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U.S. drops push for Israel settlement freeze

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday abandoned its effort to persuade Israel to freeze construction of Jewish settlements, officials said, dealing a blow to efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian…

Testy Obama fires back at Democrats over tax deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A testy President Barack Obama on Tuesday expressed frustration at his own Democrats for attacking him over his tax-cut deal with Republicans, who he called uncompromising “hostage…

U.S. mulls reviving indirect Middle East peace talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is weighing a return to indirect Israeli-Palestinian peace talks following its failure to revive direct negotiations because of disagreements over Israeli settlement construction, two…

Lawmaker eyes early 2011 votes on trade pacts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives want to work with President Barack Obama to pass long-delayed free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama in the first…

Americans strongly oppose proposed gas tax hike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans by a wide margin oppose a proposal to raise the U.S. gasoline tax by 15 cents a gallon to help cut U.S. budget deficits and support…

China says does not want to "replace" U.S. as world power

BEIJING (Reuters) – China does not want to “replace” the United States from its dominant role in the world, and the world should not fear China’s rise, the country’s top…

WikiLeaks lists sites U.S. says vital to interests

LONDON (Reuters) – WikiLeaks published more details of sites around the globe that the United States considers vital to its interests, prompting strong criticism that the website is helping militants…

GOP lawmakers want full debate on Fed nominee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve nominee Peter Diamond’s nomination was in peril on Monday as several Republican lawmakers said they continue to object to it and are demanding a full…

GOP lawmakers want full debate on Fed nominee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several Republican lawmakers are demanding a full debate over Federal Reserve nominee Peter Diamond, senior Senate aides said on Monday, putting his nomination in peril. Read more…

Senators press China for action on trade, yuan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of 32 senators on Monday urged China to show “concrete progress” on beef, intellectual property and other trade irritants at a high-level meeting next…