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Mitt Romney rules out third Presidential campaign

MITT ROMNEY: "After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee."

Mitt Romney will not seek the Republican nomination for US President in 2016.

Pilot locked out of cockpit

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US flight forced to make emergency landing after door fault saw captain locked out.

'Enough evidence'

KILLED IN ARGENTINA: Nick Heyward.

The men suspected of murdering Kiwi backpacker Nick Heyward in Argentina will go to trial.

Google 'fought WikiLeaks gag orders'

Google says fought to reveal warrant details as the US chased those involved with WikiLeaks.

Google says it fought orders stopping it from revealing to its users that their data was being sought by the US government.

US to Cuban travel ban

CLASSIC CUBA: American cars from the 1950s on the streets of Havana.

American restrictions on travel to Cuba could be lifted soon if Congress backs a bill introduced yesterday.

Chad troops retake town from Boko Haram

A motorcyclist rides past a burnt trailer truck in the Nigerian city of Gombe, recently targeted by Boko Haram militants.

The Chad army is taking a harder line on Islamist militants, and has regained control of a town taken by the feared Boko Haram fighters late last year.

FBI probes jet bomb threats

TWITTER THREATS: Several US flights have been cancelled as threats were made on social media.

The FBI is investigating Twitter threats that saw 5 flights in the US cancelled.

Ex-taxi driver joins 'Most Wanted Terrorist' list

Somalia-based al Shabaab claimed responsibility for a spate of car bombings in the capital Mogadishu.

The FBI has added a former Washington, DC taxi driver, Liban Haji Mohamed, to its list of 'Most Wanted Terrorists,' offering a big reward for tips that lead to his capture and conviction.

US politician's eight-day Australia trip costs $68,000

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An Australian defence industry association helps a US politician rack up the biggest travel bill for a US congressman in 2014.

Seven dead in blast at Mexican children's hospital video

GAS BLAST: Rescue workers at the site of an explosion that killed at least seven people at a maternity hospital in Mexico City.

An apparent gas explosion has destroyed part of a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens more.

Virginia gun-control bill takes next step

Progress for Virginia's gun-control bill is a rare victory for the US anti-gun lobby.

Virginia's gun control bill, declared dead two days ago, is back on the Senate's agenda.

Stop meddling, Cuba tells US

CONCERNS: Cuban President Raul Castro made it clear he is committed to the talks despite his concern that Washington might try to stir up internal opposition within Cuba.

Cuba will not accept any interference from the United States in its internal affairs, says President Raul Castro.

Fourth arrest for deadly Indianapolis explosion

A fourth arrest has been made two years after a planned explosion that killed two people

A fourth suspect has been arrested two years after a house explosion, part of an insurance scam, that killed two people

Stop e-smoking: California clamps down

E-cigarettes are rising in popularity so quickly that California is set impose strict new rules.

Popularity of e-cigarettes is rising so quickly that California's health officials are putting 'vaping' on their hit list.

Oklahoma worries over its swarm of quakes

SHAKY GROUND: A fracking operation in Pennsylvania.Many states have strict new operating guidelines as connections to 'man-made' earthquakes are proven.

Oklahoma residents are understandably concerned as earthquakes get more intense and more frequent - and blaming the oil industry that accounts for a large chunk of the state's economy.

Saudi airman jailed for raping teen boy

VEGAS RAPE: A Nevada court has sentenced a Saudi Arabian airman over the rape of a 13-year-old boy.

A 25-year-old Saudi Air Force sergeant who raped a boy in a Las Vegas casino was sentenced to at least 35 years jail.

Iranian envoy expected to get US visa

BIG THAW: Issuing a visa to the Iranian envoy to the United Nations will mark a huge leap forward in relations with America.

Diplomatic sources say Iran's freshly-appointed UN ambassador will receive an American visa - marking a huge change in relations between the two countries.

Romney takes aim at Hillary Clinton

ALREADY RICH: Mitt Romney may have third attempt at running for the American presidency.

Mitt Romney may have shown his hand for a potential third run at the US presidency, attacking possible rival Hillary Clinton in a cutting speech.

Pot paraphernalia banned from airport

HIGH THERE: Cannabis may be legal in Colorado, but the Denver Airport won't allow a picture of it on a t-shirt.

Marijuana merchandise is barred from Colorado's Denver Airport - despite recreational use of the drug being legal in the state.

Laser inventor Townes dies at 99

LASER BEAMS: From simple DVD players to the US Navy's Laser Weapon System, Charles Townes' invention has been hugely important.

Charles Townes, the American physicist awarded the Nobel Prize after invented the laser, has died in California.

Deathrow trio dodge execution - for now

DEATH DEBATE: It's up to the US courts to decide whether Oklahoma's lethal injection cocktail can be used for executions.

Execution drugs used in Oklahoma have been slammed as 'inhumane' by critics, with legal action blocking three upcoming lethal injections.

'Zombie' cat comes back from the dead

BURIED ALIVE:Brave Bart the cat dug himself out of the grave.

A cat that was buried in Florida after being hit by a car is recovering from its ordeal.

5.7 quake hits off California coast

SHALLOW: The quake was initially reported as a 5.1, but has been upgraded.

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck off the coast of northern California, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Physicist jailed for selling nuke secrets

A physicist from an American nuclear research facllity has been jailed for espionage.

A former scientist at the US' largest nuclear lab has been jailed for selling secrets to Venezuela.

'Murky' prosecutor killing conspiracy grips Argentina

DUBIOUS DEATH: Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in his flat.

Facts around the killing of an Argentinian prosecutor who was killed before he testified in front of Congress are becoming difficult to separate from fiction.

New York officials in firing line over 'Juno' actions

GETTING AROUND: A cyclist makes his way over the Brooklyn Bridge after winter storm Juno brought less than predicted snowfall in New York City.

New York's leaders on the defensive after shutting down city for a snowstorm that didn't meet expectations.

Plane passengers stuck in blizzard

VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS: The recently re-branded Air Pacific is the national airline of Fiji. Its tribal-esque exterior is evocative of the island's rich native culture.

Disgruntled passengers trapped at airport during New York snowstorm were even less impressed when all they got was a $15 McDonald's voucher.

'Dead' cat claws himself out of grave video

DETERMINED: His owner thought Bart was a goner, but five days after being buried Bart showed up at a neighbour's house.

His owner thought Bart was a goner, but five days after being buried this fearless feline clawed his way home.

Frozen parody 'School is closed' video

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A head teacher in Rhode Island wows pupils with his parody of Frozen's Let it Go to tell them school's closed due to snow storm.

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