The Nigerian man who attempted to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day in 2009 has been sentenced to life in prison. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab said he was acting on behalf of al-Qaeda. Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports.
The United Nations says its nuclear inspectors are ready to return to North Korea. Pyongyang has agreed to stop enriching uranium and testing nuclear weapons in return for food aid. Al Jazeera Alan Fisher reports from Washington, DC.
US president Barack Obama has expressed disappointment at China's decision to veto a UN resolution on Syria. Speaking during Vice-President Xi Jinping's visit to the US, Obama also urged China to clean up its human rights record, and abide by international trade rules. Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from Washington.
Barack Obama, the US president, has submitted a 2013 budget on Monday and said the new proposal, including tax hikes on the rich and jobs programmes, would expand economic growth in the country. Obama said his $3.8tn budget would create jobs, change an economic system tilted towards the wealthy and make long-term cuts to deficits now set to top $1tn four years in a row. But the blueprint immediately sunk into the mire of Washington politics, with Republicans branding it an "insult" to taxpayers, a mere "campaign document" and an example of an America "drowning in debt". Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from Washington.
Front-runner Mitt Romney has a significant lead over his main rival Newt Gingrich in Florida with just a day before the state's Republican primary., according to the latest polls. Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports on why the sunshine state is a key battleground in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
In the US, the field is narrowing as Republican presidential hopefuls look to the South Carolina primary this weekend. Rick Perry has withdrawn from the race, giving his support to former speaker Newt Gingrich instead, but Gingrich has other problems. He is dealing with fallout from a public interview by his ex-wife, who says he asked her for an open marriage. At South Carolina's final Republican debate, Gingrich hit out at the US media. Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from South Carolina.
Voting is under way in the US state of New Hampshire, where Republicans and independents are voting for the Republican party's candidate for the US presidency. Mitt Romney, the former governor of neighbouring Massachusetts, is the front-runner in the poll. Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from Manchester, New Hampshire.
The six major Republican candidates have participated in two debates within the past 24 hours and abuse and ridicules were high on the agenda. The final debate before New Hampshire votes have seen a brutal 'Stop Romney' campaign kicked into high gear as the US presidential hopefuls realise he is now the man to beat. And they are making every effort to halt his momentum. Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from New Hampshire.
Republican candidates vying to unseat US President Barack Obama have been pulling out all the stops in a bid to win over voters ahead of their party's first vote in the state of Iowa. Many voters, however, remain undecided, while others have strongly differing opinions on who to vote for. Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from Adel, Iowa.
Iowa will be the first state to begin casting votes on January 3 for the Republican nominee for the 2012 US presidential election. Incumbent Barack Obama is going into the race with a 47 per cent approval rating, despite soaring unemployment and a national debt of $15 trillion that is growing by around $4bn a day. Democrats and Republicans continue to engage in an ideological battle about the type of government the country needs. Issues like security, immigration and foreign policy have been pushed to the margins as concerns about the struggling economy take centre stage. Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from Washington.