Washington, Aug 28 - US President Barack Obama is weighing a limited military strike against Syria in response to its purported use of chemical weapons in internal conflict, a leading US daily reported Tuesday.
The military operation will be limited both in scope and duration, "designed to serve as punishment for Syria's use of chemical weapons and as a deterrent, while keeping the United States out of deeper involvement in that country's civil war," The Washington Post said citing senior administration officials, according to Xinhua.
Washington, Aug 27 - South Carolina's Indian-American Governor Nikki Haley kicked off her re-election campaign surrounded by three potential Republican presidential contenders, including fellow Indian-American governor Bobby Jindal.
Born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa to Sikh immigrant parents from Amritsar, India, the youngest US governor sought another four year term as she rattled off her accomplishments at a brief, sun-drenched outdoor rally in downtown Greenville, Haley.
Washington, Aug 27 - As Obama administration officials reacted angrily to reports of a major chemical attack in Syria last week that reportedly killed and wounded more than 3,000 people, US mainstream media cautioned against any precipitate action.
President Barack Obama "will be making an informed decision about how to respond to this indiscriminate use" of chemical weapons, said US Secretary of State John Kerry Monday calling the attack "inexcusable" and "undeniable."
Washington, Aug 26 : In a tragedy that has shocked two continents, two of the three US teenagers suspected of murdering Australian baseball player Christopher Lane are facing life sentence, the case's lead prosecutor said.
Lane, studying at a university in the state of Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship, was shot dead less than two weeks ago by three teens -- James Edwards, 15, Chancey Luna, 16, and Michael Jones, 17 -- while going for an afternoon jog, reports Xinhua.
One of the teens said they were "bored" that day, so they decided to kill a random stranger, according to police.
Washington, Aug 26 - US President Barack Obama held discussion with his French counterpart Francois Hollande on a possible coordinated response to the alleged chemical weapons use by the Syrian government, the White House said.
"The two leaders expressed their grave concern about the reported use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime against civilians near Damascus Wednesday, August 21," Xinhua quoted the White House as saying Sunday.
"President Obama and President Hollande discussed possible responses by the international community and agreed to continue to consult closely," said the White House statement.
Washington, Aug 24 - The US National Security Agency (NSA) has admitted that its analysts had intentionally abused their spying power on Americans.
The agency's admission contradicts previous statements made by the Obama administration officials and lawmakers that the agency's violations of spying restrictions on Americans were only unintentional, Xinhua reported.
In a statement to the US media, the NSA Friday acknowledged "very rare instances of willful violations of NSA's authorities have been found" over the past decade.
Washington, Aug 23 - The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received its third Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, a large, versatile military transport aircraft capable of carrying heavy, oversize loads long distances and landing on rough and unprepared surfaces.
The plane which departed for India Aug 20 from Boeing's Long Beach, California, facility joins the first and second India C-17 airlifters, which arrived in June and July, respectively.
Washington, Aug 23 - Outgoing FBI director Robert Mueller, who took over just a week before the Sep 11, 2001 terror attacks on America, believes that the threat remains though its nature has changed.
"Well, I think it's changed. And there's a different landscape out there," Mueller, 69, who is stepping down Sep 4 after 12 years as America's top law enforcement officer, told various American news media.
Washington, Aug 23 - As many as 50 people were injured when a tour bus overturned on a major highway to east Los Angeles, the most populous city in the US state of California, Thursday morning, authorities said.
The bus rolled over around 10 a. m. local time near Irwindale Avenue along the Foothill Freeway, about 32 km from downtown Los Angeles, reported Xinhua citing Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Six of those who suffered serious injuries were airlifted to trauma centres in nearby areas, but none of them were listed as life-threatening, authorities said.
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