Fresh from a decisive re-election win, President Barack Obama returns from the campaign trail with little time to savour victory, facing urgent economic challenges, a looming fiscal showdown and a still-divided Congress able to block his every move.
U.S. voters have complained about erratic implementation of voter ID laws, while long lines and makeshift polling sites in storm-hit New York and New Jersey have added to confusion in a bitterly contested presidential election.
President Barack Obama rolled to re-election and a second term in the White House today with a clear victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
President Barack Obama has vowed to bring to justice the killers of the US ambassador and three other diplomats in Libya as he sought to avoid election-year fallout from an attack that cast a spotlight on his administration's handling of "Arab Spring" unrest.
The White House has rejected a request by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet President Barak Obama in the United States this month, an Israeli official said, after a row erupted between the allies over Iran's nuclear programme.
Protesters in Egypt and Libya have attacked US diplomatic missions in a spasm of violence that led to the death of a State Department officer at the consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi after fierce clashes at the compound.
"Dancing with the Stars" co-host Brooke Burke says she has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and will need surgery.
Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords stood in federal court to face her would-be assassin moments before he was sentenced to life in prison for killing six people and wounding 13 others, including Giffords, last year.
French archaeologists have uncovered a rare, near-complete skeleton of a mammoth in the countryside near Paris, alongside tiny fragments of flint tools suggesting the carcass may have been cut into by prehistoric hunters.
Canada's Supreme Court has struck down the patent on global pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer Inc's Viagra erectile dysfunction drug and opened the door to generic competition.
An Israeli military team has arrived in Ghana to help search for survivors a day after a four-storey shopping mall collapsed in the West African state's capital Accra, killing at least nine.
A former painter at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine who admitted using a cigarette lighter to ignite a fire that caused about $400 million in damage to a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine simply to get out of work has pleaded guilty to arson.
Rescue workers have carted out dead bodies found under rubble in the aftermath of Guatemala's most powerful earthquake in decades, while others cleared wrecked cars and collapsed buildings as they searched for survivors.
A Monet water lilies painting has sold for nearly $US43.8 million and a Kandinsky fetched an artist's record $US23 million ($NZ53.6 million) as Christie's kicked off the auction season with a sale that saw many mid-level works failing to find buyers.
The United States will face arch-rivals Mexico away from home in the third game of the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifers.
Australia's pace bowlers would be pushing the boundaries of acceptable aggression with a barrage of short bowling at South Africa's batsmen in this week's first test against the Proteas, captain Michael Clarke has said.
A strong earthquake off the coast of Guatemala killed at least 48 people and trapped others under rubble, crushing homes and cars, destroying roads and forcing evacuations as far away as Mexico City.
Barcelona wasted their first chance to reach the Champions League last 16 after a surprise defeat to Celtic but Manchester United edged through and six-goal Bayern Munich blasted their way closer to qualification.
Republicans reeling from their second presidential loss in a row are engaging in some soul-searching but are at odds on how far the party must change to remake its image.