Politics

China, Germany agree Syria needs political solution

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on Thursday that there must be a political solution to the crisis in Syria. China has repeatedly expressed opposition to the use of force to resolve the crisis in Syria, saying that a political solution was the only way out. Russia last month began air strikes on targets in Syria ...

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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders raced to finalize a sweeping two-year budget deal and an extension of the federal debt ceiling until March 2017 before Boehner transfers power to his expected successor, Paul Ryan. If successful, the deals would mark a final act for Boehner to clear some politically divisive legislation as Ryan takes over as ...

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Britain’s Blair says 2003 Iraq invasion played role in Islamic State rise

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged the 2003 invasion of Iraq played a part in the rise of the Islamic State militant group, and apologized for some mistakes in planning the war, in an interview broadcast on Sunday. Blair’s decision to send troops to back the U.S.-led invasion is still a live political issue in Britain, where a six-year ...

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Clinton deflects Republican criticism in marathon Benghazi hearing

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton passed a tough political test on Thursday, calmly deflecting harsh Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, during a testy 11-hour hearing in Congress. In testimony that stretched deep into the night, the former secretary of state rejected Republican accusations that she ignored requests for security upgrades in Libya ...

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Putin uses Assad visit to talk up Kremlin role as Syria broker

Vladimir Putin used a rare visit to Moscow by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to talk up the Kremlin’s potential to help broker a political settlement to the crisis as he tried to show the West Russia has become a major player in the Middle East. Assad flew to Moscow on Tuesday evening to thank Putin personally for his military support, ...

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U.S. debt limit wrangling could cause ‘accident’: Treasury’s Lew

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday he is worried that brinkmanship in Congress on raising the nation’s debt limit could cause an “accident” as the United States edges closer toward default. Speaking at a policy conference in Washington, Lew also said the risk of an unforeseen circumstance would rise if Congress did not act in time, adding that ...

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Ryan to run for House Speaker if he can unify Republicans

A reluctant U.S. Representative Paul Ryan on Tuesday laid out a series of conditions under which he would seek to become speaker of the House of Representatives, saying he will only serve if fractious Republicans unite behind him to replace retiring Speaker John Boehner. Following a week of near-seclusion in his home state of Wisconsin during a congressional recess, Ryan, ...

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Canada’s Trudeau topples PM Harper in stunning election win

Canada’s Liberal leader Justin Trudeau rode a late campaign surge to a stunning election victory on Monday, toppling Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives with a promise of change and returning a touch of glamor, youth and charisma to Ottawa. The Liberals seized a Parliamentary majority, an unprecedented turn in political fortunes that smashed the record for the number of seats ...

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Secret source in Hillary Clinton email was no secret: CIA

The CIA has told Congress that the name of an alleged secret agency source, mentioned but then partially redacted by the U.S. State Department from an email received on Hillary Clinton’s private server was not considered by the agency to be secret at all. At issue is Moussa Koussa, a one-time intelligence chief for Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and the ...

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Israel, U.S. signal security ties back on track after Iran feud

Israel and the United States signaled on Sunday they were starting to put disputes over the Iran nuclear deal behind them, announcing resumed talks on U.S. defense aid for Israel as it hosted Washington’s top general and a joint air force drill. The allies had been looking to agree on a 10-year military aid package to extend the current U.S. ...

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