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Kerry 'confident' on Iran deal after US Senate compromise

Berlin - US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday welcomed a compromise with Congress on giving lawmakers a say on any final deal on Iran's nuclear programme, with negotiations set to resume next week.

Iran not negotiating nuclear deal with US Congress: Rouhani

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani downplayed Wednesday the threat of US congressional action against an eventual nuclear deal, saying Tehran is not negotiating with the lawmakers but with world powers.

U.S. companies have $2.1 trillion worth of profit stored overseas

The U.S. Congress must find a way to tax offshore profits stored by some of the world's largest corporations. Currently letting their earnings safely mount up abroad, lawmakers are considering a special "deluxe" tax rate to get money from the companies.

Peru sacks PM over alleged domestic spying

- Peru's Congress has sacked the prime minister, Ana Jara, over alleged spying against lawmakers, reporters, business leaders and other citizens.Supreme executive power in Peru is held by the president, in this case Ollanta Humala.

U.S. Senate threatens Iran with new sanctions

Washington - The U.S. Senate voted unanimously supporting a non-binding measure to slap new economic sanctions on Iran should it violate terms of any nuclear deal it reaches with world powers.

Afghan leader vows new chapter in US ties

Washington - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani professed deep gratitude to the American people Wednesday for their service and sacrifice in a protracted war in Afghanistan, but warned of extremism's persistent threat in a speech to US lawmakers.

Afghan president thanks American people in speech to Congress

Washington - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addressed the US Congress Wednesday, thanking "the people of the United States" for their service and sacrifice over a decade of war in Afghanistan.

Abe to be first Japan PM to address joint session of US Congress

Washington - Shinzo Abe is expected to become the first Japanese prime minister to address a joint session of the US Congress next month, crowning a visit focused on deepening trade and military ties.

US says deal would bar Iran nuclear bomb 'in perpetuity'

Washington - The Obama administration insisted before skeptical lawmakers Thursday that any deal with Iran would ensure for "perpetuity" that it could not develop nuclear weapons.

Samsung receives over 20 million pre-orders for new flagships

Tech giant Samsung has received pre-order requests numbering in excess of 20 million for its new flagship Android smartphones unveiled just a week ago in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress.

Op-Ed: Congress must approve force, with ground troops, against ISIS

President Barack Obama wants Congress to vote to authorize U.S. military force against ISIS, and may ask for it as early as Friday, February 6. Why Congress must approve this request, including the use of boots on the ground.

Pope to make historic US Congress address on Sept 24

Washington - Pope Francis will bring his message of peace and compassion to politically gridlocked Washington in September when he becomes the first pontiff to address the US Congress, lawmakers said Thursday.

U.S. lawmakers to Cuba for cooperation mission

Washington - A delegation of U.S. lawmakers headed by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy will travel to Cuba Saturday to explore bilateral collaboration following last month's historic detente between the long-term foes.

Republicans prepare to fight FCC net neutrality rules

Washington - As their numbers and confidence swell, Republicans in Congress are preparing to fight the Obama administration's plans to protect net neutrality.

House GOP leader Steve Scalise spoke at white supremacist event

New Orleans - House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) admitted on Monday that he addressed a gathering of a white supremacist group founded by former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, but denied any knowledge of the group's neo-Nazi activities.

Congress gives sacred Native American land to mining company

San Carlos - Attached to the 2015 defense spending bill approved by the United States Senate on Friday is a provision giving sacred Native American land to a foreign mining company partnered with the government of Iran.

Republicans' next clash with Obama: Iran nuclear talks

Washington - The extension of international nuclear negotiations with Iran is likely to prompt a far-reaching showdown between the White House and US Republicans who seek to tighten economic screws against Tehran.

US Senate blocks government surveillance reform bill

Washington - US Senate Republicans blocked a sweeping overhaul of a National Security Agency program that would have ended the government's controversial bulk collection of data about Americans.

Protesters burn state congress over Mexico 'massacre'

Chilpancingo - Demonstrators angry over the disappearance of 43 college students set fire to the Guerrero state congress in southern Mexico on Wednesday in a new protest over the presumed massacre.

Op-Ed: Midterm results reveal that Democrats need a new New Deal

The Democrats lost big on Tuesday, losing control of the Senate, falling further behind in the House, and putting up a poor showing in the various governors' races. While the punditry debate why Dems lost and the GOP won, a look at the real reason.

Obama congratulates Republicans on 'good night'

Washington - US President Barack Obama congratulated his Republican opponents Wednesday on their midterm election victory and promised to work constructively with them in Congress for the next two years.

Republicans take Senate in US election sweep

Washington - Republicans captured a majority in the US Senate on Tuesday in a sweeping midterm election victory that delivered a rebuke to President Barack Obama's Democrats.

India pays low-key Indira Gandhi tribute 30 years after assassination

New Delhi - India's president Pranab Mukherjee, members of Nehru-Gandhi family and Congress leaders paid a low-key tribute Friday to Indira Gandhi on the 30th anniversary of the ex-premier's assassination.

Op-Ed: Five things wrong with Sen. Ted Cruz' Ten-Point Plan for Congress

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has announced his GOP plan for Congress starting in 2015, outlining what should be done if Republicans regain the Senate. Unfortunately, he's half wrong.

Ukraine's Poroshenko warns of global threat from Russia

Washington - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday warned of a threat to "global security everywhere" posed by the Russian aggression against his nation.

Op-Ed: Redefining the rules for protecting the nation's waters

When the Clean Water Act of 1972 became law, aspirations were high that it would put an end to the filthy, polluted waterways many of us grew up with. But over the past few decades, a phrase in that law has become a source of contention in the courts.

Do we trust our elections? How to 'trust but verify'

As the US undergoes some of the most important congressional elections in its history, when basic rights are under attack and faith in our political process is in shreds, nothing is more important than what remains of trust in the integrity of elections.

U.S. lawmakers postpone recess to deal with immigration

Washington - In a last-ditch effort to schedule a vote dealing with a influx of undocumented Central American children, the U.S. House of Representatives postponed its summer recess.

Op-Ed: GOP flubs Obama impeachment by fumbling Congress' August recess

In a blow to the Republican drive to impeach President Barack Obama for alleged abuse of the executive order, Republicans in the House of Representatives have failed to pass vital legislation and are calling for Obama to use the...executive order.

U.S. House of Representatives votes to sue Obama

Washington - The Republican-led House of Representatives voted Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly overstepping his powers, a move swiftly denounced by his Democratic allies as a cynical election-year stunt.
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