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Trump announces deal with lawmakers to end government shutdown

25 January 2019

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said on Friday he has reached a tentative agreement with U.S. lawmakers for three weeks in stop-gap funding that would end a partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 35th day, with a senior Democratic aide saying money the president... Read More


Pelosi: No State of the Union in the House until shutdown ends

23 January 2019

Washington— President Donald Trump declared his yearly State of the Union address "canceled" on Wednesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would not allow him to deliver the speech in the House chamber while the government is shut down. Read More


Trump proposes wall-for-DACA in bid to end shutdown

19 January 2019

WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump proposed an immigration deal on Saturday in a bid to end a 29-day partial government shutdown, after House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leading Democrats had already said they rejected the plan.... Read More


Death toll from Mexico fuel pipeline blast rises to 66

19 January 2019

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico − The death toll from the explosion of a pipeline ruptured by suspected fuel thieves in central Mexico has risen to 66, the governor of the state of Hidalgo said on Saturday. Read More


Sony’s RCA parts ways with R. Kelly after abuse uproar: media reports

19 January 2019

LOS ANGELES − R. Kelly has parted ways with his Sony Music-owned RCA record label, Billboard magazine, Variety and the New York Times reported on Friday, and he no longer appears on the roster of artists on RCA’s website. Read More


Car bomb in Colombian police academy kills eight

17 January 2019

BOGOTA − A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia’s capital Bogota on Thursday, killing at least eight people and wounding 10 in what the authorities condemned as terrorism. Read More


UK PM May wins confidence vote; now to search for Brexit consensus

16 January 2019

LONDON - Prime Minister Theresa May’s government won a confidence vote in the British parliament on Wednesday, clearing the way for her to attempt to forge a consensus among lawmakers on a Brexit divorce agreement. Read More


Belgium fines 92-year-old fraudster

16 January 2019

BRUSSELS − A 92-year-old woman who defrauded the Belgian tax authorities of millions of euros over many decades was spared jail on Wednesday but must pay over 4 million euros in fines and back taxes. Read More


McDonald's loses ‘Big Mac’ trademark case to Irish chain Supermac’s

16 January 2019

McDonald’s Corp has lost its rights to the trademark “Big Mac” in a European Union case ruling in favour of Ireland-based fast-food chain Supermac’s, according to a decision by European regulators. Read More


May’s Brexit divorce deal crushed by 230 votes in parliament

15 January 2019

LONDON − British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal by a crushing margin on Tuesday, triggering political chaos that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave. Read More


China court sentences Canadian to death as diplomatic row deepens

15 January 2019

BEIJING/OTTAWA − A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a Canadian man to be executed for drug smuggling, prompting Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to accuse China of using the death penalty arbitrarily. Read More


Brexit is in peril, May warns ahead of vote on her deal

14 January 2019

LONDON − Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Monday that Britain’s planned exit from the EU could be derailed, a last-ditch effort to win over Brexit-supporting lawmakers who have repeatedly said they will vote down her divorce deal. Read More


Zimbabwe plans new currency as dollar shortage bites, says finance minister

13 January 2019

HARARE − Zimbabwe will introduce a new currency in the next 12 months, the finance minister said, as a shortage of US dollars has plunged the financial system into disarray and forced businesses to close. Read More


Man arrested after abuse of British pro-EU lawmaker Soubry

12 January 2019

LONDON − A man was arrested on Saturday after a video of a group of men verbally abusing pro-European lawmaker Anna Soubry prompted calls for the police to do more to protect politicians outside parliament. Read More


Two dead in Paris gas blast amid lockdown for yellow-vest protests

12 January 2019

PARIS − Two firefighters died and nearly people 50 were injured in a massive gas explosion that gutted the ground floor of a building in a central Paris shopping district on Saturday, authorities said. Read More


R. Kelly’s attorney denies abuse allegations in documentary

12 January 2019

LOS ANGELES − An attorney for R&B singer R. Kelly on Friday called a new Lifetime documentary series a “for-profit hit piece”, and said allegations of abuse by the Grammy-winning musician were a “complete fabrication”. Read More


Democrats press to fund US government as shutdown ties record

11 January 2019

WASHINGTON − The Democratic-controlled United States House of Representatives voted on Friday to restore funding for federal agencies that have been shut down by a fight with President Trump over border wall funding, as some 800 000 government workers, from tax collectors... Read More


Trump eyes emergency powers to pay for border wall, end shutdown

11 January 2019

MCALLEN, Texas – United States President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to use emergency powers to bypass Congress and get billions of dollars to pay for a wall on the US-Mexico border as a partial US government shutdown over the issue stretched into its 20th day.... Read More


German airport security staff strike hits more than 600 flights

10 January 2019

BERLIN − More than 640 flights in Germany were cancelled on Thursday due to security staff strikes at Duesseldorf, Cologne and Stuttgart airports as workers sought to put pressure on management in wage talks. Read More


Mexico offensive against fuel theft leaves motorists stranded

07 January 2019

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - An offensive by Mexico’s new government against fuel theft at one of the country’s main refineries has led to days of shortages at gas stations in several central states, as authorities move more fuel by tankers and less by vulnerable pipelines.... Read More


Pope enters migrant ships dispute with appeal for safe ports

06 January 2019

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis urged European leaders on Sunday to stop bickering over the fate of 49 migrants stuck aboard two humanitarian rescue ships on the Mediterranean and let them land at a safe port of call. Read More


With more public servants set to go home next month, do you think that the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation programme (BERT) is working?