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U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government 18 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the militant group.

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U.S. Senate approves Sheets as Treasury undersecretary

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate approved Nathan Sheets as the Treasury's top official on international affairs, charged with pressing Washington's position on everything from the value of China's currency to how to resolve Europe's debt crisis.

18 Sep 2014
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U.S. House Speaker Boehner bemoans notion 'I don't have to work'

WASHINGTON - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday expressed his dissatisfaction with a chronically high jobless rate and complained of a "very sick idea" that the unemployed would "rather just sit around."

18 Sep 2014
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Bush family member angered by Republican Senate candidate's ads in Georgia

- Neil Bush, son and brother of two former presidents, has denounced assertions in political ads for Republican Senate nominee David Perdue in Georgia that an organization founded by Bush's father funneled money to extremist groups.

18 Sep 2014
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Obama nominates Indian-American as ambassador to India

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama nominated former State Department official Richard Verma as U.S. ambassador to India on Thursday, just ahead of a visit to Washington by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a White House statement said.

18 Sep 2014
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U.S. calls for Japan to buckle down on Pacific trade pact

WASHINGTON - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urged Japan on Thursday to ramp up efforts on a Pacific trade pact ahead of planned talks with his Japanese counterpart next week.

Japan 18 Sep 2014