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  • Top US lawmakers strike deal to fast-track trade deals Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 2:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Top congressional lawmakers struck a long-sought, bipartisan agreement Thursday for the broadest trade policy pact in years, allowing President Barack Obama to negotiate trade accords for Congress' review and move forward with talks on a sweeping partnership with Pacific nations. Obama quickly said he will sign the bill if Congress passes it.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday he was confident Barack Obama would be able to get Congress to approve a nuclear deal with Iran after the U.S. president acknowledged lawmakers would have the power to review an accord with Tehran. In what was seen as a setback for Obama, the U.S. president agreed on Tuesday that Congress should have the power to...

  • President Barack Obama would be able to negotiate a final nuclear deal with Iran after a framework accord was agreed between Tehran and six world powers earlier this month. "Looming large is the challenge of finishing the negotiation with Iran over the course of the next two and a half months," Kerry said after arriving in Germany for a Group of Seven foreign...

  • WASHINGTON— Legislation empowering Congress to reject an emerging Iran nuclear pact is expected to sail through both houses of Congress, leaving President Barack Obama with the tough task of selling the deal to skeptical lawmakers. Despite the resistance from the White House, lawmakers from both parties insisted that Congress have a formal role in...

  • President Barack Obama conceded on Tuesday that Congress will have the power to review a nuclear deal with Iran, reluctantly giving in to pressure from Republicans and some in his own party after they crafted a rare compromise demanding a say. The role for the Republican-controlled Congress injects a new element of uncertainty into the delicate final stages...

  • President Barack Obama dropped his opposition on Tuesday to a bill giving Congress a voice on a nuclear deal with Iran after members of his Democratic Party negotiated changes to the bill that had won strong support from both parties. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama, who had said he would veto the proposed bill because it could scuttle the...

  • *Strong support now expected in Congress. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama, who earlier had said he would veto the proposed bill because he feared it would scuttle the emerging Iran deal, could accept compromises that have emerged and have drawn bipartisan Senate support. Committee Chairman Bob Corker and the panel's top Democrat, Senator Ben...

  • revisions to a bipartisan bill that would allow Congress to vote on an international agreement to rein in Iran's nuclear program. The revisions would shorten the time in which Congress can review any final nuclear agreement and soften a requirement that Obama certify that Iran is not supporting acts of terrorism against the United States or its citizens...

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- U.S. senators scrambled to shore up bipartisan support for a controversial Iran nuclear bill before a committee meeting on Tuesday that could determine whether the legislation will survive President Barack Obama's promised veto. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to debate and vote on Tuesday afternoon on the...

  • *Iran urged the formation of a new Yemeni government on Monday and offered to assist in a political transition, comments likely to anger Saudi Arabia, which is backing Yemen's president against a rebel force allied with Iran. *Russia ended a self-imposed ban on supplying Iran with a defensive missile system on Monday, while launching an oil-for-goods barter...

  • NEW YORK, April 13- Crude futures rose on Monday, but closed well below intraday peaks, as concerns about Iran and turmoil in Yemen supported prices, while the global supply glut continued to cap gains. Iran on Monday urged the formation of a new Yemeni government, comments likely to anger fellow OPEC member Saudi Arabia, which is backing Yemen's president against a...

  • *Obama appears close to removing Cuba from terrorism list. *Venezuela issue tempers regional enthusiasm over U.S.' s Cuba move. The leaders spoke by phone on Wednesday before Obama left Washington, discussing the process of resuming formal diplomatic relations and opening embassies, the White House said.

  • *Obama appears close to removing Cuba from terrorism list. *Venezuela issue tempers regional enthusiasm over U.S.' s Cuba move. The two leaders spoke by phone on Wednesday before Obama left Washington and discussed the process of resuming formal diplomatic relations and opening embassies, the White House said.

  • Obama and Castro spoke by phone on Wednesday before the U.S. leader left Washington, a White House official said. Apart from a couple of brief, informal encounters, the leaders of the United States and Cuba have not had any significant meetings since Castro's older brother Fidel Castro toppled U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista in a 1959 revolution.

  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has barely gotten off his plane in Panama City before giving a symbolic poke in the eye to Washington. Shortly after arriving Friday, the outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy visited a monument honoring victims of the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama. Tensions between Washington and Caracas have risen in recent weeks due to...

  • NEW YORK, April 9- A Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Donna Edwards, pledged on Thursday to swear off all campaign donations from Wall Street banks, the latest Democrat to assail big financial institutions. She said she was "outraged" by a Reuters report that major Wall Street banks had met to discuss ways to urge Democrats such as Massachusetts Senator...

  • NEW YORK, April 9- A Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate pledged on Thursday to swear off all campaign donations from Wall Street, the latest example of rising criticism of big banks within the party. Representative Donna Edwards, who is vying for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 Maryland Senate race along with fellow Representative Chris Van Hollen,...

  • The nuclear negotiations in Lausanne have already produced three separate fact sheets, issued by the United States, Iran and France, each highlighting different aspects of the emerging agreement. By reading the fact sheets side by side, however, the outlines of an eventual deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council...

  • April 6- After Iran and world powers agreed last week to a framework deal on curbing Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, Tehran and Washington seem to have different interpretations over how that will be done. U.S. and European sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program will be suspended after the International Atomic Energy Agency...

  • LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 2- Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Thursday on curbing Iran's nuclear programme for at least a decade, a step towards a comprehensive accord that could end 12 years of brinkmanship, threats and confrontation. The tentative agreement, after eight days of marathon talks in Switzerland, clears the way for talks on...