Longest-serving woman in US Congress announces retirement

 The Democratic Senator for Maryland, Barbara Mikulski, the woman who has served the longest in the US Congress, has announced her retirement after almost 40 years.

Half of Americans disapprove of inviting Netanyahu to address Congress

Nearly half of American voters think that US House Speaker John Boehner should not have invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address US Congress without having consulted the White House, according to a new poll released Sunday.

Netanyahu speech to US congress will harm ties with US: Rice

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s acceptance of an invitation to address the US Congress, without the blessing of the White House, is destructive to US-Israeli ties, a senior official said Tuesday.

Tulsi Gabbard to marry in April in Vedic ceremony

Tulsi Gabbard, the first ever Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, would marry cinematographer Abraham Williams in April in a Vedic ceremony, a media report has said.

Israeli election chief puts curbs on Netanyahu speech to Congress

The head of Israel`s election commission acted on Monday to limit any pre-election boost Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may get from a March 3 speech to the US Congress, in which he will warn of the threat from Iran`s nuclear programme.

Obama seeks war authorization from Congress to fight Islamic State
Obama seeks war authorization from Congress to fight Islamic State

US President Barack Obama has sent Congress an outline for authorization to use military force in the campaign against Islamic State, a congressional aide said on Wednesday.

Obama seeks some limits on ground troops for Islamic State fight

U.S. President Barack Obama will propose to Congress on Wednesday a new three-year authorization for the use of force against Islamic State with limits on U.S. combat troops` involvement, lawmakers and congressional aides said.

Give Iran diplomacy a chance, Europeans urge Congress

Top European diplomats waded into the political fray in Washington over Iran, urging US lawmakers to hold off on new sanctions and pleading for time to allow nuclear talks to succeed.

Israel PM `welcome` to speak in US any time: Kerry

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is welcome to give a speech at "any time" in the United States, top US diplomat John Kerry said on Wednesday.

Bolstered by economy, Obama takes on hostile Congress

US President Barack Obama appears before a Republican-controlled Congress Tuesday to give a State of the Union address that will demand hostile lawmakers increase taxes on the rich.

US seeks to overthrow Venezuela government: Official

Tighter new US sanctions against Venezuela are aimed to foment violent unrest to try to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, his defense minister said Saturday.

Shutdown averted for now as Congress extends US funding

TThe US Congress passed a $1.1-trillion spending bill for fiscal year 2015 Saturday, capping a week of acrimonious wrangling while averting a government shutdown and sending the measure to President Barack Obama.

US Congress passes Russia sanctions, arms for Ukraine

The US Congress on Saturday unanimously approved fresh economic sanctions against Russia and lethal weapons for Kiev, defying President Barack Obama and hardening American lawmakers` response to a Kremlin-backed insurgency in Ukraine.

US Congress passes 2015 spending bill after bruising fight

 The US Congress passed a $1.1-trillion spending bill for fiscal year 2015 Saturday amid intense partisan wrangling, sending the measure to President Barack Obama and averting a government shutdown.

US Congress approves fresh sanctions on Venezuela

The US Congress gave its final approval Wednesday to new sanctions against Venezuelan officials accused of violating the human rights of anti-government protestors this year.

US Congress agrees on $1-tn budget bill to avoid shutdown

 US Congressional leaders have agreed on a budget bill of $1 trillion to finance the federal government until 2015 and avert a government shutdown like the one which occurred last year.

Congress seeks report on US-Pak security cooperation

 The US Congress has sought to enhance its monitoring of Pakistan, in particular its counter-terror actions, by asking the Obama administration for a six-monthly report on US-Pak bilateral security cooperation.

US Congress moves toward OK for financing war on IS jihadists

 US congressional negotiators late Tuesday approved an emergency funding package to pay for military operations against the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and Syria, and a vote is expected in the coming days.

US Congress report debunks Benghazi attack claims

A probe by a Congressional committee into the September 11, 2012 attack on a US compound in Benghazi debunked allegations that President Barack Obama`s administration fell down on the job.

Tulsi Gabbard completes National Guard activation duty

 Influential lawmaker Tulsi Gabbard, the only Hindu member of the US Congress, has completed her active duty call-up with the Hawaii Army National Guard in response to the lava flow on the Big Island.