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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...

US tried but failed to free US hostages in Syria

US tried but failed to free US hostages in Syria

A US secret military mission had "recently" tried but failed "to free a number of American hostages held in Syria", the Pentagon has revealed. It did not say whether the US troops had also tried to rescue US journalist James Foley, a video of whose beheading by Islamic State appeared on Tuesday. However, senior US...

Attorney general visits Missouri for meetings on fatal shooting

Attorney general visits Missouri for meetings on fatal shooting

US Attorney General Eric Holder met with community members in Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday and vowed a thorough civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager that has set off 12 nights of racially charged protests. Holder, the first African-American to head the Justice Department, spoke in person with...

New clashes erupt in Ferguson as Obama urges calm

New clashes erupt in Ferguson as Obama urges calm

US police say they have arrested 31 people during another night of angry protests in the town of Ferguson in the state of Missouri. Unrest flared hours after President Obama called for calm following the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on 9 August. The US attorney general is due to visit...

Obama justifies strikes on Iraq dam

Obama justifies strikes on Iraq dam

US air strikes in support of Iraqi forces' efforts to retake the country's largest dam are aimed at protecting US interests there, President Obama says. The failure of Mosul dam may put US staff and facilities, including the US embassy in Baghdad, at risk, Barack Obama warned Congress in a letter. It comes after the...

'New massacres' in Iraq, Syria

'New massacres' in Iraq, Syria

Islamic State (IS) militants have been accused of massacring hundreds of people in areas under their control in northern Iraq and eastern Syria. At least 80 members of the Yazidi religious minority are believed to have been killed with women and children abducted in a village in Iraq. IS is also accused of killing 700...

US sends more advisors to Iraq

US sends more advisors to Iraq

The US has sent 130 more military advisors to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says. The marines and special operations forces will assess the humanitarian situation and will not be engaged in combat, a US defence official said. The US has been carrying out air strikes against fighters from militant...

Family pays warm tribute to Williams

Family pays warm tribute to Williams

The children of late actor Robin Williams have said that "the world will never be the same" without him. Among heartfelt tributes to her father, daughter Zelda said: "One of his favourite things in the world was to make you all laugh." But she added she would "never understand" how Williams could "not find it...

US actor Robin Williams found dead

US actor Robin Williams found dead

US actor Robin Williams has been found dead, aged 63, in an apparent suicide, California police say. Marin County Police said he was pronounced dead at his home shortly after officials responded to an emergency call around noon local time. Williams was famous for films such as Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society and...

Obama lauds Iraq's 'promising step'

Obama lauds Iraq's 'promising step'

US President Barack Obama has said the nomination of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq's prime minister-designate is a "promising step forward". He acknowledged that Iraq had been through "difficult days", and urged its political leaders to work together. Earlier on Monday, Iraq's president asked Abadi to form a new government, snubbing the incumbent Prime Minister Nouri...

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