US, allies must examine how assets used in IS fight: Obama

President Barack Obama says the US wants to support the Iraqi government in its fight against the Islamic State group and he says that means the US and its allies need to think about whether they are deploying military assets in the region effectively.

Obama urges US Senate to renew phone-records programme

President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to renew the government's power to search Americans' telephone records, saying public safety demands it.

Shiite name of Iraqi operation `not helpful`: US

The Pentagon expressed disappointment on Tuesday over a decision by Iraqi militias to impose an explicitly Shiite name for a military operation in Iraq`s Sunni heartland, saying it could aggravate sectarian tensions.

Iran adviser says US has 'no will' to fight Islamic State

The chief of an elite unit in Iran's Revolutionary Guard has accused the US of having "no will" to stop the Islamic State group after the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday.

Top US commander says IS actively recruiting in Afghanistan

The commander of international forces in Afghanistan says the Islamic State group is actively recruiting in Afghanistan but is not yet operational there.

Salman Khurshid cautions govt in dealing with US on syria issue

India should not join the US in its intervention in Syria or Iraq as this may create a problem for the country, Former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Friday.

Change strategy to defeat IS: Iraq to US-led coalition

Iraq called on the US-led coalition on Friday to change its strategy against the Islamic State (IS) in its bid to defeat the terror group.

Polish court adjourns Polanski extradition case until mid-September

A Polish court on Friday adjourned until mid-September a hearing on whether to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex crime conviction.

Pacific Ocean big enough for China, US: Xi Jinping tells John Kerry

China's relationship with the US is "stable" despite tensions in the South China Sea, President Xi Jinping told top American diplomat John Kerry on Sunday, adding that the Pacific Ocean is "vast enough" for both powers, state media said.

IS jihadists take over Ramadi but pinned back in Palmyra

The Islamic State group sealed its capture of Ramadi after a dramatic pullout by Iraqi forces but was prevented by Syrian troops from taking over the heritage site of Palmyra.

Morsi verdict alarms US, experts see `war` on Brotherhood

The United States expressed alarm Sunday at death sentences for Egypt`s ousted president Mohamed Morsi and dozens of others, a verdict experts called a declaration of "total war" on his Muslim Brotherhood.

UN envoy urges extension of Yemen humanitarian truce

A UN envoy called for an extension of a humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen due to expire on Sunday as the Huthi Shiite rebels boycotted political talks in Riyadh.

US raid in Syria killed 32 IS members, including 4 leaders: Monitor

A US special forces raid in eastern Syria killed 32 members of the Islamic State jihadist group, including four leaders, a monitoring group said Sunday.

Sikh who removed turban to help wounded boy lauded worldwide

A young Sikh from India who did not hesitate to break religious protocol by removing his turban to help an injured child bleeding profusely after an accident in New Zealand`s largest city of Auckland has earned worldwide praise.

House votes against undocumented migrants' serving in US military

The US House of Representatives passed an amendment to eliminate a provision from the National Defence Authorisation Act that would have allowed the military to consider the enlistment of undocumented young people, dubbed "Dreamers" by their supporters.

Survivors 'unlikely' in Nepal chopper crash: US military

The US military said on Friday it did not expect to find any survivors after locating the wreckage of a helicopter that went missing with eight people on board in earthquake-devastated Nepal.

At least two dead after storms tear through southern US

Violent storms and a tornado battered parts of the southern United States over the weekend, leaving at least two dead, 10 missing and dozens more injured, officials said on Monday.

France`s Hollande calls for end to US embargo on Cuba

French President Francois Hollande called Monday for an end to the US embargo on Cuba during a historic visit to the island, the first by a Western leader since Washington and Havana moved to restore ties.

'The quake couldn't jolt spirit, warmth of Nepalese people'

The 7.9-magnitude temblor may have killed thousands of people and destroyed more than two lakh houses, but it could not jolt the spirit and warmth of the Nepalese people, foreign visitors to the country say.

US says it's open to nuclear talks with North Korea

After three years of diplomatic deadlock, the Obama administration says it's open to holding preliminary talks with North Korea to see if there's a chance of ridding the country of nuclear weapons.