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|Venezuela president Maduro increases minimum wage by 300 per cent as inflation approaches 2 million per cent
Venezuela‘s president has raised the country’s minimum wage by 300 per cent as part of routine wage increases as his government battles hyperinflation. Nicolas Maduro increased the minimum wage to 18,000 bolivars, around £5.20, per month amid an economy suffering from annual inflation nearing two million per cent. Mr Maduro announced his economic plans at the start of his second, disputed, term on Monday, as calls increased for him to surrender power.
POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 8:16 AM
|Los Angeles teachers strike for second day as mayor seeks to restart talks
Some 30,000 Los Angeles teachers on strike for higher pay, smaller classes and more staff walked picket lines in the rain for a second day on Tuesday as Mayor Eric Garcetti embraced their cause while trying to nudge the two sides back to the bargaining table. The walkout, with teachers garbed mostly in red braving two days of rainy weather to stage mass rallies downtown, has shattered 30 years of labor peace by Los Angeles teachers but has not completely idled schools.
POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 12:16 AM
|Kremlin rubbishes 'stupid' claims that Trump a Russian agent
Russia on Wednesday dismissed as ridiculous reports questioning whether US President Donald Trump has acted as an agent for Russia as controversy mounted over his alleged ties to the Kremlin. Trump has denied explosive news reports that he hid details of discussions with President Vladimir Putin and that the FBI investigated him as a potential national security risk who might be acting on behalf of Russia. Asked about the issue by journalists in Moscow, Putin's foreign policy advisor Yuri Ushakov said: "Why comment on something stupid?
POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 11:07 AM
|American anchor for Iranian TV is arrested on visit to US
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A prominent American anchorwoman on Iranian state television has been arrested by the FBI during a visit to the U.S., the broadcaster reported Wednesday, and her son said she was being held in a prison, apparently as a material witness.
POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 7:22 PM
|Hottest vehicles at Detroit auto show: Shelby GT, electric SUV, Kia SUV
The Ford Shebly GT 500, Toyota Supra and Kia Telluride generate buzz at the Detroit auto show.
POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 12:51 PM
|Pro Party Hosts Always Have These Candles on Hand
POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 6:01 PM
|Parliament Rejects May’s Brexit Deal
The Brexit deal painstakingly negotiated by British prime minister Theresa May over the past two years was rejected overwhelmingly by Parliament on Tuesday. The deal, which fell in a 432–202 vote in the House of Commons, represented the only established path forward to prevent a so-called “no-deal” British exit from the European Union, which is set to take place in March and would likely result in massive political and economic upheaval. In response to the historic defeat, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a vote of no confidence, which, if passed, would oust May and give Corbyn a chance to form a new government.
POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 2:51 PM
|F-22 vs. F-35: Which Stealth Fighter Wins in a Shootout?
The U.S. Air Force’s original plan was for the F-22 to be its high-end air superiority fighter while the F-35 was designed to be primarily an air-to-ground strike aircraft, but one which could defend itself.
POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 8:00 AM
|California governor, lawmakers confront utility bankruptcy
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The announcement by the nation's largest utility that it is filing for bankruptcy puts Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s problems squarely in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, who now must try to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the money they're owed and rethink California's energy picture in the face of climate change.
POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 1:43 AM
|Enes Kanter: Turkey 'seeking arrest' of New York Knicks player
Turkish prosecutors are seeking the arrest and extradition of New York Knicks enter Enes Kanter, accusing him pf being a member of an "armed terrorist group". Mr Kanter is accused of ties to Fethullah Gulen, who Turkish authorities allege is behind the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2016, the Daily Sabah reported. Mr Gulen has repeatedly denied any involved in the failed coup.
POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 7:20 PM
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|Pelosi Asks Trump to Reschedule State of the Union Amid Shutdown
Speaker Nancy Pelosi cited security concerns from the government shutdown in her request to reschedule the speech or to have the president deliver it in writing.
POSTED JANUARY 17, 2019 1:29 AM
|In a West Wing in Transition, Trump Tries to Stand Firm on the Shutdown
Despite his public bravado, President Trump has had moments of frustration as he takes in negative news coverage of the shutdown, pointing his finger at aides for not delivering the deal he wants.
POSTED JANUARY 17, 2019 2:18 AM
|Why Don’t Unpaid Federal Workers Walk Off the Job?
Federal law prohibits strikes, public servants care about their work and other reasons airports and prisons aren’t in chaos, despite a protracted federal shutdown.
POSTED JANUARY 17, 2019 12:19 AM
|ISIS Attack in Syria Kills 4 Americans, Raising New Worries About Troop Withdrawal
Critics of President Trump’s drawdown plans said his claim of victory over the Islamic State may have emboldened its fighters and encouraged the suicide bombing that killed 19 people.
POSTED JANUARY 17, 2019 3:24 AM
|Democrats Fall Short in Effort to Rebuke Administration on Russia Sanctions
A measure that would have forced President Trump to leave sanctions in place on a Russian oligarch’s companies fell three votes short in the Senate.
POSTED JANUARY 17, 2019 1:57 AM
|Pence Says U.S. Still Waiting on North Korea for ‘Concrete Steps’ to Denuclearize
The vice president’s unequivocal statement seemed to contradict President Trump’s claim last summer that “there is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”
POSTED JANUARY 17, 2019 1:09 AM
|Theresa May Survives No-Confidence Vote in British Parliament
A day after a crushing defeat on her plan for leaving the European Union, the prime minister held onto her job, but she has no obvious way forward on Brexit.
POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 10:36 PM
|Jeremy Corbyn Will Decide What Happens to Brexit (Whether He Wants to or Not)
Britain’s opposition leader has strained to keep his options open on E.U. withdrawal. But his party’s votes will be critical to the outcome, and time is running out.
POSTED JANUARY 17, 2019 12:55 AM
|Theresa May, Britain’s Lady of Perpetual Crisis
A day after a historic defeat in Parliament, Theresa May survived a second effort to oust her. “It feels like a parallel universe,” said a newscaster.
POSTED JANUARY 17, 2019 1:09 AM
|Microsoft Pledges $500 Million for Affordable Housing in Seattle Area
The move is the most ambitious effort yet by a tech company to fund construction for local teachers, firefighters and other middle- and low-income residents.
POSTED JANUARY 17, 2019 3:55 AM