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.

Syria's Assad warns 'regional war' could erupt

2013-09-03 08:01

Bashar Assad has warned that strikes against him could ignite a regional war, while a French intelligence report says forces loyal to the leader carried out a "massive" chemical attack.

McCain urges 'serious' US action on Syria

2013-08-26 13:04

A "very serious" US response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government does not require UN corroboration that the incident took place, a Republican senator says.

McCain's deals are priceless for Obama

2013-08-02 12:59

In the Republican Party, a party that generally brooks no compromise with President Barack Obama, John McCain is the compromiser-in-chief and has been described in the media as "Obama's secret weapon".

US envoy in Egypt seeks peace, democracy

2013-07-15 10:53

A US official is in Cairo to press for a return to elected government following Mohammed Morsi's overthrow, as the Islamist leader's supporters and opponents readied rival rallies.

Snowden a 'tasty morsel' for Russian spies

2013-06-26 08:18

Edward Snowden's disappearance from view has heightened speculation that the former US spy agency contractor may be talking to Russian secret services.

Russia slams EU's Syria weapons decision

2013-05-29 09:04

Russia has criticised Europe's decision to allow the arming of Syrian rebels, saying it undercuts international efforts to negotiate an end to the civil war.

Republican McCain meets with Syria rebels

2013-05-28 09:03

Republican Senator John McCain, an advocate for US military aid to the Syrian opposition, has met with some of the rebels during a surprise visit to the war-torn country, says his spokesperson.

Prince Harry opens weeklong US visit

2013-05-10 11:48

A buttoned-down Prince Harry has joined Michelle Obama in honouring military families and toured an exhibition about land-mines, opening a weeklong US visit devoted to the wounded victims of war.

Syria chemical weapons 'may menace US'

2013-04-29 14:10

Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons could be a greater threat after that nation's president leaves power and could end up targeting Americans at home, lawmakers have warned.

Second US warship in Asia-Pacific region

2013-04-02 22:39

The US military has deployed a second guided-missile destroyer to the Asia-Pacific region, US officials say, as fears mount over North Korea's threats of war.

Hagel vote: McCain shuns blocking tactics

2013-02-05 12:02

Senator John McCain has said he opposes using a procedural hurdle to block a vote on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defence secretary, a stance likely to boost White House confidence.

Kerry calls for 'fresh thinking'

2013-01-24 20:48

Senator John Kerry has called for "fresh thinking" and US leadership around the globe, winning a warm welcome from the lawmakers expected to back him as the next secretary of state.

Guns: Examine your conscience - Obama

2013-01-14 22:29

US President Barack Obama says he expects Congress to set aside politics when deciding on new gun proposals, adding that "members are going to have to examine their own conscience".

Republicans ease on Rice pressure

2012-11-25 21:23

Republican opposition to the possible nomination of Susan Rice to be US secretary of state is showing signs of cracking.

Benghazi row: Focus on edited memo

2012-11-19 11:06

The row over the assault on the US mission in Libya has narrowed to focus on how and why the CIA's determination that it was a terror attack was left out of a public "talking points" memo.

Obama sets stage for debate against Romney

2012-10-01 12:02

US President Barack Obama has set the table for his first debate with Mitt Romney, billing the clash as about security for hard working Americans, not who could fire off the best "zingers".

Suu Kyi receives highest US civilian award

2012-09-20 08:06

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met US President Barack Obama at the White House and received the highest congressional award.

McCain defends Clinton aide

2012-07-19 14:00

Republican Senator John McCain has come out in defence of a top aide of Democrat Hillary Clinton accused of conspiring with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.


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.

Obama seeks Syria support from former foe McCain

2013-09-02 12:01

President Barack Obama is inviting Senator John McCain to the White House, hoping his foe in the 2008 presidential election will help sell the idea of a US military intervention in Syria.

US Congress split on cutting Egypt aid

2013-08-19 14:59

Members of Congress are split over whether the US should cut off military aid to Egypt, highlighting the difficult choices facing the Obama administration who are considering US interests.

Egypt cabinet orders crackdown on protests

2013-08-01 12:11

Egypt's cabinet has ordered a police crackdown on protests by ousted president Mohammed Morsi's loyalists, as European envoys headed for Cairo to try to ease tensions.

US fire rages after firefighters' deaths

2013-07-01 17:38

Firefighters have been struggling to contain a runaway wildfire in the US state of Arizona after 19 of their comrades were killed in one of the worst such incidents in US history.

Rubio wants changes to immigration bill

2013-05-30 17:29

Republican Senator Marco Rubio's repeated criticism of parts of the sweeping US immigration bill he helped craft, has unsettled immigration reform advocates and others who support its passage.

Syria's arms race fuels growing concern

2013-05-28 21:22

Fears grew of a foreign-fed arms race in Syria as EU nations have decided they could give weapons to the outgunned rebels.

Obama seeks to end 'war on terror'

2013-05-24 16:15

Twelve years after the "war on terror" began, President Barack Obama wants to pull the US back from some of the most controversial aspects of its global fight against Islamist militants.

Obama's 'buck stops here' moment on Syria

2013-04-30 14:35

Obama is trapped in a conundrum, partly of his own making, after Syria apparently called his bluff by using chemical weapons in an escalation of a vicious civil war.

US senator moots Syria invasion plan

2013-04-28 21:29

Nations should get troops ready to invade Syria in order to secure possible stocks of chemical weapons McCain, a former US presidential hopeful says.

Obama to tackle oil dependence in cars

2013-02-13 08:29

US President Barack Obama has told divided lawmakers he will act on climate change, vowing to set ambitious long-term goals such as ending the car's dependence on oil.

Obama launches immigration overhaul

2013-01-29 21:01

President Barack Obama will try to rally support for an immigration overhaul that would give millions of illegal immigrants a pathway to US citizenship, while tightening border security.

Morsi tries to defuse flap over Jews slur

2013-01-17 11:38

Egypt's president is seeking to defuse Washington’s anger over his past remarks urging hatred of Jews and calling Zionists “pigs”, saying his comments were a denunciation of Israel policies.

US senate okays $631bn defence budget

2012-12-05 10:41

The US Senate has unanimously passed the Pentagon's 2013 budget, despite a political impasse over debt reduction that could see huge cuts to military spending this year.

Benghazi: Rice hits out at McCain 'attacks'

2012-11-22 10:00

Susan Rice, US ambassador to the United Nations, says she has been the victim of "unfounded" Republican attacks over her account of a militant assault on the US embassy in Libya.

Obama vents over attacks on his UN envoy

2012-11-15 11:01

An outraged President Barack Obama has accused Republicans of besmirching UN envoy Susan Rice, re-igniting a fierce row over the slaying of the US ambassador to Libya.

US to review security at Libya consulate

2012-09-21 09:03

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced al review into security at the US consulate in Benghazi targeted during a wave of rage at a film made on US soil deemed offensive to Islam.

McCain hits Obama on Annan Syria 'failure'

2012-08-03 09:02

US Senator John McCain has taken a jab at the United Nations and President Barack Obama's administration, saying Kofi Annan's Syria mission was "doomed to failure from the beginning".

McCain wants US to help Syria rebels

2012-06-17 22:22

Senator John McCain says the lack of US aid to Syrian rebels is "shameful".

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