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US bases in Afghanistan set to remain open after 2015

The US military bases in Kandahar and Jalalabad are likely to remain open beyond the end of 2015, a senior US official said as Washington considers slowing its pull-out from Afghanistan.

US soldiers from D Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The anticipated policy reversal reflects the US embrace of Afghanistan's more co-operative president, Ashraf Ghani, and a desire to avoid a of collapse of local security forces as seen in Iraq.

It coincides with new efforts backed by Pakistan and China for peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.


Charles meets US politicians at ambassador's residence

Prince Charles attended a reception at the British Ambassador to the US's residence in Washington after a busy day of events across the city.

Biden and Poroshenko agree over Russian sanctions

US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have agreed that sanctions against Russia must be tied to the full implementation of the Minsk peace plan, the White House said.

US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Credit: Andreas Gebert/DPA/PA Images

"As long as Russia continues to fuel violence and instability in Ukraine, the international community must be prepared to increase the costs to Russia for pursuing such actions," a statement reads.

Biden also welcomed the decision by the Ukrainian parliament to allow special status for rebel-controlled eastern regions and grant them limited self-rule.

Biden and Poroshenko made the agreement in a telephone call.

Charles and Camilla greeted by Washington crowds

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge began their four-day trip to the USA by visiting some of Washington's famous monuments.

However, many in the crowds weren't entirely sure who the heir to the throne was and those who did were disappointed the couple weren't William and Kate.

ITV News correspondent Tim Ewart reports from Washington:


US police search for gunman after four shot in Phoenix

Police in Phoenix are searching for a suspected gunman after four people were wounded during a shooting spree.

The shootings took place in three locations - including a restaurant and a hotel. Local detective Esteban Flores said the suspect they are looking for is a bald, white man in his 40s with a large tattoo on his neck.

Police believe he acted alone.

Two local colleges - the East Valley Institute of Technology, and Mesa Community college are in lock down.

High speed police chase ends when car flips over

A man has been arrested after a high speed police chase that only ended when the suspect's car flipped over.

Officials with the California Highway Patrol said the pursuit began near Vacaville when they tried to pull over a Nissan after receiving a "hit" on the car's license plate.

The suspect refused to stop and led police on a chase that topped 100 miles per hour.

It eventually ended near Los Altos Hills after the suspect's car crashed and flipped over.

British ambassador 'delighted' to welcome royal couple

British Ambassador to the US Sir Peter Westmacott said he is "delighted" to welcome Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall back to Washington after 10 years.

The royal couple attended an event at the British Embassy in Washington.

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