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Exclusive: Obama plan to 'Power Africa' gets off to a dim start


JOHANNESBURG - Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness".

World 5:38am EST

Wed, Nov 26 2014

Congress can block use of fees for immigration overhaul: memo


WASHINGTON - Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday.

26 Nov 2014

Tensions flare between Senate Democrats, White House


WASHINGTON - Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that could pose challenges for the party in upcoming fights with Republicans over taxes, energy and immigration.

26 Nov 2014

Cheese bests Mac in quest for Obama's Thanksgiving turkey pardon


WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday pardoned a turkey named Cheese to mark the country's Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, when roasted turkey is the traditional main course.

U.S., Turkey 26 Nov 2014

U.N. investigators urge Obama to release CIA report


GENEVA - United Nations human rights investigators called on President Barack Obama to live up to principles preached by the United States around the world and release a long completed report on CIA interrogation methods.

26 Nov 2014

Romney tops Republican poll for '16; ahead of Clinton in election


WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.

Utah agrees to drop parts of disputed 2011 immigration law

- Utah has agreed to roll back key provisions of a 2011 state law allowing police to check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being undocumented, a civil liberties group said on Tuesday.

U.S. 26 Nov 2014

Tue, Nov 25 2014

In blow to tax negotiators, Obama threatens veto


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama pledged on Tuesday to veto a deal still under negotiation in Congress that would make several expiring business tax breaks permanent.

Money, U.S., 25 Nov 2014

Flournoy withdraws from consideration as U.S. defense secretary: sources


WASHINGTON - Michele Flournoy, a former top U.S. Department of Defense official widely tipped as a possible replacement for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the job, according to multiple sources familiar with the circumstances.

25 Nov 2014

Exclusive: U.S. to leave more troops in Afghanistan than first planned - sources


KABUL - The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

World, Afghanistan, U.S. 25 Nov 2014

Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.