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 […]

US Congress revisits Obamacare, this time with a bipartisan twist

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON, Sept 13 : The US Congress was wrestling with healthcare again on Tuesday, as lawmakers from both parties considered some approaches beyond simply repealing and replacing Obamacare. The widened healthcare discussion appeared unlikely to yield dramatic changes soon, but marked a shift from the long-running, Republican effort to gut 2010’s Patient […]