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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.

Republicans maintain grip on power in US Congress

Washington - Republicans thwarted Democratic efforts to retake Congress in Tuesday's historic US election, using a show of conservative force to maintain control of the Senate and House of Representatives.

Like White House race, Senate battle tightens in last days

Washington - As the US presidential race enters its frantic final 72 hours, a battle for Congress is also coming down to the wire, with the fate of the Senate teetering on a knife's edge.

House Speaker Ryan tells lawmakers he won't 'defend' Trump

Washington - US House Speaker Paul Ryan, the nation's top elected Republican, told lawmakers Monday he will no longer "defend" or campaign with presidential nominee Donald Trump, focusing instead on maintaining his party's majority in Congress.

Erdogan slams US Congress over Saudi 9/11 law

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned Saturday a US Congress vote to override Barack Obama's veto of a bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, saying he expected the move to be reversed as soon as possible.

US Congress passes spending bill, avoiding shutdown

Washington - The US Congress passed a spending bill late Wednesday and staved off a government shutdown, after reaching agreement on funding for a tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan that had bedeviled earlier proposals.The fiscal year ends on September 30.

US Congress rejects Obama's veto of Saudi 9/11 bill

Washington - The US Congress voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to override Barack Obama's veto of a bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, the first such rebuke of his eight-year presidency.

US Capitol building briefly on lockdown, all-clear given

Washington - Police briefly placed the US Capitol building and visitors center on lockdown on Friday amid news reports of a person possibly carrying a firearm, but the order was swiftly lifted.

White House decries Senate 'cowardice' for rejecting gun control

Washington - The White House on Tuesday denounced the "cowardice" of US senators who failed to pass gun control legislation taken up following the Orlando nightclub massacre.

Republican House Speaker throws support behind Trump

Washington - Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan threw his support behind the party's presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday, a key step toward building unity ahead of the US general election in November.

U.S. Senate votes to allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

Washington - The US Senate approved legislation that would allow September 11 victims and their relatives to sue Saudi Arabia over its possible role in the 2001 attacks, a bill which could trigger a diplomatic firestorm.

Turkish right-wing dissidents' bid to oust party leader foiled

Ankara - Members of Turkey's right-wing MHP party were prevented from holding a congress Sunday aimed at unseating longtime leader Devlet Bahceli and recovering ground lost to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party.

Republican speaker, Trump call talks 'positive step toward unification'

Washington - The Republican House speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump said after meeting Thursday in Washington they had taken a "very positive step" towards bridging party divisions sparked by the billionaire's White House bid.

Meeting with Trump was 'great,' says Republican party chief

Washington - Republican Party chief Reince Priebus said he had held a "great" meeting with Donald Trump on Thursday aimed at mending divisions over the billionaire's controversial White House campaign."The meeting was great.

Trump, Republican leaders hold 'positive' talks in Washington

Washington - Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump fell short of winning an endorsement from House Speaker Paul Ryan Thursday but both men said they had taken a "positive step" toward unifying the party behind the billionaire's remarkable White House run.

Trump, Republican leaders aim to make peace in Washington

Washington - Thursday's high-stakes meeting between Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders including House Speaker Paul Ryan marks a critical point in the billionaire's presidential quest, with party grandees pressured to close ranks and support the pres...

'Chairman Kim' presides over mass parade in Pyongyang

Pyongyang - North Korea held a massive parade in Pyongyang on Tuesday, turning the capital's giant square into a sea of pink, to celebrate a ruling party congress seen as a formal coronation for supreme leader Kim Jong-Un.

Secretive North Korean party opens up — for five minutes

Pyongyang - North Korea's secretive ruling party briefly opened up to the world's media Monday, as a confident-looking Kim Jong-Un took centre stage at its rare top-level gathering.

North Korea crowns Kim party chief as rare congress closes

Pyongyang - North Korea on Monday wrapped up its first ruling party congress for 36 years -- an event seen as a formal coronation for leader Kim Jong-Un, who was appointed to the post of party chairman.

North Korea detains, expels BBC reporter

Seoul - A BBC reporter in North Korea was detained, interrogated for eight hours and eventually expelled over his reporting in the run-up to a rare ruling party congress, the British broadcaster said on Monday.

North Korea party congress pushes nuclear weapons expansion

Pyongyang - North Korea's first ruling party congress for nearly 40 years formally endorsed leader Kim Jong-Un's policy of expanding the country's nuclear arsenal, as South Korea on Monday dismissed his proposals for military talks and improved ties.

N. Korean leader says will only use nuclear weapons if attacked

Pyongyang - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un told a rare ruling party congress that his country was a "responsible" nuclear weapons state, with a no first-use policy and a commitment to non-proliferation, state media reported Sunday.

N. Korea's Kim defends nuclear arsenal as test fears grow

Pyongyang - North Korea's first ruling party congress since 1980 moved into a second day Saturday, after leader Kim Jong-Un opened with a defiant defence of his nuclear weapons programme and amid fresh signs Pyongyang is readying a fifth nuclear test.

North Korea controls agenda as world's media pour in

Pyongyang - When one of the world's most secretive states opens the door to the international media, it keeps a firm grip on the handle.

North Korea stages once-in-a-generation party congress

Pyongyang - North Korea kicked off its first ruling party congress for nearly 40 years Friday, with state media lauding the isolated country's "prestige" as a nuclear power while maintaining a news blackout on the event itself.

N. Korea to launch top party gathering amid nuke test fears

Pyongyang - North Korea will Friday launch its highest-level ruling party meeting in almost 40 years, with delegates set to heap praise on its nuclear arsenal as a "precious sword" amid fears of a fresh atomic test.

North Korea readies for party congress, nuclear test fears persist

Seoul - North Korea readied Thursday to kick off its most important ruling party gathering for nearly 40 years, amid persistent concerns of a nuclear test, despite no clear signs of an imminent detonation.

North Korea readies for party congress, nuclear test fears persist

Seoul - North Korea readied Thursday to kick off its most important ruling party gathering for nearly 40 years, amid persistent concerns of a nuclear test, despite no clear signs of an imminent detonation.

North Korea readies for party congress, nuclear test fears persist

Seoul - North Korea readied Thursday to kick off its most important ruling party gathering for nearly 40 years, amid persistent concerns of a nuclear test, despite no clear signs of an imminent detonation.

A coronation for North Korea's Kim Jong-Un

Seoul - After four years of top-level reshuffles, purges and executions, Kim Jong-Un will formally cement his unassailable status as North Korea's supreme leader at a landmark ruling party congress this week.
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