A group of militiamen, who were in dispute with the U.S. government over the use of federal lands, on Sunday continued to stay at a federal building they took a day ago in the northwestern state of Oregon.
As the glittering crystal ball dropped with live music and the countdown resonating across Times Square, nearly one million delirious revelers burst into cheers, ringing in the new year amid tight security on Thursday.
The White House is faced up with strong reactions from US Congress members, whose communications with the Israeli officials were reportedly tapped by the National Security Agency (NSA), said media reports.
Rain-swollen rivers in the US Midwest forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents, threatened crops and livestock and left scores of buildings underwater on Wednesday after days of extreme weather in which 24 people died.
2015 is the 36th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-US diplomatic relations. In the Chinese Zodiac (Shengxiao), 36 years equals to three cycles of Zodiac years, representing a new start. 2015 marked a turning point for bilateral relations.