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Venezuela president Maduro increases minimum wage by 300 per cent as inflation approaches 2 million per cent

Venezuela president Maduro increases minimum wage by 300 per cent as inflation approaches 2 million per centVenezuela‘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

Kenya Hunts Gunmen in Fatal Hotel Attack Claimed by Al-Qaeda

Kenya Hunts Gunmen in Fatal Hotel Attack Claimed by Al-QaedaThe attack on 14 Riverside Drive in Nairobi began with an explosion targeting three vehicles in the parking lot and then a suicide-bombing in the foyer of a Dusit Hotels & Resorts Co. outlet, police Inspector-General Joseph Boinnet said Tuesday in a televised briefing. Al-Shabaab, an affiliate of al-Qaeda based in neighboring Somalia, said it killed 47 people in the attack, according to Radio Andalus, a broadcaster that supports its insurgency. The group didn’t say how it obtained the figure, but if its involvement was confirmed it would be the Islamists’ first significant assault in Kenya since a raid on a university campus in Garissa county in April 2015 that killed at least 147 people.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 4:34 PM

Barr pledges to allow Mueller to finish Russia report and to release 'as much as I can'

Barr pledges to allow Mueller to finish Russia report and to release 'as much as I can'William Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, said Tuesday that he doesn’t believe Robert Mueller is involved in a “witch hunt” and, if confirmed, would pledge to allow the special counsel to complete the Russia investigation without interference.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 11:47 AM

Los Angeles teachers strike for second day as mayor seeks to restart talks

Los Angeles teachers strike for second day as mayor seeks to restart talksSome 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

Hottest vehicles at Detroit auto show: Shelby GT, electric SUV, Kia SUV

Hottest vehicles at Detroit auto show: Shelby GT, electric SUV, Kia SUVThe Ford Shebly GT 500, Toyota Supra and Kia Telluride generate buzz at the Detroit auto show.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 12:51 PM

The Latest: Canada asks China to spare life of Canadian

The Latest: Canada asks China to spare life of CanadianBEIJING (AP) — The Latest on China-Canada tensions (all times local):




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 3:24 PM

Procter & Gamble’s Toxic Sanctimony

Procter & Gamble’s Toxic SanctimonyRecognized around the world as a symbol of manly civility for more than a century, Gillette will now be remembered as the company that did itself in by sacrificing a massive consumer base at the altar of progressivism. In case you hadn’t seen or heard: Parent company Procter & Gamble launched a Gillette ad campaign blanket-demonizing men as ogres and bullies. At home and at work, in the boardroom, on the playground, and even while barbecuing in the backyard, Gillette sees nothing but testosterone-driven trouble.




POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 6:30 AM

Saudi urges 'fair' energy transition, defends oil

Saudi urges 'fair' energy transition, defends oilTop oil exporter Saudi Arabia called Tuesday for a "fair" and gradual global energy transition as it unveiled an ambitious domestic renewable energy programme. Experts say energy output from renewables, especially solar and wind, is growing faster than anticipated, threatening to displace oil, gas and coal as the world's main sources of power. "Balancing greenhouse gas emissions will take decades," he said at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 9:45 AM

Mayday: The Prime Minister's Brexit Plan Has Crashed

Mayday: The Prime Minister's Brexit Plan Has CrashedTheresa May now faces a vote of no confidence, but it won't be enough to oust her from Britain's most powerful political position.




POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 5:12 AM

Enes Kanter: Turkey 'seeking arrest' of New York Knicks player

Enes Kanter: Turkey 'seeking arrest' of New York Knicks playerTurkish 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

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