W. Virginia chemical spill leads to state of emergency

2014-01-10 17:37:25

A chemical spill into a local river on Thursday prompted a state of emergency and water ban in the US state of West Virginia.

US launches patent probe into 4 companies

2014-01-10 13:53:19

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) launched on Thursday a Section 337 probe into four companies based in China, Belgium and the United States for patent infringement.

Indian envoy to leave US after deal to calm row

2014-01-10 10:24:57

An Indian diplomat whose arrest and strip-search caused a major rift in US-Indian ties will leave the United States on Thursday.

US opposes to release of Taliban suspects

2014-01-10 09:30:32

The United States on Thursday voiced opposition to Afghanistan's latest decision to release 72 of the 88 suspected Taliban inmates, calling them "dangerous criminals".

Fidel Castro makes rare public appearance

2014-01-10 07:47:17

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance at the opening of an art studio in the Cuban capital of Havana.

Y. Ping Sun: A fruitful bridge between the US and China

2014-01-10 06:27:15

"By performing the role I am in now, I am able to serve as a bridge between people, helping people better understand China," said Y. Ping Sun, now university representative of Rice University, wife to Rice president David Leebron, a full-time mother of two teenagers and a part-time lawyer.

Obama ponders limiting NSA access to phone recor

2014-01-10 06:14:08

US President Barack Obama is expected to rein in spying on foreign leaders and is considering restricting National Security Agency access to Americans' phone records, according to people familiar with a White House review of the government's surveillance programs.

4 of 5 rescued from downed US Navy helicopter

2014-01-09 18:37:05

The US Coast Guard says four of five people aboard a Navy helicopter that went down in the Atlantic off Virginia have been rescued.

Wearable technology leads future trend in 2014 CES

2014-01-09 15:22:08

Wearable devices make up this year's hottest technology in the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which kicked off Tuesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Bolivia assumes G77 chair, calling for just world

2014-01-09 14:40:56

President Evo Morales, who assumed the G77 chair Wednesday to lead the bloc in 2014, proposed 10 basic guidelines to help member countries navigate a path toward a more just world.

Lab explosion injures two near San Francisco

2014-01-09 14:02:47

Two people were hurt on Wednesday in an explosion at an Amgen laboratory in the San Francisco Bay Area, the biotechnology company and a South San Francisco Fire Department official said.

Obama to unveil intelligence reforms

2014-01-09 11:14:03

Obama later this month is to unveil a series of intelligence reforms, including how the National Security Agency operates, with a view toward giving Americans more confidence that their privacy is not being violated.