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Devyani Khobragade: India-US diplomat row escalates

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India has ordered a series of reprisals against the United States amid a worsening row over the arrest of one of its diplomats in New York.

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Edward Snowden leaks: NSA amnesty 'considered'

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The US National Security Agency is considering offering an amnesty to fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden if he agrees to stop leaking secret documents, an NSA official says.

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US Senate votes to ban plastic guns for 10 more years

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The US Senate has approved a 10-year extension of a ban on plastic guns invisible to metal detectors but has rejected tougher restrictions called for by gun-control advocates.

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US fast-food workers staging nationwide strike

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Fast-food workers in nearly 100 cities across the US are planning to hold a 24-hour strike on Thursday in protest at low wages, organisers say.

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Obamacare signup delayed -- for 2015

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After the many bumps, ruts and roadblocks the Affordable Care Act has run into, health officials in Washington have decided to delay open enrollment in Obamacare -- not this year, but a year down the road.

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George W. Bush tells Jay Leno: Not worried how history will judge

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It seems George W. Bush can take a joke -- and tell one.

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Tornadoes rip through Midwest, killing 6 and devastating neighborhoods

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They sifted through the darkness, hoping their flashlights would shine on something -- anything -- salvageable.

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Canada plane crash: 5 die in regional airliner in Ontario; 2 escape burning plane

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Five people died when a regional airliner crashed and caught fire just short of a runway in Red Lake, Ontario, Canada, police said.

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Republican Christie re-elected New Jerssey governor, hints at White House run

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New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie resoundingly won re-election on Tuesday, winning support across the political spectrum and immediately challenging Washington to follow his lead in a victory speech that could be seen as a start to the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Google 'outraged' by government snooping; NSA chief denies claim

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The National Security Agency's director flatly denied a Washington Post report Wednesday that the NSA secretly broke into communications links to Google and Yahoo servers overseas.

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Six dead in Greenwood County, South Carolina, shooting

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Six people, including two children and the suspected shooter, were found dead in Greenwood County, South Carolina, an official said Tuesday night.

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US spying: Senate intelligence committee orders review

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The US Senate's intelligence committee has announced a major review of the country's surveillance operations.

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Report: U.S. stopped phone tapping leaders this year

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The White House learned this summer that the National Security Administration had tapped the phones of world leaders and ordered a halt to some of the eavesdropping, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

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Key House Republican presses tech companies on Obamacare glitches

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The Republican chairman of a key congressional oversight committee has asked Google, Microsoft and three other U.S. companies to provide details on their possible involvement in a "tech surge" aimed at fixing a website implementing President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

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Mother Antonia, who tended to prisoners’ needs, dies at 86

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Mary Clarke grew up in the luxury of Beverly Hills, where movie stars, such as William Powell, Hedy Lamarr and Dinah Shore, were among her neighbors. She spent weekends at a roomy beach house overlooking the Pacific and once had closets filled with mink coats and ball gowns.

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U.S. government shutdown officially over

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It's over. But just for now.

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US Republicans and Obama in 'useful' debt crisis talks

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Republican House Speaker John Boehner: "A good faith effort on our part to move halfway on what he has demanded"

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Pentagon-funded Atlas robot refuses to be knocked over

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Meet Atlas, a humanoid robot capable of crossing rough terrain and maintaining its balance on one leg even when hit from the side.

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US shutdown halts Barack Obama's Malaysia trip

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President Barack Obama has called off his trip to Malaysia to tackle the US government shutdown, the office of Malaysia's PM Najib Razak has said.

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US begins shutdown amid budget row

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The US government has begun a partial shutdown after the two houses of Congress failed to agree a budget.

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Capitol quiet as federal government shutdown nears

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With a deadline to avert a federal government shutdown fast approaching, the U.S. Capitol was eerily quiet on Sunday as Republicans and Democrats waited for the other side to blink first and break the impasse over funding.

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