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US and UK concern over Zimbabwe vote Intercepted al Qaeda message led to embassy closings US extends embassy closures   The US says it will keep 19 embassies in north Africa and the Middle East closed until Saturday, due to a possible militant threat Amazon boss buys Washington Post   Talks gather pace as US senators arrive  US senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have joined top diplomats in Cairo to help find a peaceful solution to Egypt's political stalemate US government sues Bank of America   Obama cancels Putin talks over Snowden  US President Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after Russia's decision to grant asylum to intelligence leaker   Obama vows reforms of surveillance   President Barack Obama has promised 'appropriate reforms' to guarantee greater oversight of controversial US surveillance programs US embassies to reopen after alert Apple victory in Samsung patent case US eyes criminal justice shake-up  The Obama administration has unveiled major changes to the criminal justice system, dropping mandatory minimum sentences in certain drug cases   Kerry hopeful on Middle East talks  The US has urged the Palestinians 'not to react adversely' to Israel's approval of 1,200 new settlement homes only days before talks resume US moves to block airlines merger Jesse Jackson Jr jailed for fraud   Obama condemns Egypt bloodshed   US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the violence in Egypt, and cancelled joint military exercises planned for later this month Washington Post and CNN hit by hack CIA acknowledges secret 'Area 51' CIA admits role in Iran's 1953 coup US senator drops Canada citizenship Tapes show Nixon as Watergate scandal loomed Court halted NSA email surveillance   Obama: Syria chemicals grave concern   US President Barack Obama has said the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria in an attack on Wednesday is a 'big event of grave concern'   US weighs Syria military options   The Pentagon is moving forces closer to Syria as the US weighs its options in the conflict there, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has suggeste... Thousands rally in US to mark 'I have a dream' speech   Cameron and Obama warning over Syria  The UK and the US have threatened a 'serious response' if it emerges Syria used chemical weapons last week Hagel: US prepared for 'all contingencies' in Syria U.S. official: Almost no doubt Assad regime used chemical weapons   Syria chemical attack 'undeniable'   US Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned what he said was the 'undeniable' use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government US soldier awarded Medal of Honor   US 'ready' to launch Syria strike
US embassies to shut over threat  The US will close a number embassies and consulates, mostly in the Middle East, on Sunday in response to an unspecified threat, officials say US fury at Snowden's Russian asylum US employment up by 162,000 in July   U.S. issues global travel alert due to al Qaeda threat

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  A global travel alert issued by the State Department warned al Qaeda may launch attacks in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond in coming weeks
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  American forces are 'ready' to launch strikes on Syria if President Obama chooses to order an attack, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says
  Washington     Biden: 'No doubt' Syria used chemical arms   US Vice-President Joe Biden has said there is 'no doubt' that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons and that it must be held accountable   Washington   US envoy in N Korea prisoner mission  The US is to send Robert King, the US special envoy for North Korean rights, to request the release of a US man jailed in the communist stat... Aug.28   Washington   US marks Martin Luther King 'I have a dream' speech   50th anniversary of the March for Jobs and Freedom, the civil rights rally at which Martin Luther King Jr made his historic speech   Washington     Obama 'sure Syria behind attack'
  US President Barack Obama says the US has concluded that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attacks near Damascus
Aug.29   Pakistan     New trial ordered for doctor linked to CIA's bin Laden search  A Pakistani judicial commissioner has overturned the conviction of Dr. Shakil Afridi who is accused of helping the U.S. find Osama bin Laden   Washington US will not challenge cannabis laws   Washington     US to act in its 'best interests' over Syria crisis   The US has said it will act in its 'best interests' in dealing with the Syria crisis, after British MPs rejected military intervention Aug.30   Washington     Syria attack killed 1,429 - Kerry
  US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Syrian government forces of killing 1,429 people in a chemical weapons attack in Damascus last week
  Washington     Obama: No boots on ground in Syria  President Obama said he was considering a limited response to what intelligence assessed with 'high confidence' as an attack that killed 1,400... Aug.31   Washington   Obama to seek Congress vote on Syria
  President Barack Obama says the US should take military action against Syria and he will seek congressional authorisation for intervention


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