Trump the top Republican candidate

2015-07-26 18:33

Donald Trump's wild ride to the front of the Republican presidential field showed no signs of abating with a new poll showing him with a big lead in a key early primary state.

Trump should apologise to US military families - McCain

2015-07-20 16:02

Senator John McCain has urged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to apologise to US military families for saying prisoners of war are nor heroes in his first direct response to remarks by Trump.

US: Only 60 Syrians being trained to fight ISIS

2015-07-08 09:38

Only about 60 Syrian rebels are being trained by the United States to take on ISIS, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter says, admitting it was far below the number hoped for.

McCain urges ground forces to combat ISIS

2015-01-19 21:43

US Senator John McCain has urged the deployment of international ground forces to combat jihadists in Syria and Iraq, as he toured the Middle East with a Senate delegation.

McCain may shake up US defence in new Senate role

2014-11-05 14:42

One of Barack Obama’s noisiest detractors, John McCain is expected to take the helm of the powerful Armed Services Committee in the new Republican-controlled US Senate.

US prisoner swap ignites criticism

2014-06-02 07:13

The deal to free Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for Taliban prisoners has ignited criticism after the insurgents' leader declared a "big victory", but also raised hopes for peace.

Taliban ready to deal on captive US soldier

2014-04-24 12:53

The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signalled a willingness to release him but are unclear which US officials have the authority to make a deal.

White House: Russian prestige on the line in Syria

2013-09-12 07:02

The White House has tried to pin the success or failure of a diplomatic option to secure Syria's chemical weapons on Russia rather than the United States.

Senators craft Syria alternative

2013-09-10 16:50

Senior congressional aides have said a bipartisan group of senators is working on an alternative measure to a resolution authorising US military force against Syria.

US lawmakers rally behind Syria strike plan

2013-09-04 08:00

Top US lawmakers have begun rallying behind President Barack Obama's plan to launch military strikes against Syria as a warning to other nations against the use of chemical weapons.


Trump jumps far into lead in Republican race

2015-07-21 09:04

White House hopeful Donald Trump jumped far into the lead in the race for the 2016 Republican nomination, a poll has shown, despite a backlash over his comments disparaging US war hero John McCain.

Trump called out after criticising McCain

2015-07-19 13:06

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is being slammed by fellow candidates after he criticised 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain on his status as a "war hero".

McCain denounces US troop withdrawal plan in Afghanistan

2015-07-04 16:57

Influential Senator John McCain says the complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 would be a "serious mistake".

McCain tries to define his legacy - report

2015-01-19 12:46

John McCain is waging another campaign, this time to define his legacy. After two unsuccessful presidential bids, the 78-year-old has rebounded as the chairperson of the senate armed services committee.

Iraq crisis stirs fears Afghanistan could be next

2014-06-19 07:44

The deteriorating situation in Iraq is giving Congress pause about President Barack Obama's plan to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.

Calls for US to act to save Nigerian schoolgirls

2014-05-06 08:32

Calls have mounted for US action to help find and free more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped last month by Islamist militants, amid growing outrage and fears over their fate.

McCain slams Putin in Pravda opinion piece

2013-09-19 08:01

Republican Senator John McCain is accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of corruption, repression and self-serving rule in an opinion piece for Pravda.

McCain: Rebels feel abandoned by US

2013-09-11 17:45

US Senator John McCain has said that the cause of rebels fighting in Syria has been obscured in the rapid military and diplomatic events following a chemical weapons attack.

McCain plays poker game at Syria debate

2013-09-04 14:00

In a startling counterweight to the seriousness in Washington surrounding US plans to bomb Syria, senator John McCain was caught playing poker on his smartphone during congress hearings.VIDEO

Obama seeks support for Syria strike at G-20

2013-09-03 11:01

President Barack Obama plans to urge reluctant world leaders to back a strike against Syria even though the prospects for military action depend on the votes of a fractured US Congress.

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