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Atlanta airport says power back after major flight delays

Dec 18, 2017 - 3:42 PM

An outage left passengers in the dark and affected hundreds of flights at the world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

STRANDED. This picture obtained on the twitter account of Mike Vizdos and taken on December 17, 2017 shows passengers waiting in the terminal of the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Mike Vizdos/Twitter/AFP

Trump says he won't fire Mueller

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:04 AM

Republicans have sought to cast doubt on its impartiality and pressed for a new independent prosecutor to investigate anti-Trump bias

CHIEF INVESTIGATOR. Special counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump team claims Russia investigator 'unlawfully' got emails

Dec 17, 2017 - 7:13 PM

(UPDATED) Kory Langhofer's accusations are the latest by Republicans seeking to raise doubts about the credibility of Robert Mueller's investigation

CHIEF PROBER. In this file photo, Special counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

End of an era: Boeing 747 takes last U.S. commercial flight

Dec 17, 2017 - 10:42 AM

Nearly 50 years after the its debut, the 747 will take its final commercial flight with an American carrier

QUEEN OF THE SKIES. A promotional photo of Delta Airlines' Boeing 747-400 plane. Photo courtesy Delta Airlines

Evacuations ordered for California's third-largest wildfire since 1932

Dec 17, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Winds and dry conditions are threatening to help the blaze grow

FIRE FIGHTING. A Hot Shot crew climbs a hill while cutting a line among homes at the Thomas Fire on December 16, 2017 in Montecito, California. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

UN council weighs measure rejecting U.S. Jerusalem decision

Dec 17, 2017 - 7:11 AM

The draft resolution calls on all countries to refrain from opening embassies in Jerusalem, reflecting concerns that other governments could follow the US lead

HOLY CITY. A picture taken on April 14, 2014 at the sunset shows the golden Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. Thomas Coex/AFP

Trump's much-touted tax cut on track for passage in U.S. Congress

Dec 16, 2017 - 9:27 AM

The possible passage would be a 'massive win' for US President Donald who has yet to notch any major legislative victory after nearly a year in office

U.S. judge blocks Trump anti-contraception measure

Dec 16, 2017 - 8:59 AM

The measure could impose harm to thousand of American women, a federal judge from Pennsylvania says

Mexican traffickers starting to produce own fentanyl – Sessions

Dec 15, 2017 - 2:41 PM

China up until now has been the main source of fentanyl, shipping large amounts through Mexican narcotics networks to the US market

IN CAPITOL HILL. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Iran supplied ballistic missile to Yemen rebels – U.S.

Dec 15, 2017 - 12:55 PM

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accuses Tehran of a 'blatant violation' of UN Security Council obligations designed to rein in its missile activity

NIKKI HALEY. In this file photo, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at a UN Security Council meeting on September 11, 2017 at the UN Headquarters in New York. File photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

Firefighter killed in massive California blaze

Dec 15, 2017 - 10:04 AM

San Diego-based Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson died fighting the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, according to Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott

THOMAS FIRE. Smoke from the Thomas Fire is seen from Santa Paula, California as it rises over Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, December 12, 2017. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

EU leaders say Jerusalem stance 'unchanged' after Trump move

Dec 15, 2017 - 8:59 AM

The statement by the bloc's heads of state and government adds fresh weight to the criticism of US President Donald Trump's move, which upended 7 decades of US policy on Jerusalem and triggered protests across the Islamic world

DISPUTED CITY. A general view shows the Dome of the Rock (L) and the Al-Aqsa mosques (R) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on November 21, 2014. File photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

6,700 Rohingya killed in first month of Myanmar violence: MSF

Dec 14, 2017 - 5:24 PM

The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says 'at least 6,700 Rohingya, in the most conservative estimations, are estimated to have been killed, including at least 730 children below the age of 5'

VICTIMS. A Rohingya Muslim refugee walks by night after crossing the border from Myanmar, on the Bangladeshi shores of the Naf river in Teknaf on September 29, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

U.S. states consider using fentanyl to execute inmates

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The states of Nevada and Nebraska are planning to supply prison executioners with the opioid painkiller, drawing criticism from doctors and activists who call the move a dangerous human experiment

WARNING. Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference regarding a major drug bust, at the office of the New York Attorney General, September 23, 2016 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. prosecutors confirm Uber target of criminal probe

Dec 14, 2017 - 10:19 AM

A letter made public Wednesday, December 13, in Waymo's civil suit against Uber over swiped self-driving car secrets confirmed the ride-share service is the target of a US criminal investigation

RIDE-SHARING BEHEMOTH. This file photo taken on March 10, 2017 shows Uber signage outside the entrance of the ride-hailing giant's office in Hong Kong. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Salma Hayek details harrowing ordeal by 'monster' Weinstein

Dec 14, 2017 - 8:43 AM

The A-list movie star says Weinstein sexually harassed her, subjected her to escalating rage and once threatened to kill her

ANOTHER WEINSTEIN VICTIM. Actress Salma Hayek attends the 2017 Governors Awards, on November 11, 2017, in Hollywood, California. Valerie Macon/AFP

Trump faces consequences of Alabama election upset

Dec 14, 2017 - 8:04 AM

Some in Trump's inner circle now wonder whether Alabama shows the limits of his approach: If it does not work in deep red Alabama, where can it work?

STILL 'MAGA' Supporters of Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore watch for results at an election night party in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 12, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Minnesota appoints woman Democrat to replace Franken

Dec 14, 2017 - 7:34 AM

The northern state's governor Mark Dayton appointed Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to fill Al Franken's seat

APPOINTED. Minnesota Lt. Governor Tina Smith fields questions after being named the replacement to Sen. Al Franken by Governor Mark Dayton on December 13, 2017 at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/AFP

Monster fire slows as California homeowners pick up pieces

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:58 PM

Nearly 6,400 firefighters have been toiling for a week against blazes fueled by bone dry conditions and powerful winds

STILL ABLAZE. Fire rages along Romero Canypn hillsides in Montecito, north of Santa Barbara, California on December 12, 2017. Frederick J. Brown/AFP

FBI agents on Russia probe called Trump 'idiot" – reports

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Special counsel Robert Mueller removed Peter Strzok from his Russia election meddling probe this summer after becoming aware of the emails

TRUMP. This file photo taken on August 8, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Alabama Democrat in shock U.S. Senate win over Trump-backed Republican

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) It marks a bitter blow to the president in one of the reddest of deep South states, and hands opposition Democrats a cherished Senate seat

WINNER. Democratic senatorial candidate Doug Jones prepares to greet voters outside of a polling station at the Bessemer Civic Center on December 12, 2017 in Bessemer, Alabama. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Erdogan seeks to galvanise Muslim leaders over Jerusalem

Dec 13, 2017 - 10:15 AM

Erdogan, whose country holds the rotating chairmanship of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is hoping to unite often feuding Muslim leaders into a tough final statement on the move

SEEKING UNITY. In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint press conference with the Greek prime minister in Athens on December 7, 2017. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

U.S. urges talks as North Korea brags of nuclear arsenal

Dec 13, 2017 - 8:07 AM

(UPDATED) But even as Washington stresses the importance of a negotiated end to the standoff, Kim Jong-un vows to make his nation 'the strongest nuclear power and military power in the world'

LET'S TALK. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a forum on US-South Korea relations at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC on December 12, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump slams harassment accusers, attacks senator in crude tweet

Dec 13, 2017 - 8:01 AM

So far, more than 100 members of Congress have called for a probe into allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks prior to signing H.R. 2810, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, during a signing ceremony in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 12, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Alabama chooses a senator in test for scandal-buffeted Republicans

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:31 PM

US President Donald Trump has made the special election a test of his brand of populism

STILL FOR MOORE. People attend a campaign rally for Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore at Jordan's Activity Barn on December 11, 2017 in Midland City, Alabama. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

U.S., South Korea 'discuss' military drills amid Olympic worries

Dec 12, 2017 - 4:33 PM

According to reports Seoul has asked Washington to delay the drills until after the Games to lower the chances of provocations by Pyongyang

PREPS. This image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula, with several other US and Republic of Korea Navy ships and submarines during exercise Foal Eagle 2017. US Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper / AFP

Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:56 PM

Trump: 'We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps someday to many worlds beyond'

AIMING FOR THE MOON. US President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive 1, with the aim of returning Americans to the Moon, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

On eve of climate summit, Macron reminds Trump of 'responsibility to history'

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Macron rejects the idea that Trump could negotiate a fresh deal and termed his withdrawal an 'aggressive' maneuver

In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers a speech on the European Union in the amphitheatre of the Sorbonne University in Paris on September 26, 2017. Ludovic Marin/Pool/AFP

U.S. says 'litigation-centered' WTO losing focus

Dec 12, 2017 - 9:22 AM

Trump has long made the WTO a preferred target of its "America First" policy, threatening to pull Washington out of the trade organization it says is hampering its ability to compete

WTO CRITIC. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer speaks during the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) plenary session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 11, 2017. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

'Terror' bomber strikes NY subway, 3 hurt

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:18 PM

(6TH UPDATE) The blast – which took place in the station at the Port Authority bus terminal, not far from New York's iconic Times Square – sparked commuter panic and travel disruptions

RESPONDERS. New York City Police Department officers and other first responders work the scene near the New York Port Authority Bus Terminal, December 11, 2017 in New York City. The Police Department said that one person was in custody for an attempted terror attack after an explosion in a passageway linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal with the subway. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Alabama votes after vicious contest dogged by claims against candidate

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:30 AM

For the people of Alabama this week's special election isn't quite that simple

SUPPORT. A sign is held up as people attend a campaign rally for Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore at Oak Hollow Farm on December 5, 2017 in Fairhope, Alabama. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Netanyahu faces pressure in Europe amid Jerusalem protests

Dec 11, 2017 - 6:59 AM

Before leaving Israel, Netanyahu had taken aim at what he called Europe's 'hypocrisy'

PARIS MEETING. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands during a joint news conference following their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on December 10, 2017. Philippe Wojazer/Pool/AFP

Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war 'a tantrum away'

Dec 11, 2017 - 12:25 AM

'A moment of panic or carelessness, a misconstrued comment, or bruised ego could easily lead us unavoidably to the destruction of entire cities,' says Beatrice Fihn, head of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Beatrice Fihn, leader of ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), gives an acceptance speech during the award ceremony of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize at the city hall in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 2017. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), as its representatives warn of "an urgent threat" over US-North Korea tensions. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

Japan to host joint missile tracking drill amid North Korea threat

Dec 10, 2017 - 6:06 PM

The drill will focus on "practicing tracking an object and sharing information on it among the 3 countries," a defense official says

As winds relent, scorched California hopes for fire relief

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Some Californians are finally able to return home to inspect the damage wrought by the wildfires, which forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee and destroyed some 700 structures

ABLAZE. Flames rise as a fire front approaches the Lake Casitas area on December 8, 2017 near Ojai, California. David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

Arab ministers demand Trump rescind Jerusalem decision

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:37 AM

Arab League ministers also say they will head to the United Nations Security Council for a resolution condemning the US decision as a violation of international law

UNITED VOICE. A general view taken on December 9, 2017, shows a general view of the Arab League headquarters during an emergency foreign ministers meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo, following the US president's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP

With new internet rules set for vote, firestorm won't die

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:35 AM

US regulators are gearing up for a vote on a plan which – depending on your viewpoint – would 'restore internet freedom' or, alternatively, result in 'the death of the internet' as we know it.

DECISION-MAKER. Chairman Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) testifies about the fiscal year 2018 budget request during an Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 20, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Obama invokes Nazi Germany in plea to avoid complacency

Dec 09, 2017 - 12:58 PM

'You have to tend to this garden of democracy – otherwise, things can fall apart fairly quickly. And we've seen societies where that happens,' says former US president Barack Obama

DEMORACY. Former US President Barack Obama urges American voters to remain engaged. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea blames U.S. for tensions in rare UN talks

Dec 09, 2017 - 12:38 PM

(UPDATED) Jeffrey Feltman arrives in Beijing after wrapping up a 5-day visit to Pyongyang aimed at defusing the crisis, just a week after North Korea said it test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States

NORTH KOREA. UN under secretary general for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman, attends a press conference in Bogota on November 15, 2017. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

2 teens killed in U.S. school shooting, attacker dead – police

Dec 08, 2017 - 1:11 PM

'At first it sounded like kids were just banging on the lockers. But it started getting closer and louder and it was obvious it was gunshots. We could hear gunshots from right outside our door,' says a student at Aztec High School

Franken quits U.S. Senate after sexual misconduct claims

Dec 08, 2017 - 11:34 AM

'There's been a very different picture of me painted over the last few weeks,' says US Senator Al Franken. 'But I know who I really am.'

RESIGNATION. In this file photo, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) looks over his papers during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, on Capitol Hill November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

FBI chief Wray rejects Trump criticism

Dec 08, 2017 - 10:45 AM

'The agents, analysts and staff of the FBI are big boys and girls. We understand that we will take criticism from all corners. We're accustomed to that,' FBI Director Christopher Wray says in a testimony before the House Judiciary Committee

FBI CHIEF. In this file photo, Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to be the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on July 12, 2017 in Washington,DC.  File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. Congress approves funding stopgap averting gov't shutdown

Dec 08, 2017 - 9:33 AM

President Donald Trump will need to work with Democrats and his fellow Republicans in the coming weeks to thrash out a budget plan for fiscal year 2018 that earns the support of lawmakers battling over policy and spending priorities

BUDGET. The United States Congress passes a funding stopgap measure that averts a government shutdown. This file photo dated December 18, 2011 shows the US Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Karen Bleier/AFP

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Trump Jerusalem move triggers Palestinian unrest

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Sporadic clashes break out between Palestinians and Israeli forces, as Israel deploys hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank amid uncertainty over the fallout

ANGER IN GAZA. Palestinian protestors burn the Israeli flag and a poster of US President Donald Trump following his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Gaza City, on December 7, 2017. Mohammed Abed/AFP

BB Gandanghari is slaying it in the US

Dec 07, 2017 - 8:19 PM

She's working as an Uber driver, while making her dreams come true

BB GANDANGHARI. The actress is currently pursuing a Hollywood career in the United States. Screengrab from Instagram.com/gandangharibb

Israel army deploys more troops after Trump Jerusalem move

Dec 07, 2017 - 7:33 PM

The deployments of Israel come amid uncertainty over the fallout from US President Donald Trump's speech recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Democrat Franken under pressure to quit U.S. Senate

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) With 6 other women now reportedly coming forward to accuse Franken of touching them inappropriately, a chorus of Democratic senators says it is time for him to go

ACCUSED. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) looks over his papers during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, on Capitol Hill November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Luxury LA mansions threatened as fierce California wildfires rage

Dec 07, 2017 - 8:35 AM

The flames have swallowed about 80,000 acres (32,000 hectares) in just over a day since the 'Thomas' fire, currently the state's largest, broke out, leaving at least one dead

RAGING FIRE. Vehicles pass beside a wall of flames on the 101 highway as it reaches the coast during the Thomas wildfire near Ventura, California on December 6, 2017. Mark Ralston/AFP