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US Senate to extend anti-AIDS programme

The US Senate passed legislation on Monday to extend for another five years a successful and popular programme to combat AIDS worldwide started 10 years ago by former President George W Bush. The 100-member Senate approved the mea

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US debt limit imminent as deal still elusive

With the United States just a day away from exhausting its ability to borrow money, US Senate leaders were still discussing a deal late on Tuesday aimed at raising the debt limit and reopening federal agencies that have been closed for two weeks

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US senators hint at possible fiscal deal

A month of combat in the US Congress over government spending showed signs on Monday of giving way to a Senate deal to reopen shuttered federal agencies and prevent an economically damaging default on federal debt. The news led to an

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US resolution on Syria strike passes first hurdle

US President Barack Obama's effort to win legislative backing for military strikes against Syria passed its first hurdle on Wednesday when a Senate committee voted in favour, but the narrow margin of victory showed the depth of US caution.

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US Senate may pass 'tailored Syria act'

A resolution authorising the use of military force in Syria will likely pass the US Senate but not without specific changes, the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Tuesday, ahead of a hearing to consider US plans.

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US senate backs arming Syrian rebels

A US Senate panel has voted overwhelmingly to send weapons to rebels fighting Syria's government, but it was not clear who would get the arms even if the bill succeeds, as Washington struggles to deal with its response to the conflict.

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US Senate approves $3.7 trillion budget

The Senate on Saturday narrowly passed its first federal budget in four years, a move that will usher in a relative lull in Washington's fiscal wars until an anticipated summer showdown over raising the debt ceiling. The budge

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US Senate approves 'fiscal cliff' deal, crisis eased

The Senate moved the US economy back from the edge of a "fiscal cliff" on Tuesday, voting to avoid imminent tax hikes and spending cuts in a bipartisan deal that could still face stiff challenges in the House of Representatives.

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For Senate leaders, a mission impossible from Obama

Following a Friday meeting with congressional leaders, an impatient and annoyed President Barack Obama said it was "mind boggling" that Congress has been unable to fix a "fiscal cliff" mess that everyone has known about for m

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Obama 'modestly optimistic' on deal

President Barack Obama held out hope for a last-minute agreement to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and spending cuts after a meeting with congressional leaders, scolding Congress for leaving the problem unresolved until the

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