Iran nuclear deal now backed by 31 senators


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, said on Sunday he would support the nuclear deal with Iran, moving President Barack Obama a step closer to having sufficient backing to ensure the deal stands.


U.S. presidential hopeful Sanders gains ground on Clinton in Iowa poll 30 Aug 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders narrowed the gap with leading Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in a recent opinion poll in the political bellwether state of Iowa as support for the front-runner fell below 50 percent for the first time this year.


Christie defends plan to monitor immigrants like FedEx tracks parcels 30 Aug 2015

WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie pushed back on Sunday against "ridiculous" criticism of his proposal to track foreign visitors the way FedEx Corp tracks packages, saying government needs private-sector expertise to tackle illegal immigration.


Obama invites Pakistan PM Sharif for October visit 30 Aug 2015

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has invited Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, for a meeting at the White House on Oct. 22, the U.S. National Security Council said on Sunday.


Obama changing name of Alaska's Mount McKinley to Denali 3:23am BST

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Monday will officially restore Denali as the name of North America's tallest mountain, siding with the state of Alaska in ending a 40-year battle over what to call a peak that has been known as Mount McKinley.

Texas secessionists launch petition drive for vote to break away 2:28am BST

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - A group called the Texas Nationalist Movement fanned out to 31 cities across Texas this weekend trying to gather the 75,000 signatures they say they need to get the question of the state's secession from the United States on the primary ballot next spring.

University of Texas moves statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis 30 Aug 2015

- The statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis was moved from its prominent place on the University of Texas campus in Austin on Sunday, according to footage published on social media and by local Austin American-Statesman newspaper.

Democratic Senator Merkley airs support for Iran nuclear deal 30 Aug 2015

WASHINGTON - Senator Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, said on Sunday that he will support the nuclear deal with Iran.


US national security advisor warns Pakistan on recent militant attacks 30 Aug 2015

ISLAMABAD - U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice warned Pakistani political and military leaders on Sunday that recent attacks in Afghanistan by militants based in Pakistan threaten regional security, an official said.


Obama heads north to Alaska, where drilling decision looms large 29 Aug 2015

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean under what he said were rigorous standards, fending off criticism by environmental groups. | Video