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F-35 fighters can resume flight, travel to UK air show WASHINGTON: US officials agreed on Friday to lift a fleet-wide grounding order for the Lockheed Martin F-35 jet fighter after inspections of every aircraft determined that an engine fire last month was a one-time mishap and not evidence of a systematic problem.The decision to permit the planes to resume flying will allow one British and three US Marine Corps F-35s to take part in Britain's Farnborough air show beginning next week, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

US hints at displeasure with Germany over spying row WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday hinted at displeasure with Germany over its handling of a spying row, which saw the CIA chief in Berlin thrown out of the country.The White House however rejected suggestions the showdown over apparent US recruiting of double agents could damage broader ties with the Berlin government and cooperation on issues like Ukraine.White House spokesman Josh Earnest, who has all week declined to go into detail about the row because ...
Baker to lead US delegation to Shevardnadze funeral WASHINGTON: Former secretary of state James Baker will lead a US delegation to the funeral of his old Cold War sparring partner Eduard Shevardnadze, the former Georgian president and last Soviet foreign minister.The retired US statesman will be joined at the ceremony on Sunday by the US ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland, the White House said.Baker this week wrote in The Washington Post that Shevardnadze was his friend despite being an adversary and had played ...
Body of Guatemala teen sent home after failed attempt to enter US GUATEMALA CITY: The body of a 15-year-old who died while trying to migrate illegally into the United States was repatriated to Guatemala on Friday, amid a raging US debate over how to stem a flood of similar cases.The remains of Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, who perished in the Texas desert, were claimed in Guatemala City by his father, Francisco Ramos."I am sad," the somber and black-clad Ramos told reporters at the airport, after travelling six ...
Obama tells Central Americans not to send kids over border DALLAS: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned parents in Central America not to send their children alone on the perilous journey through Mexico to illegally cross the US border.Obama also urged Congress to stop playing politics and work with him to pass his request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to deal with the building immigration crisis."Parents need to know this is an incredibly dangerous situation and it is unlikely that their children will ...
Texas gunman kills at least six, including children: police CHICAGO: A gunman killed at least four children and two adults during a domestic dispute in Texas on Wednesday that triggered a tense standoff with police.A woman was also fighting for her life after suffering a gunshot wound to the head during the incident in Spring, outside Houston, Harris County Constable Ron Hickman told AFP.The woman was airlifted to an area hospital, where she remains in critical condition, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.One ...
De Mistura to succeed Brahimi as Syria peace mediator UNITED NATIONS: Italian-Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura is to be named the new UN mediator for Syria on Wednesday, taking on the Herculean task of finding a political solution to the devastating civil war, diplomats said.He is to replace Lakhdar Brahimi who resigned in May after two rounds of peace talks yielded no concrete results and as the conflict escalated into a fourth year, killing more than 162,000.His nomination has been confirmed to members of ...


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