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The U.S. Senate voted by an overwhelming majority on Thursday to approve President Barack Obama's nomination of Montana Democratic Senator Max Baucus, who has helped steer trade policy with China, as ambassador to Beijing. As voting continued, there had been no "no" votes in the 100-member chamber against his nomination, with more than 90 voting for him. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich told a senior U.S. official on Thursday that "dialogue and compromise" were the only way out of the political crisis gripping Ukraine. Yanukovich met U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland to discuss a solution to anti-government protests which have swept the ex-Soviet republic since November last year. They also discussed political reform and possible further negotiations between the President and opposition leaders. In talks with Nuland, Yanukovich said he supported opposition demands for reform of the constitution though this had to be carried out through a process involving the constitutional court and further hearings in parliament. Protests began when Yanukovich spurned an EU trade agreement last year in pursuit of closer ties with Russia. U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday joined other leading Republicans in expressing doubts that immigration reforms could be passed this year and put the blame on President Barack Obama. At his weekly news conference, Boehner said "I've never underestimated the difficulty in moving forward this year." House Republicans have been deeply divided on the issue, and at a retreat in Cambridge, Maryland, last week, several said it would be a mistake to take up immigration legislation before the November congressional elections. Instead, Republicans said they wanted to focus on legislation to replace Obama's healthcare law, which many see as a powerful campaign theme for defeating Democrats. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she would be happy to see the former prime minister of Luxembourg as the conservative candidate to head the European Commission. Merkel says she has "great sympathies" for Jean-Claude Juncker to become the consensus candidate of the European People's Party, of which her Christian Democrats are a part. She told reporters Thursday at a news conference with Juncker's successor as prime minister, Xavier Bettel, that the EPP bloc will make a final decision at its March 6-7 meeting in Dublin. A nod from Merkel is a significant boost for Juncker, who ran Luxembourg from 1995 until 2013.

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