Posts Tagged ‘World News’

Germany Weighs Alternatives to Turkish Air Base

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The German government is weighing alternative locations to Turkey for its forces involved in fighting Islamic State amid rising tensions between the two countries.

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South Africa Clash Plays Out at Activist’s Funeral

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The burial of one of South Africa’s most revered antiapartheid luminaries became a dramatic stage for the conflict now tearing at the African National Congress, amid expectations President Jacob Zuma will sack Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

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U.S. Fires People at Embassy in Kabul for Drug Dealing

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The U.S., which has spent billions of dollars on counternarcotics in Afghanistan, has fired a number of people from its embassy in Kabul for allegedly using and selling drugs on its premises, a U.S. State Department official said.

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Whatever Happened to Free Trade?

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Companies and countries are scrambling to adjust to a strange new world created by a decade of economic retrenchment and an upswing in populism.

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Indian Lawmakers Back Tax Overhaul in Victory for Modi

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Indian lawmakers backed a revamp of the country’s messy tax system, approving bills to replace the present tangle of federal and state sales taxes with a nationwide goods-and-services tax and handing Prime Minister Narendra Modi a legislative victory.

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China’s Economy Holds Steady in First Quarter

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

China’s economy held steady in the first quarter, though the momentum, fueled by government-directed spending and low-cost funding, may be tough to sustain, according to a private survey.

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Indonesia President Faces Setback as Tax Amnesty Falls Short

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Wealthy taxpayers have so far pledged to repatriate $11 billion of assets, far below the $42 billion haul Indonesia projected, dealing a blow to President Joko Widodo’s ambitious spending plans.

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Asia Nations Say Trump Won’t Derail Their Climate-Change Efforts

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Officials around Asia said they would continue their drive toward cleaner fuels, a day after President Donald Trump laid the groundwork to reverse his predecessor’s push away from coal-burning power plants.

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U.S. Weighs Beef Against Scooters, Cheese in EU Trade Dispute

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Trump administration is poised to demonstrate its promised tough approach to trade rules in a long-simmering dispute with the European Union over beef.

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U.K.’s May to Set Historic Brexit Process in Motion

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The U.K. is set to make official its planned exit from the EU, starting on an unprecedented path to reshape its relationship with its closest allies in some of the most complex negotiations the country has ever undertaken.

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EU Rebukes Trump’s Climate Order

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The European Union said President Donald Trump’s order reversing key clean-energy policies would eliminate the main pillar of U.S. efforts to fight climate change, undermining America’s leadership in a critical global effort.

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North Korea May Be Preparing Fresh Nuclear Test

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Satellite imagery suggests North Korea may be preparing to test another nuclear device as U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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White House Formally Announces Sisi Visit

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

President Donald Trump will host Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi at the White House on April 3 to discuss the fight against Islamic State and regional peace and stability, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.

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In South Korea, Defectors Learn Capitalism the Hard Way

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Seoul helps North Korean arrivals with scant financial knowhow avoid fraudulent schemes.

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U.S. Commander Says ‘Fair Chance’ U.S. Had a Role in Iraq Deaths

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

American airstrikes in Mosul likely played some part in the deaths of dozens of civilians earlier this month, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said Tuesday, adding that militants also likely were using them as hostages and human shields.

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Malaysia Probes Firm Suspected of Violating North Korea Sanctions

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Malaysian police are investigating allegations that North Korea is violating international sanctions through Malaysian businesses, including one that has used North Korean workers to build thousands of homes in Africa.

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In Raqqa, Signs of Faltering Islamic State Rule

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Hundreds of Islamic State loyalists in recent days have fled the group’s de facto Syrian capital of Raqqa, where emptying streets and a lack of water and electricity point to the extremists’ crumbling control.

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U.S. Charges Turkish Banker in Iran Sanctions Case

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Prosecutors accused an executive at a state-owned Turkish bank of participating in a long-running conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran, broadening a case that has already escalated tensions between the U.S. and Turkey.

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EU Annuls Sanctions Against Gadhafi’s Daughter

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The European Union’s second-highest court invalidated targeted sanctions against the daughter of the former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

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Russian, Iranian Leaders Tout Stronger Ties

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Russian leader Vladimir Putin touted strengthening ties following a meeting in Moscow, despite differences over the conflict in Syria.

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U.K. Government Rejects Move for Another Scottish Independence Vote

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

A vote in Scotland’s parliament in favor of pursuing a second referendum on Scottish independence was quickly rebuffed by the U.K. government in London.

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Bank of Canada’s Poloz Warns of Perils of Protectionism

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The potential rise of trade barriers pose a threat to Canada’s economic growth, according to Bank of Canada Gov. Stephen Poloz.

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Charges Against Hong Kong Activists Prompt Public Criticism

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Criminal charges against pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, filed right after this weekend’s election, have prompted public criticism and a denial from Hong Kong’s newly elected leader that the timing was delayed to help her.

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Planned Russian Exercises Sow NATO Worries

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Western military commanders are concerned that large-scale Russian military exercises near the Baltic states in September pose heightened risks for a miscalculation that could trigger a crisis, allied officials said.

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Theresa May Urges Brexit-Weary Scotland to Remain in U.K.

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May tried to rally support for maintaining Scotland’s place in the U.K. on Monday, seeking to hold her country together as she prepares to break away from the European Union.

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China Drifts Into a U.S. Vacuum in Asia

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

China is building its influence in Asia more by default than design, making the region’s power brokers nervous as the U.S. retreats.

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Turkey Glut Has Brazil Farmers Worried

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The Santa Luzia turkey farm in Brazil’s agricultural heartland has a serious logistical problem: its 35,000 birds keep growing and no slaughterhouse will take them. Even as import bans on Brazilian meat ease, the region fears a lasting impact.

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Iran, Gulf Monarchies Mend Fences as U.S.-Tehran Tensions Grow

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Iran and the Gulf states, whose contest for power in the Middle East has been tipping toward open confrontation, are quietly trying to repair the damaged relationship as Tehran’s relations with the U.S. deteriorate.

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U.S. Boosts Military Backing for Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen

Monday, March 27th, 2017

The Trump administration has significantly increased military support for Sunni Arab states fighting al Qaeda and Iranian-backed militias in Yemen, said U.S. and Arab officials, drawing the U.S. deeper into the two-year civil war there.

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Tropical Cyclone Debbie Lashes Northeast Australia

Monday, March 27th, 2017

One of the most powerful tropical storms to hit Australia in recent years began pummeling the country’s northeast coast, with more than 25,000 people evacuated from communities in its path.

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