China quelling evidence weakening its spy case against US woman, husband says

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Sep 1 : China has set a Sept. 19 trial date for a U.S. businesswoman it has held since March 2015 for suspected spying, and is suppressing evidence that weakens its case, the woman’s husband in Texas said in a statement on Thursday. Vietnam-born Sandy Phan-Gillis, from Houston, a U.S. […]

Basketball-US women rout Japan to reach semi-finals

By Steve Keating RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 17 : The United States steamrolled to their 47th straight Olympic win routing Japan 110-64 on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals of the women’s basketball tournament and a step closer to a sixth consecutive gold medal. With an overall record of 64-3, Olympic losses are rare for the […]

Clinton makes history with Democratic nomination for president

By Luciana Lopez and Amy Tennery PHILADELPHIA, Jul 27 : Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s US presidential nomination, coming back from a stinging 2008 defeat in her first White House run and surviving a bitter primary fight to become the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in US history. In […]

Biles on road to Rio, Douglas in trouble

By Steve Keating SAN JOSE, California, Jul 9 : Simone Biles is well on the road to the Rio Games but Olympic champion Gabby Douglas’s journey is in danger after a dramatic opening round of the US Olympic gymnastics trials. Biles, the three-time all-around world champion unbeaten in major competitions since 2013, looks poised to […]

US House Republicans battle each other on gun control

By Susan Cornwell and David Morgan WASHINGTON, Jul 6 : A divided Republican Party today fought over gun control legislation that was cobbled together following last month’s mass shooting in Orlando, raising questions over US House Speaker Paul Ryan’s ability to get the measure passed. While Democrats have said the gun control proposal put forward […]

Obama, in shift, to keep 8,400 US troops in Afghanistan until 2017

By Jeff Mason and Jonathan LandayWASHINGTON, Jul 6 : President Barack Obama today shelved plans to cut the US force in Afghanistan nearly in half by year’s end, opting to keep 8,400 troops there through the close of his presidency in January and let his successor determine the path forward.Acknowledging that security in Afghanistan remained […]