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U.S. military moves in Asia not aimed at China: Gates

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – U.S. military efforts to strengthen its presence in Asia are not aimed at countering China, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday, ahead of talks on deepening defense…

Obama signals he may compromise on tax cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave his clearest signal yet on Saturday of a possible post-election compromise with resurgent Republicans that could prevent tax rates from rising for any…

U.S. may boost Yemen training after bomb plot: Gates

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The U.S. military may boost training of Yemeni forces as a way to put more pressure on al Qaeda following last month’s failed parcel bomb plot, Defense…

United States urges Fiji to return to democracy

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Sunday urged Fiji’s military regime to return the Pacific island nation to democracy. Read the full story from Reuters…

Defense chief Gates backs push to end "don’t ask, don’t tell"

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday he hoped the outgoing Congress would approve legislation ending the military’s ban on gays but was unsure of the prospects…

Regular citizens have big security role: Napolitano

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Reuters) – Regular citizens around the world need to realize they can play a big role in thwarting terrorist attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Saturday.…

Obama wins India business

MUMBAI (Reuters) – President Barack Obama announced $10 billion in business deals on Saturday as he arrived in India to boost U.S. exports and jobs after a mauling in mid-term…

Obama signals may compromise on tax cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave his clearest signal yet on Saturday of a possible post-election compromise with resurgent Republicans that could prevent tax rates from rising for any…

Summers sees prospects for eventual budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan agreement to tackle huge budget deficits is achievable, though it would take a lot of work, outgoing White House economic adviser Larry Summers said on…

Speaker Pelosi running for House minority leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi ended speculation that she may quietly step aside after her Democrats lost midterm elections, announcing on Friday she will…