Russia Signs Deals with China to Help Weather Sanctions

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (R) shakes hands with China's Premier Li Keqiang during a signing ceremony in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and China signed energy, trade and finance agreements on Monday proclaimed by Moscow as proof that a policy turn to Asia is bearing fruit and will help it to weather Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

New Senate Bill Mandates Congress Have Oversight on Iran Deal

Hassan Rouhani

A group of senators unveiled new legislation late Wednesday that would force President Barack Obama to go to Congress for approval on any potential nuclear deal with Iran and that would bar the White House from granting any further extension in the talks, according to Senate sources familiar with the bill.

The Iran Nuclear Negotiations Act of 2014—jointly sponsored by Republican Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John McCain (Ariz.), and James Risch (Idaho)—would require the president to submit any nuclear agreement with Iran to Congress within three days of the deal being struck, according to sources briefed on the bill.