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US senators urge arms for Ukraine

US senators urge arms for Ukraine

Leading American senators have called for the US to send weapons to help Ukraine fight what they say is "a Russian invasion". Robert Menendez, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Russia's President Vladimir Putin must face a cost for his "aggression". Senator John McCain said: "This is not an incursion. This is an...

US planes strike ISIS in Iraq

US planes strike ISIS in Iraq

The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shia town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said. President Barack Obama authorised the new military action, broadening US operations in Iraq amid an international outcry over the threat...

EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum

EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum

The European Union has given Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the EU was working urgently on further restrictive measures. Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country was "close to a point of no return - full scale-war" with Russia. Russia denies...

Ebola outbreak 'will get worse'

Ebola outbreak 'will get worse'

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is going to get worse before it gets better, according to the top US public health official. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, said the epidemic would need an "unprecedented" response to bring it under control. Ebola-hit states slip further into isolation as airlines end...

American 'fighter' dies in Syria battle

American 'fighter' dies in Syria battle

An American man, believed to be fighting alongside Islamist militants in Syria, has been killed, the White House has confirmed. A cousin of Douglas McCain told the BBC the US government called his mother to confirm his death on Monday. McCain was found dead by Free Syrian Army fighters after a battle at the weekend,...

US alarm at air strikes on Libya

US alarm at air strikes on Libya

The US was "caught off guard" by air strikes against Islamist militia in Libya, a senior official has told the BBC. The attacks on militia positions around Tripoli airport were reportedly carried out by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from bases in Egypt. Egypt has denied any involvement and the UAE has not commented. A militia...

Sherlock in triple Emmy awards win

Sherlock in triple Emmy awards win

BBC One drama Sherlock has won a hat-trick of awards at the US Primetime Emmys in Los Angeles. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman won best actor and best supporting actor in a miniseries, although neither was present to collect their awards. Stephen Moffat also won best writing in a miniseries for the final episode of...

US may strike IS in Syria too

The United States was said to be considering air strikes aimed at eliminating individual leaders of Islamic State (IS) after Washington branded the beheading of an American journalist a "terrorist attack". Meanwhile, Iraq yesterday called for urgent global support for its fight against jihadists, as Shia neighbour Iran said it was helping Baghdad resist the militants but not with soldiers on the ground. Iraq is struggling to regain ground after a lightning militant offensive led by the IS jihadist group seized...

Obama orders review of cops’ military hardware use in Ferguson

Obama orders review of cops’ military hardware use in Ferguson

US President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police out of concern at how such equipment has been used during racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. The president ordered the examination of federal programmemes and funding that enable state and local law enforcement to purchase...

IS militants 'biggest threat' to US

IS militants 'biggest threat' to US

Islamic State militants are the most dangerous threat the US has faced in recent years, Washington has warned. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said US air strikes had helped to break the Islamist advance in Iraq, but the militants could be expected to regroup. America's top general Martin Dempsey stressed that IS could not be defeated...

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