U.S. defense chief Mattis in Asia, will discuss North Korea crisis with allies

By Phil Stewart CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Philippines, Oct 23 : U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he would talk with Asian allies about North Korea and the crisis caused by Pyongyang’s “reckless” provocations, as he kicked off a week-long trip to the region on Monday to meet defense chiefs in the Philippines. Mattis’ trip to […]

Top U.S. Senate Republican, White House, aim for tax bill by year-end

By Doina Chiacu and Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON, Oct 22 : The top U.S. Senate Republican and the White House budget director said on Sunday they hoped for action on a Republican tax reform package by the end of the year, while keeping their options open on how to pay for sweeping tax cuts. President Donald […]

Go home, Tillerson tells Iranian-backed militias in Iraq

By Stephen Kalin and Jonathan Landay RIYADH/DOHA, Oct 22 : U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday it was time for Iranian-backed militias and their Iranian advisers who helped Iraq defeat Islamic State to “go home”, after a rare joint meeting with the leaders of Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The United States is […]

Top U.S. Senate Republican, White House, aim for tax bill by year-end

By Doina Chiacu and Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON, Oct 22 : The top U.S. Senate Republican and the White House budget director said on Sunday they hoped for action on a Republican tax reform package by the end of the year, while keeping their options open on how to pay for sweeping tax cuts. President Donald […]

US judge wrestles with issue of Indonesian immigrants

By Scott Malone BOSTON, Oct 20 : A U.S. judge wrestled on Friday with how much longer she can delay a Trump administration move to deport 47 Indonesian Christians who fled deadly violence in that country two decades ago and have been living illegally in New Hampshire under an informal deal with immigration officials. The […]