Cosby accused of three more assaults

01 October 2015

LOS ANGELES – Three more women came forward on Wednesday to accuse veteran comedian Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them decades ago, charges that come a week before Cosby is scheduled to give a sworn deposition in a separate sexual assault lawsuit. Sharon Van Ert,... Read More


Pope secretly met Kentucky clerk over gay marriage licenses

30 September 2015

LOS ANGELES/VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis secretly met a Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and gave her words of encouragement, her attorney said. Mat Staver, attorney and founder of the Liberty Counsel, told... Read More


Obama, Putin spar over Syria

29 September 2015

UNITED NATIONS – Russia and the United States agreed on Monday to look for a diplomatic end to the Syrian civil war but clashed over the central question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should retain power. During a 90-minute meeting, US President Barack... Read More


House conservatives vie for clout over Boehner successor

28 September 2015

WASHINGTON – Republican lawmakers jockeyed for position on Sunday in the race to replace House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner as conservatives sought to exert influence over the election and push their party's leadership further to the right. The House Freedom... Read More


Russia seizes initiative in Syria crisis; France bombs Islamic State

28 September 2015

UNITED NATIONS - Russia appeared to seize the initiative in international efforts to end the conflict in Syria on Sunday as Washington scrambled to devise a new strategy for the war-ravaged country and France sent warplanes to bomb Islamic State targets. As leaders... Read More


Pope to meet prisoners at end of immigration-focused US visit

27 September 2015

PHILADELPHIA – Pope Francis was set to meet with his bishops and a group of inmates at a Pennsylvania prison on Sunday before saying Mass for an expected crowd of 1.5 million people on the final day of his historic visit to the United States. The first Latin American... Read More


Boehner quits House

26 September 2015

WASHINGTON – United States House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner will leave Congress at the end of October after struggling with repeated rebellions by conservatives during a tumultuous five-year reign as the chamber’s top Republican. The 65-year-old Ohio... Read More


Pope: Treat immigrants humanely

25 September 2015

WASHINGTON – Pope Francis beseeched Americans to end hostility toward immigrants in a historic speech before the U.S. Congress on Thursday, weighing in forcefully on a divisive issue that is stirring debate in the 2016 presidential campaign. Bringing a message that... Read More


Hundreds killed in haj stampede

25 September 2015

MINA – At least 717 pilgrims from around the world were killed on Thursday in a crush outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi authorities said, in the worst disaster to strike the annual haj pilgrimage for 25 years. At least 863 others were injured. Saudi King... Read More


Facebook launches 360-degree videos

24 September 2015

FACEBOOK INC SAID its news feed for web and Android platform users will now support 360-degree videos. A 360 video gives an immersive experience to users by allowing them to view a scene from any angle. Read More


Fingerprint data stolen

23 September 2015

WASHINTON – Hackers who stole security clearance data on millions of Defence Department and other United States government employees got away with about 5.6 million fingerprint records, some 4.5 million more than initially reported, the government said on Wednesday.... Read More


Catalans demanding referendum on independence

23 September 2015

BARCELONA – The head of Catalonia’s regional government says a unilateral split from Spain is unstoppable unless the central government agrees to call a binding referendum on independence. Artur Mas threw down the gauntlet to Madrid less than a week before a local... Read More


11 Boko Haram killed

23 September 2015

CAMEROON’S ARMY KILLED 11 Boko Haram militants in clashes in the northern town of Amchide early on Tuesday, the Ministry of Defence said. Boko Haram has stepped up attacks in Cameroon since the country started cracking down on the radical Islamist group ... Read More


EU Leaders meeting to set migrant plan

23 September 2015

BRUSSELS – European Union leaders are set to approve a plan to relocate 120 000 migrants across the continent, despite fierce opposition from some members. Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary voted against the mandatory quota scheme. Read More


Tsipras back after winning election

21 September 2015

ATHENS – Greek leftist Alexis Tsipras stormed back into office with an unexpectedly decisive election victory on Sunday, claiming a clear mandate to steer Greece’s battered economy to recovery. The vote ensured Europe’s most outspoken leftist leader would remain Greece’s... Read More


Night of surprises at Emmys

21 September 2015

LOS ANGELES – HBO shows Game of Thrones and Veep won the top prizes at the Emmy Awards for the first time on Sunday, bringing a breath of fresh air to television's biggest night on an evening that also made history for black actresses. Jon Hamm finally snared an Emmy... Read More


‘Hollywood’ author Jackie Collins dies

20 September 2015

LOS ANGELES – Jackie Collins, the best-selling author of dozens of steamy novels who depicted the boardrooms and bedrooms of Hollywood’s power crowd, died on Saturday of breast cancer at age 77, her family said. The British-born Collins, younger sister of actress Joan... Read More


Volkswagen car recall

19 September 2015

GERMAN CARMAKER Volkswagen has been ordered by United States regulators to recall half a million cars because of a device that disguises pollution levels. The “defeat device” allows cars to pass lab testing even though they actually emit 40 times the emissions standard.... Read More


A call for Biden to run

19 September 2015

WASHINGTON – A group of prominent Democratic Party fundraisers on Friday began circulating a letter to encourage a hesitant Vice President Joe Biden to enter the 2016 race for United States. president. The letter, signed by nearly 50 people, calls the Obama-Biden administration... Read More


Cuba names ambassador to US

18 September 2015

WASHINGTON – Cuba has appointed an ambassador to the US – the first since 1961 – as part of the ongoing thaw in relations between the two countries. Jose Cabanas is a veteran diplomat who has run Cuba’s “interests section” in Washington since 2012. Read More


Ban Ki Moon ‘shocked’

17 September 2015

UNITED NATIONS Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has says he is “shocked” after Hungarian police fired tear gas and water cannon to force migrants back from its border. Ban said such treatment of asylum seekers was “unacceptable”. Read More




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