Americas

US Senate begins grilling Trump’s cabinet nominees

US Senate begins grilling Trump’s cabinet nominees

WASHINGTON: The US Senate begins confirmation hearings for key nominees to Donald Trump’s cabinet on Tuesday, amid concerns many of the president-elect’s picks haven’t been fully vetted over ethics, or made full financial disclosures. Ten days before Trump takes the oath of office, lawmakers will hold hearings for Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump’s nominee for […]

Trump hit with claims Russia has compromising info on him

Trump hit with claims Russia has compromising info on him

US spy chiefs have informed Donald Trump that Russian operatives claim to possess deeply compromising personal and financial information about him, US media reported Tuesday on the eve of the president-elect’s first press conference. Trump denounced a “political witch hunt” after reported that intelligence officials briefing him last week on allegations of Russian meddling in […]

San Bernardino gunman’s brother pleads guilty to immigration fraud

San Bernardino gunman’s brother pleads guilty to immigration fraud

The brother of the man who with his wife killed 14 people in a shooting rampage at a government building in San Bernardino, California, pleaded guilty to immigration fraud on Tuesday in connection with his sister-in-law’s marriage. Syed Raheel Farook, 31, entered his guilty plea to a single count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud […]

Emotional Obama comforts, encourages US in farewell speech

Emotional Obama comforts, encourages US in farewell speech

President Barack Obama bid farewell to the nation on Tuesday in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump. Forceful at times and tearful at others, Obama’s valedictory speech in his hometown of Chicago was a public meditation on […]

Axact executive could face 20 years in US prison over fake degree scam

Axact executive could face 20 years in US prison over fake degree scam

Axact executive Umair Hamid, who was charged in a US federal court on Wednesday for his part in an alleged $140 million “fake diploma mill” scheme, could face up to 20 years in prison. In the latest in a global crackdown touched off by arrests in Pakistan last year, Hamid, 30, was arrested on Monday […]

Families of Orlando victims sue Facebook, Google, Twitter

Families of Orlando victims sue Facebook, Google, Twitter

The families of three Orlando nightclub shooting victims have filed suit against Facebook, Twitter and Google accusing them of providing “material support” to the militant Islamic State (IS) group by allowing the spread of extremist propaganda that inspired the attack. The assault by gunman Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to IS, left 49 people dead […]

Trump after Berlin, Turkey attacks: ‘I’ve been proven to be right’

Trump after Berlin, Turkey attacks: ‘I’ve been proven to be right’

US President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday that attacks this week in Berlin and Ankara proved he was correct to propose curbing Muslim immigration to the United States. “What’s going on is terrible, terrible,” Trump told reporters, when asked about the truck attack that killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin and the […]

US sanctions companies, people over Russia actions in Ukraine

US sanctions companies, people over Russia actions in Ukraine

The United States on Tuesday targeted more Russian businessmen and companies over Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the conflict in Ukraine, slapping them with US sanctions in a move Moscow criticized as hostile. The measures come a month before US President Barack Obama hands over power to President-elect Donald Trump, who has praised Russian President […]

Obama bans oil drilling ‘permanently’ off Alaska, part of Atlantic coast

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday banned new oil and gas drilling in federal waters in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, in a push to leave his stamp on the environment before Republican Donald Trump takes office next month. Obama used a 1950s-era law called the Outer Continental Shelf Act that allows presidents to […]

At least 31 dead, 72 injured in Mexico fireworks market blast

At least 31 dead, 72 injured in Mexico fireworks market blast

TULTEPEC: A massive explosion gutted Mexico’s biggest fireworks market on Tuesday, killing at least 31 people and injuring 72, the authorities said. The conflagration in the Mexico City suburb of Tultepec set off a quick-fire series of multicolored blasts that sent a vast cloud of smoke billowing over the capital. The market had been packed […]

Obama vows action against Russia over election hacks

Obama vows action against Russia over election hacks

US President Barack Obama has vowed to take action against Russia for its alleged interference in the US presidential election campaign. “We need to take action and we will,” he told US public radio network NPR. Russia stands accused by the US of hacking the emails of the Democratic Party and a key Hillary Clinton […]

Mexico villagers free gang boss’s mother in ‘kidnap deal’

Mexico villagers free gang boss’s mother in ‘kidnap deal’

Villagers in the Mexican state of Guerrero have freed the mother of a gang leader they were holding captive in exchange for the release of a local man the gang had kidnapped. The villagers formed a vigilante group on Sunday after local engineer Isauro de Paz Duque was taken by the gang. Mr de Paz’s […]