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Sep 21, 2015

Plan to admit more refugees faces stiff opposition in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Plans by President Barack Obama’s administration to allow thousands more refugees into the United States faced stiff opposition on Monday in the U.S. Congress, where Republican lawmakers demanded the right to review, and reject, the effort, citing fears of terrorism.

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday announced an increase in the number of refugees the country takes in by 15,000 in each of the next two years, bringing the total to 100,000 by 2017.

Sep 18, 2015

White House preparing new rules to weaken Cuba embargo: sources

WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – The White House is drafting sweeping regulations to further weaken the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba that would ease restrictions on U.S. companies and make it easier for Americans to travel there, U.S. government sources said on Thursday.

The regulations, to be announced as soon as Friday, include allowing U.S. companies to establish subsidiaries with Cuba, possibly via joint ventures with Cuban firms such as state telecommunications monopoly Etecsa, they said.

Sep 17, 2015

Exclusive – U.S. preparing eased rules for Cuba trade: sources

WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration is drafting sweeping regulations to ease restrictions on U.S. companies doing business with Cuba and make it easier for Americans to travel to the island, U.S. government sources said on Thursday.

The regulations, to be announced as soon as Friday, include allowing U.S. companies to establish subsidiaries with Cuba, possibly via joint ventures with Cuban firms such as the Etecsa telecommunications monopoly, they said.

Sep 17, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. preparing eased rules for Cuba trade

WASHINGTON/HAVANA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration is drafting sweeping regulations to ease restrictions on U.S. companies doing business with Cuba and make it easier for Americans to travel to the island, U.S. government sources said on Thursday.

The regulations, to be announced as soon as Friday, include allowing U.S. companies to establish subsidiaries with Cuba, possibly via joint ventures with Cuban firms such as the Etecsa telecommunications monopoly, they said.

Sep 17, 2015

U.S. preparing eased rules for Cuba trade -sources

WASHINGTON/HAVANA, Sept 17 (Reuters) – President Barack
Obama’s administration is drafting sweeping regulations to ease
restrictions on U.S. companies doing business with Cuba and make
it easier for Americans to travel to the island, U.S. government
sources said on Thursday.

The regulations, to be announced as soon as Friday, include
allowing U.S. companies to establish subsidiaries with Cuba,
possibly via joint ventures with Cuban firms such as the Etecsa
telecommunications monopoly, they said.

Sep 17, 2015

Last bid to kill Iran nuclear deal blocked in Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats blocked legislation meant to kill the Iran nuclear deal for a third time on Thursday, securing perhaps the greatest foreign policy of President Barack Obama’s six years in office and clearing the way for the agreement’s implementation.

By a vote of 56-42, the Republican-majority Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed in the 100-member chamber to advance the legislation as all but four of Obama’s fellow Democrats backed the nuclear pact announced in July.

Sep 11, 2015

House votes against Iran deal in two symbolic votes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives defeated a resolution on Friday backing the nuclear agreement with Iran in a symbolic vote engineered by congressional Republicans who object to the deal.

House members defeated the measure 269 to 162 in a strongly partisan vote, part of an effort by Republicans to underscore their objections to the international accord despite a vote on Thursday in the Senate that blocked a Republican-led effort to kill it by passing a resolution of disapproval.

Sep 11, 2015

Senate Democrats block effort to kill Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama achieved perhaps the greatest foreign policy victory of his six years in office on Thursday, when a Republican-backed effort to kill the Iran nuclear agreement was narrowly blocked in the U.S. Senate, clearing the way for the deal’s implementation.

Forty Democrats and two independents voted to block a resolution disapproving of the pact in the 100-member chamber, one more than the minimum needed to keep it from advancing.

Sep 10, 2015

House Republicans pledge to keep up fight on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner pledged on Thursday that he and his fellow Republicans would fight on against the nuclear deal with Iran, even if a Senate vote seals the deal and hands Democratic President Barack Obama a major victory on the world stage.

Republicans “will use every tool” they can to stop the agreement – announced on July 14 between the United States, five other world powers and Tehran – and to delay its implementation, Boehner told reporters.

Sep 9, 2015

U.S. plans to increase refugee intake next year – officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to raise the
number of refugees it takes in by 5,000 next year for a total of
75,000, including an unspecified number from Syria, senior U.S.
officials said on Wednesday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking to reporters
after meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, said the United
States was “committed to” taking in more Syrian refugees fleeing
war in their country.

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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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