Gunman in Mohammad cartoon attack in Texas monitored for years

Federal agents for years monitored one of the two gunmen who were shot dead after opening fire with assault rifles at a heavily guarded Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.

Turkey, US to sign agreement against fighters joining Islamic State

Turkey and the US are planning to sign an agreement for cooperation on sharing systematic information about actual and suspected foreign fighters who want to join ranks of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria and Iraq.

Merkel defends cooperation with US spy agency

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday insisted her country needed to work with American intelligence agencies, in the wake of claims Berlin helped the US spy on EU leaders and companies.

Obama picks Marine general as next top US officer

President Barack Obama will nominate Marine General Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the joint chiefs, choosing an officer with battlefield experience in Iraq and Afghanistan for the US military`s top job.

US calls for speedy inquiry into Thai mass grave

 The United States, which has censured Thailand for failing to act against human trafficking, called on Monday for a speedy and credible inquiry into the discovery of a mass grave containing more than two dozen bodies thought to be of ethnic migrants.

China lodges protest with US after religious freedom report

China has lodged a protest with the United States after a US government commission said Chinese violations of religious freedom were "severe" and "systematic", the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

US defends cluster bomb transfers

 The United States defended its supplies of cluster munitions Sunday, pointing to restrictions on the transfers, after Human Rights Watch said the bombs had been used by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

US announces USD 20mn police body-camera programme

US officials Friday announced a USD 20-million pilot programme to help equip law enforcement agencies across the country with body cameras.

'Sikhs need to explain to Americans significance of turban'

Sikhs need to explain to Americans the significance of the turban, the most visible sign of their identity, an influential US lawmaker has said, amid reports that a majority of children wearing turbans are bullied in schools.

Indian govt rejects US report on religious tolerance

In a sharp rejoinder to the US government panel report on religious freedom, the Ministry of External Affairs has brushed aside the concerns raised over the plight of the country's minority communities, saying the report was based on “limited understanding of India”.

Three Indians plead guilty to student visa fraud charges in US

 Three Indians have pleaded guilty to criminal charges of conspiring to commit student visa and financial aid fraud through a for-profit school they ran and agreed to forfeit over USD eight million to US authorities.

China overtakes US as Australia`s largest foreign investor

China has for the first time overtaken the United States as Australia`s largest source of foreign investment, according to official data, laying out Aus$27.7 billion (US$21.8 billion) in 2013-14 as real estate purchases more than doubled.

China says US welcome to use civilian facilities in South China Sea

The United States and other countries will be welcome to use civilian facilities China is building in the South China Sea for search and rescue and weather forecasting "when conditions are right", China`s navy chief has told a senior U.S. officer. 

Ukrainian tycoon Firtash escapes extradition to US

An Austrian court refused on Thursday to extradite Ukrainian industrialist Dmytro Firtash to the United States, accepting his argument that political motivations lay behind U.S. efforts to try him on corruption charges.

Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker issues `warning` to America

 The far-right populist Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders issued a "warning" to America on Thursday, saying that Muslim countries  from Muslim countries threatened the nation`s security.

Woman dies in Hawaii shark attack

A 65-year-old woman died from injuries apparently sustained in a shark attack off the Hawaiian holiday island of Maui after frantic efforts to save her failed, local authorities said Thursday.

Modi govt slams US report on minorities, says it's based on 'limited understanding of India'
Modi govt slams US report on minorities, says it's based on 'limited understanding of India'

In a sharp rejoinder to the US government panel report on religious freedom, the Ministry of External Affairs has brushed aside the concerns raised over the plight of the country's minority communities, saying the report was based on “limited understanding of India”.

Iran FM, US Senator get 'personal' in Twitter spat over nuke deal
Iran FM, US Senator get 'personal' in Twitter spat over nuke deal

There is nothing new about US Republicans' opposition to an emerging Iran nuclear deal, however in a fresh Twitter spat over the issue, Senator Tom Cotton got personal with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif calling him a “cowardly character” and dared him to a debate challenge over Iran's “record of tyranny, treachery, & terror”.

Airbus to file complaint in German spy scandal

Airbus Group said on Thursday it planned to complain to the German authorities over reports that the country`s foreign intelligence agency had helped the United States to spy on it and other European firms.

Liberia closes US-built Ebola unit

 The United States decommissioned its treatment unit Thursday for Liberian healthcare workers infected with Ebola, with the country set to be declared free of the virus within two weeks.