The US Federal Reserve has indicated it is more positive on the US economy, confirming views it is likely to raise interest rates this year. The US central bank said it had unanimously agreed to keep rates at close to zero this month, but believed the economy was on a stronger footing. read more
Investigators say a Virgin Galactic spaceship crash was caused by structural failure after the co-pilot unlocked a braking system early. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says resulting aerodynamic forces caused the brakes to be actually deployed, tearing apart the craft. read more
The Taliban have seized a police base in northern Afghanistan and captured scores of officers after three days of fighting, officials say. More than 100 officers surrendered at the base in Badakhshan province. They were released after reportedly handing over their weapons. read more
President Barack Obama has admitted that his failure to pass "common-sense gun safety laws" in the US is the greatest frustration of his presidency. In an interview with the BBC, Obama said it was "distressing" not to have made progress on the issue "even in the face of repeated mass killings." The president said, "If you look at the number of Americans killed since 9/11 by terrorism, it's less than 100. If you look at the number that have been killed by gun violence, it's in the tens of thousands. ... For us not to be able to resolve that issue has been something that is distressing."
The Pentagon has urged U.S. citizens not to carry out armed patrols outside military recruitment centers. Civilians acting as unofficial guards have appeared outside some centers since five service personnel were shot dead last week in Tennessee. The Pentagon says it appreciates the support but armed civilians could pose an unintended security risk. read more