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Pressure builds on China to rein in Pyongyang

North Korea's main ally China must lean on Pyongyang to persuade it to abandon its nuclear ambitions, senior US officials said.

US tightens security, seeks source of parcel bombs

The United States searched on Saturday for the culprits behind a plot to bomb Jewish targets in Chicago.

US accused of failing to probe Iraqi abuse cases

WikiLeaks released nearly 400 000 classified US files on the Iraq war on Friday, some detailing gruesome cases of prisoner abuse.

US faces ‘Americanisation’ of terror threat

Nine years after the September 11 attacks, the US faces a threat from home-grown insurgents and an "Americanisation" of al-Qaeda leadership.

Obama limits US use of nuclear arms

The Obama administration unveiled a new policy on Tuesday restricting US use of nuclear weapons.

Obama presses security overhaul, Nigerian indicted

US President Barack Obama is "not patient" and is demanding immediate changes in airline security, the top US military officer said on Wednesday.

US decision can’t wait for Afghan legitimacy

The United States cannot wait for problems surrounding the legitimacy of the Afghan government to be resolved before making a decision on troops.

Mugabe in Rome for food summit

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe flew into Rome for a global food summit on Sunday, his first official trip abroad since elections condemned by Western and opposition leaders as fraudulent. A British Foreign Office spokesperson said: ''It is a matter of concern to us and we would prefer that he did not attend.''

Berlusconi waits in wings as Italian poll nears end

Italians have a last chance to vote on Monday in a two-day parliamentary election that could restore conservative billionaire Silvio Berlusconi as prime minister of a country on the brink of recession. Many Italians doubt, however, that Italy's 62nd government since World War II will revive the economy.

Pistorius put to Rome test

Amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius, known as the world's ''fastest man on no legs'', is understandably nervous ahead of his first race abroad against able-bodied athletes, due to take place in Rome on Friday. But how he races, scientifically speaking, could be far more important than who crosses the finish line first.

Spy contact says he was poisoned over shared secrets

An Italian contact of poisoned former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko said he believed both were targeted with a radioactive substance because of secrets they shared. Mario Scaramella said on Saturday urine tests showed he had received a potentially lethal dose of polonium 210, the rare radioactive isotope that killed Litvinenko.

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