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China downplays Hillary Clinton claim it hacked U.S. information

China on Monday downplayed an accusation by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that Beijing had tried to "hack into everything that doesn't move in America". At a campaign event in New Hampshire on Saturday, Clinton said the U.S. must be "fully vigilant" about China's military, adding that Beijing had stolen commercial secrets from defense contractors and "huge amounts of gov

Some White House Republican hopefuls want curbs on legal immigration

By Andy Sullivan DENVER (Reuters) - Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls Scott Walker and Rick Santorum are suggesting a potentially controversial way to boost Americans' job prospects: admit fewer legal immigrants into the United States. It could also complicate prospects for a comprehensive fix to the nation's outdated immigration system and tar the Republican Party as anti-immigrant at a tim

U.S. and Iran: the unbearable awkwardness of defending your enemy

Tehran and Washington, which have called each other the "Great Satan" and a member of the "Axis of Evil" during 36 years of hostility, are more used to exchanging insults than defending each other. The two foes cut diplomatic ties after Iranian revolutionaries seized 52 hostages in Tehran's U.S. embassy during the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Low-enriched uranium can be further enriched to make fiss

Republican Christie criticizes high court's gay marriage ruling

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said on Sunday Supreme Court justices of his liking would not have legalized same-sex marriage and would have struck down a key provision of a national health care law. The two landmark rulings last month angered many conservative Americans and several Republican presidential candidates have condemned the decisions. Christie, who announced la

As South Carolina debates Confederate flag, controversy spreads to other states that display it

Even if it is taken down at the South Carolina statehouse, the Confederate battle flag is still deeply entrenched in parts of the American South.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley calls for removal of Confederate flag

In a press conference Monday afternoon, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley joined those calling on state lawmakers to remove the Confederate flag from a war memorial on the state Capitol grounds. The announcement comes days after the massacre of nine members of Charleston's historic Emanuel church by alleged gunman Dylann Roof. Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric hosted a live stream of Gov. Ha

Uniquely Nasty: Original documents and White House recordings

The memos and audio used in the reporting of the Yahoo News documentary "Uniquely Nasty."

Uniquely Nasty: The blockbuster novel that haunted gay Washington

Allen Drury's "Advise and Consent" was the reason many DC insiders stayed in the closet for as long as they did.

Uniquely Nasty: Washington power broker Robert Gray’s ‘double life’

Despite being one of the most powerful men in DC, Gray confided that there was a time early in his career when he lived in mortal fear that J. Edgar Hoover would discover his biggest secret: that he was gay.

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face Life

American soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion over his disappearance from an Afghan outpost in 2009 and could face life in confinement, the Army announced today. As part of the deal, the Taliban five were relocated to Qatar. After Bergdahl's dramatic return to the U.S., the Army launched an investigation into whether the soldier willfully left his post

Lawmakers to Question Top Officials about Controversial Visa Program for Wealthy Foreigners

Republicans in Congress voiced strong objections Tuesday in response to a scathing Homeland Security investigation that found a senior official appeared to give special treatment to politically-connected applicants when he ran a little-known federal program that offers visas to those who invest $500,000 in a job-creating business. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the committee chairman, said h

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Lawyer Says

American soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion for allegedly walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, Bergdahl's attorney told ABC News today.

Clinton offers reassurance to gay youth in web posting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Boosting her social media outreach to younger voters, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seeking to offer reassurance to gay youths in a posting that is drawing wide online attention.

Cruz, Huckabee competing for evangelical votes

MILNER, Ga. (AP) — Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee went head-to-head for evangelical votes this weekend, telling a megachurch congregation in Georgia that God favors the United States but warning that the nation is on a perilous spiritual path because of actions like the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Congress heads back to work with looming funding deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress return Tuesday from July Fourth fireworks and parades facing a daunting summer workload and an impending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall.

Blacks torn between anger, mercy for Charleston shooter

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night's revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of the historic black church's members, including the pastor.

Piano-playing senator's latest tune: New education policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — How does a musician-senator fill the time during yet another partisan Senate stalemate?

Supreme Court justices bolstered by free travel, royalties, rental income

Nation's top jurists enjoyed free travel among other benefits

12 things to know about Jim Webb

Virginia Democrat enters 2016 White House race

Ohio legislature strikes back against pot legalization effort

Ohio legislature approves new ballot measure to ban monopolies as retaliation against marijuana legalization effort.

ECB financing for Greek banks 'cannot be lowered', says France

France's finance minister warned the European Central Bank against lowering its level of emergency financing to Greek banks and said it was up to Athens to make new proposals on its debt crisis. The amount of funding provided by the ECB through its Emergency Liquidity Assistance "cannot be lowered," Michel Sapin said ahead of a meeting by the bank to make a decision on the lifeline which could d

England Ashes penpix

Unlikely to have ever experienced prolonged pace barrage he is set to face from Australia and England could regret not giving him more Tests prior to this series. Has had a brilliant start to his Test career but struggled during home series against New Zealand and Australia will be keen to exploit any weaknesses. England's man of the series when they won the Ashes two years ago, but has endured

'Up to Greece to make proposals': France says after referendum

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said Monday it was up to the Greek government to make new proposals after a referendum rejected bailout proposals made by international creditors. "The vote itself solves nothing," Sapin said in the first reaction from Europe's second economy. Sapin also warned the European Central Bank against lowering its level of emergency financing to Greek banks, as the

RugbyU - Moore named Wallabies skipper ahead of World Cup

- Stephen Moore will skipper the Wallabies in this year's international season leading up to the September-October World Cup, replacing Michael Hooper, the Australian Rugby Union said on Monday. Moore, Australia’s all-time most capped hooker with 92 Tests, has been reinstated as Wallabies captain following a season-ending injury in his first outing in charge last year. "Stephen is not only a pla

Iran nuclear talks 'could go either way' in final straight

Top ministers were due to meet Monday seeking to conclude an unprecedented nuclear deal with Iran, on the eve of a deadline aiming to draw the curtain on almost two years of high-stakes negotiations. After criss-crossing the world since September 2013 chasing a complex accord to cut off Iran's pathways to developing nuclear arms, exhausted world powers warned Tehran now was the time to strike an

Women's World Cup final - USA lead Japan 4-1 at half-time

Vancouver (AFP) - The United States lead defending champions Japan 4-1 at half-time in the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver on Sunday.

Fendi facing haute furore at Paris Fashion Week

With fashionistas baking in a mascara-melting heatwave and Italy's Fendi set to raise hackles with an all-fur collection, Paris Fashion Week, which began Sunday, may prove a tad too haute to handle. Five days of haute couture shows kicked off with Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko's first ever showing at Paris Fashion Week, with several of her models decked out in fur bonnets or a fur coat. Fren

Powers warn Iran 'now is the time' for nuclear deal

Global powers upped the pressure on Iran late Sunday warning now was "the time" to strike an elusive deal curbing its nuclear ambitions, as the US said the fate of the talks hung in the balance. US Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that after almost two years of negotiations and on the ninth day of these latest talks in Vienna "genuine progress" had been made. French Foreign Minister Lauren

Lion cubs relocated from impoverished Gaza to Jordan

Two lions cubs were on Sunday taken from a Gaza Strip refugee camp to Jordan, their former owner said, after their maintenance became too great a financial burden. The two lions were like children to us," Saadi Jamal said of the five-month old male and female big cats named Max and Mona. Jamal, a Palestinian Authority security employee who lives in the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza and is

Morocco reporter on hunger strike in Geneva should return home: Rabat

A Moroccan journalist on hunger strike in Geneva, who was previously jailed for insulting the Moroccan king and is now being denied a passport, was told Sunday to return home to plead his case. "Morocco is a state of law," said Mohamed Aujjar, Morocco's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, insisting the journalist had "every right to contest the administrative decision" not to provide him


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