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German minister says refugee deal reached with Italy

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 05:52

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Thursday that Germany had reached a deal with Italy to return migrants who have already applied for asylum there and added he expected it to be signed soon. "I have just heard that the deal with Italy has also been agreed," Seehofer told the Bundestag lower house of parliament. The deals are part of a compromise between Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats and Seehofer's Bavarian Christian Social Union that appears to resolve a dispute over returning migrants that nearly split them and brought down the government.

China May Meet Russia for War Games, But That Doesn’t Make Them Allies

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 05:51

While China is willing to play in a show of force led by Russia, its future depends more on good relations with the U.S. and E.U.

Britain warns will not pay Brexit cash if no EU deal

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 05:31

Brexit minister Dominic Raab issued a fresh warning Thursday that Britain would not pay the financial settlement promised to the EU after Brexit if there is no divorce deal. Raab was speaking ahead of a meeting of Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet on the British government's planning for a no-deal scenario.

Bob Woodward Fires Back At Eric Trump Over 'Anti-Semitic' 'Shekels' Slur

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 05:18

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said Eric Trump's rhetoric in response to his

The end of black politics, revisited

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 05:00

Ten years ago last month, I wrote a long cover story for the New York Times Magazine titled: “Is Obama the End of Black Politics?” The central point of the essay, which featured dozens of black leaders and provoked no shortage of debate, was that Barack Obama’s nomination in 2008 marked a turning point for African-Americans in our public life, from which there would be no going back. Like the Irish and Italians and Jews before them, I posited, a new generation of black leaders were no longer defined by race or confined to representing their community, but rather had taken their place in the mainstream of our politics.

Former EPA Chief Scott Pruitt May Soon Have A New Gig. With The Coal Industry.

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 04:56

Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt may soon

Russia's Putin inspects war games and vows to beef up army

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 03:44

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday promised to strengthen the army and supply it with new generation weapons, as he traveled to watch Russia's biggest war games since the fall of the Soviet Union. The Vostok-2018 (East-2018) drills taking place in eastern Siberia close to the border with China involve 300,000 Russian troops as well as joint exercises with the Chinese army. "This is the first time our army and fleet have undergone such a difficult and large-scale test," Putin said in comments published on the Kremlin website.

Israel army moves in on Palestinian village earmaked for demolition

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 02:51

KHAN AL-AHMAR (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Israeli border police removed caravans on Thursday from near a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, which they have orders to demolish despite international criticism, officials said. The pre-dawn operation on the outskirts of Khan al-Ahmar raised fears among the village's 200 residents that its demolition would occur soon. The border police took away five caravans which had been pitched by activists campaigning against the village's demolition.

Japan's foreign minister says country to open to foreigners

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 02:23

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Japan is gearing up to accept more foreign workers as its own population is on the brink of a steep decline, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Friday.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Slams Senate Hearings As A 'Highly Partisan Show'

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 00:48

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has a problem with the way this Congress handles

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Denies Having A Gambling Problem

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 22:52

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denied having a gambling problem in a

Marines open shelters ahead of Hurricane Florence

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 22:21

The largest Marine Corps base on the East Coast opened its gates to anyone with Department of Defense IDs, as Florence takes aim at the Carolinas.

McCain Family Slams GOP's Use Of Late Senator In Attack Ads

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 21:25

The family of the late Sen. John McCain said Wednesday it was "disappointed" in the groups using the lawmaker's image.

Whale meet nations in flare up over Brazil project

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 18:57

Supporters and opponents of whale hunting were at loggerheads late Wednesday at a meeting of the 89-nation International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Brazil. Japan's acting commissioner Hideki Moronuki said Tokyo could not support host country Brazil's vision for the future of the IWC -- the Florianopolis Declaration -- because it made no provision for lifting a 32-year moratorium on commercial whaling.

As Trump Boasts About Economy, New Data Show Poverty Rate Virtually Unchanged

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 18:23

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that, despite overall increases in

New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV Adds Space and Tech to Close Gap With Rivals

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 17:47

Mercedes-Benz today unveiled its next-generation GLE SUV, adding a range of convenience, performance, and safety technologies, along with some all-new engines. The automaker says the midsized GLE...

After months of tensions, US and Germany talk trade

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:55

Top economic advisors to US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel -- whose relations have been strained at best for months -- met Wednesday at the White House to boost trade ties. Since taking office in January last year, and especially in recent months, the US leader has not held back, attacking Germany and Merkel on trade, Berlin's military spending (too low for Trump) and immigration. Senior White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow and his German counterpart Lars-Hendrik Roller met to "deepen bilateral economic and trade relations between our two countries," US spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.

Ousted EPA head Pruitt denies getting improper gifts, income

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:26

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scott Pruitt, the scandal-ridden former Environmental Protection Agency chief, denied on Wednesday that he had obtained any out-of-the-ordinary gifts as a result of his Cabinet-level post, dismissing allegations he received perks in office ranging from much-sought sport tickets to a job for his wife.

France to put 8 billion euros into fighting poverty: report

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:09

French President Emmanuel Macron's government plans to spend 8 billion euros ($9.3 billion) to tackle poverty, its spokesman said in a newspaper interview released on Wednesday. "Our poverty plan is worth 8 billion euros, spread over four years," government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told the free newspaper 20 Minutes.

New Hampshire primary: Bernie Sanders’ son Levi loses bid in congressional election

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:08

Levi Sanders, son of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, has lost his bid in New Hampshire’s congressional primary on Tuesday. The younger Sanders was one of the 11 Democratic candidates vying for the nomination for the state’s 1st Congressional District. The current Democrat in the seat, Representative Carol Shea-Porter, is retiring.