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Washington Post photographer Melina Mara caught Mr McCain in the act with an over-the-shoulder picture showing the 77-year-old gambling with fake money on his phone

'Worst of all I lost!': John McCain admits to playing poker on his iPhone at US Syria debate

Senior US Republican Senator John McCain has admitted today on Twitter to playing poker on his iPhone during a key meeting on possible military intervention in Syria.

Five excuses McCain SHOULD have used for playing poker on phone during Syria hearing

You might have thought Senator John McCain would pay attention, after months of advocating the arming of Syrian rebels, but during a key senate hearing yesterday evening on the potential use of military force in the Middle Eastern region, the former Presidential candidate was snapped playing poker on his smartphone.

Syria crisis: First CIA-trained rebel unit about to join fighting against Assad regime, says President Obama

In efforts to assure Congress – and Senator John McCain – that action on Syria will be more than just symbolic, Barack Obama says US efforts to support rebels are now in full swing

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In Egypt General al-Sisi is at a loss – but a massacre on Eid would bring too much infamy

The Brotherhood doesn't want to play by the army's script

US senator John McCain calls for talks with former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi

John McCain, the US senator, has urged Egypt’s military-backed government to release detained members of the Muslim Brotherhood before starting negotiations.

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Colonel Bud Day: Soldier who was held prisoner by the Vietcong for over five years

George "Bud" Day, who died on 27 July aged 88, spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and was John McCain's cellmate. One of the most highly decorated US servicemen since General MacArthur, he was later a tireless advocate for veterans' rights.

Pentagon warns against Syria intervention which could cost US '$1bn a month'

Warning comes as the US and Britain concede that Assad could remain in power for a long while, albeit controlling only a portion of his country

Corporate tax avoiders face global crackdown

New global rules to force tax avoiders to “pay their fair share” will be introduced under a 15-point action plan launched by the OECD yesterday.

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David Harewood linked to Doctor Who role

Homeland actor David Harewood is the latest name to be linked to the lead role in Doctor Who after bookies noted a surge in bets for the star.

A Hezbollah fighter in a Shia area of Beirut

Hezbollah has been lured into unknown territory in Syria as it wages costly battle for survival

Mohammed Nour is the spokesperson for the Northern Storm Brigade, accused of kidnapping 11 Lebanese pilgrims in Syria

US Senator John McCain crosses into Syria for talks with rebel leader

US Senator John McCain crossed the border into Syria for talks with rebel commanders, becoming the highest-level American official to enter the country since the civil war began more than two years ago.

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Smith and Mania out to do a Red Rum by staging a Grand Encore

Moohaajim and Maureen can stake their Classic claims in trials at Newbury

A controversial appointment: Outspoken former Republican senator Chuck Hagel to be sworn in as US Defence Secretary

Chuck Hagel is set to be sworn in as Barack Obama’s latest Defence Secretary today, ending one of the most controversial appointment sagas in US history.

New Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee

Barack Obama's new Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel grilled in Senate confirmation hearing

Chuck Hagel, the former Republican senator picked by President Barack Obama as his new Secretary of Defence, had a rocky audition on Capitol Hill today as he sought to fend off criticism of his past positions on such hot-zone topics as relations with Israel and Iran and the war in Iraq.

A spontaneous celebration erupts in front of the White House

A Capitol adventure: Joining the party of all parties in Washington DC

The Kennedy Room in The Capitol Lounge, a short walk from the US Congress, was rammed full of Democrats who had been swept away by Barack Obama's soaring oratory, as well as buckets-full of strong craft beer.

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