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**FILE** President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Thomas J. Donohue, left, listens as AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, right, testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on transportation infrastructure Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

Business groups hail breakthough on trade

American business groups were quick to hail the congressional deal on new legislation Thursday that renews President Obama's authority to negotiate major new trade deals with Europe and Asia. Published April 16, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden talks with Iraq's Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi during a session of the U.S.-Iraq Higher Coordinating Committee, Thursday, April 16, 2015, in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Iraq PM: Religious tensions could undermine region

Iraq's prime minister has said that ending sectarian violence in the region is crucial to defeating the Islamic State militants in his country, warning that a military campaign will not be enough to secure long-term victory. Published April 16, 2015

Nigerian former Gen. Muhammadu Buhari speaks moments after he was presented with a certificate to show he won the election in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat to Buhari, a 72-year-old former military dictator, who was elected in a historic transfer of power following the nation's most hotly contested election ever. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Buhari vows to take on Boko Haram, corruption

Victorious Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari praised his defeated rival Goodluck Jonathan for overseeing smooth elections and said his victory over the incumbent president in Sunday's vote signaled a new era of democracy and reconciliation for Africa's most populous country. Published April 1, 2015

Opposition candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari holds his ballot paper in the air before casting his vote in his home town of Daura, northern Nigeria Saturday, March 28, 2015. Nigerians went to the polls Saturday in presidential elections which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Muhammadu Buhari, the challenger, scored decisive victory in Nigerian vote

Muhammadu Buhari, who briefly ruled Nigerian in a military coup in the 1980s, will again become the leader of Africa's biggest nation, this time through the ballot box. The former general with a political base in the country's largely Muslim north scored an unexpectedly decisive victory over incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan as the final tallies from the weekend vote were released Tuesday. Published March 31, 2015

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, a onetime anthropologist and former World Bank executive, will meet with President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry to discuss possible changes to the timetable to withdraw the bulk of American troops. (Associated Press)

Ghani to focus on U.S. troop pullout in Obama meeting

He will get a much warmer welcome than the man he replaced, but Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will likely have the same priorities as did predecessor Hamid Karzai when he begins his first trip as president to Washington next week — seeking hard promises of support from the Obama administration as Kabul battles the Taliban insurgency and struggles to rebuild its economy. Published March 19, 2015

Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, shakes hands with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in front of the press after arriving to Miraflores presidential palace for an emergency ALBA meeting in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The Venezuelan-led ALBA bloc of leftist regional governments is expected to express support for Venezuela's position that its sovereignty is being violated by U.S. attempts to destabilize the country. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Lawmakers warn of links between Cuba, Iran, Venezuela

Venezuela's ties with Cuba and Iran raise even more red flags for the future of its relations with the United States, lawmakers told Obama administration officials Tuesday in the first Capitol Hill hearing since the recent sharp deterioration in relations between Washington and Caracas. Published March 17, 2015

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks while meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

German envoy hits GOP letter to Iran on nuke talks

Germany's top diplomat Thursday criticized the "open letter" signed by 47 U.S. Republican senators to Iran regarding nuclear talks, warning it could undermine Tehran's confidence that a deal will be honored. Published March 12, 2015

A ‘spirited’ exhibit

Ever since the first European settlers came to America, they have enjoyed a good alcoholic drink. But despite its place in American culture, alcohol has often been contentious. While some enjoy it, others feared the harm alcohol would do society. Published March 8, 2015

U.S. Park Service maintenance supervisor sweeps snow off stairs at the Lincoln Memorial with the statue of Abraham Lincoln visible in the background on Thursday. As much as 9 inches of snow blanketed the greater D.C. area on Thursday. The National Weather Service has forecasted temperatures in the 50s next week. (associated press)

Snow harries drivers, thrills sledders

Extreme weather can bring out the best and worst in people, and Thursday's snowstorm across the D.C. region was no exception. Published March 5, 2015

A systematic analysis of Uber finds the drivers describe the company's exponential growth can be largely attributed to the self-employed, flexible schedule model that it provides. (associated press)

Uber's growth built on flexibility, study finds

Uber is starting to drive itself. The surging app-based taxi-alternative business recently conducted the first systematic analysis of its drivers and found that flexible work hours is one of the main reasons the company attracts such a diverse range of drivers. Published March 4, 2015

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose country in West Africa has suffered with during the outbreak of the Ebola virus, waits to speak on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. President Sirleaf meets with President Barack Obama on Friday.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ebola battle far from over, Sirleaf says

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wants Americans to know she's grateful for the help so far but her country's battle with the deadly Ebola epidemic is far from over. Published February 26, 2015

Expedia is buying Orbitz for approximately $1.33 billion, adding to the stable of brands it has snapped up recently in order to extend its reach and keep pace in the fiercely competitive travel-booking industry. (Associated Press)

Expedia books $1.3B deal to buy travel rival Orbitz

In the continuing battle to dominate the Web's lucrative travel-booking business, Expedia announced Thursday it is buying rival travel site Orbitz for approximately $1.33 billion, seeking a greater share of an extremely competitive market. Published February 12, 2015