US Federal Reserve Warns Of Rising Inflation

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says inflation is expected to rise slowly from current levels to the U.S. central bank’s two percent target rate.
In her first major policy speech, Yellen told the Economic Club of New York the low rate of inflation appears due to “temporary” influences, such as the deceleration in consumer […]

US Investigates Syrian Chemical Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say they have indications that toxic chemicals were used in a rebel area of Syria this month.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that the alleged attack in the western village of Kafr Zita involved an industrial chemical that was probably chlorine.
“We are examining allegations that the government was responsible. We […]

US Supreme Court To Review Jerusalem Birthplace Law

WASHINGTON  - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to weigh the constitutionality of a law that was designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem - the historic holy city claimed by Israelis and Palestinians - to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports.
The case concerns a long-standing U.S. foreign policy that the […]

Obama To Visit Site Of Deadly Mudslide

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Tuesday with families of victims of a deadly mudslide in the northwestern state of Washington.
The White House says the president will survey the damage from last month’s mudslide, which killed at least 41 people and destroyed dozens of homes.
Obama also is scheduled to meet with victims, first […]

Joe Biden Visits Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is on his way to Ukraine for talks with the acting president and prime minister as the situation in east remains violent despite a deal aimed at easing the crisis.
White House officials say Biden will discuss the international community’s efforts to help Ukraine move forward on constitutional reform, […]

Rubin Hurricane Carter Dead At 76

WASHINGTON - Well-known former U.S. professional boxer Rubin “Hurricane’’ Carter has died in his adopted home of Toronto, Canada, from prostate cancer at age 76.
Carter’s wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice. The African-American spent 19 years in prison for the 1966 murders of three white people at a tavern in the […]

Airstrikes Kill Al-Qaida Militants In Yemen

ADEN - A number of suspected al-Qaida militants were killed when an air strike hit their training camps in a remote mountainous region of southern Yemen on Sunday, the defense ministry said, the second attack of its kind in two days.
On Saturday an air strike killed 10 suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians in central Yemen, […]

Pilgrims Visit Jerusalem For Easter Festivities

JERUSALEM - Christians around the world are celebrating Easter, marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Easter dawned in Jerusalem with a sunrise service at the Garden Tomb. The holy place is said to resemble biblical accounts of the place where Jesus was buried. Facing an ancient, empty tomb carved into a rock, the […]

Taliban In Pakistan Ends Ceasefire

ISLAMABAD - Islamist militants in Pakistan, referred to as the Pakistani Taliban, have formally ended a 40-day cease-fire that they called to engage in peace talks with the government. The move has raised fears of renewed suicide bombings and terrorist attacks in the country.
The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan — a loose alliance of militant outfits — […]

Saudi Arabia Replaces Prince Bandar As Intelligence ...

CAIRO - Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has stepped down from his post. His resignation came at “his own request,” according to Saudi state media.  The 65 year old prince is being replaced by his deputy, General Youssef al Idrissi.
Bandar had been spearheading Saudi efforts to unseat Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in […]

South Korean Ferry Sinks, Hundreds Missing

SEOUL - South Korean officials say three people are dead and at least 290 missing after a ferry sank off the country’s southern coast Wednesday.
The boat was carrying more than 459 people, mostly students, to the resort island of Jeju when it sank in what appeared to be calm conditions.
Many are feared to be trapped […]

Missouri Gunman Faces Hate Crime Charges

WASHINGTON - Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead.  A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. He was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
The attacks at a Jewish community […]

US Olympic Legend Michael Phelps To Make Comeback

WASHINGTON - The most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement.
USA Swimming announced Phelps, who retired from the sport after taking six medals at the 2012 London Olympics, will make his competitive comeback next week at a meet in the western U.S. state of Arizona.
Phelps, who has 22-time Olympic […]

Deadly Virus Plagues Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON  - Saudi Arabia says a deadly virus is rippling through the kingdom as additional cases were reported over the weekend in the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have been seen at two major hospitals in the port city of Jeddah.
Saudi health authorities are embarking on a […]

Israel Holds Talks With Arab States

JERUSALEM - Israel is holding secret talks with some Arab States that do not recognize it, looking to establish diplomatic ties based on a common fear of Iran, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday.
Among the countries he was in contact with were Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Lieberman told newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth - the […]

US Condemns Russia For Provocative Behavior

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says a Russian SU-24 fighter aircraft made 12 low-altitude, close-range passes near the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea over the weekend.
U.S. defense officials say the Russian jet had no missiles and did not respond to attempts to communicate during the passes which lasted 90 minutes.
A U.S. military official said […]

7.6 Earthquake Strikes Near Solomon Islands

WASHINGTON - A powerful magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands on Sunday morning, triggering a tsunami warning that was later canceled, according to U.S. government agencies, and there were no immediate reports of damage.
The quake was centered 100 km (60 miles) south of Kira Kira on the island of Makira at a depth […]


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