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Jury to start deliberations in corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Jury deliberations are set to begin on Tuesday in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, who are charged with taking sweetheart loans and lavish gifts from a businessman. The jury of seven men and five women will start deciding the fate of McDonnell and former first lady Maureen McDonnell, both 60, after

Tax-evasion trial of New York Congressman Grimm set for December 1

Grimm, a former FBI agent who represents parts of the city's boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island, appeared before Judge Pamela Chen in U.S. Grimm, 44, who lives on Staten Island, one of the city's rare Republican-leaning districts, has denied the charges.

Texas voter ID trial opens in U.S. court

District Court in Corpus Christi stems from a battle over stringent voter ID measures signed into law by Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, in 2011. The law requires voters to present a photo ID such as a concealed handgun license or driver's license, but it excludes student IDs as invalid. "Although Texas has yet to identify a single instance of in-person voter fraud, the state neverthele

U.S. appeals court upholds Indiana's right-to-work law

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The validity of an Indiana state law that bars companies from requiring workers to join a union and pay union dues was affirmed on Tuesday by a U.S. The Indiana law does not violate the U.S. A local division of the International Union of Operating Engineers, which represents roughly 4,000 workers in northwest Indiana, had sued over the Indiana Right to Work

Republicans tone down Benghazi talk as elections near

When the House voted in May to authorize the select committee, which could cost taxpayers up to $3.3 million to operate, the media attention such a panel was sure to draw was a huge part of the attraction for the Republicans who pushed for it. They wanted a channel to attack President Obama and the Democrats in the lead-up to the midterm elections — so much so that House Democrats weren’t even s

How does a police department lose a Humvee?

Among the issues that Obama is likely to find is that the program lacks oversight and accountability. Once Pentagon weapons reach the 8,000 police departments that participate in the program, many of them in tiny towns, the federal government has little control over them. The departments are not allowed to sell or dispose of any of the 1033 program's “controlled” items, which include small arms

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy expresses ‘extreme degree of skepticism’ about expanding strikes on ISIL to Syria

Sen. Chris Murphy says he would be “very unlikely” to support expanding America’s military campaign against the brutal ISIL militia from Iraq into neighboring Syria. But the Connecticut Democrat says President Obama must seek explicit authorization from Congress if he decides to widen the conflict.

Obama on ISIL: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’

Declaring “we don’t have a strategy yet,” President Obama poured cold water Thursday on talk that he was poised to order imminent U.S. military strikes on ISIL fighters in Syria.

Obama’s Anti-Doctrine Doctrine

Terrorists in Syria and Iraq have been overrunning the countryside, pausing to savagely murder an American journalist. Pakistan is reeling from political crisis. The Russians just made an incursion into Ukraine, the Israelis have been blowing up every other building in Gaza, and Ebola's rampaging through West Africa. All of which has led to some of the most blistering criticism of Barack Obama's p

Lost in America: Visa Program Struggles to Track Missing Foreign Students

Feds: Some of the 6,000 Missing Foreign Nationals 'Could Be Here To Do Us Harm'

4 Things to Watch as Obama Heads to Estonia, NATO Summit in Wales

Can the Obama Doctrine neutralize the Putin Doctrine? Can it quash the terror threat from radical Islamic extremism? The answers may well depend on President Obama’s trip this week to Russia-bordering Estonia and a summit of NATO allies in Wales, perhaps the group’s most consequential...

Ferguson Police Receive Body Camera Donation

One in Six U.S. Police Departments Use Body Cameras

Macedonian premier, opposition leader, go to court

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A Macedonian court is hearing a private lawsuit by the country's prime minister against the opposition leader for alleged slanderous allegations concerning a bank sale.

Christie to Mexico on trade mission, 2016 politics

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Mexico on Wednesday, officially on a trade mission for his state. But the trip also serves as schooling for Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate with a lot of swagger but little foreign policy experience.

Pentagon: Al-Shabab leader was target of airstrike

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of the Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group was the target of U.S. military airstrikes that struck an encampment and a vehicle there on Monday night, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

Obama addresses West Africans on facts about Ebola

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling the people of West Africa that stopping the spread of Ebola won't be easy, but "we know how to do it."

US family grieving over new beheading video

WASHINGTON (AP) — A family spokesman says relatives of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff are aware of a new video purporting to show his beheading by Islamic State militants.

Why Republican control of Congress hinges on nine big-money Senate races

Nine big-money Senate races will determine whether Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

Russian bank hires two former U.S. senators

U.S. sanctions against Russia are becoming a boon for Washington's lobbyists.

Defeat of California initiative would protect insurers' profits

Proposition 45 would allow California's insurance chief to block insurance rate hikes; insurers are spending millions to kill it.

Swiss growth grinds to a halt as eurozone malaise spreads

Growth in Switzerland has ground to a halt, official data showed Tuesday, suggesting that while the wealthy Alpine nation has survived years of European financial turmoil relatively unscathed, weakness in the eurozone has begun to rub off. Between April and June Swiss gross domestic product stagnated, with zero growth from the previous quarter, according to statistics from the State Secretariat

US backs universal suffrage for Hong Kong

Washington (AFP) - The United States on Tuesday threw its weight behind pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong after Beijing refused to grant the territory's residents full voting rights.

Relatives of missing Iraq soldiers storm parliament

Angry relatives of missing Iraqi soldiers stormed the parliament building in Baghdad on Tuesday, attacked MPs and staged a sit-in for several hours in its main chamber, an official said. An emergency session of parliament, with relatives in attendance, will be held on Wednesday, Juburi's office said in a statement. Around 1,700 soldiers surrendered to the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group in Jun

Obama warns stopping Ebola 'will not be easy'

US President Barack Obama told West Africans on Tuesday that Ebola could be beaten but cautioned that it would not be easy to stem the spread of the deadly disease. Obama appeared in a YouTube video to underline that it was vital to take basic precautions when dealing with those afflicted and in burying the dead to thwart infections.

Kerry to meet Palestinian negotiators in Washington on Wednesday

Washington (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Palestinian negotiators on Wednesday in Washington to discuss the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and other issues, the State Department said Tuesday.

Turkey hosts Internet forum despite 'abysmal' web freedom record

Turkey on Tuesday began hosting a major UN-backed forum on Internet governance despite criticism of its "abysmal" record for limiting Internet rights. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an annual global gathering that aims to bring together governments, activists and business to discuss how to regulate and encourage use of the web. "We need to spread knowledge and share the benefits of the I

Syria holds pro-regime activists over criticism

Five Syrian pro-government activists have been arrested for criticising the intelligence services and defence ministry over the loss of key military bases and the deaths of soldiers, an NGO said Tuesday. Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said they were arrested on Friday "after criticising the role of the defence ministry and the intelligence services in the

French mum reunited with daughter taken by alleged jihadi husband

A young French mother whose daughter had been smuggled by her father out of the country and possibly to Syria was reunited with the two-year-old in Turkey, a source close to the French interior minister said Tuesday. Meriam Rhaiem, 25, made headlines in March when she made an emotional appeal to French authorities to recognise her baby girl as "the youngest French hostage". Rhaiem, who lives in

Islamic State claims to behead second US reporter

The so-called "Islamic State" released a video on Tuesday showing a masked militant apparently beheading an American journalist and threatening to kill a British captive. The footage, seen by AFP after it was found online by private terrorism monitor SITE, shows 31-year-old freelance reporter Steven Sotloff dressed in orange and on his knees in a desert landscape. The masked militant condemns th

Arming Ukraine could lead to nuclear war: Lech Walesa

Krynica (Poland) (AFP) - European military assistance to Ukraine could lead to a nuclear conflict between Russia and NATO, according to Poland's iconic cold warrior and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa.


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