Agence France-Presse in Washington

The United States has asked China to help block cyberattacks from North Korea as it considers its response to the hack of Sony Pictures, a US official said on Saturday.

Jihadists post video of British journalist John Cantlie as Barack Obama hails Congress for backing his plan to arm moderate Syrian rebels and France for signing off on air strikes in Iraq.


A 15-month-old US boy has survived an 11-storey fall from a balcony at his parents’ apartment in Minneapolis, Minnesota, local media reported on Wednesday.

The United States has criticised Beijing for being provocative after a Chinese coastguard tried to block a Philippine vessel on Saturday that was rotating troops on a islet among the Spratlys archipelago in the tense South China Sea.

The Pentagon plans to scale back the US Army by more than an eighth to its lowest level since before the second world war, signaling a shift in policy after more than a decade of ground conflicts.