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No evidence of 'spy' in Trump camp, Democrats say after intel brief

Washington - US intelligence agencies offered no evidence to back President Donald Trump's claim that the FBI planted a "spy" in his campaign, congressional Democrats said Thursday after a closed-door briefing.

Congress will vote on whether or not to bring back net neutrality

Congress will vote to restore net neutrality next week. If the measure is passed by a simple majority vote, it would still need to be signed by President Donald Trump. Right now, 48 senators appear to be in favor of the measure.

Despite Korea trip, Pompeo's secretary of state nomination in trouble

Washington - CIA Director Mike Pompeo's nomination to be US secretary of state ran into trouble Wednesday, even as it emerged he had secretly met with North Korea's Kim Jong Un on Donald Trump's behalf.

Democrats to Trump: Stop tweeting about possible Syria strikes

Washington - Several Democratic lawmakers upbraided President Donald Trump on Friday for using social media to telegraph potential attacks against Syria, warning that his "reckless" and "taunting" language endangers American troops.

France's Macron to address US Congress in April

Washington - French President Emmanuel Macron will address the US Congress when he visits Washington next month on a high-profile trip held against the backdrop of rising transatlantic trade tensions.

US Senate to vote on military involvement in Yemen war

Washington - US lawmakers vote later Tuesday on whether to end American involvement in Yemen's bloody civil war, an extraordinary effort to overrule presidential military authorization just as Saudi Arabia's crown prince visits Washington.

Trump hails House report's finding of no collusion with Russia

Washington - President Donald Trump said Tuesday that a Republican report from Congress proved his claim that his 2016 election campaign did not collude with Russians.

House panel finds 'no evidence' of Trump-Russia election collusion

Washington - A Republican-dominated House panel announced Monday that its investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election found no collusion by Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Trump tariffs trigger Republican rebellion

Washington - The rebellion is swelling among members of the US Congress's Republican majority dismayed over Donald Trump's contentious new trade tariffs, with many elected officials threatening to block the president's decree.

Trump backs release of memo alleging FBI abuses

Washington - US President Donald Trump is set to approve the release of an explosive memo alleging abuse of power in the FBI's probe of his election campaign, a White House official said Thursday.

US lawmakers nominate HK pro-democracy activists for Nobel Peace Prize

Washington - A bipartisan group of US congressmen announced Thursday they had nominated Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, Alex Chow and the entire Umbrella Movement for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

FBI challenges White House over explosive Russia case memo

Washington - The FBI warned Wednesday it has "grave concerns" over the accuracy of a secret Congressional memo that could depict the agency as deeply politicized, as President Donald Trump's top aide signalled the White House would allow the document's release.

Train carrying US Republicans hits truck, killing one person

Washington - A train carrying several dozen Republican lawmakers including US House Speaker Paul Ryan collided with a garbage truck Wednesday in Virginia, killing one person and sending six others, including a congressman, to hospital, officials said.

US senator fires top aide over 'improper relations' with staff

Washington - A prominent US senator on Saturday fired his chief of staff for improper relations with subordinates, as US lawmakers increasingly grapple with the issue of sexual harassment.

US Senate Democrat report hits out at Putin's 'malign' threat

Washington - Russia's Vladimir Putin employs corruption, military invasions in Europe and sprawling disinformation campaigns in attempts to undermine democracies, and US President Donald Trump has been "negligent" in countering the threats, a Senate Democratic repo...

Alabama Democrat officially declared winner in US Senate race

Washington - Democrat Doug Jones was formally declared the winner of the bitterly contested US Senate race in the southern state of Alabama on Thursday, whittling down the Republican majority in the chamber by a crucial seat.

Alabama Democrat officially declared winner in US Senate race

Washington - Democrat Doug Jones was officially declared the winner of the US Senate race in the southern state of Alabama on Thursday, whittling down the slim Republican majority in the chamber.

Argentina's congress passes pension overhaul amid protests

Buenos Aires - Argentina's center-right government managed Tuesday to push through pension overhauls that have prompted several violent protests, with critics saying the changes will weigh heaviest on the poorest sectors of society.

Alabama Democrat projected to win US Senate race, blow to Trump

Montgomery - Democrat Doug Jones scored a stunning upset victory Tuesday in a fiercely contested US Senate race in conservative Alabama, defeating a controversial Donald Trump-backed Republican who failed to overcome damaging accusations of sexual misconduct.

Alabama Senate victor Doug Jones a civil rights champion

Montgomery - Doug Jones, the Democrat who pulled off a stunning upset victory in Alabama's nail-biter Senate contest on Tuesday, is considered a champion for civil rights in a state that played a seminal role in the 1960s movement for racial equality.

Alabama Democrat in shock Senate win over Trump-backed Republican

Montgomery - Democrat Doug Jones scored a stunning upset victory Tuesday in an intense US Senate race in conservative Alabama, dealing a humiliating blow to President Donald Trump whose chosen candidate failed to overcome damaging accusations of sexual misconductTh...

Franken quits US Senate after sexual misconduct claims

Washington - US Senator Al Franken said Thursday he will resign in the face of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, becoming the second prominent Democrat forced out in a week over the snowballing harassment allegations convulsing the country.

US lawmakers deny Democrat's bid to impeach Trump

Washington - The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected a congressman's motion Wednesday to impeach President Trump, as Democratic Party leaders argued that now was not the time to pursue the effort.

US House threatens to suspend aid to Palestinians

Washington - US lawmakers voted Tuesday to withhold aid to the Palestinian Authority if it does not stop the controversial practice of so-called martyr payments to families of Palestinians convicted of terrorist attacks.

Longest-serving US congressman quits after sex harassment claims

Washington - Veteran US Democrat John Conyers announced Tuesday he is leaving the House of Representatives after more than five decades in office, following a series of sexual harassment accusations by former staffers.

Longest-serving US congressman quits after sex harassment claims

Washington - Veteran Democrat John Conyers announced Tuesday he is leaving the US House of Representatives after more than five decades in office, following a series of sexual harassment accusations by former staffers.

India's Rahul Gandhi set to take over as Congress chief

New Delhi - Rahul Gandhi could be named head of India's opposition Congress Party within hours, a source said, shortly after he filed his candidacy for the role on Monday.

After hot debate, US tax bill a boon to businesses

Washington - Is it a giveaway to the rich or a relief for the middle class? A boon for business or unnecessary stimulus for an economy already at full employment?

Trump shrugs off Flynn guilty plea

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Saturday shrugged off the bombshell news that his former national security adviser has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and will cooperate with a special prosecutor leading a probe into Russian election meddling.

No action on CHIP leaves millions of children without health care

Almost 9 million children across the U.S. are at risk of losing health care under the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP. Lawmakers failed to renew funding for CHIP by Sept. 30, and states are at risk of running out of money.
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