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Obama to act early on Guantanamo

Tuesday, January 13th 2009, 10:42

US President-elect Barack Obama will issue an order within days of taking office to close the Guantanamo camp, advisers say.
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Polanski victim urges end to case

Tuesday, January 13th 2009, 10:12

The victim at the centre of the statutory rape case involving film-maker Roman Polanski has asked a US court to drop charges against him.
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Stars sign up for Obama's inauguration celebration

Tuesday, January 13th 2009, 9:24

Beyonce, U2 and Bruce Springsteen sign up to perform at an inaugural celebration for US President-elect Barack Obama.
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US businessman 'fakes own death'

Tuesday, January 13th 2009, 6:03
related places: Florida

A US businessman facing financial problems apparently fakes his own death by bailing out of his plane and letting it crash in a Florida swamp.
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Obama meets Mexican leader

Tuesday, January 13th 2009, 1:45
related countries: Mexico Mexico

Mexico's drugs violence features in talks between US President-elect Barack Obama and Mexico's Felipe Calderon.
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Congress gets bail-out request

Tuesday, January 13th 2009, 1:21
related places: Congress

President Bush has formally asked Congress to release the remaining $350bn of a $700bn US financial rescue package.
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Senate Democrats endorse Burris

Monday, January 12th 2009, 23:56

Democratic senators have endorsed Roland Burris, the man selected to fill Barack Obama's vacant seat.
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Judge rejects 'jail Madoff' plea

Monday, January 12th 2009, 20:11

A US judge rejects demands that Bernard Madoff be jailed while prosecutors investigate his alleged $50bn (£33bn) fraud.
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US sanctions on AQ Khan 'allies'

Monday, January 12th 2009, 17:03
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

The US imposes sanctions on people and companies linked to the disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist, Abdul Qadeer Khan.
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Bush warns Obama of terror threat

Monday, January 12th 2009, 16:59

Outgoing US President George W Bush warns his successor that a terrorist attack is still the "most urgent threat" to the US.
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Australians advertise for paradise island 'caretaker'

Monday, January 12th 2009, 13:25
related countries: Australia Australia
related places: Queensland

Tourism chiefs in Australia are describing it as 'the best job in the world'. Writing a blog and feeding fish on a tropical island off the Queensland coast, the successful applicant will get paid US$103,000 for six months.
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Obama promises new tack on Iran

Sunday, January 11th 2009, 15:44
related countries: Iran Iran
related places: President

President-elect Obama says the US will take a different approach to Iran under his leadership, in a wide-ranging US TV interview.
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Biden and Karzai in Kabul meeting

Saturday, January 10th 2009, 23:12
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Kabul

US Vice-President elect Joe Biden meets Afghanistan's president to discuss the country's need for help in reconstruction.
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Obama plan 'could create 4m jobs'

Saturday, January 10th 2009, 17:06
related places: President

President-elect Barack Obama says his $775bn economic stimulus plan could create up to four million jobs in the US.
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Obama inauguration tickets sell out online in 60 seconds

Saturday, January 10th 2009, 2:34

Reserved seats for the US presidential inaugural parade sell out in 60 seconds, the ticket company says.
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Lloyds pays $350m to end US case

Saturday, January 10th 2009, 1:01
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK bank Lloyds TSB agrees to pay a $350m penalty to US authorities after admitting violating US sanctions.
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US job losses hit record in 2008

Friday, January 9th 2009, 21:59

More US workers lost jobs in 2008 than in any year since World War II, with employers axing 2.6 million posts.
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Taylor's son jailed for 97 years

Friday, January 9th 2009, 19:24
related countries: Liberia Liberia

"Chuckie" Taylor, son of Liberia's ex-leader Charles Taylor, is jailed for 97 years in the US after being convicted of torture.
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US police use Google maps and mobile signal to find missing girl

Friday, January 9th 2009, 17:41

A nine-year-old girl, allegedly kidnapped by her grandmother, has been found using a mobile phone signal and Google Street View.
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Pakistan al-Qaeda leaders 'dead'

Friday, January 9th 2009, 15:10
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Al-Qaeda's operations chief in Pakistan and another top aide are believed to have been killed, US and Pakistani sources say.
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Democrats attack Obama on economy

Friday, January 9th 2009, 12:03

US President-elect Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan runs into opposition from within his own party.
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A web of intrigue as Obama appears in Spider-Man comic

Friday, January 9th 2009, 10:02
related places: Spider, Man

US President-elect Barack Obama is to appear on the cover of a special edition of Spider-Man.
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Impeachment vote for Blagojevich

Friday, January 9th 2009, 9:32

State legislators in Illinois pave the way for a vote to impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich, accused of corruption.
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Gaza prompts boycott in Malaysia

Friday, January 9th 2009, 9:21
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia

Malaysian Muslim groups boycott US goods including Coca-Cola, but the company warns that locals people will suffer.
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UN backs ceasefire call for Gaza

Friday, January 9th 2009, 5:04
related places: Gaza

The UN Security Council votes for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza as Israeli bombs reportedly claim more lives in the Strip.
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Citi backs mortgage relief plan

Friday, January 9th 2009, 4:33

US bank Citigroup backs a proposed change in US bankruptcy law to help mortgage borrowers avoid losing their homes.
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Back spending plan, urges Obama

Friday, January 9th 2009, 0:44

US President-elect Barack Obama says that a huge stimulus package is urgently needed to revive the US economy.
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Madoff 'had cheques ready to go'

Thursday, January 8th 2009, 21:46

Bernard Madoff had $173m in cheques in his office desk, ready to send out at the time of his arrest, US prosecutors say.
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US man who gave kidney to wife includes it in divorce claim

Thursday, January 8th 2009, 21:41

A US man divorcing his wife demands that she return the kidney he donated to her or pay him $1.5m (£1m) in compensation.
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Obama urges action on economy

Thursday, January 8th 2009, 17:32

US President-elect Barack Obama says that a huge stimulus package is urgently needed to revive the US economy.
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Christmas sales in US disappoint

Thursday, January 8th 2009, 14:54
related places: Christmas

US retailers including Wal-Mart saw disappointing sales in the key Christmas trading period, as consumers reined in spending.
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Algae-powered plane completes US test flight

Thursday, January 8th 2009, 13:51

Continental Airlines is the latest to to test-fly a jet biofuel, this time with a product derived partially from algae.
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US to lead new anti-pirate force

Thursday, January 8th 2009, 12:38
related countries: Somalia Somalia

The US will lead a new international force to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, the US navy says.
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US cartoon provokes Colombia ire

Thursday, January 8th 2009, 11:57
related countries: Colombia Colombia

Colombian coffee growers plan to sue a US cartoonist for a cartoon they say links their main advertising figure with violence.
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India and US 'in missile shield talks'

Thursday, January 8th 2009, 10:53
related countries: India India, United Kingdom United Kingdom

India has been holding initial talks with the US over the purchase of its missile defence shield, a UK newspaper says.
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Thursday, January 8th 2009, 10:27

An iconic portrait of Barack Obama will become part of the permanent collection at the US National Portrait Gallery.
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Mexico takes urgent economy steps

Thursday, January 8th 2009, 5:45
related countries: Mexico Mexico

Mexico unveils emergency measures to protect its economy, including freezing fuel prices and creating thousands of new jobs.
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Canada expels US woman deserter

Thursday, January 8th 2009, 1:43
related countries: Canada Canada

A US army deserter and mother of three is ordered to leave Canada after her appeal for refuge fails.
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Senate shift on Obama replacement

Wednesday, January 7th 2009, 23:35
related places: Senate

Senate leaders are expected to allow Roland Burris to take up Barack Obama's vacant seat in the US Senate.
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Dozens killed in Afghan fighting

Wednesday, January 7th 2009, 18:24
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Kabul

Coalition forces say they have killed about 50 insurgents in Afghanistan, amid reports of dozens of civilian casualties.
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Best Bushisms

Wednesday, January 7th 2009, 18:02

How the outgoing US president tied his tongue in knots
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Chairlift mishap leaves US skier dangling with pants down

Wednesday, January 7th 2009, 17:30

A skier was left dangling from a chairlift at an American resort after he became stuck upside-down with his trousers round his ankles.
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US deficit 'to hit $1 trillion'

Wednesday, January 7th 2009, 16:04

The Congressional Budget Office says the the federal government deficit will exceed $1 trillion next year, the largest on record.
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Swayze 'may live only two years'

Wednesday, January 7th 2009, 9:40

Actor Patrick Swayze, who has pancreatic cancer, admits in a US TV interview he may survive only two years.
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Alcoa cuts 13,500 workers' jobs

Wednesday, January 7th 2009, 1:33
related places: Alcoa

The US aluminium maker Alcoa has said it is cutting 13,500 jobs, or 13% of its workforce, due to the global economic slowdown.
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Blackwater men plead not guilty

Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 23:34
related places: Blackwater

Five employees of US security firm Blackwater plead not guilty in a US court to the manslaughter of 17 Iraqis in 2007.
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US recession forecast to drag on

Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 22:16

The US recession is likely to drag on well into 2009, according to forecasts from the US Federal Reserve.
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Senate snub as US Congress opens

Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 19:18
related places: Senate

The new US Congress opens amid a row over the man chosen to fill Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.
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US Congress opens amid wrangling

Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 14:04
related places: Senate

The new US Congress, with Democratic majorities in both chambers, is set to open even as two Senate seats remain unfilled.
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Euro weakens on rate cut evidence

Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 11:30

The euro weakens against the pound and the US dollar as data suggests that a eurozone interest rate cut next week is likely.
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Warning over 'third-hand smoke'

Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 11:24
related places: Many

Many people are unaware that even smoking away from babies or pregnant women presents a risk, according to US research.
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Venezuela suspends US fuel aid

Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 10:43
related countries: Venezuela Venezuela

Venezuela's US-based oil subsidiary is halting a programme to provide cheap heating oil to low-income communities in the US.
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Panetta to be Obama's CIA chief

Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 9:33
related places: White House

US President-elect Barack Obama has picked former Clinton chief of staff Leon Panetta to head the CIA, Democratic officials say.
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US vows 'huge' marine protection

Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 3:10
related places: Pacific

The US is to establish "the largest area of protected sea in the world", banning fishing and mining, around its Pacific islands.
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Obama says US economy 'very sick'

Tuesday, January 6th 2009, 1:32
related places: Congress, Monday

US President-elect Barack Obama is seeing Congressional leaders to discuss his stimulus plan, which reports say could total $800bn.
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Minnesota recount confirms winner

Monday, January 5th 2009, 23:15
related places: Democrat, Minnesota, Senate

A recount in the US state of Minnesota confirms its Senate seat was won by a Democrat but the result is still contested.
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Congress launches Madoff inquiry

Monday, January 5th 2009, 22:25

The US Congress begins an inquiry into a suspected $50bn (£32bn) fraud allegedly run by the American hedge fund manager, Bernard Madoff.
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Steep sales drop for US carmakers

Monday, January 5th 2009, 21:41

US carmakers report sharp falls in their sales in December as the economic slowdown drives customers away from showrooms.
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Monday, January 5th 2009, 14:10
related countries: Greece Greece

Greek police say a weapon that left a shot policeman in critical condition is linked to an anti-US militant group.
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New US embassy opens in Baghdad

Monday, January 5th 2009, 13:50
related countries: Iraq Iraq
related places: Baghdad

The new US embassy in Baghdad - one of the largest and most expensive ever built - is officially opened in Iraq's capital.
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Virginia Governor 'to chair DNC'

Monday, January 5th 2009, 11:07

Governor Tim Kaine of Viriginia is set to take over as the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, US media report.
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'Taleban kill three for spying'

Monday, January 5th 2009, 9:44
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

Suspected Taleban militants kill three men in north-west Pakistan after accusing them of spying for the US, police say.
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Webb's America

Monday, January 5th 2009, 9:08

My son's illness and the stark realities of US healthcare
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US bid to reduce Mumbai tensions

Monday, January 5th 2009, 7:22
related countries: India India, Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Mumbai

The US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher is in Pakistan for talks aimed at reducing tensions between India and Pakistan.
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Obamas move to Washington

Monday, January 5th 2009, 0:25
related places: Washington

US President-elect Barack Obama and family officially arrive in Washington DC, ahead of his inauguration.
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Obama commerce nominee pulls out

Sunday, January 4th 2009, 20:26

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson withdraws as Barack Obama's nominee for US commerce secretary.
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Boy guilty of shooting his mother

Sunday, January 4th 2009, 1:19

A 12-year-old boy is found guilty in the United States of murdering his mother following a row over his household chores.
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What Cubans brought to Miami

Saturday, January 3rd 2009, 12:27
related countries: Cuba Cuba
related places: Miami

The son of Cuban exiles living in the US, the BBC's Americas editor Emilio San Pedro talks about growing up in a proud immigrant community.
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John Travolta's teenage son dies

Saturday, January 3rd 2009, 10:27
related countries: The Bahamas The Bahamas

The teenage son of American actor John Travolta dies suddenly during a family holiday in the Bahamas.
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Mars rovers roll on to five years

Saturday, January 3rd 2009, 9:27

The US space agency's Mars rovers celebrate a longer-than-expected five years investigating the Red Planet.
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Cuba offers direct talks with US

Saturday, January 3rd 2009, 9:11
related countries: Cuba Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro says he is open to direct talks with US President-elect Obama, but plays down any quick breakthrough.
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Bush says Hamas to blame for Gaza

Saturday, January 3rd 2009, 8:21
related countries: Israel Israel
related places: Gaza

US President George Bush blames Hamas for violence in Gaza and southern Israel, as Israeli strikes enter a second week.
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Canberra rejects Guantanamo cases

Saturday, January 3rd 2009, 7:14
related countries: Aruba Aruba, Australia Australia

The Australian government turns down a US request to help resettle former detainees from its Guantanamo Bay military prison.
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Chrysler gets $4bn emergency loan

Saturday, January 3rd 2009, 3:06
related places: Chrysler

US car manufacturer Chrysler receives a $4bn (£2.75bn) emergency government loan to help stave off collapse.
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Muslims taken off jet for remarks

Saturday, January 3rd 2009, 1:28

Nine Muslims are ordered off a US domestic flight after passengers say they heard one of them making "suspicious remarks".
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UK 'should take Guantanamo men'

Friday, January 2nd 2009, 11:41
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Britain should take some Guantanamo inmates if it helps the US close the camp, the former attorney general has said.
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Thawing out?

Friday, January 2nd 2009, 11:31
related countries: Cuba Cuba

How US policy on Cuba could shift under Obama
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Prolific US writer Westlake dies

Friday, January 2nd 2009, 9:56
related countries: Mexico Mexico
related places: Westlake

Prolific mystery author Donald E Westlake dies of a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Mexico.
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Australia could refuse detainees

Friday, January 2nd 2009, 9:12
related countries: Australia Australia

Australia will probably reject a US request to take in prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention centre, the acting PM says.
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New US drone attack 'kills three'

Friday, January 2nd 2009, 7:52
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Pakistan Pakistan

Suspected US missile strikes have killed at least three Pakistani militants close to the Afghan border, officials say.
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US father charged over snow death

Friday, January 2nd 2009, 2:12
related places: Idaho

The father of an 11-year-old Idaho girl who froze to death in a Christmas Day snowstorm is charged with murder.
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Covert failure

Thursday, January 1st 2009, 18:21
related countries: Ethiopia Ethiopia

Islamists unbroken despite Ethiopia's US backing
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Special delivery - Baby girl born on US-bound flight

Thursday, January 1st 2009, 12:19
related countries: Uganda Uganda
related places: Boston

A Ugandan woman gives birth to a baby girl in a rare mid-flight delivery on board a Northwest Airlines flight to Boston.
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Venezuela slashes US dollar quota

Thursday, January 1st 2009, 10:55
related countries: Venezuela Venezuela

Venezuela tightens currency controls, cutting the amount of dollars people can spend abroad on their credit cards from $5,000 to $2,500 a year.
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'US drone kills three' in Pakistan

Thursday, January 1st 2009, 8:31
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Pakistan Pakistan

Three people have died in a suspected US drone attack in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, reports say.
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North Korea message mild on US

Thursday, January 1st 2009, 5:12

North Korea new year message calls for a stronger military, but hints at possibilities of progress in talks with the US.
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Obama rejects Senate replacement

Wednesday, December 31st 2008, 11:10
related places: Senate

Barack Obama says Democratic senators are right to reject the Illinois governor's choice as his Senate replacement.
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Rollercoaster ride

Wednesday, December 31st 2008, 10:31

The twists and turns of an historic US election year
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Mood amongst US consumers worsens

Tuesday, December 30th 2008, 15:33
related places: House

US consumer confidence unexpectedly drops to a record low in December, due to mounting job cuts.
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Pakistan suspends Afghan supplies

Tuesday, December 30th 2008, 15:32
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Nato

Pakistan suspends a key supply route to US and Nato forces in Afghanistan to begin an offensive against militants, officials say.
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Iraq shoe thrower trial postponed

Tuesday, December 30th 2008, 14:58
related countries: Iraq Iraq

The trial of the Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at US President Bush is postponed pending an appeal against the charges.
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Iraqi-Canadian 'spied for Saddam'

Tuesday, December 30th 2008, 12:23
related countries: Canada Canada, Iraq Iraq

An Iraqi-born Canadian citizen is charged in the US of conspiring to spy from 2000 for the former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein.
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Um, y'know?

Tuesday, December 30th 2008, 11:44

Caroline Kennedy interviews slated by US media
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US offers $6bn bail-out for GMAC

Tuesday, December 30th 2008, 11:17
related places: Chrysler

The US Treasury unveils a $6bn rescue package for GMAC, General Motors' troubled car loan arm.
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D'oh! US bank robber leaves address at the scene of the crime

Tuesday, December 30th 2008, 9:48
related places: Chicago

Chicago police arrest a man who allegedly robbed a bank using a threatening note written on the back of his own pay cheque.
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What issues will make the news in 2009?

Tuesday, December 30th 2008, 7:41

The economic downturn and presidential elections in the US dominated the media in 2008. But what issues will affect you in 2009?
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Afghan suicide bombing kills two

Monday, December 29th 2008, 9:42
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

Two people are killed and 20 wounded, including two US soldiers, in a suicide attack in north Afghanistan, officials say.
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Holocaust 'love story' was fake

Monday, December 29th 2008, 9:37

A US publisher cancels a Holocaust memoir after its author admits he made up crucial parts of it.
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Smiles and scowls 'in our genes'

Monday, December 29th 2008, 6:00

Facial expressions we make to show or hide emotions are hardwired into our brains, a US study concludes.
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John Lennon features in a charity TV ad, 28 years after his death

Sunday, December 28th 2008, 13:04

Former Beatle John Lennon is featuring in a charity's TV advertisement in the US, 28 years after his death.
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