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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.

US lawmakers seek to slap new sanctions on Myanmar military

Washington - US lawmakers proposed sanctions Friday against Myanmar's military, in some of the strongest efforts yet by Washington to pressure the Southeast Asian nation to end abusive treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority.

Chinese universities start 'Xi Thought' institutes

Bejing - Xi Jinping Thought will now be taught, researched and promoted in universities across China, ensuring that the leader's eponymous philosophy is implanted in students' hearts and minds.

Trump congratulates Xi after Chinese leader tightens grip on power

Washington - President Donald Trump congratulated Xi Jinping on Wednesday, after the Chinese leader solidified his grip on power at a landmark Communist Party Congress."Spoke to President Xi of China to congratulate him on his extraordinary elevation.

China's Xi welcomes 'objective' media at restricted event

Bejing - President Xi Jinping Wednesday encouraged members of the press "to visit and see more of China" when he unveiled his new leadership -- but five Western media outlets were excluded from the event.

China's new leadership: Ageing men seen as no threat to Xi

Bejing - The six dark-suited Communist Party officials joining President Xi Jinping on China's highest decision-making body are all men in their 60s, suggesting he has no plans to groom a successor any time soon.

US Congress passes $36.5 bn in hurricane, wildfire aid

Washington - The US Senate on Tuesday approved a $36.5 billion disaster relief package for hurricane-affected communities like Puerto Rico and for areas devastated by wildfires, sending the bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Xi's grip on China tightens with new term and no heir in sight

Bejing - President Xi Jinping was formally handed a second term Wednesday, with no clear successor emerging in a revamped ruling council, cementing his grip on power and setting the stage for him to dominate China for decades to come.

Trump feud with key senator overshadows tax push

Washington - Donald Trump made a rare trip to Congress Tuesday to lobby for his tax reforms, but the president's efforts were overshadowed by an explosive new war of words pitting him against a top senator from his Republican Party.

Trump 'debases our country,' slams Republican Corker

Washington - Top Republican Senator Bob Corker on Tuesday escalated his all-out war of words with Donald Trump, slamming the US president as an "utterly untruthful" leader who "debases" his country.
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