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Oct 31, 2014

U.S. Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When lawmakers return to Washington after Tuesday’s congressional elections they will resume a debate they began with some reluctance last month on the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

With the U.S.-led coalition increasing air strikes but no signs the militants have been weakened, Congress appears ready for a broader discussion on the operations than it was prepared to hold during the run-up to the election.

Oct 16, 2014

In U.S. Congress, Republicans step up demands for Ebola travel ban

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers dragged
the Ebola crisis into the political arena on Thursday, ramping
up their demands that President Barack Obama impose new
restrictions on travel from countries ravaged by the deadly
virus.

Returning to Washington from the campaign trail three weeks
before midterm elections, Republicans made the call for a travel
ban a dominant theme at a congressional hearing on the outbreak.

Oct 9, 2014

Fears grow in United States over Ebola’s spread outside West Africa

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Fears are growing in
the United States about Ebola with about 200 airline cabin
cleaners walking off the job in New York and some lawmakers
demanding the government ban travelers from the West African
countries hit hardest by the virus.

“The nation is frightened, and people are frightened of this
disease,” the U.S. cabinet secretary for health, Sylvia Burwell,
said on Thursday, a day after the death in Texas of the first
person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.

Oct 8, 2014

U.S. to screen air passengers from West Africa for Ebola

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday it will begin extra screening of passengers arriving at five of the country’s largest airports from West Africa as it increases efforts to prevent the spread of a deadly Ebola outbreak.

The enhanced screening will start at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport this weekend and be extended next week to Newark Liberty in New Jersey, Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta.

Oct 8, 2014

U.S. to toughen Ebola screening at airports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Tuesday they would unveil within days new screening procedures for the deadly Ebola virus at the country’s airports to address public concern over the possibility of an outbreak.

“We’re working very intensively on the screening process both in the places of origin and upon arrival,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters. “We will absolutely look at every step that could tighten that process.”

Oct 2, 2014

U.S. House members press Kerry on nuclear talks with Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hundreds of U.S. lawmakers pressed Secretary of State John Kerry to lean harder on Iran in talks over its nuclear program in a letter released on Thursday after Israel warned Washington not to go easy on Tehran.

Three hundred and fifty-four members – four-fifths – of the U.S. House of Representatives signed the letter sent to Kerry on Wednesday night, expressing concerns that an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program might not require sufficiently strict inspections of its nuclear facilities.

Oct 1, 2014

Mother of former U.S. Marine says son suffers in Mexico jail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The mother of a U.S. Marine held for six months in a Mexican prison appealed on Wednesday for the U.S. government to do more to free her son, who told her his guards threatened him with rape, torture and execution.

Andrew Tahmooressi, 26, was arrested on March 31 by Mexican customs agents who found three guns in his pick-up truck at a border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. He was charged with weapons offenses and has been imprisoned in Mexico ever since.

Sep 29, 2014

U.S. Congress vote on campaign against Islamic State could lag to 2015

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress might not
vote until next year on an authorization for President Barack
Obama’s air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and
Syria, congressional aides said on Monday, despite some
lawmakers’ insistence that approval is already overdue.

The U.S. military began a campaign in Iraq weeks ago to halt
advances by the Sunni group known as Islamic State, which has
killed thousands of people while seizing swaths of territory in
Iraq and Syria. The United States and five Arab nations began
air strikes against targets in Syria last week.

Sep 19, 2014

U.S. won’t stand in way of Venezuela’s U.N. Security Council bid

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will not stand in the way of Venezuela securing a temporary seat on the U.N. Security Council in 2015-16 after Latin American and Caribbean states unanimously endorsed its bid, U.N. diplomats and U.S. sources say.

The U.S. stance is in sharp contrast to its position in 2006, when Washington successfully campaigned against Venezuela’s drive to join the 15-nation council, the only United Nations body that can authorize sanctions or military force. At that time, Venezuela failed to secure the requisite two-thirds majority of votes in the General Assembly for its bid after dozens of rounds of secret-ballot voting.

Sep 18, 2014

U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama’s plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants on Thursday, a major part of his military campaign to “degrade and destroy” the radical group.

The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for one of Obama’s high-profile initiatives.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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