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U.N. urges Myanmar's Suu Kyi to visit country's divided northwest | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.N. urges Myanmar's Suu Kyi to visit country's divided northwest | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS The United Nations urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday to visit the country's divided northwest to reassure civilians they will be protected amid accusations that soldiers have raped Rohingya Muslim women, burnt houses and killed civilians.Myanmar's military and government have rejected the allegations. Soldiers have poured into the area along Myanmar's frontier with Bangladesh, responding to coordinated attacks on three border posts on Oct #United States #Islam #Bangladesh #Europe #Africa #United Kingdom #Buddhism
U.N. Syria mediator says he plans to meet Trump team members | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.N. Syria mediator says he plans to meet Trump team members | Reuters

By Michelle Nichols | UNITED NATIONS UNITED NATIONS United Nations Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday he planned to meet "people around the team" of U.S. #Business #Argentina #United Kingdom #President #Turkey
Trump picks opponent of higher minimum wage for Labor Department | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Trump picks opponent of higher minimum wage for Labor Department | Reuters

By Amanda Becker and Robert Iafolla | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trump named fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday, drawing criticism from labour advocates worried about his opposition to a higher minimum wage and government regulation of the workplace. #India #Middle East #Hillary Clinton #United Kingdom #President #clinton
White House voices concerns about China cyber law | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

White House voices concerns about China cyber law | Reuters

WASHINGTON The White House said on Thursday that it raised concerns about China's new cyber security law during a meeting with a Chinese official after the latest round of talks between the two countries on cyber crime.U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with Chinese State Councilor Guo Shengkun to discuss the importance "of fully adhering" to an anti-hacking accord signed last year between the China and the United States, National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said.The deal, brokered during Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington in 2015, included a pledge that neither country would knowingly carry out hacking for commercial advantages.Rice told Guo that the United States was concerned "about the potential impacts" of a law that China adopted in November aimed at combating hacking and terrorism #United States #Middle East #markets #United Kingdom #Foreign policy #chinese
John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95 | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95 | Reuters

By Will Dunham John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, and also had a long career as a U.S. senator, died in Ohio on Thursday at age 95.Glenn, the last surviving member of the original seven American "Right Stuff" Mercury astronauts, died at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University in Columbus, said Hank Wilson, a spokesman at the university's John Glenn College of Public Affairs, which Glenn helped found.Glenn was credited with reviving U.S #France #science #United Kingdom #Earth #Colombia
U.S. senators urge Trump to take tough line on Russia over Ukraine | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.S. senators urge Trump to take tough line on Russia over Ukraine | Reuters

WASHINGTON A bipartisan group of 37 U.S. senators sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday urging him to take a tough line against Russia over what they termed its "military land grab" in Ukraine.The letter, whose 12 Republican and 15 Democratic signatories included some of the leading foreign policy voices in Trump's Republican party, was an early sign that lawmakers may assert themselves on some international matters where they disagree with his White House.Trump signalled during his campaign that he might take a softer line in dealings with Moscow, repeatedly praising Russian President Vladimir Putin's leadership."In light of Russia's continued aggression and repeated refusal to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereign right to choose its own destiny, we also renew our call for the United States to increase political, economic and military support for Ukraine," said the letter, led by Senators Richard Durbin, a Democrat, and Rob Portman, a Republican, who are co-chairmen of the Senate Ukraine caucus. In the letter, which was seen by Reuters, the senators also said they believe Russia's annexation of Crimea should not be accepted and that the United States should not lift sanctions imposed on Russia for its behaviour in eastern Ukraine #Business #Middle East #United Kingdom #Ukraine #lifestyle
Huge quake rocks Solomon Islands, triggers tsunami alert | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Huge quake rocks Solomon Islands, triggers tsunami alert | Reuters

SYDNEY A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands early on Friday, triggering a tsunami warning across a wide area of the South Pacific.The quake struck at 4:38 a.m. (12.38 p.m #Middle East #Europe #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #Earthquakes
Trump's Labor Department pick sends early warning sign to worker advocates | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Trump's Labor Department pick sends early warning sign to worker advocates | Reuters

By Amanda Becker and Robert Iafolla | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trump will name fast-food executive Andy Puzder to head the U.S. #Business #Middle East #United Kingdom #Mitt Romney #Entertainment #Mexico #graphics
Civil rights activist to be first Canadian woman on banknote | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Civil rights activist to be first Canadian woman on banknote | Reuters

OTTAWA Viola Desmond, a black businesswoman who challenged racial segregation in Canada in 1946, will be the new face of the C$10 bill, making her the first Canadian woman to be featured on a bank note.Desmond refused to leave a whites-only area of a Nova Scotia movie theatre in an incident that took place nearly a decade before Rosa Parks' refusal to move to the segregated part of a bus in the United States. #United States #Economy #India #Middle East #United Kingdom #Entertainment
Stagnant economy, yawning deficit keep heat on Zimbabwe's Mugabe | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Stagnant economy, yawning deficit keep heat on Zimbabwe's Mugabe | Reuters

By MacDonald Dzirutwe | HARARE HARARE Zimbabwe's economy has stagnated this year while its budget deficit has exploded, the government said on Thursday, adding to President Robert Mugabe's problems as he faces unprecedented protests over cash shortages and falling living standards.In his annual budget address, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa halved his 2016 economic growth estimate to 0.6 percent and said the budget deficit would widen to $1.18 billion - eight times his November 2015 forecast of $150 million.Chinamasa said the country was facing "a number of headwinds", including a lack of investment flows and remittances from Zimbabweans overseas, both of which fell this year.Mugabe, 92, has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980. But he is under pressure over an 80 percent-plus unemployment rate and corruption and has personally nixed attempts to cut the bloated civil service.With banks running out of money, he has introduced an unpopular "bond note" currency that is meant to ease the liquidity crunch but which many Zimbabweans fear will cause a return to hyperinflation. Chinamasa blamed the swollen deficit on the need for grain imports because of a devastating drought, payment of 2015 salary arrears, debt servicing and bonus payments to public workers that were not in the original spending plans.For next year, he forecast moderate growth of 1.7 percent due to improved commodity exports, as well as a smaller deficit.However, few Zimbabweans will have faith in the figures coming from an administration that since 2013 has been forced to cut all its growth targets #United States #Middle East #South Africa #Argentina #United Kingdom