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Indonesia tests mental health of US teen in Bali murder case

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 23:33

Indonesian police on Thursday conducted mental health checks on an American teenager suspected of killing her mother and stuffing her battered body into a suitcase on the resort island of Bali.

Governor of Iraq`s Sunni heartland secures US support against militants

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 21:21

The governor of Iraq`s Sunni heartland Anbar Province said he has asked for and secured U.S. support in the battle against Islamic State militants because opponents of the group may not have the stamina for a long fight.

`Impossible` to bypass White House for US arms: Former Israeli envoy

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 20:43

A former Israeli ambassador to the US has trashed as "impossible" the claims that the Jewish state went around the White House`s back and quietly secured supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon to aid its military campaign in Gaza Strip.

Barack Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 18:37

The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken, which military officials acknowledge will not blunt the group`s momentum.

John Kerry eyes US-China partnership despite tensions

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 14:25

Improving US cooperation with China is critical to maintaining stability and security in the Asia-Pacific as well as combating the effects climate change, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

US rights group says prominent lawyer tortured in jail in China

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 14:15

One of China`s most prominent human rights lawyers, who was released last week after three years in jail, was physically and psychologically abused by prison authorities, a US rights group said.

US evacuation mission in Iraqi mountain `less likely`: Pentagon

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 07:10

The United States is "far less likely" to carry out an evacuation mission on Sinjar mountain in Iraq after troops assessed the humanitarian situation there, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

US appeals for Pakistan kidnap victim`s release

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 05:09

The United States on Wednesday made a new appeal for the release of an American in Pakistan three years after he was kidnapped by al Qaeda militants.

Ban Ki-moon urges UN system-wide coordination on Ebola

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 04:11

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday called for United Nations system-wide support to the World Health Organisation`s (WHO) efforts to fight Ebola.

US appeals for Pakistan kidnap victim`s release

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 04:08

The United States on Wednesday made a new appeal for the release of an American in Pakistan three years after he was kidnapped by al Qaeda militants.

Former White House press secretary Jim Brady dies

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 14:03

James Brady, the affable, witty press secretary who survived a devastating head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan and undertook a personal crusade for gun control, died Monday. He was 73.

Islamic states, US back nomination of Abadi for new Iraq PM

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 09:42

In his address at a Marine base Camp Pendleton in California, Hagel said that "assessment team members" had been sent to the northern city of Irbil for carrying out more “in-depth assessment” of where we can continue to help”.