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Pakistan safe havens not a "mission-stopper" for U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States can win its nearly 10-year-old war in Afghanistan even if neighboring Pakistan does not shut down militant safe havens on its side of the…

U.S. general "militarily uncomfortable" with Afghan date

LONDON (Reuters) – A senior U.S. military commander said on Tuesday setting a 2014 goal for halting NATO combat operations in Afghanistan weakened the Taliban’s arguments although he was “militarily…

Florida governor may stall Obama healthcare law

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott signaled on Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare overhaul may not be implemented in the state as a legal battle…

Senate Republicans push health law repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans moved on Tuesday to force a U.S. Senate vote to repeal President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul — a day after a federal judge ruled that the…

NY’s Cuomo slashes spending, freezes taxes in budget

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed laying off nearly 10,000 state workers and cutting billions from education and Medicaid as he laid out his first budget…

U.S. ambassador warns against "gutting" Iraq mission

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Iraq urged Congress on Tuesday not to “gut” the post-war diplomatic presence in Iraq after a Senate committee report urged Washington to consider…

Obama seeks "responsible" budget to curb deficit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday spelled out that his upcoming budget will seek a “responsible” path to reducing U.S. debts over time, while lawmakers pushed for a…

U.S. sees Suez Canal closure as inconceivable

LONDON (Reuters) – The United States would respond “diplomatically, economically, militarily” to any closure of the Suez Canal although such an event seems inconceivable, the head of U.S. Central Command…

U.S. envoy in Egypt spoke with ElBaradei: statement

CAIRO (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to Cairo made contact with prominent Egyptian political activist Mohamed ElBaradei on Tuesday to discuss a political transition in Egypt, the U.S. Department of…

U.S. envoy tells Mubarak to prepare for transition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An envoy of President Barack Obama privately urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday to prepare for a transition of power, the closest the United States has…