Pope Francis heads to Philadelphia on final leg of US tour

 Pope Francis travels to Philadelphia on Saturday for the final leg of his wildly popular inaugural tour of the United States, to greet tens of thousands of Catholics at a family festival.

US House speaker Boehner to resign next month: Lawmaker

US House Speaker John Boehner, who has spent years pushing back against a rebellious flank long seeking his ouster, told a closed-door meeting on Friday that he will resign next month, a lawmaker said. 

Pope compliments US House Speaker on his tie

Pope Francis liked the US House of Representatives speaker John Boehner`s tie and told him so at their meeting in Washington ahead of his address to the US Congress -- the first by a pontiff.

India can work its own way through Iran accord: US

With the Republican-controlled US Congress failing to scuttle the landmark Iran nuclear deal, the US said it was up to India how to work its way through the accord which "is truly an international architecture."

Pope Francis prepares for most political trip yet

Pope Francis is gearing up for potentially his most politically charged trip yet, an eight-day whirlwind visit which will take him from Havana`s Revolution Square in Cuba to the headquarters of the United Nations.

US will be isolated if it rejects Iran deal: UN envoy

The United States will be isolated on the world stage and its influence diminished if Congress rejects the Iran nuclear deal, the US ambassador to the United Nations has warned.

Planned Parenthood report says fetal tissue videos were distorted

Planned Parenthood told US congressional leaders on Thursday that manipulations and deletions used in the editing process of secretly recorded videos slamming the organisation rendered the tapes unreliable for government inquiries.

US officials assure Congress on Iran sanctions "snapbacks"

Obama administration officials told lawmakers on Wednesday that sanctions relief under the Iran nuclear deal will not be allowed to be used to bankroll terrorism and said the sanctions can be "snapped back" quickly if Tehran violates the agreement.

Nuclear deal cuts off all of Iran's pathways to bomb: Barack Obama

Nuclear deal cuts off all of Iran's pathways to bomb: Barack Obama

Facing tough challenge from the Republican controlled Congress, US President Barack Obama on Wednesday reached out to his countrymen seeking their support for Iranian nuclear deal, which he argued cuts off all of Tehran's pathway to a nuclear bomb.

Sanctions regime would collapse if Congress 'kills' Iran deal: White House

The sanctions regime against Iran would collapse if the Republican-majority Congress were to "kill" the historic nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, as countries such as India, Japan and South Korea would no longer support any such move, the White House has warned.

US lawmakers host reception for new Indian envoy

In an unusual gesture, the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee held a Congressional reception to welcome India's new ambassador Arun K Singh at Capitol Hill, the seat of US legislature.

US govt calls for progress on reforming NSA's spying tactics

The Obama administration has called on the US Congress to pass a bipartisan law reforming the NSA's spying practises after a court ruled as "illegal" the secretive telephone and Internet surveillance being carried out by the agency.

Shinzo Abe voices ''repentance'' on WW2, touts Japan's new security role

Shinzo Abe voices ''repentance'' on WW2, touts Japan's new security role

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed “deep repentance” over Japan’s role in World War Two in a speech to the US Congress on Wednesday, even as he declared Tokyo’s emergence as a global security player in the face of China’s rising power.

US Congress should pass IMF reform to integrate rising powers like India: Rice

The US Congress should pass "quota reform" of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to better integrate the rising powers like India, National Security Advisor Susan Rice has said.

Benjamin Netanyahu rejects Barack Obama's criticism of Iran speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday brushed aside criticism from US President Barack Obama of his speech to Congress, in which he warned Washington was paving the way to a nuclear-armed Iran.

US should not get dragged into another war, that's not necessary to defeat ISIS: Obama

US should not get dragged into another war, that's not necessary to defeat ISIS: Obama

A day after the White House confirmed the death of 26-year-old female American aid worker Kayla Mueller at the hands of terror group ISIS, US president Barack Obama submitted a draft resolution to Congress to authorize the use of force against the Islamic State.

John Boehner re-elected US House speaker

 Republican John Boehner was re-elected and sworn in on Tuesday as speaker of the US House of Representatives, overcoming a surprisingly robust attempt to oust him by two dozen hardcore conservatives.

Barack Obama would veto Keystone pipeline bill: White House

 US President Barack Obama would veto Republican-sponsored legislation authorising the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada if it passes the new Congress, the White House said on Tuesday.

US House to vote on Keystone pipeline on Friday

The US House of Representatives will vote Friday on a bill authorising construction of the Canada-to-US Keystone XL oil pipeline, currently blocked by Democrats but a priority in the new Republican Congress.

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.