John McCain

White House says it knew about McCain's Syria trip

The Obama administration said it knew in advance of Republican senator John McCain's trip to Syria, a visit that raised anew the question of whether the United States will intervene in a civil war that has raged for over two years.

Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 3:10am

Landmark US immigration bill clears key Senate hurdle

Immigration activists gather to pray on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Monday, before the Senate Judiciary Committee began work on a landmark immigration bill to secure the border and offer citizenship to millions. Photo: AP

A sweeping overhaul of the US immigration system took a major step toward viability on Tuesday when a Senate panel gave bipartisan approval to a landmark bill offering a path to citizenship for millions.

22 May 2013 - 4:16pm

US senators unveil immigration reform bill

Senator John McCain speaks to the media about the Senate's immigration reform bill at the US Capitol in Washington. Photo: AFP

A group of Democratic and Republican US senators on Tuesday unveiled long-awaited landmark legislation to remove the threat of deportation for millions of illegal immigrants and give them an opportunity to eventually become US citizens.

17 Apr 2013 - 4:08am

Rice to discuss Libya with McCain and lawmakers

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Susan Rice. Photo: Xinhua

US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice will meet with lawmakers this week to discuss her controversial remarks about the September attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that have caused hurdles for her potential promotion to secretary of state.

27 Nov 2012 - 9:59am

Who said it?

Chief executive Leung Chun-ying

I know the kitchen is hot, that's why we need people in it

Chief executive Leung Chun-ying, promising that his team can deal with the city's difficult issues


It shows a fundamental misunderstanding not only of warfare but of what's going on

US Senator John McCain criticises the White House on the Benghazi attack


30 Sep 2012 - 5:22am

McCain and Zhang spar at major forum

It is rare for senior diplomats or political heavyweights from China and the United States to face off at major international forums. And it is perhaps even more unusual for a Communist Party-run newspaper to make debates between China and foreign leaders over politically sensitive issues public.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Out of fizz

US political operatives have a favourite old saw to describe the challenges of a re-election campaign: You can't catch lightning in a bottle twice. The message seems particularly potent as the campaign machine of US President Barack Obama starts cranking into life once again.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Let the horse-trading begin for the 2012 election

The next chief executive election is still nearly two years away but, already, speculation is mounting about who the leading candidates will be on both sides of the political spectrum.

This in turn raises the fascinating question as to how the two camps will go about selecting their preferred candidate, or indeed whether they have even started to think through the problem.

27 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Q. So you think you know pop culture ...

1. Which is the world's biggest marine fish?

2. How many times has John McCain (right) tried for the US presidency?

3. What do Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae control in the US?

4. Which ship was the first to use the SOS distress signal in an emergency?

5. In which Tsim Sha Tsui hotel does Alain Ducasse run a restaurant?

4 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Christmas quiz answers

These are the answers to the quiz that appeared in yesterday's paper. If you missed it, questions and answers are available free at


1 Figgy pudding (a kind of white Christmas cake)

26 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Obama hailed at club BaRacks

Just how excited are those tattoo-loving, Democrat-leaning, pool hall liberals from Racks about the results of last week's American presidential election? For tonight, they've changed the name of the club temporarily to BaRacks in honour of president-elect Obama. The evening is also part of a regular party night at the venue called Sh*t Sandwich.

12 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Watching and waiting

The US presidential campaign was closely watched by the rest of the world because something inspiring is happening. It was hard to conceive just a year ago that a black person could be selected as a presidential candidate. The Democratic Party elite initially favoured Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was set to make history as the first woman candidate.

6 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Will McCain's big gamble pay off?

It is almost a decade since he first announced his ambition to occupy America's highest office, but whatever the result of today's US presidential vote, history will probably judge that John McCain's fate was sealed by a 15-minute meeting in March.

4 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

US needs to move on from the Bush years

Americans vote for a new president today with history to be made, no matter which of the main candidates - the Republican Party's John McCain or the Democrats' Barack Obama - is elected. Opinion polls overwhelmingly tip the latter, who would be the first African-American to hold the office. If the former were to win, he would be the oldest contender to take the presidency.

4 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

A big-money bet on the US election? We'll drink to that!

Somebody will be on the hook for a lot of drinks at Langham Place Hotel's Japanese restaurant, Tokoro. It seems a few high rollers were dining in the Mong Kok venue and two of them started a vigorous debate on the US presidential election.

3 Nov 2008 - 12:00am