Italy’s new pro-EU government wins confidence vote, moves on to precarious budget

ROME — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte’s new pro-Europe government won a final confidence vote Tuesday in the Senate, clearing a key hurdle as it prepares to draft a painful budget law that risks splitting the already shaky coalition. After easily clinching a first confidence vote Monday in the lower Chamber of Deputies, Conte successfully sought support in the Senate, where […]

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Do E-Cigarettes Cause Seizures in Young Users?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued a safety alert related to the use of e-cigarettes, especially among young Americans. The agency has received a number of reports voluntarily submitted by e-cigarette users or their parents that mentioned seizures having occurred while vaping. The FDA noted that this may “signal a potential emerging safety issue” with the […]

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Decision Friday on N.S. mill’s contentious plan to pump wastewater into Strait

Nova Scotia’s environment minister says she will release her decision on the environmental assessment of Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent treatment facility tomorrow. The decision follows a 30-day public comment period for the controversial project that includes a new, 15.5-kilometre-long pipeline that will carry millions of litres of treated wastewater to the Northumberland Strait. Margaret Miller says the decision on the […]

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Gush of government spending that boosted economy last year is fading

The economy has slackened off because households and businesses have curbed spending, but the government isn’t doing as much heavy lifting, either. The pace of U.S. growth slowed to 2.2% in the fourth quarter from 3.4% and 4.2% in the prior two periods, according to revised figures on gross domestic product. Economists predict even slower growth in the first three […]

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Government challenged to meet ‘massive’ support for TV election debates

The government has been challenged to respond to the “massive” level of public support for TV election debates and make them compulsory. Conservative MP Peter Bone, who hailed Sky News’ campaign to establish an independent commission to oversee debates, urged ministers to bring forward legislation during the next parliamentary session. The Wellingborough MP made the call as he admitted his […]

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The Latest: UK government lays out potential Brexit approach

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to lawmakers in the House of Commons, London, Wednesday March 13, 2019. In a tentative first step toward ending months of political deadlock, British lawmakers voted Wednesday to block the country from leaving the European Union without a divorce agreement, triggering an attempt to delay that departure, currently due to take place on March […]

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Trump's budget to land with a thud on Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When President Donald Trump proposes his 2020 federal budget on Monday, official Washington will likely have a quick look, shrug and move on, marking another stage in the quiet decay of the U.S. government’s traditional policy-making processes. There was a time when the release of the president’s budget was a red-letter day on the calendar of Washington […]

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