WASHINGTON - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday were falling in line behind a bipartisan two-year budget deal, indicating that the normally rambunctious group of lawmakers is not spoiling for a year-end fiscal fight. | Video
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WASHINGTON - The White House would like Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a bilateral security agreement by the end of the year, but the deadline could slip into early January, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's lower house of Congress on Wednesday fast-tracked debate of an energy reform that would permit the biggest oil industry opening in 75 years, putting the bill closer to final approval after the Senate signed off on it earlier in the day.
- U.S. regulators announced new guidelines on Wednesday to phase out the use of antibiotics as a growth enhancer in livestock, in an effort to stem a surge in human resistance to these drugs.
ROME - Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta won a confidence vote in the Senate on Wednesday, confirming his government's majority after promising sweeping reforms and urging lawmakers to back him or risk chaos. | Video
- American University on Wednesday lifted a lockdown triggered by an unconfirmed report of a gunman on its campus in Washington, D.C. and a suspect was in custody, a university spokeswoman said.
BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's red-shirted supporters said on Wednesday they were ready to defend her government in the streets from an elite-backed protest movement seeking to install an unelected "People's Council".