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Obama tells UN that diplomatic path must be tested with Iran

President Obama on Tuesday pledged to focus his foreign policy efforts on the Middle East, stepping up efforts to reach an agreement on Iran‘s nuclear programme and leading an international push to support the creation of a Palestinian state as a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Nairobi mall siege over, declares Kenyan president

The four-day siege at Kenya‘s Westgate shopping mall is over, the country’s president declared on Tuesday night in a statement of defiance against the terrorist threat to the east African nation.

Pakistini drone victims’ lawyer accuses US of blocking his visit to Congress

The US government is being accused of derailing a congressional hearing that would be the first to hear testimony from survivors of an alleged CIA drone strike by failing to grant the family’s lawyer a visa.

Chicago shootings: two men charged as police continue search for gunman

Two men have been charged in a mass shooting at a Chicago park that wounded 13 people, including a three-year-old boy, but neither suspect is believed to have been a triggerman, according to police.

EU threatens to suspend deal with US on tracking terrorists’ funding

The European Union is threatening to freeze a crucial and controversial data-sharing deal with the US aimed at tracking terrorist funding because of the National Security Agency snooping scandal.

Navy yard gunman given security clearance despite ‘lie’ about arrest

Aaron Alexisthe former US navy reservist who shot dead 12 employees at a Washington military base last week, was granted a secret-level security clearance even after an FBI database search revealed he had apparently lied on his application form, about an arrest.

Bo Xilai appeals against guilty verdict and life imprisonment

Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has appealed against his guilty verdict, a person close to the case said today, in a rare move that is consistent with his defiant stance but unlikely to change the outcome.

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