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US Senate rejects partial Obamacare repeal, bitter blow to Trump

Washington - US Republicans failed spectacularly Friday in their latest effort to dismantle Obamacare, leaving the party in stunned disarray and President Donald Trump's dreams of repealing his predecessor's health reforms on ice.

US Senate icon McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

Washington - US Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war and the maverick 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, his office announced Wednesday.

US lawmakers hit Beijing at hearing on Liu Xiaobo's death

Washington - US congressional Democrats and Republicans condemned Beijing on Friday over the recent death of Liu Xiaobo, saying the demise of the imprisoned Nobel laureate highlighted the Chinese government's disregard for human rights.

Republican wins Georgia election in blow to anti-Trump effort

Washington - Republican Karen Handel won a closely watched special congressional election Tuesday, salvaging a seat in the traditionally conservative Georgia where Democrats had hoped to strike a blow against Donald Trump's presidency.

US Congressional baseball game a diamond in political rough

Washington - It is among America's last non-partisan political sanctuaries, a field of dreams where policy feuding is put aside -- if only for a night, but this year's Congressional Baseball Game had a deeper significance.

Sessions brands Russia collusion claims a 'detestable lie'

Washington - US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday vehemently denied any collusion with Russia to tilt last year's election in Donald Trump's favor, branding the suggestion an "appalling and detestable lie.

Trump's attorney general Sessions to face Russia questions

Washington - The eyes of Washington turn again to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, where embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions faces questions over his Russia contacts and role in the firing of FBI director James Comey.

Sessions to address US Senate Intel committee Tuesday

Washington - US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will Tuesday testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee where he will face questions over his meetings with Russian officials during last year's presidential election campaign.

Op-Ed: Comey testimony derails Trump's 'infrastructure week' initiative

Washington - Well, President Trump's self-proclaimed "Infrastructure Week" has turned into a big fat zero. The announcement of the initiative was immediately overshadowed by fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Two US intel chiefs say were never pressured by White House

Washington - Two US intelligence chiefs insisted Wednesday they never felt pressured by the White House over the investigation into alleged Russian election meddling, but stonewalled lawmakers' questions over their conversations with President Donald Trump.

Two US intel chiefs say were never pressured by White House

Washington - Two US intelligence leaders told Congress Wednesday they were never pressured by the White House, as they were grilled on reports that President Donald Trump urged them to downplay probes into an aide's Russia ties.

US House scolds Turkey over its bodyguards' DC violence

Washington - US lawmakers, outraged over an attack on protesters in Washington by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards, overwhelmingly approved a scathing measure Tuesday that calls for criminal charges against those responsible for the violence.

Trump priority: Opening Alaska's Arctic Refuge to oil drilling

Washington - The White House budget will be delivered to Congress on Tuesday, and as part of President Trump's plans to help balance the federal budget is a proposal to open the coastal plain (Area 1002) of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Republican accused of 'bodyslam' wins Montana special election

Missoula - A US Republican candidate accused of assaulting a reporter was declared the projected winner of Thursday's Montana special congressional election, which had been considered a bellwether in the opening months of Donald Trump's crisis-ridden presidency.

Branstad, friend of Beijing, confirmed as US envoy to China

Washington - The US Senate on Monday confirmed Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next ambassador to Beijing, providing President Donald Trump with an envoy whose decades-long connection to China could smooth relations between the global powers.

Georgia race seen as early Trump test goes to run-off

Washington - A Democrat came close to outright victory in Tuesday's closely watched US congressional primary in Georgia, heading to a run-off in a race which Democrats tout as an early test of resistance to President Donald Trump.

With Georgia race, litmus test looms for Trump

Washington - A 30-year-old Democrat hopes to capitalize Tuesday on Donald Trump's lackluster popularity by seizing a Georgia congressional seat held by Republicans for decades, in an election seen as a litmus test of the president's first 100 days.

US Congress leaders back Syria airstrikes, others divided

Washington - Senior US lawmakers from both parties expressed support for President Donald Trump's ordered military strike on a Syrian air base, but some rank-and-file members warned against further action without congressional authorization.

US Senate clashes over Trump Supreme Court pick

Washington - The US Senate descended into acrimonious bickering Tuesday as Republicans and Democrats clashed over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, with no signs that a potentially damaging showdown will be averted.

Funding for Trump's 'Great Wall' could be left out of budget deal

It is very likely that President Trump's border wall could be facing a delay in funding as Republicans work to put together a budget package that must pass by April 28 to avoid shutting down federal agencies.

All eyes on FBI chief as Russia, wiretap claims swirl

Washington - FBI director James Comey will be in the hot seat Monday facing lawmakers who accuse him of stonewalling Congress, as they demand answers about Donald Trump's potential Russia ties and the president's extraordinary accusation of wiretapping by his prede...

'Tell it like it is': China delegate rips meek Congress

Bejing - Empty talk, self-censorship, brain-dead conformity -- that's outspoken delegate Cui Yongyuan's assessment of China's national parliament, celebrated by the Communist Party as empowering the people but which he calls a big waste of time.

US House panels OK Obamacare replacement after marathon debate

Washington - Two US congressional panels on Thursday approved Republican plans to replace Obamacare, after marathon debate on the controversial health legislation that is backed by President Donald Trump but opposed by some in his party.

Trump, Republican leaders push health reform despite revolt

Washington - Republican leaders have forged ahead with a health care replacement plan despite strong opposition from lawmakers within the party, highlighting the deep divisions surrounding US President Donald Trump's chief legislative priority.

China defense budget rises at slowest pace in decades: report

Bejing - China's defence budget will rise seven percent to $151 billion this year, the slowest annual percentage increase since 1991 and roughly in line with decelerating economic growth, Bloomberg News reported Monday.

China's premier rules out Taiwan, Hong Kong independence

Bejing - China will firmly oppose Taiwan "separatism", Premier Li Keqiang declared Sunday, following tension with US President Donald Trump over the island, and said Hong Kong independence moves would "lead nowhere".

China trims GDP target, citing severe challenges

Bejing - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warned Sunday the world's second-largest economy faces severe challenges, signalling a further deceleration as he announced a trimmed 2017 GDP growth target of "around 6.5 percent.

More than ever, Russia at heart of US politics

Washington - Between the alleged cyber-attacks on US political parties and secret dealings between presidential aides-in-waiting and Russia's ambassador, Moscow is front and center in American politics in a way not seen since the Cold War.

Republicans lock horns with Trump as new Congress sworn in

Washington - House Republicans were forced to back down Tuesday on plans to gut a congressional ethics office as Donald Trump rebuked them over the move, in an embarrassing clash with the president-elect on the day the new Congress was sworn in.

Could Brazil's Congress sink giant anti-corruption drive?

Bras - As Brazil's biggest ever corruption probe creeps higher up the political food chain, there are signs that Congress could be looking for a way to bring it to an end.
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