Posts tagged as: US

Kabul Conference hints at NATO withdrawal

Kabul Conference hints at NATO withdrawal

The Kabul Conference set to start Tuesday may hint at something that the United States and other sponsors of Afghanistan’s government have been dancing around for some time: A target date for ending what is already America’s longest running foreign war. A British newspaper obtained a leaked draft of the communiqué that US Secretary of [...]

Michelle Obama pushes childhood fitness at NAACP Convention

Michelle Obama pushes childhood fitness at NAACP Convention

The time had come for dramatic changes to the diets of African Americans and young people across the country, US first lady Michelle Obama told the NAACP Convention meeting in Kansas City last Monday. Pushing her “Let’s Move” initiative designed to attack childhood obesity, Obama said that the scourge of overeating is threatening the nation’s [...]

Russian agents deported in spy swap

Russian agents deported in spy swap

The US government agreed in a rapidly arranged spy swap Thursday to send to Russia 10 agents who had burrowed into American society and, in return, won the release of four jailed Russians accused of passing information to the West. The 10 agents, who pleaded guilty Thursday to acting as unregistered foreign agents, were deported [...]

No rift between US and Israel

No rift between US and Israel

Declaring that any talk of a rift is unfounded, US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to soothe rocky relations Tuesday. The US-Israeli bond is unbreakable, said Obama. As the two leaders addressed reporters in the Oval Office, Obama said, “The United States is committed to Israel’s security. We are committed [...]

EPA proposes new curbs on power plant pollution

EPA proposes new curbs on power plant pollution

The United States Environmental Protection Agency proposed new curbs on power plant pollution that drifts from the Midwest across the eastern US as Maryland and much of the Northeast suffered through unhealthy air quality Tuesday. Aiming to reduce smog and soot pollution that is tied to premature deaths, asthma, heart attacks, and other health problems, [...]

US Justice Dept. sues Arizona on illegal immigration

US Justice Dept. sues Arizona on illegal immigration

Accusing Arizona of trying to “second guess” the federal government, the US Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s immigration policy—claiming the “invalid” law interferes with federal immigration responsibilities and “must be struck down.” The state of Arizona and Gov. Jan Brewer were named as defendants in the suit. In it, the [...]

July 4th message from outer space

July 4th message from outer space

On Sunday, an American astronaut spending the Fourth of July in space wished the United States a happy Independence Day from orbit. To mark the US holiday on the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock posted his July 4th messages and photos on Twitter, where he writes as Astro_Wheels. Wheelock, who is a colonel [...]

White House downplays Russian spy plot

White House downplays Russian spy plot

The arrest of 11 people accused of being part of a Russian spy ring is a mere bump in the road to better relations with America’s former Cold War foe, said US officials. The White House and the State Department both downplayed the implications of the blockbuster investigation, which revealed an elaborate Russian intelligence plot [...]