Mar 2, 2015

Senator: U.S. targeting 'Jihadi John'

U.S. forces are targeting the London man believed to be “Jihadi John,” an Islamic State executioner, a senior Democratic senator said Sunday. London graduate Mohammed Emwazi was unmasked by media last week as allegedly the English-speaking executioner responsible for the beheading of at least ...

Feb 13, 2015

U.S. Senate confirms Obama's pick for Pentagon chief

The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama’s choice to run the Pentagon, handing Ash Carter the unenviable task of steering the military as the United States confronts Islamic State militants, conflict in Ukraine and other worldwide threats. The vote in the Republican-controlled Senate ...

CIA interrogators heroes not torturers: Cheney

Dec 15, 2014

CIA interrogators heroes not torturers: Cheney

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday defended America’s now-banned program that tortured al-Qaida suspects, praising the CIA operatives who ran it as heroes. “I’m perfectly comfortable that they should be praised, they should be decorated,” the right-hand man to former President George ...

France's Senate, by narrow vote, urges recognition of Palestine

Dec 12, 2014

France's Senate, by narrow vote, urges recognition of Palestine

France’s upper house of parliament on Thursday urged the government to recognize Palestine as a state, following a similar and highly symbolic vote in the lower house. The Senate resolution, calling for French recognition of Palestine and an “immediate restarting” of peace talks between ...

CIA battles Senate Democrats over torture report

Dec 11, 2014

CIA battles Senate Democrats over torture report

by Bradley Klapper

The CIA and several of its past leaders are stepping up a campaign to discredit a five-year Senate investigation into the CIA’s harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that the historical record may define them as torturers instead of patriots and expose them to ...

Obama takes responsibility for Democrats' election rout

Nov 10, 2014

Obama takes responsibility for Democrats' election rout

U.S. President Barack Obama has taken responsibility for his party’s crushing defeat in last week’s midterm elections, he said in comments broadcast Sunday. The president had previously stopped short of explicitly shouldering the blame for his Democratic Party’s drubbing at the polls on Nov. ...

Midterm elections carry high stakes for U.S. economy

Nov 4, 2014

Midterm elections carry high stakes for U.S. economy

The midterm slugfest for control of the U.S. Senate could have far-reaching effects on the economy. Tuesday’s elections come just as U.S. growth has been showing consistent improvement, thanks in part to a congressional truce on budget fights. Previous such fights shut down the ...