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US senators to travel to Egypt for talks with military leaders WASHINGTON: Two leading US senators said they have been asked by President Barack Obama to travel to Egypt to urge the country's military to hold new elections, US media reported Wednesday.Republican senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain, seen as leading legislative voices on US foreign policy and security matters, told reporters that they plan to travel next week to Cairo."The president asked Senator McCain and myself to go to Egypt next week, so we're trying to find a way to get there," Graham told CBS television.Graham said the goal of the trip is to "reinforce in a bipartisan fashion the message that we have to move to civilian control -- that the military is going to have to allow the country to have new elections and move toward an inclusive, democratic approach."He and McCain, who was the Republican party's presidential nominee in 2008, intend to "talk to the military and ...

Obama revives tax plan in bid for fiscal 'bargain' CHATTANOOGA: US President Barack Obama Tuesday offered to lower corporate tax rates in exchange for simplifying a code "riddled with loopholes," in a renewed bid to strike a fiscal deal with rival Republicans.The reheated tax reform plan, first proposed by Obama and rejected by Republicans in 2011, is part of an attempt by the president to create a "better bargain" for the middle class in a second term thus far marked by few accomplishments.Republicans, especially ...
Republicans weigh short-term US budget measure WASHINGTON: With time running out for the US Congress to agree on next year's budget, some Republicans are pushing for a short-term fix that would delay the confrontation over a government shutdown until November.If lawmakers agree on a short-term plan to fund the government for a few weeks past the current Oct. 1 deadline, it would mean that the fight over government funding for next year would coincide with a potentially more consequential clash over ...
Middle East peace talks resume in Washington on Monday WASHINGTON: The United States announced on Sunday the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian direct final status negotiations, with representatives of both sides meeting in Washington on Monday and Tuesday.The Middle East peace process will be back to life after nearly a three-year deadlock, following some hectic diplomacy led by Secretary of State John Kerry in the last few months.The State Department said Kerry spoke with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and personally ...
Schizophrenic US murder convict appeals execution WASHINGTON: The lawyer of a mentally ill man who killed eight people and proclaimed himself "the prince of God" has petitioned the US Supreme Court for a halt to his execution.John Ferguson, 65, who has a documented history of paranoid schizophrenia, is scheduled to be executed on a Monday August 5 execution at Florida State Prison in Raiford.Ferguson was found guilty of six murders in a 1977 home invasion and the murder of two adolescents ...
Police raid railway offices in Canada crash probe OTTAWA: Police on Thursday raided the Canadian regional office of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic (MMA) railway, looking for evidence in a criminal investigation of a train derailment that killed 47 people.More than a dozen Quebec provincial police officers and representatives of other agencies were involved in the search of the offices in Farnham, southwest of Montreal.Police inspector Michel Forget told a press conference they were "looking for evidence to support criminal charges."He said the ...
Obama to meet Yemen president at White House WASHINGTONPresident Barack Obama will welcome Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi for talks that could touch on the fate of dozens of Yemenis held at Guantanamo, the White House said Thursday.The August 1 meeting aims to "further strengthen our counter-terrorism partnership, and enable the return of Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay who have been designated for transfer," the White House said in a statement.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...


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