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'Spy agencies failed to prevent 26/11 terror attack' Report

In a revelation that sends shivers down one's spine, an investigative report on Tuesday claimed that the attacks in Mumbai in 2008 could have been thwarted had the US, British and Indian spy agencies managed to pull together all the strands gathered by their high-tech surveillance.

China arrests US aid worker on North Korean border: Lawyer

China has arrested an American Christian aid worker based near its border with North Korea, his lawyer said on Saturday, as authorities deepen an apparent crackdown on religious groups in the region.

North Korea proposes joint probe with US into Sony cyber attack

North Korea called Saturday for a joint investigation with the US into a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures, denouncing Washington`s "slandering" after President Barack Obama warned Pyongyang of retaliation.

Chinese student pleads guilty in US to arms export conspiracy

A Chinese man in the United States on a student visa pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to export illegally to China high-tech sensors used by the defense industry, a federal prosecutor in New Mexico said.

Ahead of Obama visit, US security team visits Agra
Ahead of Obama visit, US security team visits Agra

A 40-member team comprising US security advisers, representatives of the two houses and journalists visited the Taj Mahal in Agra to access security arrangements and logistics, ahead of the US President Barack Obama`s India visit Jan 26.

Peshawar attack: 141 dead, Indian schools pay tribute to victims
Peshawar attack: 141 dead, Indian schools pay tribute to victims

Islamabad/New Delhi: A day after the banned terrorist outfit Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar and killed at least 141 people in cold blood, including 132 students, several schools in India paid their tribute to the victims on Wednesday.

Jeb Bush explores 2016 US presidential run

Jeb Bush is actively exploring a run for the U.S. presidency in 2016, making the former Florida governor with the famous political last name one of the first major Republicans to formally move toward a possible candidacy.

Veteran comedian Bill Cosby won't be charged over decades-old sex claim

US prosecutors said Tuesday they will not charge veteran comedian Bill Cosby over allegations he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1974.

Romania 'to clear up' allegations over CIA prisons

Romania is "ready to clear up" allegations that the country hosted secret CIA detention centres, the foreign ministry said Tuesday -- though it stressed that Bucharest had "no proof" such prisons existed.

US diplomats to visit India for US-India-Japan summit

Two top American diplomats would visit India later this week to participate in the sixth round of US-India-Japan trilateral meeting.

Timeline of deadliest militant attacks in Pakistan

The Taliban`s insurgency against the Pakistan state has killed thousands since it erupted in 2007.

Peshawar school attack: US in touch with Pakistan to offer assistance

The US is in touch with Pakistani authorities to offer assistance in the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack on a Peshawar school that killed 141 people, the White House said on Tuesday.

Badal expresses shock over 'inhuman' tragedy in Peshawar

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday expressed shock and grief over the attack on a Pakistani school by Taliban suicide bombers.

Seattle police find no explosives after Amazon HQ threat

Seattle police are investigating an unspecified threat close to Amazon.com`s headquarters in the South Lake Union neighborhood of the city, authorities said on Monday.

Police hunt for man suspected in six Pennsylvania killings

Pennsylvania police hunted for a suspect in the killing of six relatives whose bodies were found on Monday in towns around Philadelphia, the Montgomery County district attorney`s office said.

Guantanamo hearings for 9/11 plotters postponed

The first open pre-trial hearings with accused 9/11 plotters Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Ramzi Binalshibh since the release of a damning Senate report on CIA torture have been postponed until February, officials said.

North Korea asks UN Security Council to discuss CIA torture

North Korea on Monday urged the UN Security Council to urgently discuss CIA torture revelations as it sought to block an Australian-led bid to address Pyongyang`s rights record at the top UN body.

Microsoft builds support over Ireland email case

Microsoft said Monday it had secured broad support from a coalition of influential technology and media firms as it seeks to challenge a US ruling ordering it to hand over emails stored on a server in Ireland.

White House has not yet decided on Russia sanctions bill

The Obama administration has not yet made a decision on whether the president will sign a bill authorizing new sanctions against Russia over its activities in Ukraine, a senior administration official said on Monday.

New York state bans pet tattooing, piercing

New York is banning pet tattoos and piercing under a state law aimed at curbing the trendy practice of inking or even maiming animals to make fashion statements.