Congress passes tougher North Korea sanctions, sends bill to Obama
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation on Friday broadening sanctions to punish North Korea for its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber crimes, and sent the measure to President Barack Obama to sign into law. Lawmakers said they wanted to make Washington's resolve clear to Pyongyang, but also to the United Nations and other governments, especially China, North Korea's lone major ally and main business partner.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:56:48 -0500
U.S. and Cuba to sign aviation pact on Feb. 16
(Reuters) - Top U.S. officials will travel to Havana on Feb. 16 to sign an aviation pact that restores scheduled airline service between the United States and Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday. U.S. airlines still must apply for permission from U.S. regulators to fly specific routes before they sell tickets to Cuba. Airlines expect a gradual payout from the arrangement as well.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:02:28 -0500
Senate passes 'provocative' China bill, Cruz lifts nominee holds
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday backed a plan to name a plaza in front of the Chinese embassy for a pro-democracy dissident after what congressional sources called a tit-for-tat deal that led Senator Ted Cruz to stop blocking President Barack Obama's diplomatic nominations. By unanimous voice vote, the Senate approved a bill introduced by Cruz, a leading contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, to name the plaza in Washington after Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel peace prize winner. Cruz spokesman Phil Novack said the senator had ended his holds on nominees including Obama's new ambassadors to Norway and Sweden and two top State Department officials.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:12:07 -0500
Young blacks more open to Bernie Sanders' White House bid
By Emily Stephenson ORANGEBURG, S.C. (Reuters) - If Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders has a chance of drawing African-American voters away from rival Hillary Clinton in South Carolina's presidential nominating contest on Feb. 27, his best opportunity will be among the young. African Americans support former Secretary of State Clinton by more than a 3-to-1 margin nationwide, but among young blacks 18 to 29 years old, that margin shrinks to 46 percent for Clinton versus 33 percent for Sanders, according to recent Reuters/Ipsos polling. African Americans overwhelmingly back Democrats, but opinion polls in the run-up to the Nov. 8 presidential election show younger blacks more apt to reject an establishment candidate.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:19:11 -0500
Family of murdered ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller speaks out
The family of American hostage Kayla Mueller, murdered by ISIS a year ago, suggests they are preparing to go public with the heartbreaking story of their attempts to ransom her from the Islamic State.
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:34:41 -0500
The Hurdles Along Michael Bloomberg's Path If He Runs for President
If Michael Bloomberg becomes the second billionaire in the 2016 presidential race, his money wont necessarily mean he could easily side-step the hurdles facing other candidates. If the former New York City mayor -- who was elected twice as a Republican after leaving the Democratic Party -- decides to run for president, as he has been not-so-subtly hinting in recent interviews, he would join a list of previous candidates who have vied for the White House as an independent. One of the most immediate challenges for a serious independent candidate would be to make sure his or her name showed up on the ballots in all 50 states, Georgetown University associate professor Hans Noel told ABC News.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:10:28 -0500
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