US Government

US executes first woman on federal death row in nearly seven decades

Montgomery's execution marked the first time the US government has implemented the death sentence for a female prisoner since 1953.

Challenges were fought across multiple federal courts on whether to allow execution of Montgomery, 52, who had initially been scheduled to be killed by lethal injections of pentobarbital, a powerful barbiturate on Tuesday in the Justice Department's execution chamber at its prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Lance Armstrong settles with US Government over lawsuit suing for lost sponsorship during Tour de France doping

Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career.

The deal came as the two sides prepared for a trial that was scheduled to start May 7 in Washington. Armstrong's former US Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis filed the original lawsuit in 2010 and is eligible for up to 25 per cent of the settlement.

US tightens aviation screening to avoid laptop ban

The move will affect the approximately 2000 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States from 280 airports in 105 countries.

Officials are requiring enhanced screening of personal electronic devices and passengers, and increased explosive screening.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said airlines that failed to satisfy new security requirements could still face future in-cabin electronics restrictions.

Officials said the measures were to prevent an expansion of the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices affecting eight countries.

US Government sends condolences to Vanuatu on passing of President Lonsdale

US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said President Lonsdale served Vanuatu and her people admirably, and leaves a legacy of strong, just leadership.

“His background as an Anglican priest clearly guided his decisions, and his firm action to ensure a more corruption-free society in Vanuatu stands as a shining example for the rest of the world.”

“In this time of national mourning, please accept our deepest sympathy and reassurances that the United States stands with Vanuatu as an enduring friend and partner,” Tillerson said in a statement.

US government 'hacked global bank system'

The tools are said to have been created by the US National Security Agency (NSA), and accompanying documents appear to indicate a possible breach of the Swift global banking system.

Such a hack could have enabled the US to covertly monitor financial transactions, researchers said.

The files were released by Shadow Brokers, a hacking group that has previously leaked malware.

If genuine, it represents perhaps the most significant exposure of NSA files since the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013.

Twitter is suing the US government after it demanded it reveal the identity of an anti-Trump account.

The @ALT_USCIS profile was an anonymous profile account criticising President Trump’s immigration policy.

The account claimed it was being run by federal employees at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Twitter has requested a court block the Trump administration’s request, calling it a matter of free speech.

The challenge was filed in San Francisco, where the micro-blogging service is based.

US government offers aid to threatened Jewish centres

Secretary John Kelly called upon his agency to "heighten our outreach and support", to Jewish institutions following the spate of attacks.

Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated in Philadelphia and St Louis.

President Donald Trump has condemned these attacks and the murder of an Indian in Kansas as "hate crimes".

Mr Kelly said his office had spoken on Wednesday to the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Association of North America, which represents more than 150 campuses.

Donald Trump denies transition disarray after sackings

Mr Trump tweeted that the process of selecting his new cabinet and other positions was "very organised".

US media say two senior members of the transition team working on national security have been forced out.

Mr Trump, a property tycoon and Republican outsider, won an unexpected victory against Hillary Clinton.

He has already replaced New Jersey Governor Chris Christie with Vice-President-elect Mike Pence as head of the transition team.