Man freed from Cuba to attend Obama's State of Union speech

Jan 20, 2015

Man freed from Cuba to attend Obama's State of Union speech

A U.S. contractor who returned home last month after spending five years imprisoned in Cuba will have a prime viewing spot for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address: a seat near first lady Michelle Obama. Alan Gross and his wife, Judy, are ...

McCain urges 'boots on the ground' to combat Islamic State

Jan 20, 2015

McCain urges 'boots on the ground' to combat Islamic State

U.S. Sen. John McCain on Monday urged the deployment of international ground forces to combat jihadis in Syria and Iraq, as he toured the Middle East with a Senate delegation. “For months we’ve been bombing (Syrian border town) Kobani and we still haven’t driven ...

McCain wages campaign to define his legacy

Jan 19, 2015

McCain wages campaign to define his legacy

Sen. John McCain is waging another national campaign — this time, to define his legacy. After two unsuccessful presidential bids, the 78-year-old former Navy pilot and Vietnam prisoner of war has rebounded as the chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee. The post ...

U.S. started penetrating North Korea's computer network in 2010: report

Jan 19, 2015

U.S. started penetrating North Korea's computer network in 2010: report

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) began tapping into North Korean computer networks in 2010, an effort that ultimately helped provide evidence to persuade the Obama administration that Pyongyang was behind the November cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the New York Times reported Sunday. ...

Obama to target rich in State of the Union

Jan 18, 2015

Obama to target rich in State of the Union

U.S. President Barack Obama will speak to the nation Tuesday in a State of the Union address that comes as he readies to lock horns with ascendant Republicans. The annual speech, the most important in the U.S. political calendar, will come exactly two years ...

New York Gov. Cuomo to lead trade mission to Cuba

Jan 18, 2015

New York Gov. Cuomo to lead trade mission to Cuba

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will lead one of the first trade missions to Cuba from the United States since the Obama administration loosened travel and trade restrictions on the communist-ruled Caribbean island, his office confirmed Saturday. The Democratic governor will be promoting an ...

Islamic State frees around 350 Yazidi captives in Iraq's north

Jan 18, 2015

Islamic State frees around 350 Yazidi captives in Iraq's north

The Islamic State group freed around 350 members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority Saturday, delivering them to safety in the country’s Kurdish north. Almost all those released were elderly, disabled, or unwell, and included several infants with serious illnesses, according to a Reuters reporter who ...