Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged message to Beijing — holding out hope for a slowly improving military relationship with the Asian giant while issuing a stern warning on cyber attacks coming from that country. But he was met with immediate scepticism from the Chinese delegation in the audience, who questioned America's role in the Pacific.
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Thursday 21 March 2013
Some called it a farce, some called it a charade, and others used less printable terms. But at the end of a dramatic and bizarre day in Australian politics, Julia Gillard remained Prime Minister tonight after she called a leadership vote in which no one stood against her.
Wednesday 20 March 2013
President Barack Obama's assault weapons ban lay in tatters last night after being dropped from the Senate gun control bill.
Friday 15 March 2013
Senator speaks out ahead of Supreme Court considering changes to Defence of Marriage Act
Friday 08 March 2013
John Brennan took over as director of the CIA today, the finishing touch on president Barack Obama's national security team for his second term.
Filibuster gut Senator Rand Paul gets up to speak against Barack Obama's drones... and keeps going for 12 hours
Thursday 07 March 2013
Rand Paul spent most of the day and night on the Senate floor
Thursday 07 March 2013
If you've ever seen the 1939 classic, Mr Smith Goes To Washington, you'll know what a filibuster is. The parliamentary procedure, where a member attempts to "talk out" a bill by giving a speech so long it delays the vote has been practiced since Ancient Rome, when senator Cato the Younger was notorious for blocking legislation by speaking until dusk, at which point Senate rules required all business to be concluded.
Wednesday 06 March 2013
President Barack Obama could in "extraordinary circumstances" use deadly drone strikes against Americans inside the United States, the country's attorney general has said.
Tuesday 05 March 2013
Call-girl withdraws allegations after admitting she was paid to make it all up claims New Jersey Democrat in clear over sex orgy scandal but is still under investigation
Saturday 23 February 2013
Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the most contaminated US nuclear site are leaking.
Thursday 21 February 2013
A Republican stalwart, now 80, has owned up to a 1970s liaison with the daughter of a colleague
Wednesday 20 February 2013
Michael Gove was dismissive when asked in an interview with Jan Moir in the Daily Mail whether his alleged university nickname of “Donkey” – based on an unnamed anatomical oddity discovered in what the paper calls a “five-in-a-bed romp” – was true. “It wasn’t like some sort of Last Tango in Paris-type affair. I don’t recall being called Donkey, no,” he told the paper.
Wednesday 06 February 2013
Essie Mae Washington-Williams, who died on 3 February at the age of 87, was the mixed-race daughter of the controversial US politician Strom Thurmond who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years to avoid damaging his political career.
Bound, beaten and robbed: Backpackers attacked by whip-brandishing Peruvian villagers in 'savage' two day ordeal
Monday 04 February 2013
New photo reveals injuries sustained by the three Americans
Thursday 31 January 2013
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.
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