• WASHINGTON, July 13- This year was supposed to be different for Congress. U.S. lawmakers expected that a promising budget deal reached after a government shutdown last year would herald a new normal for passing annual spending bills, moving Congress away from the crisis-driven approach and resulting economic jitters of recent years.

  • UN warns Iraq of 'chaos' if no political progress Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 2:23 AM ET

    BAGHDAD— Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

  • But I feel like I'm changing one or two minds here or there, "said Felice Pete, a nurse anesthetist and a member of the state party's Black Advisory Board. The swing state, one of 11 where the Republican National Committee has hired staff to reach black voters, hosts one of the country's most important Senate races in November's midterm elections.

  • Democrats question Astorino work for media company Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Democrats criticized Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Friday over work he does for a national media company, saying it may violate ethics rules in Westchester County, where Astorino is county executive. Astorino makes about $30,000 a year advising Townsquare Media on radio station programming.

  • Iraqi Kurds take over 2 northern oil fields Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 8:06 AM ET

    BAGHDAD— Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

  • Obama taps controversial nominee for labor board Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 7:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is once again nominating lawyer Sharon Block to serve on the National Labor Relations Board, a move that could anger congressional Republicans. The Supreme Court ruled last month that the appointments were invalid.

  • As food inflation nears 10 percent, the new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces accusations that it is doing no better at reining in prices than the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty's Congress party, which suffered its worst election defeat in May.

  • Biden calls on governors to lead nation Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democratic governors alike to lead the nation "out of this mess" while insisting that Congress approve billions of dollars to repair the country's aging infrastructure.

  • Jokowi win is likely outcome for Indonesia: Pro     Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 11:33 PM ET

    Steve Norris, Senior Southeast Asia Analyst at Control Risks, says the quick count results which indicate a Jokowin win are more credible than the ones that predict a Prabowo win.

  • Perry Warjiyo, Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia, highlights the current account deficit and inflation as the main factors impacting monetary policy.

  • Why 2017 will be a turning point for Hong Kong     Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 9:33 PM ET

    Allan Zeman, Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Holdings, says Hong Kong citizens need to be "pragmatic" and "live within Beijing's Basic Law". He also describes the selection process for the Chief Executive.

  • Business Highlights Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 6:06 PM ET

    LISBON, Portugal— The specter of Europe's financial crisis is back to haunt investors. The tensions center on Espirito Santo International, a holding company that is the largest shareholder in a group of Espirito Santo family companies, including the parent of Portugal's largest bank, Banco Espirito Santo.

  • Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 1:59 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. "A couple of years from now, we might say this was the beginning of the trend," said Rusty Rumley, a senior staff attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

  • Ga. Senate: Kingston, Perdue spend combined $11M Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 1:57 PM ET

    ATLANTA— The two Republicans vying for Georgia's open Senate seat have spent a combined $11 million so far on the race, with just over a week to go before the July 22 runoff. The race is among a dozen being watched nationally as Republicans seek control of the Senate. Sam Nunn, will be able to claim the Georgia seat and help them keep a majority in the Senate.

  • Chelsea Clinton speaking fees can reach $75,000 Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 12:54 PM ET

    The family's finances have come under scrutiny in recent weeks after the former secretary of state said during her book tour that the family was "dead broke" and in debt when husband Bill Clinton left the White House in January 2001.

  • WASHINGTON, July 10- A surge of Republican pressure is bringing the Federal Reserve's long-held independence into question again, as conservative lawmakers seek to place the U.S. central bank under tougher scrutiny.

  • Senate panel backs tighter rules on political cash Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Members of the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday sent to their colleagues a long-shot proposed change to the Constitution that would rein in political spending. "The plain text of this amendment would allow Congress to ban books, to ban movies and to silence the NAACP," said Sen.

  • Corbett signs budget, takes on lawmakers, pensions Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    Tom Corbett signed the state budget 10 days late on Thursday and used his line-item veto power to spotlight what he called the Legislature's failure to sacrifice with the rest of government or to curb rising public-sector pension costs that are fueling school tax increases.

  • *Baghdad authorities halt cargo flights to Kurdish capital Arbil. BAGHDAD, July 10- Kurdish ministers said they were boycotting meetings of Iraq's caretaker cabinet and authorities in Baghdad halted cargo flights to two Kurdish cities, in an escalating row between the Shi'ite-led central government and Kurdish leaders.

  • JAKARTA, July 10- Indonesian shares and the rupiah rose on Thursday on the prospect of a presidential election victory for Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, widely seen as more business-friendly than his rival, former general Prabowo Subianto.

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