U.S. State Department says may ask Trump to scrap another Obama climate order

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said in a report released by the investigative arm of Congress on Thursday it may recommend President Donald Trump revoke an Obama-era order directing federal agencies to consider climate change in international development programs. Such a move would deepen the Trump administration’s already broad rejection of former President Barack Obama’s policies on global […]

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Turkey won't allow Greek interference in East Med activities: minister

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will not allow Greece to interfere in its activities in the eastern Mediterranean, its defense minister said, a few days after Ankara complained that a Greek frigate had harassed a Turkish energy exploration ship in the region. The issue of energy exploration in the region, along with a dispute over Greece’s maritime borders, have revived tensions […]

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Turkey will not allow Greek interference in its eastern Mediterranean activities: minister

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will not allow Greece to interfere in its activities in the eastern Mediterranean, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Wednesday, after Ankara said last week a Greek frigate had harassed a Turkish energy exploration ship in the region. In an interview with state-owned Anadolu Agency, Akar said no project was possible in the eastern Mediterranean without […]

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U.S. ambassador accuses China of 'bullying' with 'propaganda ads'

BEIJING (Reuters) – A week after an official Chinese newspaper ran a four-page ad in a U.S. daily touting the mutual benefits of U.S.-China trade, the U.S. ambassador to China accused Beijing of using the American press to spread propaganda. U.S. President Donald Trump last Wednesday referred to the China Daily’s paid supplement in the Des Moines Register – the […]

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UK could hold back EU payments without Brexit deal: UK’s Raab

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain could choose to withhold some payments to the European Union if a deal to ease its exit from the bloc is not reached before it leaves in March, Brexit minister Dominic Raab told legislators on Wednesday. Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab gestures during his speech outlining the government’s plans for […]

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Iran’s leader asks government to work ‘day and night’ to resolve…

LONDON (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asked the government to work “day and night” to resolve economic problems, as parliament increases pressure on President Hassan Rouhani over handling the economic hardship following U.S. sanctions. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at the Hussayniyeh of Imam Khomeini in Tehran, Iran, August 13, 2018. Official Khamenei website/Handout via […]

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German coalition partners agree tax cuts, pension reform

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) junior coalition partners agreed on Tuesday to reduce paycheck contributions toward the country’s unemployment insurance system, sharing a slice of bountiful revenues with taxpayers. Sources at the meeting at the chancellery in Berlin told Reuters that the ruling parties had agreed to cut the contribution rate by […]

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Exclusive: Iran-based political influence operation – bigger,…

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An apparent Iranian influence operation targeting internet users worldwide is significantly bigger than previously identified, Reuters has found, encompassing a sprawling network of anonymous websites and social media accounts in 11 different languages. FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. […]

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U.S. Treasury chief says not concerned about yield curve: CNBC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday said he was not concerned the gap between short-term and long-term borrowing costs, or yield curve, adding that his remarks were not a comment on the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank or its actions. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin arrives for a news conference at the G20 […]

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