Obama announces ‘core coalition’ to confront Isis threat

The coalition of 10 countries will aim to gain Middle Eastern countries’ support before the next UN security council meeting US President Barack Obama urged Western allies at the NATO summit in Wales to unite in a coalition to “destroy” Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Barack Obama hailed the formation of a “core coalition” of…

US police use technology to ID troubled officers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit from citizens or the federal government. While such “early warning systems” are often treated as a cure-all, experts say, little research exists on their effectiveness or more importantly if…

Silicon Valley executives join White House technology policy team

Obama brings on Megan Smith from Google and Alexander Macgillivray from Twitter to advise on big data and privacy President Barack Obama tapped Silicon Valley for two key positions on his technology policy team on Thursday, naming Megan Smith from Google as his chief technology officer and Alexander Macgillivray, formerly of Twitter, as a deputy. Smith was vice-president of the…

Is America undermining Pakistan’s importance as an ally?

United States strategic shift to the Asia Pacific from the Middle East thanks to President Barack Obama’s Asia Pivot has certainly changed the entire Middle Eastern geopolitical calculus. We are now witnessing a time period when, for the first time in history, the United States is on the verge of becoming energy sufficient as it surpassed Saudi Arabia in oil production in October, 2013. This happened…

Nepal attempts to upstage Pakistan’s record of world’s largest human flag

KATHMANDU: More than 35,000 Nepalese on Saturday made a bid to break the record for forming the world’s largest “human national flag” as they sought to set a new international record. As the country’s anthem played, participants held up crimson, blue and white coloured cardboard for 10 minutes on an open ground in Kathmandu’s city centre to form the national flag….

US ready to take further action against Islamic State

The White House on Friday said the United States stands ready to take additional action against Islamic State fighters who beheaded an American journalist and will not be restricted by the Iraq-Syria border. US airstrikes against Islamic State targets have been confined to Iraq thus far but US officials have made clear they are considering taking the fight against the group into Syria, where it is…

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