Category Archives: Americas

Tech breakthroughs take a backseat in upcoming Apple iPhone launch

When Apple Inc launches its much-anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone this fall, it will offer an unwitting lesson in how much the smartphone industry it pioneered has matured. The new iPhone is expected to include new features such as high-resolution displays,

UN needs $4.4 bn for famine relief in four countries: Guterres

UN aid agencies need $4.4 billion in emergency funding to address famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday. More than 20 million people face starvation in the four countries and action is needed

UN mediator expects ‘no breakthrough’ in Syria talks

UN mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday that he expects no breakthrough at Syria peace talks starting on Thursday, but the beginning of a series of rounds of negotiations that aim to reach a political agreement. “We are not

Houston police chief: No injuries amid gunfire reports at Texas Medical Center

The police chief in Houston says no one has been found injured and there’s no evidence of a shooting amid reports of gunfire inside the hospital at the Texas Medical Center. Chief Art Acevedo says his officers were making a

CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels ‘frozen’ after Islamist attack

CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar al-Assad. Rebel officials said that

WhatsApp is the latest Facebook product to roll out its own version of Snapchat

The Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has copied Snapchat’s popular stories format and is using it to replace its text-based status messages, Technology website The Verge reported on Monday. Similar to Snapchat, WhatsApp stories will allow the user to take a

Top US officials to visit Mexico today for border talks

John Kelly

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will meet this week in Mexico with President Enrique Pena Nieto, to discuss issues including border security amid frayed relations under new US President Donald Trump. In brief

Trump names H.R. McMaster as national security adviser

United States President Donald Trump has named US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser on Monday, taking over the post left vacant after Michael Flynn’s resignation. Trump called McMaster, a career Army officer and prominent

Saudi King receives US Senator John McCain

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud received at al-Yamamah Palace on Tuesday a member of the United States Senate, Senator John McCain. During the meeting, they reviewed the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States, the Saudi Press

Trump’s envoy at UN warns Russia US stands firm on NATO, EU

US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday said the United States is ready to improve ties with Russia but will not compromise on its support for NATO and the European Union. Haley told a Security Council debate on conflicts in Europe

We will stay in Iraq for a while longer, says US defense secretary

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday he believes US forces will be in Iraq and in the fight against ISIS militants for a while, despite some rocky times between the two nations. Speaking at the end of a day of

Angelina Jolie feasts on scorpion with children during Cambodia trip

Angelina Jolie

While in Cambodia for the screening of the film she directed “They Killed My Father,” Angelina Jolie and her children – apart from enjoying some local cuisine – decided to taste some adventurous food. “I think it’s always been a

Trump’s new travel ban targets same 7 Muslim-majority countries

A draft of President Donald Trump’s revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven’t used it yet.

Trump baffles Sweden with crime comment, says it was based on TV report

Donald Trump.

A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, US President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on a television report he had seen. Trump, who in his first weeks in office has

US defense chief visits UAE in first Middle East trip

Jim Mattis.

US President Donald Trump’s defense secretary arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday for talks with one of Washington’s closest allies in the Middle East. Jim Mattis, on his debut trip to the region as Pentagon chief, was expected

Syria’s ‘White Helmets’ get US visas to travel to Oscars

Rescue workers from Syria’s White Helmets – the subjects of an Oscar-nominated documentary – said on Saturday they have received US visas to attend next week’s prestigious Academy Awards ceremony. For weeks, the rescuers and the film’s staff had been

New US travel ban to spare green card holders — Trump official

John Kelly

A new version of a Trump administration travel ban will not stop green card residency holders or travelers already on planes from entering the United States, US Secretary for Homeland Security John Kelly said on Saturday. US President Donald Trump’s

Secret service probes object thrown at Trump motorcade

The US Secret Service launched an investigation Friday, after an object was hurled at Donald Trump’s motorcade as it traveled to his Florida resort. As Trump’s motorcade was moving from the airport at West Palm Beach to his Mar-a-Lago home

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