The U.S. Senate Tuesday confirmed Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be the next secretary of state, succeeding Hillary Clinton.
U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he respected consideration to lift the ban on women serving in combat roles, though a fellow Republican expressed concerns.
The government of Myanmar announced it was accepting bids for 18 onshore blocks up for auction in its second oil and natural gas licensing round.
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., told Myanmar President Thein Sein that U.S. oil and natural gas companies were ready to invest in the country's economy.
Israel's defense industry got two big boosts this week.
The U.S. Congress is seeking increased funding for Israel's anti-missile programs.
The Senate voted Tuesday to reject a U.N. treaty protecting rights of disabled people, with opponents warning its terms "would be forced on" the United States.
China has become more aggressive, with the resurgence of a faction "tied to their military," a U.S. senator said while discussing the South China Sea issue.
U.S. oil and natural gas companies are losing out to European counterparts in the move to tap into the resource potential in Myanmar, a lawmaker said.
The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted against a Republican measure that would eliminate regulations cutting mercury and other pollutants from coal-fired power plants.