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Boehner says US House to vote Tuesday on clean DHS funding WASHINGTON: US House Speaker John Boehner told Republicans he will allow a vote on a clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill Tuesday, overriding conservative efforts to block President Barack Obama's immigration plan.Senior aides in the room confirmed that Boehner told members at his party's Tuesday morning caucus that he was prepared to swiftly put a clean DHS funding bill to a vote, effectively ending the congressional battle that had threatened to shut down a critical agency designed to protect Americans.It would likely pass easily because such a measure would earn support from Democrats who are united in seeking to secure DHS funding without amendments that would repeal President Barack Obama's controversial executive orders on immigration from last November."As you've heard me say a number of times, the House has done its job by passing legislation to fund DHS and block the president's executive actions on immigration," Boehner told rank-and-file ...

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Netanyahu insists US Congress speech not political WASHINGTON: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Tuesday his speech to a joint meeting of the US Congress was not political stunt, as he was received with a standing ovation.Around 50 Democratic members stayed away from the event, during which Netanyahu was expected to warn that the nuclear deal being negotiated between the United States and Iran would threaten Israel's security.But many more lawmakers from both sides of the aisle did attend, and Netanyahu began ...

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Michelle Obama to visit Japan, Cambodia WASHINGTON: US First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Japan later this month, part of a drive to promote girls' education around the world.The White House said Tuesday that Obama will visit Tokyo and the historic city of Kyoto from March 18 to 20 before moving on to Siem Reap, Cambodia, close to the famous temples of Angkor.The trip is part of the "Let Girls Learn" initiative, encouraging adolescent girls to complete their studies. Copyright ...

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An Iran with nuclear weapon would threaten Israel, US: Rice WASHINGTON: An Iran with a nuclear bomb would threaten Israel and the United States, an advisor to President Barack Obama said on Monday, amid a crisis between Washington and Israel over Tehran's atomic ambitions."Given their support for terrorism, the risk for a nuclear arms race in the region and the danger to the entire global nonproliferation regime, an Iran with a nuclear weapon would not just be a threat to Israel, it is also an ...

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Two years after Boston attacks, trial to get under way NEW YORK: Opening arguments begin on Wednesday in the trial of the 21-year-old man accused in the worst attack on US soil since the September 11 strikes: the Boston Marathon bombings nearly two years ago.Kyrgyzstan-born US Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces the death penalty if convicted of bombing Boston's signature race, killing three people and wounding 264, on April 15, 2013.It is one of the most anticipated trials in the United States since Timothy McVeigh was convicted ...

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Obamacare future hangs in balance at US Supreme Court WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court faces a momentous case Wednesday on the sweeping health insurance reform law that President Barack Obama wants to leave as part of his legacy.The stakes are high. In this extremely politicized debate, the highest court in the land could strike down one of the pillars of so-called Obamacare, which could doom the law as a whole.Obama's Republican foes are seeking to repeal the law both through Congress and in the ...

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US Senator Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, to retire WASHINGTON: US Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, the top Democrat on the powerful Appropriations Committee, is set to announce that she is retiring, according to The Washington Post. Mikulski scheduled a news conference on Monday at 11 a.m. EST in Baltimore to make an announcement about her future, her office said. Mikulski, 78, has served in the Senate since 1987 and before that in the US House of Representatives. Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...