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  • The Senate confirms billionaire Betsy DeVos as education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence casting an unprecedented tie-breaking vote, and another controversial nominee, Jeff Sessions for attorney general, wins committee approval. The top Democrat in the Senate said the judge has dodged questions aimed at gauging his judicial independence.

  • *Trump, Netanyahu meet on Feb. 15 with Iran atop agenda. *Both see Obama-backed Iran nuclear accord as bad deal. But people familiar with the Trump administration's thinking say that its evolving strategy is likely to be aimed not at dismantling Iran's July 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers, as presidential candidate Trump sometimes advocated, but...

  • The Senate confirms billionaire Betsy DeVos as education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence casting an unprecedented tie-breaking vote, and another controversial nominee, Jeff Sessions for attorney general, wins committee approval. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he had "serious, serious concerns" about Trump's Supreme Court nominee,...

  • The Senate confirms billionaire Betsy DeVos as education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence casting an unprecedented tie-breaking vote, and another controversial nominee, Jeff Sessions for attorney general, wins committee approval. A watchdog group is suing to force Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency to release records...

  • Trump's choice of billionaire Betsy DeVos to be education secretary is confirmed by the Senate but only after Vice President Mike Pence was called in to break a tie that threatened to defeat her. A media watchdog group is suing to force Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency to release records detailing communications with energy...

  • Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are nearing common ground on a tougher U.S. policy toward Tehran ahead of their talks next week at the White House. Prime Minister Theresa May wants to revitalize Britain's "special relationship" with the United States, but the promise of a state visit for Trump is turning into a headache for her.

  • Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are nearing common ground on a tougher U.S. policy toward Tehran ahead of their face-to-face talks next week at the White House. Prime Minister Theresa May wants to revitalize Britain's "special relationship" with the United States, but the promise of a state visit for Trump is turning into a headache for her.

  • Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

    Iran's supreme leader said Tuesday that "newcomer" President Donald Trump had shown the "real face" of the United States.

  • A demonstrator holds a sign to protest against President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven primarily Muslim countries during a rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 4, 2017.

    The Justice Department will face off with opponents over the fate of the temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

  • DUBAI, Feb 7- Oman and Iran have agreed to change the route of a planned undersea gas export pipeline, to avoid waters controlled by the United Arab Emirates, Iran's oil minister said on Tuesday after meeting his Omani counterpart in Tehran. The planned pipeline would connect Iran's vast gas reserves with Omani consumers as well as with liquefied natural gas...

  • Elon Musk

    SpaceX and Tesla have joined a legal brief opposing an executive order opposing Donald Trump's executive order.

  • *OPEC and Russian oil supply cuts lend support. NEW YORK, Feb 6- Oil fell on Monday as ample U.S. supplies and excess speculative length outweighed OPEC output curbs and rising tensions between the United States and Iran. "We feel that the bulk of the price decline related to the larger-than-expected increase in net WTI speculative length as well as another hefty...

  • *U.S. dollar edges higher amid Europe political uncertainty. *OPEC and Russian oil supply cuts lend support. NEW YORK, Feb 6- Oil fell more than 1 percent on Monday as a stronger dollar, ample U.S. supplies and excess speculative length outweighed OPEC output curbs and rising tensions between the United States and Iran.

  • President Donald Trump signs an executive order to impose tighter vetting of travelers entering the United States, at the Pentagon in Washington, January 27, 2017.

    An amicus brief by 97 technology companies opposes Trump's recent executive order, affecting citizens from 7 countries.

  • *Brent "rangebound" as buyers shy away above $57- PVM. *OPEC and Russian oil supply cuts lend support. LONDON, Feb 6- Oil slipped further below $57 barrel on Monday as a stronger dollar and ample U.S. supplies outweighed OPEC output curbs and rising tensions between the United States and Iran.

  • *OPEC and Russian oil supply cuts lend support. LONDON, Feb 6- Oil steadied near $57 barrel on Monday as OPEC supply cuts and rising tensions between the United States and Iran were countered by ample inventories and signs that higher prices will revive U.S. output. Despite the OPEC cuts, U.S. crude inventories rose by more than expected last week.

  • Demonstrators yell slogans during an anti-Donald Trump immigration ban protests inside the San Francisco International Airport, January 29, 2017.

    Ten former senior U.S. diplomats and security officials planned to file an affidavit arguing that President Trump's executive order curtailing immigration would actually make America less safe.

  • Google employees protest Trump immigration policies

    Several tech companies plan to send a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump urging his administration to follow through on proposed changes to a travel ban.

  • *Iran vows "roaring missiles" if threatened, defies new sanctions. *OPEC, Russia oil supply cuts lend support. LONDON, Feb 6- Oil steadied close to $57 barrel on Monday as rising tensions between the United States and Iran and OPEC supply cuts were countered by ample inventories and signs that higher prices will revive U.S. output.

  • *U.S. puts new sanctions on Iran, but oil so far unaffected. *China import demand growth to slow- BMI Research. SINGAPORE, Feb 6- Oil prices rose on Monday, with traders shifting money into crude futures as the dollar weakened, and as concerns rose that new U.S. sanctions against Iran could be extended to affect crude supplies.