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U.S. Senate leader McConnell still weighing response to Saudi journalist's death

12 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he was still trying to determine the best way to respond to the October murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate, but described the kingdom as an important U.S. ally against Iran.

McConnell calls for bipartisan U.S. immigration legislation

12 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday opened the door to addressing the nation's immigration problems through bipartisan legislation that he said should include changes to asylum law.

U.S. looking 'very closely' at Qatar-Air Italy deal: Pompeo

11 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON The United States is scrutinizing state-owned Qatar Airways' acquisition of a 49 percent stake in Air Italy, which has been flying to U.S. destinations since June in a move seen by U.S. lawmakers as flouting a deal not to add new flights to the domestic market.

Trump 'will continue to ratchet up pressure' on Iran: Pompeo

10 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump will increase pressure on Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, but he declined specific comment on whether the administration would continue sanctions waivers for countries that import Iranian oil.

Trump decision to cut Central American aid won't be reversed soon: top official

09 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON The top U.S. international aid official indicated on Tuesday the Trump administration has no immediate plan to roll back a decision to cut aid to Central American nations after thousands of their citizens sought asylum at the U.S. southern border, despite strong Congressional opposition.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns amid Trump anger over border

08 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who oversaw President Donald Trump's bitterly contested immigration policies during her tumultuous 16-month tenure, resigned on Sunday amid a surge in the number of migrants at the border with Mexico. | Video

U.S. House rebukes Trump on Saudi Arabia, backs measure to end Yemen involvement

04 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution on Thursday that would end all U.S. involvement with the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the war in Yemen, rebuffing President Donald Trump's policy of continued support for the kingdom.

U.S. senators propose more aid, international sanctions for Venezuela

04 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON Keeping up pressure for political change in Venezuela, 15 U.S. senators introduced bipartisan legislation on Wednesday to provide $400 million in new aid, internationalize sanctions and ease penalties on officials who recognise a new government.

U.S. senators want stiff sanctions to deter Russia election meddling

04 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. Republican and Democratic senators introduced legislation on Wednesday seeking to deter Russia from meddling in U.S. elections by threatening stiff sanctions on its banking, energy and defence industries and sovereign debt.

UPDATE 4-NATO chief warns of Russia threat, urges unity in U.S. address

04 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON, April 3 The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization warned the U.S. Congress on Wednesday of the threat posed by "a more assertive Russia," including a massive military buildup, threats to sovereign states, the use of nerve agents and cyberattacks.

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