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Op-Ed: Ongoing budget cuts are putting food safety at risk

In 2010, Congress passed a sweeping food safety law that gave the FDA broader powers in preventing foodborne illness outbreaks. But with all the new powers allowed, Congress failed to give enough funding to the agency to carryout the new laws.

Obama trade agenda on the brink in Congress

Washington - President Barack Obama Friday went to Congress Friday for a frantic round of lobbying ahead of a crucial vote on his sweeping trans-Pacific trade agenda.

Obama signs new curbs on NSA surveillance into law

Washington - President Barack Obama signed into law landmark legislation ending the government's bulk telephone data dragnet, significantly reversing American policy by reining in the most controversial surveillance program since 9/11.

U.S. Congress curbs NSA surveillance, sends bill to Obama

Washington - The U.S. Senate passed landmark legislation Tuesday that ends the government's bulk telephone data dragnet, significantly reversing American policy by reining in the most controversial surveillance program since 9/11.

US Patriot Act spy provisions expire as Senate deal fails

Washington - Key provisions of the US Patriot Act expired early Monday after the Senate failed to prevent their lapse, plunging US national security efforts into potential disarray as the country faces persistent extremist threats.

Pressure on US Senate to act before NSA spy programs expire

Washington - CIA chief John Brennan warned Sunday that allowing vital surveillance programs to lapse could increase terror threats, as the US Senate scrambled to renew the controversial provisions hours before their expiration.

Senate blocks bill that would end US bulk data dragnet

Washington - The US Senate rejected legislation early on Saturday aimed at reforming NSA intelligence gathering, a blow to President Barack Obama and others who support ending the bulk collection of Americans' telephone records.

US Senate approves fast-track trade authority for Obama

Washington - The US Senate overcame bitter divisions on trade policy and passed legislation that gives President Barack Obama authority to swiftly forge international trade pacts, including a landmark Pacific Rim accord under negotiation.

Pacquiao tops list of richest congressmen in Philippines

Eight-division world champion and Philippine Congressman Manny Pacquiao remains on top of the list of richest members of the Philippine House of Representatives for the fifth straight year.

U.S. senator stages 10-hour talkathon opposing surveillance

Washington - White House hopeful Rand Paul theatrically brought the Senate to a standstill, delivering a 10-hour, 30-minute speech seeking to end intelligence agency bulk telephone data collection from millions of Americans.

U.S. House passes bill ending NSA bulk data collection

Washington - The U.S. House of Representatives voted to end the NSA's dragnet collection of telephone data from millions of Americans, a controversial program revealed in 2013 by former security contractor Edward Snowden.

Senate Democrats block Obama on free-trade initiative

Washington - US Senate Democrats dealt a stinging setback to Barack Obama, blocking a measure that would have given their own president a free hand to swiftly finalize a massive Pacific Rim trade accord.

U.S. Senate asserts right to review final Iran nuclear deal

Washington - The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation giving Congress the right to review and perhaps even reject any nuclear deal with Iran, the culmination of weeks of wrangling over how to hold Tehran to account.

Abe offers 'eternal condolences' for Americans killed in WWII

Washington - Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese prime minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress on Wednesday, offering heartfelt testimony on the need for deeper ties while facing controversy over his views of World War II.

Japan's diplomatic issues in Asia: Key answers

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to address a joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday and his speech will be carefully analysed for what he says about Japan's past.

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.
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