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Veteran of Obama cabinet favours normalising US-Cuba ties

Last Updated: Saturday, May 24, 2014, 10:30

Former US interior secretary Ken Salazar has said he favours "normalising" relations between his country and Cuba, and expressed optimism at the chances of seeing that happen in the next few years.

Indian-American author pleads guilty in Senate campaign scheme

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 13:05

Conservative Indian-American author and filmmaker Dinesh D`Souza, who has been critical of President Barack Obama through his works, pleaded guilty before a US court to violating election campaign law by making illegal contributions to a Senate campaign.

Fed nominee Fischer clears procedural hurdle in US Senate

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 05:52

Stanley Fischer`s nomination to be vice chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate on Tuesday, virtually assuring that the noted economist will join the central bank`s board within days.

US Senate panel approves Venezuela sanctions

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 03:18

A US Senate committee on Tuesday greenlighted new sanctions on Venezuelan officials responsible for violent crackdowns against anti-government student protesters that have left 42 people dead.

Thai Senate fails to break deadlock over PM

Last Updated: Saturday, May 17, 2014, 12:26

A Thai Senate session has failed to come up with electing an interim prime minister, dashing hopes of the People`s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) that a neutral premier would be appointed by their deadline of Friday, a media report said Saturday.

Manish Shah becomes first South Asian federal judge in Illinois

Last Updated: Friday, May 02, 2014, 21:00

Indian-American Manish Shah has been confirmed by the US Senate as a federal judge in Illinois, making him the first South Asian federal judge in President Barack Obama`s home state.

Corruption is Afghans` `existential threat`: US ex-general

Last Updated: Thursday, May 01, 2014, 02:16

Corruption, not the Taliban, is the existential threat to Afghanistan which the next president must tackle with urgency, the former commander of NATO troops in the country said today.

Canada`s Supreme Court rejects Harper government proposals for Senate reform

Last Updated: Saturday, April 26, 2014, 00:12

Canada`s top court on Friday rejected government proposals to unilaterally reform or abolish its scandal-plagued senate, saying such a move required a constitutional change supported by the provinces.

Pak Senate adopts resolution binding PM to attend its session

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 13:47

Pakistan`s Senate has passed a resolution making it mandatory for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend its session at least once a week after he failed to turn up since assuming the position last year.

Senate committee orders review of Cuban Twitter

Last Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014, 07:33

A powerful Senate committee has ordered for review of all facts and documents related to the secret "Cuban Twitter" programme of United States Agency for International Development (USAID), headed by Raj Shah, highest ranking Indian-American in Barack Obama Administration.

Republicans block US Senate bill on gender pay gap

Last Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 15:55

Republicans have blocked a US Senate bill aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women, an election-year ritual that Democrats hope will help spur women to back them in this November`s congressional elections.

US senators to demand release of `torture report`

Last Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014, 00:31

A US Senate panel appears likely to demand the release of a contentious torture report that has sharply divided lawmakers and the CIA.