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Obese kids in denial about their weight, US says

Karen Kaplan New government data suggest a non-medical cause of America's childhood obesity crisis: denial.

Germany to spy on Britain and US

Justin Huggler Germany has ordered surveillance to begin of British and United States intelligence gathering on its soil for the first time since 1945, according to reports.

Bring back the guillotine, says US judge

Old fashioned execution methods are more effective, says US judge.

Fred Barbash Executions are “brutal, savage events” - and if society wants to carry them out, it ought to stop pretending otherwise, forget about lethal injections and return to “more primitive...

US execution takes nearly two hours

Joseph Wood's execution took almost two hours.

David Schwartz An Arizona inmate took almost two hours to die by lethal injection and "gasped and snorted" before succumbing in the latest botched execution to raise questions about the death penalty in the United...

Rebels likely downed MH17 'by mistake', say US officials

Part of the wreckage of  MH17 at the crash site.

Mark Hosenball The US government believes that pro-Russian separatists most likely shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet "by mistake," not realising it was a civilian passenger flight, US intelligence officials said.

US, European airlines halt flights to Israel due to instability

US and many European airlines have suspended flights for 24 hours to Tel Aviv after a rocket attack near Ben Gurion International Airport.

Karen Jacobs US air carriers Delta Air Lines, American Airlines Group and United Airlines on Tuesday halted flights to Israel under directions from the US Federal Aviation Administration to ensure passenger...

US needs help from unlikely allies to forge Gaza ceasefire

US Secretary of State, John Kerry (right), with UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon in Cairo.

Michael R. Gordon The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, is busy in the Egyptian capital in an attempt to craft a ceasefire in the Gaza crisis as rapidly as possible, among mounting concern over the number of...

Gaza conflict: Is US pressuring Israel with airport ban?

Passengers and airline staff stand near a check-in desk of an airline that cancelled its flight out of Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion International airport.

The US denies that a ban on US airliners flying to Tel Aviv and a stark US travel warning are ploys to push Israel to agree a Gaza truce.

MH17: US Vice-President Joe Biden says Putin has no soul, according to magazine

No soul? Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Vladimir Putin has no soul, US Vice-President Joe Biden concluded after meeting with the Russian leader at the Kremlin in 2011, according to an article in The New Yorker published online on Monday.

US man dies during arrest caught on video

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is promising a full investigation into the death of a man who appeared to have been put in a choke hold when police officers tried to arrest him.

Call us, Malaysia Airlines tells relatives of MH17 victims

Debris lies at the crash site.

Lindsay Murdoch Malaysia Airlines appeals for the relatives of people killed in the MH17 crash to contact the company, saying efforts have failed to contact many of them.

John Kerry says US has 'enormous amounts of evidence' linking Russia with MH17 disaster

US Secretary of State John Kerry says there is an

Anton Zverev and Peter Graff US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the evidence indicates a Russian missile was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, while Britain said Moscow faced "pariah" status and the...

MH17: Obama gains over Putin as US pushes European Union on sanctions

US President Barack Obama's position on Russian sanctions may get more backing from Europe after the MH17 disaster.

Terry Atlas and Jonathan Allen President Barack Obama's response to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over Ukraine reflects the conclusion of US officials that time, evidence and world opinion are increasingly on his side...

Gaza death toll tops 500 as US steps up efforts to bring about ceasefire

Palestinian medics tend to a boy who they said was wounded in an Israeli shelling, at a hospital, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Nidal al-Mughrabi and Crispian Balmer The Palestinian death toll in an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip jumped to more than 500 on Monday, as the United States, alarmed by escalating civilian bloodshed, took a direct role in efforts...

Air Algerie plane wreckage found, 116 people feared dead

Adam Nossiter and Nicola Clark An Air Algérie jetliner with 116 people on board crashed early Thursday in a remote area of Mali near the borders with Burkina Faso and Niger, officials said.

Jokowi's hope and change begins an optimistic chapter for Indonesia's young democracy

President-elect Joko Widodo in Jakarta this week.

Michael Bachelard Jakarta: The day after Indonesian voters produced a tight and heavily contested presidential election result, two distinct views emerged about what would happen next.

MH17 conspiracy theories run riot in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Helen Womack News, like nature, abhors a vacuum and in the absence of much public comment from President Vladimir Putin, the Russian media churned out its default-setting anti-Ukrainian propaganda, while bloggers...

2014 could be worst year for plane crash deaths in almost a decade

Part of the wreckage of  MH17 at the crash site.

Lucy Cormack The crash of an Algerian passenger plane is the third fatal airline incident in a week, meaning 2014 could be the worst year for aircrash passenger fatalities in almost a decade.

MH17 'apparently' shot down, says US Vice-President Joe Biden

People walk amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Nick O'Malley The United States Vice-President Joe Biden has said the Malaysian Airlines aircraft that crashed over Ukraine was “apparently” shot down, the closest the US administration has come to...

Russia warns of grave financial consequences over 'evil' US sanctions

Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev: US sanctions are 'evil'.

Michael Birnbaum Russian PM Medvedev says 'We may go back to the 1980s in our relations with the states that are declaring these sanctions.'