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Obama to meet national security advisers on Iraq, Syria, Islamic State WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will meet his top national security advisers on Thursday to discuss the challenge presented by Islamic State militants and the situation in Iraq and Syria, the White House announced.Obama's meeting, with Vice President Joe Biden and members of his National Security Council, will take place at 4 p.m. EDT in the White House Situation Room.Obama is considering launching airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria after the beheading of American journalist James Foley."Today the President is meeting with his National Security Council to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria, our ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government, and our efforts to counter the threat posed by ISIL (Islamic State). You should not expect that we'll have new decisions to announce on these issues today," a White House official said.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Sister of Boston bomb suspects is arrested, charged in NY NEW YORK: A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was arrested Wednesday in New York on suspicion of making a bomb threat, police said.Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24 and a resident of North Bergen, New Jersey, "was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment," a NYPD spokesman told AFP.She is a sister of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, suspected of having carried out the April 2013 bombing which killed three and injured 264 people near the marathon's finish ...
Fighter jets escort Cuba-bound Canadian jet back to Canada WASHINGTON: The North American Aerospace Defence Command scrambled two CF-18 fighter jets out of Quebec Wednesday to escort Sunwing Flight 656 back to Toronto after a "passenger disturbance," a spokeswoman said. Referring to the Canada to Cuba flight, NORAD spokeswoman Major Julie Roberge told AFP: "in fact, the pilot decided over South Carolina, because of a passenger disturbance, to head back to Toronto" where the plane arrived at 8:33 pm (0033 GMT Thursday).Roberge could not ...
US budget office raises deficit forecast WASHINGTON: The US Congressional Budget Office raised its forecast for the US fiscal deficit this year on Wednesday, but said it would still be much lower than last year's.The CBO also reiterated its medium-term view that the US deficit will begin accelerating at the end of this decade, gaining size in real terms and as a percentage of gross domestic product.The agency's new estimate for the deficit for the year ending September 30 is $506 ...
US health worker home after 'low-risk' Ebola exposure WASHINGTON: A health worker with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has returned to the United States after possible exposure to Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, the agency said on Wednesday.The CDC downplayed the risk of infection, describing the person's contact with another infected health worker as "low-risk" and saying the CDC staffer was not showing symptoms."CDC has returned a staff member from West Africa by charter flight after the employee had ...
US freezer efficiency rules set in climate push roil businesses WASHINGTON: The Obama administration's rush to tackle climate change with new energy efficiency standards on grocery-store freezers has drawn fire from companies that in the past backed tighter benchmarks but say the latest rules are technically flawed and could drive some manufacturers out of business. The rules could backfire by raising prices for users, who may then opt to hold onto old, less efficient equipment, according to a trade organization that has challenged the regulations ...
Two railcars carrying propane derail in Manitoba CALGARY: A train carrying unscented propane derailed in Emerson, Manitoba, on Tuesday, prompting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to evacuate 40 people from nearby homes as a precaution. Two cars left the tracks at around 7:30 a.m. local time (1230 GMT) and the RCMP said there were no leaks detected, or injuries or fire as a result of the accident.Emerson, located near the US border, is 110 kilometres (68 miles) south of Winnipeg, Canada's rail ...


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