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  • US: China is expanding its South China Sea outposts Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— China is expanding its outposts in the South China Sea to include stationing for ships and potential airfields as part of its "aggressive" effort to exert sovereignty, the U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday. His comments underscore U.S. concern over land reclamation activities that could fuel tensions between China and its neighbors over...

  • WASHINGTON— Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out Monday by splitting President Barack Obama's contested immigration measures from the agency's funding bill. It was far from certain whether it would win any Democratic support, and House conservatives remain firmly opposed to any funding bill for the...

  • Putin calls West's bluff over Ukraine peace deal Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 12:52 PM ET

    MOSCOW, Feb 18- Vladimir Putin has called Europe's bluff over east Ukraine as Russia- backed separatists seize a strategic town in defiance of a ceasefire brokered by France and Germany. But declaring the agreement dead would be likely to force Europe to impose new economic sanctions on Russia and increase pressure on U.S. "There is the notion that the West goes to...

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- U.S. President Barack Obama made clear he was some way from a decision on whether to arm Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels, saying on Monday he still hoped for a diplomatic solution. Russia had violated a September peace deal by sending more tanks and artillery into eastern Ukraine, Obama said, adding that he...

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to argue in Washington on Monday against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels, while in Brussels EU ministers held off tightening sanctions to give peace talks a chance. But critics of Obama's cautious foreign policy approach are already demanding decisive...

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to argue against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels in Washington on Monday in the face of intense U.S. But critics of Obama's cautious foreign policy approach are already demanding decisive U.S. action to help Kiev fight the separatists in eastern Ukraine,...

  • *Europeans spar with U.S. senators over arming Ukraine. MUNICH, Feb 8- The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence there and signs of cracks in the transatlantic consensus on confronting Vladimir Putin. After the call, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko...

  • MUNICH, Feb 7- Germany's Angela Merkel said on Saturday that sending arms to help Ukraine fight pro-Russian separatists would not solve the crisis there, drawing sharp rebukes from U.S. politicians who accused Berlin of turning its back on an ally in distress. The heated exchanges at a security conference in Munich pointed to cracks in the transatlantic...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- President Barack Obama's pick to become defense secretary told Congress on Wednesday he was leaning in favor of providing arms to Ukraine but later cautioned that the focus must remain on pressuring Russia economically and politically. Ashton Carter, a former Pentagon No. 2, told the Senate Armed Services Committee he would "very much...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary Ashton Carter on Wednesday vowed to cut through "red tape" slowing U.S. arms deliveries to Jordan, which plans to step up its fight against Islamic State after the killing of a captured Jordanian pilot. Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee it was important for Jordan to be able to...

  • Prosecutors said to recommend charges for Petraeus Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 5:54 PM ET
    David Petraeus

    Prosecutors have recommended bringing felony charges against former Gen. David Petraeus for providing classified info to a mistress, officials say.

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, Dec 22- China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said. North Korea has denied it was to blame and has vowed to hit back against any U.S. retaliation, threatening the White House and the Pentagon. But the United States...

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, Dec 22- China has said it opposes all forms of cyberattacks, but it stopped short of directly condemning the hacking of Sony Pictures, or of responding to U.S. calls for action against North Korea, blamed by Washington for the assault. But the United States has also accused China of cyber spying in the past and a U.S. official has said the attack on...

  • WRAPUP 1-Obama says Sony hack not an act of war Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism. Washington's long-standing dispute with North Korea, which for years has centered on its nuclear weapons program, has entered new territory with the...

  • Senator Carl Levin has introduced a bill seeking to crack down on trading on inside information in physical commodities, the first U.S. legislation limiting Wall Street banks' ability to deal in physical markets from crude oil to aluminum. The bill, sponsored by the Michigan Democrat and co-sponsored with Republican John McCain, is seen as Levin's parting...

  • Something Washington may agree on: NFL blackouts Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 4:31 PM ET
    The Buffalo Bills take on the Green Bay Packers at home. Last season, former Bills owner Ralph Wilson averted a blackout at the last minute by buying thousands of tickets himself.

    Washington is scrutinizing the "blackout rule" that restricts broadcasts for NFL games that fail to sell out.

  • U.S. Senate Democrats push votes on Obama's nominees Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 3:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 15- With the clock ticking down on their Senate majority, Democrats pushed on Monday to win approval for some of President Barack Obama's stalled nominations for government posts. The Senate will vote on Murthy, Saldana and three other nominees on Monday and Tuesday as part of Majority Leader Harry Reid's late push to get nominations through the...

  • Congress just slipped this into the spending bill Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 1:14 PM ET

    While political focus was on a Senate Intelligence Committee report, Congress snuck in two measures to its must-pass spending bill. NBC News reports.

  • Sen. McCain vows Jones Act will be repealed one day Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 3:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 5- Senator John McCain said a more than 90- year-old law that requires ships servicing coastal businesses to be built and mostly staffed by U.S. crews will be repealed sooner or later if lawmakers keep fighting the trade restriction. The Department of Homeland Security issued a rare waiver of the act in 2012 when superstorm Sandy led to fuel...

  • When legislation materializes, it would follow a year and half of congressional inactivity in the aftermath of the passage of a sprawling Senate bill backed by Obama but killed by the House. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul likely will oversee the effort, according to leadership aides. The 2013 Senate bill's pathway to citizenship...