In Washington, the House of Representatives passed a compromise budget deal that preserves tax cuts for most Americans. The deal prevented drastic automatic spending cuts and tax increases going into effect.
Politicians in Washington have voted in favor of plans for the US military to arm and train moderate rebels in Syria, as it plans attacks on "Islamic State" fighters also opposing President Bashar al-Assad.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his long awaited US trip on Friday aiming to mend ties soured by the arrest of an Indian diplomat last year and to reboot a frequently troubled relationship with Washington.
US President Barack Obama has told Congress that he has the authority to strike the "Islamic State." The president is scheduled to present his military strategy in a televised address on Wednesday.
Activists hope for clear words from US President Obama when the climate summit begins Tuesday in New York. To date, his environmental policies have been a disappointment for many US citizens.
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