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Boyle says Taliban-linked captors killed his daughter, allowed his wife to be raped

Taliban-linked captors who held American Caitlan Coleman and her family for five years killed her infant daughter and allowed Coleman to be raped by a guard, her husband said, introducing …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Trump’s speech sparks a new war of words between U.S., Iran

President Donald Trump’s refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal has sparked a new war of words between the Islamic Republic and America, fueling growing mistrust and a sense of …


Hostage release not a cure for long-damaged U.S.-Pakistan ties

The United States and Pakistan are hailing the release of a Taliban-held U.S.-Canadian family as a cautious sign of improved ties for a deeply troubled relationship that has endured years …


Trump keeps U.S. in Iran nuke deal, tells Congress to fix it

President Donald Trump angrily accused Iran of violating the landmark 2015 international nuclear accord, blaming the Iranians for a litany of sinister behavior and hitting their main military wing with …


Energy surge sends U.S. consumer prices up 0.5 pct.

U.S. consumer prices rose 0.5 percent in September, the largest increase in eight months. The result reflects another big jump in energy prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 10:58 a.m.

Storms surge and U.S. retail sales surge

Americans increased their spending at retailers last month by the most in two and a half years, driven by strong auto sales as residents of hurricane-ravaged areas replaced destroyed cars.


U.S.-Canadian family held 5 years by militants leaves Pakistan

Five years after they were seized by an extremist network in the mountains of Afghanistan, an American woman, her Canadian husband and their children – all three born in captivity …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 1:03 p.m.

As Trump threatens North Korea, is U.S. practicing for war?

Does the ominous rhetoric from President Donald Trump and repeated flights by U.S. strategic bombers over the Korean Peninsula mean Washington is readying for what many feel is unthinkable – …


U.S. long-term mortgage rates rise for second week, to 3.91 pct.

Long-term mortgage rates rose for a second straight week as the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate increased to 3.91 percent, from 3.85 percent a week ago.


Turkey blames U.S. envoy for souring ties; won’t buy U.S. guns

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that the United States is “sacrificing ties” by supporting its ambassador to Turkey in a diplomatic spat that resulted in the two countries …


Trump welcomes Trudeau to Washington with another NAFTA threat

President Donald Trump renewed his threat to walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement just as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Washington on the eve of …


Iranian nuclear chief warns US: Don’t undermine nuclear deal

The head of Iran’s nuclear agency warned the United States on Tuesday against undermining the 2015 nuclear deal, saying international nonproliferation efforts as well as Washington’s international standing would suffer …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 5:33 p.m.

Nate remnants drench Northeast; most power back on in South

Nate slogged its way across the U.S. East Coast on Monday, dumping heavy rains and bringing gusty winds to inland states as a tropical depression, a day after Hurricane Nate …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 2:34 p.m.

Turkey wants U.S. to review decision to halt visa services

Turkey’s justice minister on Monday said he hoped the United States would “review” its decision to suspend most visa services for Turkish citizens following the arrest of a U.S. consulate …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 9:25 p.m.

Both U.S.,Turkey announce travel restrictions, in sign of deteriorating alliance

The increasingly strained alliance between Turkey and the United States took a sharp downward turn on Sunday when both governments abruptly announced they were canceling most visitor visas between the …


Abe says Japan fully behind U.S. on pressuring North Korea

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that his government fully supports the U.S. stance on pressuring North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, with all options on the table.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 4:25 p.m.

Afghan president, U.S. general vow ambitious air war to defeat Taliban

With a just-delivered Black Hawk helicopter sitting on a military runway behind him, Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, vowed Saturday that “a tidal …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 9:07 a.m.

U.S. military halts exercises over Qatar crisis

The U.S. military has halted some exercises with its Gulf Arab allies over the ongoing diplomatic crisis targeting Qatar, trying to use its influence to end the monthslong dispute, authorities …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 2:08 p.m.

Hurricanes cause rare monthly U.S. job loss but rebound likely

A pullback in U.S. hiring last month resulting from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will likely prove short-lived, with a resilient job market pointing to gains in the coming months.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017, 9:24 p.m.

Gulf Coast braces for fast-moving blast of tropical weather

The U.S. Gulf Coast braced Friday for a fast-moving blast of wind, heavy rain and rising water as deadly Tropical Storm Nate threatened to reach hurricane strength before a weekend …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 10:12 a.m.

Netflix raising U.S. prices by 10 percent for most popular plan

Netflix is raising the price for its most popular U.S. video streaming plan by 10 percent– a move aimed at bringing in more money to outbid HBO, Amazon and other …


U.S. trade deficit narrows to $42.4 billion in August

WASHINGTON – Rising exports and falling imports cut the U.S. trade deficit to $42.4 billion in August, the lowest in 11 months. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the trade …


U.S.: Myanmar crackdown could draw international terrorists

WASHINGTON – Myanmar’s military crackdown that has caused a half-million Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh could destabilize the region and invite international terrorists, the State Department said Thursday. But …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 11:31 a.m.

Survey: U.S. services sector improved at best pace in 12 years

The gains point to a potentially faster economic growth – which could help to spur more hiring and stronger pay raises. The


New U.S. ambassador to Russia meets Putin in Kremlin visit

The new U.S. ambassador to Russia presented his diplomatic credentials to President Vladimir Putin at a ceremony Tuesday in the Kremlin, a move that marks the formal start of Jon …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 6:47 p.m.

Ties threatened: U.S. orders 15 Cuban diplomats to leave

The United States expelled 15 of Cuba’s diplomats Tuesday to protest its failure to protect Americans from unexplained attacks in Havana, plunging diplomatic ties between the countries to levels unseen …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 1:04 p.m.

Defense chief says U.S. should stay in nuclear deal with Iran

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday the United States should remain in the nuclear deal negotiated during the Obama administration that constrains Iran’s ability to build a nuclear arsenal.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 10:54 a.m.

U.S. factory activity surges in September to highest level since 2004

U.S. manufacturing activity shrugged off a series of hurricanes and rose to the highest level in 13 years last month.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 5:39 p.m.

Tillerson says U.S. has direct channels to talk to North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Saturday that the United State is maintaining direct channels of communications with North Korea even as tensions rise over the North’s nuclear …


Pakistan seeks to ban party backed by U.S.-named terrorist

Pakistan’s interior ministry asked the country’s elections overseeing body to ban from politics a new party backed by Islamist Hafiz Saeed, who carries a $10 million U.S. bounty on his …