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 ...

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 t...

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 c...

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 fou...