Storms kill 17 in Texas, Oklahoma; Houston flooded

Torrential rains have killed at least 17 people in Texas and Oklahoma, including four in Houston where floods turned streets into rivers and led to about 1,000 calls for help in the fourth-most populous US city, officials said on Tuesday.

Turkey says training of moderate Syrian rebels begins with US

Turkey and the United States have started training moderate Syrian rebels on Turkish territory to prepare them to fight Islamic State (IS) militants, the Turkish foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Houston submerged as wild weather kills 20 in US, Mexico

Torrential rain left large parts of Houston submerged on Tuesday and trapped fans at an NBA basketball game, in savage weather that has killed nearly 20 people in the United States and Mexico.

Drone crashes into crowd in US, two injured

A drone hovering over a Memorial Day parade in Marblehead in the US state of Massachusetts struck a building and fell on two spectators, injuring them.

Rouhani says most Iranians want peace

An overwhelming majority of Iranians want peace with the rest of the world, President Hassan Rouhani said today, defending the nuclear negotiations under way with major powers.

Couple missing for two weeks in California drank rain, ate oranges

An elderly husband and wife stranded for two weeks in Southern California's high desert ate oranges and a pie and drank rain water that they collected in cups, but the 79-year-old husband died at some point before the couple's rescue, authorities said today.

Iraq sets out to drive ISIS away from Ramadi, announces operation
Iraq sets out to drive ISIS away from Ramadi, announces operation

Days after Iraqi troops had to bite the dust as the Islamic State romped its way to Ramadi, a military operation was announced on Tuesday with the objective of taking back the territories captured by the extremists in Anbar province.

Tornado, floods leave deadly trail at Mexico-US border

A tornado ripped into a town in northern Mexico on Monday, killing at least 13 people and flattening hundreds of homes in a deadly six-second blast of carnage, officials said.

China state paper warns of war over South China Sea unless US backs down

A Chinese state-owned newspaper said on Monday that "war is inevitable" between China and the United States over the South China Sea unless Washington stops demanding Beijing halt the building of artificial islands in the disputed waterway.

Iraq PM likens ISIS onslaught to 'mini nuclear bombs', refutes US def secy's criticism
Iraq PM likens ISIS onslaught to 'mini nuclear bombs', refutes US def secy's criticism

Expressing surprise at US Defense Secretary Ashtob Carter's comments, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has said that his troops did have the will to fight but were fazed by the Islamic State's attacks, the effect of which he likened to that of a “small nuclear bomb”.

US Capitol Police destroy pressure cooker in a 'suspicious' vehicle near National Mall

Averting a possible bomb explosion, the US Capitol Police on Sunday evening destroyed a pressure cooker that was found in a suspicious vehicle parked on a National Mall street, reports said Monday.

US 'deeply troubled' by Russia's NGO law

 The United States has said it was "deeply troubled" after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning what Moscow deems to be "undesirable" non-governmental organizations.

Thousands surround Japan`s parliament, protest new US base plan

Thousands of demonstrators formed a human chain around Japan`s parliament in Tokyo on Sunday, protesting the planned construction of a new US airbase on the southern island of Okinawa.

Israel thanks US for opposing nuke-free Mideast plan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his "appreciation" to the United States for opposing an Arab plan for a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East, an Israeli official said.

US `deeply troubled` by Russia`s NGO law

The United States said Saturday it was "deeply troubled" after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially enacted a controversial law banning what Moscow deems to be "undesirable" non-governmental organizations.

ISIS to buy first nuclear weapon from Pak?

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's (ISIS), in its propaganda magazine Dabiq, has claimed that it is 'infinitely' more possible to buy a nuclear bomb from Pakistan and transport it to the United States.

US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns

 The United States has blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbours to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.

Myanmar should share responsibility for Rohingya crisis: US

Navy ships were scouring Southeast Asian waters for boats believed to be carrying thousands of migrants with little food or water, and a top US diplomat said Myanmar needs to shoulder some responsibility for the crisis.

Proliferation talks fail over Mideast nuke plan

Nuclear non-proliferation talks ended without agreement on Friday after the United States, Canada and Britain opposed a plan to set up a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East.

China calls US actions in South China Sea 'irresponsible, dangerous'
China calls US actions in South China Sea 'irresponsible, dangerous'

China said on Friday it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a US military plane flew over part of the South China Sea near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident.