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US Senate begins Trump's impeachment trial

11 Feb 2021

US Senate begins Trump's impeachment trial

The US Senate began the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, on Wednesday with impeachment managers from the Democratic Party-controlled House of Representatives making a strong case.

NewsBytes Briefing: GameStop controversy attracts government scrutiny, and more

29 Jan 2021

NewsBytes Briefing: GameStop controversy attracts government scrutiny, and more

The battle between working class Americans and Wall Street billionaires has garnered bipartisan support from both sides of the US Senate.

Trump's impeachment trial in Senate to begin on February 8

23 Jan 2021

Trump's impeachment trial in Senate to begin on February 8

The United States Senate would begin the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on February 8, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

Trump signs law on Dalai Lama's succession, Beijing furious

28 Dec 2020

Trump signs law on Dalai Lama's succession, Beijing furious

During his last days at office, outgoing United States President Donald Trump has taken a decision that has left his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping miffed.

NewsBytes Briefing: US Senate subpoenas CEOs of Google, Facebook, Twitter

02 Oct 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: US Senate subpoenas CEOs of Google, Facebook, Twitter

Last night, the US Senate Commerce Committee voted unanimously to issue subpoenas to the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

Trump halts immigration for 60-days, will affect green card seekers

22 Apr 2020

Trump halts immigration for 60-days, will affect green card seekers

A day after he announced the plans to halt immigration into the United States "temporarily", President Donald Trump said there will be a ban on those seeking permanent residency for 60 days.

We've entered recession, will be worse than 2009: IMF Chief

28 Mar 2020

We've entered recession, will be worse than 2009: IMF Chief

International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva on Friday said the world has entered into a recession, courtesy the coronavirus pandemic and she anticipates that the current global situation to be worse than 2009.

Coronavirus: US records highest single-day fatalities; death toll crosses 1,000

26 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: US records highest single-day fatalities; death toll crosses 1,000

The number of deaths due to coronavirus crossed 1,000 in the United States, which has quickly become one of the worst-hit nations in the outbreak.

Democrat Tulsi Gabbard votes 'Present' on Trump impeachment; viciously trolled

19 Dec 2019

Democrat Tulsi Gabbard votes 'Present' on Trump impeachment; viciously trolled

Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard did not vote in favor of United States President Donald Trump's impeachment.

#TrumpImpeachment: President Donald Trump impeached in historic US House vote

19 Dec 2019

#TrumpImpeachment: President Donald Trump impeached in historic US House vote

In a historic vote, the US House of Representatives voted to approve the impeachment charges against President Donald Trump to remove him from office on Wednesday.

Best new shows, movies coming on Amazon Prime this November

07 Nov 2019

Best new shows, movies coming on Amazon Prime this November

Wondering what Amazon Prime is going to be streaming this month now that you are done watching The Office (again)?

Trump to sign funding deal; will declare national emergency anyway

15 Feb 2019

Trump to sign funding deal; will declare national emergency anyway

On Thursday, the White House, in a press conference, announced that US President Donald Trump would sign a government funding bill to avert another government shutdown.

Partial US government shutdown to last through Christmas

23 Dec 2018

Partial US government shutdown to last through Christmas

It seems like the partial US government shutdown is set to last through Christmas.

Saudi Arabia slams US Senate vote as 'interference'

17 Dec 2018

Saudi Arabia slams US Senate vote as 'interference'

Saudi Arabia today slammed as "interference" US Senate resolutions over its war in Yemen and critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder, warning that the move could have repercussions on its strategic ties with Washington.

#KhashoggiMurder: 'I know how to cut', Khashoggi killer heard saying

15 Dec 2018

#KhashoggiMurder: 'I know how to cut', Khashoggi killer heard saying

On Friday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that one of the killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was heard saying, "I know how to cut," in the audio tape of the killing sent by Turkey to the US and other countries.

Yemen on brink of 'major catastrophe': UN aid chief Lowcock

02 Dec 2018

Yemen on brink of 'major catastrophe': UN aid chief Lowcock

UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned yesterday that Yemen was "on the brink of a major catastrophe," as the world body pushes for peace talks in the impoverished and war-wracked country.

#USMidterms: Candidate, endorsed by Taylor Swift, loses to Trump ally

07 Nov 2018

#USMidterms: Candidate, endorsed by Taylor Swift, loses to Trump ally

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen lost the crucial US Senate seat of Tennessee to Republican Marsha Blackburn despite being endorsed by pop star Taylor Swift.

US Senate committee postpones hearing on Kavanaugh assault case

22 Sep 2018

US Senate committee postpones hearing on Kavanaugh assault case

A key US Senate committee has postponed its hearing on sexual assault allegation against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after his accuser Christine Blasey Ford declined the committee's request to testify before it.

20 Indian-Americans running for US Congress raise over $15.5 million

22 Apr 2018

20 Indian-Americans running for US Congress raise over $15.5 million

A record number of 20 Indian Americans are running for US Congressional elections this year.

Paul Ryan, the US House Speaker will not seek re-election

12 Apr 2018

Paul Ryan, the US House Speaker will not seek re-election

Paul Ryan, the top Republican in the US House of Representatives, said he would not stand for another term and has decided to retire when his term ends, casting his party into a leadership fight ahead of crucial mid-term elections.

Trump fires VA Secretary Shulkin, nominates WH doctor as replacement

29 Mar 2018

Trump fires VA Secretary Shulkin, nominates WH doctor as replacement

US President Donald Trump today fired his Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and nominated White House physician, Admiral Ronny Jackson as his replacement.

Is President Trump shifting gun control stance after Florida shooting?

20 Feb 2018

Is President Trump shifting gun control stance after Florida shooting?

Amid student-led protests demanding gun control reforms after the killing of 17 people in last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, US President Donald Trump hinted at a change in stance on gun restrictions.

US Senate rejects immigration bills: Dreamers left in a lurch

16 Feb 2018

US Senate rejects immigration bills: Dreamers left in a lurch

What will happen to the "Dreamers?" The question on everyone's mind fails to be answered despite a week of rare open debate in the US Senate.

Paradise Papers expose how Apple avoided billions in taxes!

07 Nov 2017

Paradise Papers expose how Apple avoided billions in taxes!

The Paradise Papers revealed how Apple -the world's most profitable company- avoids billions in taxes using a secretive strategy.

American Senate confirms Kenneth Juster as US Ambassador to India

03 Nov 2017

American Senate confirms Kenneth Juster as US Ambassador to India

The US Senate voted unanimously to confirm Kenneth Juster, 62, as the next American Ambassador to India.

US Senate approves $15bn hurricane relief package, raises debt ceiling

08 Sep 2017

US Senate approves $15bn hurricane relief package, raises debt ceiling

The US Senate has passed a $15.25 billion relief package for Hurricane Harvey and Irma.

Trump administration appoints 3 Indian-Americans to top govt. roles

05 Aug 2017

Trump administration appoints 3 Indian-Americans to top govt. roles

The US Senate has confirmed three-Indian Americans for key posts in the government after they were nominated by President Donald Trump.

US Senate confirms Christopher Wray as new FBI director

02 Aug 2017

US Senate confirms Christopher Wray as new FBI director

The US Senate has confirmed Christopher Wray as the new director of the FBI in a 92-5 vote.

Putin responds to US sanctions, expels 755 American diplomatic staff

31 Jul 2017

Putin responds to US sanctions, expels 755 American diplomatic staff

Russian President Vladimir Putin has retaliated against fresh US sanctions by announcing that 755 staff members must quit US diplomatic missions by September 1.

US Senate passes Russia sanctions bill, will Trump veto it?

28 Jul 2017

US Senate passes Russia sanctions bill, will Trump veto it?

The US Senate has voted overwhelmingly in favour of constituting new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea.

John McCain's revolt leads to Obamacare repeal bill failure

28 Jul 2017

John McCain's revolt leads to Obamacare repeal bill failure

The latest attempt by the Republican-controlled US Senate to repeal the Obamacare healthcare program has failed.

Defying Trump, US House votes to intensify sanctions on Russia

26 Jul 2017

Defying Trump, US House votes to intensify sanctions on Russia

On July 26, the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to impose fresh sanctions on Russia over Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Republicans oppose healthcare bill: Is Trumpcare doomed?

18 Jul 2017

Republicans oppose healthcare bill: Is Trumpcare doomed?

Casting a shadow of uncertainty over Trump's proposed healthcare bill, two more Republican senators, Mike Lee and Jerry Moran have stated their opposition to it, leaving it without the required majority for passing.

Repeal, then replace: Donald Trump on Obamacare replacement bill

01 Jul 2017

Repeal, then replace: Donald Trump on Obamacare replacement bill

US President Donald Trump has a new idea on the Republican Obamacare replacement bill that hasn't been able to garner consensus yet.

US Senate Republicans delay healthcare bill vote over insufficient support

28 Jun 2017

US Senate Republicans delay healthcare bill vote over insufficient support

The US Republican party's seven-year efforts to get former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) repealed is on the verge of collapse.

Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement bill in Senate, faces uncertain fate

23 Jun 2017

Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement bill in Senate, faces uncertain fate

Republicans in the US Senate have unveiled a bill proposing to replace Obamacare with a healthcare plan that cuts aid to the poor and ends tax on the wealthy.

US Senate passes bill preventing Trump from removing Russia sanctions

16 Jun 2017

US Senate passes bill preventing Trump from removing Russia sanctions

The US Senate has voted 97-2 to pass legislation proposing new sanctions on Russia.

Trump told Russian officials firing Comey eased "great pressure"

21 May 2017

Trump told Russian officials firing Comey eased "great pressure"

President Donald Trump told Russian officials during a meeting last week that firing FBI director James Comey has eased "great pressure" on him, the New York Times (NYT) reported.

US government shutdown averted after lawmakers reaches funding deal

02 May 2017

US government shutdown averted after lawmakers reaches funding deal

A bipartisan agreement has been reached by Congressional negotiators on a crucial spending bill which will keep the US government running until September 30, preventing a shutdown.

Exxon fined $21 million for releasing 10mn pounds of pollutants

27 Apr 2017

Exxon fined $21 million for releasing 10mn pounds of pollutants

In a recent development, Exxon Mobil has been ordered to pay a fine of $19.9 million by a Texas-judge after its refining plant in Texas, illegally released over 10 million pounds of pollutants into the air.