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US Muslim lawmaker sorry for tweet that sparked anti-Semitism row

Washington - Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in the US Congress, "unequivocally" apologized Monday after suggesting US support for Israel is fueled by money from a pro-Israel lobby group.

US Muslim lawmaker's tweet sparks anti-Semitism charges

Washington - Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in the US Congress, drew stern rebukes from Republicans and fellow Democrats Monday after suggesting US support for Israel is fueled by money from the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC.

New pressure over Khashoggi death, Trump silent at deadline

Washington - President Donald Trump appeared prepared to ignore the US Congress's Friday deadline to determine who ordered the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi amid new revelations that Saudi Arabia's crown prince spoke of threatening the journalist with a "bullet....

US pressed on Khashoggi amid report Saudi prince threatened 'bullet'

Washington - US lawmakers threatened Thursday to take tougher action against Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi amid a new revelation that the kingdom's powerful crown prince spoke of going after him with a "bullet.

US pressed on Khashoggi killing ahead of deadline

Washington - Rights groups pressed US President Donald Trump to take action over Saudi Arabia's killing of dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi on the eve of a Friday deadline by Congress to punish perpetrators.

Trump lashes out as Democrats open probes into his taxes, Russia ties

Washington - President Donald Trump blasted Democrats on Thursday as they prepared to launch a barrage of investigations into his Russia ties, real estate business and long-hidden taxes.

Senate rebukes Trump over Syria, Afghanistan pullouts

Washington - The US Senate approved by a large majority Monday an amendment critical of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan, in a sign of the deep discontent caused by the policies within his own Republican ranks.

Brazil's Bolsonaro faces political test as new Congress sits

Bras - Plans by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to shake up Latin America's biggest economy with pro-business reforms and anti-crime measures are about to run into their first real test, with his country's new Congress beginning work Friday.

Dueling plans to end US shutdown fail in Senate, talks resume

Washington - The US Senate on Thursday blocked dueling plans to reopen shuttered federal agencies, a fresh setback in efforts to end a month-long government shutdown, but President Donald Trump signaled he could back a "reasonable" proposal that includes border sec...

Blumenthal: Railroads should not get extension to install PTC

New Haven - Dozens of railroads, including Metro-North, missed the December 31st deadline to install "positive train control," which can prevent collisions and derailments. The rail systems quickly applied for a 2-year extension to 2020 which Congress approved.

Trump warns could force long shutdown over border wall

Washington - A defiant President Donald Trump said Friday he was prepared to keep the US government shut down for as long as it takes -- months or even years -- to force Congress to provide billions of dollars for a border wall with Mexico.

Democrats seize US House control, but shutdown impasse remains

Washington - US Democrats swept back to power Thursday in the House of Representatives with veteran Nancy Pelosi at the helm, but they came face to face with what may be a new divided government normal in Washington: legislative gridlock.

Democrats to take on Trump as divided US Congress arrives in Washington

Washington - Democrats on Thursday took over the US House of Representatives, ushering in a new era of divided government in Washington with the goal of checking Donald Trump's turbulent presidency.

Trump warns US government shutdown could last a 'long time'

Washington - US President Donald Trump met top Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday, but they failed to hammer out an agreement that would end a partial government shutdown over his demand for billions of dollars to build a border wall with Mexico.

Trump 'all alone' in growing Washington strife

Washington - Democratic leaders accused an isolated President Donald Trump on Monday of sowing Christmas "chaos" after the stock market plummeted and the US government shutdown hit a third day.

US govt shuts down at midnight as House adjourns with no deal

Washington - The US House of Representatives adjourned Friday without Congress passing a spending deal, assuring a partial government shutdown at midnight as President Donald Trump and lawmakers remain at odds over border wall funding.

Trump warns of 'very long' govt shutdown without wall funds

Washington - President Donald Trump on Friday threatened a "very long" government shutdown if opposition Democrats refuse to approve funds for more border security and a wall on the US border with Mexico."Shutdown today if Democrats do not vote for Border Security!...

No Christmas miracle expected as US govt shutdown looms

Washington - A US government shutdown appeared more and more likely to become a reality Friday just before Christmas, with President Donald Trump threatening a "very long" federal work stoppage unless Democrats agree to his border wall demands.

US Senate approves stopgap averting shutdown but denying Trump wall funds

Washington - The US Senate on Wednesday night approved an emergency short-term spending bill that averts a looming government shutdown, but excludes the $5 billion that President Donald Trump sought for a US-Mexico border wall.

US Senate subcommittee seeks FBI probe of former USOC chief

Washington - A US Senate subcommittee is seeking FBI investigation of former US Olympic Committee chief executive Scott Blackmun for making "materially false statements" to lawmakers probing sexual abuse in gymnastics.

Diverse class of lawmakers ready for close-up in US Congress

Washington - Dozens of newly elected members of Congress gathered in Washington Wednesday, illustrating a diverse freshman class of House lawmakers who will be sworn in under the next phase of Donald Trump's presidency.

US lawmakers introduce bill hitting China for Uighur repression

Washington - A bipartisan group of US lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday seeking to punish China over its "human rights abuses" of the majority-Muslim Uighur population in the country's west, a move that drew immediate anger from Beijing.

Midterm election loss won't put Trump back in his box

Washington - Donald Trump boasts about winning, but after Democrats seized the House of Representatives on Tuesday, the reality show-host-turned-president is finding out how it feels to be one of the "losers" he usually mocks.And has he responded with humility?

US voters poised to elect 2 Muslim women to Congress

Chicago - US voters are poised to elect two Muslim women to Congress in the midterm election next week, marking a historic first even as anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric has been on the rise.

Human rights situation 'dire' in China: US Congress

Washington - China is undertaking unprecedented repression of its ethnic minorities including Muslim Uighurs, with authoritarian tactics potentially constituting "crimes against humanity" as human rights conditions deteriorate, a damning US congressional report rel...

Bolsonaro 'tsunami' swells far-right party in Brazil congress

Bras - A surge of support for a far-right presidential candidate in Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, helped swell the ranks of his small party in the country's Congress in general elections.

The case for fast neutron reactors heats up in the U.S.

Congress is intent on passing The Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act, and as part of the act, the Department of Energy is directed lay the groundwork for establishing "a versatile, reactor-based fast neutron source."

Gangster-turned-lawmaker is new face of Mexican politics

San Luis Potos - Pedro Carrizales's body is a hodge-podge of scars and tattoos that tell the story of how he went from street-gang thug to Mexican state congressman, reborn like the mythical phoenix inked on his chest.

Mexico's new leftist-majority Congress sworn in

Mexico - Mexico's first leftist-majority Congress was sworn in Wednesday, swept into office on the coattails of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a July election that punished the country's political establishment.

Mexico's new leftist-majority Congress sworn in

Mexico - Mexico's first leftist-majority Congress was sworn in Wednesday, swept into office on the coattails of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a July election that punished the country's political establishment.
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