U.S. tops global competitiveness rating, despite 'worrying' trends – WEF

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:46 AM

The World Economic Forum uses a new methodology for the 2018 edition of its annual Global Competitiveness Report to reflect shifts in a world increasingly transformed by new, digital technologies

Once mighty U.S. retailer Sears files for bankruptcy

Oct 15, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Sears reportedly could not afford a $134 million repayment that had been due on Monday

Taliban confirm meeting with U.S. peace envoy in Qatar

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:56 PM

The meeting with Khalilzad and other American officials has taken place in Doha on Friday, October 12

CEASEFIRE. Afghan Taliban militants ride a motorbike as they took to the street to celebrate ceasefire on the second day of Eid in the outskirts of Jalalabad on June 16, 2018. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Hurricane Michael strengthens, Florida panhandle braces

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:00 AM

(UPDATED) Hurricane Michael is now packing winds of 120 miles per hour as it aims for the Florida panhandle, the finger-shaped strip of land on the Gulf of Mexico

GAS UP. Drivers line up for gasoline as Hurricane Michael bears down on the northern Gulf coast of Florida on October 8, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. sues California over 'net neutrality'

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:09 PM

The law also marks the latest challenge between California Governor Jerry Brown's administration and President Donald Trump's Republicans, who have already clashed over environmental and immigration regulations

U.S., Mexico, Canada agree on free trade pact to replace NAFTA

Oct 01, 2018 - 12:44 PM

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) updates and replaces the nearly 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which President Donald Trump had labeled a disaster and promised to cancel

THE USMCA. In this file photo taken on September 24, 2017 the Mexican, US and the Canadian flags sit in the lobby where the third round of the NAFTA renegotiations are taking place in Ottawa, Ontario.  File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

Canada, U.S. in last-minute NAFTA deal – media

Oct 01, 2018 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) Reports of a deal cause a jump in the Canadian dollar on early Asian trading with the loonie up 0.7% from its Friday close at $1.2814

NAFTA DEAL. US President Donald Trump (L) is greeted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Europe holds off US fightback for emotional Ryder Cup triumph

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:55 AM

Team Europe regains the Ryder Cup from the USA as star Francesco Molinari becomes the first European to win all 5 of his matches

STELLAR. Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia (right) kisses the trophy and English golfer Paul Casey celebrates as Team Europe rules the 42nd Ryder Cup. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

U.S., Canada hold last-minute NAFTA talks as deadline looms

Oct 01, 2018 - 8:40 AM

(UPDATED) 'Lots of progress, but we're not there yet,' David MacNaughton, Canada's ambassador to the United States, said in Ottawa before heading back to Washington earlier on Sunday

Trump dismisses 'messed up' Kavanaugh accuser

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Despite the swirling controversy over the nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee schedules a preliminary vote for Friday at 9:30 am (1330 GMT). If approved by the panel, Kavanaugh would go on to face a vote in the full Senate.

KAVANAUGH. In this file photo Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to be an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Vowing U.S. first, Trump presses on Iran, trade at UN

Sep 26, 2018 - 12:18 AM

Boasting that his team 'has achieved more than any administration in the history of our country,' Trump was met with laughter, highly unusual in the solemn General Assembly

TRUMP AT THE UN. U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Top official in Trump-Russia probe to resign or be fired – U.S. media

Sep 24, 2018 - 11:59 PM

Several media, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, report Rosenstein is preparing to be dismissed, following the publication of reports that he had discussed ways to remove Trump over incompetence

ROSENSTEIN. U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (C) holds a news conference at the Department of Justice July 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Kavanaugh sex assault allegations 'totally political' – Trump

Sep 24, 2018 - 10:43 PM

Trump throws his full weight behind Kavanaugh, whose once straightforward progress to the nation's highest court has been hit by two bombshell accusations of sexual misconduct from his school and university days

BRETT KAVANAUGH. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump says he expects second North Korea summit 'quite soon'

Sep 24, 2018 - 10:20 PM

US President Donald Trump says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – whose last planned visit to Pyongyang was abruptly scuttled by the White House – would arrange the summit 'in the immediate future'

ANOTHER TRUMP-KIM MEETING This handout photo taken on June 12, 2018 and released by The Straits Times shows US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) looking on as documents are exchanged between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd R) and the North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo Jong (2nd L) at a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore. File photo by Kevin Lim/The Straits Times/AFP

Trump turns on Supreme Court nominee's accuser

Sep 22, 2018 - 12:46 PM

President Donald Trump claims that sexual assault allegations against his hand-picked Supreme Court judge Brett Kavanaugh could not be true, blaming 'radical left wing politicians' for stirring controversy

'TAKE THE VOTE'. US President Donald Trump rejects the credibility of Christine Blasey Ford's claims that a drunken Brett Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her in the early 1980s. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

3 babies among 5 slashed at New York child care center

Sep 21, 2018 - 7:32 PM

A 52-year-old woman working at the center has been arrested after the 3:30 am assault in the Queens borough of the city

Woman shoots dead 3 at U.S. warehouse, commits suicide

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:06 PM

The suspect – a 26-year-old identified as Snochia Moseley – died after shooting herself in the head, Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler says

U.S. takes off the gloves in global cyber wars – top officials

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:07 AM

US efforts will include 'network hardening' and improved cyber security, the Pentagon said

CYBERWAR. The US vows to increase measures against cyber threats, identifying countries such as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea as primary culprits. Trump photo by Mary Schwalm/AFP.

Trump suggested wall spanning Sahara to stem migrants – Madrid

Sep 20, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Josep Borrell tells a lunchtime gathering Trump suggested building a wall bordering the Sahara, which spans around 5,000 kilometers

Texan campaigner for 3D-printed guns wanted for sex with minor

Sep 20, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Cody Wilson – who advocates 3D-printed weapons – is currently in Taiwan according to the island's authorities. He is wanted in the US for having sex with a 16-year-old, according to police.

CODY WILSON. In this file photo Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed company, holds a 3D printed gun, called the "Liberator", in his factory in Austin, Texas on August 1, 2018. Photo by Kelly West/AFP

China denies meddling in US elections, demands 'respect'

Sep 19, 2018 - 5:11 PM

(UPDATED) The comments follow a combative series of tweets claiming Beijing's retaliatory tariffs on US goods were seeking to influence knife-edge midterm congressional elections in November

Trump accuses China of election meddling

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:01 AM

The allegation adds an explosive new element to a tense situation after Trump pulled the trigger on 10% tariffs against another $200 billion in Chinese goods from next week, with a threat of more tariffs on another $267 billion

TRADE WARS. In this file photo taken on July 19, 2017, US President Donald Trump holds up a pair of pliers as he speaks during a Made in America event with US manufacturers in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Florence 'unloading epic amounts of rainfall' in North Carolina

Sep 16, 2018 - 12:12 AM

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warns residents against returning home because of the dangers posed by rising floodwaters

FLOODed. Flood waters from the Trent River inundate a park in Pollocksville, North Carolina on September 14, 2018 during Hurricane Florence. Photo by Logan Cyrus/AFP

Trump Supreme Court pick denies 1980s sexual assault story

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:33 AM

In a statement released to US media, Kavanaugh rejected the woman's claim, made in a letter to the Democrats vetting his nomination, that he tried to force himself on her during a party

BRETT KAVANAUGH. US Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Florence turns deadly, unleashing 'catastrophic' floods on Carolinas

Sep 15, 2018 - 8:31 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Despite the downgrade the National Hurricane Center says Florence continues to cause 'catastrophic' flooding and severe rains over North and South Carolina

NOW A TROPICAL STORM. Neighborhoods are flooded after the storm surge from Tropical Storm Florence flooded the Neuse River on September 14, 2018 in New Bern, North Carolina. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort to plead guilty to conspiracy charges

Sep 14, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Seven charges in a previous indictment against Manafort were reduced to just two in a criminal information submitted to the court Friday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, signaling a deal had been made with Manafort's lawyers to accept guilt

PLEADING GUILTY. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2017 former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves Federal Court in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Hurricane Florence smashes into US east coast, rescuers scramble

Sep 14, 2018 - 8:19 PM

(UPDATED) Hurricane Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at 7:15 am (1115 GMT) on Friday, September 14

HURRICANE FLORENCE. Storm clouds are seen over the 2nd ave pier as the force of Hurricane Florence is beginning to be felt on September 14, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, United States. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Palestinian mission shuttered in Washington

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:04 PM

It is the latest point of tension between the administration of President Donald Trump and the Palestinians, who cut off contact with Washington after Trump recognized the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December

PALESTINE LIBERATION ORGANIZATION. The Palestinian Liberation Organization's mission is shown September 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Japan, Vietnam urge U.S. to rejoin Pacific trade deal

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:23 PM

Japan's foreign minister encourages the US to come back to the pact, speaking at a regional World Economic Forum (WEF) where concerns over trade protectionism have dominated discussions

TRADE DEAL. Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) shakes hands with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh (R) after the 10th Vietnam - Japan Cooperation Committee meeting at the Government Guesthouse in Hanoi on September 13, 2018. Photo by Minh Hoang/AFP

Hurricane Florence closes in on U.S. east coast

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:48 PM

(UPDATED) Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but the National Hurricane Center stresses it remains 'a life-threatening situation' due to the risks of storm surge around coastal areas

BOARDED UP. A sign is seen on a boarded up vacation rentals office near Wrightsville beach, North Carolina on September 12, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballeron Reynolds/AFP

U.S. to miss Paris climate pact target by a third

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Efforts at the sub-national level by states, cities, and businesses to shrink the country's carbon footprint will not fully compensate for Trump's decision to scrap his predecessor's climate policies and promote the use of fossil fuels

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE. Climate activists rally, to urge politicians to stand against climate denial and hate, January 9, 2017 in New York.  File photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Over a million told to flee as Hurricane Florence stalks U.S. East Coast

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:48 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Florence, now a Category 4 storm on the five-level Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, 'is expected to be an extremely dangerous major hurricane' through Thursday, September 13

HURRICANE FLORENCE. This NOAA/RAMMB satellite image taken at 12:15:31 UTC on September 10, 2018, shows Hurricane Florence off the US east coast in the Atantic Ocean. Photo by Lizabeth Menzies/NOAA/RAMMB/AFP

US police woman held for shooting black man in wrong apartment

Sep 10, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The victim, an African-American, is identified as Botham Shem Jean, 26, an immigrant from the Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia

China's trade surplus with U.S. hit new record in August

Sep 08, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The tariffs do not appear to have dented the appetite for Chinese-made products in the United States

Palestinians reject Trump bid to force talks through aid cut

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:18 PM

Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat accuses the US of acting in bad faith and denies Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas refused to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

SAEB EREKAT. Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, speaks to journalists in the West Bank city of Ramallah on September 1, 2018.  Photo by Ahmad Gharabili/AFP

Trump says Woodward's White House book a 'scam'

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:52 PM

'The Woodward book is a scam. I don't talk the way I am quoted. If I did I would not have been elected President. These quotes were made up. The author uses every trick in the book to demean and belittle,' Trump tweets.

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump waves to the crowd during a "Make America Great Again" rally in Billings, Montana on September 6, 2018. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump signals nuclear talks with North Korea still alive

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:45 PM

'Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims 'unwavering faith in President Trump.' Thank you to Chairman Kim. We will get it done together!' Trump writes on Twitter.

TRUMP-KIM TALKS ALIVE. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

4 dead, including gunman, in Cincinnati bank shooting

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:55 PM

(4th UPDATE) Police identifies the gunman as 29-year-old Omar Perez. He is not immediately determined to have any connection to the bank.

After scandals, many Americans step away from Facebook – survey

Sep 05, 2018 - 7:59 PM

The Pew Research Center report finds 42% of US Facebook users said they had 'taken a break' from the platform in the past 12 months, and 26% said they had deleted the Facebook app from their phone

Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall on US Gulf Coast, one death reported

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:28 PM

The fatality came in Pensacola, Florida when a tree fell on a mobile home and killed a child, the National Weather Service says

TROPICAL STORM GORDON. This satellite image obtained from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Tropical Storm Gordon moving towards the US Gulf Coast on September 4, 2018. Photo from NOAA/AFP

Trump Supreme Court pick faces tough hearings in Congress

Sep 03, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Some two dozen witnesses are lined up to argue for and against confirming Kavanaugh, who could swing the 9-member high court decidedly in conservatives' favor for years to come

BRETT KAVANAUGH. US Judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on as the US President announces him as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Roadblocks remain as U.S.-Canada NAFTA talks go down to the wire

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:50 PM

With the US deadline to get an agreement by Friday, there are reports the sides were struggling to find compromise on the NAFTA mechanism for resolving trade disputes and on Canada's managed dairy market

NAFTA DEAL. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland (C) speaks prior to her meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

7 dead as U.S. bus collides with large truck

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:57 PM

Images of Thursday's scene on US media show vast area of debris and a bus missing its front section up to the front tires

COLLISION. A Greyhound Lines Prevost X3-45 #8879, repainted into the latest livery, departs New York City on Schedule 8535. Representative photo from Wikipedia by Adam E. Moreira

EU ready to retaliate if US imposes car tariffs – Juncker

Aug 31, 2018 - 5:43 PM

The comments come a day after Trump reportedly rejected an EU proposal to scrap tariffs on automobiles, reawakening a transatlantic trade spat

CAR TARIFFS? US President Donald Trump meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 25, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

'Shape up or we'll quit', Trump tells WTO

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:49 PM

'If they don't shape up, I would withdraw from the WTO,' Trump says, describing the agreement to set the organization up as 'the single worst trade deal ever made'

THREATENING TO QUIT. US President Donald Trump doesn't want to invite Cleveland Cavaliers nor the Golden State Warriors for an official White House visit. AFP Photo

Trump idea on regulating Google 'unfathomable'

Aug 31, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Legal and media experts say Google and other internet firms enjoy the same constitutional protections on free speech as news outlets

China slams Trump's 'irresponsible and absurd logic' on North Korea

Aug 30, 2018 - 5:42 PM

'A lot of people, like me, feel that the US is first in the world when it comes to twisting the truth, and irresponsible and absurd logic,' Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says in a regular press briefing

SLAMMING TRUMP. US President Donald Trump makes a statement before saying goodbye to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (L) after their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018.  File photo by Susan Walsh/AFP

Texan begins selling 3D-printed gun plans despite judge's order

Aug 29, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Seattle-based US District Judge Robert Lasnik says in his Monday ruling that free speech rights were 'dwarfed' by the harm Cody Wilson's actions could cause

3D-PRINTED GUNS. In this file photo taken on July 11, 2013, software engineer Travis Lerol takes aim with an unloaded Liberator handgun in the backyard of his home in Hanover, Maryland. File photo by Robert Macpherson/AFP

Trump warns of violent change if Republicans lose midterms

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Democrats 'will overturn everything that we've done and they'll do it quickly and violently,' Trump says, according to a report from The New York Times

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight as he travels from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, to Bedminster, New Jersey, June 29, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Thousands pay respects as Aretha Franklin lies in state

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Fans line up to bid farewell to the 'Queen of Soul'

Mourners line up to view the body of Aretha Franklin at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on August 28, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Aretha Franklin passed away from advanced pancreatic cancer on August 16, 2018 at age 76. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / PAUL SANCYA