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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Robert Gates to discuss Iran with Oman’s ruler: official

MUSCAT (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Oman Sunday for talks with Sultan Qaboos bin Said and was due to visit an aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea…

Obama touts S.Korea trade deal, looks for more

WASHINGTON (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…

Senate bid to renew "middle-class" tax cuts fails

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic measures to extend tax cuts for most Americans failed in the Senate on Saturday as Republicans — and some Democrats — blocked them because they did…

Obama touts South Korea trade deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed on Saturday to work with Republicans and Democrats to pass a free-trade pact with South Korea that he said was a model for…