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Millions to Vote in US Mid-Term Poll

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Americans are preparing to vote in mid-term elections which will decide who controls the Senate and pave the way for the 2016 race for the White House. Polling booths open on Tuesday beginning 06:00 Eastern (11:00 GMT). The Republicans, who already control the House of Representatives, need to gain just six seats to take the Senate. Meanwhile the Democrats are battling to stay ahead as Preside...

Merkel Hopes for US Answers on Spying

U.S. President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel chat during dinner at Chralottenburg Castle in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after a phone call with Barack Obama on Wednesday night that she believed the U.S. president took Germany’s concern over reported U.S. spying very seriously, and she hoped coming talks would bring answers. Obama sought to allay the anger in Germany and other European allies in his call with Merkel, during which the chancellor said she made clear to him...

US Health Mandate Delayed till 2015

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The main provision of a landmark healthcare bill passed under President Barack Obama will take effect one year later than planned, his administration has said. Employers now have until 2015 to extend healthcare benefits to their employees. The move has been seen as a major concession to retailers and other businesses. But it puts off the law’s aim of giving coverage to nearly 50 million A...

Kerry Responds to US Bugging Claims

Kerry Responds to US Bugging Claims

Nearly all national governments, not just the United States, use “lots of activities” to safeguard their interests and security, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, responding for the first time to allegations that Washington spied on the European Union and other allies. The EU has strongly demanded that the United States explain a report in a German magazine that Washington ...

Stuxnet Leak Probe Targets Retired US General

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US media report that a former US Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is under investigation for allegedly leaking classified information about a secret cyberattack on Iranian nuclear facilities. NBC News and The Washington Post said that the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating retired Marine General James Cartwright for allegations that he provided reporters with information about ...