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United States: Federal republic in North America
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.

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Amnesty, monitors say U.S.-led coalition killed 1,600 civilians in Syria's Raqqa

The U.S.-backed assault to drive Islamic State from its Syrian capital Raqqa in 2017 killed more than 1,600 civilians, 10 times the toll the coalition itself has acknowledged, Amnesty International and..
Reuters - Published

Putin says U.S. guarantees unlikely to prompt North Korea to de-nuclearize

Russian President Vladimir Putin said after holding talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday that he thought U.S. security guarantees would probably not be enough to persuade Pyongyang to..
Reuters - Published

Videos for United States

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The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits jumped by the most in nearly two years last week. Initial jobless claims rose by 37,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 230,000 in the week that..

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Double Olympic freestyle ski champion David Wise sets a new quarterpipe height world record of 11.70 metres at the Audi Nines in Austria

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According to a report by Reuters, on Thursday, former US Vice President Joe Biden officially launched a bid for the White House, instantly becoming the Democrat's frontrunner. In a video released on..

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'Every indication' IS inspired Sri Lanka attacks: Pompeo [Video]'Every indication' IS inspired Sri Lanka attacks: Pompeo

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a television interview on Wednesday there was "every indication" that Sunday's bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 359 people were inspired by Islamic..

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FBI, IRS raid Baltimore mayor's home [Video]FBI, IRS raid Baltimore mayor's home

U.S. authorities on Thursday executed search warrants at the home of Baltimore's mayor and city hall, according to local media reports. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Putin, Kim attend reception after summit in Russia's Vladivostok [Video]Putin, Kim attend reception after summit in Russia's Vladivostok

Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un enjoyed a gala dinner where they toasted each other and watched traditional musical numbers and dancing performed by Russian..

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Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank scrap merger talks [Video]Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank scrap merger talks

Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank said their merger talks had ended, with execution risks, restructuring costs and capital requirements dashing German attempts to create a mega-bank. David Pollard reports.

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China Has Elevated Its Missile Capabilities Posing Unprecedented Challenge To The U.S. [Video]China Has Elevated Its Missile Capabilities Posing Unprecedented Challenge To The U.S.

According to a report by Reuters, Chinese President Xi Jinping elevated his country's missile forces to a level where they pose an unprecedented challenge to the aircraft carriers and bases that form..

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Putin Says U.S. Guarantees Unlikely To Prompt North Korea To De-Nuclearize [Video]Putin Says U.S. Guarantees Unlikely To Prompt North Korea To De-Nuclearize

Russian President Vladimir Putin said after holding talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, U.S. security guarantees would probably not be enough to persuade Pyongyang to shut its nuclear program...

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Under Xi Jinping, Beijing has elevated its missile forces to a point where many rockets in the Chinese arsenal now rival or outperform those of the United States. This dramatic shift could render..

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The actresses were at the Hollywood premiere on Wednesday (April 24) for the film based on a true story. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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Iran's Zarif warns US of 'consequences' over oil sanctions [Video]Iran's Zarif warns US of 'consequences' over oil sanctions

Foreign minister defiant over US move to stem Islamic Republic's oil revenue stream by ending sanctions waivers.

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Kim Jong Un and Putin call for closer relations at first-ever summit [Video]Kim Jong Un and Putin call for closer relations at first-ever summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet for talks on developing bilateral ties and ways to reach a settlement over the Korean peninsula. Rough cut - no reporter..

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In high income countries, the US, France then Britain have had the highest numbers of unvaccinated children between 2010-2017.

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Pompeo Links ISIS To Sri Lanka Bombing [Video]Pompeo Links ISIS To Sri Lanka Bombing

According to a report by Reuters, on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was 'every indication' that Sunday's bomb attacks in Sri Lanka were inspired by Islamic State. Pompeo said..

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Spurned by U.S., North Korea's Kim holds talks with Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday at a summit intended to show that the United States is not the only power with enough clout to engage with the..
Reuters - Published

11 Indians die in Sri Lanka blasts: Lankan foreign ministry

"It includes, one from Bangladesh, two from China, eleven from India, three from Denmark, one from Japan, one from the Netherlands, one from Portugal, two from Saudi Arabia, one from Spain, two from..
IndiaTimes - Published

U.S. slams Russia's offer of citizenship to east Ukraine residents

The United States condemned on Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin's order simplifying the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine.
Reuters - Published

Pompeo sees 'bumpy' North Korea talks, but hopes for several more chances

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that U.S. talks with North Korea would be "bumpy," but expressed hope there would be several more chances to discuss how to move forward to the..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Iran's Zarif believes Trump does not want war, but could be lured into conflict

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif does not believe U.S. President Donald Trump wants war with Iran, but he told Reuters on Wednesday that Trump could be lured into a conflict.
Reuters - Published

U.S.'s Pompeo says 'every indication' Islamic State inspired Sri Lanka attacks: CBS

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a television interview on Wednesday there was "every indication" that Sunday's bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 359 people were inspired by Islamic..
Reuters - Published

Iran's Zarif warns U.S. of 'consequences' over oil sanctions, offer prisoner swap

The United States must be prepared for consequences if it tries to stop Iran from selling oil and using the Strait of Hormuz, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned on Wednesday, while..
Reuters - Published

Kim's right-hand man sidelined after North Korea-U.S. talks failed: South Korea lawmaker

North Korea has replaced Kim Jong Un's right-hand man who steered nuclear talks with the United States, apparently blaming him for a failed summit between the two countries, a South Korean lawmaker..
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U.S. criticizes Myanmar court decision on Reuters journalists

The United States criticized Myanmar on Wednesday after the Asian country's high court upheld the sentencing of two Reuters journalists, expressing deep concern about freedom of expression and urging..
Reuters - Published

U.S. targets two men, three firms for helping Hezbollah avoid sanctions

The U.S. Treasury, moving to boost pressure on Hezbollah, imposed sanctions on Wednesday against two people and three firms that Washington accuses of being involved in schemes to help the armed..
Reuters - Published

Trump plan doesn't include Jordan-Palestinian union: U.S. envoy

An architect of a still-secret U.S. plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict took to Twitter again on Wednesday to disclose another element that it would not contain - a confederation with..
Reuters - Published

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says US oil sanctions won't go 'without a response'

Iran's foreign ministry said Monday that Iran "did not and does not attach any value or credibility to the waivers given to the sanctions.
Firstpost - Published

U.S. issues new Hezbollah-related sanctions

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on several individuals and entities under a program targeting the Iran-backed armed Shi'ite group Hezbollah.
Reuters - Published

Trump renews threat to close Mexican border, send more troops

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday again threatened to close part of the southern border and send more "armed soldiers" to defend it if Mexico did not block a new caravan of migrants traveling..
Reuters - Published

Trump rejects Mexican efforts in face of fresh migrant caravan

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Mexico to do more to block a new caravan of migrants and asylum-seekers traveling through the country toward the United States, reiterating his threat..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka Attacks: What Do We Know?

sri lanka attacks: what do we know?
by Stephanie Boyd - This week, the world has been reeling from news of suicide attacks which have unfolded across Sri Lanka over Easter weekend. It has been reported that more than 350 people lost..
One News Page Staff - Published

North Korea sidelines leader Kim's right-hand man for Hanoi breakdown: South Korea lawmaker

North Korea has replaced Kim Jong Un's right-hand man who steered nuclear talks with the United States, apparently blaming him for a failed summit between the two countries, a South Korean lawmaker..
Reuters - Published

Scale, sophistication of Sri Lanka attack point to foreign links: U.S. ambassador

The scale and sophistication of the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka suggested the involvement of an external group such as Islamic State, the U.S. ambassador said on..
Reuters - Published

Britain to allow Huawei restricted access to 5G network

Britain will allow Huawei Technologies a restricted role in building parts of its 5G network, seeking a middle way in a bitter dispute between the United States and China over the next generation of..
Reuters - Published

Five Eyes will not use Huawei in sensitive networks: senior U.S. official

None of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing nations will use technology from Huawei in the "sensitive" parts of their telecoms networks, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Twitter unveils new tool against EU elections meddlers

U.S. social media company Twitter will launch a new tool next week to make it easier for users to flag deliberate attempts to mislead voters taking part in key European Parliament elections next month.
Reuters - Published

Russia, U.S., China aim to cajole Taliban into inter-Afghan talks

Russia, the United States and China will this week try to press Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents to hold talks with Afghan politicians and civilians, an important step in a process aimed at ending the..
Reuters - Published

Iran can export as much oil as it needs: supreme leader

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the country can export as much oil as it needs, his official website reported, as the United States prepares to end sanctions waivers..
Reuters - Published

North Korea removes leader Kim's right-hand man: report

North Korea has removed Kim Yong Chol, leader Kim Jong Un's right-hand man and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's counterpart, from a top post, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday..
Reuters - Published

Benjamin Netanyahu intends to name Golan Heights settlement after Donald Trump to appreciate US recognition of Israel's sovereignty

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said that he intends to name a new settlement in the Golden heights after US President Donald Trump. The move would be in appreciation of Trump's..
Firstpost - Published

No advance intelligence on Easter bombings, says US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina Teplitz

A Sri Lankan minister had said earlier this week that India and the United States had provided information before the bombings on three churches and three hotels which authorities have blamed on a..
Firstpost - Published

Rouhani says U.S. must lift pressure and apologize before Iran will negotiate

Iran is willing to negotiate with America only when the United States lifts pressure and apologizes, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, according to state media.
Reuters - Published

Foreign groups likely behind Sri Lanka attacks, U.S. ambassador says

The scale and sophistication of the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka suggested the involvement of an external group such as Islamic State, the U.S. ambassador to said on..
Reuters - Published

U.S. believes there is ongoing terrorist plotting in Sri Lanka: envoy

The United States had no prior knowledge of the Easter Sunday suicide bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, but now believes there is ongoing terrorism plotting in the country,..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Gold worth billions smuggled out of Africa

Billions of dollars' worth of gold is being smuggled out of Africa every year through the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East – a gateway to markets in Europe, the United States and beyond – a..
Reuters - Published

Kim Jong-un meet with Vladimir Putin: With deadlock over US nuke talks, North Korea ready to revive links with Russia to counterbalance China

North Korea's Kim Jong-un is looking to revive Russia links by meeting Vladimit Putin, with nuclear negotiations with the US deadlocked and as he seeks a counterbalance to China.
Firstpost - Published

Indian jailed in US for 5 years for smuggling foreigners including Indians

The human smuggling carried out by him resulted in at least one death and endangered the lives of many, according to the Department of Justice statement.
DNA - Published

China navy chief takes dig at U.S. freedom of navigation patrols

Freedom of navigation should not be used to infringe upon the rights of other countries, China's navy chief Shen Jinlong said on Wednesday, taking a dig at the United States and its allies who have..
Reuters - Published

Ex-U.S. Marine accused in North Korean embassy raid ordered detained in L.A.

A former U.S. Marine accused of stealing electronics from the North Korean embassy in Madrid in a robbery of the diplomatic compound was ordered by a federal judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday to remain..
Reuters - Published

US says sanctions on Iran won't impact Chabahar port project

US President Trump has decided not to grant sanctions exemptions to any oil customers of Iran, further squeezing Tehran's top export commodity.
DNA - Published

Mexico sends home more migrants as Trump ramps up pressure

Mexico has returned 15,000 migrants in the past 30 days, a senior government official said on Tuesday, pointing to an uptick in deportations in the face of pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to..
Reuters - Published

Bowing to U.S. demands, U.N. waters down resolution on sexual violence in conflict

A U.S. threat to veto U.N. Security Council action on sexual violence in conflict was averted on Tuesday after a long-agreed phrase was removed because President Donald Trump's administration sees it..
Reuters - Published

U.N. caves to veto threat by anti-abortion U.S. over rape in war help

A U.S. threat to veto U.N. Security Council action on sexual violence in conflict was averted on Tuesday after a long-agreed phrase was removed because President Donald Trump's administration sees it..
Reuters - Published

US decision to end Iran oil sanctions waiver won't not affect India's investments in Chabahar port


IndiaTimes - Published

Israeli minister condemns Sanders' remarks on 'racist' Netanyahu government

An Israeli cabinet minister condemned U.S. Democratic Party presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Tuesday for describing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government as racist over its treatment of..
Reuters - Published

Germany's AfD invites ex-Trump aide Bannon to media conference

Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) has invited U.S. President Donald Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon to a media conference in Berlin for right-wing journalists and bloggers just..
Reuters - Published

FBI assisting Sri Lanka authorities with probe of bomb attacks: FBI

The FBI is assisting Sri Lankan authorities with their investigation of the bomb attacks over the Easter weekend on three churches and four hotels, a spokeswoman for the U.S. law enforcement agency..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka bomb blasts: Islamic State fighters carried out explosions that killed 321 and injured over 500, claim security sources

Security sources claimed that those who carried out the attack that targeted members of the US-led coalition and Christians in Sri Lanka on 21 April are Islamic State group fighters
Firstpost - Published

South Korea to send delegation to U.S. for talks on Iran sanction waivers

A South Korean delegation will head to Washington as early as this week for talks with U.S. officials after the United States announced plans to end all Iran sanction waivers, two South Korean..
Reuters - Published

Iran lawmakers authorize firm action against U.S. 'terrorist' acts

Iran's parliament passed a bill on Tuesday requiring the government take firm steps to respond to "terrorist actions" by U.S. forces, state TV reported, retaliating against Washington's blacklisting of..
Reuters - Published

Goldman says removal of Iran oil sanctions waivers to have limited impact

Goldman Sachs expects the United States' decision to end waivers from sanctions on imports of Iranian oil to have a limited impact on prices, even though the timing of the halt is much more sudden than..
Reuters - Published

End to Iran sanction waivers only bullish for oil prices in short term: Barclays

The U.S. push to reduce Iranian oil exports to zero will tighten crude markets significantly in the short term, but is unlikely to have a big effect on prices over a longer period, Barclays said in a..
Reuters - Published

Japan expects little impact from U.S. scrapping Iran oil waivers

Japan expects a limited impact from the U.S. decision not to renew waivers previously granted on Iran oil import sanctions, the country's trade and industry minister said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

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