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Trump fills homeland security, environment, China ambassador jobs | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Trump fills homeland security, environment, China ambassador jobs | Reuters

By Richard Cowan | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday picked a fossil fuel industry defender as his top environmental official, another retired general as homeland security chief and Iowa's governor as U.S. ambassador to China in choices at odds with some of his recent pronouncements.Trump, continuing to build his Cabinet as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20, said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, 48, would be nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency. #United States #India #Business #Environment #science #Crime #Taiwan
Dozens killed in west Iraq air strike, MPs and medics say | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Dozens killed in west Iraq air strike, MPs and medics say | Reuters

BAGHDAD Air strikes killed dozens of people, including many women and children, in an Islamic State-held town near Iraq's western border with Syria on Wednesday, two parliamentarians and local hospital sources said.They said the air strikes hit a busy market in the town of Qaim, in Iraq's Anbar province, describing the incident as a massacre. The hospital sources said 55 civilians were killed, including 12 women and 19 children, in three air strikes.The bodies of eight militants were delivered to Qaim hospital morgue, the hospital sources said.Anbar lawmaker Ahmed al-Salmani also said 55 civilians were killed. #Business #markets #military #crisis #Entertainment #lifestyle #city
U.S. urges Yemen to accept U.N.-drafted roadmap for peace talks | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.S. urges Yemen to accept U.N.-drafted roadmap for peace talks | Reuters

WASHINGTON The United States expressed disappointment on Wednesday at the Yemeni government's reaction to a U.N.-drafted roadmap to end the country's civil war and urged it to accept the proposal as a basis to begin negotiations on a peace agreement.Yemen appeared to reject the U.N. plan on Tuesday, calling it a "dangerous international precedent" that would legitimize the rebellion against the internationally recognised government #Business #markets #Argentina #lifestyle #article
Germany's top court rules Muslim schoolgirls must join swimming lessons | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Germany's top court rules Muslim schoolgirls must join swimming lessons | Reuters

BERLIN Germany's highest court ruled on Wednesday that ultra-conservative Muslim girls must take part in mixed swimming classes at school, finding against an 11-year-old pupil who had argued that even wearing a burkini, or full-body swimsuit, breached Islamic dress codes.The Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe rejected an appeal by the girl's parents that she should be excused the classes because a burkini did not conform with Islam's ethic of decency, German media reported.A spokesman for the court could not be reached for comment.Germany is in the grip of a heated public debate about the role of Islam in society as it seeks to integrate more than a million mainly Muslim asylum seekers fleeing war and persecution who have entered this year and last. Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservatives have been punished at the polls in regional elections by voters angry at her open-door policy, on Tuesday proposed a ban on full-face Muslim veils.Her Christian Democrats, who have been bleeding support to the AfD, a populist party that says Islam is incompatible with the constitution, toughened their tone on integrating migrants at a party conference this week. #United States #India #Business #markets #Argentina #Entertainment #Foreign policy
Italy PM Renzi resigns, president to consult with parties | Reuters

Updated : Dec 08, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Italy PM Renzi resigns, president to consult with parties | Reuters

ROME Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tendered his resignation to the head of state on Wednesday following a weekend referendum in which Italians resoundingly rejected his proposed constitutional reforms.President Sergio Mattarella asked Renzi to carry on in a caretaker capacity while he holds consultations with the political parties to decide the next steps, a statement from the president's office said.The consultations will begin on Thursday at 1700 GMT and are due to end on Saturday afternoon. After the consultations Mattarella is widely expected to ask a member of Renzi's cabinet, or a politician from his Democratic Party to try to form a new government. Elections are due in 2018 but many politicians are calling for them to be held earlier #United States #Economy #Business #Middle East #United Kingdom #article
At least 40 dead in plane crash in Pakistan mountains | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

At least 40 dead in plane crash in Pakistan mountains | Reuters

By Jibran Ahmed and Asad Hashim | PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan At least 40 people died when a plane carrying 48 passengers crashed into a mountain in northern Pakistan on Wednesday and witnesses at the site of the flaming wreckage said there were unlikely to be any survivors.The military said 40 bodies had been recovered and rescue efforts involved about 500 soldiers, doctors and paramedics. The bodies were shifted to the Ayub Medical Centre in nearby Abbottabad, about 20km (12 miles) away.Junaid Jamshed, a well-known Pakistani pop star turned evangelical Muslim cleric, was among those feared dead, an airline official said.Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) said its plane lost contact with the control tower en route to the capital, Islamabad, from the northern region of Chitral. The airline said the plane crashed at 1642 local time (1142 GMT) in the Havelian area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, about 40km (25 miles) north of Islamabad. #Business #Pakistan #Europe #markets #Entertainment #lifestyle
Russia says U.S. bill will restrict its diplomats, pledges retaliation | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Russia says U.S. bill will restrict its diplomats, pledges retaliation | Reuters

By Andrew Osborn | MOSCOW MOSCOW Russia said on Wednesday it would restrict the ability of U.S. diplomats based in Moscow to travel if a pending U.S #Business #Middle East #Russia #markets #Argentina #Foreign policy #lifestyle
Italy passes 2017 budget, paving way for PM Renzi's resignation | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Italy passes 2017 budget, paving way for PM Renzi's resignation | Reuters

By Giuseppe Fonte | ROME ROME The Italian parliament on Wednesday gave its final approval to the government's 2017 budget, which has irked the European Union, paving the way for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to hand in his resignation.Renzi said he would quit following his crushing defeat in Sunday's referendum when Italians rejected his proposed reforms to the constitution, but the head of state Sergio Mattarella told him to delay his resignation until the budget was passed.Sweeping away all amendments to speed up its parliamentary passage, the upper house Senate approved the budget in a vote of confidence, with 173 votes in favour and 108 against.Minutes later, Renzi announced he would hand in his resignation to Mattarella at 7 p.m. (1800 GMT). "Budget approved #United States #Economy #India #Business #Middle East #Budget #lifestyle
Philippines' Duterte vows to protect police after inquiry shows rub out | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Philippines' Duterte vows to protect police after inquiry shows rub out | Reuters

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday defended police officers who killed a detained mayor on a list of top drug suspects even after another law enforcement agency concluded the death was an extrajudicial killing.The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday disputed a police account that the mayor from central Leyte Province, Rolando Espinosa, was killed in a shootout in a jail when police came to search for guns and drugs last month.The bureau described Espinosa's killing as a "rub out"."I will have to defend them," Duterte said during a ceremony at the main army base in the capital, Manila, referring to the police officers. "I will listen to the story and I will take it as the true version .. #United States #Business #Middle East #Drugs #Crime #Police
U.S. courts look ahead to Trump as Obama cases fizzle | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

U.S. courts look ahead to Trump as Obama cases fizzle | Reuters

By Lawrence Hurley | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's legal defence of some key initiatives including his signature healthcare law is collapsing as courts put cases on hold until after President-elect Donald Trump, hostile to the policies, assumes office on Jan. 20.The pending conservative legal challenges could undo important elements of Obama's presidential legacy if Trump, as expected, opts not to defend the Obama policies in court or simply ditches the initiatives that are under attack.Since Trump's election on Nov. 8, various courts have delayed action in three groups of cases that will not be resolved before Obama leaves office and blocked an administration regulation from going into effect in another.They include a challenge by House of Representatives Republicans to an important provision in the Obamacare law, and cases concerning religious objections to that law's mandate that employers provide health insurance coverage for birth control.They also include Obama's executive action, put on hold by the Supreme Court in June, to spare from deportation millions of immigrants in the country illegally, and his administration's bid to extend overtime protections for workers.Republican-governed states like Texas were behind some of the biggest challenges to Obama policies."We have a host of cases pending against the federal government due to the Obama administration's overreach," said Marc Rylander, a spokesman for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican who has sued the administration on various issues including immigration #India #Business #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment #House