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Strong quake in west China kills 2; 54 hurt

A strong earthquake struck a lightly populated, mountainous area of western China, killing at least two people, injuring 54 others and collapsing homes, officials said Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.9 quake hit Saturday about 30 kilometers from the town of Kangding...

Updated : 2014.11.23 10:57

Obama extends US combat role in Afghanistan: report

WASHINGTON(AFP)--Barack Obama has extended the combat role for US troops in Afghanistan for another year, in a classified order he signed in recent weeks, the New York Times reported Friday.   Previously, the president had said US-led NATO combat operations would finish at the end of thi...

Updated : 2014.11.22 15:07

U.S., Iran discussing new ideas to break nuclear impasse - sources

VIENNA (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are discussing new ideas aimed at breaking the deadlock in nuclear talks between Tehran and six world powers, sources close to the talks said on Friday.The sources, who spoke to Reuters...

Updated : 2014.11.22 14:29

Obama presses on with immigration plan as clash looms

LAS VEGAS (AFP)--US President Barack Obama staunchly defended his unilateral move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation Friday, pledging to implement his controversial plan despite furious criticism from congressional opponents. The controversial overhaul, praised...

Updated : 2014.11.22 14:17

Portuguese ex-PM Socrates held in fraud inquiry: official

LISBON (AFP)--Portugal's former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates was arrested Friday as part of an inquiry into tax fraud, corruption and money laundering, the public prosecutor's office announced.   Socrates is one of four people who have been held in recent days, three of whom ap...

Updated : 2014.11.22 14:07

UN chief: Ebola cases in Mali a 'deep concern'

WASHINGTON (AP)--The United Nations chief warned Friday that Ebola may be easing in part of West Africa but is still hitting hard in other areas and outpacing the international response. "If we continue to accelerate our response we can contain and end the outbreak by the middle of next y...

Updated : 2014.11.22 13:48

Al-Aqsa prayers quiet but Jews attacked later

 JERUSALEM (AFP)--Weekly Muslim prayers at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque passed peacefully Friday despite tensions in the Holy City, but Palestinians later wounded two Jews as they walked to worship not far away.   And in the West bank city of Hebron, stone-throwing Palestinians...

Updated : 2014.11.22 13:38

Jim Webb first to announce presidential bid

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― The dust has barely settled on midterm elections, but ex-senator Jim Webb has become the first candidate in America’s upcoming presidential race ― and an early potential challeng...

Updated : 2014.11.21 20:52

Cinema, theater legend Mike Nichols dies at 83

NEW YORK (AP) ― A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade ca...

Updated : 2014.11.21 20:52

Dutch teen in court after mom ‘rescues’ her from Islamic State

THE HAGUE (AFP) ― A Dutch teenager who allegedly travelled to Syria to marry an Islamic State fighter but was later rescued by her mother will appear in court Friday on terror charges, Dutch prosecutors said.The 19-year-old known only as “Aicha” arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday w...

Updated : 2014.11.21 20:52

Jeb Bush champions education reform ahead of 2016

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Ex-president George W. Bush’s younger brother Jeb, who is mulling a 2016 White House run, on Thursday called for a revolution in the U.S. education system, decrying the glacial pa...

Updated : 2014.11.21 20:52

Georgia O’Keeffe painting fetches record $44.4m

NEW YORK (AFP) ― A painting by late American artist Georgia O’Keeffe sold for more than $44.4 million in New York on Thursday, which Sotheby’s called a new auction world record for any female artis...

Updated : 2014.11.21 20:51

Obama to act unilaterally on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) ― In a move that could provoke one the most pitched partisan confrontations of his presidency, President Barack Obama will sidestep Congress and unveil administrative actions on immig...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:41

Merger fever back on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AFP) ― Mega-merger fever is back on Wall Street, six years after the financial crisis, and 2014 is shaping up as a record year for takeovers in a sign of U.S. corporate optimism.In rapid succession on Monday, pharmaceutical giant Actavis said it would pay $66 billion for Allerga...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:39

Israel razes home in attack crackdown

JERUSALEM (AFP) ― Israel on Wednesday demolished the home of a Palestinian behind a deadly car attack in Jerusalem, pushing ahead with a promised crackdown following a bloody assault on a synagogue.F...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:32