United States

  • Putin says Russia and U.S. should agree not to meddle in each other's elections
    MOSCOW, September 25 (Reuters): President Vladimir Putin called on Friday for an agreement between Russia and the United States to guarantee not to engage in cyber-meddling in each other's elections. In a statement ahead of the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3, Putin called for a reset between Russia and the United States and said he wanted an agreement between the two countries to prevent incidents in cyberspace. "(I propose)... exchanging guarantees of non-int
  • Women hold the power to change U.S. politics - if they vote
    NEW YORK, September 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): A convergence of women, color and class can steer the course of U.S. politics, say the leaders of a new campaign aimed at galvanizing women of all backgrounds to get out the vote. More women than men are eligible to vote in November's presidential election, and the leaders of 'Supermajority'- drawn from popular movements steeped in activism - want to tap into this potent force to unseat President Donald Trump.
  • U.S. to announce more Iran sanctions on Thursday, top envoy says
    WASHINGTON, September 24 (Reuters): The United States will slap new sanctions on a number of Iranian officials and entities including a judge who sentenced Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari to death, U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams told a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday. Navid Afkari was executed earlier this month after being convicted of stabbing a security guard to death during anti-government protests in 2018, Iran
  • As U.S. Supreme Court nomination looms, a religious community draws fresh interest
    Washington, September 23 (Reuters): People of Praise, a self-described charismatic Christian community, has faced renewed interest since U.S. President Donald Trump put one of its purported members, Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, on his short list of candidates for elevation to the Supreme Court. The group says on its website it is made up of liberals and conservatives, with a mixture including Roman Catholic and Pentecostal traditions, though
  • U.S. to put murderer to death as spate of federal executions continues
    Reuters The U.S. government plans to execute William LeCroy, a convicted rapist and murderer, on Tuesday, the sixth in a spate of federal executions after a long hiatus in capital punishment. The Department of Justice says it will kill LeCroy using lethal injections of pentobarbital, a barbiturate, at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT) at its execution chamber in Terre Haute, Indiana. Under President Donald Trump, who took office in early 2017 and has long been an outspoken advocate for ca
  • U.S. and UAE eye December goal to agree on F-35 deal: sources
    WASHINGTON, September 22 (Reuters): The United States and the United Arab Emirates hope to have an initial agreement on the sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Gulf state in place by December, as the Trump administration studies how to structure a deal without running afoul of Israel. Sources close to the negotiations said the goal is to have a letter of agreement in place in time for UAE National Day celebrated on Dec. 2. Any deal must satisfy decades of agreement with
  • U.S. nears grim milestone of 200,000 COVID-19 deaths
    September 22 (Reuters) - The death toll from the spread of the coronavirus in the United States was approaching over 200,000 on Monday, by the far the highest number of any nation. The United States, on a weekly average, is now losing about 800 lives each day to the virus, according to a Reuters tally. That is down from a peak of 2,806 daily deaths recorded on April 15. During the early months of the pandemic, 200,000 deaths was regarded by many as the maximum number of lives lik
  • Trump and Biden hit the campaign trail as Supreme Court battle looms
    WILMINGTON, Del., September 21 (Reuters): Donald Trump and his rival for the U.S. presidency, Joe Biden, will campaign in two election battlegrounds on Monday as they spar over the president's plan to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat with only weeks before voters choose between them. Trump, the Republican seeking re-election on Nov. 3, will hold campaign events in Ohio, a state some Democrats once saw as a lock for Trump, while the Democratic former vice president makes his
  • Russia rejects U.S. conditions, sees 'minimal' chance of extend New START nuclear arms deal
    MOSCOW, September 21 (Reuters): Russia sees "minimal" chances of extending the New START treaty with the United States - the last major nuclear arms pact between the two countries - because it does not accept conditions set out by Washington, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Monday. His comments came after Marshall Billingslea, the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control, told a Russian newspaper that Moscow must accept a jo
  • As U.S. COVID-19 deaths near 200,000, a nation grapples with grief
    LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, September 21 (Reuters): Anthony and Rosemary Terio, married for 65 years, died five days apart in separate New York hospitals last spring, two lives among the nearly 200,000 that the United States has now lost to the coronavirus pandemic. "This pain will never go away for me," said one of their daughters, Lisa Terio-Heath, who, because of the pandemic, had to remain at her home in Greensboro, North Carolina, and witness her family's loss from
  • U.S. sets record with over one million coronavirus tests in a day
    Reuters The United States set a one-day record with over 1 million coronavirus diagnostic tests being performed, but the country needs 6 million to 10 million a day to bring outbreaks under control, according to various experts. The country performed 1,061,411 tests on Saturday, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to track the outbreak. The record comes after testing has fallen for several weeks. The United States tested on average 650,000
  • Japan's PM Suga says agreed to coordinate closely with Trump after first talks
    TOKYO, September 20 (Reuters): Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the importance of their countries' alliance in phone talks on Sunday, their first since Suga took over as Japan's new leader. Suga said Trump told him they should further develop the Japan-U.S. alliance together, while Suga told Trump the alliance was the foundation of regional peace and stability. Suga, speaking to reporters, also said they agreed to coord
  • Iran's Rouhani says U.S. faces defeat in bid to reimpose U.N. sanctions
    DUBAI, September 20 (Reuters): The United States faces defeat in its move to reimpose U.N. sanctions on Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, as Washington declared all U.N. sanctions on Iran had been restored. "America is approaching a certain defeat in its sanctions move ... It faced defeat and negative response from the international community," Rouhani said in a televised speech. "We will never yield to U.S. pressure and Iran will give a
  • Letter containing poison addressed to Trump at WH
    WASHINGTON, SEPTEMBER 20 (IANS): A package containing ricin poison that was addressed to US President Donald Trump has been intercepted before it reached the White House, officials told American media outlets. The letter was discovered at a screening facility for White House mail earlier this week, the BBC quoted the officials as saying to the outlets on Saturday. They said a substance found inside the envelope was identified as ricin, a poison found naturally in castor beans.
  • UN chief says no action on UN Iran sanctions due to 'uncertainty'
    NEW YORK, September 20 (Reuters): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Saturday he cannot take any action on a U.S. declaration that all U.N. sanctions on Iran had been reimposed because "there would appear to be uncertainty" on the issue. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that he triggered a 30-day process at the council leading to the return of U.N. sanctions on Iran on Saturday evening that would also stop
  • Britain, France, Germany say UN sanctions relief for Iran to continue beyond September 20
    UNITED NATIONS, September 19 (Reuters): Britain, France and Germany told the U.N. Security Council on Friday that U.N. sanctions relief for Iran - agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal - would continue beyond September 20, when the United States asserts that all the measures should be reimposed. In a letter to the 15-member body, seen by Reuters, the three European parties to the nuclear deal and long-time U.S. allies said any decision or action taken to reimpose U.N. sanctions &quo
  • Explainer: US says UN sanctions on Iran to be reimposed Saturday. What does that mean?
    NEW YORK, September 19 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump's administration says that on Saturday (2000 EDT/0000 GMT Sunday) all United Nations sanctions on Iran have to be restored and a conventional arms embargo on the country will no longer expire in mid-October. But 13 of the 15 U.N. Security Council members, including long-time U.S. allies, say Washington's move is void and diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures, which were lifted under
  • Amid mourning for Ginsburg, fierce battle over US Supreme Court looms
    WASHINGTON, September 19 (Reuters):  A fierce political battle was shaping up on Saturday over the selection of a successor to trailblazing liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with top Democrats opposing any move by President Donald Trump to nominate her replacement before the Nov. 3 presidential election. Ginsburg, the senior liberal justice, died on Friday night at age 87 of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer after 27 years on the court. Her d
  • Factbox: US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Reuters  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who became a hero of the American left in her more than quarter-century on the nation's top court, died on Friday at age 87. Here are some facts about Ginsburg: * President Bill Clinton chose Ginsburg to be the second woman on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993. After the retirement of conservative Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 2006, Ginsburg was the sole woman on the court before being joined by fellow liberal
  • US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg dies at 87
    Washington, September 19 (IANS): US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an iconic champion of women's rights, has died of cancer at the age of 87, the court said. Ginsburg, the oldest justice and the second ever woman to sit on the Supreme Court, where she served for 27 years, was a legal pioneer advocating gender equality, reports Xinhua news agency. She was appointed in 1993 by then President Bill Clinton and has over the years become the most senior member of the co