California moves its presidential primary from June to March
2017-09-28 07:14:57 UTC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California will move its presidential primary from June to March under a bill signed on Wednesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, a change aimed at giving the liberal-leaning state more influence in choosing cand...
Trump's Tax Plan Will add Trillions of Dollars to the Debt
2017-09-28 06:48:39 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump proposed on Wednesday the biggest U.S. tax overhaul in three decades, calling for tax cuts for most Americans, but prompting criticism that the plan favors business and the rich and could add trillions...
KURDISTAN: Nearly 93 Percent of Kurds Voted for Independence
2017-09-27 17:13:52 UTC
KURDISTAN, ERBIL - Iraq's Kurds have voted to create an independent state, the High Elections and Referendum Commission said on Wednesday, in a referendum that has angered the Baghdad government and regional powers Turkey and Iran.
Trump: Republicans Have Votes to Pass Healthcare Later
2017-09-27 13:07:35 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans have enough support to pass their healthcare overhaul but not this week, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday, one day after Senate Republicans admitted defeat over their effort to repeal and replace Obamacar...
Chad, a U.S. Counterterrorism Ally, Included in Travel Ban
2017-09-27 04:15:49 UTC
Is Chad “an important and valuable counterterrorism partner of the United States” or is it a nation that “does not adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information”? Both, according to the White House proclamation that listed the c...
Emmanuel Macron Sets Out Progressive Vision For EU
2017-09-26 16:47:29 UTC
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron offered a sweeping vision for a renewal of Europe on Tuesday, calling for the EU to cooperate more closely on defense, immigration, tax and social policy, and for the single currency bloc to have ...
Puerto Rico Evacuates Area Threatened by Dam
2017-09-26 15:09:06 UTC
SAN JUAN (Reuters) - Many people living near a crumbling dam in storm-battered Puerto Rico have evacuated, Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Monday, as he asked for more government aid to avert a humanitarian crisis after Hurricane Maria.
Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to cut oil pipeline from Kurdistan, Iraq to the outside world
2017-09-26 07:39:37 UTC
TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices took a breather on Tuesday after Brent crude earlier rose to a 26-month high, supported by Turkey’s threat to cut crude flows from Iraq’s Kurdistan region to the outside world.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threa...
Iraq: Kurds Vote In Historic Independence Referendum
2017-09-27 16:32:33 UTC
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Voting started on Monday in an independence referendum organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, ignoring the threats of the Kurds’ neighbors and fears of further instability and violence across...
Merkel Wins German Election With Progressive Agenda
2017-09-25 06:57:50 UTC
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has claimed a mandate to form a new German government after her conservatives beat their rivals on Sunday to win her a fourth term.
She conceded that her party "would have preferred a better result." But...
Senate Opposition to Obamacare Repeal Grows: Collins, Cruz, Lee Lean Against
2017-09-24 18:06:35 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A proposal by U.S. Republicans to repeal and replace the Obamacare health insurance program suffered serious new setbacks within the party on Sunday, when Senator Ted Cruz expressed his opposition and Senator Susan Collins d...
Medicaid Directors Reject Graham-Cassidy Repeal
2017-09-23 18:05:48 UTC
In a blistering statement released Friday morning, the association representing state Medicaid directors took Congress to task for rushing a bill to the floor that would completely overhaul the nation’s health care system in just a few years and d...
Sanctions: Venezuela Government Accuses Canada of 'submitting to Trump'
2017-09-23 17:41:38 UTC
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela’s government criticized Canada’s Friday announcement of targeted sanctions against 40 of its senior officials, accusing Ottawa of “submission” to U.S. President Donald Trump in a bid to overthrow the South American co...
Trump Staffers Looking for the Exits
2017-09-22 14:31:48 UTC
A fast-growing number of White House staffers are starting to look for the exits, even though the one-year mark of President Donald Trump’s first term is still months away.
Many who joined the administration in January did so with the explici...
SEC Hack: Persistent Government Cyber Vulnerability
2017-09-22 14:24:31 UTC
Dustin Volz, Jason Lange
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A major computer hack at America’s top stock market regulator is the latest sign that data stored in the highest reaches of the U.S. government remains vulnerable to cyber attacks, despit...
North Korea Might Test H-Bomb in Pacific, Kim Jung-Un Insults Trump
2017-09-22 13:29:37 UTC
SEOUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make Trump pay dearly for his thre...
UN: Germany Condemns Trumpian "National Egoism"
2017-09-22 01:04:40 UTC
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned against "national egoism" in world politics on Thursday in his first speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
"This worldview describes the world as an arena, a kind of battleground, in which ...
Facebook Provides Congress Over 3,000 Russian Bought Ads
2017-09-21 20:09:00 UTC
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, is planning to release the content of more than 3,000 ads purchased by Russian operatives during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, reversing a decision that had frustrated Capitol Hill investigators....
Why Trump is so Afraid of Mueller's Investigation
2017-09-21 18:51:38 UTC
It’s been clear for months that special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is also examining whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice while he was in office.
But of late, more and more specifics have emerged about just w...
Democrats Gave the GOP One More Chance to Repeal Obamacare
2017-09-21 13:48:44 UTC
“They may have spiked the ball in the end zone a little too early,” Mitch McConnell observed about his Democratic colleagues to The New York Times last week.
The Senate majority leader was referring to the celebrations from Senate Minority Lead...
Saudi Lifts Ban on Skype, WhatsApp: Will Censor Them
2017-09-21 13:32:21 UTC
RIYADH (Reuters) - The Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps on Thursday but will monitor and censor them, a government spokesman said.
All online voice and video call services - such as Microsoft’s Skype, Facebook...
China's Banks to Stop Doing Business with North Korea
2017-09-21 13:19:57 UTC
BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China’s central bank has told banks to strictly implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea, four sources told Reuters, amid U.S. concerns that Beijing has not been tough enough over Pyongyang’s repeated nu...
Iran's President: Iran Nuclear Deal Cannot be Renegotiated
2017-09-21 13:14:14 UTC
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran’s president said on Thursday its nuclear accord with world powers cannot be renegotiated, after the Trump administration warned it was weighing whether the deal signed by its predecessor served U.S. security interests.
Angela Merkel Slams Trump’s Threat to ‘Destroy’ North Korea
2017-09-21 19:33:34 UTC
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel was highly critical of US President Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations. In the speech, Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea.
"I am against threats of this kind. And speaking for mys...
Hurricane Maria Brings Destruction to Puerto Rico
2017-09-20 22:02:54 UTC
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria rampaged across Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years, bringing widespread flooding and knocking out power across the island after killing at ...