US urges Cambodia to reverse steps against democracy

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, Dec 13 : The United States has called on Cambodia to reverse steps that “backtracked on democracy” before a general election next year, a visiting U.S. official said on Wednesday. Relations between Cambodia and the United States have hit their lowest in years after the arrest of a rival […]

US SEC chair to face grilling from Senate panel over cyber breach

By Michelle Price and Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON, Sept 26 : The chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to be grilled by Congress on Tuesday over a 2016 hack of the regulator’s corporate filing system that has shaken investor confidence in its cyber defenses. The hearing by the Senate Banking Committee, which […]

Amid political rancor, Martin Luther King to be honored at Atlanta church

By Rich McKay ATLANTA, Jan 16 : Hundreds are expected to pack the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s home church in Atlanta today to mark the federal holiday for the slain civil rights leader, amid political and racial rancor as the first black US president prepares to step down. The commemoration of the Nobel Peace […]

US judge blocks transgender, abortion-related Obamacare protections

By Steve Gorman Undated,Jan 1 : A federal judge in Texas issued a court order barring enforcement of an Obama administration policy seeking to extend anti-discrimination protections under the Affordable Care Act to transgender health and abortion-related services. The decision sides with Texas, seven other states and three Christian-affiliated healthcare groups challenging a rule that, […]

Can Trump make coal great again? At least some companies think so

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Nov 18 : Most of the US coal industry doubts Donald Trump can fulfill his promise to make the ailing industry great again in a country awash in dirt-cheap natural gas, a competing fuel. But a small sub-section of the coal sector that mines metallurgical coal – a variety used by […]

Russia has ‘playbook’ for covert influence in Eastern Europe -study

By John Walcott and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, Oct 13 : Russia has mounted a campaign of covert economic and political measures to manipulate five countries in central and eastern Europe, discredit the West’s liberal democratic model, and undermine trans-Atlantic ties, a report by a private US research group said. The report released today said Moscow […]