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Japan welcomes Kennedy as ambassador nominee

In this April 20, 2008 file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. shares a moment with Caroline Kennedy before addressing supporters at a rally in Scranton, Pa. AP sources say Obama is nominating Kennedy as ambassador to Japan. AP

Japan welcomed Thursday the long-anticipated nomination of former U.S. first daughter Caroline Kennedy as Washington’s new ambassador to the country, lauding her close ties to President Barack Obama.

Posted: July 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Late winter storm shuts down US government

This March 5, 2013 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) satellite view shows an enormous winter storm system running across the US from from Canada(top) all the way down to the Florida panhandle. The massive winter storm, pounding the northern United States grounded over 1,100 flights, closed hundreds of schools and made roadways impassible Tuesday. AFP PHOTO/NOAA

A late winter storm blanketed the eastern United States with snow Wednesday, shutting down the federal government and causing aviation officials to cancel more than 1,000 flights.

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama picks foreign policy aide as chief of staff

This Nov. 6, 2008 file photo shows then-President-elect Obama, accompanied by then foreign policy adviser Denis McDonough leaving a meeting in Chicago. The White House says President Barack Obama has picked his now top national security aide McDonough as his next chief of staff. AP/Charles Dharapak

President Barack Obama has chosen longtime trusted adviser and national security expert Denis McDonough as his fifth chief of staff.

Posted: January 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Obama to take oath in a position of strength

US President Barack Obama. AP

Battered yet still popular after a bruising first term as president, Barack Obama raises his right hand Sunday to be sworn in for another four years as the leader of an America that is, perhaps, as divided politically and socially as at any time since the US Civil War more than 150 years ago.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

US soldier in Afghan massacre ‘snapped’

The US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians had been drinking at the time of the shootings and was suffering stress linked to his fourth combat deployment, a report said late Thursday.

Posted: March 16th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »