Trump’s dealmaker image tarnished by U.S. government shutdown

By James Oliphant WASHINGTON, Jan 21 : For President Donald Trump, this weekend was supposed to be a celebration. On the first anniversary of his presidency on Saturday, with the stock market roaring and his poll ratings finally rising, he had planned to rest at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, feted by friends and admirers. […]

U.S. Senate leader McConnell sees a more collegial 2018

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON, Dec 22 : U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday said a shifting landscape will lead him to work with Democrats on immigration and financial regulation early in the new year, following a year of acrimony and partisan legislation. In an end-of-year news conference, McConnell touted a list of Republican […]

U.S. Congress votes to avert shutdown. sends Trump stopgap spending bill

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON, Dec 22 : The U.S. Congress on Thursday averted a government shutdown just one day before federal funding was due to expire, sending President Donald Trump a bill to provide just enough money to keep agencies operating through Jan. 19. With lawmakers eager to begin a holiday recess until Jan. 3, […]

U.S. Congress to let Iran deadline pass, leave decision to Trump

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Dec 12 : The U.S. Congress will allow a deadline on re-imposing sanctions on Iran to pass this week, congressional and White House aides said on Tuesday, leaving a pact between world powers and Tehran intact at least temporarily. In October, Trump declined to certify that Iran was complying with the […]

Pressure mounts on U.S. Rep. Conyers after sexual harassment allegations

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON, Nov 22 : U.S. Representative John Conyers faced additional fallout on Wednesday related to sexual harassment accusations made by former staffers, as two fellow Democrats suggested he give up a prominent committee post. The House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Tuesday it was investigating the allegations, first reported on Monday […]

title=”Leaving nothing to chance, China increases security, social control before Congress” data-text=”Leaving nothing to chance, China increases security, social control before Congress” dir=”auto” class=”headline”>Leaving nothing to chance, China increases security, social control before Congress

By Christian Shepherd and Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Sept 28 : China is tightening security for next month’s twice-a-decade Communist Party Congress, cancelling police leave in Beijing, limiting tourism to Tibet, and clamping down on the spread of political rumours. High-level meetings in China are typically accompanied by a security crackdown – as well as uncharacteristically […]