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US House passes Republican bill to sanction International Criminal Court over Israel

US House passes Republican bill to sanction International Criminal Court over Israel

THE Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would impose sanctions on the International Criminal Court over its prosecutor's decision to seek arrest warrants for Israeli officials related to the war in Gaza. The vote was 247 to 155, with 42 Democrats joining Republicans in backing the measure. There were no Republican "nay" votes, although two voted "present." The measure is not expected to become law but reflects continuing support for Israel in Congress amid international criticism over the Middle East country's campaign in the Gaza Strip. The White House last month criticized the ICC's decision to seek the warrants. The…
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Moscow may seize private US assets in Russia if US seizes frozen reserves, says Putin ally

Moscow may seize private US assets in Russia if US seizes frozen reserves, says Putin ally

RUSSIA may respond to any U.S. confiscation of its currency reserves frozen in the West by seizing the assets, including property and cash, of U.S. citizens and investors in Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, a senior security official, said. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill allowing the Biden administration to confiscate Russian assets held in American banks and transfer them to Ukraine, something the Kremlin has said would be illegal and trigger retaliation. In response to Russia's war in Ukraine, the United States and its allies prohibited transactions with Russia's central bank and finance ministry and blocked about $300 billion…
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TikTok bans: What could they mean for you?

TikTok bans: What could they mean for you?

THE U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would give Chinese tech company ByteDance about six months to divest video-sharing app TikTok or face a U.S. ban. Driven by national security concerns, lawmakers have agreed to fast-track a vote on the legislation in the most significant move against the app since former president Donald Trump unsuccessfully tried to ban it in 2020. This is my message to TikTok: break up with the Chinese Communist Party or lose access to your American users," Mike Gallagher, the Republican chair of the House of Representatives select China committee, said after the bill was agreed. "America's…
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US House passes $95 billion Ukraine, Israel aid package, sends to Senate

US House passes $95 billion Ukraine, Israel aid package, sends to Senate

THE U.S. House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support passed a $95 billion legislative package providing security assistance to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, over bitter objections from Republican hardliners. The legislation now proceeds to the Democratic-majority Senate, which passed a similar measure more than two months ago. U.S. leaders from Democratic President Joe Biden to top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell had been urging embattled Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson to bring it up for a vote. The Senate is expected to pass the measure next week, sending it to Biden to sign into law. The bills provide $60.84 billion to address the conflict in Ukraine, including…
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Indicted Republican lawmaker George Santos expelled from US House

Indicted Republican lawmaker George Santos expelled from US House

INDICTED Republican George Santos' brief career in the U.S. House of Representatives came to an end, when fellow lawmakers voted to expel him over criminal corruption charges and accusations of misspending campaign money. The House voted 311-114 to immediately remove the controversial freshman lawmaker, above the two-thirds majority required to oust one of its own. Besieged by revelations of lies about his past, a federal criminal indictment and a congressional ethics probe, Santos, 35, became only the sixth member to be expelled from the House. The New York congressman was the first to be kicked out without having fought for the Confederacy…
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US House passes Republicans’ Israel-only aid bill, faces dead end in Senate

US House passes Republicans’ Israel-only aid bill, faces dead end in Senate

THE U.S. House of Representatives passed a Republican plan to provide $14.3 billion in aid to Israel and cut funding of the Internal Revenue Service, despite Democrats' insistence it has no future in the Senate and the White House's promise of a veto. The measure passed 226 to 196, largely along party lines, a shift from typical strongly bipartisan congressional support for providing aid to Israel. Twelve Democrats voted with 214 Republicans for the bill, and two Republicans joined 194 Democrats in objecting. The bill's introduction, as lawmakers rushed to respond to the attack on Israel by Iran-backed Hamas militants,…
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McCarthy’s dream job could become a nightmare

McCarthy’s dream job could become a nightmare

DAVID MORGAN KEVIN McCarthy woke up on Saturday morning with a long-held dream fulfilled: After a four-day standoff, he was elected speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, becoming the most powerful member of the Republican Party. But that role could turn into a nightmare because it requires leading a caucus that strongly rejects leadership. Conservatives have regularly excoriated top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell for agreeing to compromises of any kind with Democrats and earlier this week rejected former President Donald Trump's call to quickly fall in line behind McCarthy. The 57-year-old Californian showed tenacity in pushing through 15 rounds of voting and dismantling…
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U.S. Senate up for grabs as Republicans move toward House majority

U.S. Senate up for grabs as Republicans move toward House majority

JOSEPH AX REPUBLICANS edged closer to securing a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives while control of the Senate hinged on a few tight races, two days after Democrats staved off an anticipated "red wave" of Republican gains in midterm elections. Republicans have captured at least 210 House seats, Edison Research projected, eight short of the 218 needed to wrest the House away from Democrats and effectively halt President Joe Biden's legislative agenda. While Republicans remain favoured, there were 33 House contests yet to be decided - including 21 of the 53 most competitive races, based on a Reuters analysis of the leading nonpartisan…
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U.S. COVID-19 eviction ban expires, leaving renters at risk

U.S. COVID-19 eviction ban expires, leaving renters at risk

DAVID SHEPARDSON A pandemic-related U.S. government ban on residential evictions has expired, putting millions of American renters at risk of being forced from their homes. The expiration was a blow to President Joe Biden, who on Thursday made a last-ditch request to Congress to extend the moratorium, citing the raging Delta variant. On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned without reviewing the tenant protections after a Republican congressman blocked a bid to extend it by unanimous consent until Oct. 18. Democratic leaders said they lacked sufficient support to put the proposal to a formal vote. The U.S. Senate held…
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Crucial 24 hours for Trump as impeachment looms

Crucial 24 hours for Trump as impeachment looms

SUSAN CORNWELL and RICHARD COWAN THE U.S. House of Representatives expects to begin considering a second impeachment of Donald Trump tomorrow, a top Democrat has said after the president was formally accused of inciting insurrection ahead of last week's storming of the Capitol. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told his fellow Democrats the chamber would start the impeachment proceedings on Wednesday if Vice President Mike Pence does not respond to a request to invoke the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to remove Trump from office, a House aide said. Passage would make Trump, a Republican, the only U.S. president…
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