Obama confident Congress will approve Trans-Pacific Partnership

The U.S. is one of 12 Pacific Rim nations to reach a pact this week that would liberalize commerce, affecting the costs of products ranging from dairy to biotech drugs.


Pacific trade negotiators reach landmark deal, fight over approval looms

The U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have reached a deal on the most sweeping trade liberalization pact in a generation.


Normal ties between Iran and U.S. unlikely despite nuclear deal

Iran is unlikely to normalize relations with the United States despite a landmark nuclear deal reached with America and other major powers and the first handshake between a U.S. president and a high-ranking Iranian official in more than 30 years.


Troops from U.S.-led mission fight Taliban near Afghan city

Special forces from the U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan battled insurgents near the northern city of Kunduz that was captured by the Taliban this week.


New U.S. sanctions illustrate sprawling Islamic State network

The U.S. government is imposing sanctions against 25 people and five groups around the world connected to the Islamic State.


Obama, Castro meet as they work on thawing U.S.-Cuba ties

President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the United Nations in a rare one-on-one meeting between the former Cold War foes.


Obama, Putin spar over Syria

Russia and the United States agreed on Monday to look for a diplomatic end to the Syrian civil war but clashed over the central question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should retain power.


Obama, Putin to confront tensions on Syria, Ukraine

Putin, who will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in New York on Monday, branded U.S. support for rebel forces in Syria as illegal and ineffective and said Damascus should be included in international efforts to fight Islamic State.


Pew: Immigrants will drive U.S. population growth in next five decades

Immigrants and their descendants will drive U.S. population growth over the next half century, transforming the country into one where no racial or ethnic group is a majority.


Obama to host China’s President Xi amid simmering tensions

President Barack Obama will host Chinese President Xi Jinping for his first U.S. state visit on Friday, but the pomp and pageantry will not be enough to mask tensions over alleged Chinese cyber spying, Beijing’s economic policies and territorial disputes with its neighbors.


Pope: U.S. should reject hostility to immigrants

Pope Francis told Congress that the U.S. should reject hostility to immigrants and treat them humanely, directly addressing a thorny subject that is dividing the country and stirring debate in the 2016 presidential campaign.

A magnifying glass is held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in Berlin May 21, 2013.

Millions more government fingerprints deemed stolen

The Obama administration says the fingerprints of 5.6 million people who applied for or received a federal security clearance were stolen — not 1.1 million as first believed.


At White House, Pope focuses on environment, poverty and migrants

Pope Francis urged the U.S. to help tackle climate change and touched on other divisive issues such as immigration and economic inequality on his first visit to the world's richest nation.


Pope’s visit to focus on use of power, needs of the poor

Pope Francis comes to America bearing a message that the power and wealth that Washington symbolizes should be made to serve humanity, and not the other way around.

A magnifying glass is held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in Berlin May 21, 2013.

U.S.: China cyber espionage must stop

U.S. officials call it a national security concern and a critical factor in U.S.-China relations.


Catholics expected to turn out in force for Pope Francis

Pope Francis is expected to draw huge crowds throughout his first visit to the United States this week, with the faithful and the curious straining to get a look at a man who has fascinated Americans with his humble and open tone.


Kerry says U.S. ready to take more refugees

The United States will increase the number of refugees it takes in by 15,000 over each of the next two years, bringing the total to 100,000 by 2017.


Several thousand migrants in Turkey resume march towards Greek border

A growing crowd of several thousand migrants resumed their bid to march on Turkey's Greek border on Friday.


Pope’s U.S. visit may deepen Republicans’ Hispanic problem

The upcoming visit by the most socially progressive pope in generations threatens to drive a further wedge between Republicans and the Hispanic voters it needs to win back in order to retake the White House.


Defense Secretary: Budget woes send ‘wrong message’ to potential foes

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday warned that continued uncertainty about U.S. military spending levels would send "the wrong message at the wrong time" when Russia and China are rapidly advancing their technologies.

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