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King of Jordan Abdullah II invited to Congress of World Religions in Astana

The King of Jordan Abdullah II has been invited to the 5th Congress of World and Traditional Religions in Astana, Kazakhstan.

King of Jordan Abdullah II invited to Congress of World Religions in Astana
Nursultan Nazarbayev at the XVI congress of Kazakhstan's ruling Nur Otan party. ©Turar Kazangapov
Nursultan Nazarbayev to run for president

The XVI Congress of Kazakhstan’s ruling party Nur Otan has nominated the incumbent Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev as a presidential candidate.

Nursultan Nazarbayev to run for president
Obama urges Congress to hold off on Iran sanctions, threatens veto
Obama urges Congress to hold off on Iran sanctions, threatens veto

US President urged Congress not to impose new sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear program, threatening to veto any such legislation that lands on his desk.

Obama urges Congress to hold off on Iran sanctions, threatens veto
White House insists Obama authorized to strike IS
White House insists Obama authorized to strike IS

The White House insisted that President Barack Obama was authorized to strike the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria under a law passed by Congress.

White House insists Obama authorized to strike IS
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo © Turar Kazangapov.
US Congressmen praise Nazarbayev's contribution to solving Ukrainian Crisis and rehab of Afghanistan

US congressmen have highly valued President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s efforts towards stabilization of the situation in Ukraine and Afghanistan.

US Congressmen praise Nazarbayev's contribution to solving Ukrainian Crisis and rehab of Afghanistan
US Congress to Obama: Stand tough on Iran
US Congress to Obama: Stand tough on Iran

An overwhelming majority of US lawmakers demanded President Barack Obama hold the line on Iran, as a permanent agreement regarding the Islamic republic's contested nuclear program is under negotiation in Vienna.

US Congress to Obama: Stand tough on Iran
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Florida man, 101, runs for Congress

A Florida great-great grandfather has launched a campaign to run for the US Congress in November, running on a record of 101 years of life experience.

Florida man, 101, runs for Congress
Grace church case: Extremism charges dropped

The Prosecutor General's Office has withdrawn several most grave charges from Grace church pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev.

Grace church case: Extremism charges dropped
Astana bids to host World Petroleum Congress, but looses to Istanbul
Astana bids to host World Petroleum Congress, but looses to Istanbul

The World Petroleum Congress is one of the most prestigious global events and Astana was biding to host it.

Astana bids to host World Petroleum Congress, but looses to Istanbul
Indian PM Singh says will step down after 2014 elections
Indian PM Singh says will step down after 2014 elections

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced Friday that he will step down after elections this year and said reluctant political scion Rahul Gandhi should take his place if the ruling Congress party wins an unlikely third term.

Indian PM Singh says will step down after 2014 elections
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US to cut funding on Turkish Chinese-missile purchase

The US Congress is set to adopt a law next week forbidding Turkey from using American funds to acquire a $4 billion missile system from a Chinese company blacklisted by Washington.

US to cut funding on Turkish Chinese-missile purchase
Mexican congressmen applaud after Mexico Congress approves the biggest oil sector shake-up in the lower house in Mexico City December 12, 2013. ©Reuters/Henry Romero
Mexico's Congress approves historic oil reform

Mexico's Congress approved historic energy reform Thursday aimed at luring foreign oil firms back into the country and ending the state's 75-year-old monopoly following a heated debate.

Mexico's Congress approves historic oil reform
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Chinese cyber spying may justify sanctions: US panel

A US panel Wednesday raised the specter of sanctions against China, warning Congress that Beijing has not curbed its rampant spying on American interests, a major national security concern.

Chinese cyber spying may justify sanctions: US panel
US shutdown cost $2.0 billion in lost govt output
US shutdown cost $2.0 billion in lost govt output

The 16-day US government shutdown cost 6.6 million in lost workdays for furloughed federal workers, amounting to $2.0 billion in lost productivity, the White House said Thursday in a report.

US shutdown cost $2.0 billion in lost govt output
Obama urges new gun laws, swift Congress action unlikely
Obama urges new gun laws, swift Congress action unlikely

President Barack Obama called on Congress Tuesday to tighten gun laws after the latest in a "ritual" of shooting massacres, but lawmakers admitted there is insufficient support for new legislation.

Obama urges new gun laws, swift Congress action unlikely
Oil prices mixed as Obama seeks to delay Syria vote
Oil prices mixed as Obama seeks to delay Syria vote

Oil prices were mixed in Asian trade Wednesday, following big falls in New York and after US President Barack Obama asked Congress to delay a vote on US military action in Syria, analysts.

Oil prices mixed as Obama seeks to delay Syria vote
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Indonesia supports Astana's bid to host World Petroleum Congress

Indonesia is ready to support Kazakhstan’s bid to host the World Petroleum Congress in 2017 in Astana.

Indonesia supports Astana's bid to host World Petroleum Congress
Pope to investigate Poland's ritual slaughter ban
Pope to investigate Poland's ritual slaughter ban

Pope Francis has ordered an investigation into a Polish ban on the ritual kosher slaughter of animals.

Pope to investigate Poland's ritual slaughter ban
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey. ©REUTERS/Larry Downing
Syrian rebels do not support US interests: top general

US armed intervention in Syria would not resolve the civil war and rebel forces cannot be relied on to back American interests, the top military chief said in a letter to Congress.

Syrian rebels do not support US interests: top general
Congressman Darrell Issa. ©REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana
Richest member of US Congress worth at least $355 mn

Republican Darrell Issa of California was 2012's richest member of Congress, worth at least $355 million.

Richest member of US Congress worth at least $355 mn