Category: USA

Obama returns to US to face Congress battle over Syria

Ref: President Barack Obama has returned to the US from the G20 summit in St Petersburg, which failed to produce international agreement on military action in Syria.

Obama returns to US to face Congress battle over Syria

Obama returns to US to face Congress battle over Syria

Mr Obama faces a tough week of trying to persuade Congress to authorise military action in response to Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

He will also seek public support in a White House address on Tuesday.

Russia restated its opposition to any strike at the G20 summit. Read more →

Kerry signals end of drone strikes

The United States is seeking to end drone strikes in Pakistan, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

Kerry told a Pakistani television station that President Barack Obama has a “very real timeline” for ending the strikes.

Photos: Military drones Photos: Military drones

“We hope it`s going to be very, very soon,” Kerry said, according to a transcript of the interview provided by the State Department.

“I believe that we`re on a good track. I think the program will end as we have eliminated most of the threat and continue to eliminate it,” Kerry said.
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Suspect arrested for `poison` letter to Obama

Ref: US authorities have arrested a suspect from Mississippi in connection with a letter that tested positive for the poison ricin that was sent to President Barack Obama, a law enforcement source has said.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said on Wednesday that the letter was intercepted at a facility away from the White House, adding that the letter was received on Tuesday.

Suspect arrested for `poison` letter to Obama

Suspect arrested for `poison` letter to Obama

“This facility routinely identifies letters or parcels that require secondary screening or scientific testing before delivery,” Donovan said.

“The Secret Service is working closely with the US Capitol Police and the FBI in this investigation.” Read more →

US school shooting : 20 children among 27 killed

Ref: Twenty children and six adults have been killed in a shooting attack at a primary school in the US state of Connecticut, police say.

US school shooting : 20 children among 27 killed

US school shooting : 20 children among 27 killed

The gunman also died, but was not formally identified by police.

However, officials told US media the killer at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, was a 20-year-old son of a teacher at the school. Read more →

`Cracks` show in US Republican unity

Ref: Republican unity against raising tax rates for the wealthy began to show cracks on Wednesday after a conservative congressman said he would back an agreement with President Barack Obama to raise rates on the rich but extend tax cuts for income below $250,000.

With Congress scrambling to avert a series of tax increases and spending cuts due to kick in at the end of the year – known as the “fiscal cliff” – Representative Tom Cole said Republicans should approve a deal ensuring 98 percent of Americans do not suffer a tax increase that endangers the economic recovery.
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Obama urges to work together

Ref: Pledging to fight for an America in which everyone can make it if they try, Democratic President Barak Obama said, “I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggest.”

Obama urges to work together

Obama urges to work together

He added, “We will continue out journey forward.”

Obama said: “Despite all the hardship we`ve been though… I’ve never been more hopeful about our future, and I ask you to sustain that hope.”

He says it is not “wishful idealism”, but that “stubborn thing that insists something better awaits us as long as we have the courage to keep reaching.”

“I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever,” Obama says. “Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual.” Obama pledges to reach out to Republicans and work on problems politicians can only do together.

“That’s where we need to go – forward,” Obama says, invoking his campaign slogan. “Progress will come in fits and starts, it`s not always a straight path.” He warns that there will not be an immediate end to the current gridlock in Washington.

“We believe in a generous America, in a compassionate America, in a tolerant America,” Obama says to a cheering crowd.

Obama spoke in Chicago, shortly after a concession speech from Mitt Romney in Boston.

Earlier his rival Republican Mitt Romney congratulated him.

Man behind anti-Islam film jailed

Ref: The convicted California scam artist behind a crude anti-Islam film that stoked protests against the United States across the Muslim world was sent back to jail for a year on Wednesday over probation violations stemming from his role in the video.

In a tightly guarded federal courtroom in Los Angeles, Mark Basseley Youssef admitted to using aliases and lying to his probation officer, breaching the terms of his supervised release from prison this year after serving time for bank fraud. Read more →

Northeast US pick up after epic storm

Ref: New York City and the sodden US Northeast began an arduous journey back to normal on Wednesday after mammoth storm Sandy killed at least 64 people in a rampage that swamped coastal cities and cut power to millions.

 Northeast US pick up after epic storm

Northeast US pick up after epic storm

Financial markets reopened with the New York Stock Exchange running on generator power after the first weather-related two-day closure since an 1888 blizzard. Packed buses took commuters to work with New York’s subway system idle after seawater flooded its tunnels.
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BD man held in NYC plot to blow up Federal Reserve

Ref:Federal authorities and New York police arrested a Bangladeshi national Wednesday morning for allegedly plotting to blow up a Federal Reserve Bank in New York by detonating a1,000-pound bomb.

A US court sent him to jail rejecting bail prayer.

BD man held in NYC plot to blow up Federal Reserve

BD man held in NYC plot to blow up Federal Reserve

The arrestee was identified as Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21.

He allegedly attempted to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb in front of the Fed building on Liberty Street, but the device was a fake supplied to him by undercover FBI agents who had been tracking his activity, the FBI`s Joint Terrorism Task Force said Wednesday afternoon. Read more →

US Assistant Secy Blake meets Khaleda: Wants graceful resolution of Dr. Yunus issue

Ref: US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O Blake held a parley with opposition leader and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday evening at her Gulshan office, discussing matters of bilateral interest, including the Grameen Bank issue.


Blake reached the BNP chief’s Gulshan office at around 7pm, accompanied by US Ambassador James F. Moriarty.
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