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  • UNSC reform a priority for Trump administration

    UNITED STATES, 2017/09/16 US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said that the reform of the UN Security Council is one of the top priorities of the Trump government as several nations, inclunding India have been demanding it. Haley's remarks came as US President Donald Trump was set to deliver his initial speech to the United Nations General Assembly next week. She said that the Security Council reform was still being talked about.
  • UN report attacks austerity budgets for growing inequality

    WORLD, 2017/09/16 Study says spending cuts have encouraged rise of robots and AI and heightened job insecurity, particularly for women Austerity budgets adopted by governments across the world since the 2008 financial crash are to blame for undermining the job security of millions of workers and threatening the evolution made by women in the workplace, according to a UN statement. The threat to jobs from the growing use of robots and artificial intelligence has been exacerbated by a lack of government investment and lack of national support for skills training, the statement as well said.
  • US commemorates September 11th, Trump speaks at Pentagon

    UNITED STATES, 2017/09/12 Today marks 16 years since the September 11 terror attacks, in which almost 3,000 people were murdered by al-Qaeda. US President Donald Trump: “America cannot be intimidated.” Today (Monday), the US commemorates 16 years since the September 11 terror attacks, in which 2,996 people were murdered by al-Qaeda in 4 coordinated attacks. The memorial events began at 8:46 AM (New York time), the exact time that the initial plane crashed into the northern Twin Tower of the World Trade Center.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Odebrecht agrees to pay $220 million fine, aid Panama probe

    ARGENTINA, 2017/08/02 Brazilian engineering company Odebrecht [ODBES.UL] agreed to pay $220 million in fines and will cooperate with investigators probing bribes of Panamanian officials, the Central American country's attorney general said on Tuesday. The fine included $100 million for using the banking system for illicit activities, said Panama's attorney general, Kenia Porcell.
  • Venezuela jails opposition leaders in new crackdown on opponents

    VENEZUELA, 2017/08/02 Venezuela jailed two leading critics of President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday in a fresh blow to the opposition after the election of a new political body with absolute powers to strengthen the hand of the leftist government. The United States imposed sanctions on Maduro on Monday, calling him a "dictator" for Sunday's election of a constituent assembly that the opposition boycotted and denounced as illegitimate. In a statement announcing the jailing of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and veteran politician Antonio Ledezma, the pro-government Supreme Court said they were planning to flee the country and had violated terms of their house arrest by making political statements and speaking to media.
  • Bastille Day Military Parade - Paris Macron shaking hands with Donald Trump's wife Melania

    FRANCE, 2017/07/15 FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL Macron and Donald Trump marked France’s national day together on Friday at a military parade which clearly delighted the US president and showcased warming relations between the two leaders. But the day was tinged with mourning, coming a year on from a jihadist massacre that claimed 86 lives in the southern city of Nice, where Macron led remembrances next the Paris parade. Trump was Macron’s guest of honour at national day celebrations in the French capital as this year marked the centenary of the United States entering World War I.
  • Retirement Age Should Be Raised To 70, Says World Economic Forum

    JAPAN, 2017/05/29 The retirement age should rise to at least 70 in rich nations by 2050 as life expectancy rises above 100, according to a new statement, BBC News reveals. The World Economic Forum said that employees should continue working until 70 in nations such as the UK, US, Japan and Canada. The increase will be needed, as the number of people over 65 will additional than triple to 2.1 billion by 2050. By again, the number of workers per retiree will have halved to just four.
  • President Trump’s Sojourn Across Middle East Offers Little Concrete Politics

    ISRAEL, 2017/05/29 President Donald Trump this completed week initiated his debut foreign trip as the majority powerful man in the world, making Saudi Arabia, Israel and Palestine the initial stops of his travels, before continuing to Brussels for a NATO summit, Sicily, Italy for the G7 conclave and a stopover in The Vatican for an audience with the pope. Despite Washington DC and the Trump government engulfed in a lot of political fires, the presidential visit to the Middle East displayed the continuing criticality of the region in American foreign policy. With Russia presently playing a much heavier hand in the region, the US under Trump continues approaching off as aloof as far as long-term policy thinking is concerned.
  • Right-Wing Terrorism In Venezuela

    VENEZUELA, 2017/05/29 One May 20th, the 21 year old vendor from the shanty town of Petare, Orlando José Figueras, was beaten, stabbed, doused with gasoline and set on fire by opposition militants in the middle class neighborhood of Altamira during an anti-government demonstration reportedly because they took him for a Chavista or a thief. This atrocity has sent tremors throughout the popular barrios and raised the profile of terrorism from the right in Venezuela. The horrific scene was captured on video and by professional photographer, Marco Bello, and described in testimonies of the victim and his parents. Other demonstrators at the scene reportedly urged the attackers not to kill Figueras as he pleaded for his life. What happened to Figueras, who has lived to tell his story, is impossible to ignore, and it casts light on the hatred and savagery of some radical and extremist supporters of the opposition in Venezuela.