Forty-nine hostages seized in June by Islamist militants from the Turkish consulate in Mosul, Iraq, were freed early Saturday in northern Syria and brought back to Turkey, the Turkish government said.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat from South Florida who doubles as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, was blasted in a lengthy article in Politico that documented her rocky relationship with the Obama White House and indicated her tenure might be limited.

Vice President Joe Biden has had one of those weeks.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Friday announced that they’ll travel by bus to North Carolina and other states as part of a new drive to get African Americans out to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

Congress heads home this weekend leaving a slew of unfinished business waiting until after the November elections for a lame-duck session and doing little to improve this Congress’ reputation as one of the least productive ever.

With control of the Senate up for grabs this fall, the Congressional Black Caucus is hitting the road to bolster Democrats facing tough races in the Deep South.

German lawmakers who took part in an international intelligence forum this week left the country disappointed that members of the U.S. Congress were not more receptive to their concerns about U.S. spying on European allies.

The South Carolina congressional delegation is firmly split over the future of a federal bank that has pumped billions into financing the state’s exports.

German lawmakers who took part in an international intelligence forum this week left the country disappointed that members of the U.S. Congress were not more receptive to their concerns about U.S. spying on European allies.

European leaders worried about other would-be breakaway regions were able to breathe again Friday after Scottish voters’ resounding rejection of independence, but in the still-intact British Isles, the reaction was mixed _ for many, relief at the outcome, for others, anger and dismay at what might come next.

With time fast running out on the 113th Congress, President Barack Obama on Friday nominated four women and three men to fill seven vacant U.S. District Court positions.

Hillary Clinton, the likely frontrunner for her party’s nomination for president in 2016, urged her fellow Democrats Friday to help candidates for this November’s midterm elections.

French jets struck an ammunition dump controlled by the Islamic State in northeastern Iraq on Friday, the first airstrike by an American ally since the announcement that a coalition of countries would move to confront the Sunni Muslim militants.

“They will make our lives miserable.”

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Friday launched a new public awareness campaign at campuses across America to prevent sexual assaults.

A Shanghai development group opened a gleaming hotel earlier this year in Kashgar, the ancient Silk Road oasis that is the westernmost city in China. With 15 private dining rooms, a beauty salon, gym and swimming pool, the Yue Xing Jin Jiang International Hotel became Kashgar’s first five-star hotel, built with hopes of attracting hordes of elite Chinese travelers.

It’s Friday, and it’s a big weekend for the Boys in Blue. “Mr. Kobach runs the Office of the Secretary of State like a laboratory for legal experimentation. While this may be interesting for Mr. Kobach, it is an embarrassment for most of us.” — Democrat Jean Schodorf, a candidate for Kansas secretary of state, in a statement following the state Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday that Democrat Chad Taylor’s name must come off the November ballot.

Democrat Chad Taylor’s name won’t be on the ballot for U.S. Senate in Kansas. But Secretary of State Kris Kobach is determined that another Democrat will be.

Congress’ approval rating may be stuck around 14 percent, but Republican House campaign chairman Greg Walden doesn’t appear concerned.

The United Kingdom survived the threat of being ripped apart through a Scottish independence referendum, with voters rejecting breaking a 307-year-old union with England by a comfortable margin.

A British freelance photographer whose kidnapping in Syria has been subject to a media blackout at the request of his family and the British government for nearly two years has appeared in an Islamic State video that was posted Thursday on the Internet.

Moving quickly on the heels of the House of Representatives, the Senate grudgingly approved a measure Thursday that gives President Barack Obama the authority to train and arm Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State and provides funding to keep the federal government open through mid-December.

A former congressman commanded rapt attention Thursday at a Capitol Hill hearing on suicide prevention as he recounted his own family’s tragic experience.

New on the job, Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al Abadi, cuts a very different figure from his dour and distant predecessor, Nouri al Maliki.

Islamic State forces have mounted a major offensive against Kurds in northern Syria, occupying more than a dozen villages in an apparent attempt to capture another border crossing with Turkey, the local government said Thursday.

The White House and the Democratic National Committee offered detailed defenses of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Thursday after the South Florida lawmaker was shredded in a prominent story about her tenure as head of the party organization.

The president of Ukraine came to Washington Thursday seeking special ally status and lethal aid to fight the Russians. He walked away with neither but declared he was happy to get what he did get, new non-lethal aid.

Secret California water bill negotiations have a “55 percent to 60 percent chance” of success during the fast-fading 113th Congress, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer said Thursday.

After enrolling more than 8 million people into marketplace health insurance this year, roughly 700,000 have lost their coverage, Medicare administrator Marilyn Tavenner testified Thursday before Congress.

As early as next spring, the boom of seismic cannons will sound under the Atlantic Ocean as the first oil and gas exploration allowed off the East Coast in three decades gets underway.

Today, Scottish voters had to the polling places to vote on a referendum whether they’ll stay in the United Kingdom or become an independent country. Photographer Claudia Himmelreich tells their story.

A British photographer whose kidnapping in Syria has been subject to a media blackout for nearly two years has appeared in an Islamic State video that was posted on the Internet Thursday.

Following up on the Ferguson debacle, Justice Department officials Thursday announced a new program to “build trust” between law enforcement and local communities.

Democrats in North Carolina and Minnesota got good news Thursday from Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball--their Senate races now look more winnable. Not so, though, in New Hampshire.

In a wide-ranging speech that alternately took shots at the foreign policy – or lack thereof – of President Barack Obama and highlighted his own ideas, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio laid out a case for a strong foreign policy and said “our nation is never isolated from the world.”

Boise resident Ken Miracle was presented with a $5,000 grant award Wednesday night for his work toward greater sage grouse conservation in southern Idaho.

U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday tore apart the Obama administration’s strategy to fight the Islamic State, expressing skepticism about the scope, duration and partners involved in what Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged would be a “multi-year effort.”

The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the agency now expects tens of thousands of people will be infected with the Ebola virus before the current epidemic is contained, and it called for nations to commit far more resources to combating the outbreak, which is ravaging the poor African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

A divided House of Representatives gave tentative approval Wednesday to President Barack Obama’s plan to train and equip vetted Syrian rebels to combat the Islamic State, as members of both parties expressed concerns about the plans and insisted he come back in December to ask again.

Lawmakers this week are showing they can sometimes march together, at least when it comes to helping veterans.

As House Democrats made a Hail Mary attempt to force a vote on laws to protect gays in the workplace, Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., continues to stand by comments he made earlier this month that businesses should be free to fire employees based on their sexual orientation.

Seven hundred years ago, Robert the Bruce reclaimed Scottish independence here with the help of a two-handed sword. Thursday, Scotland’s current first minister, Alex Salmond, hopes to repeat that success with the help of 16-year-old voters.

The Chinese government has frequently hacked into the computer systems of defense contractors for the U.S. Transportation Command, the Pentagon agency responsible for deploying American troops and military equipment worldwide.

Applying 20th century laws to 21st century technology is not the answer to protect the free Internet despite the overwhelming amount of public support for that approach, anti-regulation advocates told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday in a hearing on net neutrality.

Republican Rep. Dave Reichert, a former sheriff from Washington state, wants to make sure that poor people don’t spend their welfare benefits on marijuana.

In the over two years since Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the State Department says it has overhauled its strategies for high-risk diplomatic posts overseas.

The Federal Reserve Wednesday announced it would trim its bond buying by another $10 billion, leaving it on course to end next month the controversial program designed to support the sluggish U. S. economic recovery.

It might be a stretch to describe Aguascalientes in north-central Mexico as the new Detroit. But it wouldn’t be a huge stretch.

That’s what a Democratic-affiliated group is asking -- in a complaint it filed with the Internal Revenue Service, asking it to investigate whether former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown violated federal law by claiming deductions on his 2010 and 2011 tax returns for "grooming" expenses.

Citing a “troubling return” to the kinds of risky behavior that led to the 2008 financial meltdown, Attorney General Eric Holder called on Congress Wednesday to sweeten “paltry” financial incentives for corporate insiders who blow the whistle on white-collar crime.

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