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Snowden charges first step in long extradition process

By Tabassum Zakaria and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has filed espionage charges against Edward Snowden, a former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who admitted revealing secret surveillance programs to media outlets, according to a court document made public on Friday. The charges are the government’s first…

Study finds more pests are growing resistant to genetically modified crops

More pest species are becoming resistant to the most popular type of genetically-modified, insect-repellent crops, but not in areas where farmers follow expert advice, a study said on Monday. The paper delves into a key aspect of so-called Bt corn and cotton — plants that carry a gene to make…

U.S. sits on sidelines as more than 60 countries sign arms trade treaty

More than 60 countries on Monday signed a landmark conventional arms trade treaty, but the United States held back from joining the first wave of signatories while Russia and China are expected to stay out of the accord. The UN-brokered treaty is the first covering weaponry of any kind for…

Eric Holder officially admits U.S. drone strikes killed four Americans

The United States formally said for the first time on Wednesday that it had killed radical Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and three other US citizens in anti-terror strikes abroad. The acknowledgement that Washington targeted Awlaki in Yemen in September 2011 and that the three others were not directly targeted, but…

Falling U.S. deficit renews ‘austerity or growth?’ debate

Austerity or growth? Europe’s struggling economies have faced the question without fully answering it in recent years, but the United States is on track to do both. Projections unveiled this week by the Congressional Budget Office indicate the US deficit will shrink more than 40 percent during fiscal 2013, returning…

Surging U.S. oil production pushes reserves to highest levels in 30 years

Surging oil production has put the United States on track toward greater energy independence, pushing US reserves to their highest levels in 30 years. But analysts say bottlenecks in the distribution system are keeping oil from reaching markets. US oil stocks reached 395.3 million barrels last week, a level not…

Carnegie think tank study sees China as a ‘coercive power’ with Japan

China will likely use its growing power to try to force its way with Japan but it is doubtful that Beijing will enter a Cold War-style confrontation with the United States, a study said. The report by the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace aims to be the most comprehensive…

Living in U.S. raises risk of allergies

Children born outside the United States have a lower risk of asthma, skin and food allergies, and living in the United States for a decade or more may raise the risk of some allergies, said a study Monday. The research in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that…

Most undocumented immigrants want to be integrated into American society

A poll released Monday has found that 87 percent of undocumented immigrants in the United States want to become citizens and have deep roots in US society. The poll, conducted by the firm Latino Decisions, comes as the US Congress readies to debate an immigration reform bill that would offer…

American woman marries Mexican fiancé on Rio Grande river border

A US citizen has married her Mexican fiance on a raft on the river border between their two countries, a unique ceremony designed to meet US immigration requirements. Stephanie Guerra, 26, and Ruben Alfonso Fierro, 27, defied the swirling currents of the Rio Grande and boarded a Zodiac raft that…

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