WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate unanimously approved tougher sanctions against Iran on Thursday, voting to penalize foreign financial institutions that do business with Iran’s central bank, the main conduit for its oil revenues.
The Senate acted despite warnings from Obama administration officials who said threatening U.S. allies might not be the best way to get their cooperation in action against Iran.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Thursday voted in favor of a requirement that captured terrorism suspects, including those detained in the United States, be held in military custody.
The proposed legislation mandates that suspected members of al Qaeda and other militant groups be detained by the U.S. military instead of the U.S. criminal court system. American citizens, however, are exempted from the mandatory military detention requirement.
WASHINGTON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Top U.S. officials said on
Thursday they were looking to sanction Iran’s central bank in a
calibrated manner to avoid roiling oil markets or antagonizing
allies, though that approach clashed with U.S. lawmakers
pushing for fast action.
The Senate is expected to vote on Thursday on an amendment
backed by Democrats and Republicans that would require
sanctioning foreign financial institutions that do business
with Iran’s central bank, the main conduit for its oil
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Wednesday she was ready to gamble that her government’s nascent reforms were real, seizing the chance for a transition to democracy.
In a rare public video conference call from her home in Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, a cheerful Suu Kyi said she thought some officials in the country where she was held in detention for 15 years had realized the need for change.
WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers said on
Thursday they are investigating security threats posed by
Chinese telecommunications firms operating in the United States
as concerns grow about Chinese cyber espionage.
The House of Representatives intelligence committee will
examine “the threat posed to our nation’s security and critical
infrastructure by the expansion of Chinese-owned
telecommunications companies — including Huawei and ZTE –
into our telecommunications infrastructure.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Lamar Alexander knows what political sniping is like, having once worn a flak jacket to a Senate luncheon. Now he and some other lawmakers are hoping Washington partisans can hold their fire long enough to reach a deficit-cutting deal.
Despite a generally black mood in the Capitol, senior lawmakers at the Reuters Washington Summit this week expressed belief a “super committee” agreement was still possible in a town where compromise has been a dirty word throughout budget battles much of this year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S.-Afghan strategic partnership agreement is being held up by Afghan demands for limits on “night raids” against insurgents and for a timeline for Afghans to assume control over detention centers, sources following the talks told Reuters.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last week that the two nations had agreed on as much as 90 percent of the substance of the keystone deal. It is intended to provide a framework for the future U.S. role in Afghanistan as control over security is gradually transferred to the Afghans.
WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – U.S. civilian aid to
Afghanistan has peaked, the State Department said in a new
report, declaring the United States would spend less on
development assistance there as it withdraws troops from the
“We have reached the high water mark of our civilian
funding levels” for Afghanistan, the department said in a
status report on civilian efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan
that was sent to congressional offices and obtained by Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A congressional committee approved tougher sanctions on Iran on Wednesday, hitting out at Tehran’s central bank following an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington.
The bipartisan legislation has good prospects for clearing the House of Representatives in the near future. In the Senate, lawmakers in both parties are working on similar legislation, increasing the likelihood that some version will become law.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Monday it had stopped funding UNESCO, the U.N. cultural agency, following its vote to grant the Palestinians full membership.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters the United States had no choice but to halt funding because of U.S. laws passed in the 1990s, saying Washington would not make a planned $60 million transfer that was due in November.