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Obama vetoes oil pipeline bill

Obama vetoes oil pipeline bill

US President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Republican-led Congress sent the bill to the president on Tuesday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama vetoed the bill "without any drama or fanfare or delay". The 875-mile (1,400km) pipeline would carry tar sands oil...

Natarajan quits Congress

Natarajan quits Congress

In a major setback to India's main opposition party Congress, former Environment Minister and senior leader Jayanthi Natarajan has decided to quit the party while making a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi and accusing him of sending "specific requests" on environmental clearances for projects. In a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Natarajan stated...

Jayanthi Natarajan quits Congress

Jayanthi Natarajan quits Congress

Former Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Friday quit from the primary membership of the Congress citing “humiliating treatment” in the manner in which she was shunted out of the Ministry in 2013 and the refusal of the high command for over a year to hear her defence, reports The Hindu. She also welcomed the comment of Union Environment Minister Prakash Javedekar in New Delhi that all the files relating to projects she had mentioned in a letter to Sonia Gandhi, for which “inputs” of Rahul Gandhi were factored in to make the final decision, would be reviewed. Addressing a press conference in Chennai, a visibly emotional Natarajan said the reporting...

Republicans seek to one-up Obama on foreign affairs

Republicans seek to one-up Obama on foreign affairs

Republicans on Wednesday delivered a swift and bold response to President Obama’s exuberant State of the Union address by taking direct aim at the administration’s foreign policy authority, reports The Washington Post. House Speaker John A Boehner (R-Ohio) invited Israel’s prime minister to address Congress next month on the danger posed by Iran’s nuclear...

Shadow of crisis has passed out: Obama

Shadow of crisis has passed out: Obama

US President Barack Obama has declared an end to the financial crisis and pledged economic policies to benefit all Americans, in his annual State of the Union address to Congress. In a speech devised to appeal to working families, Obama outlined his strategy for "middle-class economics". "It's now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next 15 years," he said. But the plans are unlikely to make it past a Republican-controlled Congress. In a speech which he described as more focused on values than policies, Obama declared America had turned a page after the worst recession since the Depression. The president said he planned to build on this growth...

Obama seeks to tighten cyber laws

Obama seeks to tighten cyber laws

US President Barack Obama has unveiled proposals to strengthen cyber security laws following a spate of attacks against high-profile US targets. Recent hacks of Sony Pictures and a Pentagon Twitter feed reflect the need for tighter legislation, the president said. The proposals are due to be sent to Congress immediately. Previous efforts on cyber security legislation...

Sunanda Pushkar’s death an open-and-shut case, police say

Sunanda Pushkar’s death an open-and-shut case, police say

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar death is an open-and-shut case, Delhi Police sources claimed on Wednesday, according to a report of IBNLive. While adding that there is no hurry to question Tharoor in the mysterious death of Sunanda, officials are likely to ask him why he forced doctors to change opinion in...

Sonia Gandhi hospitalised

Sonia Gandhi hospitalised

Congress president Sonia Gandhi was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram hospital in New Delhi on Thursday. She was suffering from infection of the lower respiratory tract, which affects the airway and the lung. According to hospital sources, Gandhi went to the hospital on Thursday evening with complaints of breathing difficulty and chest congestion, ,...

US MPs set last-ditch push for IS war authorisation

US MPs set last-ditch push for IS war authorisation

Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee made a last-ditch push on Thursday to vote on an authorisation for the use of military force against Islamic State before they hand full control of Congress over to Republicans next month. As debate intensified in the House of Representatives and Senate over the campaign against the...

Obama demands $6bn for Ebola fight

Obama demands $6bn for Ebola fight

President Barack Obama has renewed calls for Congress to approve $6bn (£3.8bn) in emergency aid to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The president made the plea on a visit to the National Institutes of Health, where he congratulated scientists on work towards a vaccine. The WHO says 6,055 people have died in...

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