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US cameraman in Liberia diagnosed with Ebola

US cameraman in Liberia diagnosed with Ebola

A cameraman working in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola and is to be flown home to the US for treatment. The 33-year-old freelancer has been working in the country for three years for a number of media outlets, most recently NBC News. More than 3,330 people have died in four West African countries in...

Head of US Secret Service resigns

Head of US Secret Service resigns

The head of the US Secret Service, tasked with guarding US President Barack Obama, has resigned following several high-profile security lapses. Julia Pierson offered her resignation to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday. A day earlier, she faced angry questions in Congress about a major breach of White House security. News of...

Armed man shared lift with Obama

Armed man shared lift with Obama

President Barack Obama rode in a lift with an armed security contractor who had assault convictions, in what appears to be another security lapse. It happened on 16 September when Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The incident came to light on Tuesday, hours after the boss of the Secret...

US underestimated IS threat: Obama

US underestimated IS threat: Obama

President Barack Obama has acknowledged that US agencies underestimated the threat posed by the Islamist insurgency in Syria. In a frank TV interview, he said that al-Qaeda had been beaten in Iraq by US forces working with Sunni tribes. But they took advantage of the power vacuum in neighbouring Syria to emerge as Isis, later...

US court issues summons to Modi over Gujarat riots

US court issues summons to Modi over Gujarat riots

A day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to arrive for a much-touted five-day visit to the United States, a federal court in New York issued a summons for Modi to respond to a lawsuit that accuses him of human rights abuses in connection with religious riots in 2002 that tore through...

More US strikes on IS in Iraq, Syria

More US strikes on IS in Iraq, Syria

The United States, backed by its Arab allies, continued air strikes against the Islamic State group yesterday, hitting targets in Iraq and Syria and destroying several vehicles and a weapons dump. As coalition warplanes returned from another night of raids, US President Barack Obama appealed to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to join...

Obama calls for dismantling IS 'network of death'

Obama calls for dismantling IS 'network of death'

Declaring the world at a crossroads between war and peace, President Barack Obama vowed at the UN on Wednesday to lead a coalition to dismantle an Islamic State "network of death" that has wreaked havoc in the Middle East and drawn the US back into military action in the region. Speaking to the annual gathering of the United Nations General Assembly, Obama said the US would be a "respectful and constructive partner" in confronting the Islamic State militants through force. But he also implored Middle Eastern nations to take the lead in addressing the...

SECURITY BREACHED

Intruder gets into White House

Intruder gets into White House

The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. President Barack Obama and his daughters had just departed the White House on Friday evening when an intruder scaled the north fence, darted across the...

Ebola global security threat: Obama

Ebola global security threat: Obama

President Barack Obama has called the West Africa Ebola outbreak "a threat to global security" as he announced a larger US role in fighting the virus. "The world is looking to the United States," Obama said, but added the outbreak required a "global response". The measures announced included ordering 3,000 US troops to the region...

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

As a US senator from Illinois running for the White House in 2007, Barack Obama sponsored a resolution to prohibit President George W Bush's administration from taking military action against Iran unless it was explicitly authorized by Congress. His idea died in committee. Nearly seven years later, US fighter jets and unmanned drones armed...

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