Scientists dispute the claim by the United States that all the oil has gone from the Gulf of Mexico.
Sources: The Guardian
Sources: The Guardian
A prisoner swap takes place between Iran and the United States, resulting in the release of five prisoners from each country. Under the terms of the swap, Iran will also gain access to six billion dollars frozen in South Korean bank accounts.
A U.S. drone strike in Kabul kills Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's leader since the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011. The airstrike is also the first U.S. military action in Afghanistan following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan last year.
Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, capture several villages in an offensive to retake the Iraqi town of Sinjar from Islamic State militants, who overran it more than a year ago. The operation aims to cordon off the town, take control of Islamic State supply routes, and establish a buffer zone to protect the town from artillery, according to the Kurdish national security council.
Federal district court judge Richard Leon rules the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of U.S. phone records is unconstitutional. This ruling has limited impact since it applies to only one case, and the NSA is scheduled to replace this protocol with a more targeted system the end of this month.
Politicians in the United States begin a probe into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11. Walid Faraj, a surviving witness of the attack, has not yet been interrogated.
It is revealed that BP chief executive Tony Hayward is negotiating his terms of exit after being negatively criticised by politicians in the United States over his handling of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Energy company BP announces it is to sell billions worth of assets in Canada, Egypt, Pakistan, United States and Vietnam to part-fund the clean-up cost of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
A 2007 memo is released showing that two U.S. Federal agencies, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Minerals Management Service, underestimated the possibility of a large-scale oil spill from drilling in the Gulf and its effects on Gulf Coast wildlife.