Lynch becomes US attorney general, 1st black woman in post

The US Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the nation`s first black female attorney general Thursday, installing an aggressive counter-terrorism prosecutor as the top law enforcement official for President Barack Obama`s final 21 months in office.

US Senate unanimously passes anti-trafficking bill

The US Senate unanimously passed legislation Wednesday aimed at stopping human trafficking, after lawmakers overcame a dispute about the measure`s abortion language that prompted weeks of gridlock.

Religious freedom slipped in India, US Senators told

Religious freedom in India has slipped since last year's General Elections in the country, US senators were told even as the administration insisted the issue was an important agenda on its foreign policy as reflected in the blunt speech by US President Barack Obama during his visit to New Delhi in January.

Obama mocks US Republicans' letter to Iran, Biden blasts it as 'dangerous'
Obama mocks US Republicans' letter to Iran, Biden blasts it as 'dangerous'

Making light of a threatening letter to Iran sent by Republican Senators, President Barack Obama has derided the opponents and said that it was “ironic” to see some Congress members forming an “unusual coalition” with Iranian hardliners.

Indian-American Kamala Harris to run for US senate

California`s Indian-American Attorney General Kamala Harris, a "good friend" of President Barack Obama, has thrown her hat into the ring for the 2016 race to replace fellow Democrat veteran Barbara Boxer in the US Senate.

The new US Congress in numbers

The US Congress reconvenes Tuesday for its 114th session, following November 4 midterms that saw Republicans clinch a Senate majority and expand their control in the House of Representatives.

US senator outlines torture prevention proposals to Obama

The lawmaker behind the explosive US Senate report on enhanced interrogation techniques presented several torture prevention proposals on Monday to President Barack Obama including a ban on the CIA holding detainees.

CIA torture report: Bobby Jindal defends George Bush

Indian-American Louisiana Governor and rising Republican star Bobby Jindal has said the release of a Senate committee report on CIA's detention and harsh interrogation techniques is aimed at attacking former president George W Bush.

US Congressional committee allows use of force against ISIS

A key US Congressional committee has passed a bill authorising use of military force against the dreaded Islamist State militant group that has seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.

Barack Obama's policy on torture difficult to roll back: White House

In the wake of growing public debate over CIA's detention and interrogation programme, it would be difficult for future American leadership to roll back the policy on torture enforced by US President Barack Obama, the White House has said.

CIA chief John Brennan defends agency, but admits `abhorrent` abuses
CIA chief John Brennan defends agency, but admits `abhorrent` abuses

US spymaster John Brennan staunchly defended CIA officers on Thursday as "patriots" but admitted some interrogators had used "abhorrent" tactics in the past decade.

CIA torture report must lead to prosecutions: Rights group
CIA torture report must lead to prosecutions: Rights group

British-based advocacy group CAGE has demanded criminal proceedings following the release of a US Senate report that found CIA torture of Al-Qaeda suspects was far more brutal than acknowledged.

Who is Richard Rahul Verma?
Who is Richard Rahul Verma?

The US Senate on Tuesday confirmed Richard Rahul Verma, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next American ambassador to India, making him the first Indian-American envoy in New Delhi.

US Senate blocks NSA phone records measure

The Senate has blocked a bill to end bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.

Barack Obama, Republicans vow cooperation with a dash of defiance
Barack Obama, Republicans vow cooperation with a dash of defiance

With US mid-term elections turning the tide in favour of the Republicans, President Barack Obama on Wednesday appeared to seek common ground and work together with the rivals for America's prosperity. 

US mid-terms 2014: Republicans conquer Senate; tough times ahead for Barack Obama?
US mid-terms 2014: Republicans conquer Senate; tough times ahead for Barack Obama?

Riding on a wave of seething discontent among voters, coupled by plummeting approval ratings for President Barack Obama, the Republicans romped to victory in US mid-term elections, winning the Senate for the first time in eight years.

Iran lawmakers introduce uranium-enrichment bill

Iran`s state television broadcaster is reporting that some 100 lawmakers have introduced a bill that would force the government to increase uranium enrichment to 60 percent if new sanctions are imposed on the Islamic Republic.

Max Baucus to be named US ambassador to China

US President Barack Obama intends to nominate a senior Democratic senator as ambassador to China, party officials has said.

Barack Obama asks senators to `pause` new Iran sanctions

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday held a meeting with the senators and asked them to not propose new sanctions on Iran for now and permit the world powers to negotiate a nuclear deal.

US senate confirms Indian-American dancer to art job

The US Senate has confirmed noted Indian American Bharatanatyam exponent Ranee Ramaswamy as a member of the prestigious National Council on the Arts for a five-year term.