Gates not optimistic on end to ban on gays

MUSCAT (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates told thousands of sailors aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln Monday that he was not especially hopeful that Congress would lift a ban on gays serving openly in the military by year’s end. Read more

Mideast funding of militants irks U.S.: WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. officials have grown frustrated over the resistance of allies in the Middle East to help shut the financial pipeline of terrorists, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing secret diplomatic dispatches. Read more

Lawmakers optimistic about deal on tax cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior lawmakers said on Sunday they were optimistic about striking a deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts for all taxpayers and continue emergency jobless aid for millions of long-term unemployed Americans. Read more

Mideast funding of militants irks U.S.: WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. officials have grown frustrated over the resistance of allies in the Middle East to help shut the financial pipeline of terrorists, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing secret diplomatic dispatches. Read more

So much for the Christmas spirit

So much for the Christmas spirit

Mike Babick’s display of Christmas spirit in Prarie Village, Kansas, has grown too popular for some neighbors, who complain his expanding array of lights and holiday figures draw some unwelcome gawkers. Babick’s passion for the holiday has driven him to adorn his modest one-story home in this Kansas City suburb with more than a thousand […]

Obama touts South Korea trade deal

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed at the weekend to work with Republicans and Democrats to pass a free-trade pact with South Korea that he said was a model for future agreements he would seek in Asia and around the world. Read more

Six die, 38 injured in China Internet cafe blast

Six people were killed and 38 others injured in an explosion at an Internet cafe in southwest China, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday. The explosion occurred late on Saturday in Kaili city in Guizhou province, Xinhua said, citing local police. It was caused by illegally stored chemicals in an adjacent room. “The explosion […]

U.S. diplomats may be out in the cold for a while

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If you are a U.S. diplomat accustomed to coaxing, cajoling or strong-arming governments behind closed doors, you will be out in the cold, at least for a while, because of WikiLeaks. Read more