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Obama lays out go-it-alone approach in State of the Union speech

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed on Tuesday to bypass a divided Congress and take action on his own to bolster America’s middle class in a State of the Union speech that he used to try to breathe new life into his second term after a troubled year.

Vladimir Putin tells Brussels to stay out of Ukraine’s political crisis

President Vladmir Putin warned Europe to keep its hands off Ukraine on Tuesday, as Brussels sent its top foreign policy envoy to Kiev to try to mediate in the 10-week stand-off between President Viktor Yanukovychand the opposition on the streets.

Herbert Smulls: supreme court halts Missouri execution after drug challenge

The US supreme court granted a stay of execution for the Missouri death row inmate Herbert Smulls, after his lawyers protested that the state had refused to disclose the source of the drug due to be used to kill him.

US lifts veil on Obama’s Guantanamo detainee review process

For 19 minutes over a streaming video feed on Tuesday morning, the American public got its first glimpse into President Obama’s new review process for Guantánamo detainees, touted as a key step toward closing the notorious detention center.

Relationship between Hamid Karzai and US grows ever more poisonous

Each time it seems that fraught ties between Washington and Kabul could not get worse, a new revelation proves the apparent nadir just another waypoint on the road to greater hostility.

Rare winter ice storm cripples parts of the US south

A rare winter ice storm sweeping across southern states turned into more of a snow event on Tuesday, bringing transportation chaos as roads clogged up and airlines cancelled more than 3,000 flights.

US nuclear-force cheating scandal escalates as more members implicated

The number of US air force service members implicated in a nuclear-force cheating scandal has roughly doubled from the 34 initially cited, officials have said.

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