Senate moves to end government shutdown Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Susan Cornwell, Richard Cowan, WASHINGTON (Reuters): U.S. senators voted to move forward on legislation that would reopen the federal government until Feb. 8, ending a three-day standoff between Democrats and President Donald Trump’s Republicans over immigration and border security. Funding..

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Trump and ‘Davos Man’: best of enemies

PARIS, (AFP): A compelling clash of cultures will unfold in the vertiginous Swiss Alps this week as Donald Trump, just over 12 months into his high-wire presidency, confronts the cheerleaders of globalisation in Davos.  Having whipped up working-class resentment of the global elite to devastating..

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Ex-Catalan leader says can govern from Belgium Saturday, January 20th, 2018

BARCELONA, (AFP): Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont, who was sacked by Madrid over his attempt to break from Spain, said Friday he can govern the region from Belgium where he is in self-exile as he eyes a comeback after scoring big in elections.  "There are only two options: in prison I..

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Avalanche kills Swedish skier in Indian Kashmir: police

SRINAGAR, India, (AFP): A Swedish tourist was killed Thursday when an avalanche tore through a Himalayan resort in Indian Kashmir popular with skiers, police said.  The 25-year-old victim was skiing with a fellow Swede in Gulmarg, a hill resort in Indian-administered Kashmir frequented by..

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Macron gets tough on migrants, vowing ‘no more Jungles’ Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

CALAIS, France, (AFP): President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday vowed that France would no longer allow migrant camps like the notorious "Jungle" as he defended a tougher line on immigration that has attracted sharp criticism from some of his allies.  In a closely-watched speech in Calais, Macron..

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Asia markets mostly up as Hong Kong rally resumes

HONG KONG, (AFP): Asian markets mostly rose again Tuesday with Hong Kong clocking its highest ever close while the dollar struggled to recover from further losses against major peers.  While there were few leads from Wall Street owing to a holiday, investors continued to push into equity markets..

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White House pushes back over Trump N. Korea quote Monday, January 15th, 2018

WASHINGTON, (AFP): The White House on Saturday denied and corrected a quote attributed to President Donald Trump that suggested he had a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un."I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-Un," Trump was quoted as telling The Wall Street..

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Trump taps long historical vein against immigration Sunday, January 14th, 2018

WASHINGTON DC, (AFP): "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free": The words on the Statue of Liberty have beckoned comers to the "Nation of Immigrants" for more than a century. But not with President Donald Trump at the gate. Unlike any US leader in decades,..

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Ecuador grants nationality to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Friday, January 12th, 2018

QUITO, Ecuador, (AP): Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in asylum at the nation's embassy in London for more than five years. The nation's foreign minister announced Thursday that officials had decided to permit Assange's naturalization while..

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Magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes off Honduras coast: USGS Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

TEGUCIGALPA, (AFP): A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit off Honduras late Tuesday, triggering tsunami threats and advisories for nearby Caribbean shores, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.  The quake struck at 0251 GMT and its epicenter was located some 27 miles (44..

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U.S. moves toward expelling 200,000 Salvadorans Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Yeganeh Torbati, WASHINGTON (Reuters): Some 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants allowed to live and work in the United States since 2001 will lose their right to remain in the country in 2019, officials said on Monday, marking the Trump administration’s latest move to tighten immigration..

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One Year of Trump: The Defenders of Fictional Democracy Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

It seemed so much busier, much more manic and crowded than the one year that had passed. Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump continues to excite the same..

How Trump Is Destroying The GOP – OpEd Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018