postponing their game against the Chicago Bulls due…