McCain challenges gays in military

A leading Republican senator yesterday claimed a US military study on gays was flawed and that letting them serve openly would be dangerous in a time of war.

Pentagon report puts pressure on Republicans over gay troops

The drive to allow gays and lesbians openly to join the US military for the first time was set to get a significant boost last night as the Pentagon unveiled the results of a study showing that soldiers who are already serving either support the move or do not care enough about the issue to oppose it.

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Demonstrations across the country reflect an enormous groundswell of anger against proposed increases to tuition fees, protesters said today.

Parliament to decide Berlusconi's political future

Italy's Parliament will decide the future of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's struggling centre-right government on 14 December in two confidence votes that may trigger early elections, a political source said.

Embattled McCain faces down family rebellion over gays in the military

John McCain, the recently re-elected US Senator, army veteran and former presidential runner, appears to have quashed a political mutiny – not in the ranks of the Republican party, but within his own family.

Tea Party feels the pressure as counting begins in Alaskan poll

Court battles loom over 90,000 'write-in' votes in bitter battle for US Senate seat

Rupert Cornwell: Time for the US to level with Russia

The US lame-duck Congress on Monday reassembles for its final session. The most important thing it must do is ratify the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (Start), signed in Prague last April by Presidents Obama and Medvedev, cutting the US and Russian strategic nuclear arsenals. If not now, it may be never – and the consequences could be dire.

Is this the end? Morrison may be cleared of obscenity after 40 years

Almost 40 years after his death, Jim Morrison could finally be allowed to rest in peace after the Governor of Florida said he was willing to consider a posthumous pardon of The Doors singer, who was sentenced to jail in 1969 for indecent exposure and profanity at a concert in Miami.

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Tuesday night was a triumph for the party – but Washington's radical newcomers are now challenging the traditionalists

Voters have punished me for the economy, says Obama

President accepts responsibility for defeat as he faces challenge of governing without majority in House of Representatives

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