Washington, Sep 27 - The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Thursday charged two former executives of China-based ChinaCast Education Corporation with fraud and insider trading.
The SEC charged Chan Tze Ngon, ChinaCast's former chief executive officer (CEO), with illicitly transferring $41 million to a purported subsidiary in which he secretly held a controlling 50 percent ownership stake, Xinhua reported.
The SEC also alleged that Jiang Xiangyuan, ChinaCast's former president for operations in China, avoided more than $200,000 in losses by illegally selling about 50,000 ChinaCast shares after transferring some of the company's assets.
Washington, Sep 27 - Former president George W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding in Maine of two family friends, media reported Thursday.
Bush and wife Barbara attended last weekend's nuptials of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, American commercial broadcast television and radio network NBC reported citing a spokesperson for the former president.
The newlyweds posted on Twitter a photo of Bush signing their marriage licence as a witness.
Thorgalsen and Clement own a store in Kennebunk, Maine, near the Bush family's compound.
New York, Sep 24 - A Sikh professor who was attacked over the weekend by a large group of teenagers shouting "get Osama" and "terrorist" wants to show core American and Sikh values are the same.
"It's clear that the associations between beards and turbans and terrorism are devastating for an entire community," said Prabhjot Singh, assistant professor at Columbia University, who was attacked Saturday evening in Harlem, New York City.
The teenagers surrounded him on bicycles, pulling his beard and punching him. Shortly after the incident a Muslim woman was attacked a few blocks away.
Washington, Sep 24 - Medtronic, a supplier of medical, surgical and laboratory equipment, will pay $290,000 to 78 Hispanic workers for the wage discrimination they suffered, the US Department of Labour said Monday.
The department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programmes (OFCCP) said the company discriminated against the Hispanic workers, paying them less that their co-workers at a manufacturing plant in Danvers, Massachusetts.
New York, Sep 23 - A 31-year-old Sikh professor at Columbia University was attacked here by 25 to 30 youths who called him a terrorist.
Prabhjot Singh, a professor of international and public affairs, was attacked Saturday night in upper Manhattan just blocks away from his Harlem home while he was walking by a mob who called him "Osama" and "terrorist", the New York Daily News reported citing police.
The professor has reportedly published many articles on hate crimes against Sikhs in America.
"There was a group of 25 to 30 young men. One of them said, 'Get him, Osama', the report quoted Singh, who suffered a fractured jaw, as saying.
New York, Sep 23 - Former South African president Nelson Mandela was conferred the Humanitarian Achievement Award at this year's South-South Awards ceremony here.
The anti-apartheid crusader, a global icon for peace and freedom, was given the award Sunday night for his outstanding leadership for human rights and development, reported Xinhua.
His wife, Graca Machel, received a Humanitarian Achievement Recognition award for her tireless advocacy for education, children's welfare and culture.
Mandela and Machel have both contributed greatly to development and human rights across Africa and the whole world.
Washington, Sep 23 - US President Barack Obama Sunday led the nation in honouring the 12 victims killed in a mass shooting here and called for a change in the country against gun violence.
Obama joined military leaders and an estimated on-site audience of 4,000 at a memorial service Sunday evening for the 12 victims who were killed at the Washington Navy Yard Monday, Xinhua reported.
Speaking at Marine Barracks in Washington, Obama said he had witnessed five violent mass shootings during his time in office, and was worried that there has been a "creeping resignation" among the public that nothing can be done against "an epidemic of gun violence."
Washington, Sep 21 - As the Republican controlled US House of Representatives passed a spending plan that also defunds his signature healthcare law for the
42nd time, President Barack Obama accused the opposition of "trying to mess with me."
"You don't have to threaten to blow the whole thing up if you don't get your way," he said in a campaign-style speech at a Ford plant in the Kansas City, Missouri, Friday after the House passed the measure by a 230-189 tally almost strictly on party lines.
The House vote set the stage for a possible government shut down as the Democratic-led Senate is certain to reject the provision defunding Obamacare.
Los Angeles, Sep 21 - Hispanics will be California's largest ethnic group by early next year, officials said.
"According to estimates based on data from the 2010 census, Hispanics now represent 39 percent of the California population due to their birth rate plus immigration," said Bill Schooling, chief of the demographic research unit of the state's finance department.
"That 39 percent signifies a number equal to that of non-Hispanic whites, and according to the same estimates, there is no doubt that by the beginning of next year, Latinos will have taken the lead over other ethnicities in the state," he said.
Washington, Sep 21 - US President Barack Obama's meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here next Friday - the third between the two leaders in four years - will provide them an opportunity to chart a course toward enhanced trade, investment and development cooperation, according to the White House.
Washington, Sep 21 - A winning ticket for the current $400 million Powerball jackpot was sold in the US state of South Carolina, the Multi-State Lottery Association said.
The lucky numbers this time around were 7, 10, 22, 32, 35 and Powerball 19, and according to lottery authorities the winning ticket was sold at the Murphy Express gas station in Lexington city.
Two tickets, sold in Florida and Pennsylvania, won the Match 5 category and each winner will receive $2 million. Six other people won prizes of $1 million each.
The lottery jackpot, the drawing for which was held Wednesday night, was the fifth largest in US history.
Chicago, Sep 20 : Eleven people, including a three-year-old boy, were shot at late Thursday in a Chicago park, police said.
The incident took place at around 10.15 p. m. (3.15 a. m. GMT) at a southside Chicago park, Xinhua quoted a police officer as saying.
The child and two other victims were in critical condition, he added.
At least 10 ambulances were sent to the scene, bringing victims to several hospitals.
No one in connection with the shooting has been arrested, according to local authorities.
Washington, Sep 20 - A leading US environmental action group has outlined three key areas for India US collaboration: energy efficiency, growing solar energy markets, and preparing communities to sustain the impacts of climate change.
In a letter to the White House Thursday Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) asked US President Barack Obama to prioritise climate change during his summit meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here next week.
Washington, Sep 20 - President Barack Obama has nominated yet another Indian American, Manish S Shah, to the key post of US District Court judge for the Northern District of his home state of Illinois.
Announcing Shah's nomination along with seven other judiciary posts, Obama said in a White House statement: "These men and women have had distinguished legal careers and I am honoured to ask them to continue their work as judges on the federal bench."
"They will serve the American people with integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice," he added.
Washington, Sep 19 - Iran will never develop nuclear weapons, new President Hassan Rouhani has said.
In an interview with NBC News, Rouhani, who took office last month, said he had full authority to make a deal with Western powers on his country's atomic programme.
Rouhani also talked about his initial interactions with US President Barack Obama, who had sent him a letter of congratulations after his election.
"From my point of view, the tone of the letter was positive and constructive," Xinhua quoted Rouhani as saying in the interview. "It could be subtle and tiny steps for a very important future.