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Sarah Palin 'seriously interested' in running for President

Sarah Palin says she is 'seriously interested' in running for President. Credit: Reuters

Republican Sarah Palin has hinted at a bid for the party's Presidential nomination in a television interview.

Asked by ABC News whether she would consider putting her name forward, the former vice-presidential candidate said "of course", and later told the Washington Post that she was "seriously interested".

Palin - who was serving up bowls of wild boar chilli to the homeless in Las Vegas at the time - told the reporter: “We definitely had enough of seeing that -- America has had enough of seeing that -- sign on the Oval Office door saying, 'No Girls Allowed.' I know that.”

Meanwhile, businessman and TV personality Donald Trump also appeared to hint at an attempt to run this weekend.

After a speech in Iowa, CNN quoted Trump as telling reporters: "I'm the one person who can make this country great again, that's all I know."

Trump had also hinted at running for the 2012 nomination, but eventually ruled himself out due to business and contractual obligations.

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Barack Obama lands in India for three-day visit

Barack Obama hugs India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on arrival in New Delhi Credit: Reuters

Barack Obama has arrived in India with his wife Michelle for a symbolic three-day visit of the country.

In a break from protocol, the US President and the First Lady were met on the tarmac by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The two leaders hugged warmly before the group posed for photographs.

Just a year ago, relations between the two countries were at an all-time low when a diplomatic row broke out over allegations an Indian diplomat in the US exploited her housekeeper - leading to the abrupt resignation of the US ambassador from India.

Obama will be the first US president to attend India's Republic Day parade and will host a radio show with Mr Modi.

"I'd like to think the stars are aligned to finally realise the vision (of) India and America as true global partners," Obama said in an interview with India Today, a weekly magazine, published on Friday.

Two planes land safely after 'credible bomb threats' made

Two US airliners landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta after bomb threats were made against them, an airport spokesman said.

Bomb squads have reportedly been sent in after two bomb threats were made. Credit: Reuters

The threats against Delta Flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines Flight 2492, from Milwaukee, were deemed credible, but more information was not immediately available, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie.

Passengers were safely removed from the planes.

Obama: Our condolences are with the people of Japan

US President Barack Obama has joined the condemnation of the reported killing of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa by Islamic State militants, the White House said in a statement.

"Our condolences today are with the people of Japan for their terrible loss," said the statement, which was issued while Obama is en route to India.

"We renew our call for the immediate release of Kenji Goto and all other remaining hostages," it said.

Kerry calls on Russia to end support of Ukraine rebels

US Secretary of State John Kerry said he joined his European counterparts in condemning an assault by pro-Russian separatists on Mariupol, Ukraine, and he called on Russia to end its support for the rebels.

"It is reprehensible that the separatists are publicly glorifying this and other offensives in blatant violation of the Minsk agreements they signed," Kerry said in a statement issued while on a visit to Zurich.

A car burns on the street after a shelling by pro-Russian rebels of a residential sector of Mariupol. Credit: Reuters

He said the separatists' assault has been aided by Russia's "irresponsible and dangerous decision to resupply them in recent weeks with hundreds of new pieces of advanced weaponry, including rocket systems, heavy artillery, tanks, armored vehicles, in addition to continuing operational command and control."

"We call on Russia to end its support for separatists immediately, close the international border with Ukraine, and withdraw all weapons, fighters and financial backing. Otherwise, US and international pressure on Russia and its proxies will only increase," Kerry added.

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Fire destroys luxury apartment complex in New Jersey

A large fire has consumed a luxury apartment complex in the US state of New Jersey causing an estimated 400 people to be evacuated, NBC News reports.

The Avalon on the Hudson apartment complex is situated next to the Hudson River opposite Manhattan, New York.

Flames engulf the Avalon apartment complex in New Jersey Credit: EBU
The flames tore through several storeys of the apartment complex Credit: EBU
Aerial photo showing the fire Credit: EBU
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