US talks tough on deadline for nuclear talks with Iran

Paul Richter US officials have warned that they will not seek to extend negotiations over Iran's nuclear program beyond the July 20 deadline unless Iran's negotiators make major concessions in the coming days.

US anthrax investigation reveals bird flu mishap

Julie Steenhuysen in Chicago A US government laboratory mistakenly mixed a common flu strain with a dangerous and deadly type of bird flu and shipped it to another lab, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says.

'She’s ice cold': US police explain why high-priced escort Alix Tichelman let Google executive die

Alix Tichelman, left, 26, of Folsom, Calif., confers with public defender Diane August, right, during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior Court Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Tichelman is facing manslaughter charges for the November 2013 death of Forrest Hayes, a Google executive. A Silicon Valley success story turned sordid this week with the arrest of an upscale prostitute who allegedly left Hayes dying on his yacht after shooting him up with a deadly hit of heroin. Hayes, 51, was found dead by the captain of his 50-foot yacht Escape. (AP Photo/Santa Cruz Sentinel, Shmuel Thaler)

Joseph Serna A high-priced escort accused of killing a Silicon Valley tech executive with an overdose of heroin on his yacht deliberately failed to help him because she's "ice cold," a Santa Cruz police official...

Internet makes us stupid: study

Is the internet making us stupid? That's the question researchers from Wellington's Victoria University asked in a study on people's reading behaviour.

Germany kicks out top US spy as espionage charges strain relations

Not impressed ... German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that the the US and Germany had

Paul Richter Germany has demanded the departure from the country of the top spy at the US Embassy in Berlin over reports of US intelligence operations targeting its officials.

US returns stolen dinosaur haul to Mongolia

Two Gallimimus dinosaur skeletons on display during a repatriation ceremony at the US Attorney's Office in New York.

The United States has returned to Mongolia more than 18 dinosaur skeletons and fossils stolen from the Gobi desert and smuggled abroad, saying they were enough to stock a museum.

US author Bill Hillmann, Spaniard gored in Spain's San Fermin bull run

A runner is gored in the thigh by the 600kg bull.

Vincent West in Pamplona An American who co-wrote a book called "How to Survive the Running of the Bulls" was badly gored on Wednesday in the morning bull run at Pamplona's San Fermin festival.

German anger rises as second suspected US 'double agent' uncovered in Berlin

Chairman of the Bundestag's subcommittee for foreign affairs, Norbert Rottgen, holds a news conference at the German Embassy in Washington.

German politicians are furious at news of a suspected US spy in the defence ministry, which came just days after the arrest of a German foreign intelligence agency worker as a suspected CIA informant.

Flock of geese caused crash of US Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk in Norfolk, UK

MH 60 Pave Hawk

A flock of geese caused the deaths of four US airmen whose military helicopter crashed over a nature reserve in eastern England, investigators said Wednesday.

Bahrain orders out visiting US official

A photo released by the Bahraini opposition group al-Wefaq shows US Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski (second from left) meeting al-Wefaq's leader, Sheikh Ali Salman (left) and former Bahraini MP Abdul Jalil Khalil (third from left).

Yara Bayoumy Bahrain declares a senior US official persona non grata, accusing him of interfering in the nation's internal affairs.

Tougher tattoo rules bring fewer 'but better' recruits

Bonnie Miller Rubin More than three months after the US Army implemented a more stringent tattoo policy, recruiters say they are the ones feeling the pinch.

TV anchor and Rudd 'friend' detained in China corruption probe

Philip Wen A prominent Chinese state television news anchor known for his high-profile interviews with world leaders including Tony Abbott has been detained by authorities.

Let us now conquer Rome, leader of Islamic State tells Muslims

ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Damien McElroy Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State stretching across Iraq and Syria, has promised to lead the conquest of Rome as he called on Muslims to migrate to his new land to...

US couple arrested over 'caged' child

A cage.

A Californian couple have been arrested for allegedly keeping their 11-year-old autistic son in a metal cage designed for an animal.

'We don't want you, nobody wants you!' US immigration debate turns ugly

Demonstrators picket against the possible arrivals of undocumented migrants who may be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, California.

Nick O'Malley When the protesters saw the buses carrying the children heading towards them, they began to chant and yell wave their flags and homemade banners. One woman was particularly insistent.

US warns of 'specific threat' to attack Entebbe airport in Uganda

The United States said it would increase security at overseas airports.

The US embassy in Uganda warned on Thursday of a "specific threat ... by an unknown terrorist group" to attack the airport serving the capital Kampala.

US teen Shannon Conley's jihad ambitions end in arrest at airport

Shannon Conley is accused of trying to fight for violent jihad in Syria.

Trevor Hughes A suburban teenager who practised shooting, sought military training and hoped to join violent jihad against Americans was arrested on the jetway as she tried to board a plane on a one-way trip to...

US embassy in Uganda warns of 'specific threat' to airport

Soldiers and police forces perform spot checks on travellers during patrols in the streets of Kampala.

Alan Cowell A day after the announcement of heightened security measures on US-bound flights, the US Embassy in Uganda said Thursday it had been warned of a "specific threat" of attack to the country's main...

US military admits secret presence in Somalia

A scene from 'Black Hawk Down', a film that depicted the disastrous intervention in 1993, when two US helicopters were shot down and 18 troops were killed in an operation.

Washington: The US military has secretly maintained forces in Somalia since 2007, despite earlier public statements claiming it had no presence in the country until last October, defense officials...

German spy case arrest implicates US


ALISON SMALE BERLIN - In the latest turn in the yearlong tensions with Germany over U.S. spying, a German man was arrested this week on suspicion of passing secret documents to a foreign power, believed to be the...